Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: New York Kings
Playing center field for the New York Kings, Jake Woodbury has one of the most prestigious jobs in all of sports. To the world, he’s the good-looking, soft-spoken minister’s son who’s survived celebrity without a hint of scandal. But, inside, he’s reeling from a secret that seems destined to haunt him forever.
Scarlett Moore is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, famous for singing about her celebrity ex-boyfriends. The CEO of her record label has carefully honed her provocative image since she was fifteen. Sex sells, and Scarlett’s well aware that it takes more than talent to stay on top.
One thing is clear: She’s the last thing Jake needs. And he’s the do-gooder jock she should avoid at all costs. But when the game begins, all bets are off.
Game Winner is the sixth book in the New York Kings series and I must say that it can definitely be read as a standalone book. I have not read the other books in this series but at no time while reading this one did I ever feel lost nor felt like I was missing information. We get to see some of the prior book characters in this story but they play a huge part. If I didn’t realize before I began reading it, I would have guessed that it was the first in the series, not sixth.
Jake Woodbury plays centerfield for the New York Kings baseball team and is the son of a minister. He’s always had the good boy persona about him, not your typical jock. Scarlett Moore is one of the top music sensations and is the total opposite of Jake. She has the love ‘em and leave ‘em bad girl persona and scandals are always surrounding her life. But they always say opposites attract and when they two meet on a baseball field after Scarlett sings the national anthem and captures Jake’s attention with just the sound of her voice. Jake has been hurt in the past and carries a secret with him in regards to that relationship and is warned by everyone to be careful or Scarlett is liable to be his next heartbreak. Although the moment these two meet, they instantly connect and the chemistry between them is totally off the charts. But with them both living in the spotlight, can they really make it work.
I really enjoyed both Jake and Scarlett’s characters. Jake was such a sweet caring guy with a little bit of Alpha male in him. Scarlett was the bad girl to the public but deep down she was just a lonely girl wanting to be loved and I am glad that we got to see that, enjoyed the dynamic the author built between the two of them. I will also add that when these two got together, the scenes were totally off the charts hot.
I really enjoyed their story, and how them coming together helped each other heal from their past hurts and allowed them to love once again. The issue I had with this book is that at the beginning of the book, it started to have a real insta-love feeling for me. Although as the story progressed, it did get better in regards to this. I also found Jake’s character at times didn’t feel realistic, for him to be as Christian as he was in the beginning of the story but then completely change his ways the moment he and Scarlett get together felt off for me and just didn’t work at times how he acted.
Overall Game Winner was an enjoyable read, it was a great sports romance which I am a lover of and I will definitely be checking out some of the other books in the series. This was my first book by this author but won’t be my last.