From Goodreads: 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…
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Overall Rating 3.25
Story Rating 3.00
Character Rating 3.50
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NOTE: This is a very cute, very fun little summer read that I am glad I picked to read. Grab a nice glass of tea, a comfy seat, and just enjoy!
What I Loved: The Game of Love featured Brett (former NFL Player) and Chris (former Tennis Pro). They were a perfect match for each other but had to get through their pasts and hangups first. I loved Brett’s family first and foremost though. Anna, the mom, was fun, meddling, and knew exactly what her son needed (wasn’t afraid to say it either). Brett’s brothers were always a light of sunshine when on the page and their wives were great too. I loved Katie and Jared (Brett and Chris BFF’s).
What I Liked: I really liked the idea of two pros turning into HS coaches just because they loved passing on the love of the games. It is a rare thing to love a character because of the passion they have for their professions. It really did make me like Chris and Brett more though.
Complaints: I thought the misunderstandings went on a little too long. I know it was due to both of their pasts but just felt like it got a bit daunting towards the end.
Why I gave it a 3.25: This was a fun little summer read that only had a little to much squabbling for my taste. It was perfect for hot summer afternoon of escaping the heat. Oh,I did love the ending though–it was too cute!
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