Inside Game by Collette West
New York Kings #5
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.
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.