Thursday 16 April 2015

Review - Intercepted by Emma Hart

Title: Intercepted
Series: By His Game #3
Author: Emma Hart 
Release Date: April 11, 2015 

Four people. Four goals. Four endings. 

In the third and final book of the USA Today bestselling By His Game series, the rules of the game no one knew they’d have to play are blurring, and when the past becomes the opposing team, hearts aren’t the only thing at stake of being lost… 

Finding naked pictures of her best friend on her boyfriend’s phone wasn’t in Everleigh White’s five year plan. Neither was moving back to Los Angeles, the city of dreams that never managed to make hers come true. There’s only so many years you can be in love with your best friend before you realize he’s never going to love you back, after all. If only her ex would stop showing up at the gym where she works, she’d be much happier. 

Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how Reid North, the Vipers’ wide receiver, imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Eventually. Now, with his ex on the verge of being released from prison, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son, Leo. Football and Leo have left Reid no time for dating… Until Everleigh comes back. 

His best friend his whole life, Everleigh never knew Reid loved her. She left before he could tell her. Now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go. Even if all he gets is her friendship again. But in a city like L.A., dreams come true when you’re least expecting it. 

So do nightmares. 

With their exes beating down their doors with demands and explanations, their hesitant and building relationship is threatened at every corner. They’re at serious risk of being intercepted by the past, and that’s a ball Reid is determined to catch. 

Except desperation can lead to stupidity—and Reid soon realizes he can’t catch every ball, no matter how perfectly it’s thrown to him. This time a fumble could cost more than a few points. 

It could cost him everything. 

(INTERCEPTED is the third and final book in the By His Game series and can be read as a standalone, although it is advised to read BLINDSIDED and SIDELINED before, in this order.) 

Favorite book alert!! Of the books in this series, the By His Game series, Intercepted has easily become my fave... Emma Hart, I FLOVE REID, can I have him? Pretty please, with a cherry on top?!?

Everleigh White and Reid North. Best friends for twenty years. Apart for four. In love with each other but neither aware of how the other feels....

With Ever back in LA after a stint in New York -- and no contact with Reid during those years -- is now their time to finally admit their feelings and come together? Or will Reid's soon-to-be-released ex and Ever's begging-for-forgiveness ex ruin everything?

Sigh. This was a fucking good book. Reid was...perfect. I mean, he's a single father and a football player. Does it get hotter? Oh wait, he dirty talks like a pro and backs it up in the bedroom, so yeah, it DOES get better...

Intercepted was an exceptionally well-written book. It had perfect amounts of everything. Tension. Angst. Sex. Humor. Sass. Friendship. Heartbreak. It flowed and moved and was just the right pace. Never overwhelming you with crazy antics or over-the-top shenanigans, but never dull.

Reid and Ever were sensational together. Ever was hands-down the best female character in this series. She was strong, kind and I got her. I loved how she was with Leo, I understood her concerns, and I ached for her. And Reid, well, I already covered him. He. Was. Divine.

This was the best possible ending to this series, except for the fact that I WANT MORE. I'm hoping there'll be a spin-off for Cole and Ryann; I feel like there's still more story to tell -- the photos from book one, Blindsided, for example, need to be wound up. However, for these three men, the By His Gameseries ended with a bang, on a high note and with this reviewer desperate to call Reid her own...

~ Review by Beth

Have you ever found yourself both anxiously looking forward to something and dreading it at the same time? That was me withIntercepted—really dying to read Reid and Ever’s story but dreading it knowing this is the final book in the series. Right now, I’m in a very happy and very sad place. Happy because I FLOVEDIntercepted—everything about it! And sad because I don’t want to say good-bye to these characters...

Everleigh “Ever” White and Reid North have been friends, best friends, since they were kids. Ever’s loved Reid since she was fourteen. But, due to their age gap, Reid never acted on his feelings for Ever. He’d planned to, but she disappeared without saying good-bye. Now five years later, she’s back.

Ever never planned to return to LA; she was a New York City girl until she found pictures of her boyfriend and best-friend in a compromising position. Now she’s back and doing her damnedest to avoid Reid because how much rejection can one girl take?

Reid can’t believe his eyes when he spots Ever in LA. And he quickly realizes he’s never stopped loving her—and this time he’s not letting her go, no matter how hard she fights! But Reid has to also think of his son, Leo, and how a relationship will affect him. Reid’s crazy ex-girlfriend is soon to be released from prison and will cause all kinds of unwanted, unneeded, unnecessary stress and problems for Reid. Is Reid willing to give up his own happiness to keep Leo protected or will he realize before it’s too late that Leo’s happiness depends upon Reid’s?

I can honestly say Intercepted is now one of my top five favorite books, and the best one in this series. Both Reid and Ever were perfect characters in my view. Ever, with her smart mouth, sense of humor, vulnerability, strength, and ability to forgive and move on, is an ideal heroine. Her interactions with Leo were moving and adorable. And with Reid, some serious heat was coming off the pages!

And Reid. Sigh. Who wouldn’t want a Reid in their life? He’s a great man—dedicated to Leo and his family, as well as to his football team. And now that Ever is back in his life, he’s finally happy. He makes lots of mistakes with his relationship with Ever, but damn if he doesn’t make up for it in the end.

I truly hate saying goodbye to these characters, especially after this fantastic read. I think Emma needs to give us more Cole and Ryann. And what about the future with Corey and Leah and Macy and Jack? Hint, hint.
~ Review by Missy

Since reading the first book in the By His Game series, I've wanted to know more about Reid North. There was just something about him that made me want his book right away! So when Intercepted appeared on my Kindle, I couldn't wait to start reading about him.

Reid and Ever were so great together. They started out as friends and after years of not seeing each other, they came back together as friends again and quickly became lovers. They just got each other from having had a connection for a long time.

I loved Leo! He was so cute and Reid was such a great father to him. He had to raise him by himself, with the help of his family, and he turned out to be a great kid. I really liked how Reid didn't just assume that Ever would automatically take a mom role to Leo. She was nervous about that and wanted to not rush their relationship.

I love this series so much because sports romances are one of my favorite genres. It was great to catch up with the rest of the gang also in this one! This series definitely didn't disappoint and I am sad that it is over. I do hope that we get a Ryann and Cole book though!

~ Review by Leah

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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