Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Lover's Game: J.C. Reed

The Lover's Game (No Exceptions #2)
J.C. Reed

Expected Publication Date: September 9th 2014
When love is a game...

After having her heart broken, Brooke tries to rebuild her life and closes herself off from the one man she loved deeply.

When she meets Grayson, a photographer, she has no idea that her new boss will offer her more than she bargained for. The pay is great, her new friends more than welcoming and everything seems to be running well…until everyone insists she find herself a new suitor during a night out.

Jett knows how to play games. He is used to getting attention from everyone except the beautiful dark haired woman who doesn’t like to be fooled with and doesn’t trust him as far as she can spit. He wants Brooke but, more than that, he wants to own her, and the only way to get her is to make her owe him…against her will.

And what Jett owns, Jett keeps forever.

Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommended for ages 18 and up.
Full Length Novel

Betrayal. Anger. Jealousy. Secrets. Lies. Regret. Despair. Determination....

"...In life there might be rules. In love there are no exceptions to those rules. No one is spared from heartbreak. We all suffer it at some point or another. You simply can't control who you love and in particular, you can't control what kind of person they are."

Brooke feels betrayed by Jett so once again she has fled. She is alone except for her friends, angry and bitter. She wants to shut Jett out, but he is hard to forget. She has to make decisions to take control of her life and try to move on. But she is also unsure of what danger might still be following her.

I will admit that this book drove me crazy! Brooke is the perpetual runner and Jett is the mysterious keeper of secrets that you want to believe but he makes it so damn hard. The avoidance, miscommunication, anger, push and pull, and hurt that they heap on each other is so aggravating. At alternate times I wanted to smack each of them and then lock them up together and force them to really talk and share secrets. 

Both have reasons to be angry and hurt. Both are stubborn and tend to make impulsive decisions. Both are good at holding in feelings and secrets when they feel they have to.  I want Jett to be good deep down and for there to be explanations for his secrets. But he is like a vault and does not make it easy to trust him. And Brooke does not allow much explanation time anyway even if he wanted to share. She still has such insecurities and trust issues that it just makes the situation that much more difficult. 

"I can't tell you, Brooke. You have to trust me."

I love Brooke and Jett when they are together, but they can be exceedingly frustrating when not. They just keep falling into the same traps that cause issues...the biggest being his keeping her in the dark and her jumping to conclusions and taking off. 

While I had pushed Jett away, a part of me wasn't ready to let him go just yet. That same foolish part of me kept hoping he wouldn't give up on us so easily, wished he'd find a way to prove to me that he was an honest man.

Their lives and relationship are a  complete mess and about to get messier. Brooke's new job and friends add more drama and complications. This one is more about Brooke trying to come to terms with her situation and move forward. But Jett does have a role in it too. This installment had a few surprises and twists that snuck in on me,

Her best friend Sylvie plays a big part in this one lending her BF support, humor, and ass kicking. We also see more of Brooke's new friend Thalia who introduces her to Grayson...another intriguing character. And speaking of intriguing...there's this guy named Check...Hot!

This series keeps me thinking, wondering and trying to put all of the pieces together. Every once in a while we see a connection made. And I know more will continue to happen for us to get the full picture. It is told in Brooke's point of view and Jett's secrets are locked up tight. But I still have hope that he is doing everything for the greater good. But it is such a convoluted mess with so many variables  that it is hard to decipher what all is really going on under the surface. It has me tense and frustrated while trying to figure it all out and I am so impatient. I am usually pretty good at figuring out plot twists but J.C. Reed is really testing me. I have theories, but nothing I can truly pin down. But trying to put it all together is part of the fun of this series. So I am looking forward to the next book The Lover's Promise. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Lover's Secret (No Exceptions #1)
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Kim's 4.5 star review

When a sexy encounter comes like a dream and leaves like a nightmare…

Brooke Stewart thinks she’s finally safe. After witnessing the crime of a killer, she can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one’s soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The game is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

What she doesn’t know is that the sexy stranger has an agenda of his own. Brooke Stewart has something he desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. A secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He’s almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

Is the past really ever the past?

Even though the No Exceptions series can be read as a stand alone, if you want to learn more about Jett and Brooke's beginnings, check out the Surrender Your Love Trilogy! 

Surrender Your Love (Book 1)
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Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare.

Conquer Your Love (Book 2)

Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, finds forgetting is hard, but forgiving is harder. When the man she trusted, betrayed her, the only way to forget is to move on. Brooke is determined to start a new life, until she meets him again: the green-eyed, sexy as sin, six foot two sex god. The man who played dirty. The man who played her.

Sexy, handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has made mistakes. He could have any other woman, and yet it’s Brooke he wants. When second chances collide with secrets and Brooke is threatened by the past, Jett is determined to protect her. She accepts his help unwillingly because she needs him but she wants to play his game on her own terms. And she has no intention to forgive or let him back into her bed.

When the man she is supposed to hate is the one she should trust, will he conquer her…or lose her forever?

A woman who can’t forgive.
A man who has made mistakes.
Two lives that are about to cross again and more secrets laid bare.

Treasure Your Love (Book 3)
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Meeting Jett was like a drug. Dangerous. Addictive. And better forbidden. In his game, there’s a high price to be paid. But how much is too much?

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, was never in love until she met the green-eyed, sexy-as-sin, six-foot-two sex god, Jett. The man to whom she surrendered. The man who hurt her once only to conquer her heart again.

Sexy, handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield knows he has found his match. Brooke is like no other woman he’s ever met and he has every intention of keeping her in his bed.

Their future seems full of promise...until the past is catching up with them and dark secrets threaten to destroy their lives. Soon they realize that to love means to lose, and some choices are harder than others.

When everything comes crashing down, can mistakes be amended…or will he lose her forever?

A woman who surrendered to love.

A man who would do anything to protect her.

Two lives that are about to be tested…and the last secrets laid bare.

About J.C. REED
J.C. Reed is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of SURRENDER YOUR LOVE series. She writes steamy contemporary fiction with a touch of mystery. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, she dreams of returning to the beautiful mountains of Wyoming. You can also find her chatting on Facebook with her readers or spending time with her two children. 
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