Monday, June 30, 2014

Review ~ NIGHT GAMES by Lisa Marie Perry


No risk, no reward in the game of love

Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City's delights by night, Nate Franco's life is one to envy. But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that. Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger. She's the daughter of his team's new owners—and his rival for the top training job. To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate's prepared to play a little dirty.

Charlotte works hard to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. On the field, she and Nate are the picture of professionalism. In the bedroom, she's risking everything for their breathtaking forbidden affair. But is Nate just using her so his family can reclaim the team—or will they be able to look beyond the passionate games to embrace real love?

REVIEW

Night Games is the first book in the Blue Dynasty Series.  It centers around Charlotte Blue and Nate Franco.  Charlotte Blue is the new trainer on her parents’ newly acquired football team, The Las Vegas Slayers.  Nate Franco is also a trainer on the team.  He also happens to be the disgruntled son of the former owner of the Slayers.  A chance meeting between the two of them prior to them knowing each other sets off a chain of events that ends in deception, heartache, and disappointment.

This was a good book.  I actually read the second book in the series first so I was prepared for a lot of what happened.  The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was my growing dislike of Charlotte’s parents, Marshall and Temperance Blue. Although their three daughters are grown, they constantly treated them like children.  It was so annoying.  More importantly, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that the daughters, especially Charlotte who is the oldest, continued to allow it.  If I had parents like them, I would have moved to the opposite side of the world.  The mother was so much of a mommy dearest that it was sickening.  She only cared about keeping up appearances and had no regard for her children’s happiness.  In addition, Nate and his brother Santiago have their own issues with their father.  He robbed them of their legacy and they are devastated.  They want revenge and have no idea where their quest will lead them.  It could be said that this book was about mothers & daughters, and fathers & sons.  All of the usual stereotypes are addressed.  In the end, everyone ends up needing a good dose of therapy.

I neglected to mention that there is also an intense romance brewing between Charlotte and Nate.  It seemed to play second fiddle to everything else that went on but I did appreciate their situation.  No good can possibly come from them being together, but they just can’t stay away from each other.  They are just meant to be.  I can’t say that everything that transpires is realistic to me but I would still recommend reading the book.

Rating: 3.5

Release Date: March 1, 2014
Book Length: 224 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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