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The Waiting Game

(American Gypsy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Costello has been going out on the road with his best friend Jim Reilly since they were kids. They've pulled cons together, picked up dates together, and have always had each other's back. They're as close as brothers, and Tommy's sure their bond will never be broken.

That is, until Maggie Downey shows up. She's an enigma: smart, bold, and charmin
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 8th 2014
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Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was not a typical NA lightweight romance based on steamy sex. It was pretty much a flawlessly written unique & interesting story involving Travelers (Irish Gypsies) and their drama, heartache and love. Although 2nd in the series (3rd if you include the novella Short Game), this book is actually a prequel to the original book, The Long Game. I suppose you could read it as a stand alone, but I think reading the first book will give you a deeper picture and better understanding of the Tra ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

The Waiting Game is the second in the American Gypsy series (not including a novella in between). I read the first one in preparation for this read. I don't know if you necessarily have to read one before the other, but I believe it ties the story together. The Waiting Game is actually the prequel to The Long Game (book #1).
I actually liked this book more than the first. It was so interesting to see how the characters from book 1 were connect
Alisha B.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
Pretty good! Real review to come later
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

April 21, 2014
3.5 Pretty interesting stars

This is the prequel to The Long Game. I think I might of enjoyed reading this first. I have really enjoyed reading this series. The characters and background are so original and really very intriguing. The story sucks you in and gets your curiosity running on overtime.

I really love Maggie. She is a woman who doesn't put up with much. She
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I have never read a book by J.L. Fynn before, but I was really intrigued by the idea of a book series about gypsies. The Waiting Game is the second full length book in the American Gypsies series, but is a prequel to The Long Game so I didn't have any problems with understanding anything by not having read the previous stories. I have mixed feelings on this book, but I did enjoy parts of this story. I will say that this book is completely orig
Kat Nicholson
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read The Long Game (American Gypsy #1) and The Short Game (1.5) and then The Waiting Game all in about three days, so I hope I don't get them mixed up in the reviews.

The Waiting Game is a prequel to The Long Game. In the Waiting Game we meet the real Tommy Costello and find out what his relationship was/is to Jimmy and Shay from The Long Game. Tommy is an American Gypsy, or traveller, as they prefer to be called. He lives in a clan in Loui
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I read book one, 1.5, and this book over the course of two days because this series is so well written that It was very hard to put it down once I started. Even though I really want to know what happens next after the ending of book one and 1.5, I like that in this book you get the back story about Tommy, Jim, and Maggie that sheds huge light on the main story in this series.

This book takes place years before book one and begins before Jimmy and
Krystal Smith
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review - I was sent the first 3 books in this series...this being the 3rd. The series is about an Irish Clan living in the south. The different books have built up and connected the main characters and were each told from a different characters viewpoint.

The first book established the story of 2 brothers - Jimmy Boy and Shay - who lived with their mother, Maggie and ran cons together, the second was told from Jimmy Boy's viewpoint a
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Tommy and Jim are best friends. While out on the road, Jim's father calls him back to the village. A deal has been made and he is getting married to Maggie next week.

Tommy is hiding a big secret for Jim from Maggie and the rest of the village. And he's been hiding something from Jim too. But when Jim finds out, he's ok with it. Will this plan work to keep everyone happy? And when it's time to leave will Maggie go with?

I've enjoyed
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*

I've always wanted to read The Long Game and i thought signing up for an R&R for both The Waiting Game and The Short Game would be an excellent opportunity for that. At first i was confused and didn't know which one to read first even though i knew that The Long Game was out first but i took notice to some readers advice and read the Waiting Game first; Big Mistake!!! For all of you out there i think we should listen to the auth
Emma L
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think J.L. Fynn couldn't possible get me more attached to their exciting and unique characters I am proven wrong - over and over again. The story about Tommy and Maggie is one of the best love stories I think I've ever read. And let me tell you, as a hopeless romantic, I've read quite a few, and The Long Game, The Short Game and The Waiting Game all just improves in quality and I have fallen madly in love with every single part of the installment so far.
And I absolutely bawled my eye
Ashley P
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book isn't perfect. Let's start with that, but keep in mind that it was clearly written with love as you read it. And perhaps that's what made me love it.

It delved into characters who had only been passing moments in the previous novel and novella. It was rich with emotion, and it was oh so enjoyable.

It evoked several emotions in me as I was reading, from apprehension in the beginning, as it didn't quite grab me as the previous
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Once again, I found it easy to fall in love with the characters because JL Fynn creates such relatable and well-defined characters, despite the fact that they live a completely different lifestyle than your average person. It's hard not to love certain ones, and despise others. I am so glad that we got the real backstory in The Waiting felt so much better than the horrible story that we got from Pop Sheedy in The Long Game. This book showed the deep and complex relationship between Mag ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Let me start by saying that the premise and the plot are unique, and that's great. I've never read a book about Travelers (Gypsies) and I thought the idea of the book was great. I enjoyed Maggie and Tommy. I thought they were both sweet. I liked the fact that Maggie didn't ever completely conform to the gypsy way. I even liked Jim, even though he was a horrible husband. But he had his reasons and while I don't agree, I totally understand.

That being said, th
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Won novel courtesy of giveaway

I devoured this book in a matter of hours! I just couldn't put it down. It was captivating for a number of reasons. First, I had never heard of the Travelers or their lifestyle and I was/am intrigued. They are Gypsies who live together in Villages and are sent off on con jobs during warm weather. Now, I'm not sure if this is a researched group of people or a made-up group of people. The characters and their interactions within the group make me believe
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: Contains Spoilers. I read the short game before reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the first scenes in this book is where we find out that there are two friends that look out for each other and one of them, Jim, hasn't come out of the closet. Then we find out that Jim is set to be married to a woman named Maggie. I knew Maggie would end up with two kids based on the previous book I read, and I assumed it wo
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is, by far, my favorite of this series so far. It is actually a prequel to Shay and Jimmy Boys stories. This is about their Mam, Maggie, their father, Jimmy, and Tommy, who you find out a huge bomb about him in book 1. It is a bit of a love triangle story, but not in the way of most. I'd say more but I think that might give too much away.

This book made me cry. Alot! But the book is amazing. All the emotional roller coasters these three faced definitely hooked my attention through out the wh
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Waiting Game by J.L. Fynn is the second full length book in their American Gypsy series.

Alright ladies - get the tissues out for this one - it has some seriously intense tear-jerking moments. You have been warned. The sex scenes are more of a "behind closed doors" approach than a "full on descriptive" but the chemistry is still there.

A story so different from anything I've ever read before. The whole Gypsy angle in a modern setting is unique. Lifelong best friends, secret sexual orientation,
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r-challenge
I just love J.L.Finn writing style and her books.This one was such great read and I love it!I read her first two from "American Gypsy"series and this one was so far the best one.I'm so glad that I found out how Tommy and Maggie story begin and also to know Jim better.This book was huge help to understand whole series much better and can't wait for last book to finally found out what will be happened with Tommy and Maggie relationship,their kids,how will be ending relationship with Shay and Spenc ...more
Prathyusha W
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. So here it goes:

My actual rating of this book is 2.5. I was seriously debating whether the book was ok(2 stars) or if I liked it(3 stars). And I finally decided that it falls in between. Hence, the 2.5 stars. The Waiting Game is the story of two good friends Jim and Tommy who are 'Travellers' which basically means they belong to a community of people who make their living by conning people. This sounded like an inter
Megan Neel
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb about the book sounded really interesting and something I hadn't read before. I had a hard time following this book in the beginning. I felt the story jumped in time quite a bit at the beginning and I couldn't keep up. With that being said, once I got about 30% into the book that changed and I found the book a little more interesting.

I would have liked to have seen more interaction between the characters on the road and in
Gabic Reads
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author for honest review.

There were so many time skips. 3 weeks later. 5 months later. 2 years later. I couldn't keep up. Also, what kind of person allows his wife to cheat on him? And then decide to have a child with her after her lover leaves? The whole situation was weird. That plus the time jumps, and I disliked the book. And the ending was weird. When I finally thought Maggie and Tommy would have a happy ending, Maggie sends Tommy off so she
Kimberly Morris
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book free in exchange for an honest review.

After reading this book I went back over 1.5 and it all made a lot more sense to me. I was kinda on the edge of my seat there at the end wondering what was going to happen and where this is all heading. The more I read about all these characters the closer I feel to them but at the same time I'm still not that fond of the story. I know that really makes no sense but hey, it is what it is. I want to read the final book just because I hate
Laura Haller
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the story of Maggie and tommy and it answered a lot of questions I had running through my mind from the first two books also I'm glad we got to meet the boys dad in this, I love Maggie I really do, I only one problem with this book and it was that it didn't go into enough detail about the first time tommy and Maggie met, I believe in love at first sight but it just seems like I didn't know enough about there first meeting and what went on for tommy to go completely head over heals for th ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

This is a prequel to "The Long Game," which I read right before reading this. While I really enjoyed this book and believe it could stand alone, I found myself wishing I hadn't read The Long Game, yet. Knowing how the story was going to end made it a little less enjoyable for me. I also found myself hoping that Shay and Spencer weren't brother and sister the ENTIRE time I was reading this. The relationships in this story were very real and it w
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
J.L. Fynn has once again woven a spell over me to make me turn the page as quickly as I possibly can, sacrificing sleep, food and even a missed phone call (they can leave a message) to finish reading their tale in a single sitting. Having a general idea of where Tommy and Maggie's story would go did nothing to stop their love story from pulling me in and tugging at my heartstrings. The only negative to The Waiting Game is that it left me (im)patiently waiting for The End Game....that comes out n ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received all 3 books in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time getting into The Long Game because these books are unlike anything I've ever read. So I took a day off, picked it up again and started all over. So glad I did!! This series weaves a beautiful story of of mother and child, husband and wife, brothers and friends. It's easy to see passed the lying and stealing into the soul of the characters....which sounds weird but there it is! I would absolutely recommend this ...more
Jaime Sherman
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best book so far. I loved how this book gave us the history that we were wondering about for the first 2. It really connected all the dots between all the characters so far. There were so many AHA! Moments for me. All the of the stories told all flow together so well, I can't waist for them to all come back together to see what will happen!!! It wasn't until I read this book, that I realized how well written these books are. So many little details that fit perfectly together. Like I said can ...more
Dirty Dayna
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
R2R provided by author for a honest review.

I liked that there was another characters story but the way the two characters "fell in love" bored me.. there was no passion. It was a strange mix of events but it did answer some questions I had in book 1. Book 1 is still my favorite overall..this ones just leaves me missing something.

The "games" in each book are very interesting I wouldn't of titled this book the waiting game. maybe the lying game?

I thank the author for allowing me this read.
Linzi Selby
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
l was given this book to write an honest review.
These writers just keep getting better and better.
The waiting game is the prequel to the long game and puts alot of the pieces together.
Poor Maggie l feel for her and l really want her to have a happy ending! The characters were well written and I just love Tommy! He deserves so much more than he gets in this book.
I really enjoyed this book and found it difficult to put down.
This story Will have you crying, laughing, shouting etc It was just Brill
Jessica Gomez
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now we're talking!

This third book was fantastic! Told several years before the first two books, about Tommy, Jim (their father) and Maggie (Mother). And wow! It makes everything so much clearer.

This story was told through Tommy boys side of view. How Jim come to be with Maggie and all the inbewteens. This tied all three books together and made me crave for more. I can't wait to read the next one. I have got to know what happens to this crazy family.

I wish I could tell you more, but I feel like
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