From USA Today bestselling author BJ Harvey comes the fourth and final book in the Game series and this time it’s the reformed playboy and the single mom.
“You have chlamydia.”
Three words no man wants to hear.
I’ve always been liberal with my appreciation of the female form, a firm believer in the ‘try before you buy’ principle, but living life to the fullest obviously didn’t end well for me considering the unexpected—and very unwelcome—consequence of my free and easy past.
After living through the horrendous experience that was informing my recent sexual partners of my acquired ‘condition,’ I made a vow to myself – and a bet with my best friend—that the next woman I sleep with will be the ‘one.’
What I will learn is that even when something happens and the games come to an end, there’s always the chance of something—or someone—crashing in and changing everything.
So this is my story. It may start with a venereal disease, but I promise you, I’m determined to get my happy ending.
4 sweet and swoony stars!
The final book in the Game series, and a gorgeously sweet love story that had me laughing, grinning and swooning all the way through. A reformed playboy and a single mother with a newborn – cue the quivering ovaries!
Thomas is the best friend of Cade, and from the last book in the series, we know that he is voluntarily celibate. And here, we get all of the details…
“So…what’s the emergency?” He says as soon as the consultation room door closes behind us.
“First, you’ve gotta swear on your life that you will not breathe a word of this to anyone.”
His lips twitch and he lifts an eyebrow at me. “So it involves your dick then?”
Yes, Thomas has received one of those diagnoses that nobody wants to hear. And while the ‘issue’ is cleared up quickly, it jolts him into looking at his life and realizing that he can’t be a playboy forever, so he makes a deal that there will be no more sleeping around, and that the next woman he is with will be the elusive ‘one’.
Amy has always had a crush on Thomas, but her romantic life comes slamming to a halt when she finds herself pregnant after a one night stand. With the ‘father’ not interested in being a part of her and her baby’s life, she’s on her own – but doing it with the support of a wonderful family and a fantastic network of friends.
An unexpected moment between them brings Thomas all up into Amy’s life, and he instantly becomes her biggest supporter – he is there for her and her baby boy, and while she assumes that he’s just being ‘friendly’, Thomas very quickly realises that there is so much more to Amy than he ever imagined.
Tonight we had a moment and she may not realize the significance of that yet, but I’m damn well going to make sure that she does.
I loved these two together! From friends, their relationship develops slowly with lots of sweet, fun moments, and the chemistry builds as they admit their feelings and begin to tentatively explore them. It’s gorgeously romantic and the pacing builds the love story beautifully so that we get to feel everything right alongside them.
I want the first time to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. One that brands her, burns into her soul and ruins her for all future kisses from anyone but me.
Oh Thomas… *dreamy sigh*. There is just something awesome about a guy who can look at a new mother, tired, rumpled and covered in baby sick, and still find her beautiful as he falls madly in love with her. And don’t even go there with Thomas and the baby. His instant love for little Brody is just gorgeous, and seeing him step in with the little guy is heart-meltingly gorgeous.
The emotion build naturally between them and it’s a delicious slow burn and, of course, the sexy time is hot!
But the sex is just a side bonus, because this love story is all about the feels, and I loved it! There’s no unnecessary drama or game playing, it’s just two people slowly and realistically falling for each other, figuring it all out and finding a way to make it work. It’s sweet and happy and heart-meltingly romantic, and I loved it!
“So there was a goal in deciding not to have sex?” …
“Yeah, to give myself time and clarity to find exactly what I’ve been looking for.”
She slants her head, her eyes studying me. “And what was that?”
Of course the characters from the Game and Bliss series are all a part of the story, and I loved catching up with them and seeing where they are all at. The girls’ time was fun, Amy’s relationship with Sean melted my heart, and Thomas and his best friend, Cade, were fantastic.
“You have a goofy grin on your face,” Cade says, breaking my concentration. “And your phone is vibrating more than my wife’s bedside drawer.”
It’s a gorgeous ride from start to finish, it ends beautifully, and there’s a really sweet epilogue which gives us a glimpse into their future and finishes everything off really nicely.
I loved it – 4 stars.
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Game series
Game Breaker (#5)
To be released 22 September
“I’ve narrowed it down to five reasons why a woman would throw a drink at a man.”
He leans back and crosses his perfectly toned arms over his chest.
“Impart your wisdom, oh wise bartender.” He takes another drink of his beer and—yet again—watching me like a hawk. I wish he’d stop watching me.
My confidence wavers under his intense stare but when I catch a knowing glint in his eye, it riles me up. There’s nothing worse than a guy who hides his unease behind a cocky façade, especially when I know there’s something genuine hiding there.
It’s one of the worst qualities a guy can have. It’s disingenuous and fake and if there’s two things I hate—in anyone—it’s that.
I square my shoulders and stand up straight, deciding to let him have it, putting my hands out in front of me to count on my fingers.
“One, you cheated on her.” He shakes his head, an amused smile playing on his lips.
“Two, connected to the first, you hooked up with her sister, best friend or mother . . .” He snorts at that one, chuckling under his breath as he shakes his head again.
“Right, then, the last three,” I continue. “Three through five are offending her family/job/friends or outfit, asking her to pay for your date and lastly, giving her an STD.”
His eyes grow wide and he sits bolt upright.
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About the Author
BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She also regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer and a funny romance thinker upper.
An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly but loving every minute of it.
She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and hails from what she considers as the best country in the world—New Zealand.