(The Bad Boys of Football 3)
In a relationship built on lies...the only truth is their feelings for each other.
To fulfill his grandmother's dying wish, linebacker Cole Taylor must find - and marry - a good girl. First grade teacher, Anna Davis, fits the bill perfectly. Their deal is simple: If she'll be his temporary wife, he'll give her more pleasure than she ever imagined was possible. Only, love is the ultimate game-changer
Making the Grade: C+
For My Thoughts
Give me a sexy sports romance story any day and all is good with my world.
I’ve read the other 2 books in the series and was excited to see Bella Andre had a new addition to the Outlaw series. The cover immediately reminded me of another football sports book I read recently (The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton - gotta love those hunky ab-fabulous covers).
What happens in Vegas baby!!! Cole Taylor really wants to fulfil the wishes of his dying Grandmother who raised him. She wants to see him married and settled to a “good girl”. That’s going to be a tough request to fill considering Cole is a famous, football star for the San Francisco Outlaws. There may be lots of bad girls lined up around the block for this bad boy, but he needs to find a "good girl" to marry and introduce to Grandma.
First grade teacher Anna Davis is in Vegas for her sister’s wedding. She’s kind of the odd duck in her family, she has a few self esteem issues, is boring and predicable and just looking for the right moment to break out of her shell. Well hello Vegas because Anna’s about to take a gigantic leap outside her comfort zone.
Their eyes meet across a crowded room and with only the brush of her fingertips against his knuckles Cole feels an unbelievable shock of attraction for the innocent brunette at the bar. He also knows immediately knows she’s the “good girl” he’s been looking for. Before either can say “I Do” Cole and Anna are united in Holy Matrimony. I knew why Cole was marrying Anna but since she wasn’t aware of Cole’s full intentions (and had no idea he was a famous football player) I had a harder time believing she would marry a complete stranger - no matter how gorgeous or persuasive he was. So it seemed a bit far-fetched that these 2 would immediately jump into the wedding frying pan, but I went with it. On a side note I was having a he’s too stupid to live moment thinking that given Cole was a famous, wealthy football player, he would consider marrying someone without a pre-nup. Guess he wouldn’t be the first guy to do so?
All I can say is WOW - what a honeymoon. Given that these two barely knew each other a couple of hours, there was nooooo holding back in the bedroom on the wedding night. Cole pushed Anna to her limits and she discovered a whole knew appreciation for her sexuality. Cole kind of reminded me a randy, never had sex before 14 year old boy. He couldn’t get enough of Anna and he was almost too overpowering in his sexual prowess - he could have dialled it down a notch or two given Anna’s innocence. I guess it was a good thing Anna discovered her inner sexpot in a hurry. There are some - no make that a lot of scorching hot sex scenes between these two.
Once Cole revealed his true intentions about his true need for a wife - Anna of course felt betrayed but is then guilted into playing the role of loving and devoted wife to appease a dying woman’s wishes.
Once they return to “normal” life, Anna realizes just how hard it’s going to be to perpetrate the lie of being married to Cole. Anna really is a good girl and having to lie to family, friends and co-workers is not something that comes naturally to her. In addition being in the spotlight of the paparazzi would be hard for anyone to get used to especially when Anna finds herself falling deeply in love for real with her husband - knowing that to him their marriage is a sham and a charade they are playing for the benefit of his grandmother.
One thing that really made me roll my eyes in disbelief was when Anna attended her first ever football game and after watching about half the game - she felt she’d grasped the rules. Oh really? About football? Ummmm I don’t think so. I’m not a huge football fan, but I’ve been watching it for years and I don’t know that I could feel confident about knowing the rules after many years let alone half a game. It’s a little thing, but it struck a nerve with me.
There’s lots to like about Game for Love and really you don’t have to enjoy football or sports to enjoy this book. It’s a love story that starts out under false pretences, with an intense amazing attraction between Cole and Anna and in the end there is a happy ending for everyone