Friday, May 15, 2015

Game for Trouble (Game for It, #2) by Karen Erickson [Review]

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He’ll play dirty to get what he wants…

Willow Cavanaugh would be happy if she never saw cocky football star Nick Hamilton again. Sure, their fling was the hottest she’d had, but he’s way too much of a playboy to settle down with one woman. Plus, she’s got her heart set on a piece of real estate for her catering business—and Nick owns that property.

Nick may be at the top of his game, but all he wants is a second chance with Willow. When he offers to sell her his commercial space if she agrees to a series of dates with him, their chemistry is so scintillating that jumping back into bed seems like an inevitability. But Willow’s decided all’s fair in sex and blackmail. Little does she know, Nick’s playing to win…and she’s the prize.

4.5 Finding Love Again Stars

Game for Trouble is a standalone and is the second book in the Game for It series.

This is Willow and Nick’s story.

Nick and Willow dated a long time ago. It was a fairy tale romance.  They were both young and carefree.  Willow was a teenager and was so in love with Nick. She comes from a wealthy family and wanted to be with Nick.  One day Nick breaks it off from Willow and never looked back.

Years later, Willow is trying to make it on her own, without her father’s connects. She needs prime rental space for her business. Nick owns the building. He’s willing to give Willow a discount if she agrees to his terms.

Nick wants 8 dates with Willow.  If Willow agrees to the 8 dates then she can get the rental space for her business. Nick wants Willow back. He knows Willow will never give him a second chance, so he wants to use the dates to change her mind.

Willow agrees to the proposition.

Don’t you love the story-line?! I love long-lost love, finding-each-other-again, kind of storylines. I love the banter between Willow and Nick. I loved that Willow doesn’t want anything to do with Nick. I agree with Willow because Nick BROKE her heart. She cares for him still, but there’s a lot of pain.

We don’t know the reason why Nick breaks it off with Willow but he regrets it big time. Now, he’s successful and can have anything he wants, including women, but the one he wants doesn’t want him. Nick is pulling all the stops in wooing Willow.

I liked how Nick goes after Willow. I liked how he still has lingering feelings and feels remorseful on how everything ended.  Willow tries hard to push Nick away, but of course Nick makes it hard.  Slowly secrets are revealed and it creates a little angst.

It’s an overall, sweet, short and easy read. If you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed.


This is my second audio book in the series. I LOVED the change in this one. This one is written from both POV and I LOVE listening to male narrators. I feel like it gave a little more something to the story.  Nick’s POV rounded everything together and it just made the story so much more.  I loved the female narrator. I found her voice young, sweet and a little sassy. I think the male and female voice narrators were the perfect paring.

If you could sum up Game for Trouble in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Short and Easy

What other book might you compare Game for Trouble to and why?

Any light book with a finding love again story-line. Some example authors are: Jackie Barbosa, Amanda Usen, Gina Gordon, Nina Croft, Seleste deLaney

 Which scene was your favorite?

I liked when Nick propositions Willow. I loved how he used the dates to get Willow back. It was really cute.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think Game for Trouble was just all-around sweet and entertaining. I liked this one a bit more than Game for Marriage. I really enjoyed the dual POV’s and I loved the banter between Nick and Willow.
AN Audio copy was kindly provided

Game for Marriage:

AMAZON - $2.99

Game for Trouble

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson lives in central California with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true.
She also writes new adult romance as NYT & USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy.

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