Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Game of Love - Review & Giveaway

Book One, The Remingtons

Publishing 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?

Review by Marlene Engel

Dex Remington has always guarded his heart as if he was wearing a protective shield.  Ever since he was a teenager, he’s had feelings for Ellie Parker.  But Ellie has always been one to run away when times got tough.  Growing up in different foster homes, Ellie has learned to close off her feelings and not let people in.  Despite Dex’s attempt at breaking through the walls Ellie has built up, she would always take off before he was successfully able to do so.  Four years ago, Dex professed his love to Ellie, only for her to leave again without saying goodbye.  You can imagine his surprise when he sees her at a bar.  She was still the same, pretty girl who wore the all too familiar worried look on her face.  But despite all of the silent warnings going off in Dex’s head, he couldn’t stop himself from making his way over to her.

Back in New York, Ellie was looking for a new start.  She wanted to leave her old life, and all of the bad memories, back in Maryland.  But it didn’t take long for chaos to find her and for Dex’s feelings for her to come rushing back.  But would Ellie stick around this time?  Or would she leave again without so much as a goodbye like she has done twice to Dex in the past?

As a foster parent, I could relate to how Ellie felt with the stigma that foster children tend to carry around with them.  The feeling of being different, unwanted and not having a family or home to call their own.  The author did a brilliant job expressing the feelings that foster children not only have while in the system, but that they carry throughout their lives.  This book had such pure, raw emotions and characters that felt so real.  I found myself rooting for Ellie’s happiness and hoping that she finds love in Dex’s arms.  I love, love, love this book.  It is a definite, must read! 

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 CafĂ©. 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 NestFostering 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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