Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
Release Date: October 11, 2012


He's a game she never intended to play.  And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.  The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.   They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.   Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...  - Goodreads.com

I went looking intentionally for a story that would remind me of Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster and I definitely found it with The Perfect Game.  The only similarities were a bad boy hero and a sweet but spitfire type heroine.  The resemblances ended there, but it was just enough.

I really did like this story.  It was simple and straightforward, had interesting characters a real life type situation that its characters had to work through.  I thought Cassie was a great character.  She was sweet and cute and stronger than I expected.  Then there's Jack.  I absolutely adored this guy.  He's definitely got the bad boy thing going for him, which Cassie didn't want to get involved with, but I loved watching him chase her.  For a bad boy, he definitely had an unexpected and strong streak of nobility in him that was a big surprise for me.  There's one event that occurs in the story that completely changes everything for all the characters.  I didn't anticipate it at all, and I felt so bad for everyone involved.  I won't say what happens, but for those who have read it... I hated that girl.  You know the one.

This was a really good story.  The writing was good, and the story flew by for me.  For anyone who likes Beautiful Disaster, this story has the same feel to it but with a completely new and interesting plot.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the New Adult type stories.  This was definitely worth picking up.


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