Game for Marriage

Game for Marriage

by Karen Erickson

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Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she'd spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she's even more shocked when Jared's publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.

Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies' man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there's something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?

Each book in the Game for It series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Game for Marriage
Book #2 Game for Trouble
Book #3 Game For Tonight

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622667970
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/11/2013
Series: Game for It
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 84,323
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read—sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. She has been digitally published since 2006 and when she's not busily writing on deadline, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her family, and traveling. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children, the dog, and too many cats. She is also the author of the Lone Pine Lake series, kicked off with Jane's Gift, for Entangled's Bliss line.

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Game for Marriage

A Game for It Novel

By Karen Erickson, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Karen Erickson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-797-0


"You're good."

Sheridan Harper flashed a quick smile, her gaze never leaving the canvas as her hand streaked across it, deftly creating the scene before her with delicate strokes of the paintbrush. "Thank you."

"Seriously. It's amazing how you made something out of absolutely nothing." He had a sexy voice, her new admirer, rich and deep. And as soon as she finished capturing her friend Willow handing over a sample of blue cotton candy to a potential client, she'd check him out and see if the voice matched the rest of him.

But first, she had to work.

"It's like a photograph," he continued, sounding truly impressed.

Which warmed her giddy heart. It was the entire reason she was there that night: to impress people, to gain new clients, and to fill her art studio with students eager to learn how to paint. She doubted the guy beside her wanted to paint. But maybe he had a wife or a girlfriend who would be interested ...

"Well, that's why I'm here. I'm live painting the event," Sheridan explained. She'd have a wrecked wrist by the end of the night, but she couldn't complain. The mega-exposure at the Taste of Monterey was worth the pain alone.

The annual event featured almost one hundred booths from local businesses and drew thousands of people in attendance. It was held at the convention center, and the building was packed, people's voices a dull roar in her ears.

"Live painting, huh? Never heard of such a thing."

"Well, every artist live paints I suppose, but I'm trying to catch as much as I can of the event as it unfolds. Then when it's over, I'll give the painting to the organizers as a sort of memento." Sheridan dabbed a quick spot of the palest turquoise blue with her brush, a satisfied smile curling her lips as she turned to face her admirer.

And stopped dead in her tracks when she saw all six-foot-plus, mouthwatering gorgeousness of him.

He slipped his hands into the pockets of his jeans, his full lips quirked in a not-quite smile. Everything about him read easygoing confidence, putting her immediately at ease despite his gargantuan size. He carried himself like a man who truly enjoyed women, one who knew exactly what they wanted even before they did.

And she recognized him, of course. She'd have to live under a rock not to. His reputation with women preceded him, in any case—he went through them as often as he changed underwear. Maybe even more.

"You're ..." She let the word die on her lips, too frazzled to continue when he flashed a brain cell–stealing grin at her.

"I am," said Jared Quinn, star quarterback for the San Jose Hawks, with a slight shrug. She'd had no idea he'd be at the Taste of Monterey event that evening. "Have you ever considered live painting a football game?"

"I would love to," she said automatically, her words tumbling out in a rush. She silently chastised herself. There was always being on the lookout for opportunities, and then there was being too eager and losing them because of it.

"My coach might like one." His eyes crinkled at the corners when he smiled, his face burnished by the sun. His nose was sort of big, but it didn't detract from his handsomeness. His crooked smile gave him a boyish charm. A faded scar stretched across the edge of his chin, roughing up the charm in the most appealing way. His hair was a rich brown, tinged with gold, and a tad overgrown so it waved at the nape. Movie-star handsome with the rabid female fans to confirm it, he was a major reason women watched football. "Actually, the owner would like one even more. You're very talented."

Her brain racked up the potential his words conjured. "I could create a painting for whoever wanted one; that wouldn't be a problem." Lord knew she needed the money. Just because she had an art studio on Ocean Avenue in Carmel didn't mean she was rolling in it. She'd inherited the studio when her grandmother died more than a year ago. The location was prime, but so was the cost to maintain it. Sheridan was constantly busy, especially with the heavy load of classes she taught, but all that business was still barely able to pay the bills.

"I'd get first dibs, though, right?" He winked at her and her heart fluttered.

Stupid, reckless heart. It was a business transaction, not a flirtatious moment. And hadn't Jared Quinn been involved in some sort of sordid scandal? She swore she'd read that recently in some gossip mag.

Not that she read gossip mags.

Okay, maybe she did, but it had been a while, since she was so busy. Usually she went to the local bookstore at least once a week with her friend Willow, where they both bought a latte and then sat side by side, flipping through the pages of the latest and greatest in gossipy news. Laughing, criticizing, and generally feeling better about themselves for at least a fleeting moment.

"Of course you'd get first dibs," she said breathlessly. She winced. God, she sounded like a teenager with a mad crush on the captain of the football team.

"And a finder's fee," he added.

"Um ..." She nibbled on her lower lip. Wasn't this guy a multimillionaire? Not only did the Hawks pay him a ton of money, but he had plenty of endorsements, including one where he stood around in his underwear with the same smile he was directing toward her at that very moment.

A true panty-melter if she ever saw one.

He threw back his head and laughed, his beautiful, blue eyes sparkling when they finally landed on her. "Don't worry, I was only kidding. I'm not that greedy."

"Oh." She laughed, feeling infinitely stupid. Blame it on the man—he unnerved her with his mere presence. It was much easier when she hadn't looked at him, hadn't known who he was.

"So, who exactly are you?"

Sheridan frowned. "What?" His rapid change of subject muddled her brain further.

He inclined his head in her direction. "Miss Live Painter, do you have a name?"

"Oh! Hold on." She set her paintbrush on the table holding her supplies, and reached into the front pocket of her apron, pulling out a business card. She handed it to him. "Sheridan Harper."

He took the card, his fingers grazing hers. The brief contact sent a scattering of gooseflesh over her skin, and she barely contained the shiver that threatened to take over. "Cute card, Sheridan Harper."

Pride swelled in her chest. "I designed it myself."

"I can tell." His lids lifted, that stark gaze zeroed directly in on her.

A bazillion people surrounded them, the place packed and buzzing with restless energy. Yet the way Jared Quinn looked at her at that very moment, it was as if no one else existed in the room but the two of them. "You're very talented," he drawled.

"Thank you," she said weakly. Why did it feel so good to hear the man's praise? It gave her even more of a rush than when the average person admired her work. The way he looked at her, too. As if he liked what he saw ...

"Nice shoes."

She glanced down at her hot pink stilettos. They were her favorites, though far from comfortable. But her grandma always told her, "Beauty is pain ..."

"You like them?" She held her foot out, turning it this way and that.

"Oh, yeah." His deep voice was full of seductive appreciation. She couldn't help but wonder if maybe he had a shoe fetish.

"I definitely want you to paint something for me." No asking, just telling. And she really didn't mind.

"I can do that," she said breezily.

"Soon." He smiled, easing the demand. "If that's not a problem."

He was impatient. And very charming. It was a most lethal combination. "Why don't you call me tomorrow and make an appointment?"

"How about I come by and see you tomorrow? I'm free for the next few days before we begin practice." When she frowned, he went on. "First pre-season game is scheduled next week."

Oh. Her friends would just die if they saw her talking to Jared Quinn, if they knew she was going to have him come to her studio.

Her mind raced. Did she have any commitments tomorrow? It was a Saturday. A ladies' night out class was scheduled but not 'til the evening. Oh, and she had a private lesson in the afternoon. "That should work, though morning is best for me."

"Good. Morning works for me, too." He didn't look necessarily relieved or worried she might tell him no. Had he ever heard the word "no" before? He was probably a man used to getting his way. "I should probably let you get back to your live painting."

She glanced at the canvas. It wasn't quite finished and there was still a lot to do before the night was over. "You're right. I need to get back to work." She offered him a smile. "Well, it was nice meeting you."

"Nice meeting you, too. I'll see you tomorrow. Is nine okay?"

"Sure, I'll be at my studio. The address is on the card."

"Got it. Great." Flashing that devastating smile yet again, Jared left. She watched him go, her gaze lingering on his very fine backside. Not that she normally checked out men's butts, but this one was particularly fine.

Everything about him was.

Shaking herself from the dream-like fog he'd put her under, she grabbed her brush and scanned the room, taking in each detail, trying to decide what to capture next. Her cell phone buzzed against her hip. She pulled it out of her skirt pocket to check the text message from Willow.

Were you just talking to star QB Jared Quinn??!!

Shaking her head, her fingers flew over the keyboard in reply.

Yep. He wants to buy a painting. An original work.

Less than a minute later came Willow's response:

OMG that's fantastic! Better share the deets later

Sheridan glanced up to see Willow giving her the thumbs-up from her booth down the aisle, which she returned with a subtle gesture. Willow ran a unique catering company, providing cotton candy and a few other sweet treats for birthday parties and small events. It was just starting to take off, her large variety of cotton candy flavors the biggest hit, especially among the younger set and at weddings.

Hence Willow's appearance at A Taste of Monterey. With the various local vendors showcasing their stuff, Willow had jumped at the opportunity to grow her clientele.

Sheridan had been working her way around the event from the moment she arrived and her feet were killing her, especially in her ridiculous high heels. Scheduling a full day of classes on top of the event had been poor planning on her part.

She'd kill for a glass of wine and a foot massage. Could probably get both, considering the variety of businesses here. Didn't seem people were too restricted by the "taste" aspect of the yearly event.

Enough daydreaming. Standing straight, she grabbed her paintbrush, taking in everything in front of her. The doors would close in little over an hour, and the crowd was starting to thin. She caught sight of Jared Quinn not too far down the line of booths, and he wasn't alone.

It appeared he'd brought another teammate with him, if his sheer size was any indication. They were both huge, built like ... well, football players. And of course, they were both terribly handsome.

The other one couldn't hold a candle to Jared in her eyes, though. He really was gorgeous. Like, out of her league gorgeous.

The people of Monterey County were pretty blasé when it came to celebrities, since there were so many who came to the area. Quite a few lived there as well, occupying the large, sprawling, beachside estates on 17-Mile Drive, or the quaint cottages with exquisite ocean views in Carmel-by-the-Sea. So no one really paid the Hawks players any mind, only an occasional glance in their direction here and there.

Deciding to include them in her painting, Sheridan got to work, knitting her eyebrows as she went into full concentration mode, chewing on her lower lip. Her hand dashed across the canvas, the brush stroking the thick paint onto the blank space a satisfying sound.

Follow your bliss, her grandmother had always told her. Sheridan was lucky she loved her job so much. Painting was her life. She was consumed with her business, working hard to help it grow, and determined to become a huge success despite her mother's doubts over her non-practical profession. Sheridan knew her mother thought she lived in a dream world, and would've preferred Sheridan sell the studio in such a lucrative neighborhood. That way, they'd make an enormous pot of money and they'd never have to worry again.

So not going to happen. At least, not yet.

Soon, she was caught up with her creation, carefully adding all of the minute details that helped make the painting that much more active. Trying to capture everything that unfolded all at once was tough, but she'd honed her skills over the years, becoming quicker with the brush, more observant of her surroundings. She didn't do as many live paintings as she used to, but they were fun, if exhausting work.

"You look thirsty."

A whispered shiver shot down her spine at the sound of the now-familiar voice. Arching her neck from side to side, she turned to find Jared standing before her once again, clutching a drink in his big hand.

Willow's cotton candy cocktail was quickly becoming a major hit among the wedding reception customers. Sheridan had been lucky enough to help her create the cocktail, sampling one after another one late summer evening not that long ago, until they'd been more than a little tipsy. She smiled at the fond memory.

A particular drink she had a mad fondness for, luckily enough. He lifted it toward her as if he were toasting her.

"I really shouldn't drink any alcohol while I'm working."

"I won't tell if you don't." The devilish expression on Jared's face was irresistible. As was his offer. She was pretty thirsty, and though it wasn't her earlier wished-for glass of wine, it would certainly do ...

"It'll be our secret." She reached for the drink, their fingers brushing when he handed over the martini glass, and yet again, her body reacted. A jolt of awareness shot through her, making her extremely conscious of how close he stood to her. How big and muscular he was.

Whoa, boy.

He watched her drink, his gaze seemingly locked on her lips as they curved around the rim of the glass, and heat suffused her. Could he be flirting? Was he interested? Hard to believe, considering he could have any woman he wanted, and he surely knew it.

Yet again, she was reminded that he'd recently been in the news. For something bad. Right? She wished she could remember. That was what happened when a person read too much gossip: it all got lumped in together.

"You like it?" he asked after she took a healthy sip.

"Love it. My friend makes these."

"You know her?" Jared glanced over his shoulder, as did Sheridan. Willow wiggled her fingers at them both, a silly grin on her face, her slightly oversized black-framed glasses borderline ridiculous on her pretty face. A giant of a man stood nearby. "She's cute. I think my friend likes her."

Jared's words piqued her curiosity. "A teammate, I presume?"

"How'd you know?" He sounded genuinely surprised.

"It's not normal for two testosterone-charged men with finely muscled bodies to come wandering through our small town event. You kind of stand out." She took another sip of the drink, the tart sweetness delicious on her tongue.

"You think we have finely muscled bodies, huh?"

He was teasing, she could tell by the tone of his voice, and she rolled her eyes. "You know what I mean." She waved a hand, as if she could dismiss her words. "Thank you for the drink." He really should go. He was a huge distraction, just standing there, looking handsome, making it hard for her to concentrate. She needed to finish painting.

"You're welcome." His deep, rumbling voice set her nerve endings on fire. "So, when does this thing end?"

Hope rose in her chest despite the warnings going off in her head. Clearly, he was a player. A man looking for a female to conquer. She needed to remember that. "Nine o'clock."

Jared glanced at his watch. It was beautiful ... and probably cost as much as she made in a year. Maybe more. "About an hour, then."

Panic rose within her, clutching her heart in a stranglehold. She drained her glass in one long swallow then thrust it into Jared's hand. "Oh my God, I need to finish! I'm almost out of time." Bending her head over her painting, she concentrated on finishing the scene, her hand moving even faster than normal.

"Maybe we could get together when it's over," he suggested. "Have another drink."

Her heart leapt, but she kept her gaze trained on the canvas. Meeting up with him afterward wouldn't be smart. He'd most likely use her for sex and then forget all about her.


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Game for Marriage 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
StaceyONeale More than 1 year ago
I'm a publicist with Entangled, but Karen Erickson is not my client. I'm writing this disclaimer because her book is published by Entangled. I've been a pretty active book reviewer for years, but I wanted to make all the above clear before you read my review. Many might say my opinion is swayed because of my affiliation, but I'll leave that up to you to judge. She had me with the tagline, "He’s going in deep to make her his…" I swear, every time I read a contemporary romance and love it, I'm shocked. You can tell by my review history, I read mostly fantasy. Not to mention, I own the Fantasy Book Addict website. I guess you could say my tastes are evolving. When I need a change of pace, I go into these contemporary romance binges. That's how I ended up reading, Game for Marriage. Can I just say I loved this book and leave it at that? No, okay, I'll elaborate. The story was the first aspect that peeked my interest. Ever since reading, Tempting the Player by J. Lynn, I've been looking for a romance with an athlete. Since this is football season, this book totally grabbed my attention. Once I got into the story, I fell hard for Jared Quinn. He's my kind of guy: tough, tortured, and sexy-as-hell! I flew through the pages. Actually, I finished reading it in one afternoon. In the past, I've always steered clear of contemporary romance because of the crappy, weak female characters. This is so not true with Sheridan Harper. She has her own opinions and she doesn't take any of his crap. She wasn't interested in him for his fame or money (although she was down on her luck by no fault of her own). She was worth cheering for! Bottom line: If you love sexy contemporary romance, you absolutely must read this. I've already been bugging Karen for information on the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the couple at the heart of this story and can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Too funny. Must read its about 176 pages long
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all the books in the Brazen line - this was excellent. If you like the Alpha male and super hot sex - this is for you! I adore this line and every single title is an auto-buy for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, read it this afternoon beginning to end! Held my interest all the way through. Highly reccomend!!
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Book 1 in Karen Erickson's new series - Game For It She was just a woman. A beautiful, messy, perfect, flawed, sexy, sweet woman he couldn't seem to get out of his system no matter how much he tried. This story is about a struggling artist and a bad boy football star who enter into a contract marriage.  He gets a better reputation and she gets to keep her studio.  But it never really ends there, does it? The book has an emotional connection that you can feel and relate to.  If you're looking for a hot, fun read - this is it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has been amazing.  I have about 30 pages left to read and i just cant wait to be able to read them, i find myself sitting at work waiting for my opportunity to do so.  This book is well written, keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see whats to come.  the relationship is beautifully done and like i said i cant wait to read the end, altho i find myself not wanting it to end.  I'm gonna be pretty sad when its over bc ive had such a great time getting to know these characters.  the author really helps you feel like you know them.  the sex scenes are really well written and tasteful, romantic.  They made me blush on occasion but it really has been a great book.  i give this book 5 stars because its totally worth the $2.99.  I promise you WON'T be disappointed in this little gem!!!  Happy reading!! ENJOY!! <3
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
Great storyline and I loved it!! RECOMMEND HIGHLY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one in this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, likeable characters & lots of steamy sex!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Bad boy Jared Quinn, star quarterback of the San Jose Hawks met local artist Sheridan Harper at a Taste of Monterey festival.  The attraction is instantaneous and combustible.  A flammable one night stand follows.  Jared needs a media makeover.  The new owners want his image cleaned up.  So Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip columns and she gets money to keep her studio open and continue her charitable works.  Sheridan agrees but with a clause that there be no sex as she is afraid she will lose her heart to the big lug.  Can Sheridan and Jared keep it platonic or will the heat between them explode? I've been reading a lot of sports romance lately and while the premise is predictable the story moves and grooves and you don’t get that been there done that feeling.  It took me a while to warm up to Jared but when he goes for it he does it with style. Game for Marriage is an enjoyable romp on and off the gridiron.
CarmellaS More than 1 year ago
I actually got this book as a freebie and loved it! The story is about Jared and Sheridan. Jared is a pro quarterback with a bad reputation and Sheridan is a struggling artist. She meets him one night at an event and throws caution to the wind and has a one nighter with him. He comes to see her the next day to her surprise. His publicist also comes with a proposition, a 1 year fake marriage to fix his reputation. For her, it would mean cash for her business to continue. She agrees but puts a "no sex" clause in the contract because she is worried he will break her heart. And so the story goes on..... Both of them had a missing parent in their life and really is afraid of a commitment. They are perfect for each other though. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, I couldn't put it down. Would love to hear more about Willow & Nick and a future of the main characters.
Evita_P More than 1 year ago
Hunkalicious Quaterback! I couldn't wait to find out just how `mighty' the great Mighty Jared Quinn was going to be...and boy Karen does not disappoint in her description. He is one hunkalicious quarterback. Sheridan Harper meets Jared at an art festival and he is smitten with her...a couple of drinks later in the night and they end up in each other's arms. Fast forward and when Jared's publicist needs to clean up his reputation, they come up with a false marriage to none other than Sheridan. She does not want to accept but she needs funds to keep her studio open, however, as a way to keep herself from getting to close to him, she has a no-sex clause added to their agreement. Good intentions but will they be able to keep that agreement when just seeing each other might make them spontaneously combust! You will need to make sure you pick up this book so you can find out for yourself what happens. I thoroughly enjoyed the sports aspect, I love football, Karen kept it very real. I couldn't get enough of the chemistry between our hero and heroine also how she never let him step all over her, loved her sassiness. I am so looking forward to the next installment...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Will definately read more from this author! I really don't read sport romances but I loved it.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson Sheridan is an artist struggling to keep the gallery open that was left to her by her Grandmother. Jared is a 'bad boy' football player...whether by rumor or truth who knows? They meet one night at an event for local businesses as Sheridan is doing a 'live' painting. Sheridan is frazzled by him when she first meets him the instant attraction is mutual, and even though Sheridan can't quite believe it's happening to her, she meets him for a drink after the event, lets go of her inhibitions and spends a wildly satisfying night with Jared. "...she turned to face her admirer. ... And stopped dead in her tracks when she saw all six-foot-plus, mouthwatering gorgeousness of him." Despite the attraction, Sheridan thinks that night will be all she has of him. But Jared has a terrible public image and his publicist is convinced that Sheridan will be the fix for this. She's beautiful, talented, community minded and perfect for Jared! A 'fake' marriage is what the publicist that will benefit Jared's image and Sheridan's art studio. It will be a true marriage, with the exception of one clause Sheridan insists on after she is convinced to do this. She is convinced that if she has a sexual relationship with Jared during their fake marriage, she will fall hard for him and be left with a shattered heart when they part ways. "...the chance to bring her business into the next stratosphere also held massive appeal. But it was the man who had pushed her over the edge. Pretending to be married to Jared Quinn was a temptation she couldn't resist. Which was why she put the no-sex clause into the agreement...the one that would keep her strong and ensure she didn't do anything stupid." Jared and Sheridan are still very attracted to each other though, in a way that can't be faked. Even though they are basically two strangers getting married, the feelings and attraction continue to intensify. Along with that comes their struggle to know each other and trust one another within the falseness of their marriage. As they first try to stay out of each other's way but slowly spend more time together, the marriage starts to feel more and more real. But is it, or are the circumstances dictating that with the way they have to play it up for the media and hope no one finds out about their ruse? Sheridan finds herself more and more wanting to be his wife in more ways than one, regretting the clause she put into their contract...Jared is feeling frustration with the situation too...and he is finding himself falling more and more for Sheridan. "That stupid stipulation. Her stupid, ridiculous heart and fear of getting hurt. For once she wanted to throw all worries aside and go after what she wanted."  Can an arrangement like this stay secret for long? What will happen when the truth comes out? Their relationship might have started off unconventionally by most standards, but do they care enough and is it strong enough to continue? Both Jared and Sheridan will have to decide what's important to them. I really wanted things to work out for Jared and Sheridan! I really liked both of these characters. Jared has had a rough time of it with the media, not always deserved, but he comes across as such a caring man with a lot of feelings inside that big body (which by the way I'd love to cuddle up to!). Sheridan is a good person who falls for the famous football player. She has no hidden agenda and she is a strong woman, but she can't quite believe this is happening to her! I liked how even though they thought of their marriage as 'fake' they worked through rough patches and were there for each other. They both obviously cared for one another even though neither would really admit it! Willow is Sheridan's best friend in Game for Marriage and she seems to have something going on with Nick, a friend and team mate of Jared's. I hope I get a chance to read more about them in a future book! Karen enchanted me with Game for Marriage. Not quite a modern day fairy tale, but close! You never know what can happen and who you'll end up with. Her writing is very descriptive, and Jared? HOT! He came across probably exactly as she meant him to! The sex scenes are pretty detailed, so if you like this and a fun romance that could end up either way, I'd recommend Game for Marriage!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
The press has played Jared off as a womanizer. The last straw is when an ex-team mates wife hits on Jared and tells everyone he is the reason for her failed marriage. The new owner of the team wants to clean up his reputation and what better way than to have Jared get married. In the beginning, Jared isn't on board with the marriage idea. When he meets Sheridan, he is genuinely interested in her and invites her out for a drink. When the publicist finds out, he researches her and decides she would make a great candidate for Jared's new wife. This one started out really good. The heat between Jared and Sheridan felt natural. They have a really hot night together but then Sheridan sneaks out. She wasn't expecting Jared and his publicist to show up at her gallery the next day to propose a fake marriage deal. Sheridan is on the verge of losing her grandmothers gallery and that's the only reason she says yes. To keep her safe, she adds a no sex clause to the contract. This is where their natural chemistry kind of waned for me. I think it's just hard to start a story out when the couple is hot in the beginning then cool them down after. The writing is good and overall, it wasn't a bad story. I'll read more from this author.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
game for marriage kicks off with one hot night of crazy sex for jared quinn and sheridan harper. jared is the star quarterback for the local team, and happens to be in dire need of image rehab. the team publicist believes that sheridan will make the perfect fake wife, especially considering she's barely making ends meet in order to keep her art studio open. it's too hard to say no to the deal they offer and before she knows it sheridan harper becomes sheridan quinn. and things would be going swimmingly if it weren't for a no-sex clause sheridan had insisted writing into their marriage contract. at the time sheridan was thinking to protect her heart because too many wild nights with jared would inevitably result in heartbreak. she hadn't counted on wanting him in spite of all the possible terrible consequences. getting to know her husband she realizes that he's not really the scumbag player he's made out to be in the press. and the guy he is around her is someone easy to love. negotiating how to make this fake relationship a real one will involve some fancy footwork. but there's too much heat and emotion between these two that there is only one conclusion. i'm a big fan of fake relationship stories. and football too. and watching sheridan and jared figure out that all those pretend emotions are something very real is well worth the read. **game for marriage published january 11, 2013. i received a digital copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest feedback.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I loved the story with Jared and Sheridan from the way they met to their lightbulb moments of realizing their true feelings for one another. This was such a fun and sexy read. I loved the way Jared pursued Sheridan and the way he was so normal. He was not arrogant at all but confident and funny. And Sheridan was a sweet woman trying to continue her grandmother's legacy. How can you not love a woman who wants to honor the special woman in her life? Throw in some very funny and entertaining friends in Willow and Nick and you have a very charming love story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked this alot. Enjoyed reading this although I know nothing about Football !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Jared from the beginning, playboy and all...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced terrific book. Great characters and a intense plot keeps you glued to the pages. Cannot wait to read Nick and Willows story in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved Jared & Sheridan's story! Super hot chemistry. This was an excellent story! What else can I say! I loved it so much It only took me a few hours to read it! Can't wait to start the next book in the series.