Game On Series Review

November 8, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Game On Series ReviewThe Hook Up (Game On, #1) by Kristen Callihan
on September 7th, 2014
Pages: 352
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Idol (VIP, #1), Managed (VIP, #2), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love
Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy, right?
Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…
Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.
That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All’s fair in love and football…Game on

As I’m sure you can already tell, I love sports romance novels. I particularly love New Adult stories that revolve around football. Sure, some of them have similar plots, but I still find them amazing reads. Plus there hasn’t been a male lead in these books that I haven’t more or less blatantly drooled over. So I’d heard a lot of positive things about the Game On series, so I was anxious to read it. Let me just start off by making it clear that each and every one of these books certainly didn’t let me down. I loved every page of these mesmerizing novels.

The first book in the series is “The Hook Up.” Drew Baylor is the hot quarterback on campus who everyone is obsessed with. From the first page, I was certainly painted a picture of a gorgeous and overconfident boy who was not short on charm. He’s not perfect, but I’d say that he comes extremely close to it. Drew is seriously devoted to Anna, which is always something that I love to see, especially in New Adult novels. It reminded me a lot of Cam Hamilton from the Wait For You books. I know that I literally just made this comparison yesterday in my review of “This Ordinary Life,” but I needed to make it again. Anna did bother me a bit because who wouldn’t want to be with someone as attentive and caring as Drew? However, I did understand her insecurity due to who she was back in high school. She felt like she didn’t measure up against all of the other girls on campus, and felt like everyone was judging her for not being good enough for Drew.

I think that this is a must read for those of you that can’t get enough of the New Adult genre. There’s a ton of steamy sex scenes in this book, but there’s also a really complicated but also a strong and pretty real relationship between two college students who are still trying to figure out who they are.

Game On Series ReviewThe Friend Zone (Game On, #2) by Kristen Callihan
on May 5th, 2015
Also by this author: Idol (VIP, #1), Managed (VIP, #2), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy.
The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.
Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her…
Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.
Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on

I wasn’t sure if I’d love Gray’s story as much as I loved Drew’s. I found myself pleasantly surprised by how fascinated I was by him and Ivy as a couple. Truthfully, Gray and Ivy are one of the best New Adult couples that I’ve ever seen. What made it so special? Well, the gradual buildup between the pair who became friends to being in a relationship was absolutely incredible. The banter and trust that the two have before they even become a couple is unique and unlike most books that I’ve read. I didn’t want this book to ever end really!

Like Drew was with Anna, Gray was also super loyal to Ivy, even when they were just friends. He had even more of a reputation than Drew, which initially made me nervous that he would hook up with some random girl to get over Ivy since they weren’t technically together, but he never did. Ivy is also a compelling character who I really enjoyed from beginning to end. I think Ivy is awesome because she’s totally passionate about football (duh her dad is a sports agent so she grew up around it) and also a bit on the awkward side. She’s ridiculously tall, which makes her dancing not so great, but I thought the dancing scenes between her and Gray were hilarious.

So in short, go read this novel right away! It doesn’t have as much drama as the first book in the series, which I found refreshing. “The Friend Zone” also has many steamy scenes, which is definitely enjoyable. This was a beautifully written novel that made me want to read more and more books in this series.

Game On Series ReviewThe Game Plan (Game On, #3) by Kristen Callihan
on November 1st, 2015
Also by this author: Idol (VIP, #1), Managed (VIP, #2), The Hot Shot (Game On, #4)
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A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friends. That ends now.
Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.
Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.
Game On

Can I just start off by saying that Ethan Dexter is basically perfect? I know I already said that Drew Baylor is the perfect one, but Dex comes scary close. I think it’s so adorable that he has been so set on Fiona, even though he’s only been around her a few times. Okay, now that I’m typing that, it seems creepier than it is, but if you read it then you’ll know what I mean! Ethan has always been known as the quiet guy who is a complete beast of a center on the football field. In “The Friend Zone,” Fiona was kind of on the immature side, but she has grown up in the past two years and is just as drawn to Dex as he is to her.

I didn’t connect to Fi like I did with her big sister Ivy, or even how I did with Anna. That might just be me, but I did love how feisty and confident she was. I also liked that at times she had no idea what she wanted out of life, because that’s a VERY real thing. I could probably spend this whole review on Dex alone, but I’ll do my best to not rant all that much. He’s a virgin, which is rare for this genre. Side note: this is only the second one I’ve seen, but I think it’s unique that both of those characters were college (and NFL for Dex) football players. So back to our boy, he just might be my favorite of the three men. Though he’s quiet, he still leaves an impression and he knows that he wants Fiona so he doesn’t hesitate to go for her after several years of pining for her.

I’m not ready for this series to end, but if it did, I’d be satisfied with this incredible book being the final chapter in these characters’ stories. I think you should read the first two novels first, but then definitely check out this one immediately after. You’ll be happy to see more of the familiar characters that we’ve grown acquainted with throughout the series. This is a great book and I’m still not over the greatness that is Ethan Dexter!

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