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He’s home to recover ...and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he's tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s He’s home to recover ...and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he's tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s farm. Nate accepted it when she ended things five years ago, but he won’t overlook a slight to the rest of the Ramseys. What game is she playing? Keely has always carried the weight of responsibility for her dysfunctional family, so she can’t regret the way she ended things with Nate. Cutting him loose to pursue his dreams was the kindest thing she could have done for a man with talent to take him far beyond Last Stand. Except now he’s back, and the fireworks between them haven’t faded a bit. If she gives into the temptation of a kiss, will she be able to let him go again once his injury heals and baseball wants him back?


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He’s home to recover ...and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he's tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s He’s home to recover ...and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he's tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s farm. Nate accepted it when she ended things five years ago, but he won’t overlook a slight to the rest of the Ramseys. What game is she playing? Keely has always carried the weight of responsibility for her dysfunctional family, so she can’t regret the way she ended things with Nate. Cutting him loose to pursue his dreams was the kindest thing she could have done for a man with talent to take him far beyond Last Stand. Except now he’s back, and the fireworks between them haven’t faded a bit. If she gives into the temptation of a kiss, will she be able to let him go again once his injury heals and baseball wants him back?

30 review for Game On

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    Game On by Joanne Rock is book Two in the Texas Playmakers Series. This is the story of Keely Harper and Nate Ramsey. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book. Keely and Nate were once young and in love. Nate was moving on to become a minor in the baseball world and Keely was to come with him. But then she broke things off and he went on with his life. Now a few years later he is back home in Last Stand, Texas after being injured and having to heal. Keely felt s Game On by Joanne Rock is book Two in the Texas Playmakers Series. This is the story of Keely Harper and Nate Ramsey. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book. Keely and Nate were once young and in love. Nate was moving on to become a minor in the baseball world and Keely was to come with him. But then she broke things off and he went on with his life. Now a few years later he is back home in Last Stand, Texas after being injured and having to heal. Keely felt she had to break things off with Nate due to her father's drinking, having a younger sister and her mother dying when she was younger making her the responsible one in the family. Keely didn't want to hold Nate back from his dreams which she felt she would do. Keely has went on to put herself through college on line, allow her sister to go to college and start a business to support her family. Now the sparks between them are still flying high for sure, but is this her chance to finally look out for herself and be with Nate?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    4 star Review Game On (Texas Playmakers #2) by Joanne Rock Professional Baseball player Nate Ramsey has returned home to Last Stand, Texas to recover from an injury. He hopes that he can also take the time to re connect and confront his old girlfriend, Keely Harper. From the moment they set eyes on one another again it is clear that there is still an attraction burning brightly between them. I enjoy small town and sports romances so the blurb drew me in. The secondary characters were entertaining 4 star Review Game On (Texas Playmakers #2) by Joanne Rock Professional Baseball player Nate Ramsey has returned home to Last Stand, Texas to recover from an injury. He hopes that he can also take the time to re connect and confront his old girlfriend, Keely Harper. From the moment they set eyes on one another again it is clear that there is still an attraction burning brightly between them. I enjoy small town and sports romances so the blurb drew me in. The secondary characters were entertaining and I would expect from the other underlying story line within Game On will lead into the next book. There were times that I felt that the story dragged a little but overall it kept me interested. Will Keely let Nate back in or is the fear that he will leave again be enough to keep the walls she has built in tact? Nate is worried that if he gives in to his feelings, she will just as easily let him go. The miss communication was a tad frustrating at times but thanks to a meddling grandfather Nate and Keely finally see what others around them do; they are meant for one another.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alecia (The Staircase Reader)

    Game on is the second book in the Texas Playmakers series by Joanne Rock. This novel is told in third person point of view and is Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper’s story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in the Texas Playmakers series (The Perfect Catch) so before diving into this novel I decided to wipe the slate clean and give Game On a fair shot. I felt this novel flowed better than the first, I found myself becoming even more intrigued the more I read. I’m a huge fan of second chance romanc Game on is the second book in the Texas Playmakers series by Joanne Rock. This novel is told in third person point of view and is Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper’s story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in the Texas Playmakers series (The Perfect Catch) so before diving into this novel I decided to wipe the slate clean and give Game On a fair shot. I felt this novel flowed better than the first, I found myself becoming even more intrigued the more I read. I’m a huge fan of second chance romances. Keely and Nate’s romance is short and sweet but the second chance and hopefulness is what I loved most. Keely is afraid to let the man that so easily let her walk away back in. And Nate is scared to let the woman who so easily let him go back into his heart. It’s a constant push and pull, but the emotion between the two is what really grew on me. These two are clearly meant to be and all it took was a meddling grandfather to help them see the truth. It was a great romance. I had a few issues with this novel but my main issue was the fact that I wanted a little bit of baseball and I wanted some game play! I was hoping for a little baseball hunkiness. Men showing what they excel at with their women in the bleachers screaming their heads off at a grand slam play. Talk about wishful thinking. So if you decide to read this book based on the baseball trope and are looking forward to game play, this isn’t the one for you. But if you’re looking forward to the second chance romance between two people who are clearly meant to be, you will probably adore this one. Overall, I liked this novel more than the first, but it's still not a love for me. Where starting to move in the right direction though! ________________ Find me here: The Staircase Reader Instagram Facebook Twitter

  4. 4 out of 5

    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

    I just love a sports romance novel. Especially, Baseball! Add in the fact that this is a second chance romance and I was excited to crack this one open! I am a new Joanne Rock reader and I did not read the first book in this series but I really enjoyed this story. I loved getting to know Nate and Keely. I loved reading their past and their present which shaped into a great story and romance. I fell in love with Nate. Keely was a little guarded but I loved the way that Nate broke down her walls. Th I just love a sports romance novel. Especially, Baseball! Add in the fact that this is a second chance romance and I was excited to crack this one open! I am a new Joanne Rock reader and I did not read the first book in this series but I really enjoyed this story. I loved getting to know Nate and Keely. I loved reading their past and their present which shaped into a great story and romance. I fell in love with Nate. Keely was a little guarded but I loved the way that Nate broke down her walls. This book definitely kept me engaged and reading. I wish there was a little more baseball in the book but the second chance romance aspect kept me reading. I am now adding other Joanne Rock books to my TBR list and I can't wait to dive in! Reviewed by: Brianne M.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Nate is just a resourceful man, “when I say ‘make,’I meant I could make food appear,”he clarified, closing the distance between them until only a couple of feet separated them. “By calling for delivery.” I liked this book, I loved Nate.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***

    3.5 Stars I hadn't read anything by Joanne Rock before so wasn't quite sure what to expect but I loved the thought of a second chance/sports romance. Game On was a little more about the second chance than the sports and its Nate and Keely's story. When Nate was drafted to the major league for Baseball he broke a promise to his childhood sweetheart Keely forcing them to go their separate ways. Now Nate finds himself injured and back in his home town. What will happen when he comes face to face once 3.5 Stars I hadn't read anything by Joanne Rock before so wasn't quite sure what to expect but I loved the thought of a second chance/sports romance. Game On was a little more about the second chance than the sports and its Nate and Keely's story. When Nate was drafted to the major league for Baseball he broke a promise to his childhood sweetheart Keely forcing them to go their separate ways. Now Nate finds himself injured and back in his home town. What will happen when he comes face to face once again with Keely, can everything they need to say to each other be brought out into the open and will they find their way back to each other? For me this was an enjoyable read but I was just waiting for that little bit more. I liked the characters and will definitely give this author another go in future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Game On by Joanne Rock He’s home to recover …and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he’s tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s farm. Nate accepted it when she ended things five years ago, but he won’t overlook a slight to the rest of Game On by Joanne Rock He’s home to recover …and rekindle a romance with his first love After a hitting streak propels him onto a major league roster, Nate Ramsey lands on the injured list. The one bright spot in a frustrating summer is returning home to Last Stand, Texas – until he’s tasked with confronting Keely Harper, an old flame whose business is running roughshod over his grandfather’s farm. Nate accepted it when she ended things five years ago, but he won’t overlook a slight to the rest of the Ramseys. What game is she playing? Keely has always carried the weight of responsibility for her dysfunctional family, so she can’t regret the way she ended things with Nate. Cutting him loose to pursue his dreams was the kindest thing she could have done for a man with talent to take him far beyond Last Stand. Except now he’s back, and the fireworks between them haven’t faded a bit. If she gives into the temptation of a kiss, will she be able to let him go again once his injury heals and baseball wants him back? This Keely Harpe and Nate Ramsey's story. “What gives?” Nate pressed, glancing up at the clock on the wall and willing his doc to come in with discharge papers. The sooner he got out of here the better. “It’s your old girlfriend. Keely Harper.” The Ramsey patriarch said the name with a surprising amount of venom. “The word in town is that she’s growing some of her wildflowers on Rough Hollow land.” “I disagree. You know her. You dated her,” Gramp argued, his words speeding up as his volume cranked higher. “Better that you try to have a civil conversation with her than for me to hire a lawyer and take her to court—which was your father’s suggestion for how I handle it, by the way.” come through in his voice. “How are you doing?” “Better than you, I hear.” At eighty-nine years old, Gramp still sounded much the way he had all of Nate’s life. Gruff and blunt, but with moments of affection. “Your mom tells me you’re going to be laid up for a bit.” Nate’s parents had been divorced for eight years, but his mother still looked after her father-in-law. She’d even moved back to the Ramsey family home—right next to Everett’s ranch house—after the split. She’d let Nate’s dad have the over-the-top mansion on the opposite side of town, preferring the farmhouse where she’d raised her family. So his mother must have told Everett about Nate’s injury. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book." Game On by Joanne Rock is a 4 star book. Joanne's Books with Tule: How to Lose a Groom in 10 Days The Runaway Brides The Wedding Audition The Runaway Brides There Goes the Bride The Runaway Brides Bride on the Run The Runaway Brides Last Chance Christmas Road to Romance Second Chance Cowboy Road to Romance A Chance This Christmas Road to Romance The Perfect Catch Texas Playmakers

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Five years ago, Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts and she was going to travel with him when he finally got drafted for baseball. Unfortunately, he got drafted a year earlier than planned and when it came down to it, Keely wasn't ready, so she called it off. They haven't seen each other since. Now, Nate is injured and back in town for a few weeks to recover. Nate's grandfather sends him off to tell Keely that she's growing flowers for her farm on Ramsey land and to work ou Five years ago, Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts and she was going to travel with him when he finally got drafted for baseball. Unfortunately, he got drafted a year earlier than planned and when it came down to it, Keely wasn't ready, so she called it off. They haven't seen each other since. Now, Nate is injured and back in town for a few weeks to recover. Nate's grandfather sends him off to tell Keely that she's growing flowers for her farm on Ramsey land and to work out what to do about it. Nate knows it's a set up but can't stay away from Keely, even as he keeps finding himself in her presence. Keely, for her part, never forgot about Nate and has missed him, but she knows he's leaving in 3 weeks and is afraid she'll end up alone again. She has responsibilities and commitments at home and can't follow Nate when he leaves. So even though they love each other again, will they be able to stay together when Nate goes back? Second chance romance. I struggle so much with them. This one had potential, but once again, didn't quite make me happy. I was disappointed at their lack of resolution...the fact that Keely didn't really get to tell him ALL the reasons she let him go and Nate didn't seem to really regret leaving Keely behind in the first place. And for all the reasons that she let him go (so she wouldn't hold him back, so she wouldn't live off all his money, so she could care for her father, so she could see her sister through school), they all ended up being worthless anyway...except maybe the first one. In the end, Keely ends up leaving her father behind in the care of her sister (who didn't really want to leave Last Stand in the first place) and going off to follow Nate around and live off of his money. I mean, it's made clear that Keely's father is dying (2-3 years) and she's going to spend those years up in Chicago instead of with her father. She's also given up her only source of income and is going to live with Nate in Chicago presumably either going to school (which Nate will pay for) or doing what exactly? Working as a florist? She's a flower farmer...can't farm in Chicago. Point is, this point of contention was brought up, never discussed and then completely abandoned in the end anyway. And Keely's claim that all of this resolution is happening on Nate's terms is absolutely spot on - he considers a long-distance relationship and her going with him, not once does he consider giving up his career for her. And I think I needed to see him consider it (at least be willing to do it for her, even if she doesn't require it). Because that's where all this started - he got drafted and when she couldn't go, he still left.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nen & Jen

    Arc provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was a miss for me, sadly. I was really looking forward to reading Game On as I’m always a fan of sports romances - can we say yes please! to hunky jock characters and strong female leads. I just couldn’t seem to get in to the flow of this story though. Game On follows young businesswoman Keely Harper, the high-school and college sweetheart of the recently injured baseball player Nate Ramsey. When Nate returns ho Arc provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was a miss for me, sadly. I was really looking forward to reading Game On as I’m always a fan of sports romances - can we say yes please! to hunky jock characters and strong female leads. I just couldn’t seem to get in to the flow of this story though. Game On follows young businesswoman Keely Harper, the high-school and college sweetheart of the recently injured baseball player Nate Ramsey. When Nate returns home from the injured reserve list after having finally made his mark in the major leagues, his life becomes surrounded by Keely – a woman he thought had left him in the past. As a victim of her family’s tarnished image, Keely’s existence has been forever associated with the alcoholic-induced actions of her father. With her father’s recent sobriety, her younger sister’s career success and Keely’s business growth – things are looking up for the first time in her life. That is, until Nate Ramsey returns to Last Stand and brings up all of the memories Keely spent years trying to forget. “There had been an era of her life where she had known him so well that she’d been able to read his every mood in his expression and his body language…Every other time she had been with him – except for that last one that had ripped her heart out – had been happy” While this story was written well, what didn’t quite connect with me were the characters. Keely’s martyrdom by constantly putting everyone else before herself got annoying, very quickly. Even though it was understandable given her father’s bad reputation and constantly having to clean up after him, it was her disregard for others’ wishes in her attempts to self-sacrifice that really frustrated me. The pressure she put on her sister to have the future she’d sacrificed had really annoyed me. “Nate had always had a way of making her smile even when everything else in her world had been a disaster.” I much preferred Nate over Keely, although he still wasn’t the strongest of characters. It felt like he didn’t even enjoy baseball and that he was mainly doing it to keep up the family name. While that could be a great starting point for the novel, I would have liked to have seen this progress a lot more. He didn’t really seem to contemplate this at all, despite it being stated as one of the things he hoped hadn’t happened in his life. Maybe I misinterpreted it, but I really felt like he didn’t change much overall within the story and I would have liked to have seen that. What really kept me going throughout this story were the minor characters – Keely’s sister Alexia and Nate’s team mate Ty. They were amazing! I would have gladly read a whole book about them in one sitting. Easily. So despite my dislike for this book, I’ve come to realise it’s not the author’s fault. I really loved the way she explored the connection between these two characters and the way she wrote their budding friendship so well! This tells me that I just didn’t connect with the main characters, but other readers might. Despite not really liking this book, Alexia and Ty’s presence made up for and since they’re in the following book, I’ll give it a go just to see where they end up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf GAME ON is the second story in the Texas Playmakers series, part of several series that all connect in Last Stand, Texas. While we do have an injured baseball player, Nate, returning home this story is more of a Second Chance Romance than a Sports Romance. Keely and Nate were once young, in love, with the future ahead of them – perhaps. Yet, Keely has always felt the weight of her father’s reputation as an alcoholic bearing down on her shoulders. She was determined to Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf GAME ON is the second story in the Texas Playmakers series, part of several series that all connect in Last Stand, Texas. While we do have an injured baseball player, Nate, returning home this story is more of a Second Chance Romance than a Sports Romance. Keely and Nate were once young, in love, with the future ahead of them – perhaps. Yet, Keely has always felt the weight of her father’s reputation as an alcoholic bearing down on her shoulders. She was determined to not let her family reputation bring down the man she loved, so when baseball called she let him go without putting up a fight. Or at least one that Nate could see. Now he’s home again, just to recover until his career calls again, or for good, she’s not sure — and finding out, letting him into her heart once again is something she’s afraid to do because this time his leaving without her will break her into pieces. From Nate’s viewpoint, Keely let him go too easily so that taking on the baseball career that he’d been pushed into since childhood became a done deal almost before he knew it. His heart’s been broken by Keely once, is he willing to take that chance again? While I enjoyed GAME ON, there were parts where I really felt Keely’s taking on the world, all the time, and her vision of the sacrifices she’s made for her family took a bit of my like for her away. Yes, she’s sacrificed but that doesn’t give her the right to dictate how others react to her actions. But, again, it’s not my story to tell so I liked Nate and Keely together for the majority of the time. Secondary characters often make or break a story for me and the next couple we’ll be meeting certainly brought this story to life with their addition to the action. I had fun, I enjoyed another side of Last Stand, Texas and would not hesitate to recommend GAME ON to any Romance reader. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

  11. 5 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    I love, love, love the second chance romance trope. And Game On hit a stand-up triple with me. Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts with a plan for the future - finish college, and then Keely would follow Nate wherever his career as a pro baseball player would take him. When Nate didn’t stick to the plan, Keely let him go, breaking both of their hearts. Now five years later, Nate is back home recovering from an injury that occurred just a few short weeks after his major league I love, love, love the second chance romance trope. And Game On hit a stand-up triple with me. Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts with a plan for the future - finish college, and then Keely would follow Nate wherever his career as a pro baseball player would take him. When Nate didn’t stick to the plan, Keely let him go, breaking both of their hearts. Now five years later, Nate is back home recovering from an injury that occurred just a few short weeks after his major league debut. With maturity and a different perspective, Nate sees things about Keely and the love she has for her family - as dysfunctional as it may be - that kept her tied to their hometown. But he still loves her, and still wants the future they planned. Keely wants the same, but just isn’t sure if she can have it. Overall, I enjoyed the writing in Game On. The storyline kept things moving at a quick pace, with excellent dialogue and an endearing hero and heroine. There was an issue with the same things being explained multiple times - who people were, what they were doing, etc. - throughout the book. What there wasn’t an issue with was typical unnecessary young adult angst caused by miscommunication and general immature behavior. I loved how even though both were hurt, neither was rude or mean to the other, nor did they hang on to lingering animosity. They were cautious about getting involved again, but didn’t overthink things. It was refreshing to see them be open with their feelings and talk things through. It was so freakin refreshing! This was my first Joanne Rock book, and probably won’t be my last. She stayed away from the things I dislike about young adult stories, and didn’t fill her pages with musings about how hawt the hero or heroine is or continual internal ramblings about how they couldn’t be together again. I loved the characters in this story, and really think I’ll be interested in reading more in this series! * thank you to NetGalley and Tule Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/21/19. Game On is a sweet, second chance romance. It's the second in the Texas Playmakers series, but works just fine as a standalone--the hero (Nate's older brother) and heroine of book one are mentioned here, but never appear on page, so no worries if you haven't read their story yet. Nate and Keely broke up five years ago when he left college to pursue his dream of playing baseball--her family situation kept her in Last Chance, though, and Keely wasn't Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 8/21/19. Game On is a sweet, second chance romance. It's the second in the Texas Playmakers series, but works just fine as a standalone--the hero (Nate's older brother) and heroine of book one are mentioned here, but never appear on page, so no worries if you haven't read their story yet. Nate and Keely broke up five years ago when he left college to pursue his dream of playing baseball--her family situation kept her in Last Chance, though, and Keely wasn't willing to participate in a long distance romance. In the time since, Nate's had his chance at the big league and is recovering from an injury and Keely's been fairly successful farming her family's land with a wildflower business. At first it looks as if nothing much has changed for Nate and Keely--is reuniting even possible, if neither is making a change to their personal situation?--though it's clear that their attraction to each other is as strong as ever. Things change for both of them, though, making the way to their HEA more clear as the story progresses. Just a warning--this sports romance is light on the sports aspect, so don't expect a lot of on the field action! Nate spends most of his time helping to start a sports camp for kids in his hometown--a worthy endeavor--and gets help from one of his teammates who is also on injured reserve. That teammate and Keely's sister tentatively start a romance here that will be continued in the next book (Nate's younger brother's story); I'll be stalking Goodreads in anticipation of its release! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Can you ever go home again? To the memories, the family dysfunction and of course the small townness? What do you think? Keely Harper was actually very happy that some people took off and left the small town she was raised in. She might not have been born here but her roots were here now and leaving wasn’t an option so when her former boyfriend came back to town she wasn’t really sure how to handle that craziness. Nate Ramsey didn’t go home, not really. His family was kind of a mess and he had no Can you ever go home again? To the memories, the family dysfunction and of course the small townness? What do you think? Keely Harper was actually very happy that some people took off and left the small town she was raised in. She might not have been born here but her roots were here now and leaving wasn’t an option so when her former boyfriend came back to town she wasn’t really sure how to handle that craziness. Nate Ramsey didn’t go home, not really. His family was kind of a mess and he had no reason to go back to a place that held so many memories and the lady who put them there. However he couldn’t say no to his Grandpa. He was going home to help him, but when helping him puts him in direct dealings with the woman he had been in love with? Well he wasn’t really sure what he was going to do. Keely and Nate had a lot of history and to be honest it wasn’t all good, but it was real and it was hot. Even five years later they hadn’t cooled down. However was that enough? Had they grown up to find each other or to find out there was no each other? Ms. Rock has written and interesting book two in this growing series. The book can be read as a standalone though as I had no idea it was a series until the end. There is a HEA for the main folks and we are left waiting for the next book to see what happens to the rest. I’m a big fan of Ms. Rock’s style of writing but this one focused more on the characters without delving too terribly deep. It is a fairly straight forward plot throughout and only one “minor” twist towards the end. If you are a fan of most of the Tule works you will enjoy this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Copeland

    Game On by JoAnne Rock is a fantastic read! This is the 2nd book in her new series The Texas Playmakers. I have read numerous book books by this author and she doesn’t disappoint with this book! I couldn’t put my kindle down until I finished reading this book. I will definitely be going back to read the 1st book in this series. Game On explores the second chance romance between Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper. The pair shares a history because they were dating in high school and college. Nate has co Game On by JoAnne Rock is a fantastic read! This is the 2nd book in her new series The Texas Playmakers. I have read numerous book books by this author and she doesn’t disappoint with this book! I couldn’t put my kindle down until I finished reading this book. I will definitely be going back to read the 1st book in this series. Game On explores the second chance romance between Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper. The pair shares a history because they were dating in high school and college. Nate has come home to Last Stand, Texas to heal after he has surgery after getting injured playing professional baseball. Keely owns a wildflower business and she has been responsible for helping to raise her little sister and taking care of her alcoholic father and grandfather. Her mother ran off and Keely is afraid of getting hurt. The pair meets again for the first time when Nate’s grandfather wanted him to talk to Keely about growing wildflowers on his land. The chemistry is still there between the pair of former lovers. Keely and Nate both feel the love that was between them when they were younger. Will Keely and Nate give in to their old and new feelings? Will Nate continue to play ball? Will Keely and Nate finally get their happy ever after? You will have to read Game On by JoAnne Rock to find out! Game On has plenty of romance for the avid romance reader. Game On is beautifully written and so engaging. I couldn’t pull myself away from the book! Make sure to One-Click your copy of Game On by JoAnne Rock today! You are in for a treat! Trust me you will enjoy Game On!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    Game On is the second novel in the Texas Playmakers series by Joanne Rock. Much like the first novel, The Perfect Catch (read my review here), Game On is a pleasant-enough novel with pleasant-enough characters although Keely Harper's controlling-martyr attitude got old really fast. Despite being called a sports novel, again like the preceding novel, baseball is just a background thing. Nate Ramsey, the likable middle son, is on the injured list and back home where he rekindles his romance with hi Game On is the second novel in the Texas Playmakers series by Joanne Rock. Much like the first novel, The Perfect Catch (read my review here), Game On is a pleasant-enough novel with pleasant-enough characters although Keely Harper's controlling-martyr attitude got old really fast. Despite being called a sports novel, again like the preceding novel, baseball is just a background thing. Nate Ramsey, the likable middle son, is on the injured list and back home where he rekindles his romance with high school sweetheart, Keely. This novel doesn't really do anything new. There's an alcoholic parent. There's a parent who abandoned her children (we don't meet her). There's an egotistical parent (Nate's dad). There's a simpering step-mother (so we're told although she comes off okay in the scene she's in). And there's the really nice, salt-of-the earth mother.  Nate and Keely didn't rock my world. I came away feeling as if I'd read a satisfactory novel (which is a step up from a lot of novels in my path recently) although completely average. If you read the first book in the series, you probably want to read this one. And, don't get me or this review wrong. If you're looking for some romantic escapism, this series could probably do it for you. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Wasden

    Nate Ramsey had finally realized his dream of playing baseball in the majors but after only 10 weeks, he suffered an injury and was out recuperating from surgery to his hand. He had left Last Stand, Texas five years earlier to seek his dream and now he was back. Keely Harper has broken it off with Nate Ramsey five years ago so that she wouldn't hold him back from realizing his dream of playing baseball in the major league. After her mother's abandonment when she was young and her father's alcoho Nate Ramsey had finally realized his dream of playing baseball in the majors but after only 10 weeks, he suffered an injury and was out recuperating from surgery to his hand. He had left Last Stand, Texas five years earlier to seek his dream and now he was back. Keely Harper has broken it off with Nate Ramsey five years ago so that she wouldn't hold him back from realizing his dream of playing baseball in the major league. After her mother's abandonment when she was young and her father's alcoholic binges, she took on the responsibility of shielding her young sister and taking care of her dad. What that meant was that she gave up her dreams and tried to make the best of things. When she learns of one more betrayal by her father, she is devastated but Nate comes to her rescue to try and reach a compromise that will protect her. The more she is with him, the more she wants what she once had but even a little time with Nate might be better than no more time at all. . . right? This was a sweet story and the second book that I have read about this Ramsey family in Last Stand, Texas. There are some intimate scenes that are a little more graphic than I enjoy but the story is sweet and wonderful. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    Game On is a cross between a second chance and a sports romance with emphasis on the second chance love story. I'm a sucker for second chances, but I would've liked to have seen a little more of the Great American Pastime, especially since it played such a big part in the relationship. The story is well-written and entertaining as Nate and Keely tiptoe around their attraction. It's a decent story and runs the usual formula for a second chance romance with the lead up to realizing what they want, Game On is a cross between a second chance and a sports romance with emphasis on the second chance love story. I'm a sucker for second chances, but I would've liked to have seen a little more of the Great American Pastime, especially since it played such a big part in the relationship. The story is well-written and entertaining as Nate and Keely tiptoe around their attraction. It's a decent story and runs the usual formula for a second chance romance with the lead up to realizing what they want, some fun and sexy get to know you again, the required angst, and the figuring it all out, and I did like the characters. Nevertheless, I wanted something more. It's a good story, but there is absolutely nothing to set it apart and make me remember it down the road. What I ended up with was an okay story in the fair to midland range. I liked it, but I didn't love it. It is the second book in a series, but I had no problem following this one as a standalone. I would say that those who have read the first book in the series and have developed an attachment to the characters would probably enjoy this one more than I did. For me, it's just shy of pushing me over that edge. I would probably check out the next book in the series, but this one hasn't left me with a burning need to watch for it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ga Books LoverX

    4 outta 5 stars for this book! It was my first one reading by Joanne Rock and it kept my attention as a light fairly fast read! Nate's dream was to play baseball in the Majors, it was the whole reason he left college early to be drafted and he finally reached his dream years later. That is until he was injured and decided to return home. This was difficult for him because not only did it hold memories of his family, but it help memories of HER. Keely loved Nate and wanted to go with him, but he s 4 outta 5 stars for this book! It was my first one reading by Joanne Rock and it kept my attention as a light fairly fast read! Nate's dream was to play baseball in the Majors, it was the whole reason he left college early to be drafted and he finally reached his dream years later. That is until he was injured and decided to return home. This was difficult for him because not only did it hold memories of his family, but it help memories of HER. Keely loved Nate and wanted to go with him, but he switched up the play and deviated from it ultimately resulting in her growing up. I loved how dedicated she was, to the point of being self detrimental to herself, but for her loved ones she would do everything she could for it. With Nate at home will he be able to see if there is still a flame burning between him and Keely? This is second chance at its best with a long slow burn of will they/won't though with a few side characters thrown in. All in all, if you are looking for a fairly easy read that has second chance angst and some interesting situations, I recommend checking this book out. It was fairly fast and I liked how things progressed with the main characters. PS: Thank you to Give Me Books PR and Joanne Rock for allowing me an ARC of this book to read and review honestly!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    This is my first read by Joanne Rock and I’m surprised that she hasn’t crossed my radar before now and I will certainly be checking out other works by her. Game On is book 2 in the Texas Playmakers and I had no problem getting involved in this romance even though I haven’t read the first book in the series. This book has a lot going for it, second chance romance, sports romance and small town romance all play a factor in this love story so I’m sure Nate and Keely’s story will appeal to a very wi This is my first read by Joanne Rock and I’m surprised that she hasn’t crossed my radar before now and I will certainly be checking out other works by her. Game On is book 2 in the Texas Playmakers and I had no problem getting involved in this romance even though I haven’t read the first book in the series. This book has a lot going for it, second chance romance, sports romance and small town romance all play a factor in this love story so I’m sure Nate and Keely’s story will appeal to a very wide audience. Nate and Keely are both afraid that history will repeat itself and they will find themselves once again walking away from each other. Will Keely let Nate back into her heart when he walked away so easily last time and will Nate open up his heart once again to the woman who broke it once before. This couple have a lot of emotional hurdles to jump before they can really admit the true love they feel for each other and I really enjoyed joining their journey as they got to know each other all over again. This book is a great romance with great characters including a very meddling grandfather who seems to be the only one who see’s the love this couple are trying to hide. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sunny Shelly Reads

    3.5 Stars Game On is the first book I've read by Joanne Rock, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an enjoyable, albeit rather predictable, second chance/sports romance. Nate left Keely behind years ago when he was drafted to play major league baseball, and he's now back home in their small town to recover from an injury. His ex girlfriend has taken over her family business, and it's causing lots of problems for his family's farm. When Nate is forced to confront Keely about her business 3.5 Stars Game On is the first book I've read by Joanne Rock, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was an enjoyable, albeit rather predictable, second chance/sports romance. Nate left Keely behind years ago when he was drafted to play major league baseball, and he's now back home in their small town to recover from an injury. His ex girlfriend has taken over her family business, and it's causing lots of problems for his family's farm. When Nate is forced to confront Keely about her business matters, it brings up lots of old memories and truths and things that have gone unsaid for far too long. With lots of time on his hands, Nate sets out to win back the one that got away, but is there too much hurt between them for Keely to forgive him? This was an okay read. It's part of a series but reads fine as a standalone. I had some trouble connecting with the characters, and found Keely to be irritating at times. I liked Nate as a character much more. This book has a lot of potential, but I just wanted something more out of it. I found myself more interested in the secondary characters Ty (his teammate) and Alexia (her sister). I'll definitely be checking out their story, coming next! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    We are back in Last Stand, TX and this time Nate Ramsay gets his story. Nate comes from a family of baseball players and finally gets a chance to play in the major league but an injury sidelines him and he goes back home to Last Stand to recover. But his return stirs feelings for the girl he left behind five years ago when she chose not to follow him. Keely Harper is finally getting some stability in her life after spending most of it taking care of her younger sister, dealing with an alcoholic fa We are back in Last Stand, TX and this time Nate Ramsay gets his story. Nate comes from a family of baseball players and finally gets a chance to play in the major league but an injury sidelines him and he goes back home to Last Stand to recover. But his return stirs feelings for the girl he left behind five years ago when she chose not to follow him. Keely Harper is finally getting some stability in her life after spending most of it taking care of her younger sister, dealing with an alcoholic father as well as a struggling business in order to feed and care for everyone. The story is filled with family drama on both sides, the unknown future of Nate’s career and whether or nor Keely is ready to let go and find time to do something for herself. Feelings and fear of abandonment run deep. Though at times a little slow, it was an entertaining story . The main characters as well as the secondary ones kept the story interesting. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley and Tule Publishing . The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Athena Mae Rupas

    I really enjoyed this book. It's my first book by the author Joanne Rock. After reading this one, I will definitely be checking out her other books. This is book number two in the Texas Playmakers series. In this book, Nate Ramsay gets his story told. From a family of baseball players, Nate gets sidelined by an injury after getting a chance to play in the major leagues. He heads back home to Last Stand, TX to recover. Once there he runs into the girl he left behind five years ago to play basebal I really enjoyed this book. It's my first book by the author Joanne Rock. After reading this one, I will definitely be checking out her other books. This is book number two in the Texas Playmakers series. In this book, Nate Ramsay gets his story told. From a family of baseball players, Nate gets sidelined by an injury after getting a chance to play in the major leagues. He heads back home to Last Stand, TX to recover. Once there he runs into the girl he left behind five years ago to play baseball. Keely Harper has been through a lot. She's spent most of her life taking care of her younger sister while dealing with an alcoholic father. She's also trying to run a struggling business in order to care for everyone. Doubts, feelings of abandonment and family drama runs deep. She needs to gain trust in Nate and also allow herself to do something big for herself. Like a second chance at love. This was a sweet story with great characters and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend. "I received an advanced copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Brooks

    Game On is book two in Joanne Rock's Texas Playmakers series and revolves around a family of sons following in their father's footsteps of pro baseball dreams and careers. Family drama and the game's ups and downs have them each returning home individually to confront the past and find their future. Game On is a reunited love story between said baseball player and his former high school sweetheart turned flower grower. Nate Ramsey was quick to grab my attention because he was heading home to the Game On is book two in Joanne Rock's Texas Playmakers series and revolves around a family of sons following in their father's footsteps of pro baseball dreams and careers. Family drama and the game's ups and downs have them each returning home individually to confront the past and find their future. Game On is a reunited love story between said baseball player and his former high school sweetheart turned flower grower. Nate Ramsey was quick to grab my attention because he was heading home to the same family that we got to know in book one of the series. He's injured and planning a recovery while checking in at home, but he doesn't expect his grandfather to send him to see his lost love as soon as he hits town. Keely Harper is a complex character. She holds the weight of the world on her shoulders and forsakes her own happiness more often than not in hopes of keeping her family under the radar and functioning. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a small town romance with a hint of sports and a whole lot of warm memories and family centered story line. I'm enjoying the series and looking forward to the next brother's story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This was an entertaining & emotional story regarding two childhood sweethearts that broke up & have found each other years later. Nate was drafted by a baseball team & left to start in the path to his career. Keely couldn’t leave Last Stand at that time. She felt she needed to stay & protect her sister until she was in college. Now Nate is on the injured list & is back in Last Stand to recuperate. Keely has established her own business & is taking care of her alcoholic father. They are drawn to This was an entertaining & emotional story regarding two childhood sweethearts that broke up & have found each other years later. Nate was drafted by a baseball team & left to start in the path to his career. Keely couldn’t leave Last Stand at that time. She felt she needed to stay & protect her sister until she was in college. Now Nate is on the injured list & is back in Last Stand to recuperate. Keely has established her own business & is taking care of her alcoholic father. They are drawn to each other again & again. Can they get it right this time? I enjoyed following Nate & Keely down the path they have to follow. There were bumps & detours but they were mature enough to work through them this time instead of running away. One thing they couldn’t do earlier was see the other persons side. Keely comes across as an enabler at the beginning but I really feel she was doing the best she could. I enjoyed getting to know the supporting characters. They’ve added depth & emotion to the story. I can’t wait until Ty & Alexis’s story!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Game On by Joanne Rock is a sports contemporary romance that tugs at the heart and pulls in the reader. Nate is a middle son who feels he has nothing cool to contribute to the world. His bit of fame as a top notch baseball player, gave him something. But now, with an injury, Nate comes back home to help his grandpa and heal. His first task home, is to help his ex-girlfriend realize that she's planting on his grandpa's farm. Only Keely doesn't know that bit of farmland no longer is owned by her f Game On by Joanne Rock is a sports contemporary romance that tugs at the heart and pulls in the reader. Nate is a middle son who feels he has nothing cool to contribute to the world. His bit of fame as a top notch baseball player, gave him something. But now, with an injury, Nate comes back home to help his grandpa and heal. His first task home, is to help his ex-girlfriend realize that she's planting on his grandpa's farm. Only Keely doesn't know that bit of farmland no longer is owned by her family. Keely gave up her love, Nate, so that he can pursue his dream career. Baseball league. Both of them had their hearts broken. Keely doesn't regret letting Nate go. However, deep inside, she still loves him with all of her heart. Betrayal, second chances, and a hot steamy romance bubbles up and over in this sweet read. I could not get enough of the story nor its characters. Joanne Rock has once again created a beautiful heartfelt romance. I recommend all readers to give it a try. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Reading Addict

    Game On is a good, solid, second chance, sports romance. Nate Ramsey is a professional ball player that has been injured and is currently sidelined. He decides to go home to finish his recuperation. He hasn't been back home to Texas much in the 5 years since he left it and his childhood sweetheart. Keely Harper stayed behind even though she loved Nate. She felt that she had obligations at home and when his opportunity to turn pro happened during his last year of college she chose not to go with Game On is a good, solid, second chance, sports romance. Nate Ramsey is a professional ball player that has been injured and is currently sidelined. He decides to go home to finish his recuperation. He hasn't been back home to Texas much in the 5 years since he left it and his childhood sweetheart. Keely Harper stayed behind even though she loved Nate. She felt that she had obligations at home and when his opportunity to turn pro happened during his last year of college she chose not to go with him. 5 years has given them both time and perspective to realize what is most important and hopefully get things right. This was a very sweet story. The characters are all so likeable but especially Nate's mother. I really hope to read a story about this amazing woman one day! Even though Game On is the second book in the series, it stands on its own. It is a quick, sweet with a hint of steam story that can easily be read in one day at the beach.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Jones

    Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction book blog. I am a big, big fan of sports romance novels and I try to read as many as I can get my hands on. What I love about this genre is the on field action as well as the romantic part of the story. Game on is light on the sports side, thus the reason why I only gave the book 4 stars. Otherwise, I thought this was a wonderfully written second chance at love story. Nate and Keely were a great couple. I enjoyed the slow burn to this story - the whole wil Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction book blog. I am a big, big fan of sports romance novels and I try to read as many as I can get my hands on. What I love about this genre is the on field action as well as the romantic part of the story. Game on is light on the sports side, thus the reason why I only gave the book 4 stars. Otherwise, I thought this was a wonderfully written second chance at love story. Nate and Keely were a great couple. I enjoyed the slow burn to this story - the whole will they or won't they - I thought Joanne wrote this extremely well. It had me invested in the story straight away and right up to the very end. There are also some great secondary characters that really add to the book as well. There are one or two characters that I thought almost stole the show they are that fantastic. Even though this is book two - it definitely reads as a standalone, but I am eager to get my hands on book one now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Nate and Keely had loved each other since they were teenagers and had plans to spend their future together until their lives took them in different directions. Nate was given the opportunity to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball however Keely stayed to help her family. She didn’t want to stand in his way so they were both hurt in the process. Five years later he is back in his hometown to recover from an injury. The business she has created to support her family is at cross purpose Nate and Keely had loved each other since they were teenagers and had plans to spend their future together until their lives took them in different directions. Nate was given the opportunity to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball however Keely stayed to help her family. She didn’t want to stand in his way so they were both hurt in the process. Five years later he is back in his hometown to recover from an injury. The business she has created to support her family is at cross purposes with his family farm which brings their worlds crashing together once more. The chemistry and connection between them is stronger than ever but is it enough to not only overcome the past but the different directions of their futures as well? This is a sweet and sexy story about the choices that we make with the best of intentions and the fallout that occurs because of them. Nate and Keely have always belonged together and it is finally their time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel - Read with Rach

    Game On is the second book in Joanne Rock's Texas Playmakers series. Like the first book in the series, Game On features a baseball playing Ramsey brother. Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts who broke up when Nate was drafted. Nate is back in Last Stand, Texas after an injury put him on the IR. Even after five years have past, Nate and Keely still have chemistry. Joanne Rock does a great job of conveying this on the page. I found their relationship to be believable and I li Game On is the second book in Joanne Rock's Texas Playmakers series. Like the first book in the series, Game On features a baseball playing Ramsey brother. Nate Ramsey and Keely Harper were high school sweethearts who broke up when Nate was drafted. Nate is back in Last Stand, Texas after an injury put him on the IR. Even after five years have past, Nate and Keely still have chemistry. Joanne Rock does a great job of conveying this on the page. I found their relationship to be believable and I liked that they tried to work through their issues and get answers before diving into their second chance. My only issue is that the story was very short and the ending seemed too quick. Overall it was a good, quick read. If you are looking for a cute, quick read then definitely pick up Game On. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Ramirez

    I Simply Love Last Stand, Texas it is quickly becoming my second favorite fictional town. I adore cowboys and if I am not In Marietta I want to be in Last Stand. In this book, which is the second book in the Texas Playmakers series we get to know Nate Ramsey. Nate, if you read the first book in the series, Is a professional baseball player, based in Texas. Well he is home to recover on the IR or Injured Reserved. While he is home he come looking for Keely Harper he one and only love. High School I Simply Love Last Stand, Texas it is quickly becoming my second favorite fictional town. I adore cowboys and if I am not In Marietta I want to be in Last Stand. In this book, which is the second book in the Texas Playmakers series we get to know Nate Ramsey. Nate, if you read the first book in the series, Is a professional baseball player, based in Texas. Well he is home to recover on the IR or Injured Reserved. While he is home he come looking for Keely Harper he one and only love. High School sweethearts that life (her drunk father) got in the way. This book is so true to life in so many ways and our author tells a love story that has me rooting for them and wanting to reach thru the pages to strangle some old men's necks. I can not wait for the next book in this series! it looks to be every bit as good as this book if not better.

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