Love Game (Love Games, #1)
Kate Snyder scored her first national championship in her undergrad days at Wolcott University, and now she’s a coaching legend. The last thing she wants is to work beside a washed-up coach escaping scandal, but the University hands her Danny McMillan.Danny was hoping his transition at Wolcott University would go smoothly, but clashing with snarky Kate has made things difficult. Even as she finally lightens up towards him, a local reporter can’t get enough of their verbal fireworks on camera. What the cameras don’t know is that the sparks are even hotter behind the scenes…

Love Game (Love Games, #1) Details

TitleLove Game (Love Games, #1)
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN-139781492651499
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

Love Game (Love Games, #1) Review

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with a review when you love a book as much as I did Love Game by Maggie Wells. A hero with something to prove, a heroine who just wants the respect and paycheck she deserves for what she’s produced, a reporter with a grudge, a morality clause, and friends who go the extra mile all made Love Game an excellent story.For years Coach Kate Snyder has proven herself as an athlete, an Olympic champion, and as coach to three Division I title championships. She Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with a review when you love a book as much as I did Love Game by Maggie Wells. A hero with something to prove, a heroine who just wants the respect and paycheck she deserves for what she’s produced, a reporter with a grudge, a morality clause, and friends who go the extra mile all made Love Game an excellent story.For years Coach Kate Snyder has proven herself as an athlete, an Olympic champion, and as coach to three Division I title championships. She loves coaching at her alma mater Wolcott University and would love to stay there provided they are willing to show her the money in her contract negotiations. Following a scandal that rocked his coaching career, Danny McMillan is thankful to be back coaching at a Division I school even if it’s for a football team that hasn’t won a game in forever. He knows he has a lot to prove, he knows it is going to be difficult, he just didn’t realize that part of the job would be finally realizing that winning isn’t everything; it’s the love of the game especially when that game is love.OMG people, this book!! First off Kate, damn we need more heroines like Kate both in fiction and real life. This woman is formidable in so many ways; she loves her job, one she takes very seriously including mentoring young athletes, she loves the game and remembers the joy of playing it, she respects other athletes (well her dislike of baseball was troubling to my baseball soul, but I let it go), she refuses to let others devalue her accomplishments just because she is a woman, she demands respect, but can take the heat as well as dish it out, and most of all she is loyal to those she cares about. I may have a wee bit of a woman crush on Kate!It would have been easy to see Danny as a player and someone who was use to breaking the rules and getting away with it, but Ms. Wells crafted his character so well it was easy to sympathize with him and the events that got him in trouble. I’m not saying he was completely innocent, but I am saying the blame didn’t lie solely at his feet but being a head coach he took it. What I loved most about Danny was he wasn’t put off by Kate’s commanding personality (in reality I think it turned him on) and he supported her fully. That’s not to say they didn’t have some differences of opinion on things, but that lively sparring kept things oh so interesting and fun.I loved the layers to this story, the way Danny’s past made their relationship difficult, the way he accepted it and the way Kate fought so they could have everything they wanted. Danny was happy to have Kate, but Kate…damn, she wanted it all and she aimed to get it.If you want to read a feel good story, one that shows a woman can be tough and even a bit of a ball buster without being shrew and bitchy, then you do not want to miss Love Game. I know it is early in 2018, but I can already tell you Love Game will be one of my favorite reads this year, it is that good!
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Maggie Wells is a new author to me and I did take to her her smooth writing, even though the technical and political details of sports and its management at collegiate and semi-professional level escaped me somewhat. The enemies-to-lovers vibe was strong—especially when it came to the (justifiably) issue of gender inequality exemplified in sports—that was played out in the pages as a running theme here. Above all, I liked Well’s articulate ‘meta-speak’ on the problems with women and the blatant Maggie Wells is a new author to me and I did take to her her smooth writing, even though the technical and political details of sports and its management at collegiate and semi-professional level escaped me somewhat. The enemies-to-lovers vibe was strong—especially when it came to the (justifiably) issue of gender inequality exemplified in sports—that was played out in the pages as a running theme here. Above all, I liked Well’s articulate ‘meta-speak’ on the problems with women and the blatant inequality that they face in the workplace, more so in male-dominated industries. What I really appreciated was the portrayal of a no-nonsense, strong heroine who has made her way in the male-dominated world of sports first as a celebrated player, then as a legendary coach. Kate’s hard-earned position simply showed what women can do today—despite the fact that she’s probably one of the rare few earning that sort of accolade—and that much kept me going, even if it was to glow (by proxy) in what fictional women can achieve. I felt for Kate nonetheless—the price she kept paying for the position she’d reached was the constant hemming in and the harassment by other male voices whether intentionally or not and it’s a struggle that I think readers can relate to which Wells writes about excellently. Yet I hadn’t expected her to cave so easily to Danny however, especially after her continued mantra about staying strong and resisting him. On the other hand, Danny came across as sleazy because of his past—his affair with a student, the scandal that surrounded his previous job, his ready exploitation of willing women because he could, his blatant ignoring the non-fraternisation clause—and somewhat reckless as he fell in lust with Kate and then pursued it with as much vigour as he could, along with some dick-waving episodes with the other characters in the story. That said, I thought Kate/Danny’s connection was more lust than love, which made for a copious amount of scorching sex but apart from that, I couldn’t get their emotional connection. There were parts that I actually struggled through, unable to be convinced about Danny’s declaration of love when it felt like yet another mutinous thing in he’d done in his career. I think it’s strange to be moved more by the issues here that Wells brought up through Kate than the actual romance itself, which I couldn’t quite take a shine to. Because that was what ‘Love Game’ felt more like to me: the struggle for an independent, successful woman to just be seen as equal despite her achievements, the constant fight to stay on top and the pain borne on the way, rather than a search for a man to add colour to her life. *ARC by Netgalley
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  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
    January 1, 1970
    The book starts off with Kate Snyder's basketball team winning the cup for Wolcott University. Kate had been the coach for the women's basketball team, and she has several wins up her belt. Then  the new football coach, Danny joins the school due a scandal . When she finds that  his pay grade is much higher up than Kate,she can't believe that she is not worth more .Even though they are fighting every chance they get sparks flow between Danny and Kate. Danny has to make a bunch of nerds wins a fo The book starts off with Kate Snyder's basketball team winning the cup for Wolcott University. Kate had been the coach for the women's basketball team, and she has several wins up her belt. Then  the new football coach, Danny joins the school due a scandal . When she finds that  his pay grade is much higher up than Kate,she can't believe that she is not worth more .Even though they are fighting every chance they get sparks flow between Danny and Kate. Danny has to make a bunch of nerds wins a football cup,he realises that his old tactics don't work hereAre Danny and Kate falling in love?Will Danny's team win the football cup ?What is scandal that brought down Danny's career?Read to find out.I enjoyed the book. The chemistry between Kate and Danny is sizzling. There are hot and steamy scenes. Sometimes the talk about basketball and football was too technical that it went over my head. Favorite character Millie. She was pretty badass I love how the title relates to both protagonists. I loved the climax , how Kate found a way out of all the mess.The writing style is engaging and doesn't bore you. The characters were of the old mould , a handsome arrogant man, a beautiful independent woman.Recommend for romance readers
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I have a huge girl crush on Kate Snyder! I love strong women in romance writing and the Olympic basketball star turned award winning coach has to be one of my all time favourite characters. She’s smart, she’s quick and she’s also very funny.Kate’s love interest, Danny, is also a retired sports star - but his life post retirement has been a little bit messy. I love the chemistry between these two. I love that Danny is attracted to Kate’s strength and to her successes. And while Danny and Kat Wow! I have a huge girl crush on Kate Snyder! I love strong women in romance writing and the Olympic basketball star turned award winning coach has to be one of my all time favourite characters. She’s smart, she’s quick and she’s also very funny.Kate’s love interest, Danny, is also a retired sports star - but his life post retirement has been a little bit messy. I love the chemistry between these two. I love that Danny is attracted to Kate’s strength and to her successes. And while Danny and Kate both might take their sports a little bit too seriously, their relationship is fun and the banter between them is brilliant. I really appreciated some of the feminist themes that run through this book. Kate wrestles hard with the salary difference between herself - a coach with four national championship titles and Danny - an unproven coach with a murky past. Sadly, equal pay for women’s sports seems to be a long way off for players and staff alike but I really like the way Kate fights for her contract without compromising herself or making any compromises to appease Danny. I loved the courtship moments as Danny attempts to win Kate’s attention. The chemistry between these two is crazy hot and there are some scorching scenes in this story. But while the courtship phase is long and very satisfying, the race from bed to HEA felt like a breathless race. The end comes a little too quickly for me. I wanted to see these two settle into a relationship but instead I’ll have to trust that they’ll sort themselves out. This is the kind of romance that I want to see more of. We need more ‘warrior’ women in romance. We need to be able to read about women that we can look up to and be inspired by. We also need more relationships between equals in romance. I loved this story and I will be looking for more by this author.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed the unusually strong heroine, the banter, and the weaving of basketball and football into the mix. The sex scenes were actually a distraction from the plot, the interesting friends and troubled family dynamics.
  • Nissanmama
    January 1, 1970
    I am so the target audience for the this book, I feel like I need to issue a disclaimer upfront. Love Game, the first book in Maggie Well’s Love Games series takes on love, women’s sports, and broadcasting. I was a journalism major, played not one, but two sports in the NCAA at a D-1 school, and coached professionally for over fifteen years. As far as I’m concerned, Wells wrote this one for me. That being said, any woman who loves a smart, driven, dedicated, take-no-prisoners heroine, will love I am so the target audience for the this book, I feel like I need to issue a disclaimer upfront. Love Game, the first book in Maggie Well’s Love Games series takes on love, women’s sports, and broadcasting. I was a journalism major, played not one, but two sports in the NCAA at a D-1 school, and coached professionally for over fifteen years. As far as I’m concerned, Wells wrote this one for me. That being said, any woman who loves a smart, driven, dedicated, take-no-prisoners heroine, will love Kate Snyder. She puts the “hero” in heroine as she fights for her job, her players, women’s sports, and the love of her life.Kate, openly inspired by Pat Summitt, is a four time NCAA national women’s basketball champion coach. She’s a former Olympian in her own right, but there’s that caveat that rankles all female athletes the world over, “women’s” fill-in-the-sport. Billie Jean King may have proved our point when she beat Bobby Riggs, but ultimately that didn’t have much effect on funding, did it? Even in 2017, the big bucks still go to men’s sports. I can’t tell you how many times I heard about how the men’s sports, especially football, fund the women’s sport programs. But I digress… Even women who aren’t in the athletic industry will appreciate and relate to the fight women have in male dominated work places.Kate’s love story with Danny McMillan was hot and steamy, but almost secondary. Wells could have left out the explicit scenes and still had a solid story. What they add is a demonstration of the intensity of these two characters, consistent in all parts of their lives. In that way it makes them more authentic.As indicated in the description, Love Game has alternating points of view. It is my preferred format in the contemporary romance genre as we get let into the what each character thinks about the other and when. Maggie Wells is a new author for me and her writing style is tight. She has intentionally inserted a fun sportscaster-like lingo and zingers into her characters’ dialog. Their banter is as competitive as their personalities and it creates heat. Blessedly, they know when enough is enough. It’s not about always having the last word or the harshest barb. Wells never crosses the line over into mean. By the end I was as in love with these characters as they were with each other.My Rating: A, Loved ItRead this full review and others at That's What I'm Talking About: http://twimom227.com/2018/01/review-l...
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~I enjoyed this well written and gender equality challenging read. I thought that the injustices in recognition and pay between the super successful Kate Snyder, and the scandal-bound Danny were played out very cleverly. We are set up to hate on Danny from the beginning and yet, if you have faith in the author, she does not let you down, and in fact his behaviour is far more forgivable. The chemistry between the two leads ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~I enjoyed this well written and gender equality challenging read. I thought that the injustices in recognition and pay between the super successful Kate Snyder, and the scandal-bound Danny were played out very cleverly. We are set up to hate on Danny from the beginning and yet, if you have faith in the author, she does not let you down, and in fact his behaviour is far more forgivable. The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable, and it is highly entertaining watching them give in to the desires they cannot fight. It works particularly well because term is out, and they are not busy with their usual routines. Touches like that are important to me, as they make the plot work so much better. Although most of the focus is on the couple, there are some good side characters too - which maybe will feature in future books in the series. Kate's friends are fun, and instrumental in the resolution of all the issues keeping these two people apart. Mike is rather hampered by his position, but in the end he is a good friend to both Danny and Kate. I found this a super easy book to read, and enjoyed how it played out. Thank you Ms Wells
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its not about people just starting out, its about people who have lived their dreams and what happens after the dream has ended. Whether my injury or retirement. About how your life is not only impacted by your dreams but what happens after the dream fades away. How you conduct yourself and make new dreams.Riding the wave of glory then defeat often tells the true story of a person's character I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its not about people just starting out, its about people who have lived their dreams and what happens after the dream has ended. Whether my injury or retirement. About how your life is not only impacted by your dreams but what happens after the dream fades away. How you conduct yourself and make new dreams.Riding the wave of glory then defeat often tells the true story of a person's character. The aftermath of destruction of those dreams comes with a hard price and oftentimes the prices is paid with scars to a person's soul. Protecting the truly guilty is a price paid for those protectors and only those carrying the burden know the true cost.Learning to live and love again isn't easy, but for these two, its a dream worth fighting for.~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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  • Savannah Hendricks
    January 1, 1970
    Well written, fun topic to see in women's romance, basketball.
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book as an ARC for my honest review.Kate is a WNBA champ, went to the Olympics and now coaches at a college that she loves.Danny is a new coach that gets paid more than Kate even though she has championships under her belt for this college.Kate is going to stay strong against Danny but she caves very quickly. The book was so boring and smutty until about 80% of the book was done, then it got good because you cared about both of the characters and their backgrounds and it wasn't jus Received this book as an ARC for my honest review.Kate is a WNBA champ, went to the Olympics and now coaches at a college that she loves.Danny is a new coach that gets paid more than Kate even though she has championships under her belt for this college.Kate is going to stay strong against Danny but she caves very quickly. The book was so boring and smutty until about 80% of the book was done, then it got good because you cared about both of the characters and their backgrounds and it wasn't just political about gender equality and then sex.There is one small cliffhanger but it doesn't really affect the book.The cover of the book has absolutely nothing to do with the book which to me is irritating.
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  • Karen Roma
    January 1, 1970
    Love Game is my first read by Ms Wells, and as a lover of Sports Romance, I was definitely intrigued. Kate is a strong character and a advocate for women’s rights ad equality in the workforce. She is opinionated and not afraid to get her message across; so basically, I loved her! Danny was a little harder to like with his sleazy past and egotistical views. Overall this is a decent read and I’m sure I’ll read book two in the series.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Love Game by Maggie Wells is a battle of the sexes, battle of the sports, battle of the salary hate-to-love romance novel. Does that catch your attention? Many sports romance novels are light on the sports, but not this novel. Love Game is full of references and innuendos that will really have you feelings that sporty vibe. It almost made me feel like I could pick up a basketball and shoot hoops but then I remember I’m incompetent when it comes to any sport not in the water. Someone ought to sen Love Game by Maggie Wells is a battle of the sexes, battle of the sports, battle of the salary hate-to-love romance novel. Does that catch your attention? Many sports romance novels are light on the sports, but not this novel. Love Game is full of references and innuendos that will really have you feelings that sporty vibe. It almost made me feel like I could pick up a basketball and shoot hoops but then I remember I’m incompetent when it comes to any sport not in the water. Someone ought to send a swimming romance novel my way.Even if you aren’t a sports fan you’ll find things to love about this novel. It’s all about a kickass powerful woman throwing her weight around to save the man she loves. It’s empowering, dramatic, and sexy and with the two main characters Kate and Danny tossing sarcastic comments and pointed insults at one there’s not a dull moment.Kate Snyder is the coach of the national championship women’s basketball team at her alma mater. She six feet of blond bombshell but it isn’t her looks that got her where she is now, it’s her talent. Too bad her pay doesn’t reflect the publicity and money she brings in for the school. And when a disgraced football coach is hired to work magic on the failing team—making way more than she does—she feels it’s a slap in the face to her success and her gender. But Danny isn’t exactly what she thought he would be. All he wants is to start over after his embarrassing fall from grace and work his way back to the top. The two are constantly bickering with one another and the media is having a field day over their competition with one another. But you know what they say… where there’s smoke there’s fire. Soon Danny and Kate can’t keep their hands off of one another. There’s only one problem. One of them is going to lose their job over it.Love Game is tale that feminists will rejoice over. And the sex won’t disappoint either. Kate and Danny are incredible together. There’s nothing better than a couple who can joke around during sex. I found myself laughing many times over at their quips and comments, even the ones that had to do with sports! Who knew! The sex was great, but this is another one of those novels where I was desperate to find out the ending. I needed to know how this could possibly end the way I wanted it to end so badly.All in all this was a really fun read that kept me interested from start to finish. A modern read for a modern world.
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  • Royal Lioness
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Kate is 6'2", an Olympian, a successful WNBA basketball player and now the winningest basketball coach. She was dumped by her ex-husband because she was more success than he was. She is in her 40s, which is a plus for me to read a sports romance with a mature heroine. I liked her right away. And then there was Danny, who used to be winning, but has settled in a slow climb back up to Division 1 football in a school that doesn't win football games.I really liked that she was more succes 4.5 stars! Kate is 6'2", an Olympian, a successful WNBA basketball player and now the winningest basketball coach. She was dumped by her ex-husband because she was more success than he was. She is in her 40s, which is a plus for me to read a sports romance with a mature heroine. I liked her right away. And then there was Danny, who used to be winning, but has settled in a slow climb back up to Division 1 football in a school that doesn't win football games.I really liked that she was more successful than he, but it showed how society accepts and still paid him more because boys' football gets more money and attention than girls' basketball. This story was a balance of what really goes on and a romance. She was the same height as him. This is refreshing for me as I have read so many books where the heroine is described as tiny next to him, even if she is 5'10". I felt that she got to fully be her intelligent, successful, independent, feminine self and did not have to 'be less' to be with him in a romance novel. Nice!Danny was alpha in his own right without needing her to be less. He was being punished for what his younger brother did and for a consensual relationship gone wrong. He is in his 40s too. So, that was a plus too. They were both single and no kids. Both had been rejected by their significant other and had to learn to trust again.And those very sexy, explicit scenes were sizzling. Even the protection/condom talk worked.I was expecting some cliches, but the author managed to not indulge in them, especially when there was time for him to confront his brother. There was the issue of them sneaking around, and I had to roll my eyes a bit at the risk they were taking. But then the story picked back up as they had to decide how they were going to deal with the ultimatum. Kate was gutsy, and Danny found out that what was most important to him was worth fighting for.Her two friends, Millie and Avery, were funny and added to my enjoyment of this story. I am thrilled to know that Play for Keeps, book 2, is Millie's story! Note: I won an advance reading copy in a social media giveaway, and this is my honest review. I am happy that I got a chance to read this book.
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  • Julie Doner
    January 1, 1970
    Love Game is a story that follows Kate Snyder, basketball prodigy, and the winningest coach in Wolcott University history, and Danny McMillan, the newly hired football coach with a scandalous past. But the biggest scandal of all is the fact that he’s getting paid a helluva lot more than she is.Tempers flare when McMillan comes stomping in on her turf uninvited. The media circus he draws infuriates Kate because she’s earned the attention that comes far too easily for him, and she’s got the trophi Love Game is a story that follows Kate Snyder, basketball prodigy, and the winningest coach in Wolcott University history, and Danny McMillan, the newly hired football coach with a scandalous past. But the biggest scandal of all is the fact that he’s getting paid a helluva lot more than she is.Tempers flare when McMillan comes stomping in on her turf uninvited. The media circus he draws infuriates Kate because she’s earned the attention that comes far too easily for him, and she’s got the trophies to prove it. Their verbal sparring captures the spotlight of sports media, particularly the university’s own media maven, who makes it her mission to stick the two together as often as possible. But there’s a different kind of friction that slowly builds between them as a result.Kate is feminine yet formidable, but Danny isn’t intimidated by her. No, he admires her.‘One look from her, and his tongue jumped offside before his brain had even called the play. But there would be no dropping back into the pocket now that the rush was on. Instead, he stepped up to the line she'd drawn between them.’I connected to Kate on such a deep level, and not just because of our shared passion for sports, athletic shoes, and winning. Because she empowers, inspires, and kicks ass, both on the court and in the male-dominated world of college athletics. She will NOT be denied, and holy hell, the world needs more Kate Snyders.Danny is the perfect hero for her because he stands eye-to-eye with her. They build each other up, and despite their competitive spirit in and out of the bedroom, they are each other’s biggest cheerleaders.‘The sudden need to know every little thing that tickled her funny bone or ticked her off made his mouth run dry. He needed to know, so he could figure out just what it would take to rank number one in both of those categories.’When the time comes for Kate to renegotiate her contract, she demands the salary she deserves. Danny supports her as her partner, despite the clause in his contract that forbids him to become involved with a colleague. They’re both warriors at heart who fight for what they believe in, and together they are unstoppable.Love Game is a bold and bravely written romance that’s here at the perfect time. We need more heroines who pave the way through sweat, perseverance, and persistence. This is the book women have been waiting for!
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    This story opens with Kate Snyder and her women’s basketball team winning their third NCAA Championship while she is the head coach. She is a legend already at Wolcott University and has now just added to her legacy. The problem for her is that her contract is up and now when they should be talking about her team and championship instead the press conference is for the hire of a new head football coach. Not to be out done she makes an appearance at Danny McMillan announcement as the new head foo This story opens with Kate Snyder and her women’s basketball team winning their third NCAA Championship while she is the head coach. She is a legend already at Wolcott University and has now just added to her legacy. The problem for her is that her contract is up and now when they should be talking about her team and championship instead the press conference is for the hire of a new head football coach. Not to be out done she makes an appearance at Danny McMillan announcement as the new head football coach. Kate reminds everyone that the team has not won any games in the past four years, and that it would be nice to see a men’s trophy in the case since it has all of her championship trophies as a coach, one as a player, her Olympic Gold medal, Jerseys and other items all associated with the women’s program. He realizes he is in trouble a few days later when she shows up for one of his practices and as she is walking away someone yells heads up and she catches the football ease and throws it back. Now he is doubly attracted to her. The problem is he has a morality clause in his contract that forbids him from dating students or staff. There bantering lands them on T.V. but will it land them anywhere else? A story that shows the inequality and bigotry against women and women athletics, but also how two people are drawn to each other and what they must do if they want to be together. A very good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Meags
    January 1, 1970
    tl;dr: sexy banter but what is the hero thinking?!The Story:I read a lot of sports romances, but I'm not sure this one entirely counts as one. The hero and heroine are two coaches for teams that aren't connected except for the university they both belong to, and the entire story takes place during the off-season of both sports. Kate coaches the women's championship winning basketball team, and is a celebrated sports star in her own right, felled by an injury that led her to coaching at Wolcott. tl;dr: sexy banter but what is the hero thinking?!The Story:I read a lot of sports romances, but I'm not sure this one entirely counts as one. The hero and heroine are two coaches for teams that aren't connected except for the university they both belong to, and the entire story takes place during the off-season of both sports. Kate coaches the women's championship winning basketball team, and is a celebrated sports star in her own right, felled by an injury that led her to coaching at Wolcott. Danny has fallen from grace, a former coach for a high ranking college team who got caught in a recruitment scandal that cost him his job, his reputation, and his girlfriend, who jumped ship and married his younger brother. Fresh off of Kate's team's latest championship win, she's blindsided when she finds out that not only did the school hire a new football coach with a sordid past, but they also offered him double what they are paying her. She's frustrated and angry, but she can't deny the sparks that fly when she spars with her newest coworker. Her friend Millie, who also happens to be the publicist for the university, is egging on the rivalry because it gets lots of page views and clicks since it's obvious that they have raging chemistry.Technical Elements:There are a few things about this story that seemed a little weird to me, and maybe effected my enjoyment of it. The banter between the two is great, although I just don't understand why Danny, with so much to lose, pursues Kate so doggedly. She seems content to leave the attraction as just a passing thought, but he can't seem to control himself. He comes on to her in the university workout room, practically begging her to get naked on the spot. He won't sneak around, even though it puts his job on the line. It's obvious that the scandal that he left behind affects him, but it's hard to tell how. This book also suffers slightly from "set up the rest of the series syndrome". We're introduced to Kate's other friends, who are such stereotypical caricatures that they are labeled as such in Kate's internal monologue: the priss and the feminist. Also, the foreshadowing for book two is a little ham-fisted, as it doesn't further the plot of THIS book and is just tossed in. Final Thoughts:I mostly enjoyed this book, aside from a few characterization problems. I liked how the creepy journalist is dealt with, as the plot turn I was expecting didn't quite turn out that way. I like it when I'm surprised like that. Some of the banter between the hero and heroine is also really funny and great. This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. I could say it was because both lead characters, Danny McMillan and Kate Snyder are intelligent, attractive, strong-willed people who are very good at what they do. Kate, a top-notch woman's collegiate basketball coach with numerous championships under her belt, and Danny, the new football coach, hired to bring the team stats up from the basement while bringing his reputation up as well.I could say it was because the banter between them is sharp-witted, and that they I really enjoyed this book. I could say it was because both lead characters, Danny McMillan and Kate Snyder are intelligent, attractive, strong-willed people who are very good at what they do. Kate, a top-notch woman's collegiate basketball coach with numerous championships under her belt, and Danny, the new football coach, hired to bring the team stats up from the basement while bringing his reputation up as well.I could say it was because the banter between them is sharp-witted, and that they had no problem standing toe-to-toe, giving as good as they get. I could even say it was because the sparks between them jump off the page. And all of this is very true. But what was even more a draw for me was the fact that neither need to be "fixed." There was no need for a knight in shining armor to ride in and "rescue" the damsel, especially when the lady in question is a 6'2 dynamo quite capable of slaying her own dragons.In a lot of stories the conflict is between the couple themselves, something is lacking, or missing, a hurdle has to be jumped before the couple gets together. In this book the conflict wasn't internal but external. While both Danny and Kate can fight their own battles, as a united front, together they are a force to be reckoned with. Their strengths complimented each other, they didn't intimidate.
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  • Michelle K
    January 1, 1970
    Love Game is perfect for the current times. One of the best heroines I have ever read. Smart, athletic, funny, pretty and confident. A character you can look up to. My favourite part about reading romance stories is connecting with awesome female characters and you just can't get better than Kate. The maturity these characters portray is top notch. The conflict could be a real life situation and not a forced "need to add conflict to this story". I read Love Game while I was on vacation. Love Gam Love Game is perfect for the current times. One of the best heroines I have ever read. Smart, athletic, funny, pretty and confident. A character you can look up to. My favourite part about reading romance stories is connecting with awesome female characters and you just can't get better than Kate. The maturity these characters portray is top notch. The conflict could be a real life situation and not a forced "need to add conflict to this story". I read Love Game while I was on vacation. Love Game was supposed to be a casual read to fill some vacation time but it ended up being a must read that I couldn't put down. Simply an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone who loves a great storyline, an awesome couple and a book you can't put down. I must add that the sexy scenes were steamy hot and their chemistry was perfect.
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  • Becky Wise
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked Love Game. It was cute yet sexy. If you love sports romance this is one for you. I love how Danny and Kate come off as complete enemies. The bickering banner was such an amazing tool for foreplay. Danny and Kate just fit perfectly. I love the competitiveness between them. With both being athletes and coaches everything just flowed with ease. Kate and Danny are so cute in this one. Love Game is a perfect kick back on couch kind of read for any day of the week.
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  • Lovely Loveday
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this fun fast-paced romantic novel with a sports theme.
  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    DNF
  • Bec - Book Magic: Under a spell with every page
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Star Review Posted at HarlequinJunkie.comKate Snyder works hard to make sure she’s the best coach she can be. It’s not enough that she’s won plenty of titles with the teams she’s played with, but now she’s winning titles as a coach too. But when Wolcott University get a new coach; a male coach that has seen hard times due to a scandal, Kate isn’t about to make things easy for him. Will Danny McMillan be able to win her over, or will their chance at happy ever after never happen? Read More
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  • WycEd Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Check out our Love Game post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamRuthie – ☆☆☆☆I enjoyed this well-written and gender-equality challenging read. I thought that the injustices in recognition and pay between the super successful Kate Snyder, and the scandal-bound Danny were played out very cleverly. We are set up to hate on Danny from the beginning and yet, if you have faith in the author, she does not let you down, and in fact, his behaviour is far more forgivable.The chemis Check out our Love Game post on Wicked Reads.Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review TeamRuthie – ☆☆☆☆I enjoyed this well-written and gender-equality challenging read. I thought that the injustices in recognition and pay between the super successful Kate Snyder, and the scandal-bound Danny were played out very cleverly. We are set up to hate on Danny from the beginning and yet, if you have faith in the author, she does not let you down, and in fact, his behaviour is far more forgivable.The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable, and it is highly entertaining watching them give in to the desires they cannot fight. It works particularly well because term is out, and they are not busy with their usual routines. Touches like that are important to me, as they make the plot work so much better.Although most of the focus is on the couple, there are some good side characters too – which maybe will feature in future books in the series. Kate's friends are fun, and instrumental in the resolution of all the issues keeping these two people apart. Mike is rather hampered by his position, but in the end, he is a good friend to both Danny and Kate.I found this a super easy book to read and enjoyed how it played out. Thank you, Ms. Wells.Sarah – ☆☆☆☆☆Wow! I have a huge girl crush on Kate Snyder! I love strong women in romance writing and the Olympic basketball star turned award winning coach has to be one of my all-time favourite characters. She’s smart, she’s quick, and she’s also very funny.Kate’s love interest, Danny, is also a retired sports star – but his life post retirement has been a little bit messy. I love the chemistry between these two. I love that Danny is attracted to Kate’s strength and to her successes. And while Danny and Kate both might take their sports a little bit too seriously, their relationship is fun and the banter between them is brilliant.I really appreciated some of the feminist themes that run through this book. Kate wrestles hard with the salary difference between herself – a coach with four national championship titles – and Danny – an unproven coach with a murky past. Sadly, equal pay for women’s sports seems to be a long way off for players and staff alike but I really like the way Kate fights for her contract without compromising herself or making any compromises to appease Danny.I loved the courtship moments as Danny attempts to win Kate’s attention. The chemistry between these two is crazy hot and there are some scorching scenes in this story. But while the courtship phase is long and very satisfying, the race from bed to happily ever after felt like a breathless race. The end comes a little too quickly for me. I wanted to see these two settle into a relationship but instead I’ll have to trust that they’ll sort themselves out.This is the kind of romance that I want to see more of. We need more ‘warrior’ women in romance. We need to be able to read about women that we can look up to and be inspired by. We also need more relationships between equals in romance. I loved this story and I will be looking for more by this author.Mary Jo – ☆☆☆☆I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s not about people just starting out, it’s about people who have lived their dreams and what happens after the dream has ended – whether by injury or retirement. About how your life is not only impacted by your dreams but what happens after the dream fades away. How you conduct yourself and make new dreams.Riding the wave of glory then defeat often tells the true story of a person's character. The aftermath of destruction of those dreams comes with a hard price and oftentimes, the price is paid with scars to a person's soul. Protecting the truly guilty is a price paid for those protectors and only those carrying the burden know the true cost.Learning to live and love again isn't easy, but for these two, it’s a dream worth fighting for.Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
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  • Kim Vanravenswaay
    January 1, 1970
    Both Danny and Kate are very competitive. Either not willing to give an inch. They just have to find a way for them to each get what they want and need. When they finally do, it's very steamy.
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