The Lover's Game
by J.C. Reed
Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
When love is a game...
After having her heart broken, Brooke tries to rebuild her life and closes herself off from the one man she loved deeply. When she meets Grayson, a photographer, she has no idea that her new boss will offer her more than she bargained for. The pay is great, her new friends more than welcoming and everything seems to be running well…until everyone insists she find herself a new suitor during a night out.
Jett knows how to play games. He is used to getting attention from everyone except the beautiful dark haired woman who doesn’t like to be fooled with and doesn’t trust him as far as she can spit. He wants Brooke but, more than that, he wants to own her, and the only way to get her is to make her owe him…against her will.
And what Jett owns, Jett keeps forever
“Love grants us the power to forgive, to love when we’re hurt, but it also gives us the courage to let go, and the understand that to love, we love freely – at our own choice.”
“His intensity had pushed me into a state of obsession, where desire became my addiction, and hunger my passion.”
“In love there are no exceptions to those rules. No one is spared from heartbreak. We all suffer it at some point or another. You simply can’t control who you love and in particular, you can’t control what kind of person they are.”
I have mixed emotions about this novel. I still love the story, I love the characters, and I absolutely love J.C.’s writing. I think the lack of Jett in this installment kind of let me down. However, the completely new surprises and mysteries made up for it ten-fold. I mean I was wondering at all times in which direction this was going to go in. I just couldn’t put the puzzle together, and then when I thought I had it all figured out – BAM! yet again, another surprise.
“It’s easy to be in love with the idea of love rather than actually loving a person.”
This installment picks up exactly where The Lover’s Secret left off. As you get more involved in Brooke’s life, Jett’s betrayals, and the sheer madness of everything going on… you can’t stop reading. I truly love Brooke’s character, but at the same time I want to scream at her at the top of my lungs and tell her to just follow her heart. I get it though, I do. She’s guarded and for just cause. A few new characters get added to the mix and give further perspective into Brooke’s life.
“No man is worth the pain of waiting for him to change.”
“In love, we bonded. In passion, we rose. And in trust, we reconciled.”
The new characters of Thalia and Gina definitely brought more to the story. The new mystery and all these new opportunities for Brooke are truly testing my skills! I love when an author actually challenges my mind to figure out what’s going to happen. J.C. Reed definitely tested me, time and time again. Although I didn’t see some of it coming, my intuitions made me second guess quite a few times. Maybe Brooke will be able to make it without Jett. I almost hope not, but it’s possible.I can’t even tell you how much I’m anticipating the release of The Lover’s Promise. I NEED to know how this story plays out. Will she get back with Jett? (I certainly hope so) or does Brooke make it work with what she’s got.
“A good friend knows about your best days, but a best friend has lived through all your worst.”
Per usual, I devoured this book. I can't stop thinking about the book hangover it gave me either. I just want to know how this story plays out. I strongly recommend that you read this series, and while you're at it... read the Surrender Your Love series. Personally, I would read Surrender Your Love series first, so that you get a more in-depth view of Brooke and Jett. However, you don't have to. Just a suggestion. :)
About J.C. REED
J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children.
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