Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Posted November 20, 2015 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

The Game Plan

Series: Game On #3
by Kristen Callihan
Published by Self Published on November 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 323
Format: eBook
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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 friends. 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.
Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

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This entire series has been an addiction with me.  I read Drew’s story in The Hook Up and was floored by the amount of PLOT in the romance.  I pounced on Gray’s story in The Friend Zone.  So there was no looking back when I could finally, FINALLY (yes, I am screaming) know what the heck is going on in quiet Dex’s mind.

Oh, and I’ll never turn away from a hot cover like this one.

Back to more important points about Dex’s story, or rather “Ethan’s”, as we come to find out his first name.  Ethan has had the hots for Fiona Mackenzie since he met her two years ago.  She is Ivy’s little sister (Ivy is with Gray, in case you didn’t know this).  Fiona is a little spitfire of a girl.  She works in New York City in interior design but she happens to be taking a week of vacation to spend time with Gray and Ivy in San Francisco…  the exact same week Ethan is scheduled to visit.

Ivy is clueless about Ethan’s attraction to her because he is the strong, silent type.  He is also nothing at all like the type of guys she normally is attracted to and she has had a steady boyfriend until just recently.  So why would she notice him?  Well, it takes a dare from him to actually get the proverbial ball rolling.

And then that ball is running out of control full speed down the side of a mountain screaming, “YAHOOOOOO!!”

To say I love the eloquent way Ms. Callihan writes her romance and sex scenes would be an understatement of humongous proportions.  I was really curious how the sex was going to be with Ethan being a virgin.  Um, yeah.  No learning curve involved with him.  His character is walking sex on a stick.

Seriously, though, what makes this series stand out for me is the depth of story woven into the romance.  Ms. Callihan takes a simple trope, like Ethan’s virginity, and spins so many angles to it that I never in a million years would have considered.  There is a reason for Ethan’s virginity and it really was a sad, tragic part of his past.  The only thing I was disappointed in was that Ms. Callihan briefly alludes to a part of Ethan’s personality he “hides” but she never went further into explaining it or resolving.  It didn’t really matter so much to the story but I don’t like “hanging chads”.  It certainly didn’t affect my rating.   It was sort of taken care of with the ending.

And the ending.  Stupendous!  It just proves that yes, authors do write mature, smart girls who learn and grow throughout a book.  High-five, Fi!  You are one smart cookie!

That means you too, Ms. Callihan…


About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan

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.





About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

  1. This author is pretty fabulous right? I still need to read book 2, but I plan on it soon!! Because I love her work and the first book was fabulous. And it is always a win win when you find so much good depth in a romance. Glad to see you enjoyed this one so much. Happy Friday!!!

    • K

      She’s MY author and you can’t have her *tugs her out of your hands* 😉

      Happy Friday to you, too!!!!

  2. Kristin, this series sounds so good! And I love reading about characters that come off as shy or a little stand-offish at first! Both Fi and Ethan seem to be the kinds of characters I could really come to love 🙂
    Thanks for sharing – and making me add more books to my extremely bloated TBR;)
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading.
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