Friday, July 11, 2014

The Heart's Game by Crista McHugh
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What happens at Comic-Con, stays at Comic-Con…

Robotics engineer Jenny Nguyen has given up on finding Mr. Right. So when her brother and his husband approach her to act as surrogate for their child, she sees it as her only chance to have a child and accepts. One week after she initiates the process, however, she meets a man who gets her heart pumping for all the right reasons and gives into the temptation. When the test turns positive, she’s believes she can’t handle both the pregnancy and dating, but she underestimates how persistent a Daniel Kelly can be.

When surgeon and gamer-geek Dan meets a pretty woman dressed as a Sailor Scout at Comic-Con, a roll of his lucky 20-sided die tells him he should take a gamble on her. One night of passion leaves him longing for more, but Jenny’s refusal to return his calls afterward leaves him wondering if the attraction was one-sided. An accidental discovery of her pregnancy has him convinced the baby is his, and he’ll stop at nothing to win her heart.

Jenny is giving her brother and his husband a selfless gift that will change her life forever. A part of her needed a wild night to make her feel like herself before these changes overtook her life and since "What happens at Comic-Com stays at Comic-Con", what better place to go a little wild. She never expects to see Dan again after their one night, but when she does that one night turns into many more...

This story was a match made in heaven for my inner-geek. The family dynamic that is closely integrated into this story made it more appealing and I found myself wanting to know more about Dan's family (particularly... ALL of his brothers). I did have to look up a few comic references to understand a few of the conversations, but I am a knowledge seeker, most normal people would have read on, as it doesn't take away from the story.  I loved the glimpse at the Vietnamese culture and found myself giggling at the matchmaking efforts of Jenny's mother.

The Heart's Game is Book #4 in author Christa McHugh's Kelly Brothers series. I didn't realize this was a series until after I finished this book and went to look at what other books were available by this author. I think that this fact makes a strong case for the fact that this is a stand alone book that can be enjoyed without already having read the other books in this series. This story was an emotion filled ride that had me laughing, holding my breath and maybe even a little tearful (but in a good way at times). I gave it four stars and can't wait to read about more of the Kelly brothers!

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Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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  1. Now that I have the first 4 books in this series I'm planning to start reading them later today, so no favorite one yet. :)

    Marcy Shuler

  2. So hard to choose between them, but I'm going with Adam from The Sweetest Seduction!