‘The Perfect Game’ By: J. Sterling
“I knew she wasn’t like other girls the moment I saw the disgusted look on her face after I called her “Kitten.” Most girls would have creamed their pants if I called them that. But not Cassie. She looked like she wanted to punch me in the jaw. And I’ve wanted to kiss her ever since.”
Kitten, he calls her kitten and she hates it. Jack Carter his hot and he knows it. A left-handed pitching sensation with black hair, chocolate brown eyes and a dimpled grin, he can have any girl he wants without even trying, except Cassie. He has to work for her. She challenges him to “prove it”; that his words aren’t empty promises and boy does he ever. Quarters—swoon.
“But no one knew what it was like to be me. I’d finally met a girl who didn’t try to impress me. She didn’t care about what I did as an athlete; she cared about what I did as a person. I was jumping into this thing with both feet. Holding on to Cassie with both arms.”
After being abandoned by both parents, Jack refused to let people get too close, fearing they’d leave. He didn’t do relationships or fall in love. Until Cassie, he was content with casual love ‘em and leave ‘em; don’t sleep with the same girl twice flings. But Cassie makes him want to be a better person; he wants something real and long- term with her. Cassie got into his heart and he found for the first time ever, he welcomed and wasn’t afraid of love. But Jack is his own worst enemy; he believes it’s inevitable that he’ll screw up and his lack of faith in himself results in Cassie waiting for it to happen.
“I’ll admit I was scared. We’d crossed the line and my heart would never be the same, no matter what happened from here on out. But if I wanted him to believe in us, I had to believe in him.”
Cassie was disappointed far too many times by empty promises from her father so she learned to rely on actions over words. As a result, she follows her four rules for dating to keep from getting her heart broken. She never let herself get close enough to anyone to fall in love. But when she finally agrees to a date with the infamous Jack Carter, she finds herself opening up to him and falling hard. Cassie is very likable and easy to relate to in this book. She did overreact to a situation but I forgave her because she learned from it and matured. She doesn’t put her life on hold for Jack which, I loved; she knew if she gave up her dreams for Jack she would end up resenting him. Jack enriches her life, he does not consume it—a great message to all girls out there.
I really loved this book. There were a few things that made me think, “huh?” but given the characters’ pasts; it totally made sense and worked. I loved the supporting characters (Jack’s brother Dean and Cassie’s BFF Melissa). They were often the voice of reason and I loved how they didn’t shy away from calling Jack and Cassie out when they screwed up because that’s how real friends are with each other. This is a nice, easy read about finding the one you love, losing them and doing whatever it takes to get them back without compromising their integrity. Love isn’t perfect, sometimes it downright sucks but when you love someone enough to work through the lows, the highs are more meaningful.
Would I read this book again? YES!
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“You’re my game changer, you know that?” “Game changer?” I shook my head, unsure of his meaning. “The one girl who changes everything. The one you’d give it all up for.”
Want more Jack and Cassie? Their story continues on June 25, 2013 in ‘The Game Changer‘. Currently $3.99 on Amazon. Find it here