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Publication Date: October 17, 2014
Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.
Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.
Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
I was gifted an arc of Game On in exchange for an honest review. When Game On opens we meet Jilly Gillette one of the best baseball players for the New York Kings and he's on his way to meet a woman who won a contest to have a date with him. Only he doesn't know that said woman is from his past back home in Butesville, Hailey, who he could have had a relationship with but they never got to that point.
When he arrives at the date venue his date, who he doesn't yet know is Hailey, bails so he runs out to the alleyway and low and behold there. The date Jilly then takes Hailey on is so sweet and perfect, it just makes me all mushy. Of course, nothing is going to stay perfect and Hailey has a secret she's hiding from Jilly. She's the author of a book series called the New York Warriors, loosely based on the lives of Jilly and his teammates.
The big reveal of Hailey's secret comes a lot earlier than I expected it to. By the time the first half of the book in finished Jilly knows and Hailey has been run out of New York by Gayle his teams PR lady and Terry.
However, I don't think that was a bad thing because it meant that circumstances would lead them both back to where they started, Butesville, and I don't think if they both remained in New York they would have found there way back to one another. It needed to happen where they began. In Butesville they both rediscovered there own selves and each other which was beautiful to read. Although, I did want to kick them both at points for being so obtuse to the others feelings.
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at email@example.com.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.