[Review] Game on by Collette West


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.
 

** Book provided in exchange for an honest review **
This is my first book by Collette West and I have already downloaded more.
It was really annoying that I had to stop reading in order to go to work, because this story had me gripped.
Hailey reminded me of me. Always on the outside of the in crowd, looking in and living life through writing books.... THAT'S ME!
Bruce 'Jilly' Gillette is big and stands out. On top of that he is number 24 for the New York Kings. Hardly a guy who can shy away from anything whether it be because of his size or his job.
I really do need to read the first books in the series to get a better understanding of the whole Sasha thing, but I get the sense that Jilly was looking to replace Hailey.
These are 2 people who love each other but because they both seem to be shy, they never seem to tell each other what page they're on. And not forgetting Kurt. The guy Hailey used to make Jilly react, only to fail and hurt him, her and Kurt.
No one has any idea that Hailey is behind the new book phenomenon that readers seem to be loving and also figuring out WHO the story is about. She does he research and find out tidbits that only an insider of the Kings would know.
When it all becomes apparent that R. D. Bukater is actually Kailey Halpert, Jilly and Hailey seem to be transported into new problems, legal, emotional and Jilly also becomes the source of his team mates outlet for their frustrations for having their lives talked about.
It's at this point that Jilly suffers a blow to his career thanks to an injury which puts him out for a year and means he has to rest... and he winds up back at home... near Hailey.
This seems to be a great idea for these two and a perfect way for them to figure out what they want... but they take one step forward and run fifteen steps back.
In the end though, you get your HEA and *melts* it was perfect.
Nothing sends me gooey more than two high school love birds that find their way back together... even though the first time they couldn't make that leap... they eventually do.
Love the story and can't wait to read the previous books.





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