The Name of the Game

The Name of the Game

by Jennifer Dawson

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ISBN-13: 9781420134292
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: A Something New Novel Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 816,903
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they're married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she'd been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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The Name of the Game 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## MARVELOUS. I truly enjoyed this book. It's the first one I've read from this series (out of order), but it stands alone just fine. At first I wasn't sure I liked the heroine because she seemed mean to me. Not to mention, saying things like: "you don't want to have sex with me? What's wrong with you?" is so incredibly arrogant, but then I realized she was protecting herself. I ended up liking her a lot. And the hero, too. They had fantastic chemistry and once they got together they were on fire. I liked that the hero could admit when he did something wrong, straight to her face. Once he decided he was in, he was honest to a fault. There was one weird "sort of" sex scene in his office that I still think was bizarre, but other than that, this was a real treat. I will be seeking out Shane's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story and the charcters are great, my only complaint with this author are the abrupt endings, if the ending wasnt so abrupt i would have given it 5 stars instead of 4.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has been a must read and a repeat read. I can't put it down
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I found it to be enjoyable, fun to read what I consider clean. The sex scenes were tastefully done and not done just to be salacious. It was also a little different than most. Most books deal with the insecurities of women and their weight and how they are treated but this is the opposite. It deals with insecurities James has had to overcome during his childhood. Gracie and James have the same circle of friends. For months now, they have done nothing but fight. But why is this? Why do they bait each other? Others feel it is because they are attractive to each other. But if you ask them they will definitely deny it. As they continue to bicker with each other, the tension rises. Gracie feels the only way to release some of this tension is to finally have sex. The first time though James turns her down. While he doesn’t think it is a good idea, he can’t seem to stop thing about it. Gracie has a baking company which brings her to Chicago for deliveries. James takes the plunge and asks her to stay with him when she comes into town. Things escalate from there. These are two likeable characters. Gracie thinks of the “Professor” as this geek, dud in bed. Boy was she wrong. He is a take charge kind of man. I like the fact there is not a lot of inner turmoil. They story was quick to read and flowed easily. It is one of those books that before you know it you are almost done. I have not read the first two books in the Something New series by this author. While that does not really matter, I know I am going to back and read the other two to see how all these friends came together.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
So. Much. Fun! I love a good enemies-to-lovers story, and this one was oh, so good! Plus, there's cupcakes. A win-win, really. Gracie and James have been sniping at each other for the past year, and neither one realizes it's because they're actually drawn to each other despite the fact that on the surface they couldn't be more different. (Hello, that's why they say opposites attract...) Now that four of the people who are closest to them are married/getting married (the heroes and heroines of books one and two in the series, Take a Chance on Me and The Winner Takes It All ), they've resigned themselves to being thrown together. A lot. Which suddenly seems more confusing than infuriating, somehow... The chemistry between these two is palatable--it practically jumps off the page at the reader, and (most of) the other characters in the book are aware of it before Gracie and James even have a clue. Once they give in to it? Whoa--watch out--have a cool drink and/or fan handy! Ms. Dawson has a real knack for writing sexy banter too--you can bet that pretty much whenever Gracie and James are on the page together, it's going to be a lot of fun to read. And when they make up after the relationship black moment? So. Good. Excellent grovel scene. ;) The Name of the Game is the third book in the series, but it worked fine as a standalone. As mentioned, all the characters from the first two books play a pretty significant role, and I just loved watching them interact with each other. It's so much fun to read about characters with close family/friendship ties. I'd already added all three of their books (Evan's is coming next--can't wait!) to my TBR before I was even halfway through with this one. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
jkmeaux More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! Gracie Roberts, a curvy, flirty, gorgeous bombshell runs a successful baker in Revival. James Donovan is a quiet, serious forensic anthropologist professor in Chicago. What do they have in common? Their friends and family, and for the sake of pleasant gatherings, they have to work at being civil to one another. When they finally admitted to the sexual tension between them and decided to do something about it, Gracie discovered a side of The Professor she never dreamed existed. This story is funny, steamy, and fun to read. This was the first book I've read by Jennifer Dawson and she is a truly talented author. I received an arc of this book from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
What does a forensics professor and a baker have in common? Besides friends and family and bickering this was such a fun read I have already downloaded the first 2 books in the series! James is all about control, of his diet, his exercise, his entire life is under control. Yeah, right. Then Gracie shows up at his door one evening with a proposition. Gracie is a baker and lives next door to James' sister and is also best friends with his brother's fiance. They will be in each other's lives for the foreseeable future. I enthusiastically recommend this book! **Received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
GypsyL More than 1 year ago
Well, this book was a delightful surprise! I have not read anything by Jennifer Dawson before but the plot sounded good and the reviews of the previous books on Amazon were encouraging, so I took the risk. So happy I did. Gracie has a good life that she is grateful for. She has her brother, her friends, and her small baking business. That's not to say everything is perfect. Her two female best friends are about to become sisters-in-law, and she is feeling twinges of envy over that connection. Her brother is being more mysterious than usual. But the most irritating aspect of her life is her acrimonious relationship with James. Who happens to be one of her best friends' brother, and the others' future brother in law. And a complete pain her neck with his ability to confound her expectations of him. James, for his part, is just as frustrated with Gracie. She's stubborn, sassy and unpredictable. And for some reason, while she gets along with everyone else, she can't seem to manage one civil conversation with him. And, she's not likely to be going anywhere anytime soon, given the strengthening ties between their friends. Watching these two fall into reluctant attraction, then like, then feel their way through a relationship and eventually into love and commitment was an entertaining, touching and sexy ride. What I really appreciated was way the author managed to balance the emotional character development with the sexual aspects of the relationship. So many romance books struggle with that balance, usually, favoring the sexual relationship over the emotional. Not the case here. When the two of them finally confessed their love, it was truly a believable emotion given their relationship. I am, of course, going to have to go and read the previous books in this series. And I can only say I am looking forward to that. 4 stars! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review on Net Galley
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Sexy quiet Professor with Dom tendencies? HECK YES! I loved this book. I really enjoyed reading how Gracie and James’s relationship grew. Oh the sexual tension and everything was just wonderful! James is now added to my ever growing book boyfriend list…which I really need to sit down and think about. Maybe write them all down to share with you guys someday! How they both have their own struggles and everything just make this book even better, but who doesn’t like to read a book that involves a bickering couple and then amazingly hot sex?! I reread quite a few parts because they were just so freaking awesome! If you like your romance with a healthy dose of hot sex between two people who share a genuine and growing love for each other you will love this book. I recommend it! *I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first I have read in this series, the premise was cute and I was curious about the story. Antagonists to lovers, and what better way than happy go lucky baker with a penchant for delectable desserts and an aversion to exercise coming face to face with a geeky, reserved professor that runs marathons, prefers health food to tasty food an can’t help but analyze every situation? Here we go! Gracie and James are instantly rubbing each other the wrong way when they meet because of the upcoming wedding. Gracie is simply delectable, from her gorgeous desserts (I was hungry from the first description) to her cheery attitude with a touch of devil-may-care, she was the perfect balance for James. And who doesn’t love a geek who (most probably) has cue cards for conversation topics in his pocket, but comes with a full array of Dr. Who t-shirts and references? These two are convinced they have nothing in common – but that attraction. It zings around the room like fireworks. If they could only stop sniping and jibing one another. But then – they take a chance. And whooo boy does James show just how take charge he is! Dawson uses their attraction to dance with BDSM experimentation in all the right ways: communication and limit setting, with only a couple of hiccups. And those are when James just ‘knows’ that he can sort a problem for Gracie better than she can. He wasn’t being a jerk, but he was approaching things from the deadly I know better perspective, something that in the many telephone conversations they had, he should have realized NOT to do. Fortunately, they had built a solid connection even as they were not together a great deal, and Gracie was able to see his point, get angry and move forward within a reasonable time. These two are delightful: funny, clever and honest – and able to share most everything, keeping the reading moving forward quickly. You can’t help but to cheer them on, even after you reach for a cool drink from their steamy moments. Plenty of heart, solid heat and lots of laughs make this a wonderful story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
THE NAME OF THE GAME gives true meaning to the saying that opposites attract. Gracie Roberts and James Donovan have been striking sparks off each other from the first day they met and couldn't be more different in personality. Gracie is in one word: a bombshell. With an attractive face and body, she's friendly and bubbly and has never met a man she couldn't charm until James. Since they have family and friends in common, avoiding each other is not possible so, she's taken to baiting him and tempting him with her baked treats all the time and it drives her crazy that she can't seem to get a reaction from him. Until she admits to herself that she's attracted to him and decides to do something about it. College professor James is calm, focused and very much in control and Gracie and her chaotic and messy ways threaten that control in every way. He's attracted to her but he knows that nothing can come out of it so, he's very surprised when she propositions him and they discover how very compatible they are between the sheets. But will Gracie's fear of commitment ruin everything before they even have a chance? Or will James's logical approach to problem-solving be the thing that does them in? The sizzling chemistry between Gracie and James in The Winner Takes It All had me all excited for this book and I'm glad to say that it lived up to its promise. The heat between them is enough to melt steel and it was so much fun watching them figure out what everyone else had: that they were perfect for each other. The constant bickering was enough to drive me crazy but it all added to the fun. James was a surprise, but in a good way. All of that control in a sexy and dominant package, but at the same time quite clueless about women, which was quite understandable when his backstory was revealed. As usual, the banter is fun and when the whole group gets together, it's so entertaining. They had me screaming with laughter and melting over the sweet moments. As much as I enjoyed Gracie and James, I enjoyed the glimpses into the previous couples' relationships. There were a few surprises but I love that the drama in the story was all about Gracie and James figuring out their relationship and not about any external interference. THE NAME OF THE GAME was fun, flirty and pure pleasure to read and I'm counting down the days until Evan's story because I can't get enough of Ms. Dawson's writing. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
The Name of the Game is a classic tale of opposites attracting to find true love. Gracie, a baker and James, a college professor are not friends. But they have a lot of friends in common, so they often see each other. They bicker about carbs, exercise, and life in general until they are forced together when mutual friends get married. Both are in the wedding party, and decide to call a temporary truce. Once they stop fighting they realize that they hare attracted to each other and hook up in secret. As each learns more about the other, their feelings start to develop, and they form a real relationship. Will their commitment survive when everyone learns their secret? I liked this book, because it was fun to read. (It reminded me of Castle or Moonlighting). I loved the main characters, the dialogue, and setting. I look forward to reading other novels in this series. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
bazzlec More than 1 year ago
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
James and Gracie are complete opposites, but they are also each other's perfect match. Sparks have been flying between these two since they met, but they are convinced that they are too different to be good together. Their family and friends keep them in constant contact with each other, so they attempt to try to be nice to each other. This leads them to discover what everyone else knows - they actually like each other. The chemistry between the couple is intense and once they give into the attraction they burn up the pages. There is never a dull moment between them - in or out of the bedroom. Can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend the previous books in the series. Can't wait for Evan's (James' brother) story next and I hope we get Sam's (Gracie's brother) soon! 4.5 stars! I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! This is the third in the series but it can absolutely be read stand alone. However, if you have read the first two books you have enjoyed the crazy bickering and banter between James and Gracie. You always new there were sparks beneath all that heat and the chemistry flares to life in this book! It's a fantastic opposites attract story, but sometimes you find out the person you think you know isn't quite what you thought! Their better, oh so much better. You definitely want to pick up this fantastically written story and give it a try. I highly recommend it.
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
I read this in one day. I loved every single moment of it. Gracie was so relatable for me and I just loved her so much. James....whoa, Never saw it coming. The two together are the sexiest explosion I have ever read. Just wow. Their story was so wonderful. Both of them have some issues trusting other people and cannot figure out why in the world they are drawn to each other. Enemies to lovers is a favorite trope of mine and the tension is so thick it oozes out of the pages. Just an amazing read all around. I'll be looking for more from Dawson in the future.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
A wolf in professor’s clothing versus a blonde Betty Boop baker should not strike sparks off one another – but – they do. Since this is the first book in this series that I read I have to admit that I nearly put it down after reading the first scene in which James and Gracie argued over seemingly nonsensical issues. I couldn’t imagine why two adults could be caught up in such a juvenile argument over such a trivial issue. Why would such dialogue make them both so hot under the collar? I am glad I persevered with the book, though, because both James and Gracie were more than I thought they would be upon first meeting them. James may like control, seem methodical and science driven but there are reasons for the way he is just as there are reasons why Gracie fears she will never find someone to commit to forever. The telling of their romance includes some of their back stories, a bit about their professions and quite a bit of steamy sexual encounters. Neither one is entirely what the other believes them to be nor are they as thoroughly incompatible as they once had supposed. There are two other couples that appear in this book that have had their stories told earlier in the “something new” series and there are at least three more characters I would like to know more about, Sam (Gracie’s brother), Evan (James’s brother) and Harmony (new in town and working for Gracie). A thoroughly enjoyable read that I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corp for sending me the ARC to read and review. Four Stars
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Lighthearted romp between the good time baker and the (not so) nerdy professor. Gracie is a flirt and gets along with all the guys except her BFF’s brother James Donovan. They are constantly picking at each other and she can’t figure out why. When they figure it out the sparks fly and we get to go along for the ride. My husband is a lot like James and I loved this book. Though it is part of a series it can be read standalone. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Gracie and James are opposites. He has to think everything through, weigh the options and act according. Gracie is impetuous, self reliant and her spirited personality has caused heated exchanges between her and responsible James. The saying: where there's smoke, there's fire applies to them. That fire leads to an inferno. The combustible energy between these two leaps off the page and scorches the reader. Jennifer Dawson has written a story with sex appeal that gets better ever page. Each story I have read by Ms. Dawson is even better than the first one. I received an ARC of The Name of the Game in exchange for an honest review.