The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 1, 2015
Format: eARC, 323 pages
How I got it: From the author
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A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.
Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.
Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in Kristen’s Game On series, but from the minute I saw the cover for The Game Plan, I was dying to get my hands on this book. And the whole man bun havin’ bearded football playin’ virgin? Total grabby hands. If anyone knows where I can find a Dex of my own, send him my way. I’m not kidding. 😉
I just LOVED the characters in this book. Fi was fantastic. I have this THING for books where the female is the more sexually experienced person in the couple. I’m glad more authors are doing this because I really enjoy it, especially when it’s done well like it was here. It was easy to relate to – and like – Fi. Dex? Well, Dex was nothing short of incredible. I fell in love with him nearly immediately. On the outside he was fierce and big (and bearded – *rawr*) but he was far more vulnerable underneath. Plus, hot damn, he was a kid whisperer. *big swoony sigh*
This book stands out from the pack for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest ones by far was that the couple TALKED when issues arose. There’s not nearly enough of that in new adult books and it often leads to misunderstandings and unnecessary angst. Hooray for a couple taking a more mature approach to communication! Now that’s not to say they were perfect or that there wasn’t still some drama, but it was manageable, more or less angst-free and I still appreciated them taking their relationship seriously enough to address problems.
Fi and Dex were fantastic together. I was hooked from their very first hook up scene. So much chemistry! And banter! And smokin’ hot sexy times! I loved that he only had eyes for her and was finally admitting it to himself – and her – after all this time. And did I mention the sexy times were hot as hell? Because they were. There’s something about reading a guy experiencing all the things Dex was experiencing for the first time that is just… damn. Also? Dex might’ve been a virgin but he had a dirty, dirty mouth that I appreciated when he put to use. *eyebrow wiggle*
Sexy times aside, I really did love Fi and Dex. What they had was real and they worked hard for it. They both had to let themselves go a little to go after it and they were definitely better together than they were apart. Long distance relationships suck, but they made the best of it. I got so many warm fuzzies from these two.
The other thing that gave me all the feels was seeing Gray and Ivy (and their little one!) again. I loved them and their story in The Friend Zone so it was great to catch up with them here. Drew and Anna also made an appearance, which made my Hook Up lovin’ heart happy, too. This is seriously such a fantastic series. I hope you’re reading it. If not, add it to your TBR and get to it… you won’t regret it. You’ll just wish you started sooner.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.