Review: Game for Trouble by Karen Erickson

 Game for Trouble (Game for It #2) by Karen EricksonNick Hamilton and Willow Cavanaugh have a history. They met when he was in his first year of the NFL and she was just nineteen. Their affair burned out of control, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other and both started to fall in love. Until Willow’s sports lawyer father became involved and warned Nick to back off. Which he did, leaving Willow broken-hearted and having learned her lesson when it came to bad boy football players. They’ve managed to avoid each other for years, but now that their best friends are married and living in domestic bliss they keep getting thrown together. Nick’s always regretted leaving Willow. No woman will ever live up to the memories of his first love. He’s older now, wiser to what he wants in his life and what he wants is Willow back. He just has to convince her he’s serious.

Willow has lived in the shadow of her famous father all her life, now she just wants to prove that she can make it on her own. Several years ago she started a custom cotton candy business and has since seen it slowly grow. She’s convinced all she needs to see it take off is lease space and she thinks she’s found the perfect location for her first store front. The only problem is that the owner of said location is none other than the man who loved and left her, Nick Hamilton. But Nick has deal for her, he will gladly take her on as a tenant, even go down on the lease price, if she will agree to go out on 8 dates with him. He thinks that’s all he needs to prove to her that he’s a changed man and that they are still made for each other.

This was one of those books where as you’re reading you know in your head that the premise is far-fetched, but you just don’t care. From the very beginning the dialogue and sexual tension between the H/h had me completely glued to the page. I loved the back and forth between these two:

“No sexual favors, if that’s what you’re hinting at. God you haven’t changed a bit, have you? Do you ever not think with that thing between your legs?”

Well hell, now she’d offended him.

“Baby,  I can think clearly most of the damn time. It’s only when I’m around you that my dick decides to tell me what I should do. I can’t help it if I’m still sexually attracted to you.”

I’m also a sucker for any kind of story where it’s clear that there is a prior relationship between the main protagonists. Whether it’s unrequited love, animosity or just plain lust that they are fighting, I can’t help but want them to figure it all out and find their way to each other. This couple first appeared in Game for Marriage  and I just knew their story would be a fun, lusty ride. And I wasn’t wrong. Nick is bound and determined to win over the woman of his dreams, he doesn’t let a little thing like her fiery temper get the better of him. Willow fights her attraction for Nick, equally determined that she won’t fall for him again. Their interactions are funny, the dialogue between them amusing and laced with chemistry and sexual tension. When they finally do fall into bed that tension explodes into some awfully sexy love scenes.

Game for Trouble was a fast read. The progression of Nick and Willow’s relationship from snarky exes to a sweet, affectionate couple was lovely. The only thing that threw me off a bit was Willow’s reaction to why Nick originally left her. I was confused over why she still doubted his devotion after their heart to heart. I kind of wanted to reach into the book and slap her. Luckily, her stupidity only lasted a few pages. It did lend some angst to the storyline and create some added tension between this couple.

Overall, I did enjoy this contemporary romance and would recommend to those looking for something easy to read with plenty of sexy times. Final Grade- B-

Favorite Quote:

Oh, my God. He was acting like a completely different person. No more easygoing Nick. Now he was growly, animalistic Nick. Tear her panties to bits and look at her like he wanted to eat her alive Nick. She liked it. Heaven help her, she fucking loved it.

Rating: B-
Game for Trouble by Karen Erickson
October 28th 2013 by Entangled: Brazen
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