July 13, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Inside Game by Collette West!

Inside Game by Collette West
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: July 10th, 2015

Third baseman Drake Schultz is the undisputed bad boy of the New York Kings. So it's no surprise when Major League Baseball suspends him for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Furious with their superstar, the front office issues an ultimatum: either work with their sober companion or kiss the rest of his quarter-billion-dollar contract goodbye. Cocky and arrogant, Drake resists being saddled with a live-in babysitter—even one he's insanely attracted to.

Drake is Eva Sloane's first celebrity client as a substance abuse counselor, and she knows she's in trouble when he starts tempting her at every turn. The way he looks at her is as hot as sin, but she refuses to become his new drug of choice. Slowly, she helps him realize he has to face the demons from his past and heal his tortured spirit before he can even think about satisfying any craving he has for her. 


Okay, I'll just start this off by saying that the very beginning of this book made me teary. I looked, I was literally three percent in, and I got teary eyed. In those first few pages, Drake hit me in the feels with his thoughts and feelings about addiction, I'll just say that.

So, if you've been following this series, you know that nobody likes Drake. He's a crap stirrer, and he's just generally not a nice dude. I'm sure you've wondered, just like I had, why he was the way he was. Well, we find out in Inside Game (excuse my pointing out the obvious). We also meet Eva. She's sweet as pie, has a steady hand to handle Drake, and she is very, very, very patient. She'd have to be. She also chose her career due to personal past experiences. So, she may not completely understand Drake, but she can definitely relate. I liked Eva, a lot. I have found that with this particular series, though, that I like the hero much more than I like the heroine. The only real issue I had with Eva was that she pushed and pushed Drake to confront a particular situation that was dangerous for both of them. I felt like, yes, she was a smart woman, to be an addictions councilor, she'd have to be, but in that particular situation, I felt she refused to listen to reason, and  her own dang common sense. But then, she wasn't really surprised by the outcome...so, plus side. 

All in all, I enjoyed Inside Game. I think it's my favorite of what I've read in the series so far. As someone that's been on the outside looking in at addiction, this one got me in the feels. I just adored Drake, he was not at all what I expected. And with this installment in the series, I found I love this teams dynamic. I definitely recommend this one.


About the Author

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 collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.

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1 comment:

  1. I have to admit that this sounds like a lot of other books I've read but since I enjoyed pretty much all of them I might have to give this one a try :)

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf


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