The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 16th May 2016
The Name of the Game by Jennifer DawsonThe Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Something New #3
Published by Zebra on September 29th 2015
Pages: 352
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two-stars

Some people follow the rules. . .
A professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the reasonable sibling among the passionate, impulsive Donovans. But there's nothing reasonable about his reaction to baker Gracie Roberts. She's all wild curls and mouth-watering curves, as deliciously tempting as the sugary treats she's famous for--and twice as irritating. But before long, James decides that getting a taste of her is one indulgence he can't pass up. . .
Some people play to win. . .
Independent, smart, and sexy, Gracie's year-long dry spell has her itching for a man. Responsible, health-obsessed James? Not in a million years! She needs a guy who knows how to let loose! But when James sets out to show her just how satisfying a disciplined man can be when pleasure is at stake, she learns just how sweet--and spicy--he really is.
Have James and Gracie found the recipe for love?

I had a hard time rating this because I loved the premise of opposites attracting yet I’ve got to admit that it’s yet another case of me liking a lead character but disliking the other one.

Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often.

A very unusual male lead (who’s got brains and his own body issues) who veered off the path of typical alpha behaviour was truly a treat to read, but I was felled by a stupid, emotional woman who was so overtaken by her own issues and so convinced by her inability to commit that she’d written everything off before the word ‘compromise’ could be spelled out in proper terms.

While I do appreciate a woman who’s independent and strong, I thought Gracie had long fallen off that path into irrational moodiness, her prevarications and insecurities overshadowing what could really have been a more likeable and less annoying character. That she wanted to take more than she could give from James – who had to bend over backwards in order to pay for his well-meaning blunder – was the last straw that broke the camel’s back for me, particularly when the out-of-character, drunken (and supposedly comic) behaviour at the end made me cringe in shared embarrassment for him.

Even so, I still thought James deserved better than her, which the abrupt and rather awkward conclusion only seemed to reinforce.

two-stars

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