December 7, 2015

Title:  The Love Game

Series:  The Game

Author:  Emma Hart

Published:  March 2013

His challenge? Make her fall in love with him. Her challenge? Play the player.

Until life changes the rules of the game.

Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he’s everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, why doesn’t she say no? She doesn’t know either.

Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her – and he’d do anything to have her, hence why he’s agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it’s the only way he’ll get what he wants. Sex.

But, as Braden discovers, there’s more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined – and he can’t help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.

Maddie finds Braden isn’t just a walking erection – he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don’t exactly hurt. That means trouble – but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren’t so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they’re exactly what each other needs.

Ana will put The Love Game on her second shelf!!

Challenged by friends, both Maddie and Braden find themselves playing a game…each one hoping to lure the other in and, ultimately, break the others’ heart.  However, the more time they spend together, the clearer it becomes to each of them that the game is no longer important.  This is a sweet, heartwarming romance that had me rooting for this couple from the very beginning.

Even though Maddie saw Braden as an arrogant player who needed to be taught a lesson, I saw his honesty.  He was definitely a player, but he embraced it…he was not apologetic about it and it was refreshing.  When he realized that he was feeling more for Maddie than he’d felt for anyone else, he began to wear his emotions on his sleeve and I loved him even more.  Maddie had a harder time coming to terms with her wants and needs and was, at times, more frustrating.  She struggled to let go of the game and reach out for the happiness that was within reach.  But, together they were adorable.  Such a sweet romance!  I loved how Braden was protective of Maddie even when he wasn’t sure he liked her for real and I loved their interactions.  They discovered how right they were for each other slowly…it was a slow burn that I relished.

Overall this was a sweet, quick read that put a smile on my face and, even though I could predict the end, I still enjoyed every page.  So, if you’re looking for a book to immerse yourself in that will ultimately make you happy, this may just be the one.

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