Wednesday 23 March 2016

Release Day Blitz, Excerpt,Review & Giveaway ~ Game Player (Game #1) by BJ Harvey

Title: Game Player 
Series: Game #1
Author: BJ Harvey 
Genre: Romantic Comedy with heat
Release Date: March 23, 2016

Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs

Book Description:

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes a new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match.

Matt Taylor’s motto:

“I’m the king of the cut ‘n’ run. I wine them, dine them, then slide inside them, making sure I get up, get dressed and get out before they can even utter the words “second date.”

Mia Roberts’ motto:

“I’m queen of the chase. I meet them, greet them, date them and leave them. A social butterfly, I’m happily single and happy to stay that way.”

The players have been found.

The challenge has been set.

Whatever happens, they’ll soon find out that playing the game can get you played in the best possible way.

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What Others Are Saying:

“B.J. Harvey delivers a witty, humorous romance with a dose of angst just to give it that edge.” - Goodreads Reviewer

“Highly recommended - another incredible read for BJ Harvey!” - The Closet Book Junkie

“BJ Harvey is at her best with these characters, as much beloved now as they were in her first book.” - Goodreads Reviewer


“Have you ever measured it?” I ask with a grin, as his eyes grow wide.

“No,” he replies with an awkward laugh, totally giving himself away. “Why would I? It does the job,” he says, sounding defensive.

“Well it certainly doesn’t stop short, does it?”

He rolls me onto my back and hovers over me. “It always rises to the challenge.”

I wrap my arms around his shoulders and glide my fingers through his hair. “It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.”

“I’m inches above the rest.”

“There’s stiff competition,” I add, lifting my hips to deepen the friction.

“There’s no contest, Legs. I’m the biggest you’ll ever have.”

“Will I, though? Should I have it . . . again?” I whisper.

“It would be poor form to leave me in such a state, Legs.”

“It would, wouldn’t it?” I muse. “I must stay strong, rigid even . . .”

“I think that’s my job. Besides, it might be bad for my health to stay in this state.” He lowers his forehead to mine, his eyes boring into me with such carnal heat, it’s a wonder I don’t spontaneously combust.

“Blue bean is just as real as blue balls, you know. I read about it in Cosmo.”

He chuckles, his shaking body sending delicious vibrations throughout my body. “We can’t have that now, can we?”His lips brush over mine, so soft and gentle. My body flushes in anticipation of what I hope will be amazing sex with a very sexy—and talented—guy. “I believe it’s time I proved my worth.”

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“You want this to be wrong but to me, it’s always been right.”

BJ Harvey never fails to make me laugh and smile when reading one of her books and Game Player was no different, with fantastic dialogue BJ Harvey really nailed her character’s sense of humour and made these characters come to life. This is one of the things I adore when reading, characters you can really relate to, characters you want to be friends with and most importantly by the end you actually believe you are.

For those that have read the “Bliss Series” Matt is Noah’s brother, Noah was affectionately known as “The Walking Dildo” and as Matt is younger his affectionate title is “Mini Walking Dildo.” If the names are anything to go by you know you are going to have a giggle. However, if you have not read The Bliss series…don’t panic, you don’t need to have read them, but I would recommend them as they are highly entertaining.

Game Player is Matt and Mia’s story…are you ready to be confused? So we have Matt…Matt is Mia’s brother-in-law’s brother…and we have Mia who is Matt’s sister-in-law’s sister…clear? Basically, their elder siblings married each other and did I say they were protective?

Matt has a reputation, hence the title, he is a man of meaningless hook ups and the women know what they are getting before he even goes there. He didn’t want attachments but his reputation precedes him and deep down, the man underneath the bravado was nothing like the cocky façade he had put firmly in place. Matt was a man wanting recognition and respect from his father, a man who wanted to find “the one,” a man who had actually grown up and yet no-one else could see it. Nobody saw the real “Matt,” he just wanted to be taken seriously.

“Au contraire, little-dicked one, married life means I never wake up alone and therefore never have to take my one-eyed trouser snake in hand unless my wife is begging to watch me do it.”

Mia is the female version of Matt, another one that cannot settle down, doesn’t want to settle down. Mia was sassy, she’s got quick wit and can cut anyone down to size with a well-timed barb and she was as stubborn as a mule. I must admit, I found it hard in the beginning to really relate to her but as the story evolved and back stories are told I came to understand her.

“It’s just that I don’t want to be in a relationship. I’m all about the date and not about the mate.”

So…we have two players…and herein lies the biggest issue…never trust a player. With two people that were content on playing the field when it comes to finally getting serious there was always going to be trust issues, security issues…am I being played issues. Matt knew what he wanted and he knew he had found “the one” with Mia, but Mia needed a lot more convincing.

“The ball’s in your court now, and it has to be you that makes the next play because I’m all out of moves.”

The chemistry between Matt and Mia will seriously melt your kindles and set your pages on fire. One thing that BJ Harvey writes extremely well are intense, hot, steamy bedroom scenes and this book does not disappoint. Their attraction to one another crackled off the pages but the reticence and hesitance from Mia wanted you to slap her a few times and beg her to see the genuineness behind Matt’s actions and words.

The more I read the more I fell in love with Matt and that is testament to BJ Harvey’s writing because she really captured Matt’s evolution from a horny player to a dedicated, serious adult. Through work and his relationship with Mia his change was dramatic but that man had always been there, he just needed to show it.

“…you know you want me. I know you want me. I just need you to give me a chance.”

I loved that we caught up with the whole Bliss crowd, while this is most definitely Matt and Mia’s story they all had their part to play. Another winner from BJ Harvey.

About the Author:

BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She also regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer and a funny romance thinker upper.

An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly but loving every minute of it.

She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and hails from what she considers as the best country in the world—New Zealand.

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