Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Game On by Kelly Jamieson


When the stakes are this high, it’s game on...

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him... besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Cam is a pro hockey player who loves to bet with his teammates. They bet on the dumbest things and what they win is also strange, but hey, they are having a good time and nobody is getting hurt. While Cam sees his buddies all finding their partners, he believes that he can’t fall in love. When his buddies bet him that Cam will fall in love, Cam’s easy demeanor and nonchalant manner of believing he'll win this bet is somewhat annoying to me. He's so sure... so cocky.

Olivia is a wonderful character. While she had some insecurities, I think that it just made her character more relatable. She was funny and smart but knew what she wanted and was willing to put herself out there. Despite knowing about Cam and his buddies, Olivia took the risk.

I loved how you were able to see the characters really develop. They went from being totally juvenile to somewhat grown to a true partner.

I'm sad to see this series end, but it was a great series with a lot of love.


Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Cam and Olivia's relationship starts off as a bet between Cam and his teammates. As Cam grows to like Olivia, he tells her the truth and then they decide to keep up the charade so that Cam can win the bet.

When the bet is won, both Cam and Olivia are miserable because the joke’s on them. They really do like each other and regret calling a halt to their relationship. After a miserable few days, Cam shows up to Olivia's apartment to beg for another chance. What he finds is Olivia also having a hard time with their breakup.

Together they are strong and that strength is exactly what Olivia needs to stand up to her family.

I'm sad that this is the last book the Aces Hockey series, but I can't wait to see what Ms. Jamieson has in store for us next.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is the eighth and final book in the series – it has been excellent all the way through, but I may just have found this the most fun, as well as somehow a fitting end for the team as a whole.

Cam is all about fun and he has some good friends in the team. He has no intention of being in a serious relationship and is prepared to wager a year of cleaning his pals’ undies that he can date and yet avoid love. Of course, we know Jamieson will lead him to a place where he realises he is mistaken... and what a fun journey it is. I really think this has some of the funniest lines I have read in a long time. It is all lovely situational banter which just works perfectly.

Olivia, as we learn, may have had plenty of money growing up, but she was treated poorly by her family, always put down. She finds it difficult to believe that Cam is interested in her at all, so when he admits to the bet, she just knows that life is repeating itself again. Thankfully, both of them grow up, take back some control, and get the happily ever after that we all know they deserve.

I have this series on my reread list, as every book was good – but I am also excited to see what treats Jamieson has for us next.


Lee’Anne☆☆☆☆☆
This was a great read! Cam is a professional hockey player for a team that is infamous for bets between their players. Cam winds up taking a bet that he can’t date the same woman for two months and not fall in love – then they point out the specific woman, Olivia. Olivia comes from a wealthy family and has had terrible experiences with men in the past always being after her just for her money or to earn a leg up with her parents. When Cam approaches her, she's game for a night or two of fun but not looking for a relationship... she is, however, looking for someone famous to be the face of her charity company and Cam would be perfect. When the bet beans get spilled, Olivia rolls with the punches but knows she’s already in too deep.

I love that it's original in that the heroine doesn't have your typical response to the whole bet situation. She's actually really cool about it and that's a first for me in this type of storyline – I really appreciated that. I also love how the author meshes just the right amount of hockey, romance, and banter into this story to make it fast-paced and difficult to put down. Looking forward to more from this series!


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USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Game On (Aces Hockey #8) by Kelly Jamieson to read and review.

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