The Game of Love by Jeanette Murray
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: Full Length (248 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower
Chris St. James is ready for normal. After walking away from her pro tennis career and a toxic relationship with a star hockey player, she's starting a new life as a teacher and tennis coach in a small town. Now all she needs is an average guy to share it with.
Brett Wallace is no average guy. Forced to retire from the NFL after an injury—and suddenly single after being dumped by his status-conscious wife—he's returned to his hometown to coach the varsity football team. Wary of women interested only in his celebrity, Brett finds Chris's indifference to his former career refreshing.
The last thing Chris needs is to get involved with another pro athlete, but she can't deny the sparks that fly between them. So she agrees to a purely physical, no-strings-attached affair. But the rules of the game change when she falls for him...
The game of love, just like any other game, is a gamble. When two people have a history in the pro athletic world and have been burned, the last thing either needs is a new relationship. But here they are, meeting by chance, and despite what both want, Chris and Brett find playing the game of love could end up the best thing they've ever done.
Chris and Brett didn't hit it off right away. It takes time for her to warm up to this ex-NFL star. She's already had one bad relationship with an athlete, and look where that got her. The more she spends time around Brett, though, the less he reminds her of the past, and the more she actually likes him.
Brett is definitely one fine hero, and his family is hilarious! I certainly felt like I belonged with each visit into Brett's life and family. Each has their own distinct personality and adds a flavor to this story. With the authors creative voice and witty writing, every character is memorable and fun.
The chemistry between Brett and Chris is strong, and even though they deny it at first. Their path to happily ever after has quite a few curve balls, but what a ride! The pacing stays steady, the plot and characters believable, and this novel is sure to win the hearts of contemporary romance fans.
Do you love to read romances with a sports theme? Do you dig a hero who once played in the NFL? The Game of Love is a delightful contemporary romp that can put a smile on your face. Why not get yourself a copy?