Friday, October 18, 2013

REVIEW ~Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson~

Title: Game for Marriage
Author: Karen Erickson
Series: Game for It #1
Release Date: January 11, 2013

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

He’s going in deep to make her his…

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.

Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?

*Raises hand* I'm game for marrying Jared Quinn!! Pretty please? No? He's already married to the stubborn and amazing Sheridan with whom he is head over heels in love with? Fine *sulks in corner* That's probably for the best though, Sheridan and Jared are a super adorable couple. Game for Marriage included all of my favorite things: hot football players, even hotter sex, a marriage of convenience and a couple with every obstacle thrown at them. From the first scene with Sheridan and Jared I could not wait to travel their story with them.

"To go from giggling and giving each other grief to heated, passionate lovemaking in mere seconds was a heady rush. One she liked to indulge in again and again..."

Jared is literally every woman's dream guy. He's hot, built, a football player, and despite his current man-whorish image he seems to be one of those "good ones" we always hear about. He's sweet and caring, and trips over himself to satisfy his new wife in every way possible. Sheridan is just as giving, and she is such a prideful woman but, when it really counts she can set it aside for the greater good. These two meet and within 8 hours are hitting the sheets. But when Sheridan flees after their rendezvous she never expects to see Jared again. So imagine her surprise when Jared's publicist offers Sheridan everything she needs to keep her late grandmother's storefront open and live a better life in exchange for a year long marriage to Jared. Sheridan realizes she can sacrifice a year of her life if it means saving her studio and helping Jared get his image back on track. The two agree to a no sex clause in their contract... and well you can guess that it doesn't last too long. While they try to head to the no-sex clause they must find a way to make their marriage believable to the world around them. Interestingly enough a married life isn't as hard as they imagined.

"He wanted to drag her back into that big bed and make love to her again. So they could shut themselves completely off form the real world and focus on what really mattered. Each other."

Sheridan and Jared go from lust to a marriage of convenience to admiration for one another and then finally allow themselves to love. They didn't fight it very hard, they were actually very forthcoming in their feelings. The problems arise with outside forces being a pain in their asses. I think there is only one way to properly convey my feelings about this book so here are my reactions to it, in order: Wow that's hot, Oh really? This can't end well, Well they are kinda cute together, Awww, Yes!, Oh shit, Hell, This is going to be BAD!, *sad face*, Best friend to the rescue, You both are stubborn little shits, *fist pump*, *happy dance*, The End :). Truthfully, I couldn't foresee where Game for Marriage was going to take me. What I was given was a hilarious, sweet, steamy book that I couldn't put down. 

"I promise to love and honor and cherish you forever, Sheridan Quinn. Having you in my life has made it brighter, better. Complete. I'd be lost without you, baby. You gotta know that."

Karen Erickson truly has a gift. I have read many of her other books, including her Monica Murphy books, and have loved every single one of them. She creates a stories, characters and worlds that draw you in and keep you hooked until she's ready to tug on your emotions. Sometimes she's a little rough with the tugging, but this book was more on the heartwarming side rather than the angsty side :) So, yes I definitely recommend this book and I can't wait for Willow and Nick's story (hehe these two have some major pent up passion to burn through). I also wanted to say a huge thank you to Karen for gifting me a review copy of Game for Marriage I truly enjoyed every bit of it!

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