by Sheryl Nantus
Series: Entwined Hearts
Published by Swerve on September 6, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cops, Erotic, Menage
Format: ARC, Ebook
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Two men from her past are about to become her future.
After a relationship turns sour in the worst way possible, Angela Kenzie flees to her childhood home leaving her job and cheating ex behind her.
Content to spend time at home licking her wounds and eating comfort food she unexpectedly runs into her college ex-boyfriend who happens to be the town police chief. Even more shocking is her high school ex-boyfriend is now the coach of the local college basketball team.
Drawn to both powerfully sexy men, Angela doesn't want to have to make a choice: the cop or the coach. They spark a desire in her that she thought was long gone. They both want her body and soul, is she brave enough to surrender to two men?
In Game On by Sheryl Nantus, one woman realizes that she can’t decide between the two men she loves, so she wants to keep them both. But how exactly does that work?
Angela is headed back to her small hometown with a broken heart. Recently, she found out that her fiancé had been cheating on her. Adding insult to injury, she and her cheating ex work at the same law firm; needless to say, it would be awkward at best if she stayed. Angela has decided to leave the firm–as well as the city–and retreat to the small town of Glen Barrow, where she grew up.
Not long after her return, Angela gets pulled over by the police due to a broken taillight. When the officer steps up to Angela’s car, she realizes it’s none other than her college boyfriend, Jake. They’re both shocked to see each other and a lingering, mutual attraction is evident.
As Angela settles back into her mother’s house for the time being, she also runs into her high school sweetheart, Hunter. Hunter is now the coach for the local college basketball team. When he and Angela reconnect, it’s clear that there’s still a spark between them as well.
Each man separately tries to date Angela, but it quickly becomes obvious that there’s a real competition for her affections at stake. Fed up with how the men are treating her as if she’s a trophy to be won, Angela asserts her will and declares her true desires: that she doesn’t just want one man or the other, she wants them both.
I’ve got to hand it to Angela: this woman isn’t afraid to speak her mind and go after the things she wants, both in her career as well as her personal life. In this case, what she wants is Jake and Hunter. At first, the men aren’t sure how this arrangement will work. Truth be told, Angela isn’t sure, either. Together, they figure out the logistics of how the three of them can be in a relationship. This includes reining in jealousy between the two men as well as how the people of the town will perceive their unconventional relationship.
My only complaint about the book–and it’s a small one–is that I was hoping the heat level would get turned up even more before the end of the book. The book is definitely steamy as it is, but in a ménage scenario there are lots of possibilities and I would have liked to see more of them explored.
What I loved the most about the book is the amount of love that’s obvious between the three characters. Angela has history with both men and she never stopped caring for either of them, even though they had spent years apart. Likewise, both Jake and Hunter always held a torch for Angela, so when she re-enters their lives, it only makes sense that they’d be drawn to each other again.
I think the author did a great job of making the relationship realistic. Both men are assertive and at least in the beginning, there’s quite a bit of competition between them. This persists until Jake and Hunter talk to each other like adults and realize that the arrangement isn’t just about what either of them wants–it’s about Angela’s desires and making her happy. When they have that epiphany, the relationship really develops between the three of them.
In turn, Angela goes from being heartbroken and hopeless to a truly empowered woman who gets exactly what she wants in life. When an unexpected career opportunity presents itself to Angela, she must decide how to choose between the life she thinks she wants and the happiness she already has.
To sum up, I really enjoyed Game On and highly recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Rating: 4.5 stars