Series: Bad Boys of Football #3
Published by Bella Andre on December 15th 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Christensen, Eva Kaminsky
In a relationship built on lies...the only truth is their feelings for each other.
To fulfill his grandmother's dying wish, linebacker Cole Taylor must find and marry a good girl. First grade teacher Anna Davis fits the bill perfectly. Their deal is simple: If she'll be his temporary wife, he'll give her more pleasure than she ever imagined was possible.
Only, love is the ultimate game-changer.
I’m slowly but surely working my way through all of Bella Andre’s books, so I’ve been reading a lot of her non-Sullivan series books. As I am a total fan of Sports Romances, I was pretty excited to read Game for Love, and while there were some problems with the novel, I really enjoyed this one.
Okay, so I have a confession. I don’t hate insta-love. And while I wouldn’t necessarily call the romance and connection between Cole and Anna insta-love, it is closer to that, than slow burn. Anyway, Anna is a teacher, and she’s in Las Vegas for her sister’s wedding. Anna is feeling a bit down and definitely lonely, and I could really relate to her. She’s trying to get a bit out of her comfort zone while in Vegas, and she meets Cole.
Cole has an ulterior motive, though. Cole is a successful professional football player. He’s in Vegas visiting his very ill grandmother. Cole was raised by his grandmother, so he cares deeply about her and is very upset that she’s so sick. While visiting his grandmother in Vegas, his grandmother tells him that she really wishes he found someone special to be with. And Cole, desperate to make her happy, says he already has met a nice girl, which of course isn’t true.
So when Cole meets Anna, he knows she’s perfect. You guys, I kind of fell in love with Cole and Anna together. I really could relate to Anna, and I understood why she acted so rashly when she meets Cole. And although Cole wasn’t completely honest with her, I did feel like he was a nice guy. They had so much chemistry together, which was super evident in all the sex they had. Seriously, there is a lot of sex in this book.
Game for Love is narrated by Eva Christensen, who I am pretty sure is also Eva Kaminsky who narrates most of Bella Andre’s novels. Eva is a great narrator, and I definitely think I enjoyed this book more because I listened to her narrate the book.
One thing that drove me a little nuts about Game for Love, though, was all this talk about Cole being with a “good girl.” Grouping women into good and bad is not a good thing, and that did bother me. If we grouped men like that, Cole would definitely not be in the “nice” category. But even this this issue, I was totally hooked. I couldn’t put Game for Love down.
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