If you want to read a feel good story, one that shows a woman can be tough and even a bit of a ball buster without being shrew and bitchy, then you do not want to miss Love Game. I know it is early in 2018, but I can already tell you Love Game will be one of my favorite reads this year, it is that good! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Kate Snyder scored her first national championship in her undergrad days at Wolcott University, and now she’s a coaching legend. The last thing she wants is to work beside a washed-up coach escaping scandal, but the University hands her Danny McMillan.
Danny was hoping his transition at Wolcott University would go smoothly, but clashing with snarky Kate has made things difficult. Even as she finally lightens up towards him, a local reporter can’t get enough of their verbal fireworks on camera. What the cameras don’t know is that the sparks are even hotter behind the scenes…
Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with a review when you love a book as much as I did Love Game by Maggie Wells. A hero with something to prove, a heroine who just wants the respect and paycheck she deserves for what she’s produced, a reporter with a grudge, a morality clause, and friends who go the extra mile all made Love Game an excellent story.
For years Coach Kate Snyder has proven herself as an athlete, an Olympic champion, and as coach to three Division I title championships. She loves coaching at her alma mater Wolcott University and would love to stay there provided they are willing to show her the money in her contract negotiations.
Following a scandal that rocked his coaching career, Danny McMillan is thankful to be back coaching at a Division I school even if it’s for a football team that hasn’t won a game in forever. He knows he has a lot to prove, he knows it is going to be difficult, he just didn’t realize that part of the job would be finally realizing that winning isn’t everything; it’s the love of the game especially when that game is love.
OMG people, this book!! First off Kate, damn we need more heroines like Kate both in fiction and real life. This woman is formidable in so many ways; she loves her job, one she takes very seriously including mentoring young athletes, she loves the game and remembers the joy of playing it, she respects other athletes (well her dislike of baseball was troubling to my baseball soul, but I let it go), she refuses to let others devalue her accomplishments just because she is a woman, she demands respect, but can take the heat as well as dish it out, and most of all she is loyal to those she cares about. I may have a wee bit of a woman crush on Kate!
It would have been easy to see Danny as a player and someone who was use to breaking the rules and getting away with it, but Ms. Wells crafted his character so well it was easy to sympathize with him and the events that got him in trouble. I’m not saying he was completely innocent, but I am saying the blame didn’t lie solely at his feet but being a head coach he took it. What I loved most about Danny was he wasn’t put off by Kate’s commanding personality (in reality I think it turned him on) and he supported her fully. That’s not to say they didn’t have some differences of opinion on things, but that lively sparring kept things oh so interesting and fun.
I loved the layers to this story, the way Danny’s past made their relationship difficult, the way he accepted it and the way Kate fought so they could have everything they wanted. Danny was happy to have Kate, but Kate…damn, she wanted it all and she aimed to get it.
If you want to read a feel good story, one that shows a woman can be tough and even a bit of a ball buster without being shrew and bitchy, then you do not want to miss Love Game. I know it is early in 2018, but I can already tell you Love Game will be one of my favorite reads this year, it is that good!