Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Review: Winning the Game - Leesa Bow

Title: Winning The Game
Author: Leesa Bow
Genre: New Adult/ Sports Romance Standalone
Cover designer: Najila Qamber

Troubled Aussie football star, Rhett Williams’ infamous off-field misdemeanors land him in front of his club’s board with an ultimatum: clean up his bad-boy image or lose his contract.

There’s one catch: appear on a reality show to reinvent himself.

Football is Rhett’s lifeblood, but his family and the orchard farm in the country where he grew up means more, especially as his family relies on his wage to keep the business afloat. So Rhett puts his opinion of reality shows aside to concentrate on doing whatever it takes to be re-signed.

Career-focussed TV mentor, Tori Winchester doesn’t have time for men, or a social life, which suits her fine. When Rhett Williams arrives on set with his blond beach hair and his mesmerising blue eyes, her resolve begins to crumble. He’s not the spoiled bad boy casting had told her to expect.

Getting involved with someone like Rhett could not only damage her long-term career prospects, they could both lose everything.

In a game of cat and mouse, Rhett is playing the one game he doesn’t want to win…

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Being a blogger who loves free books, I have the tendency to sign up for new books that catches my interest. But because I suck at organizing stuff and noting what I signed up for, it came as a surprise, and a good one for that matter, when I find Winning the Game on my Kindle app.


I’m not really a sports person, so it delighted me that the technical stuff were at a minimum and just get to enjoy the story. It was also my first time to read a book set in Australia. It was nice reading something new every now and then. The story flowed smoothly and light. Although the timeline may have been a little inconsistent for me, I’m not really sure if I just missed something. One of my pet peeves in books are those inconsistencies, but since the story progressed good and it I'd catch my attention, I let it slide (and I’m still thinking that I may have just missed or misinterpreted something). Although you kind of expect what the ending would be, the story was full of thwist that you are still on your toes on how exactly it will happen. The plot itself is something new to me so it’s kind of interesting. Unfortunately, it can only hold my attention for some time. I was intrigued enough to finish the book but it didn’t really held into me for me to forego my sleep. So I’d say it was just on the okay side. Also, there were scenes that I didn’t really see the point of it being there. I mean, it didn’t really so much to accentuate anything or prove a point in the story.


The characters were portrayed pretty well. I like that Rhett was a family oriented guy and at what lengths he would go just for those he love. And despite being a player, he wasn’t much of an ahole. I just didn’t really feel that he was a “bad boy”, unless I really did miss the whole point. Tori was okay. She is somewhere in between a damsel in distress and an independent woman who wouldn’t need a knight in shining armor to come and rescue her. While it is nice that she can hold her own in conversation, it’s kind of disappointing that she tends to be on the indecisive side. But I think they complement one another, which is a very good thing in the foundation of a relationship.


Overall, I’d give this 3 stars. Its entirety was okay and not really on the “why in the world did I waste my time reading this”. Just not enough feelings to catch the emotions I wish I could feel and is looking for when I read a book.

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