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WINNER TAKES ALL Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes ga WINNER TAKES ALL Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gaming with romance . . . until resisting Cody becomes a losing proposition. As Gwen gives in to temptation, everything’s in play for a major heartache. With the rounds heating up and players eliminated, she knows she’s gambling a lot more than a seat at the final table in Vegas. But Cody’s kisses promise more than a fleeting romance. If she plays her cards right, Gwen just might walk off with the championship and the man of her dreams.


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WINNER TAKES ALL Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes ga WINNER TAKES ALL Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes gaming with romance . . . until resisting Cody becomes a losing proposition. As Gwen gives in to temptation, everything’s in play for a major heartache. With the rounds heating up and players eliminated, she knows she’s gambling a lot more than a seat at the final table in Vegas. But Cody’s kisses promise more than a fleeting romance. If she plays her cards right, Gwen just might walk off with the championship and the man of her dreams.

30 review for She's Got Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quote: When I met his gaze, he smiled, flashing beautiful teeth, the kind typically found on the wealthy and children of dentists. He looked even better up close, if possible. A wave of disappointment hit me. Part of me hoped he was like a Monet– beautiful from afar, but a total mess up close. Weird to think your entire existence hung on something as arbitrary as quality control at Trojan and the number of Mike’s Hard Lemonades available at a party. My Review: I struggled mightily with this Favorite Quote: When I met his gaze, he smiled, flashing beautiful teeth, the kind typically found on the wealthy and children of dentists. He looked even better up close, if possible. A wave of disappointment hit me. Part of me hoped he was like a Monet– beautiful from afar, but a total mess up close. Weird to think your entire existence hung on something as arbitrary as quality control at Trojan and the number of Mike’s Hard Lemonades available at a party. My Review: I struggled mightily with this story. It was written in the first person POV of the prickly pear character of Gwen, who was a veritably homeless travel blogger and gamer. I had a difficult time caring for Gwen, as she was not likable or the least bit endearing to me. In fact, I lost all patience with her as her asinine reasoning and behaviors became increasingly abhorrent and repugnant. Gwen was rude, immature, extremely self-involved, paranoid, distrustful, and totally exasperating. I wanted to whack her more than a few times in the back of her tiresomely selfish head with my beloved Kindle. Yet despite my lack of enthusiasm for Gwen, for some reason, I couldn’t walk away with a DNF. I was driven to continue reading as something was plucking at my curiosity, even though the repellent main character was causing me to twitch, painfully. Thankfully, when the otherwise amusing and intriguing storylines finally merged near the conclusion, Gwen was finally provided with some much-needed self-awareness and insight. I enjoyed the humor, wit, and quirkiness of the secondary characters and I absolutely adored Gwen’s sweet father as well as the main male character of Cody. Although, I just couldn’t see why a handsome man such as Cody with more than two working brain cells would tolerate Gwen’s obnoxious behaviors as she was horrid to him, despite his repeated kindnesses toward her. I would have pushed her into traffic. At least all was not lost as I was entertained and did actually learn a new word that required Googling - demisexual – which Mr. Google informed, was a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone. And that Google page sent me down a rabbit hole of other similarly and oddly brain-tickling terms. Hmm, funny how that happens…

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    2.5 stars I've went back and forth between rating this as a three star rating or a two and a half star rating but have finally settled on two and a half stars. This book had potential and for the first half of the novel, I really was enjoying it. I liked the unique plot of a travel blogger who also had a side hobby of gaming (pretty intensely too, might I add). It seemed different than what I've read before and I was very interested to see how the story would develop. However, where I initially s 2.5 stars I've went back and forth between rating this as a three star rating or a two and a half star rating but have finally settled on two and a half stars. This book had potential and for the first half of the novel, I really was enjoying it. I liked the unique plot of a travel blogger who also had a side hobby of gaming (pretty intensely too, might I add). It seemed different than what I've read before and I was very interested to see how the story would develop. However, where I initially started out liking the main character of Gwen, that feeling sort of went away as the story progressed, or it at least petered out quite a bit. I felt extremely bad for the character of Cody and don't think many men would keep attempting a relationship after being rejected so many times in so many ways. Truly, as much as I can get behind a story of a man 'fighting' (figuratively, not literally) for his woman, there's a limit and the way Gwen treated him was beyond that. Due to the way Gwen acted, it did take a toll on my enjoyment of the rest of the story. It was hard to keep invested in this duo working out when reading about their relationship felt like watching a tennis match. One moment they were great and flirty while the next instant Gwen was attacking Cody for something he did 'wrong' (yet again). Also, without getting into details, near the ending I felt myself cringing because it just seemed so wrong to be at a place like that so quickly with the way the relationship had developed. It was odd. I wish I enjoyed this novel more because I really liked how 'quirky' the main character was. It felt like this novel was going to feature a character that was relatable and 'nerdy' (I mean that as a compliment) but instead of that I was disappointed with how Gwen acted. ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracie Banister

    She's Got Game is the first book I've read by Laura Heffernan, and it was so delightfully different that I've thought about the story and its characters quite a bit since finishing. In Gwen Williams, we have a heroine who's bisexual (I can't recall ever reading about a female protagonist who digs both guys and girls in a RomCom before), a travel blogger (what a cool job!), and in her spare time, she games at a competition level. All of these qualities add up to one very unique and compelling cha She's Got Game is the first book I've read by Laura Heffernan, and it was so delightfully different that I've thought about the story and its characters quite a bit since finishing. In Gwen Williams, we have a heroine who's bisexual (I can't recall ever reading about a female protagonist who digs both guys and girls in a RomCom before), a travel blogger (what a cool job!), and in her spare time, she games at a competition level. All of these qualities add up to one very unique and compelling character. When the story opens, Gwen's got her eye on the prize, winning the American Board Game Championship in Vegas, but she has to get through a lot of smaller tournaments first. One of her main competitors, Cody McKay, is gorgeous and more than a little cocky about his prowess at the gaming table, and sparks fly from the moment he and Gwen meet. Fearing he'll be a major distraction, Gwen tries to keep her distance, but you know what they say about best-laid plans. Can Gwen trust Cody, or is he playing her? He does seem to have secrets, but then so does Gwen. Romantic confusion isn't the only issue Gwen has to deal with when she realizes that her job might not be sustainable and the lives of several people close to her implode. She thinks she can fix everything by winning the big game in Vegas, but what lengths is she willing to go to make that happen? Win or lose, the stakes have never been higher for Gwen. I rode an emotional roller coaster with Gwen throughout this book. She brought me to tears several times and made me want to shake her a few others, and I loved every minute of it! She felt real to me, with strengths and flaws like all of us have. I really liked that not all of the issues in her life were easily resolved and she had friends who called her out when she was messing up, but were still always there to support her. Speaking of her two besties, Holly and Shannon, they were both really interesting in their own right and I'm jazzed that they'll get their own stories in this series. I never thought I'd root for a twenty-something character to get smoochy with her friend's father, but after reading She's Got Game, I am 'shipping Holly and Gwen's dad, Nathan, hard! They are both in dire need of some good lovin', and I am here for their romance. As for the central relationship in this book, I thought Gwen and Cody had great chemistry on the page and their romance developed in a believable and organic way. The love scenes in the book were just the right amount of steamy for me, hot, but never raunchy, and leaving just enough to the imagination. Although Gwen and Cody both made mistakes along the way, I never doubted that they would be really good for each other. She's Got Game is an original, entertaining, and briskly-paced book with well-defined characters and a romance I won't soon forget. I'm excited to see what else the author has in store for this series. I received a copy of She's Got Game in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vikkie

    Wow I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book in just three hours! It is so good! I honestly don’t feel as though five stars is enough to show how fantastic this book really is. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the others. This has been a fun and easy read which I have really enjoyed getting stuck into. The plot has many twists that I didn’t expect and I honestly had to know what happens next. The characters in the book are likeable, I was pleasantly surprised h Wow I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book in just three hours! It is so good! I honestly don’t feel as though five stars is enough to show how fantastic this book really is. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the others. This has been a fun and easy read which I have really enjoyed getting stuck into. The plot has many twists that I didn’t expect and I honestly had to know what happens next. The characters in the book are likeable, I was pleasantly surprised how lovely Cody seemed right from the start. I wanted Gwen to give him a chance from the very beginning. This is a wonderful read, I have loved it from start to finish. I cannot wait to read the next two books in this series. I have no doubt, I will love them as much as I have loved this one. I would highly recommend this book to readers, the story is fun and light hearted. I guarantee you won’t regret reading this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    I.Heart.Romance

    2.5 stars • HATED the heroine, like despised her. And since I spent the entirety of the book in her head, I wanted to slap the eff out of her quite a bit. She’s bratty, immature, wishy washy, and self absorbed. • Hero was really wonderful and I really wish he had a worthy heroine, he deserved so so so much better. • Very heavy on the detailed gameplay and was a bit extensive, especially bc that’s not something I found all that interesting. • NO epilogue. Ugh. • Secondary characters were interesti 2.5 stars • HATED the heroine, like despised her. And since I spent the entirety of the book in her head, I wanted to slap the eff out of her quite a bit. She’s bratty, immature, wishy washy, and self absorbed. • Hero was really wonderful and I really wish he had a worthy heroine, he deserved so so so much better. • Very heavy on the detailed gameplay and was a bit extensive, especially bc that’s not something I found all that interesting. • NO epilogue. Ugh. • Secondary characters were interesting and I wouldn’t mind reading the next books in the series to see how the heroine’s father and her bestie get together.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Lindsey

    ~She's Got Game was provided to be as an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~ Everything about this book screamed "Jaclyn". Board games? Check Strong female lead? Check Interesting plot scenario? Check But for some reason, when putting all the pieces together, She's Got Game just fell short. The characters felt clunky and unbelievable at times and the stakes in the book just seemed contrived. This was a quick read, and I will say there isn't any dull points. For me personally, the actual board g ~She's Got Game was provided to be as an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~ Everything about this book screamed "Jaclyn". Board games? Check Strong female lead? Check Interesting plot scenario? Check But for some reason, when putting all the pieces together, She's Got Game just fell short. The characters felt clunky and unbelievable at times and the stakes in the book just seemed contrived. This was a quick read, and I will say there isn't any dull points. For me personally, the actual board game parts were the highlight of the book and I loved the spotlight on women in the board game industry. I also loved the representation of demisexuality in this novel. All in all, She's Got Game had a lot of things that should have put it high up on my list of books, but unfortunately it missed the mark.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Oh my god, I came so close to DNFing this book so many times. It takes a lot for me to dislike the female protagonist of books, but I absolutely could not stand Gwen. Ok, she has abandonment issues and it’s hard for her to trust people. But her behaviour was infuriating. I thought she acted like a teenager. For one, she immediately jumps to the worst conclusion or scenario with every interaction she has with Cody. Even though they were competitors, he never gave her a reason to treat him like cra Oh my god, I came so close to DNFing this book so many times. It takes a lot for me to dislike the female protagonist of books, but I absolutely could not stand Gwen. Ok, she has abandonment issues and it’s hard for her to trust people. But her behaviour was infuriating. I thought she acted like a teenager. For one, she immediately jumps to the worst conclusion or scenario with every interaction she has with Cody. Even though they were competitors, he never gave her a reason to treat him like crap and that’s what she did over and over again. He’s using me; he’s distracting me; he’s lying to me; ON AND ON AND ON. Then she’d have these moments where she realised she was being a jerk, and I’d feel some glimmer of hope that she would change, and SHE NEVER DOES. She’s incapable of having an adult conversation with anyone when it’s even remotely difficult. She ran out on her father, blocked Cody... Jesus, it was never ending. Even when I thought Cody was in the wrong, I felt no sympathy. Also the ending was so contrived and the big misunderstanding is something I figured out from a mile away (although the way it played out still didn’t make sense to me). Truly, it pains me to write such a negative review about a female character in a book but since it’s all from her POV it made it even worse. Gwen is immature and aggravating and I have no idea what Cody sees in her so I didn’t give two shits about them ending up together. There were also some other eh things here and there throughout the book. I did like the bi rep, at least. The redeeming parts of this book were DADDY MCHOTCAKES and Holly. Ok, I’ve never had a Daddy thing before but I’m totally excited for their book. (Note: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    I like the idea of this more than the execution of it. (3.5 stars - WHY DO WE NOT HAVE .5 stars????) I love board games and love the idea of a tournament for them and know that exists. Gwen is great and the friend group is pretty great as well. I just didn't love how set in her ways she was. I got that she had a bad experience in her past and how that would color how she went forward but she didn't evolve until literally the very very end of the book. She constantly assumed the worst of Cody and I like the idea of this more than the execution of it. (3.5 stars - WHY DO WE NOT HAVE .5 stars????) I love board games and love the idea of a tournament for them and know that exists. Gwen is great and the friend group is pretty great as well. I just didn't love how set in her ways she was. I got that she had a bad experience in her past and how that would color how she went forward but she didn't evolve until literally the very very end of the book. She constantly assumed the worst of Cody and I wanted that to change sooner.

  9. 4 out of 5

    abire

    dnf at 30% i can't do this. i physically and emotionally cannot do this. the mc is too irritating, i'm exhausted just from fighting to read 30% from her pov i can't do 70% more! judgemental? check. changes her mind every 2 paragraphs? check. thinks everyone is out to get her? check. She literally goes on tangents about the love interest about how he is a jerk and a flirt and a player one second and gets upset when he takes her rejection well and doesn't bother her more the next. like girl??? WHAT DO dnf at 30% i can't do this. i physically and emotionally cannot do this. the mc is too irritating, i'm exhausted just from fighting to read 30% from her pov i can't do 70% more! judgemental? check. changes her mind every 2 paragraphs? check. thinks everyone is out to get her? check. She literally goes on tangents about the love interest about how he is a jerk and a flirt and a player one second and gets upset when he takes her rejection well and doesn't bother her more the next. like girl??? WHAT DO YOU WANT????!!! i honestly couldn't find anything that would keep me going in this book. *ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Terrible book. The protagonist is a horrid person. Her parents were teenagers when she was born. Her mother abandoned the family and left the father to raise a ten year old alone as a mechanic. He puts her through Harvard undergrad and graduate schools on mechanic’s wages and a magical college fund her poor grandparents had stashed somehow. She works as a travel blogger. So she travels for work. It’s her job to travel and get paid by sponsors to write her blog posts. But her big dream is to final Terrible book. The protagonist is a horrid person. Her parents were teenagers when she was born. Her mother abandoned the family and left the father to raise a ten year old alone as a mechanic. He puts her through Harvard undergrad and graduate schools on mechanic’s wages and a magical college fund her poor grandparents had stashed somehow. She works as a travel blogger. So she travels for work. It’s her job to travel and get paid by sponsors to write her blog posts. But her big dream is to finally win a national board game championship in Las Vegas so she can use the $10k prize money to pay her father back for damages she made to his garage and take him on a European vacation. Ummm. In 2019 a blog? More like a YouTube or Instagram influencer. If she couldn’t give her father $10k she was making nothing as a blogger. I would believe this plot more maybe if she was a journalist and was on the campaign trail doing work of the fourth estate. She could never get the time off for the final competition because of work obligations. She was paid nothing because journalists are paid little in return for their noble work reporting on the truth. Maybe she could report on pollution in inner city schools or police brutality or for-profit prisons instead of a large sparkly head-shaped fountain. But no, she hops around the world(?) the U.S(?) and writes banal posts on ephemera. She says it’s wanderlust. I’m a college grad and know that the money is in social media not a blog. Did the author not do research? She has been wishing to go to the finals in Las Vegas but could never afford the plane trip and hotel. Ummm, she’s a fucking travel blogger that makes her money on sponsors. I assume if she can get sponsors to pay for her trips to 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii why not a trip to Las Vegas? Makes no sense. And the reason for the trip is to pay back her father. $10k. If I felt indebted monetarily to someone I loved I’m sure I’d work my butt off to pay them back especially if it was a detriment to their quality of life. Instead she flutters around the country and then says: “oh I wish I wish I wish I could pay my daddy as I eat a deep dish pizza alone. If only I could win the board game championship in a city I could never afford to travel to would it solve all my problems.” And she had a business degree from Harvard. I’d get a refund. This is a job for a high school grad that never had a $350k college fund to throw away. The whole premise of the book does not make sense for 2019. Maybe in 2003, but not now. The love story is stupid. She feels instant attraction to the guy. Every time they touch she flinches like he’s given her an static electric shock. They see each other a few times over 4 months at the board game competitions and on their way to the fifth and finals, they say they love each other. Nope!!!! They barely know each other. They were fighting (that’s an entirely other stupid plot point) minutes earlier and she was cursing his name. They may have had great sex, but two nights of sex and one date does not a relationship make where you confess your love a minute after reconciling. It’s like the author had three book ideas and tried to figure out how to make it one book instead of three. I understand she is writing a series about gaming, but this one was a dud. I’m just so bothered by her job and inability to pay her father $10k as he struggles at home. I’m angered that so much time is spent on the individual turns of a board game that doesn’t exist that the reader can’t understand. Maybe if it was Settlers of Catan or fucking Trivial Pursuit or a card game like Cribbage. The coincidences are painful. She runs in to her mother in NYC after a competition as she leaves a drug store. That’s a coincidence. Fine. Then again her mother is a guest speaker at the same hotel as the finals in Vegas the same week as the finals AND they all take the same elevator? Nope!!!! I call lazy writing. She is strapped for money and flying to Vegas finally affording her travel to the finals which she couldn’t the year before and she upgrades her miles to first class AND the empty seat next to her ends up assigned to the one man she is avoiding and hates? No fucking way!!!!! I know this is a frivolous book. A romance novel that is for summer beach reading and getting lost in a great story, but this was a lazy book and not worth the $4.49. I’d rather have a donut.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The prose is fine and I loved the setup, with the bisexual heroine being unexpectedly attracted to her top rival in a board game competition. Unfortunately, after literally running into each other at the bar later that night, the heroine wishes she could find someone to hook up with who was opposite the hero: “a long-haired, dark-skinned Latino who hated gaming, perhaps.” She could have just said “someone who hated gaming” and we would’ve gotten the picture. This one phrase pulled me out of the b The prose is fine and I loved the setup, with the bisexual heroine being unexpectedly attracted to her top rival in a board game competition. Unfortunately, after literally running into each other at the bar later that night, the heroine wishes she could find someone to hook up with who was opposite the hero: “a long-haired, dark-skinned Latino who hated gaming, perhaps.” She could have just said “someone who hated gaming” and we would’ve gotten the picture. This one phrase pulled me out of the book at 8%. It probably gets better and maybe that’s the only othering phrase, but... The heroine’s best friend keeps talking about how hot her dad is. Then we learn that she was born to teen parents so he’s only 41. And from the blurb, apparently best friend and heroine’s dad are the couple for book 2 and I honestly cannot. Not for me. (3 stars because NetGalley is making me give a rating and I didn’t finish the book)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3.5 Stars / 2 Steam Fans This story was a fun, sweet, and enjoyable look into the board gaming world. I was very intrigued by the journey that Gwen takes throughout this story. Gwen competes in board game tournaments that are similar to dungeons and dragons. During this year's competition, Gwen has to go against the reigning champion that has recently moved into her area of play. Cody is that reigning champion, and he finds Gwen very attractive and intense. However, due to Gwen's trust and aband 3.5 Stars / 2 Steam Fans This story was a fun, sweet, and enjoyable look into the board gaming world. I was very intrigued by the journey that Gwen takes throughout this story. Gwen competes in board game tournaments that are similar to dungeons and dragons. During this year's competition, Gwen has to go against the reigning champion that has recently moved into her area of play. Cody is that reigning champion, and he finds Gwen very attractive and intense. However, due to Gwen's trust and abandonment issues, she has a hard time believing what Cody is proposing. There is a lot of board game talk, so even though I am not a gamer in that area, I wasn't overwhelmed or lost following the storyline. Video review available in Week 52 Dec 22 – 28 weekly book reviews. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great Game. If Heffernan's friend Maggie Dallen's latest book was a Hallmark Movie of the saccharine sweet variety, this one is closer to one of the rocky road jalapeno ice cream variety. Still mostly funny, but deals with some weightier issues in a mostly sweet manner with a hint of burn-your-mouth spice. Heffernan takes several risks with her characters that are rare, and that is much appreciated by this particular reader. The narrator is a gamer - and not a video gamer, which has gained a deg Great Game. If Heffernan's friend Maggie Dallen's latest book was a Hallmark Movie of the saccharine sweet variety, this one is closer to one of the rocky road jalapeno ice cream variety. Still mostly funny, but deals with some weightier issues in a mostly sweet manner with a hint of burn-your-mouth spice. Heffernan takes several risks with her characters that are rare, and that is much appreciated by this particular reader. The narrator is a gamer - and not a video gamer, which has gained a degree of acceptance in mainstream modern society. No, this narrator is a *board* gamer. And bi. And one of her best friends is demisexual - an orientation I've literally only seen used in *one* other book. And the driving narrative force is a board game tournament. And there are several weighty issues that could drag the book down, but Heffernan deftly keeps the focus on her primary couple as they haltingly get together. Excellent work, I'm very much looking forward to the next one. Very much recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina Wilson

    This book is worthy of 3.5 stars if that was an option. The author came up with a great topic for a romance book that I haven't experienced before. I love the whole gamer girl aspect of the book and really liked our main character, Gwen. I think the book went a little slow for me at times with the inner dialog and Gwen not knowing her worth. I know that internal conflict is normal, it just slowed down my reading of the book some. I did enjoy this book enough that I want to complete the series, I This book is worthy of 3.5 stars if that was an option. The author came up with a great topic for a romance book that I haven't experienced before. I love the whole gamer girl aspect of the book and really liked our main character, Gwen. I think the book went a little slow for me at times with the inner dialog and Gwen not knowing her worth. I know that internal conflict is normal, it just slowed down my reading of the book some. I did enjoy this book enough that I want to complete the series, I've already downloaded book two and I'm ready to read it. If you want a sweet, cleaner romance with a girl that loves board games enough to pay them professionally, this is definitely a good book for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    I came across this book on Facebook. I believe it was in the Between the Chapters Book Club and they were having a chat with the author. I’m a gamer as well as a reader so this book was jumping up and down at me. I had high expectations for it and I’m happy to say that it lived up to them. I like the characters. I loved entering the gaming convention atmosphere. The author wrote that so realistically that I felt like I was there. I now am dying to go to one. It was a fun book to read. I apprecia I came across this book on Facebook. I believe it was in the Between the Chapters Book Club and they were having a chat with the author. I’m a gamer as well as a reader so this book was jumping up and down at me. I had high expectations for it and I’m happy to say that it lived up to them. I like the characters. I loved entering the gaming convention atmosphere. The author wrote that so realistically that I felt like I was there. I now am dying to go to one. It was a fun book to read. I appreciated the slower pace on romance with the mention of swipe right dating craze. I thought it was handled very well. I think this book will especially appeal to the gaming crowd.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly Kerr

    Do you like board games? Even if you don't, She's Got Game will pull you into the world of gaming competitions. And if you do, the game name dropping will tickle your fancy. It's a great premise with an interesting MC and a swoon-worthy MMC. Gwen's tough and troubled but with a heart of gold and the best dad ever. I found myself rooting for Gwen to win, both in the game, and the first kiss from Cody. Then a second kiss. A great start to the series. Do you like board games? Even if you don't, She's Got Game will pull you into the world of gaming competitions. And if you do, the game name dropping will tickle your fancy. It's a great premise with an interesting MC and a swoon-worthy MMC. Gwen's tough and troubled but with a heart of gold and the best dad ever. I found myself rooting for Gwen to win, both in the game, and the first kiss from Cody. Then a second kiss. A great start to the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    abdulia ortiz-perez

    I received this free book for honest review. 4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ This is my second time reading from this author. What a beautiful wonderful amazing read. What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me. Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good! Can't wait for her next book. I received this free book for honest review. 4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐ This is my second time reading from this author. What a beautiful wonderful amazing read. What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me. Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good! Can't wait for her next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. The perfect summer read. Take this book with you to the beach, mountains, wherever. It's fun with the right dose of angst because the main character has issues. Sometimes she's a little tough to take, but when people have played you (pun intended) and your heart, there's gonna be some pushback. And our main character pushes back a little too hard at times, but we eventually learn why. I love My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. The perfect summer read. Take this book with you to the beach, mountains, wherever. It's fun with the right dose of angst because the main character has issues. Sometimes she's a little tough to take, but when people have played you (pun intended) and your heart, there's gonna be some pushback. And our main character pushes back a little too hard at times, but we eventually learn why. I love how the author doles out enough info to keep us reading to learn the reasons. I'm also not a big gamer, but I am competitive. The story appealed to the competitive side of me and the strategies used in game-playing. The game details given are easy to follow along with the gamers, but not so many details that they bored or confused me. Well done. A romance with tons of conflict set in this world was refreshing and entertaining. I highly recommend and look forward to the next book in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This book is a chick-lit/romance. This is the first book in the Gamer Girl series. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and I will post a honest review after a finish reading the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Baca Buku

    Well, there's always a first time - my first DNF. I made it to 47% and just could not force myself to go on. Although the whole mother issue piqued my interest, it wasn't enough to get me to read further. Well, there's always a first time - my first DNF. I made it to 47% and just could not force myself to go on. Although the whole mother issue piqued my interest, it wasn't enough to get me to read further.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ashleyjayne

    She's got game is the first book I've read from Laura Hefferman and I have to say it was an enjoyable read, I read this within a couple hours it was fun, enjoyable and an easy read which I really enjoyed getting stuck into it.
I really enjoyed Gwen and Cody's characters and how the thought they had great chemistry on the pages and enjoyed how their romance developed in a believable way.
I honestly dont know how to write this review and not give the whole story but i will say if you enjoy board g She's got game is the first book I've read from Laura Hefferman and I have to say it was an enjoyable read, I read this within a couple hours it was fun, enjoyable and an easy read which I really enjoyed getting stuck into it.
I really enjoyed Gwen and Cody's characters and how the thought they had great chemistry on the pages and enjoyed how their romance developed in a believable way.
I honestly dont know how to write this review and not give the whole story but i will say if you enjoy board games, like a stong herione and love a quirky character and abit romance then this may be the book for you.
MY RATING ♡♡♡

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Reynolds

    "She's Got Game" by Laura Hefferman is about a woman who is discovering what love is and what it is like to be loved. I won this in a Goodreads contest, so thanks Goodreads. Gwen's job is a travel blogger, but when she meets Cody at a gaming competition everything changes. She likes traveling because she doesn't have anything tying her down.
She has a no dating gamers rule for good reason since she was burned in the past by a gamer. Even though she tries to keep him at a distance, Cody and Gwen "She's Got Game" by Laura Hefferman is about a woman who is discovering what love is and what it is like to be loved. I won this in a Goodreads contest, so thanks Goodreads. Gwen's job is a travel blogger, but when she meets Cody at a gaming competition everything changes. She likes traveling because she doesn't have anything tying her down.
She has a no dating gamers rule for good reason since she was burned in the past by a gamer. Even though she tries to keep him at a distance, Cody and Gwen keep running into each other.
I thought that this would be a good beach read. You know the ones that I am talking about, the ones that are a sweet story, but you don't really have to think about it.
Boy, was I wrong.
Gwen is bisexual and her friend Shannon is demisexual. The author points this out, but isn't obnoxious about it. It is just another character trait, just how it should be in real life. I forgot about this character trait because there was so much more to these characters than their sexuality. It was a good pride month read because it explained how we all should treat our friends with different sexualities than our own. I am not saying that sexuality is not important, but we shouldn't be focused on just that. Sexuality does not make up the whole person.
Gwen has a problem trusting anyone since her mother left when she was little. Throughout the book, she discovers more and more about how she needs to let that go in order to be happy. Her mother was a part of her past, but doesn't need to be a part of her future.
This spoke to me and should speak to everyone who reads this book. Everyone has something that they have either held onto or holding onto that they need to let go in order to receive new opportunities.
I also liked that this was not a pornographic book with everything explained to you. There were a few hot makeout scenes, but nothing that would make me blush if my grandmother knew what I was reading.
I would highly recommend this book. It was an easy read with a great message. I am in deep book mourning because of this book.
15/10

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nerdy Housewifey

    I tried so hard but it’s a DNF at a little over 50% for me. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever hated a fmc more. Gwen is one of the most angst ridden and childish mc’s I’ve ever read. I had to keep remembering she wasn’t 16 with the way she was acting. She always expected the worst from everyone and instead of being and adult and asking ‘hey what does this mean, let’s be the mid 20’s people we are and talk about it’ she would blow up and start ignoring or blocking people. If she mentioned be bi I tried so hard but it’s a DNF at a little over 50% for me. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever hated a fmc more. Gwen is one of the most angst ridden and childish mc’s I’ve ever read. I had to keep remembering she wasn’t 16 with the way she was acting. She always expected the worst from everyone and instead of being and adult and asking ‘hey what does this mean, let’s be the mid 20’s people we are and talk about it’ she would blow up and start ignoring or blocking people. If she mentioned be bi or using apps to hook up with people I was seriously going to lose it too. I swear every chapter she had to say ‘I don’t do relationships I just use apps to hook up’ it got very repetitive. I’m not sure if I like Cody either because this wasn’t a dual POV so he was seen completely through Gwen’s lens. And did I mention she super judgmental and jumps to conclusions?? I’m super disappointed, the cover, description, they almost led me to believe this would be a light hearted romcom... it’s not. There’s nothing light about this. The angst and drama just bogs it down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Rockaway

    Charming, funny, and full of surprises, She's Got Game gave me all the feels, following Gwen on a romantic journey as she learns to let down her guard and play her hand at the game of love. Charming, funny, and full of surprises, She's Got Game gave me all the feels, following Gwen on a romantic journey as she learns to let down her guard and play her hand at the game of love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meeghan

    This was a cute story, although it was very predictable. The characters were sweet, although they did come across a little bit two-dimensional, with the side characters almost filling in tick boxes for plot points, in order to move the story along. The female friendships were great though, and I did love the diversity – Gwen is bi and I felt represented in her, and one of her friends is aro/ace, although I felt this could have been delved into a bit more (hopefully in the third book if there is o This was a cute story, although it was very predictable. The characters were sweet, although they did come across a little bit two-dimensional, with the side characters almost filling in tick boxes for plot points, in order to move the story along. The female friendships were great though, and I did love the diversity – Gwen is bi and I felt represented in her, and one of her friends is aro/ace, although I felt this could have been delved into a bit more (hopefully in the third book if there is one). The board game competition was intense, and I do wish they could have used an actual game, as opposed to a made up one, but I guess you'd need to have endorsement from the makers of the game. However, I did feel that a chunk of this story (the story wasn't long) was spent describing the mechanics of the game. The romance was an instant-chemistry, but rivals, story, which was good, and it was fun to read. Although I did wish that they just communicated better, and some things were never explained. The story does skip around a lot with chunks of time missing, which made it a bit harder to follow, and then catch up on what had happened, but overall it was a good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann Marlowe

    She's Got Game has such a unique, fun set-up, centered as it is around a board game tournament that advances to different cities as the finals approach. Gwen is determined not to get involved with other competitors, but Cody is so persistent that she simultaneously wants to break her rule while also fearing he's trying to distract her from her goal of winning. With a cast of characters come to life, ensuing books in the series promise to be every bit as engaging as this first. She's Got Game has such a unique, fun set-up, centered as it is around a board game tournament that advances to different cities as the finals approach. Gwen is determined not to get involved with other competitors, but Cody is so persistent that she simultaneously wants to break her rule while also fearing he's trying to distract her from her goal of winning. With a cast of characters come to life, ensuing books in the series promise to be every bit as engaging as this first.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Farah Heron

    This book was a delight! I'm not a gamer but I was sucked in to this competitors to lovers story set in the surprisingly high-stakes world of board game tournaments right away. Laura always writes on-point banter, and I loved the ensemble of characters. This book was a delight! I'm not a gamer but I was sucked in to this competitors to lovers story set in the surprisingly high-stakes world of board game tournaments right away. Laura always writes on-point banter, and I loved the ensemble of characters.

  28. 4 out of 5

    G.L. Jackson

    You don't have to be a gamer, competitive or otherwise, to enjoy She's Got Game. As with her Reality Star series, Laura Heffernan gives readers plenty of insight into the world she's describing. We go on a journey with heroine Gwen, a competitive gamer and blogger with a serious case of wanderlust, and gain plenty enough insight into her personality to see what motivates her. Gwen's primary rule is not to hook up with fellow gamers. But when she meets sweet, kind, and knock-your-socks-off-good-l You don't have to be a gamer, competitive or otherwise, to enjoy She's Got Game. As with her Reality Star series, Laura Heffernan gives readers plenty of insight into the world she's describing. We go on a journey with heroine Gwen, a competitive gamer and blogger with a serious case of wanderlust, and gain plenty enough insight into her personality to see what motivates her. Gwen's primary rule is not to hook up with fellow gamers. But when she meets sweet, kind, and knock-your-socks-off-good-looking gaming champion Cody, sparks fly. Despite her rule, she's drawn to the competition. Is he flirting with her just to put her off her game? Or is he serious about his attraction? This book is a lot of fun to read, and the second half of it just flies right by in a blur of yes-no-maybe. Beyond Gwen and Cody, there's a small cast of impressively well-crafted side characters that I just know will populate the rest of the books in the series. Kudos to Laura on including the stigma that goes with the name Gwen--having grown up with a variant of it, I can say it's only too true that the Guinevere (and associated) jokes and comments dog us our entire lives. She's Got Game will appeal to anyone who's ever been burned playing a board game as well as to readers who love a good solid adherence to the standard romance arc. MC Gwen is bisexual, but that's not the focus of the story, just another facet of who she is. However, the story of her mother, a critical part of the book, is beautifully done but heartbreaking. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Viewpoint Jarring, Telling Not Showing I have been reading some books lately that did an outstanding job of deep first- or third-person viewpoint. This particular book is written in the first-person. I'm not really a fan of first-person perspective because I actually think it is distancing and prone to navel-gazing prose; I don’t like that it does really narrow what we see happening in a story. Personally, I don’t find it to be intimate, which is what I think authors are going for. Because I had Viewpoint Jarring, Telling Not Showing I have been reading some books lately that did an outstanding job of deep first- or third-person viewpoint. This particular book is written in the first-person. I'm not really a fan of first-person perspective because I actually think it is distancing and prone to navel-gazing prose; I don’t like that it does really narrow what we see happening in a story. Personally, I don’t find it to be intimate, which is what I think authors are going for. Because I had just read some well-done first-person deep-viewpoint novels, I found this book jarring because the author didn't quite manage the viewpoint as well as the others; she told more than showed. At times, it felt like the main character was outside of her body viewing herself. To give a brief example, here is one phrase from the book: "My expression softened." Now, others can see a person's expression softening, but the person herself cannot see this. I would rather have had the author show us how the character experienced this within her own body and/or mind. Did her jaw unclench? Did her cheeks go slack? Did she let go of a breath she had been holding? This is just one such example, but it happens all throughout the book and is distracting and distancing. I thought this book had a fun premise, but I would have enjoyed it more if it was either written in the third person or the author had taken us deeper into the mind of the gamer. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review. Read my other reviews at https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com.

  30. 5 out of 5

    butterfliesandbooks

    Living your life playing games, it seems like a great life. Gwen is also a blogger, and likes (no loves it) to travel. Reading the description, I did wonder if Gwen was more of a dungeon and dragon type player. (The game was fairly simple. Players rolled a pair of dice, then collected cards with different “resources” on them. The resources could be discarded to build various structures. A bad roll could result in losing cards, and the first player who got to ten points won.) Cody loves to win, a Living your life playing games, it seems like a great life. Gwen is also a blogger, and likes (no loves it) to travel. Reading the description, I did wonder if Gwen was more of a dungeon and dragon type player. (The game was fairly simple. Players rolled a pair of dice, then collected cards with different “resources” on them. The resources could be discarded to build various structures. A bad roll could result in losing cards, and the first player who got to ten points won.) Cody loves to win, and there is nothing he won’t do to make sure he comes out on top. He seems like a nice guy, until he hits the tables, then all bets are off. Cody and Gwen meet at the gaming tables. There is lots of “trash talk” and a little flirting. But although Gwen finds him cute, she won’t date a gamer. (She did once and got taken advantage of, so she swore never again) But as the games proceed, Gwen is finding it harder and harder to resist him. Then the inevitable happens ..... Gwen doesn’t know how to process the night they spend together, her emotions are running high, she second guesses everything. So will Gwen give Cody another chance? What happens when the game ends? You’ll need to read to find out 😉 Well written and thought out. Hoping Shannon and Holly get stories and they are Gwen’s best friends. That was a fun read 😊 🦋

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