Title: JAMES GAMES
Genre: NA Romance
Author: L.A. Rose
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
After reading this author's previous book, Adrian Lessons, which I absolutely loved-I was really looking forward to James Games. I'm still a bit on the fence about this one. It didn't flow quite as well, and there were some points that made it a bit too edgy.
There were plenty of funny spots. One of my favorite lines was "You are a strong, beautiful, independent woman and the fact that you're dressed as a big chicken does not detract from your sex appeal even one bit." Yup, this author does have a way with the funny stuff. And the idea of the story fits well in the college/NA category. I also did like most of the characters. James in particular was my favorite-generally quiet, sexy, and protective while of course having a secret in his past.
I wasn't too fond of the lead female character, Fiona. I found her to be over the top, behaving in an outlandish manner that is just too excessive...and she sure seems full of herself. I realize with her prior background she finds college as the time she can turn into a completely opposite person from the way she had been brought up, but she just seemed a bit TOO much. Thankfully as the story progressed this leveled out a bit, and James definitely helped smooth out a lot of Fiona's rough edges. And I totally agreed with Fiona's viewpoint on the Games, so I was at least able to find some common ground with her.
James' character truly made the whole book for me. He was the perfect flawed but sincerely regretful counterpart to Fiona's craziness. He made the entire book worth reading for me :-)
Overall, I would give this a 3.5 star rating. James' character had a LOT to do with the positive portion of that rating. Fiona's unconventional and slightly grating personality did the opposite for me. But it is a good read, and definitely for the 18+ crowd.
About the author:
L.A. Rose recently made it out of college alive and with an English degree. She's a habitual beach bum, a cuteness aficionado, and a not-quite-recovered romance addict. She's a big believer in laughter as medicine and steaminess as...more medicine. You can never have enough medicine. James Games is her second New Adult standalone, and her next release, Icy Pretty Love, will be out 11/15/2014.