The Love Game
by Emma Hart
Series: The Game (#1)
Source: eARC provided by author
Available as of March 29, 2013
His challenge? Make her fall in love with him.
Her challenge? Play the player.
Until life changes the rules of the game.
Maddie Stevens hated Braden Carter on sight. Arrogant, egotistical, and the playboy of the University of California, Berkeley, he's everything her brother Pearce has taught her to despise. So why, when the girls challenge her to play the player, doesn't she say no? She doesn't know either.
Braden wanted fiery little Maddie the second he laid eyes on her - and he'd do anything to have her, hence why he's agreed to make her fall in love with him. After all, it's the only way he'll get what he wants. Sex.
But, as Braden discovers, there's more to the girl from Brooklyn than he ever imagined - and he can't help but care about the broken girl behind those pretty green eyes.
Maddie finds Braden isn't just a walking erection - he actually has feelings. He can be sweet, funny and his good looks don't exactly hurt. That means trouble - but when her brother Pearce turns up in Berkeley begging for her help, she realises Braden and Pearce aren't so alike anymore.
And maybe, just maybe, they're exactly what each other needs.
Both Maddie and Braden are coerced by their friends into playing the game. The objective: to make the other fall in love with them and then walk away as if it never happened. It doesn't take a genius to know that this can only end in disaster.
I must say that both Maddie and Braden were fun characters. Maddie is this really responsible girl who has picked up the pieces of her family time and time again. She's had to deal with a lot of her brothers shenanigans while he slowly destroyed her best friend. Braden, on the other hand, is a complete and total womanizer. He has a huge heart, but not everyone gets to see his kind and caring side.
First and foremost, I loved reading from Maddie and Braden's points of view. I always got a good chuckle when I would read how Maddie thought she was ahead of schedule for #OperationPlayThePlayer and then turn around and read from Braden's point of view and how he thought the game was easy. Before I even picked The Love Game up, I knew how it would end because I've read other books like it, but this one was different. I enjoyed watching their feelings for each other change and I loved that it didn't follow the usual cliche events that one would expect. There were ups and downs that flustered both characters, but that is what made this book hard to put down.
Overall, The Love Game was a fun read. It was a tad cliche, but it was amusing and entertaining to see how their feelings changed from beginning to end. I highly highly highly recommend picking up ALL of Emma's books. They are unique and I've loved each and every one of them.
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By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She has two new series planned as well as her New Adult Romance, Never Forget, due February 2013. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes.
Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.