Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Posted June 27th, 2016 in book review / 17 comments

Review: The Game Plan by Kristen CallihanThe Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #3
Publisher: Self-Published on November 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 323
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars
Heat: three-half-flames

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

Game On

At A Glance

I like a good sports romance and The Game Plan fit the bill.

The Good

So I haven’t read the other books in the series but someone recommend this one and I had to try it first. I think I need to try the other books to really get an idea of this series though. The Game Plan was good, real good. I love a sports romances. Especially football. I’m a football fan. Go Packers! And I like the resurgence of beards. Guys today make beards hot. Plus, virgin hero. Yay. Something different and interesting.

Dex was all sorts of adorable and the whole gentle-giant thing was hot. It was nice to see a non bad boy with too much heart get the girl for a change. This boy’s soul is so pure and passionate. I would jump his emo bones in a hot minute. Fiona was super spunky and a little flighty, but it added to her charm. She’s a little lost in finding a direction in life but I enjoyed watching her find her true passion.

I liked these two together. They don’t seem like they would fit together but they just do. I am excited to try the other books in the series.

The Bad

The unneeded drama was pretty annoying. And the main conflict was dealing with a long distance relationship. Boring! The drama and conflict could have been better thought out and it needed to be more fluid, less forced.

Dex’s reason for being a virgin just didn’t feel right. Wasn’t buying it.

The Snuggly

The sex was super hot. Just the right amount and detailed enough to keep things interesting.

Final Thoughts

I am feeling the characters but not the drama. I wanted the progression of the conflict to feel natural but it didn’t. The characters kept me reading though. Recommended.


“And I don’t want anyone but you. It doesn’t matter if we’re a thousand miles apart or right next to each other, I will always want you. Because that’s how it is when you find your forever.”  

“Not necessary. Man-buns are hot. I blame Jason Momoa. There was only so much watching him bang Khaleesi the female population could take before they wanted their own Khal Drogo.”  

“It’s my turn to feed him,” Gray says without looking up. “So bottled breast milk it is. He hates it. I know, little dude,” he says to the baby. “I love Mommy’s boobs too, but she needs to sleep.”
From the far room, a muffled groan rings out. “Mother guilt has killed my sleep,” says Ivy’s disembodied voice. “And don’t discuss my boobs with my son, Cupcake.”  

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17 Responses to “Review: The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan”

  1. Braine

    I think I’ll stick to her fantasy romances for now. The “bad” in this might overpower the other good stuff goin on for it

  2. Lekeisha

    Don’t you just hate unnecessary drama in romance? Sylvia Day has made me not even want to pick up romance books that have drama in them. I’m scarred for life.

  3. Melliane

    I’m curious about the reason lol. I didn’t know about this one but it’s nice to see you didn’t have a problem by starting with book 3

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Ugh! Thanks or letting me know. I don’t know why the comments are closed on that post.

  4. Christy LoveOfBooks

    ” I would jump his emo bones in a hot minute.”

    Hahaha! Nice. I liked the first book and want to read the 2nd and this one. Too bad about the drama, though.

  5. Olivia Roach

    Sounds like a pretty decent read. It’s a bit of a shame about the unnecessary drama – would have been nice to just have had that cut out. But I like the sound of the gentle giant appeal going on throughout the novel.

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