***Blog Tour – Inside Game by Collette West – New York Kings #5 – 4 Stars***

***Blog Tour***
Inside Game by Collette West
New York Kings #5


Tour: Inside Game by Collette West


Third baseman Drake Schultz is the undisputed bad boy of the New York Kings. So it’s no surprise when Major League Baseball suspends him for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Furious with their superstar, the front office issues an ultimatum: either work with their sober companion or kiss the rest of his quarter-billion-dollar contract goodbye. Cocky and arrogant, Drake resists being saddled with a live-in babysitter—even one he’s insanely attracted to.

Drake is Eva Sloane’s first celebrity client as a substance abuse counselor, and she knows she’s in trouble when he starts tempting her at every turn. The way he looks at her is as hot as sin, but she refuses to become his new drug of choice. Slowly, she helps him realize he has to face the demons from his past and heal his tortured spirit before he can even think about satisfying any craving he has for her.



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Review 4 Stars

Inside Game is book #5 in the New York Kings Series, I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.

I love this series and I’ve always said how much I loved Drake even when he is being a massive asshole. So I genuinely worried how he would be portrayed in his book, would he be brought to his knees by a woman? Well honestly I hoped not!!

I’m pleased to report that this book doesn’t deal with Drake in the way that you would expect at all. This isn’t a battle of the wills romance; it’s a story about undoubting support and loyalty.

All of the previous books in this series have been about the game, it’s always been in the background but almost as important as the story that was playing out in the forefront. Inside Game doesn’t do that, this book honestly isn’t about the Baseball it delves much deeper than that and personally I think it’s the best book in the series so far.

Drake is a complex mixture of lies and illusions. He is an enigma at the start and a slightly more understandable enigma at the end of the book.

I adore him issues and all!! I really enjoyed getting a closer look into what created Drake and there were some seriously unexpected revelations that were brilliant!!!

There is a more serious undertone to this story and Drakes drug addiction and Eva’s counselling were amazingly not overshadowed by their budding attraction. This book basically takes Drake through the twelve step program and it was a very interesting although obviously simplified version of it.

Eva definitely plays an important role in Drakes recovery but for me this book was the Drake show and Eva was just a very sweet, well-meaning accessory.

My only criticism of this book was the kumbaya moment with Drake and his team mates; although it was a scene that needed to be done I just hated it!!! I just thought it was a little too cliché for my tastes.

I really enjoyed this book and devoured it, I’ve no idea which King will be next but I’m really looking forward to finding out.

Inside Game gets 4 stars from me.


About Collette West

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

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