Book Review: THE PERFECT GAME by J. Sterling

15783307The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
Series: The Perfect Game, #1
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Other books in the series: The Game Changer, The Sweetest Game, The Other Game

Purchase: Amazon US
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He’s a game she never intended to play. And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind… like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They’re both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…

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REVIEW

5 THE PERFECT GAME STARS (★★★★★)

*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***

“Have you ever noticed how pretty and beautiful words can be? How easy it is to say the things you think someone wants to hear. How you can affect a person’s entire day with just a few measly sentences?” My slight smile dropped. “But when you don’t follow them up with any action, they’re completely pointless. They’re just sounds and syllables. But they mean absolutely nothing.”

I’d heard multiple people say good things about The Perfect Game series, so you could say that I was very curious to finally start it and I started with The Perfect Game. Lucky, I wasn’t disappointed at all and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. I fell in love with Jack and Cassie and I want to know how their story will continue.

“But when I told you I loved you, I meant it. I didn’t mean that I’d love you only if it was easy, or only if it was drama-free. I think we both know life isn’t like that.”

Jack and Cassie meet at a frat party and their first encounter isn’t very pleasant. Callie is a photography major and lives together with her best friend Melissa. She’s been damaged by her dad, who always promised her stuff, but never followed through. She can be sassy, but hates to be in the spotlight. Jack is a star baseball player and never in his life dated girls. He only sleeps with them once. He and his little brother Dean were raised by his grandparents, because their parents left. That made Jack very protective of his brother. He’s also scared to trust others and doesn’t know how to let people in. He uses girls, fights and baseball to cope with everything that happened in his youth.

When they meet for the first time, Jack comes off as a total jackass and Cassie doesn’t put up with it. You go, Cassie! But she can’t deny the attraction she feels towards Jack. She agrees to go on one date with him to get him to back off. But it’s an opportunity to get to know him better. That’s were her attraction turns into her being smitten by him. Jack also seems very serious about her, but Cassie doesn’t know if she can trust him. As he said himself: habits are hard to break.

“You’re my game changer, you know that?”

“Game changer?” I shook my head, unsure of his meaning.

“The one girl who changes everything. The one you’d give it all up for.”

Just when I thought the whole was solely written from Cassie’s perspective, J. Sterling knows how to surprise me when she skips a month and starts alternating between Cassie’s and Jack’s POV. It was a nice change to see a relationship actually evolving. Normally, the novels I read are only about the first stages of a relationship. But The Perfect Games tells the story about what happens when you are already in a serious relation. Though, it did go a bit fast at times. Cassie and Jack both developed feelings for each other at a fairly quick pace.

Jack pissed me off real good there. I didn’t know a character could get to me like this, but Jack found a way. I was so angry at him and heartbroken over his stupid actions. I could only imagine how Cassie would feel. I didn’t even want to keep reading. I was done. I thought Jack was a complete dickhead and I seriously wanted to jump into the book so I could kill him. But J. Sterling somehow knew how to put all the pieces back together again, after she shattered my heart into a million pieces. So I couldn’t NOT give The Perfect Game the 5 stars I so clearly deserved.

It took seconds to annihilate the foundation we’d worked so hard to build. In its place were piles of powder, jagged bits of concrete, and shards of my broken heart.

The Perfect Game tells the story of Jack and Cassie and it shows you how to open up your heart and let people in, learning how to trust. Last but not least, it’s about forgiveness. I lost my heart to Jackie and Cassie, but also to Melissa and Dean. The Perfect Game is sweet, heart shattering and impressive. If you haven’t tried your hand at this series yet, I highly recommend you to do it now!

“Our scars don’t point us in the direction we’re headed, Cass, they simple remind us of where we’ve been.”

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Love,
Michelle

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