{Review} Game of Love by Melissa Foster


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{Review} Game of Love by Melissa FosterGame of Love by Melissa Foster
Series: , The Remingtons #1
Publisher: World Literary Press (Self-Published) on February 17, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 230

Our Rating

4.5 Stars

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 United States. 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?

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToRead Ellie’s life has been anything but easy.  An adult now, she’s still haunted by her years as a foster child, by the feeling of never truly belonging, by the fear that she will never be anything but broken.  The only bright spot in her life is Dex, but she threw that away when she left town without a word four years ago, running the way she always does.  Only now her running has returned her to New York, and now she’s face to face with the boy she always turned to, the man who never forgot her.

On the surface, Dex has everything.  A successful career, more money than he needs, a rowdy bunch of brothers, loyal friends, and a stable family.  But he doesn’t have Ellie, and that’s the one thing he can’t get past.  She was everything to him when they were kids, and when she was sent to another foster home, he was lost.  So when she appeared four years ago, he thought he could hold on, poured out his heart to her.  And before he knew it, she was gone again.  Now that she’s back, all he can think about is making sure she doesn’t leave him behind again.

div TheVerdictI picked up this book on tour simply because I wanted to read another one in the series, and you know how that goes… Gotta start from the beginning right?  Well, even though I’m only at book #1, I’m loving it!

Ellie’s screwed up, certainly, but she’s not an emotional basket case (even though she thinks she is), and she’s not so self-deprecating that I got annoyed.  You know those characters that are so busy damning themselves that you just want to slap them?  Not Ellie.  She’s scared and scarred and doesn’t have a clue how she’s supposed to put down roots or truly trust anyone, since she’s known nothing but people letting her down her whole life.  But she trusts Dex as much as she can, knowing that even though she’s holding back, he would never do anything to hurt her.

And Dex… Isn’t he a saint?  Okay, so maybe he’s not perfect, but the way he’s portrayed is.  He’s desperate and frustrated and scared of losing Ellie again, sometimes pushing her just a little too hard to open up, but that’s what makes him so great.  He’s absolutely real.  Whereas many characters in his situation would either be too aggressive or too accepting, he’s just human — an incredibly hot, amazingly sweet, realistically flawed human.

Their story is simple and complicated all at once, both of them wanting to be with each other and both of them on guard when it comes to the past and the future.  He knows all her tics, and she knows every emotion that flits through his eyes, and their connection just bursts through the pages.  I could tell you all about how Ellie ends up staying with him, how she inadvertently brings him the answer to the one thing about his job that bothers him, how Regina just might be my favorite secondary character ever… But when it comes down to it, the story is more about feelings, about raw emotions and deep devotion and a bond of friendship and love that just instantly grabbed me.  If you’re a fan of angsty but sweet romance but hate the usual overdone fare you’d normally find in the genre, this is the book for you.

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About Melissa Foster

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.


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  1. Oh, my goodness. I just finished Game of Love today and you said it perfectly. Ellie and Dex were both written so that you appreciated their strength, but understood their fears and how they finally overcame them. Hopefully, Regina will get a story, too!

    I fell in love with the Bradens and now I get to continue the loving with the Remingtons!! Well done, Melissa!

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  2. Thank you so much for your awesome review! I’m so glad you got into the first of The Remingtons and I hope you get the chance to read more! BTW, Regina’s one of my favorites too 😉

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