BOOK REVIEW: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan


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.

Game On

Contemporary Romance with a HEA – Recommended for readers 18 and older.

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Kristen Callihan’s The Game Plan is one highly addictive read! Seriously, I sat on my butt ALL day long just reading the heck out of Ethan and Fiona’s story. I loved everything about this book. The plot, the characters, and the author’s writing style. These were the triple threat that created for a 5-star read.

I’d fallen in love with this series when I first picked up The Hookup a few months ago and since then I’d been jonesing for more of the gang and oh my goodness, what a way to satisfy that craving! I confess that Ethan and Fi are now my leading duo of the series. The two of them together… The umami of deliciousness. Ethan “Dex” was a brilliant surprise; he is a refreshing change to the usual leading male romance protagonist. His rugged and powerful exterior a paradox to his cool, calm, and sensitive interior. Ethan is the very definition of “the good guy,” and lucky for Fiona, the old saying, “the good ones area always taken” doesn’t hold true. That’s because Ethan was so taken by Fiona that he’d waited for just the right time to make his move and in true Fiona form, she tries to ward off his charm. Known to her family and friends as one to have major commitment phobia and a flighty attitude, Ethan sees something more and she wholeheartedly proves Ethan’s expectations over and over again. I adored her for all of those moments and more. Oh, my gosh, the way that Ethan LOVES Fiona is so damn beautiful. She is the girl of his dreams and the ways in which he showers her with it had my heart blooming to life. He never once allowed her to sabotage the goodness of their love. He was the balm to her fears and she was the answer to his dreams. This is exactly why I love to read romance books. And you guys!!! The “hottie tottie” scenes ignited a plethora of deliciousness down to my toes. If more guys belonged to the “Tim Tebow” club and could work it like Ethan Dexter, well hot damn, I’d love to snag up one of ‘em. Totally. Yes, please!

The bromance between our beloved characters—Drew, Grayson, and Ethan is strong in this book and I F’loved every moment of it. There are also some pretty heavy moments in this book that had my stomach in knots and I felt so bad for both Ethan and Fiona and it’s when I empathize and feel for these characters that I know how much I’ve fallen in love with them. I was pulling for these two from the very beginning—from the very start of that bearded dare because Ethan and Fi are perfection together. There is no question and there is no substitute for them. The love and adoration they have for one another is electric and contagious. The Game Plan had all the right moves. This book is a must, must read and a definite 2015 best read for me.

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Wasn’t Expecting That- Jamie Lawson

About the Author:


Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. 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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