The Perfect Game by J Sterling.

15783307The Perfect Game, Book One

eBook, 379 pages

Published October 1st 2012

Cassie is a junior in college. She spent her first two years back home at a community college to save money, but now she’s at a big college with her best friend and loves it. When she meets Jack Carter – the baseball hero of her school – she is instantly repulsed by his man-whore ways. He, however, feels the complete opposite way, and pursues her relentlessly until she goes out with him.

Fast forward a little bit, and Jack has turned a new page. He has given up spending time with all other women and is falling in love with Cassie.

Both have trust issues, and have little experience with relationships, but they tread carefully, and try to build a solid relationship together. But it will be a truly rocky road indeed, especially when Jack’s professional baseball career is just around the corner, meaning they will have to work extra hard while being apart from each other…

 

First of all, I loved the way that the romance was written. It was sweet and unrushed. It was nice. Then some other stuff happens. Woah. Imagine you are wandering around a beautiful garden, enjoying the view, relishing the scent of flowers with your eyes closed and then – WHAM! – you run into a tree! You grasp your pounding head with your hands and stumble around a bit before – THUNK! – you run into another tree! And then another one! Time passes, you are still in terrible pain, so someone just shoves a band-aid onto your throbbing noggin, claiming that it is all fixed. It is not all fixed! The pain is still there! A band-aid is not enough to heal this! That, for me, is what this book was like: Pleasant beginning, shocking dramatic conflict, and a reconciliation that didn’t sit well with me. I mean, really? I know that you’ve had time to think about this, but you aren’t going to make them work a bit harder? What happened to your trust issues? (It’s so hard for me to keep the details vague – I really want to rant…)

Having said that, I did enjoy this book. And I will continue on with the next one. I kind of care about these characters and want to see what’s going to happen to them. (I don’t think the storm has fully passed yet…) I liked the way it was written, too. The graphic stuff was done well and kept in moderation, which I always appreciate.

Read this is you like dramatic new adult romances with sporty twists.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.02/5

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Rush Me by Allison Parr.

17203923New York Leopards, Book One

Kindle Edition, 246 pages

Published April 8th 2013 by Carina Press

When Rachael loses her friend and stumbles into the wrong party, everything changes. She’s in publishing and would prefer to read than have anything to do with sports, so when she meets Ryan Carter, star quarterback for the New York Leopards, she has no clue who he is. And even though she is seriously attracted to him, he is a perfect jerk, and she doesn’t have any intention of meeting him again.

But when some other young guys in the team take a liking to her (in a friendship kind of way), a series of events keeps putting Ryan and Rachael in each other’s path.

It’s ridiculous to think that a millionaire pro-footballer would be interested in a twenty-something academic-type (who has to temp to make up for the fact that she can’t seem to land any paying positions in the publishing industry), but the more time the two spend together, the more they seem to like each other.

Will their relationship survive her five-year school reunion, his fame, her brother’s horrible girlfriend, or trips to meet their parents?

 

Rush Me was such an enjoyable read. It’s told from Rachael’s perspective and is very fun and easy to read. It’s also smart, with more interesting conversations among the characters than I’ve seen in other New Adult novels. Rachael is very well read, so there’re lots of little snippets about this and that here and there.

I just adored the way she got on so well with all the other players; it was like a brotherly love, and was very cute. And the way that her and Ryan start out as two bickering people but gradually start to actually like each other was very well done. Rush Me is a really good romance.

The most notable way that this is different to other New Adult novels is the lack of swearing and copious sex scenes. There was only a little of both here, and I really liked that. I’ve learned to deal with the massive amounts of swearing in other books, but it still bothers me. It offends me a little on the characters behalf, because I see swearing as a lack of vocabulary, and I think that the characters I read about are smarter than that. Maybe I’m generalizing, and should just shut up, because people can cuss if they want to. But do they have to do it so much? It doesn’t automatically make you more adult or mature. If nothing else, the lack of it in Rush Me was a breath of fresh air. And as for the sex, I guess that depends on personal taste. If you like books with a lot of it, then you might miss that here. But if, like me, you think that less is more, than you’ll appreciate the way Rush Me has been written.

I thought that this was a standalone novel, but now that I realise it isn’t, I look forward to reading about some of the other players in its companion novels. I really liked the sports backdrop, and I think I’ll find more books like this to read.

If you’re into New Adult, for just a few dollars, you really can’t go wrong with Rush Me.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Rating: 3.89/5