The Love Game by Emma Hart – Holly’s 4 Star Review

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*SYNOPSIS*

A New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

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 realises Braden and Pearce aren’t so alike anymore.

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

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Holly’s 4 Star Review

********ARC received in exchange for an honest review********

“Someone needs to take his ass down a peg or two,” she says. “Lord knows he hit every branch on the way down the beautiful tree, but he’s sure perched at the top of the ego one.”

Braden Carter. University of California student heart throb and player. He’s the guy all the girls want, and the guy known to take advantage of that by bedding those girls and sending them on his way.
Maddie Stevens. University of California student beauty and Princess. She’s the girl all the guys want, and the girl not known to fall in to bed with just any one.
One night at a party, Maddie’s and Braden’s friends separately set them both a challenge. They have one month to make the other fall in love and then hump and dump. Not knowing of each others plans, they both accept, and there begins the love game.

“Challenge accepted boys,” I say resting my arms behind my head. “One month from now, Maddie Stevens will be in love with me and in my bed. You can count on that shit.”

This was such a fun book to read. I loved seeing the story develop and watching Maddie and Braden trying so hard to play each other,and make the other fall in love, that they didn’t seem to acknowledge that their actions started becoming less forced and more natural as they began to have real feelings for each other. I liked how they denied their feelings, and tried to stay focused on the challenge so it didn’t feel like full on, in your face, insta love, and more like a gradual thing as they started off with only one aim, but as their walls began to fall, and they saw that Braden is actually a caring guy and Maddie is haunted by her past, their true feelings shone through.

I’ve been so busy playing the game, I didn’t notice when the game played me. Somehow, the rules of the game have changed somewhere along the way without my knowledge. Because I’m falling in love with Braden Carter.

They both had a great network of friends. In typical college guy style, Bray’s friends Ryan and Aston we’re all about the parties,the ladies and having a good time. Megan is a mutual friend of Maddie and Braden and I liked how she was trying to turn the challenge in to more by doing some secret match making of the pair because she could see how great they could be together. Megan along with Maddie’s other friends, Kayleigh and Lila, were the type of friends every girl should have. They were fun, flirty, really funny, and mostly, you just knew that they would do anything for one of their own. They’re the girls you would want to be around whether you were happy or sad because you would always feel loved,wanted, and end up with a smile on your face.

“Friendship means never having to be alone, it means there’s a constant wall of solidarity even when everything else is crumbling around you. If he’s the crumble in your life, then I’ll be the damn wall!”

There were so many great parts to The Love Game. I loved watching Braden become possessive of Maddie because let’s face it, it’s hot when a guy goes all cave man over his woman. I loved the drama when the truth about the challenge came out and my heart really did ache (and yes, there were a few tears) at how much they hurt and felt betrayed by each other. I loved how there were hints of attraction between Lila and Aston throughout the story and then it being confirmed in the Epilogue, giving us a taste of what to expect in book two. But one of the things I loved most, was that even though Maddie’s Father, and her old best friend Abbi have both loved and lost in horrific ways which have left them as shells of their former selves, the one thing they still have is their ability to love, and to see it as something rare, special, and beautiful.

“We have to tell people sometimes… Because they don’t always know. It’s a little word that means a lot. Sometimes, love is all you need, even when you think you don’t. Sometimes, you just have to say it.”

The Love Game is a fun, enjoyable, well written NA Novel about love and friendship and not letting your past control your life. Perfect for fans of films such as John Tucker Must Die and How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days. Emma Hart is an Author I would definitely recommend and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

Sometimes, letting go, is the key to holding on.

Amazon UK | Amazon US

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