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Series: Game On

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen CallihanThe Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On,
Also in this series: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone
Published by Self-Published on 01 Nov 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 323
Source: Publicist
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone

Place(s) Traveled To: New Orleans, Louisiana // San Francisco, California

First Line(s): Sweat trickles down my spine.

THE GAME PLAN by Kristen Callihan is the third book in her Game On series and follows football player Ethan Dexter who we first meet in THE HOOK UP (my review). Dex’s love interest is Fiona who is the sister of Ivy from THE FRIEND ZONE (my review) and they meet because Dex is BFFs with Gray. Dex was instantly attracted to Fi and has waited over two years before making a move on her. Fi is energetic and flighty and the timing was just never really right for her and Dex, until now. I loved Dex. He was just so sweet and lovable and I adored how steadfast he was. Fi on the other hand was all over the map going from one extreme to another and I often wanted to shake her. It made it hard to hope for them to find a happily ever after when it was hard to believe that her feelings were real.

THE GAME PLAN was a quick read, for the most part, but there were parts that seemed to drag and it was just filled with so much unnecessary drama. Oh, I do expect some drama as that is part of the formula for new adult/adult story lines but THE GAME PLAN just had it in excess. Thankfully there were some fun cameos with my favorites, Gray and Ivy to help even out some of the rough patches. Gray and Dex’s friendship is just so fun and genuine that I could read a book about just the two of them and be happy.

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Plot wise we have the unusual twist of Dex being the virgin and I just have to say that I do so love this in a book. Not that I want to read it all the time but it can make for a fun story arc. Though I do wish that the same stereotypes that befell woman when they are a virgin happened here. Although as a plot line this wasn’t really the main focus of the story and I did get frustrated with Fi at times because of it. Fi is a big part of what keeps me from being head over heels for THE GAME PLAN because of her attitude and there were times when I didn’t get why Dex was so devoted to her. Though at the time that is the sort of dedication that many people want in a relationship so that is part of why we fall for Dex and why we want his relationship to work with Fi.

I don’t know if there will be more books in the GAME ON series but I will read anything that Kristen Callihan writes. While I may not have fully enjoyed THE HOOK UP I think that Callihan’s writing has grown with each novel. I like the humor that can be found in her stories and how real her characters can seem. If you like a good sports romance then you may want to give the GAME ON series a try. They are quick, fun reads, and a great way to escape reality for a couple of hours during these long cold, winter months.

 

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IR - Game Plan

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: The Friend Zone by Kristen CallihanThe Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On, Book 2
Also in this series: The Hook Up, The Game Plan
Published by Self-Published on 05 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Hook Up, The Game Plan

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, Georgia // New Orleans, Louisiana // San Francisco, California

First Line(s): Mr Grayson, my father tells me he lent you my car.

Regular readers may recall that I did not like Kristen Callihan’s first book in the Game On series and so you might wonder why I picked up book 2. Well, friends, let’s just say that I am a glutton for punishment sometimes and I couldn’t help but being curious about Gray’s story after meeting him in THE HOOK UP (my review). I walked into THE FRIEND ZONE with pretty low expectations and fully expecting to mark it as a DNF. For if this book annoyed me even half as much as THE HOOK UP there was no way that I was going to torture myself by finishing it. However, instead of another frustrating read I found myself really invested in this story. I adored Gray’s character and loved the chemistry that he had with Ivy. I liked that they started as friends first and had a good solid foundation with which to build on before becoming something more.

These two totally made my heart ache and made me feel all the feels. THE FRIEND ZONE totally slayed me at times with all the push and pull between Gray and Ivy. While they were good friends these two certainly had their ups and downs as they struggled between remaining friends or maybe pushing things into something more. Of course, it didn’t help that Gray was a bit of a manwhore before he met Ivy and so that gave her some added insecurities. Fortunately, despite some miscommunications along the way these two were able to find their way to a happily ever after.

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Another thing that I enjoyed about THE FRIEND ZONE was that Gray wasn’t your typical dumb jock. He was in fact very smart and loved math and played football mostly for the love of the game. I loved how he loved numbers and how Callihan worked that love into the story. I loved that Gray and Ivy dealt with some serious issues and managed to come out on top. Their story was one that totally sucked me in and refused to let me go until I reached the final page. Its amazing just how different that I felt with THE FRIEND ZONE from the THE HOOK UP. Its almost as if they were written by two different people even though I know that is not the case.

I fell hard for THE FRIEND ZONE and think that there is much in it for others to love as well. I liked the secondary characters, even the brief appearances by Drew and Anna from THE HOOK UP. THE FRIEND ZONE has totally redeemed Callihan as an author for me and now I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, THE GAME PLAN (Goodreads). Even though a part of me keeps telling myself that I should keep my expectations low in case the magic of THE FRIEND ZONE can’t be duplicated again. But even if it isn’t than I will always have Gray and Ivy’s story and I know that this is one in which I’ll re-read again in the future.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review2 Comments

Review: The Hook Up by Kristen CallihanThe Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On,
Also in this series: The Friend Zone, The Game Plan
Published by Self-Published on 07 September 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, New Adult, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 353
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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two-stars
Also by this author: The Friend Zone, The Game Plan

Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Georgia

First Line(s): I’m late, and its the first day of class.

Its no secret that I have fully embraced the New Adult category of books and am always looking new books in this genre. Not long ago when I mentioned I was looking for something to read several people in my twitter stream recommended to me Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up. The Hook Up started off rough with me as there was insta-lust and then the male lead was a bit of a jackass and I didn’t find Anna to be very likable either. Characters are the core of any store and while I know that not all main characters are likeable there should be something to them that makes me care about their story. And that never materialized in this book.

Not only were the main characters unlikable but so where many of the secondary characters. I swear if I’d had a print version of this story then I totally would have tossed it across the room. Several times. The characters just made stupid choices and then moped about them. They pinned and angsted and moped when it was their choice to do what they did. When a simple phone call with a real conversation would have cleared everything up quickly. But no, instead they jumped to conclusions, were given poor advice and just annoyed the ever loving crap out of me.

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The timeline in this book also didn’t really mesh well with how events played out and I was surprised that when I hit the end of the story that so little time had actually passed from that initial meeting to the grand finale. There were also way to many spelling and other errors for me that should not have been in a finished book which kept pulling me out of the story.

In the end, The Hook Up  wasn’t for me and I am not sure if I’ll read Callihan’s other books in this series either. There was just too much whiny angst and cliches in this story for me. Plus the unlikability of the two main characters just made this one a difficult one to finish. But I did finish it, so there is that. There was some promise to this story and I kept reading it in the hopes that me frustrations with the story would all be worth it in the end. Alas, that never happened.

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IR - The Hook UP

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