GAME OF LOVE
Book One, The Remingtons
Published 17th February 2014
Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.
Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the U.S. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.
A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge or are they destined to be apart forever?
Darn, my unforgiving spirit. I must confess that I am not easily swayed by those that cause hurt. With this being said, I have to admit that I was not willing to give Ellie a pass, regardless of her situation. I felt very protective of Dex from the very beginning, and was constantly warning him to guard his heart as I read. These two are the complete opposites from one another. Dex has a loving, supportive family and remarkable network; while, Ellie has herself and what personal belongings she could manage to carry. On second thought and taking my observations one step further, might I add that she had the devotion of a man that would love her no matter what.
Love is complicated enough. For Dex and Ellie the complications were caused by her inability to stick around. Game of Love gives readers the opportunity to get into the minds and hearts of both lovers. Dex is so very vulnerable, after having loved Ellie from an early age. She has this ability to command his every instinct and his entire being. Ellie, on the other hand, has apparently pined for him in the same manner. Having grown up as a foster child, and feeling undeserving of someone as wonderful as Dex, she had no problem with leaving when the emotions ran deep. For this couple, the emotions were always running deep. So now she’s back. She didn’t plan on returning to his life, just to a more familiar setting. Fate now forced them together again – would they rekindle what never truly died or would Ellie history repeat itself?
Melissa Foster knows how to engage readers, making them care about her characters in such an endearing way. I totally connected with Dex and felt his pain and uncertainty. As for Ellie, that’s a whole other story. Even as she considered whether or not she would stick around this time, as he professed his devotion to her, I grew tired of Ellie’s pity party. But that’s just me. Perhaps I am cold and heartless, but being privy to Ellie’s conscious didn’t initially make me think of her as anything more than selfish, especially knowing how deeply Dex felt for her. Please understand that this does not take away from the fact that this couple’s story is good. Game of Love is about forgiveness, trust and letting go of past issues in order to move forward. This is reality-based writing, with genuine couples and concerns. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Foster’s work.
(I received a complimentary copy for an honest review.)
About the Author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest, Fostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.