Review: Game On, by Cat Johnson

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Part of a series? Not exactly.

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Published by Kindle Worlds.

Pages: 83.

Blurb:

In the game for love, only the winners walk away with their hearts intact…

Trent O’Shea is a superstar athlete on the football field, but for one week each year he escapes into anonymity at an exclusive resort in the Florida Keys that caters to the rich and famous. Armed with a fake identity, he’s happy to sit by the pool and do nothing except enjoy some breathtaking scenery—and maybe ask her if she needs help putting sunscreen on her back.

Laurel Burnett never met a bad boy she couldn’t catch. Cheating spouses. Deadbeat dads. Scammers. Once the determined PI sets her sights on them they all fall, and the next alleged perpetrator in her crosshairs is none other than the San Francisco Outlaws’ Trent O’Shea. The super-sexy linebacker who Laurel’s client hired her to track will be her biggest trophy yet. She’ll do anything to bring him down, even follow him to a resort paradise and use herself as bait.

But things aren’t always as they appear and Trent and Laurel both learn that sometimes even perfectly planned plays can go wrong when love and lust are involved. Then it’s game on!

A contemporary “mistaken identity” romance trope featuring a rich, alpha hero athlete who also happens to be a Texas cowboy, and the private investigator heroine determined to catch him.

 

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REVIEW:

 

I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.

To be honest I’ve never heard about this Kindle Worlds thing before. From what I gathered, authors publish stories using some things from other series. Like a fan fiction of some sort. I think.
This one is from Bella Andre’s Game For Love.
While I don’t mind this at all, with Game On is fell a little bit short for me. In every aspect to be honest.
The length of this story wouldn’t have bothered me if only the plot itself would have been built in a way to provide me enough build up between the characters and not that “falling in love after sex’’ thing I tend to hate. Not always, but in this case I couldn’t buy it. While in some scenes I could “feel’’ the heat between Trent and Laurel, it wasn’t enough to make me buy the whole story.
Also, I find some little things a little bit contradictory. I still don’t understand the 180 Trent did when it comes to breaking his rules and with Laurel at the end of the book. Maybe things went too fast for my taste. I wouldn’t have minded 50 more pages or so to better develop the characters and the plot.
The chemistry between Trent and Laurel was believable in the very beginning but soon it derailed a little too much for me. Maybe because things were too easy. I don’t really know…
The writing style of the author here is nothing special, but it works pretty well with the tone of the book and the type of story. Maybe I’d have loved it if the author would have made me actually “see’’ the scenery because I couldn’t picture everything all that well. But once again, it’s probably because I wasn’t sucked in the story so other readers might not feel the same.
I think this is a good read when you’re chilling while on vacation. If you’re not expecting to feel your heartbeat increase, your need to read just one more chapter to know what happens next, then maybe you should try this book because it’s just a nice story that I won’t remember in a couple of weeks.
RATING:
2.5 to 3
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