It all started out as a game. Braden will make Maddie fall in love with him and she will play Braden, the ultimate player, at his own game. Maddie Stevens hates Braden Carter and everything his bad-boy ways represent. Braden has always wanted Maddie and will do anything to get her in bed. What happens when the game starts to fade into real life and emotions get involved is at the heart of this novel.
This was a great book. I enjoyed the split view into Braden and Maddie’s thoughts as each chapter changed point of view. The chapters written from Braden’s point of view are spot-on for a male voice and come across as totally natural. I especially liked the witty dialogue between Maddie’s best friends and the boys in the frat house. It captured the flirtatious horsing around that happened in my own sorority days perfectly.
Although there’s plenty of sexy moments and flirtatious fun The Love Game isn’t all flirt and fluff. There’s a deep background to Maddie’s story that roots the novel in reality. Watching how Braden comes to love this broken girl for more than his initial physical attraction is part of the fun. Seeing her come out if her guarded shell to trust the man she never liked in the first place makes this novel worthwhile.
The Love Game has everything you could ask for in a Contemporary Romance. I was laughing out loud at the frat boy’s antics, fanning myself over some very sexy scenes between Maddie and Braden, and shedding tears when the story turns to more serious matters.
I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series, Playing for Keeps featuring Maddie’s best friend Megan and Braden’s frat buddy Aston. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and am eager to read more.