Game On by Collette West
Publication Date: October 17, 2014
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.
Meet Bruce ‘Jilly’ Gillette player for the New York Kings. He has had a bit of a rough childhood & isn’t the most communicative man around. He has been in love once & that didn’t end well for him, so he steers clear of the female population & keeps to himself. He doesn’t have much of a social life & only does the publicity work he is required to do under contract.
Hailey was Bruce’s first & only love. She also loved him but they were you and like Bruce, she wasn’t very good at communication either. Because of this there was a misunderstanding & they both went their separate ways after high school. He went on to play Baseball in the big leagues & she went to college. There was no communication between them at all.
Now, years later they meet again. Hailey has entered a competition to win a date with ‘Jilly’ Gillette & she has won. But, things aren’t always as they seem. Things seem to be going along well until it comes to light Hailey has been keeping a secret from Bruce, and when he finds out he is not a happy man. This secret could change everything.. If they let it.
They have people who are on their side & want them together, but they also have people who are against their relationship & want them to fail. They need to decide what they want & fight for it or lose it.
This story is very well written & not filled with two people that just run around having lots of sex without a story line. The story line is strong & will suck you in with the vulnerability shown by both characters. Their story is filled with lots of misunderstandings, but not just about each other, but themselves as well. Their journey is filled with so much angst & it really is caused just by a lack of communication between the two of them.
There are some sweet moments filled with love & tenderness because they really do love each other and have done for many years even though most of that time was spent apart. The writer has captures this beautifully in the story & it comes across quite strongly.
I like reading sexy scenes as much as the next person but this story proves that sometimes less is more. This story is able to stand on its own without all the steamy scenes because the story and the characters are strong enough to carry the story through. Don’t get me wrong, there are some sex scenes but they are quite late in the book and not over the top, the way they have been written fits the characters perfectly.
This is a beautifully written very enjoyable read. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good romance with a strong character base & wants a beautiful happy ever after!
About Collette West
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.