Saturday, May 9, 2015

REVIEWS & BOOK BLITZ: The Friend Zone (Game On #2) by Kristen Callihan **EXCERPT**

Gray doesn’t make friends with women. He has sex with them. Until Ivy. 

The last thing star tight-end Gray Grayson wants to do is drive his agent’s daughter’s bubblegum pink car. But he needs the wheels and she’s studying abroad. Something he explains when she sends him an irate text to let him know exactly how much pain she’ll put him in if he crashes her beloved ride. Before he knows it, Ivy Mackenzie has become his best texting bud. But then Ivy comes home and everything goes haywire. Because the only thing Gray can think of is being with Ivy.

Ivy doesn’t have sex with friends. Especially not with a certain football player. No matter how hot he makes her… 

Gray drives Ivy crazy. He’s irreverent, sex on a stick, and completely off limits. Because, Ivy has one golden rule: never get involved with one of her father’s clients. A rule that’s proving harder to keep now that Gray is doing his best to seduce her. Her best friend is fast becoming the most irresistible guy she’s ever met.

Which means Gray is going to have to use all his skills to get himself out of the friend zone and into Ivy’s heart. Game on!
The backs of his fingers skim up my arm, raising goose bumps on my skin. “Nice top.”  
Even though it’s thirty degrees out, I chose a black silk tank that hugs my waist but gathers loosely over my breasts. A tie around my neck holds the top secure. That I am braless is not lost on him. He stares at my stiff nipples as his fingers drift to the bow at the back of my neck and give it a little flick. “Take it off.” 


“Let me see those sweet tits you’ve been teasing me with since you walked in the bar.” 

“I—” My breath catches. “No. I’m not taking my clothes off for a stranger.” 

He doesn’t look away. “But you want to, don’t you? You want me to look at you.” He bends his head until his lips are at my ear. “You’re dying to expose yourself, to let me see those pretty pink nipples.” 

My skin draws tight. I struggle not to sway into him. 

He leans back, his attention on my top again. “Untie the bow.” 

“Someone might come in.” Despite our play, my fear of getting caught is real, though not completely unwelcome. 

“They won’t. I took care of it.” 

I believe that. Gray would cover all the bases. In his own way, he’s as much of a planner as I am. But I can’t think of him as Gray now, not when he’s doing this for me. 

His fingers are back, skimming over my inner arm, teasing the edges of my top. “Just a little peek.” 

My breasts ache so badly, they’re hot, heavy, the silk covering them an irritant. With shaking hands, I reach up. The fabric tugs against my neck then comes free. It slithers over my skin like a caress. 

He sucks in an audible breath as my breasts are exposed. I see myself through his eyes, sitting half-naked in this dim back room, my nipples puckered, my breasts quivering with each shallow breath I take. The vulnerability of it feels naughty, forbidden, and I nearly whimper. 

A noise of pure satisfaction leaves him. Not bothering to lift his gaze from my breasts, he reaches out, runs the tips of his fingers over my nipple. I’m so sensitized now the touch sends a bolt of pure, searing lust straight through me. I flinch, clench my teeth to keep still. 

He hums, strokes me back and forth as if he owns me. “So pretty.” He grazes me again.

“You like that, sweetheart?” 

Eyes closed, I bite my lower lip and nod. 

I feel him move. The wet flat of his tongue drags over my nipple. My eyes fly open on a strangled cry. He grins up at me, his mouth hovering at my breast. It isn’t his usual cheeky grin but something more wicked. “Mmm. Delicious.” 

He takes a step closer, and I swallow convulsively. Gray’s voice lowers. “I wonder where else you taste good. You want to show me, sweets?” 

I’m practically panting now. My hair swings as I give my head a hard shake. He leans in, trailing the blunt tip of his finger up the curve of my breast. I nearly yelp when he gives the stiff peak a quick, crude pinch. 

His smile is pure male smugness. “Lift up your skirt and show me where you’re wet.”
5 Cupcake and Special Sauce Stars

Oh My Gawdddd how I love this genre!! I have to say this is hands down My Favourite. Lordy be this was all kinds of good fun times mixed with sexy moments and then the Feels, oh the Feels.

I would say to me this book was what a call a special treat made me dive in with both feet and quell the plot, the friendship the gradual love they shared, the sex but mostly the writing and how abundantly clear to how much these two characters were falling for each other from go except for us as readers although I felt they were meant t be it was a gradual progression for their relationship. I would say Kristen were true to people Gray and Ivy were.

Back in The Hook Up Drew broke his leg and Gray being the special person he was lent his car to him therefore he was carless except Ivy's father is lending Gray Ivy's pink car which leads to Ivy texting Gray.....

Lets say...

Bring on the Shenanigans. I was left after that prologue a big happy smile on my face expecting a fun light hearted read, what I didn't expect was a book full of the FEELS.

To begin with they embark on a friendship where they need each other and they don't want to ruin the friendship they have nor they need, to them they want more than sex and so to begin with there is a light-hearted fun read that had me laughing, smiling and enjoying the ride that was them. They were truly loving something that they have never had someone they could depend on and although Ivy had her sister and Gray Drew this was something new and different and something they really don't want to ruin. Except feelings start to seep in.

Through their friendship they are there for each other to talk to daily and become the best of friends there was also moments of solitude and peace within themselves that they knew (I felt) they were more but above all were home to each other.

I devoured the first half I read when' I could' and when I couldn't I was thinking when I can I grab some reading time. I LOVED the gradual process to their relationship and how natural to each other they were, likewise this was such an easy enjoyable read that had me drawing in everything about them I could at this part of the book.

And the Change

Then it turned and became HAWWWTTTT and much much more deeper, I think because I was so gripped to their friendship that when it turned to more I FELL for them a little more if that's even possible because I felt I was involved in their gradual growth.

OMG he seemed from the outside while reading The Hook Up as an easy breezy ladies man and yes I suppose that was true before but when Ivy came along he changed and became himself. Ivy just enabled him to be him. He was such a sweetheart and I loved his tender loving moments, his kisses and love that poured from him and I wanted to kiss him myself never mind Ivy Mac.

I loved Drew but Gray... Gray can I say I loved him more?? Geesh he talked to my heart and to me this story was all kinds of lovely.

Although this is a sports Romance and I loved being with the gang again and loved the theme of the story the friends to lovers story was a pleasure and delight to read.


4.5 Shenanigans Stars

Lately, I’ve been in a whirlwind of wickedly wonderful NA reads and this has totally taken me by surprise!!

This second book in the Game On series is just as brilliant as the first. The prologue sucked me in… I don’t know how Ms. Callihan does it…even though Ivy and Gray were just friends at the onset; from Ivy’s first text to Gray, the chemistry, the “click” between these two was so evident and so natural, perfect and beautiful.

I’d fallen for Gray, the insanely gorgeous and funny tight-end and BFF of Drew’s in The Hook Up and so I was already a goner and anxious for Gray to find the one.

From across the pond, Ivy Mackenzie, daughter of Gray’s potential agent and owner of said Pink Fiat 500, captures Gray’s heart before either of them knows it.

Ivy is a relationship type of girl. She’s only had one boyfriend and believes that sex is an intimate act that should mean something. Gray couldn't be any more different. He lives for football, the now, for casual hook ups and for fun. He does NOT do relationships or love.

Their friendship is a thing of beauty and so engaging and enthralling.

Both Ivy and Gray are so likable, real and there was no over the top drama or angst. Just two people stumbling along in life, bonding and before they know it, finding out their best friend is the ONE. They had cute nicknames for each other and while you might think it was annoying, it wasn't. My fave was Ivy calling Gray...
I really enjoyed how Ivy meshed with the guys on the team and that we got to see how Drew and Anna fit into their story. There were some great, hot and steamy scenes with these two...

“Everything we’ve done – every dirty, sweet, raunchy thing- passes between us like a shared secret.”

and one of the best, unintentional phone sex scenes ever...HAWT...

This book just gave me everything I'd want in a fantastic read: laughs, friendship, love, sex, a little bit of angst and just an all around feel-good vibe.

“I’m crazy about you, Ivy. You have to know that. I’m so lost in you, I don’t ever want to find my way back.”

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“The thought of you not being in my life tears me up. I …You are the happiness I never realized I needed.”

I`m already marking my calendar for the next one, The Game Plan...please be Dex`s story!

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.

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