She's Got Game

She's Got Game

WINNER TAKES ALLTravel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gam...

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Title:She's Got Game
Author:Laura Heffernan
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She's Got Game Reviews

  • Vikkie Wakeham

    Wow I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book in just three hours! It is so good! I honestly don’t feel as though five stars is enough to show how fantastic this book really is. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the others.

    This has been a fun and easy read which I have really enjoyed getting stuck into. The plot has many twists that I didn’t expect and I honestly had to know what happens next.

    The characters in the book are likeable, I was pleasantly surprised h

    Wow I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book in just three hours! It is so good! I honestly don’t feel as though five stars is enough to show how fantastic this book really is. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the others.

    This has been a fun and easy read which I have really enjoyed getting stuck into. The plot has many twists that I didn’t expect and I honestly had to know what happens next.

    The characters in the book are likeable, I was pleasantly surprised how lovely Cody seemed right from the start. I wanted Gwen to give him a chance from the very beginning.

    This is a wonderful read, I have loved it from start to finish. I cannot wait to read the next two books in this series. I have no doubt, I will love them as much as I have loved this one.

    I would highly recommend this book to readers, the story is fun and light hearted. I guarantee you won’t regret reading this book.

  • Tracie Banister

    She's Got Game is the first book I've read by Laura Heffernan, and it was so delightfully different that I've thought about the story and its characters quite a bit since finishing. In Gwen Williams, we have a heroine who's bisexual (I can't recall ever reading about a female protagonist who digs both guys and girls in a RomCom before), a travel blogger (what a cool job!), and in her spare time, she games at a competition level. All of these qualities add up to one very unique and compelling cha

    She's Got Game is the first book I've read by Laura Heffernan, and it was so delightfully different that I've thought about the story and its characters quite a bit since finishing. In Gwen Williams, we have a heroine who's bisexual (I can't recall ever reading about a female protagonist who digs both guys and girls in a RomCom before), a travel blogger (what a cool job!), and in her spare time, she games at a competition level. All of these qualities add up to one very unique and compelling character.

    When the story opens, Gwen's got her eye on the prize, winning the American Board Game Championship in Vegas, but she has to get through a lot of smaller tournaments first. One of her main competitors, Cody McKay, is gorgeous and more than a little cocky about his prowess at the gaming table, and sparks fly from the moment he and Gwen meet. Fearing he'll be a major distraction, Gwen tries to keep her distance, but you know what they say about best-laid plans. Can Gwen trust Cody, or is he playing her? He does seem to have secrets, but then so does Gwen.

    Romantic confusion isn't the only issue Gwen has to deal with when she realizes that her job might not be sustainable and the lives of several people close to her implode. She thinks she can fix everything by winning the big game in Vegas, but what lengths is she willing to go to make that happen? Win or lose, the stakes have never been higher for Gwen.

    I rode an emotional roller coaster with Gwen throughout this book. She brought me to tears several times and made me want to shake her a few others, and I loved every minute of it! She felt real to me, with strengths and flaws like all of us have. I really liked that not all of the issues in her life were easily resolved and she had friends who called her out when she was messing up, but were still always there to support her. Speaking of her two besties, Holly and Shannon, they were both really interesting in their own right and I'm jazzed that they'll get their own stories in this series. I never thought I'd root for a twenty-something character to get smoochy with her friend's father, but after reading She's Got Game, I am 'shipping Holly and Gwen's dad, Nathan, hard! They are both in dire need of some good lovin', and I am here for their romance.

    As for the central relationship in this book, I thought Gwen and Cody had great chemistry on the page and their romance developed in a believable and organic way. The love scenes in the book were just the right amount of steamy for me, hot, but never raunchy, and leaving just enough to the imagination. Although Gwen and Cody both made mistakes along the way, I never doubted that they would be really good for each other.

    She's Got Game is an original, entertaining, and briskly-paced book with well-defined characters and a romance I won't soon forget. I'm excited to see what else the author has in store for this series.

    I received a copy of She's Got Game in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jeff

    Great Game. If Heffernan's friend Maggie Dallen's latest book was a Hallmark Movie of the saccharine sweet variety, this one is closer to one of the rocky road jalapeno ice cream variety. Still mostly funny, but deals with some weightier issues in a mostly sweet manner with a hint of burn-your-mouth spice. Heffernan takes several risks with her characters that are rare, and that is much appreciated by this particular reader. The narrator is a gamer - and not a video gamer, which has gained a deg

    Great Game. If Heffernan's friend Maggie Dallen's latest book was a Hallmark Movie of the saccharine sweet variety, this one is closer to one of the rocky road jalapeno ice cream variety. Still mostly funny, but deals with some weightier issues in a mostly sweet manner with a hint of burn-your-mouth spice. Heffernan takes several risks with her characters that are rare, and that is much appreciated by this particular reader. The narrator is a gamer - and not a video gamer, which has gained a degree of acceptance in mainstream modern society. No, this narrator is a *board* gamer. And bi. And one of her best friends is demisexual - an orientation I've literally only seen used in *one* other book. And the driving narrative force is a board game tournament. And there are several weighty issues that could drag the book down, but Heffernan deftly keeps the focus on her primary couple as they haltingly get together. Excellent work, I'm very much looking forward to the next one. Very much recommended.

  • I.Heart.Romance

    2.5 stars

    • HATED the heroine, like despised her. And since I spent the entirety of the book in her head, I wanted to slap the eff out of her quite a bit. She’s bratty, immature, wishy washy, and self absorbed.

    • Hero was really wonderful and I really wish he had a worthy heroine, he deserved so so so much better.

    • Very heavy on the detailed gameplay and was a bit extensive, especially bc that’s not something I found all that interesting.

    • NO epilogue. Ugh.

    • Secondary characters were interesti

    2.5 stars

    • HATED the heroine, like despised her. And since I spent the entirety of the book in her head, I wanted to slap the eff out of her quite a bit. She’s bratty, immature, wishy washy, and self absorbed.

    • Hero was really wonderful and I really wish he had a worthy heroine, he deserved so so so much better.

    • Very heavy on the detailed gameplay and was a bit extensive, especially bc that’s not something I found all that interesting.

    • NO epilogue. Ugh.

    • Secondary characters were interesting and I wouldn’t mind reading the next books in the series to see how the heroine’s father and her bestie get together.

  • Meeghan

    This was a cute story, although it was very predictable.

    The characters were sweet, although they did come across a little bit two-dimensional, with the side characters almost filling in tick boxes for plot points, in order to move the story along. The female friendships were great though, and I did love the diversity – Gwen is bi and I felt represented in her, and one of her friends is aro/ace, although I felt this could have been delved into a bit more (hopefully in the third book if there is o

    This was a cute story, although it was very predictable.

    The characters were sweet, although they did come across a little bit two-dimensional, with the side characters almost filling in tick boxes for plot points, in order to move the story along. The female friendships were great though, and I did love the diversity – Gwen is bi and I felt represented in her, and one of her friends is aro/ace, although I felt this could have been delved into a bit more (hopefully in the third book if there is one).

    The board game competition was intense, and I do wish they could have used an actual game, as opposed to a made up one, but I guess you'd need to have endorsement from the makers of the game. However, I did feel that a chunk of this story (the story wasn't long) was spent describing the mechanics of the game.

    The romance was an instant-chemistry, but rivals, story, which was good, and it was fun to read. Although I did wish that they just communicated better, and some things were never explained.

    The story does skip around a lot with chunks of time missing, which made it a bit harder to follow, and then catch up on what had happened, but overall it was a good read.

  • Suzanne

    The prose is fine and I loved the setup, with the bisexual heroine being unexpectedly attracted to her top rival in a board game competition.

    Unfortunately, after literally running into each other at the bar later that night, the heroine wishes she could find someone to hook up with who was opposite the hero: “a long-haired, dark-skinned Latino who hated gaming, perhaps.”

    She could have just said “someone who hated gaming” and we would’ve gotten the picture. This one phrase pulled me out of the b

    The prose is fine and I loved the setup, with the bisexual heroine being unexpectedly attracted to her top rival in a board game competition.

    Unfortunately, after literally running into each other at the bar later that night, the heroine wishes she could find someone to hook up with who was opposite the hero: “a long-haired, dark-skinned Latino who hated gaming, perhaps.”

    She could have just said “someone who hated gaming” and we would’ve gotten the picture. This one phrase pulled me out of the book at 8%. It probably gets better and maybe that’s the only othering phrase, but...

    The heroine’s best friend keeps talking about how hot her dad is. Then we learn that she was born to teen parents so he’s only 41. And from the blurb, apparently best friend and heroine’s dad are the couple for book 2 and I honestly cannot.

    Not for me. (3 stars because NetGalley is making me give a rating and I didn’t finish the book)

  • Jaclyn Lindsey

    ~She's Got Game was provided to be as an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

    Everything about this book screamed "Jaclyn".

    Board games? Check

    Strong female lead? Check

    Interesting plot scenario? Check

    But for some reason, when putting all the pieces together, She's Got Game just fell short. The characters felt clunky and unbelievable at times and the stakes in the book just seemed contrived.

    This was a quick read, and I will say there isn't any dull points. For me personally, the actual board g

    ~She's Got Game was provided to be as an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

    Everything about this book screamed "Jaclyn".

    Board games? Check

    Strong female lead? Check

    Interesting plot scenario? Check

    But for some reason, when putting all the pieces together, She's Got Game just fell short. The characters felt clunky and unbelievable at times and the stakes in the book just seemed contrived.

    This was a quick read, and I will say there isn't any dull points. For me personally, the actual board game parts were the highlight of the book and I loved the spotlight on women in the board game industry. I also loved the representation of demisexuality in this novel.

    All in all, She's Got Game had a lot of things that should have put it high up on my list of books, but unfortunately it missed the mark.

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    2.5 stars

    I've went back and forth between rating this as a three star rating or a two and a half star rating but have finally settled on two and a half stars. This book had potential and for the first half of the novel, I really was enjoying it. I liked the unique plot of a travel blogger who also had a side hobby of gaming (pretty intensely too, might I add). It seemed different than what I've read before and I was very interested to see how the story would develop.

    However, where I initially s

    2.5 stars

    I've went back and forth between rating this as a three star rating or a two and a half star rating but have finally settled on two and a half stars. This book had potential and for the first half of the novel, I really was enjoying it. I liked the unique plot of a travel blogger who also had a side hobby of gaming (pretty intensely too, might I add). It seemed different than what I've read before and I was very interested to see how the story would develop.

    However, where I initially started out liking the main character of Gwen, that feeling sort of went away as the story progressed, or it at least petered out quite a bit. I felt extremely bad for the character of Cody and don't think many men would keep attempting a relationship after being rejected so many times in so many ways. Truly, as much as I can get behind a story of a man 'fighting' (figuratively, not literally) for his woman, there's a limit and the way Gwen treated him was beyond that.

    Due to the way Gwen acted, it did take a toll on my enjoyment of the rest of the story. It was hard to keep invested in this duo working out when reading about their relationship felt like watching a tennis match. One moment they were great and flirty while the next instant Gwen was attacking Cody for something he did 'wrong' (yet again). Also, without getting into details, near the ending I felt myself cringing because it just seemed so wrong to be at a place like that so quickly with the way the relationship had developed. It was odd.

    I wish I enjoyed this novel more because I really liked how 'quirky' the main character was. It felt like this novel was going to feature a character that was relatable and 'nerdy' (I mean that as a compliment) but instead of that I was disappointed with how Gwen acted.

    ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

  • Amanda

    Oh my god, I came so close to DNFing this book so many times. It takes a lot for me to dislike the female protagonist of books, but I absolutely could not stand Gwen. Ok, she has abandonment issues and it’s hard for her to trust people. But her behaviour was infuriating. I thought she acted like a teenager.

    For one, she immediately jumps to the worst conclusion or scenario with every interaction she has with Cody. Even though they were competitors, he never gave her a reason to treat him like cra

    Oh my god, I came so close to DNFing this book so many times. It takes a lot for me to dislike the female protagonist of books, but I absolutely could not stand Gwen. Ok, she has abandonment issues and it’s hard for her to trust people. But her behaviour was infuriating. I thought she acted like a teenager.

    For one, she immediately jumps to the worst conclusion or scenario with every interaction she has with Cody. Even though they were competitors, he never gave her a reason to treat him like crap and that’s what she did over and over again. He’s using me; he’s distracting me; he’s lying to me; ON AND ON AND ON. Then she’d have these moments where she realised she was being a jerk, and I’d feel some glimmer of hope that she would change, and SHE NEVER DOES.

    She’s incapable of having an adult conversation with anyone when it’s even remotely difficult. She ran out on her father, blocked Cody... Jesus, it was never ending. Even when I thought Cody was in the wrong, I felt no sympathy. Also the ending was so contrived and the big misunderstanding is something I figured out from a mile away (although the way it played out still didn’t make sense to me).

    Truly, it pains me to write such a negative review about a female character in a book but since it’s all from her POV it made it even worse. Gwen is immature and aggravating and I have no idea what Cody sees in her so I didn’t give two shits about them ending up together. There were also some other eh things here and there throughout the book. I did like the bi rep, at least.

    The redeeming parts of this book were DADDY MCHOTCAKES and Holly. Ok, I’ve never had a Daddy thing before but I’m totally excited for their book.

    (Note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

  • abire

    dnf at 30%

    i can't do this. i physically and emotionally cannot do this.

    the mc is too irritating, i'm exhausted just from fighting to read 30% from her pov i can't do 70% more!

    judgemental? check.

    changes her mind every 2 paragraphs? check.

    thinks everyone is out to get her? check.

    She literally goes on tangents about the love interest about how he is a jerk and a flirt and a player one second and gets upset when he takes her rejection well and doesn't bother her more the next. like girl??? WHAT DO

    dnf at 30%

    i can't do this. i physically and emotionally cannot do this.

    the mc is too irritating, i'm exhausted just from fighting to read 30% from her pov i can't do 70% more!

    judgemental? check.

    changes her mind every 2 paragraphs? check.

    thinks everyone is out to get her? check.

    She literally goes on tangents about the love interest about how he is a jerk and a flirt and a player one second and gets upset when he takes her rejection well and doesn't bother her more the next. like girl??? WHAT DO YOU WANT????!!!

    i honestly couldn't find anything that would keep me going in this book.

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