Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: THE LOVE GAME by Emma Hart

By: Emma Hart
Published: March 27, 2013
Genre: New Adult *mature content*
*ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review.

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 realizes Braden and Pearce aren't so alike anymore.

And maybe, just maybe, they're exactly what each other needs.

This was such a fun read! I loved Maddie and Braden and their "love game." I mean, two people competing against each other to make the other fall for them while not knowing they are being played in return, how could that NOT go wrong?! 
The author did a great job with the Maddie and Braden. She made sure each character had their own voice and the reader gets inside each character's head and actually gets both POVs. It's done very well, and it wasn't confusing at all, which can sometimes happen when authors switch up POVs.
I found the plot believable, and it kept me interested. I actually tore through this book rather quickly, and I missed the characters when it was finished. I was really glad that I get to review book 2, Playing  For Keeps, next week! It follows different characters, but I can't wait.
There is sex in this book. I mean, how could there not be since the goal of the game is well... sex! But the author does a great job of keeping it tasteful and not vulgar. I mean, I don't particularly mind vulgar in some of my books, but since this story was about finding love beyond the game, I felt like the way the sex was written was really complimentary to the characters and the story.
So basically, pick this one up quick because book 2, Playing For Keeps, is out soon and you'll want to be prepared! Plus, Braden is one of those book boyfriends that you'll just fall all over!

About the author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice 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.
Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

Find Emma online at:
Twitter: @EmmaHartAuthor

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