Series: Game On #1
Author: Desiree Holt
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 260
Published: Lyrical Press, July 7, 2015
Shay Beckham grew up idolizing her brother’s best friend, star quarterback Joe Reilly. There was no one in their Texas town who had the moves to match Joe on or off the field. Years later, he’s still a player who has what it takes to drive any hot-blooded woman wild. But Shay isn’t a kid with a bad case of hero-worship anymore. She’s grown-up and independent, with her feet on the ground and a serious head on her shoulders. If she could just say the same for Joe.
It’s been fifteen years, but Joe Reilly hasn’t forgotten the skinny little kid who used to follow him around like a shadow. What he can’t get over is that the skinny shadow has grown into one hell of an incredible woman. One any man in his right mind would kill to get his hands on. And one who seems to be completely immune to him. He knows he and Shay could have something special together. If he could only convince her he’s about more than just the game.
So far in my romance reads I have judged by the cover, I was surprised in both good and bad ways, I have been let down by many factors, but this book was by far the top of my disappointment list. The cover is lovely to look at, the plot seemed like it was tailored for my tastes what with childhood crushes and ex sports player renowned playboy. But none of these came to fruition. If you’re a lover of contemporary sports romance like me, and love bits of the action in your read, then let me warn you beforehand, this book had no sports at all regardless of being shelved as sports romance. Sure, the hero was an ex player, and yes, he was involved with some charity work for youth who’re interested in playing, but we got to see none of that. In fact, I wouldn’t be lying if I said most of our time was spent in the house the hero and the heroine shared, let alone involving the sport or any kind of socializing.
I am sorry to say I couldn’t connect with the heroine at all as a woman. There used to be times when I had difficulty understanding where a hero or heroine was coming from, but this was way worse. I couldn’t see Shay as nothing more than a child, or in some cases as much as an adolescent who acted childish, selfish and completely clueless when it comes to relationships of any kind. She wasn’t considerate or understanding, she spent almost all her time worrying over whether Joe was still the womanizer he used to be even after they started sleeping together and throwing words that hinted at love and devotion around. He takes a phone call outside, she thinks it’s another woman for a hook up, he says he has a business meeting, she makes cutting remarks about his playboy past. It was, to put mildly, most annoying. As a woman, I didn’t like the way she was portrayed, she definitely wasn’t relationship material I can tell you. To be honest, and this was a tragedy for me as a reader, she wasn’t worth the effort Joe put in to be with her.
As for Joe, I didn’t feel much about him other than perhaps a bit sorry for trying so hard to prove himself to a woman who seemed like she could never trust him anyway. Trust is one of the most important things in a relationship, and Joe and Shay lacked that in theirs. When they were together they had sex, and when they were apart Shay was worried whether he was cheating on her, and Joe was juggling his charity work with planning grand gestures to make Shay believe he was not a playboy anymore. I don’t know about you, but that’s not an ideal relationship for me. There was no trust, no understanding, no sharing, no binding in this book. So for me, no story.
I am sadly adding only one spoonful of this story into my hodgepodge, and move on to my next read while wishing Shay and Joe the best of luck. I feel like at least Joe will need it, along with a great dose of patience.
Game On series by Desiree Holt:
- Forward Pass
- Line Of Scrimmage
- Option Offence