Title: Game On
Author: Collette West
Publication: October 17th, 2014
Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
Bruce "Jilly" Gillette is a baseball player for the New York Kings. He's huge, and I mean HUGE!! He's six foot eight, 225 pounds huge. I mean, you'd think a guy like that....large and very attractive baseball star would know what he is worth, know how to get the ladies. He doesn't, he is painfully shy, it's kind of cute really. Hailey Halpert was his best friend, also, the one that got away. After a very public, and very embarrassing incident involving Jilly and a female baseball player, a "win a date with Jilly" contest is opened. Hailey wins the date!
Hailey is hiding a secret, a pretty big one. After it all comes to light, Jilly has to wonder if Hailey is there for him, or there for a story? I didn't like Hailey much, honestly. Sure, she came off sweet and innocent, but she wasn't, not at all. She just kind of kept Jilly's head spinning with her games. I really liked Jilly. I loved that he was shy. We see a lot of books with male leads that are so cocky, so self-assured, it's refreshing to read a male character that isn't an alpha male that seems to be the trend right now.
Game On got frustrating for me at points. These two danced around their feelings for each other so much. I wanted to jump in the book and knock their heads together-"Jeez, get it together you two!! You obviously have very strong feelings for one another, freaking communicate!!"-Other than that, I liked the book. I'd recommend it if you enjoy a sport hero.
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
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