Author: Jessica Clare
Date of Publication: June 15, 2013
Formats Available: Paperback, E-book
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Synopsis: Katy Short doesn't want to be on The World Races. She’s not a social butterfly like her brother (and partner) Brodie. In fact, she’s just as happy to end up in last place as in first.
But when her brother makes a selfish move that pairs her up with silent and surly rock star Liam Brogan, everything in the race changes. Now Katy’s fighting to stay out of the Loser Lodge, just so she won’t have to suffer through all that alone time with Mr. Tall, Dark and Arrogant.
Except Liam? Kinda hot. He’s sexy, pierced… and not nearly as surly as she thought. There’s one good thing about a game with partners -- lots of one-on-one time…
This is book two of the Games novels, sexy contemporaries with a reality TV twist.
Writing this review hasn't been easy for me. I always have a harder time with books I really enjoy than with books I don't and Playing Games is one of those novels that I ended up loving so much I just don't know how to put it into words. Full of action and adventure, a fierce game show competition, and plenty of romance to keep me on my toes, this novel had everything I could hope for in a novel and I loved every second of it.
First of all, the reason I loved this novel as much as I did was the travel. I've always dreamed about visiting almost all of the locations mentioned in the book and I loved reading about the country specific challenges. I was rooting for Liam and Katy in Turkey, laughing while they were in Greece, and swooning while they were in Italy. The bouncing from location to location kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to see where they would end up next. Plus the intense competition between the other teams, Katy's brother Brodie, who I love to hate, and the sexy romance between Katy and Liam kept me glued to this novel until the very end.
Katy was cute main character and I loved reading about her. She's sassy and snarky and when she starts off on the wrong foot with Liam I just know that there's going to be sparks flying within a matter of chapters. The chemistry between Liam and Katy was out of this world and though they start off their romance for show, so they can make "good TV", it quickly becomes more than that. Liam is the sexy, tattooed, pierced bad boy we've all come to love in New Adult fiction but he's just a little bit more too. Despite his bad boy looks he doesn't have the douche bag personality I've come to expect from a lot of other love interests in the genre and throughout the novel I was rooting for him just as much as I was for Katy.
Though at it's heart Playing Games is a romance novel I loved how there was more of a plot than pure romance. Clare managed to make this novel extremely romantic but at the same time provided enough outside plot to keep me from getting bored. The drama between other teams of the competition and the little conflict at the end all made for interesting reading and the romance just made it that much better. Playing Games was pure fun and I'm so excited to read the following novels in the series!
Playing Games is a fantastic addition to the Games series and is the perfect short read for readers looking for something fun without bulky page numbers. Full of action, romance, and adventure Playing Games was a delight to read and I'm excited to continue with the series!