Monday, May 14, 2018

The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo - Blog Tour

The Game Can’t Love You Back
Karole Cozzo
(Swoon Reads)
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, 
Young Adult

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

4 Stars

This Young Adult Sports Romance is about growing up and adapting to changes. Not always easy when two people are vying for the same thing.

Eve is a star athlete and when an incident arises, her school is merged with another, threatening her position on the baseball team.

Jamie is the baseball captain of his team and very popular with the girls. The merging of the school happens on his territory and he isn't about to give up his field position to anyone else.

Jamie and Eve take an instant dislike to each other from the word go and neither of them makes the effort to hide this mutual feeling. He rubs her up the wrong on and off the field and she gives as good as she gets. She is used to being frowned upon as the only girl on the team, but she can stand up for herself. When the teams are integrated, they find themselves playing against each other until they face another team. This is the game changer as it's "them against us" and they want their team to win. They start off tolerating each other, then becoming friends before recognising the attraction between them.

Despite the obvious attraction, Eve is cautious about getting involved with someone who is renowned for being a player. Then again, they both want the trophy just as badly. Will their thirsts for winning get in the way of their feelings?

Jamie projects this bad boy persona, but he is good in his role on the team, he works hard and cares deeply for his family. Having to fight for her talent to be recognised, Eve projects this rigid personality, but underneath it all, she is sensitive and unsure off herself off the field. I like the way their relationship slowly builds up and how they solve their problems. Eve's action and her honesty towards the end are admirable. I enjoyed reading this story. It's different from any other young  adult novels that I have read. It's sweet, funny, sad in places and totally captivating.

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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