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Game On (Westland University Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"he was gorgeous and being close to him made my heart beat faster than an 8-cylinder engine. That wasn't enough to start anything. Not that I wanted to. I hated him. Didn't I?"
I knew I would enjoy this book on some level (seriously my romance lovers, look at the cover!), but I liked it a lot more than I expected. I thought both Devon and Olivia had a lot of depth, and I sort of wanted everything for both of them.
"'I'm not a mystery, Seamus. I'm an open book.' I leaned in to make sure he heard me. 'You just don't know how to read yet.'"
My undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering (c/o '94), so I related to a lot of Olivia's issues associated with being a female in such a male dominated field. I guess I thought things should have changed a lot more for women at this point, but nonetheless, I understood her frustrations with respect to that. When I was relating to her, I had an immense amount of empathy for her. As you learn more and more about her back story, you start to understand why Olivia behaves the way she does. This knowledge did not only prompt me to empathize with Olivia, it made me admire all she had accomplished and the woman that she had become.
"I'm not a player, Olivia. Because when there's someone I want, I'm not just in it for an inning. I'm there for the entire game."
Devon was pretty awesome, not going to lie. He had his cocky-jock moments, but we saw a lot more of his compassionate, sensitive side. He worked really hard to try and win Olivia's heart, and I cannot say I didn't enjoy watching this whole romance play out. I became deeply saddened when they hit rough patches, because I knew these two belonged together, and I needed them to be together. (Yeah, there was drama, but every romance needs drama.)
"My heart slammed against my ribs as if they were a prison and Devon was my freedom."
I also really liked Olivia's family. She was the only female in a family of 7 -- that's a lot of boys, but she had a special bond with them, and I loved going home with her. There is this one part, after a very terrible day, that Olivia returns home, and her dad has this heart-to-heart with her. Well, it just about made my heart explode. It was such a beautiful moment, and I was elated to see this side of Olivia's family.
Overall: A great NA romance that was fun, but also heartfelt.
This is my first time reading Lynn Stevens. I enjoy new authors, watching them grow and mature. And, I adore baseball stories and the New Adult genre. The characters are young and falling in love, facing the daunting task of getting through college and making their mark on the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get all that I was hoping for with Game On. Olivia was strange and Devon was confusing. Then, adding to that, the baseball theme wasn’t as accurate as I would have hoped.
Olivia came off as a brat. Granted, she knew what she wanted and was going for it. Being a woman in a man’s field is hard but she is determined to make a name for herself. She needs to come to terms with her nemeses, Devon Miller, being just as good as her. She’s jealous. She’s bitter. She also can’t forgive him for the one night in his bed.
Devon has no idea what he did to Olivia for her to treat him like dirt. Yes, he has gone up against her in class but, what does she expect, they are competing for the same things. She has no idea how much respect he has for her or how much he wants to have a relationship. Yes, he has to come off as disinterested or blow his own chances of making his own name for himself in the company his father works for. But, he’s done all that he can for her and she’s still being distant.
The beginning of the story really confused me. I’m not sure if the chapters in the ARC were mixed up or if that was supposed to be the flow of the story but, it didn’t make sense to me. Once we start getting into the meat of the story, it starts taking some twists and turns and, as Olivia starts warming up to Devon, it becomes a little more interesting. Then, they start talking in baseball analogies, Devon tries to explain the game to her, and I get thrown, again. I come from a baseball family and, if the terms and the name of the position players play are incorrect, I have a problem. Then, besides the first few chapters, the story just didn’t jive. I had a problem with Devon’s hot and cold act, with how quick they both jumped to conclusions and judged the other, with how quick they fell in love after so much animosity, with the story about her family and her ex-boyfriend … I’m still not sure why Henry was brought in when he was.
So, I was not as impressed with Game On as I was hoping to be. Yes, it had its light moments, loving moments as well. But, those were out-shined by the bitchiness of Olivia and the games that Devon played. I was happy that they finally came to terms with their feelings and will have a happily-ever-after but was disappointed with the way they got there.
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