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The Game of Love

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great Sports Themed Contemporary

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I love sports-themed books and seem to have a weakness for books featuring high school football coaches, so you know that this book has a lot going for it already. I really did enjoy this book. It's a sweet little read and was thoroughly entertaining.

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My Review:

I love sports-themed books and seem to have a weakness for books featuring high school football coaches, so you know that this book has a lot going for it already. I really did enjoy this book. It's a sweet little read and was thoroughly entertaining.

Brett's character is awesome and I absolutely adored his family, especially his brothers. They all have a wonderful relationship with each other and his reactions to them letting themselves in with their keys to his house is priceless. It's definitely a family that love each other to the point of constantly harassing each other which makes it so much fun.
quote from Scott, Brett's brother, after Brett quoted Fiddler on the Roof...
"One, that was scary.
Don't ever quote a musical if you ever want to get laid again."

Just really funny dialogue between the family all throughout the book. I especially loved Anna, Brett's mom, and her reaction to Chris.
"Oh, sweetheart, I was almost positive after I heard
about you tossing a drink in my son's face, but after that,
now I'm sure. You are about as perfect for that son of mine as it gets."


It's an interesting twist to have BOTH of these characters with a history as former professional athletes, although I didn't understand why Chris didn't want to share that with Brett. It would have prevented a lot of misunderstanding, but then where would that have left the story without the conflict? I liked that she was a tennis pro and coached the girls tennis team. I really, really loved her philosophy for coaching the girls especially after her history as a pro. I loved that she did everything in her power to help them succeed, but made sure that the emphasis was on them having fun above all else.

I really liked the addition of Jared & Katie to the story. Katie is Chris' best friend, who's also pregnant (which added some funny lines to the story) and married to Jared. Jared is Brett's best friend (since kindergarten) and he is also the Athletic Director for the school. They are both shown throughout the book as offering advice/sarcasm. They have a fabulously sweet marriage and the addition of their friendships added a lot to the overall story.

This was my first book that I have read by Jeanette Murray, but I definitely look forward to reading more of her contemporary romance. Hopefully, she has more coming out soon!!

posted by SmittenWithReading on August 29, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A fun, easy read

Brett 'The Wall' Wallace is a retired NFL player who has returned to his home town to couch the Northeastern High School football team. Wary of women after him only because of his past career Brett is instantly intrigued by Chris who seems to want nothing to do with him...
Brett 'The Wall' Wallace is a retired NFL player who has returned to his home town to couch the Northeastern High School football team. Wary of women after him only because of his past career Brett is instantly intrigued by Chris who seems to want nothing to do with him.
Chris St. James is a retired pro tennis player who has just moved to town to couch the girl's tennis team and teach high school math. Embarrassed and resentful of her pro past Chris hides it from everyone, and wanting nothing to do with pro anything Chris instantly forms a dislike for Brett.

The Game of Love was a fun, easy read about two people with totally different backgrounds but who are very similar to each other and have a passion for their sport of choice. These two, Chris and Brett, instantly clash. Both strong minded independent persons wary of the opposite sex for their own reasons. Brett, thanks to his ex-wife, has steered clear of women since his divorce. Fearful of what he terms 'prohos', women only after him for his past career of a pro football player. While Chris wants nothing to do with anyone from the pro's because of her over bearing parents who pushed her into a pro career then condemned her for retiring and a psychotic ex boyfriend who is a pro hockey player. Sparks flew when these two meet up but they are continually at odds throughout the first half of the story. Chris is very standoffish and Brett, who get's props for trying, usually ended up putting his foot in his mouth because of his arrogant attitude. Chris and Brett's relationship built gradually and eventually while Chris's background and the reasons for her poor attitude are slowly revealed; after several ups and downs they learn trust each other. There was a lot of sexual tension in the building process and though the sexual relief, so to say, was romantic it wasn't intense. Brett's family was a great addition to the story though that I really enjoyed, they were fun and humorous. There was also a sub plot concerning Chris's ex that added a nice twist to the story line.

The Game of Love was well written and well set-up, as well as realistic with some of the issues involved and the relationship development but the quibble between the h/h went on a little too long and began to drag the story down. I also didn't care for the heroine, Chris, at all. I don't think her problems justified such a severe attitude. She was very quick to confrontation, rarely giving Brett or anyone a chance to explain or reason out their actions and I never warmed up to her.

Over all a good read that held my interest, I just couldn't get into the heroine.

posted by RBtWBC on August 29, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Game of love

    683pgs. A very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved it! I really truly loved loved this story about Chris and Bret. Im bumming that Im now done with the book. Reallyis a great book.

    Really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Loved this Book

    Talk about a "real" love story. This was warm, sweet, believable and sexy. Brett was a wonderful hero. All man but loved his family, the kids he coached in football and had been burned by an ex wife when he was a pro football player. Chris is a math teacher and tennis coach who once played pro tennis.. She was badly burned by a pro hockey player and is afraid to try love again. This is a story you really have to read because I am not going to spoil this by telling you the plot. But even if you don't like sports themed stories the well developed characters and the very interesting story will grab you from page one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Awesome!

    This book was awesome! I loved Chris and Brett! Brett was so HOT!!!! I really liked getting to know Brett's family and their friends Jared and Katie. I have read the book twice and it is a definite re-read. I can't wait for more of Jeanette's books! She is one of my favorite authors!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Awesome

    Brett and chris were so great together! I just loved brett, he was so sweet and hilarious especially liked when the author described him as a child! It was great! A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    Great guy and gal, wonderful extended family. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Fabulous

    ## This book was fabulous. It had so many laugh out loud moments. I love when an author combines romance and humor. The hero and the heroine were both amazing, once you got past the first chapter (they of course had to have the obligitory 'she's a man hater' & 'he'd so full of himself' chapter. But the story and the characters were very well developed and everything came together in the end. The secondary characters were also fantastic. I would highly recommend this book!

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

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    "Love is nothing in tennis. But in life, it's everything."

    "Love is nothing in tennis. But in life, it's everything." my favorite quote from the book! This was a great fall afternoon escape! I really felt sorry for Chris and her family situation but thought she handled it rather well. As for Brett and his family some of their stunts had me laughing out loud, they were great. I adored Brett from the very beginning he was so typical of his character, wasn't really sure about Chris, she seemed a little over the top in her "fear" of getting involved with a pro athlete. But then I was surprised at how awful her previous relationship was, he was an ass and only got more professional at that thru the story. Sure was glad Chris got over her fears! Has a great HEA ending! I would def recommend this one if you like contemporary romance with a sports theme.

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