Review: Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson

Game for MarriageSheridan Harper is an artist trying to make ends meet after inheriting her grandmother’s art studio. Jared Quinn is a famous quarterback for the San Jose Hawks football team who needs to straighten up his bad boy reputation after some bad publicity. When these two meet at a local event the sparks fly and they end up in a motel room having hot, steamy sex, never expecting it to last more than one night. That is until Jared’s publicity manager for the football team becomes involved and a fake marriage is suddenly born. Jared needs the stability a wife will add to his image and Sheridan only agrees to the marriage in order to have the funds to save her art studio and bring in more business, but she doesn’t want her heart to become involved, so she has a no-sex clause included in the contract. Their marriage is to last for a year and if they enter into a sexual relationship it will be void immediately.

When reading this blurb two things jumped out at me that made me want to review… smoking hot star quarterback and fake marriage. I had a lot of fun with Sheridan and Jared, they had incredible chemistry right from the opening scene. After spending a sizzling night together they embark on a marriage without really knowing what they are doing. They are still incredibly attracted to each other, but can’t do anything about it. Sheridan is thrown into a completely different lifestyle and now has the media’s attention and a famous husband who she is trying to resist, but as she spends more and more time with him she finds herself not really wanting to resist him anymore. Jared knows his wife is a sexy, beautiful woman when he marries her, but he really starts to fall for her after getting to know her. One of my favorite parts was that these two call each other husband and wife as an endearment. For some reason that worked better for me than a bunch of sweethearts and babies and honeys. I could almost feel their affection for each other grow.

Jared and Sheridan look like they have the perfect marriage to the outside world, but at home they struggle with how to interact with each other and build trust when they both have so much to lose. Eventually their desire for each other draws them into bed and that leads to a closeness that gradually becomes a real marriage. This book seemed a little sexier, a lot dirtier, with more sex than some of the previous titles I’ve read from Entangled’s Brazen line. This couple really burned up the pages. When the truth of their marriage hits the media these two have to figure out what this marriage really means to them.  There is a wonderful grand gesture at the end that leads to a believable HEA.

Another plus for me was the secondary romance of Sheridan’s best friend Willow with Jared’s best friend Nick. They’ve got something going on and they sneak on and off the page with each other throughout the story until I became really invested in this couple. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t have to wait too long to read their romance and love story. Game for Marriage was a fun, sexy read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a romance with a lot of heart and some smoking hot loving. Final Grade: B

Favorite Quote:

“I think you’re trying to fuck me to death,” he said.

Lifting her head, she studied him. Saw that he looked completely serious. “I think that’s the other way around. You grabbed me first.”

“You’re the one who always looks too good to pass up, ” he returned, his brows raised. “I wake up and find you all snuggled close and naked, that perfect ass of yours pressed against me, well guess what? I can’t resist that.”

Rating: B
Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson
January 11th 2013 by Entangled Publishing
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  1. Mandi says

    Skimmed review because I have this one coming up but yay for a B grade. I was hoping this one would be good