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Game Time: Book Two of Girls of Summer (Volume 2) Paperback – September 30, 2016
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Kate Christie, author of In the Company of Women, Gay Pride & Prejudice, Training Game, and Leaving L.A., was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. A graduate of Smith College, she lives near Seattle with her wife, their three daughters, and the family dog. To join her mailing list and receive email notifications of new releases, giveaways, and other news, visit https://katechristie.wordpress.com/mailing-list/.
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Don't get me wrong Jamie always had major issues to deal with and problems to overcome, however, why is it that she was still very much a teen after spending years in the sport? And not 26? It always seemed that Emma was easily 4-5 years older than her when she is only a year older at 27.
That was pretty much my only problem and the ending; which is where I took off the one star. Yes, even with multiple books, I think Jamie could have come on top/or at par with Emma in some achievements; she did after all graduate from Stanford and is hardly an idiot.
As a person who does believe in making her own luck, I found it particularly hard to swallow that she did very little with her design degree and computer talents.
Why not both soccer and design so she could control one aspect of her life and feel good instead of (in her own words) 'floundering'?
Kate they are my favourite duo, please do them both justice next time.
I've been looking forward to the second installment of the Girls of Summer book, and give it a solid 4 stars.
I'll bottom line my review first, in case you want to avoid the spoiler:
Read this if any of the following apply to you: a) you like soccer; b) you enjoy reading believable dialogue in a lesbian romance; c) you like Pitch Perfect, and possibly Bechloe ff :) ; d) you read the first book and, like me, feel invested in both Jamie and Emma.
As usual for Ms. Christie, this book is full of excellent writing and scene descriptions, believable dialogue and an avoidance of the usual lesbian romance tropes. She is true to her characters and keeps us rooting for both of them. I don't follow soccer, but I was drawn into that world by the book and I am now looking up Seattle Reign tickets and will likely go to a game.
Just a few things, really. The author never hid that these characters would be revisited in at least three books, but somehow I hoped that there would have been a little more evolution, not only for Jamie (as pointed out by another reviewer), but also for her and Emma's relationship in this second book. I don't know that I can say each and every scene meant something to the story, or moved the characters along. About 2/3rds of the way in I sighed and muttered, "Just get this over with, Kate, we know they are going to end up together, quit dragging it out."
But, let me reiterate, this a good book and worth the purchase!
Okay, so did you read Training Ground yet? If not, stop here, go read it already. You do not want to read this one without the back story.
Game Time doesn’t pick off where we left Jamie and Emma. No, we fast forward ten years to 2013 and find them on opposites sides of Earth. Jamie is playing for the women’s division or Arsenal Ladies Football Club in London. Like many Americans, Jamie has chosen to cross the pond for a chance to keep playing the game she lives for.
Emma has achieved the pinnacle of success, she is a starter for the national team, multiple Olympic medals, and endorsement deals with major sponsors. Emma lives her life in the public eye, easily recognizable. Jamie, on the other hand, is still striving for her chance to be called up to play for her country. While Emma has achieved most of her professional life's goals, she has started to see, that her life also has a major void. She wants what so many of her peers has found, that special person. She knows what true love feels like, she just hasn't found it with anyone else.
Fate and bad luck have literally kept them apart all this time. Just when Jamie has had her chance to play on the national level disaster strikes. First a torn ACL, the second a broken ankle, and with every injury, she must go back, recoup and begin her quest again. With dogged determination, she never gives up, and she keeps striving for her lifetime goal. Jamie has the heart of a lion, and you just can’t help but root for her success. Finally, she gets the call. Jamie has been picked for a two-week residency camp in an off-year as the national team begins to find who the 21 players will be that represent the USWNT in 2015 in the pursuit to win the World Cup. Guess who else will be at camp, yup, Emma Blakely. These former best friends, will spend 14 days in close proximity, and it’s time to move forward.
While Training Ground was painful to some extent, Game Time starts the rebuilding. Accepting that life, missteps and personal mistakes all took a toll on their relationship, Emma and Jamie can find a way to be what they were first, friends. The foundation is there and with work and communication, these two find their way back to each other. Oh, guess what’s still there, yup chemistry, sizzle!
What I loved about this book is there isn’t any contrived drama. These two ladies have a lot on their plate as it is. The stressors of being a professional athlete, staying on top of your game, making one of the most select teams in the world is enough right. You will be 100% invested in the journey of these two leading ladies. My heart just about burst when they find their way back to each other, and have their chance at true love. Now I just need the third book ASAP.