{Review & Giveaway} The Heart’s Game by Crista McHugh

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{Review & Giveaway} The Heart’s Game by Crista McHughThe Heart's Game by Crista McHugh
Series: The Kelly Brothers #4
July 7, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 153

Our Rating

4 Stars

What happens at Comic-Con, stays at Comic-Con…

Robotics engineer Jenny Nguyen has given up on finding Mr. Right. So when her brother and his husband approach her to act as surrogate for their child, she sees it as her only chance to have a child and accepts. One week after she initiates the process, however, she meets a man who gets her heart pumping for all the right reasons and gives into the temptation. When the test turns positive, she’s believes she can’t handle both the pregnancy and dating, but she underestimates how persistent a Daniel Kelly can be.

When surgeon and gamer-geek Dan meets a pretty woman dressed as a Sailor Scout at Comic-Con, a roll of his lucky 20-sided die tells him he should take a gamble on her. One night of passion leaves him longing for more, but Jenny’s refusal to return his calls afterward leaves him wondering if the attraction was one-sided. An accidental discovery of her pregnancy has him convinced the baby is his, and he’ll stop at nothing to win her heart.



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

ReasonsToReadWhen Jenny agrees to be a surrogate for her brother Jason and his husband Mike, she doesn’t expect to meet the man of her dreams a week later — or that he will coincidentally show up in her life after their one night stand.  What happened at Comic Con was supposed to stay at Comic Con, but it looks like fate has other plans.  Now carrying her brother’s child, she’s not in a place where a relationship is even feasible, and she knows better than to think any man would want to give it a try in this complicated situation.  But Dan isn’t one to back down when he finds the woman he wants — especially when her date of conception seems to coincide with the night they shared.

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TheVerdictYou know, I haven’t read a plot quite like this before, so it was an intriguing change for me.  I loved the geek factor, even if most of their geekery went right over my head, and Jenny’s traditional, crazy family was so much fun.  Her mother’s meddling and judgement made for some truly cringe-worthy moments that were both mortifying and hilarious.

Both Jenny and Dan were super-easy to like, and while it was clear they were perfect for each other, the whole surrogacy thing, along with their own families and pasts added a complicated twist.  There were, however, a few things that just didn’t make sense to me, though I can’t say they ruined the book.  For instance, Dan all but refused to get involved with another gamer chick after the one he fell for years ago cheated on him.  While I can understand his having an issue, I’m not sure I understand why being a gamer has anything to do with it.  Also, while Jenny’s fear of having to explain her pregnancy to Dan was certainly reasonable, her omission of almost all relevant and redeeming facts seemed odd.  I mean, if I had to tell a guy I was seeing that the baby wasn’t his, I’d be pretty quick (and relieved!) to mention that I was surrogate, if for no other reason than to illustrate that I wasn’t a bed-hopper.  And I’d definitely mention that to his family when they started jumping to the wrong conclusions.  And with as much time as Jenny and Dan were spending together, I would have expected more run-ins with her brother and his husband, meetings that I would expect to at least hint at her pregnancy not being the most typical situation. Like I said, though, these things didn’t ruin the book at all for me; they just sort of made me want to slap Jenny and also feel really, really sorry for poor, confused Dan.

So yeah, there were actions I couldn’t quite wrap my head around, but the plot itself was so different from anything else I’ve read, and the storytelling/writing was the stellar quality I’ve come to expect from Crista McHugh, so I’m not really complaining.  I love this series, the way every story is as different as the brothers she writes about, and I continue to find myself so wrapped up in what’s happening that my imagination always puts me in the characters’ shoes — which is probably why I spend so much time analyzing everything the characters do.   The chemistry, as always, is brilliant, and somehow McHugh writes the love scenes in a way that sets things on fire without turning into a porntastic play-by-play.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the next books and see what fantastic stories she has for the rest of the brothers!

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About Crista McHugh

Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy romance and paranormal romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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  1. If I must choose only ONE.. I’d have to go with Adam :).. thanks for sharing and for the giveaway

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