Review: The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson (Something New #3)


Note: This ARC was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Gracie Roberts isn’t sure what it is exactly about James Donovan that irks her incessantly but the fact is, she can’t stand the guy and it appears that the feeling is quite mutual. Their families and friends constantly ask them to try and get along, but that’s way easier said than done. They just happen to be two very different people who are not meant to be around each other. But then something happens to make them see each other in a whole new light and soon, the free-spirited home baker and the straight-laced professor are experiencing a tension that has them stealing glances and offering propositions. When they decide to do act on their urges, will they be able to convince themselves to stop waiting for the expiration date on a relationship meant for a lifetime?

The Name of the Game is the third and latest novel in the Something New series penned by author Jennifer Dawson and features James Donovan, forensic anthropologist and college professor, and Gracie Roberts, talented baker with a home-based business. These two have some moments where they appear to be ready to bite each other’s heads off, but when they realization that they’re attracted to each other comes along, they’re suddenly hesitant and almost bashful in one another’s presence. I loved that James wasn’t the buttoned-up and stiff professor that Gracie had pegged him to be. They both have back stories that make it easy to empathize with either one of them, and has you rooting for them as they face the ups and downs of their surprise of a relationship.

I know the fourth book in the series will be about the only remaining single Donovan sibling, Evan, and Penelope Watkins, best friend to Maddie Donovan. I’m hoping that Gracie’s brother, Sam, will get his story told, especially after that reaction he had toward meeting Harmony Jones, Gracie’s new baking assistant. Plus, there’s also Charlie Radcliff who needs a happily-ever-after. Simply put, I hope the series continues even after the Donovan siblings get their stories told. I’m a believer in you can never have enough of a good thing, and that’s what the Something New series is because it just keeps getting better with each new addition. The Name of the Game had elements of romance, humor, and lighthearted drama that made this a 4.5-starred read that I truly enjoyed.

Release Date: 29 September 2015

Date Read: 23 September 2015

Learn more about Jennifer Dawson here.

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