Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Game Player (Game #1) by BJ Harvey - ARC Review


From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes a new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match.

Matt Taylor’s motto:
“I’m the king of the cut ‘n’ run. I wine them, dine them, then slide inside them, making sure I get up, get dressed and get out before they can even utter the words “second date.”

Mia Roberts’ motto:
“I’m queen of the chase. I meet them, greet them, date them and leave them. A social butterfly, I’m happily single and happy to stay that way.”

The players have been found.

The challenge has been set.

Whatever happens, they’ll soon find out that playing the game can get you played in the best possible way.

Find Game Player on Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon US:
Amazon CA:
Amazon UK:
Amazon AU:
iBooks -
B&N -
Kobo -
Google Play -

Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: March 2016.

I found the Bliss series three books in and I was immediately smitten, this rag tag bunch of strangers and well f*uck buddies and future partners would endear themselves to me, through the rest of the Bliss series I fell more and more in love with Harvey's characters, contemporary romance is often filled with alpha hero's, the one's who have the badboy swagger down pat, they leave a trail of wanting women in their wake, the Bliss series certainly has them, but more than that her stories have feature strong women, ones that have fallen and gotten back up, ones that see the world as equal opportunity for men and women, who refuse to conform to patriarchal stereotypes and want to break through that glass ceiling in both their personal and professional lives. When the author announced Game Player I was instantly intrigued, Matt Taylor, the Mini WD (that's Walking Dildo for readers new to Ms Harvey) the cocky and confident younger brother of Noah has a story to tell, the King of Hit It and Quit It, Matt certainly knows his way around the female form, he's earned himself quite the reputation for being a ladies man, one that up until now he's never had a problem with, but the older he gets, the more he sees his brother and this brothers friends settle down, the more that life doesn't seem so far away anymore.

Mia Roberts should be DO NOT DISTURB territory but as much as Matt has kept his distance, trying to do the honourable thing he's all out of reason to stay away anymore, his elder brother Noah being married to Mia's sister Zoe is complicated enough, but Mia's older brother Zander being married to Kate and a member of his own brother's close knit group of friends makes it even more complicated, not to mention dangerous to him if he's not sure about making the switch from one night to long term.

Mia has her own baggage that has left her weary of men, none more so than the irrepressible Matt Taylor, sure he's her sister's brother-in-law (it seriously isn't confusing once you dive in) and she knows deep down he's a good guy, but it's his intentions she's worried about, the more he shows interest in her the more she feels on edge, halfway between wanting to push him away and write him off as a womanising playboy and wanting to drag him to bed to find out if the legend matches the man...Matt is sexy and confident and rocks the dirty talk like no one else but she has to decide if she can trust him to be the kind of man who she dreams about, the type who will make her want picket fences and happily ever afters, but more than anything Mia needs to prove to herself that she deserves the same happiness her sister and brother have found by taking a step out of her comfort zone and giving Matt a chance to blow her mind both in and out of the bedroom.

BJ Harvey excels in Game Player, her ability to write Rom Com's that have you giggling and swooning and holding your breath is clearly evident, her ability to transcend that sexy time line with aplomb, often with this genre I find myself aimlessly skimming my way through repetitive sex scenes, sure they generate heat but I find myself silently chanting  *give me more story* and yet Harvey gives you the kind of intimate moments that range from the deliciously dirty to the sweetly sensual all the while further building the story and aiding in the readers ability to invest in these characters. Game Player was a breath of fresh air after a run of heavy titles that left me desperate for a reprieve, Mia had this endearing quality to her that made me want to wrap her in my arms and help her work her way through her confusion and doubt, and yet her partying ways made her the kind of girl I wanted to grab a cocktail with, Matt despite his early days of playing the field showed that when he found something he wanted he was willing to do anything and everything in his power to get his way, the first book in the Game series has already left me itching for more.


About BJ Harvey:

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She writes contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.

An avid music fan, you will always find her with headphones on while writing, and the speakers blaring the rest of the time. She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and when she’s not writing – she’s reading.

BJ resides with her family in what she considers the best country in the world—New Zealand.

She describes her writing as a little swoon, a lot of heat, a bit of drama and a whole lot of love.

Connect with BJ Harvey on Facebook

No comments:

Post a Comment