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The Love Game (The Game Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Emma Hart
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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.

Editorial Reviews


The first page. THE very first page and I knew that I couldn't put The Love Game down... Emma's writing style is flawless. - Zoe Pope, The Book Lovers blog.
The Love Game is a fun, enjoyable, well written NA Novel about love and friendship and not letting your past control your life. - Holly Baker, Make My Day books.
The Love Game has got it all - the perfect mix of love, attraction, forgiveness and redemption. - Rachel, Says It With Books.
I especially loved the way the author ended the story--it was hopeful and life and love-affirming, yet not unrealistic or cheesy the way so many HEAs can be. - Stephanie Parent, author of Forty Days and Precious Things.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Emma Hart; 2 - With Epilogue edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C32N2AS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time. April 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book had some great reviews and was very highly placed in Amazon's popular contemporary romance ranking. With the price at less than a dollar I thought, 'How can I go wrong'? Well, I was wrong.

I almost never abandon a book but I just couldn't keep going with this one. The writing was terrible. Every element of this book from the dialogue, to the connecting story, to the character development was completely disjointed. I kept wondering if I had skipped a page or fallen asleep. I think the author was forgetting to write down all of the story they were imagining in their mind because the flow was nonexistent, to the point where the story just didn't make sense.

I've read a lot of this genre recently and haven't always come to expect stellar writing, but I often feel myself being sucked into the plot or the characters eventually. Not so in this case. The nonsensical premise of this story and the one dimensional, unlikeable characters just didn't do it for me.

I should have read the sample and saved a dollar and my time.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I saw the high ratings for this book, I purchased it immediately. I had high expectations, and I have to say that it was a little bit of a let down for me. It had an interesting plot, and I always love a romance that tells the story from both the male and female perspective. Why did I not like this story more? I'm not really sure. It seemed a bit immature, and the characters did not grab me. There was too much back and forth of the plot, and by the time we got to the exposure if you will, I was tired of the whole thing. I almost couldn't understand why they were both so upset, as they had each done the same thing to each other. I guess I was not invested enough in these characters for me to feel bad for them. I'm sorry this was not one of my favorites.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read! April 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"You have to fight for love, because it doesn't come easily, not the real thing, anyway."

When I read the description of this book I knew it was something I would want to read! I loved the idea of "bad boy/player" getting played. Braden is the love em' and leave em' kind of guy. He sleeps around and everyone knows it, including his family. Maddie is tired of watching him continue to use women for sex, so it's a no brainier she agrees to take them up on their challenge to play the player.

"Maddie Stevens. Your mission, should you choose to accept it." She grins and puts her hand out. "Is to play the player at his own game. Do you accept?" I inhale deeply, every bit of my mind screaming at me to say no and run. Play the player. "Accepted."

Braden thinks he can make any girl fall in love with him- without getting them in his bed first. He's easy on the eyes, charming (when he wants to be), and of course good in bed. So, when he is asked by his friends to make a girl fall in love with him in one month, he doesn't hesitate.

"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 s***." -Braden

The Love Game has everything I seem to love: Hot male, strong female, romance, college, angst, humor and dual POV. HELLO!! How can you not be SOLD!

"When life gets hard, ask Google. Google knows everything!" (TRUE, right!?)

"Did you suck his lollipop?"

"Well, did he bite your burger?"

Yes, this book reminded me of the movie How To Lose A Guy in 10 days... BUT, I can say that about any book I read. There will always be similarities out there or things that will remind us of another book. It's bound to happen, so no; I did not let this bother me.

The Love Game was a fast paced, wildly entertaining, and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars yawn.... April 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A little bit too immature for my taste. Its set in college, but as a gal in my mid 20s, I couldn't relate. Its written for a 17/18 crowd.

I appreciated the switched POVs, I like that in books, but the story was iffy.
I'm also starting to dislike the whole (unnecessary) broken family side plot. Its getting soooo old!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK, but couldn't sustain my interest. April 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's hard to write a review of a book that is, technically, not that bad. Yet, this story failed to sustain my interest - to the point that I ended up ditching by half-time. It was just a little too similar to other books I've recently read (such as "Wait For You" by J. Lynn) and I've enjoyed those previous reads more. Something was missing for me with this one - the opening scenes seemed a bit too juvenile (particularly the 'game on' discussion between the heroine and her female friends) and the relationship which developed between the hero and heroine wasn't exactly steaming up my e-reader, which is an expectation with this sort of story.

I wouldn't dismiss this author's future works, but this one just wasn't for me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good but I wanted more! April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading The Love Game but I was hoping for more.
I never realized that Maddie was broken. I only knew that by the end of the novel because the others characters were telling me that but it never really shown it.

I was hoping to see more of Maddie background before Berkeley, so I could understand her better. The little that the author gave us was really interesting and I would have love to know about abby, Preston and her dad.
The story didn't really have any major conflict 'till about 85% through the book. The end was rushed. I guess an epilogue would've been nice.

However, i'll definitely check the next installment of this series
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars don't hate the player...
These two are perfect for each other! I will say I find it a little hard to believe that Braden is as "skilled" as Hart makes him out to be. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mom of Twins
4.0 out of 5 stars so so
I wouldn't say its the best series but was a ok read..didnt suck me in I liled to be sucked into my books
Published 1 month ago by casee
3.0 out of 5 stars Hated the game, liked the characters
This books shows us what happens when we play games with people's lives. People get hurt. There was so much deception between Maddie and Braden, it was hard to feel any empathy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Raymond
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish
Did not finish- stopped at 20%. I'm sorry- I know this book has a lot of good ratings- but it wasn't the book for me. The dialogue was stupid and all of them sounded so immature. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MTR1970
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book
So this book was brought to my attention this morning and as soon as I read the description, I wanted to read it. So I spent the day reading it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LWimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend
When I read the description I just knew I would enjoy reading, who spent like the idea of a player being played.....
Published 3 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all like John Tucker must die!!! Don't believer the hype
Honestly when I first started reading this I thought it was gonna be horrible. I've never been more glad to be wrong. This book was romantic, funny, and just made you feel good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michal Frazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Hot Tamales Batman
What a great start to a series. This was a really cute love story. I can't wait to read more from this series.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun story
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The story line was enjoyable and it was easy to get lost in. A fun story to read.
Published 4 months ago by JCroucher
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book :)
I loved Maddie and Braden. The book had definitely fun situations but at the same time it showed the demons each one of the characters is fighting with. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marincheto007
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More About the Author

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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