Review: Night Games

NIGHT GAMES - Lisa Marie Perry
Harlequin Kimani/Romance
PRINT | EBOOK
March 2014
CATEGORY ROMANCE
REVIEWER:  Beverly Jackson |  RATING: B+ 
SYNOPSIS: Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City's delights by night, Nate Franco's life is one to envy. But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that. Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger. She's the daughter of his team's new owners-and his rival for the top training job. To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate's prepared to play a little dirty.

REVIEW:
Determined, beautiful, and spirited Charlotte “Lottie” Blue is on top-of-the-world as she begins her dream job as an assistant athletic trainer for a NFL team, the Las Vegas Slayers. Charlotte is a risk taker and knows all eyes are on her because she is a woman foraying into the male dominated professional football world. Besides her parents are the new team owner and she is not looking to incur their wrath with one of her “Charlotte slipups”. So when, Nate Franco, an Adonis look-a-like catches her eye at a club and their witty banter of double entendres conjure up sinful thoughts, Charlotte decides having a one-time no-hassle sexual fantasy adventure is the correct course of action.

Perry’s storyline has two vulnerable sympatric characters at its center. Both deal with the issue of family loyalty butting against fulfilling their individual dreams. Much attention is given to both the hero and heroine and by the end of the book their growth is very evident. Charlotte’s journey often frustrated me as I did not fully understand a college educated grown woman living at home with overbearing parents sharing a room with her sister. A lot of Charlotte’s issues could have been quickly resolved if she had her own place. Nate has guilt clouding his ability to see past his family demands. His big-heartedness and role of peacemaker has him ignoring his own dreams. The strength of NIGHT GAMES is the development of the hero and heroine as individuals and learning to be who they want to be without apologies.

Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this sinfully edgy storyline with a strong soap-opera vibe. The Blue and Franco families have the characters and drama to move this fast-paced plot along with panache and pomposity. Secondary characters add richness to the storyline by complementing the hero and heroine’s dilemmas.

NIGHT GAMES is the first book in The Blue Dynasty series. As such the reader gets not only an introduction to the Blue family, but gets to see the family hugs and the claws. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend this book for readers who like a gritty romance interlaced with drama and passion.

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