5 Even-after-all-these-years stars I for one really REALLY enjoyed the read.....Game for Anything was definitely a pleasant surprise :) I've actually never read a Bella Andre before but that defiantly doesn't mean I've never heard of her highly rated Sullivan series from friends. Though I'm glad my first read (from this author) was a sports Romance... Game for Anything is written in Dual POV so the reader gets an insight to BOTH,Ty&Julie's minds while getting spinets of the past through flash-backs mid-story...
2.5 stars for this no-brainer story about two people that dont really do much but have sex here and there, have boohoo sad families, love little kids and want to help them in an aww-shucks-what-a-guy kind of way time to queue the ol spew. There was some love/hate for a bit, some sexual tension that wasnt developed enough, throw in some sappy stories about how he loves working at football camp and hes a pal to the poor little kids and theres your story.
Ty Calhoun's a high school football star from the wrong side of the tracks with an alcoholic father and an absent mother. The fact that he's gorgeous and on the fast-track to a pro football career doesn't hurt his love life either. The new owner of his team wants him to settle down and portray a better image, so he hires an image consultant to make-over Ty. The image consultant is none other than his long ago one-night-stand, the woman who all his women are judged against and found lacking--Julie Spencer. Julie runs her own image consulting business, and is in the process of turning the corner and making it very successful, all done without the help of her family's money. But she's always worked to portray a perfect image of her life, not letting anyone see her hurt or vulnerabilities. Boy from the wrong side of the tracks doesn't feel like he's good enough for the beautiful, successful princess, even though he's become very successful in his own right. She just seemed way too judgmental, and I thought she carried her grudge against Ty, and athletes in general, for way too long. I also thought that she didn't really respect him, until late in the story, and was just using him for sex.
Julie is an uptight professional, Ty is the sexy playboy. As one reader noted, the author does seem to like boobs. The hero, Dom, was mentioned in this one and he seemed potentially interesting.
4 stars - Contemporary/Sports Romance First off, could the book's cover model's body be any hotter?
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release July 2008 Bella Andre writes books that are decidedly spicy, but they dont quite cross over into erotica for me. For me to classify a book as erotica, there needs to be something more than just hot sex. So when I say that I dont think Game For Anything crosses the line into erotica, it certainly doesnt mean theres not plenty of hot sexbecause there is! And for Julie, graduation night was memorable for more than being Valedictorian; it was the night she lost her virginity to the football hero. Now they expect her to polish footballs bad boys image? He has to prove to Julie that hes more than footballs bad boy, and Julie has to figure out that appearances arent necessarily everything. The good news is that you do catch a few glimpses of the hero of her next bad boy whose book Game For Seduction will release in September 2008. So if you like bad boys, sports heroes, or just some steamy sex, be sure and give Bella Andres Game For Anything a shot.
More than that, it seemed to me that the author just kept writing the first thing that sprang to her mind, with no concern for logic, flow of the story or character development. The worst thing about all of this, however, at least to me, is how this whole story reads as one 300-page long Male Fantasy - and not the good kind. (don't even get me started on how many times it's stressed that all the women Ty used to be with were dumb "bimbos" and apparently all it takes to be a dumb bimbo is have huge breasts and want to sleep with a football player) Then, there's also a breakfast scene where Julie pretty much pretends to blow a banana because that's OH-SO-HOT. The thing is, just like with the romance, it's simply not done well and pretty much resembles some kind of basic formula like: character 1 + insert sob story 1 = depth. If I had to find one thing I liked about this book to contribute to this earning 2 stars, not 1, I would have to say smut was surprisingly well-written. So if you feel like reading something with lots of smut and not much plot (or sense), this might not be a bad pick.
While this book was entertaining, I didn't feel that it had much plot or character development. The heroine wasn't particularly likeable through most of the book because of the extreme dislike that she had harbored for the hero for ten years. The book was mostly enjoyable, but wasn't one of the better ones that I have read lately. I felt more sympathy for the hero than the heroine because even toward the end of the book,she still doesn't really trust him.
Main characters: Ty Calhoun Julie Spencer What I Liked: The story is easy to read and light, after the more emotional and drama-filled books that I finished lately it was perfect(adding to the fact that crappy school time is coming).
Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of The Sullivans and The Morrisons series. Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin.