Games We Play

Games We Play

by ruthie robinson

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Overview

Money may not be the root of all evil, but for Barnabus Lee Cooper (Coop), the recipient of his family's vast fortune, it can be a burden. Coopersville, located in Central Texas, is home to his ancestor's dark past, and the acts of his family still loom over his future. Coop is seeking two things in a woman-- someone who can see beyond the money to the man beneath, and someone he can trust with his past.

Kendall Edwards, a professor of Business at the University is weary. Having grown up under the hands of an opportunistic mother, for whom the lure of money was everything, she wants as far away from that as she can get. But no matter how hard she seems to try, she is always pegged as her mother's daughter.

Can these two get past their family's legacies and find the best in each other? Sometimes apples do fall far from the tree.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148398684
Publisher: Ruthie Robinson
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 377
Sales rank: 1,138,941
File size: 983 KB

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Games We Play 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CompulsionReads More than 1 year ago
With the summer off and a fresh breakup on her mind, Professor Kendall Edwards is happy to leave bustling Austin to spend the summer in the small town of Coopersville with her aunt. On the drive down, Kendall wonders if Coopersville’s reputation for racism and intolerance is well earned.  Before she even makes it into town, Kendall gets her flirt on big time with a hunk at the gas station. She runs into the same handsome stranger out on the town’s golf course, and what do you know, Mr. Gorgeous can play! Makes sense, seeing as Kendall assumes he’s part of the grounds keeping crew and has regular access to the course. After growing up under the shadow of her supermodel mother, Kendall is sick of rich men. She could definitely go for a summer fling with a salt-of-the-earth type. Cooper, owner of the golf course and the wealthiest man in town, can’t take his eyes off the beautiful African American stranger who gave him a tempting smile at the gas station and then appeared on his course while he was surveying the grounds. She must be the professor who is coming to town, the daughter of the supermodel. Cooper is instantly suspicious. Does she know who he is? Is she cozying up to him for his money? Even if not, his father would roll in his grave to think of his white son dating a black woman. Cooper has been working hard for years to slowly move the town away from its racist past, but his mission is fueled as much by guilt as goodwill. Would Kendall still be simmering in his arms if she knew about his past?  Games We Play is a smooth and engaging read. Both Kendall and Cooper are pleasant protagonists. I especially enjoyed Kendall, the smart, sexy and strong professor who never cowered in the face of disapproval. It’s wonderful to read well-developed characters of color, especially those who don’t fit the usual mold. As the daughter of a supermodel, Kendall is used to money and the high life. It’s Cooper, despite his vast wealth, who introduces her to a more “simple”….make that “uncomplicated” life. Of course, what starts out as an “uncomplicated” summer fling soon grows into something much bigger and much deeper between them.  Readers are in for all the features that romance readers love – misunderstandings, wooing, mind-blowing sex with synced orgasms, and a big twist toward the end that could threatening the growing love between them. The only minor drawback I think is worth mentioning is more than a few typos that started to grow distracting as the book wore on. Besides this issue, the story felt strong and complete. Will Kendall and Cooper prove that love is colorblind, or will the dark past of Coopersville tear them apart? That’s your cue to go buy the book and find out!  (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)