Monday, March 10, 2014

Night Games - Review

Night Games Synopsis:

The moment Grey Kelleher locks eyes with All-Star shortstop Chase Whitfield, she's a goner. For years, she's watched him play on TV, and now she's gazing at his hard, lean body across a bar in her hometown.

Grey's crush on Chase goes all the way back to his rookie season. So when she approaches him for an autograph, she's startled by what a jerk he can be.

Chase is no mood to humor his fans, even one as alluring as Grey. He's in the last year of his contract and stuck having to prove himself on a minor league team. He's only there to rehab an injury, nothing more.

But when Grey tells him off, Chase realizes her fiery spirit may be just the distraction he needs to take his mind off not being in the majors. His heart is safe. No one's going to break his streak as baseball's most eligible bachelor. Not even someone as irresistible as Grey.

Collette West Bio:

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at

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My Review

I must say I was a little torn with the read and think I would have to say it’s a 3.5 star read for me.

Grey Kelleher is Chase Whitfield’s #1 fan!!! At times you would think it’s possible she may know more about him than he even knows about himself! Grey gets her chance at meeting Chase when he comes to play in her town. She goes to the game with her sister, Erin…. Whom I adore by the way! She is your typical over-the-top fan!! I think that Collette West did an awesome job writing Erin’s character.

Chase comes across as a jerk but in reality can we really blame him. All he wants to do is be able to enjoy a dinner without being bothered for a picture or autograph and he can’t even do that. I can’t even imagine what celebrities and athletes must go through all the time and not to have a single meal outside of the home without being bothered has to be frustrating. So, part of me can understand why Chase would come across that way. There is something about Grey though that catches his eye.

Their romance seemed rushed to me though…. I would have liked to have seen more of a build up between the characters. It was a meeting one day, spend one evening together and then a proposal the next…. It was just way too speedy…. Of course they didn’t really get engaged it’s just the point. But, then when Grey’s past comes up it was like… BAM!!!! …. Where did that come from???

I will say I thought it was sweet the note that Chase sent to Grey to make her stay in the parking lot that first night. It showed a deeper side to him and showed that he truly did pay attention and cared about his fans.

I thought the ending was sweet but needed more. It was a good, quick, easy read! It is like a version of Cinderella where the small town girl catches the attention of the high paid athlete. It’s told from both Grey and Chase’s point of views which definitely gives you a better insight on both characters!

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