New Adult

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

Game On.


★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

Let me start off by saying how much of a fan I am of this series, I love a sports college romance and Kristen Callihan knows how to write a gripping new adult story with brilliant characters and the right amount of angst and drama to keep you turning the pages without feeling like it’s over the top.

Ethan Dexter is a 24 year old virgin, now playing as a center in the NFL he decides he has been watching best friend Gray’s sister in-law from afar for too long now and it’s time to make his move.

Fiona has never really looked at Dex as anything other than her brother in law’s shy friend who is so not her type, she doesn’t date athletes and she is not into the whole beard and man bun look either, so when her and Dex end up staying with Gray and sister Ivy at the same time after the birth of their baby, she is blown away by how completely gorgeous and swoony he is underneath his quiet exterior.

The speed of their relationship escalated fairly quickly and this book focuses on their struggles with a long distance relationship, Fiona’s troubles at work, and Dex’s displeasure at living in the public eye.

“She’s my One, whether I want her to be or not.
But want her I do. And now I’m going to have her.”

I have been looking forward to Dex’s story for so long now so maybe I hyped it up a bit too much, because I found myself feeling a bit let down because unfortunately a few things did not work for me, namely the insta-love and the very low angst and lack of any real drama.

The Game Plan is a very sweet and romantic read, and a lot more mature than the previous two books in the series.

Overall, I thought it was an OK read and am confident that a lot of readers will fall in love with it a bit more than I did. This series still remains one of my favourite NA sports romance and highly recommend it to anyone.

Part of a series, this is a standalone contemporary romance told in dual POV.

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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