This book was a pleasure to read. I'm glad Jilly finally got his own happy ending, after some not so smooth sailing!
Author: Collette West
Publication: October 17th, 2014
Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
I liked Jilly when I first read about him in Game Changer. I was surprised to find out about his lack of a romantic history and what had driven him and Hailey apart. It would be hard to believe if I hadn't known how shy Jilly and Hailey were and teenagers to boot. I do love a second chance story, so it was nice to see them reconnecting.
I must say I really liked that book was told from both Jilly's and Hailey's point of view. It made the story much better all around. I do wish they'd actually talked to each other about the past and their feelings for one another. I got a little frustrated with them making out, going on dates, but not talking about what they wanted from each other. It felt like that part was dragged out a little too long. I also felt like Hailey was castigated too much for her profession. No one asked her what her sources were and it would've made everyone sheepish if they had.
Collette West did a great job with this book. She made me fall in love with introverts who probably would've never found their way back to each other if Gayle didn't meddle. I'm looking forward to seeing how Collette manages to redeem Drake, if at all.
*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at email@example.com.
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
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