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He Has Game: A Bad Boy Fake Fiancee Romance (Boston Brawlers Hockey Romance) Paperback – January 11, 2021
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- ASIN : B08SNP2NH9
- Publisher : Independently published (January 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8672480909
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.55 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I never give spoilers, but I will give a heads up that Finn recounts very disturbing behavior exhibited by his mother almost a decade ago that could potentially be triggering for some readers. It is powerful though, and a big part of the reason he is so emotionally distant from women. Vivvie is smart and sweet, and has an independent spirit. She goes after what she wants, whether that is having a college major that some people mock, or volunteering for the chance to play the fake fiancée of the athlete on whom she has a crush,
I enjoyed the story, and the interaction between the main characters. I actually wish we had seen even more interaction between them. The secondary characters were also vivid. I thought the ending was great, really a cinematic finish. I already pre-ordered the next in the series!
The overall story of how Finn fell in love with Vivian was sweet. However, the description of his mother’s treatment of him, when he was a small child, and her sexual encounter with Finn’s 15-year-old friend when he was in high school, fell into the cesspool of sexual and emotional abuse of children — and Mom gets away with it. I think there is enough of that these days without making sexual abuse of children part of a romance novel. What was this author thinking?
Vivian was adorable and a perfect foil for Finn’s darker personality. I could not see the reason for Vivian’s pacemaker situation. The love bug could have suddenly bitten Finn so he realized that he was in love with Vivian without her near death experience because of a worn-out pacemaker. That would not happen in real life as pacemakers are electronically monitored constantly by a cardiologist. My husband has a pacemaker (his second one), which sends a report to his cardiologist every night via blue tooth.
About halfway through the book, grammar and punctuation errors exploded. There were incomplete and run-on sentences, commas misplaced or left out, as well as awkward sentences and sentences which made no sense. Then there were the contractions. I cannot think of one time in the entire book where a verb was not used as a contraction. That is fine in dialogue, if that is the way the person would normally talk, but the descriptive parts of the book should not have contractions.
A good proof reader and content editor would help tremendously. For example: One time Finn and Vivian went to her apartment, but a few paragraphs later, they were suddenly in his apartment, then they were magically back in hers.
I have a feeling that so many authors of contemporary romance novels just churn them out, not bothering to read their own work. Or, maybe they do and either do not care or do not know any better. I do not understand, in this day of electronic grammar checkers, why an author would have so little pride in her work that she would publish a book full of grammatical, syntax and context errors. I learned those grammar rules in 9th grade English — maybe this author missed that class. It is rude for authors to expect readers to spend money buying and time reading their books when those books contain one error after another. I think Johanna Lindsey and Barbara Cartland must be turning over in their respective graves.
I received a free ARC of this book from Hidden Gems. The review is voluntary. The opinions are my own.
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What happens when the line between fake and real begins to blur? He will have to face some hard truths about himself and let his emotions out to play.
While the villain in this piece is a bit over the top, Finn's inner turmoil and struggle to open himself up to someone else make for an interesting and enjoyable sports romance read. He's funny and kind when he allows himself to be, with a dash of conflicted, possessive alpha thrown in for good measure.
Four stars for this hockey romance.
This is an honest, voluntary review of an ARC of the story.