[Review] The Heart Of The Game by Pamela Aares



From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Pamela Aares comes THE HEART OF THE GAME, the sixth book in the Tavonesi family series featuring passion, mystery, and well-won love!

Italian heiress Zoe Tavonesi’s idyllic life has been turned upside down. Her grief-stricken father has uprooted the entire family to the California wine country, shattering Zoe’s plans to open the art gallery her late mother always wanted. But when Cody Bond, the hot catcher for the Giants walks into her life and agrees to ride in her charity polo match, the intriguing American soon has Zoe second-guessing her plans and her dreams.

Estranged from his family, Cody is determined not to screw up his career with relationships, especially when Zoe and the loving, tight-knit, aristocratic Tavonesis remind him of everything his dysfunctional American family isn’t. Cody may be a master of control on the baseball field but his iron will can’t shield him from the desire Zoe ignites.

When Zoe’s family is caught up in a dangerous web of Mafia crime, Cody must swallow his pride and enlist the help of his estranged father, a former CIA operative, to protect her. But will Cody’s inability to trust, and the criminals threatening to destroy Zoe’s family, kill any future for the fiery passion they’ve discovered? Or will Zoe's love free Cody from the past, and help him believe in the power of love?


*Book received in exchange for an honest review.*

From the moment I picked up book 1, I have been completely hooked on this series. Completely in love with all the characters and their lives.
Book six is no different and I can't wait to get my hands on book seven.
The book consists of a lot of 'not judging a book by its cover' because everyone seems so grief stricken to the outside world after the death of Zoe's mother, but under it all lies plots, plans and deception - but in a good way, for a change.

Cody Bond is our hunky baseball player this time - I swear Pamela creates some amazing looking, caring guys - And just like she said I would, I love him! just like the rest #bookwhore. His heart and emotions are closed off after moving away and escaping his turbulent family and he's happy not letting anyone else behind that shield... that is until Zoe trots up.
A wealthy Italian who begins sneaking behind his defences.
And that is where the deception begins. Zoe is working her way back to Rome to heal her heart and Cody learns the truth about his own family deceptions, while learning more and more about the world of Zoe's father, because he seems to be the king of portraying grief while he's actually protecting his remaining loved ones.

One thing I adore in this book is Cody's ability to let Zoe do as she dreams. I personally think that people - fictional or real - need to do as they want. Because it's better to regret trying than it is to regret never giving it a go. And although sometimes what the persons wants is the opposite of what we want, we have to let them do it. If it's meant to be, it will find it's way back. Two things I believe in in one novel.

I'm also with Alex and Cody, I bloody hate Vico! Slimy and a snake! Perceives to be one thing.. when in fact he's something else and not in the way Zoe's father is, her dad does it for protection, Vico does it for himself - think he's based on my ex! And in good novel way, Vico's world comes crashing down on him, weird to think that after I read the prologue I felt sorry for the lad, he even had me fooled!

As always, I am in love with this series! Smiled like the joker as I finished reading the book. *sighs*

Next please!


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