Showing posts with label Emma Hart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emma Hart. Show all posts

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Playing for keeps (The Game series #2) By Emma Hart

She's in love with him. 
He's trying not to love her. 
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper - not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he'd ever built and tear them down without even realizing she was doing it. 

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn't on Megan's to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she's come to know, she can't walk away. 

Aston's childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it's clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he's buried deep down. 

What he doesn't want to face. What he's fought against for so long. 

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

Playing for keeps is the second novel in the game series by Emma Hart. I hadn't heard of this until someone on my blog page recommended it to and i'm so glad they did. I loved it. 

I found a few faults with the book and it did drag on in places but it never took me from wanting to rush the book, in fact, I was stuck between wanting to absorb it and devour it. I love a young adult romance. I love the first in the series so I was glad Emma kept on with the characters. I had loved Ashton in the first one, so I'm glad we got a inside to him. 

His story reminds me a lot of Baby P's story, but with a better outcome. It completely broke me reading the things that Ashton went through. It's hard to stomach anyone being hurt, but for a defenseless child being beaten, their protectors, their guardians, not doing a thing to stop it, prevent it or protect is just sickening. 
He has dealt with what happened better than I would have let's put it that way. The only thing that confused me during the whole book was his need for sex. In the book he says to Megan that they told him numerous of times he'd end up like his mom. Sex, drugs and countless men, selling herself etc. In stead of proving them wrong in an extent, he went out and slept with anything with a pulse and somewhere to get off. Kind of not the point. 
I think Emma did a fantastic job writing his feelings, how she made them come across made them that much real. 

Then we have Megan, his knight-in-shining-armor, she comes into his darkness bringing her light. She doesn't let him push her away when things get dark for him and he finally lets someone in. Megan. 
She's such a lovable character and when they have their banter arguments I was in stitches. Even when they were secretly together they still had banter moments that had an inside meaning to just them too. Kind of cute now I think about it. 

There were a few parts in the book that didn't make sense to me. Here is an example. 

"Honestly though, I thought he was gonna kill his mom the amount of times she embarrassed him.'' she giggles and we sink into the armchairs. "I've never seen a guy before.''

"I've never seen a guy before'' ????? um?? I'm pretty sure she was talking to a guy. There were a few more like this. I never highlighted them all, but this is one that had me re-reading over to see if I missed something.

All in all I rated the book a 3* and I'll be reading the next one for sure, I just hope the writing is better mapped out. It did ruin the book, but not the actual story. It was just as sweet, romantic, and cute as it should have been. Loved it.  

Friday, 24 October 2014

The love game By Emma Hart

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.

Ahhhh, what can I say. I love this book and have read it a few times now, but only just getting around to reviewing. So for those who haven't yet met Maddie and Branden, then get ONE CLICKING!!. 

I'm a huge fan of American College Romance novels. I don't know why. It may be because of their surroundings, their social life's and what have you. I just find it more realistic than I would if someone here from the UK were to write one based here in the UK. 
The Love Game is just one of the best ones out there. 

Maddie attends a party with a bunch of her friends when she sees the local, walking, male erection. He's a fu*k um and dump um kind of boy, so when Maddie's friends challenge her because she's immune (so she thinks) to his charms, to play the player, she hesitatingly accepts.What she wasn't expecting was for Branden to be someone totally different to who she thought he'd be, her brother. 

Branden is every young girls dream. He's hot, athletic, and charming. He knows what he wants and he isn't afraid to get it. 
When he sees Maddie, he labels her a princess so to speak. Thinking she had a stick up her own ass was a judgment he'd never take back. 
To be honest, it was funny to see the two try not to fall for each other. You could see it coming a mile away, yet, it still didn't ruin the book for you. 

The ending was amazing and like they always say, two wrongs don't make a right, but in this case their wrongs? Made a right.