New York Kings # 3
By: Collette West
Releasing October 17th, 2014
Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.
Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.
Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.
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Wow," she giggles, tracing the ridges of my face with her finger. "That didn't take long, did it?"
I flush under her lust-filled gaze. I didn’t know that my body was going to react this way. "I can…slow it down," I stammer. "If you're not ready to go again."
"Ready?" she whispers. "I think you'd better find a permanent place for me on your schedule—all night, every night." She playfully nudges me with her hips, causing me to groan in ecstasy.
"Why did we wait so long to do this again?" I moan.
"I think you mentioned something about being a slow learner," she teases me. "But let me assure you, you're a natural."
"So I'm more than just an arm to you?" I ask, quirking an eyebrow as I start to move her up and down on top of me.
"Way more," she agrees, closing her eyes, reveling in what I'm doing to her.
"I love you, Hailey," I declare as we move together as one.
She cradles the side of my face, and I turn my head to kiss her palm, bending my legs and resting her back against my knees, eager to try a new position.
Because this is a game I'll never get tired of playing—as long as I can play it with her.
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.
Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
She is the author of NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER and GAME ON.
I really enjoyed this story, it was a refreshing change to discover that Jilly isn't the typical bad boy man-whore who manages to snag the one female in the entire world who can change his behavior and make him the type of man every woman wants and every guys wants to be. No, Jilly is uncomfortable in the spotlight and very shy. And to me, that makes the story that much more like real life, because I'm sure we all know that someone who, no matter how hot he/she is, they are painfully shy and uncomfortable in certain situations where they are in the limelight.
Another point I liked about this story is that Jilly and Hailey already have a history together; those are some good stories (if they're done right), in which you can see how much or how little the characters have changed since the first time they were together.
There is the requisite angst and drama in this story, with Hailey's secret (that you figure out after a while), but what's not clear is who exactly is behind her secret becoming public knowledge. Another bonus with this story is that it's dual POV, which I happen to be a big fan of. I love when we can get the story from both sides. Although this is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone, but I plan on going back and reading the first two books of the series.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.