Game of Love
(Love in Bloom Book 10: The Remingtons Book 1)
Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the twenty-five years she’s been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier she came to Dex seeking comfort, and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.
Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the U.S. He’s handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he’s not sure he’ll ever find a reason to feel again.
A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run—and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge or are they destined to be apart forever?
“I remember almost every day we’ve ever spent together.”
This is the first book I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. This is the first in The Remington’s series but it is a spin-off of another longer series. It’s like number ten or something I think. After reading this one I think I just might go back and read the rest of her books. Dex and Ellie have grown-up together as friends. Dex has always loved Ellie and Ellie has always loved Dex. Lives and issues keep getting in their way. Can love really heal?
Ellie Parker spent her whole life in the system. She bounced around foster care homes and landed as Dex’s neighbor. She snuck into his window one night and from then on they have been best friends. Ellie has a world of issues. She was stuck in all kinds of bad situations with her foster homes and now has a whole lot of trust issues. She tries to get everything done herself because trusting anyone else never works for her.
Ellie kind of bothered me through this book. She eventually grew on me but it took a little while. I get she had a hard life and that makes It hard for her trust but eventually it was just too much. She had epiphanies but none of them really stuck until the end. But like I said she grew on me. She never meant to hurt Dex she was just doing what any leading man in any other book would have done and tried to save him from herself. She becomes stronger towards the end of the book and really works on her issues and tries to become the person, not only the person Dex deserves, but also the person she deserves to be as well.
“He smelled familiar. Safe. Masculine. He smelled of the only love she’d ever known.”
Dex Remington is a self-made millionaire. He developed his first game at the age of 18 and now he runs his own video game production company. He has always loved tinkering with computer parts and playing video games. The only thing that he has ever loved more than that was Ellie. She broke his heart twice and now he has closed his heart to love. He still and has always loved Ellie Parker but he wishes he could just forget her. Nothing has ever come of letting Ellie past his walls but he can’t help but do it again when she comes back into his life.
I loved Dex. He was sweet and caring no matter how hard Ellie was to deal with. Dex tries to help Ellie anyway he can, with everything he can. When he finally realizes nothing is changing like he thinks it is he tries to help Ellie break through some of her past. He also realizes that he has to give Ellie some type of break. He needed to be patient with her while also trying to work through her problems. And he does just that. Some of his personality (the gaming) is funny to me because I am married to my own gamer so I know how Ellie feels when she sits and watches him play.
“It was the intensity in which Dex played that intrigued her. He didn’t just play the games; he seemed to live them. She used to love the way his muscles tensed and his eyes lit up when he played. And listening to his voice as he’d narrate while he played, explaining the storyline, or his hooting and hollering when he did something amazing in the game, had always soothed her, made her feel like she was part of his world.”
This book was a different take on the same jilted love story. This time it was the man who had been hurt more than once by the same person and couldn’t seem to get over them. The woman needed to get over her demons and accept the love she deserves. The story was enjoyable. There were some problems but I would, and am going to continue to read this series.
“She shook her head. “It’s true. You’re all I’ve always wanted.”
Buy Link: Amazon
Buy Link: Amazon