Hockey’s bad boy needs to clean up his reputation…
Bennett James has built his career at being the best, on and off the ice, and now it’s come back to bite him. The media has turned against him, and with a near career-ending injury, he needs to clean up his act and prove that he’s serious about the game. For Bennett, working with his old coach at his alma mater feels like a step back, but it might be just what he needs.
…and she’s going to help him do it.
Grace Wentworth has always been the good girl, and she’s tired of that stigma. She wants to prove that she can get down and dirty with the best of them. The problem? She doesn’t know how.
Bennett will teach the good girl how to be bad, if she pretends to be his goody two-shoes girlfriend in front of the media.
But what happens when the game becomes real?
“Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with Grace. I fell in love with her smile. Her laugh. The ways she mocks me every chance she gets. I fell in love with her love of chocolate and coffee. I fell in love with every little thing that makes her her. Six months ago, the thought of falling in love would’ve made me laugh, but something I’ve learned in my life is that things never seem to happen the way you expect them.”
“This is us. We smile. We laugh. We fight. We make up. But most importantly we always love. Because love…it’s everything.”
As a fan of The Us Series, I am always dying to read more. I wait in anticipation for the next book to release and with each new book that is written in this series, I am continuously floored. Micalea Smeltzer isn’t just writing a book. No, it is so much more than that. She is giving you a story that will completely consume you. You will find yourself so caught up in the characters and in their story, that it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a book. No, it feels as though you are right alongside these characters, living the story with them..
The Game That Breaks Us is third book in The Us Series, but it can totally be read as a stand-alone. This book is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Grace and Bennett. When we first meet Bennett, he appears to be the typical bad boy hockey player with a just as bad reputation. Hockey is his life, but even hockey can’t change the things that are happening in his life. Bennett is in for the fight of his life. He’s got to get back in the game and changing the public’s perception of him wouldn’t be too bad either…However the last thing he wanted, needed or planned on was Grace. He was drawn to Grace the first time that he met her and had no clue just how much she was about to change his life….Grace has always been the good girl. On the outside, she appears to have it all: money, clothes, good looks. But, there’s more to her than meets the eye. Grace is smart and tougher than she looks. She’s quiet, but isn’t afraid to stand up for those she cares about. The only problem….Grace is tired of doing what is expected. So, when Bennett comes to Grace for help with his reputation, she agrees to help him, as long as he’ll help her…Only the more time these two spend together, lines will become blurry. What’s real and what isn’t, is not so clear anymore. Will these two figure out what is so blindingly obvious to everyone else? Will Bennett and Grace get the HEA they both want?
The Game That Breaks Us is a fantastic read; from start to finish. It is exactly what I want when I’m looking for a friends to lovers/fake relationship romance. Watching Bennett and Grace navigate their way through their rather unconventional relationship reminded me of exactly why I love this troupe. The connection between Grace and Bennett is so real, so palpable that you could almost reach out and touch it. They were the perfect match. Bennett needed someone who was strong; someone who could handle the media and all the rumors. And Grace needed someone to see HER. She needed someone to see beyond the money and her good behavior. She needed someone who wouldn’t be afraid of her overprotective family. They both needed someone who was willing to take a risk. And I just loved every second of watching them fall.
The Game That Breaks Us was everything that I wanted it to be and then some. It is well written and very easy to get lost in. I had no problem reading this book in one sitting. This story was fun and entertaining. The characters just begged for me to get to know them more. Grace and Bennett’s story had the perfect amount of angst, drama, romance, and of course you can’t forget about the few twists thrown in along the way.
Micalea Smeltzer has once again knocked it out of the park with another spellbinding read and I can not wait to see what story she has in store for us next!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the author, in exchange for an honest review*