Erryn reviews ‘Game On (Fever Falls Book 5)’ by Devon McCormack and Riley Hart. The ebook was published October 9, 2019. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Pauley, released November 1, 2019 and is 8 hrs and 30 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m loving this series.
Relationships – who needs ’em? As a personal-assistant-extraordinaire to one of the top PR firms in Los Angeles, I’ve dedicated most of my life to errand-running and people-pleasing. But when it comes to men, as much as I love to please them in the bedroom, I’m way too busy to give more than that. Fortunately, as far as my options go…well, let’s just say I’m used to getting what I want, whenever I want it.
Unless your name happens to be Sawyer Burke.
I haven’t been in Fever Falls long, but the more time I spend here, the more intrigued I’ve become by the guy with the sexy auburn locks and the no-nonsense attitude. He plays the quiet, bookish part well, but he’s got a problem – I have a talent for reading people, and if there’s one thing I’m certain about, it’s that there’s a wild sex-beast hiding under his clever facade. He thinks screwing around is all a big game to me, but games can be fun, right?
I’ve always been a relationship guy. I never understood the urge to bed a different guy every night. But it hasn’t worked out well for me. The one time I let my guard down with a guy, he crushed me. Broke me. That’s not something I’m eager to risk again, so I focus on my friends, my brother, and my bookstore. Really, it’s better for me. I’m not the kind of guy most men want anyway.
Unfortunately, I can’t get Carter James out of my head. I told myself I hate him – and I should. He’s everything I’m not – loud, sassy…and more than a little annoying. But I want him too, and he’s made no secret of wanting me. I refuse to get caught up in one of his games, but I’m also learning there’s more to Carter than meets the eye. He unleashes something inside me I never knew was there – this dominant sex-god that somehow makes me feel more like me than I ever have.
I can’t let myself fall in love with him. Easier said than done. Carter challenges me in ways I didn’t know I needed. What we share becomes a game of sorts, but not the kind I first thought, and the longer we play, the more likely it is that the losers will be our hearts. We should stop. We should know better. But even if there’s the unlikeliest chance that we might win – well, then – game on.
Game On is part of the Fever Falls series but can be listened and enjoyed on its own.
I always know what I’m going to get when I head back to Fever Falls. Hot guys and sweet love stories. This is book five in the series and I love it as much as I did the previous four. I’ve watched the characters evolve and I knew at the end of the last book that things were going to get interesting for Sawyer and Carter. I wasn’t wrong.
Carter James has a reputation for enjoying hook-ups. He’s always up for a good time but doesn’t worry about lingering doubts. Doesn’t focus no long term deals. He’s got a good thing going and has a fun time so why worry?
Sawyer Burke has watched Carter from afar, admitting he’s attracted but not letting himself go further because he’s not interested in just being another one in a line. He’s also been burned in the past and self-doubt plagues him.
When the two men wind up alone in a ski chalet in Canada I figured sexy times, right? I love forced proximity as a trope but quickly discovered there were going to be more conversations than hooking up. Talking is good. In the men’s case, it works to their advantage. Both admit some vulnerability, trusting the other man not to use that knowledge against him.
At the core, this book is a love story. Two men who begin a relationship (a term I use lightly) as a way to blow off steam and get on with their physical attraction. Neither expected things to become serious. Neither believed the other could come to love him. And just when the men are willing to admit their feelings, one is given the chance of a lifetime – but it means giving up the man he loves.
I had my doubts. I wondered how it could work. I knew it would, but I still had fears.
I got my happy ending, though, so that was good. I also got a whole lot of humor, as I’ve come to expect in these books. One morning Carter is having coffee with Serena. She’s an aging actress and her gay son is Carter’s boss. They are discussing enthusiastic lovers when Serena says:
“Oh, I imagine Jace rides him like some man beast and makes my little baby squeal like a gazelle being ripped to shreds by a lion.”
Carter retorts, “I want to gouge my eyes out.”
I kind of felt the same way but was also amused. So I had giggles, I had sniffles, and I had a great book.
Of course the series is narrated by the wonderful Michael Pauley who does a great job. He nails each character perfectly and does it flawlessly. Another fabulous listen.
10/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.
Riley lives in North Carolina with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.
Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.
A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men’s presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they’re getting into.