The Name of the Game
A professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the reasonable sibling among the passionate, impulsive Donovans. But there's nothing reasonable about his reaction to baker Gracie Roberts. She's all wild curls and mouth-watering curves, as deliciously tempting as the sugary treats she's famous for--and twice as irritating. But before ...more
"I like order. And calm. You're chaos and fire."
About the plot: James seems to be the most responsible of the siblings. He is a professor and leading a very orderly life. On the other hand Gracie is a sweet, warm and lovely women, but ...more
I've found a new author to follow. Jennifer Dawson did a fantastic job in The Name of the Game. It seems I have a knack lately though of picking books to read in the middle of a series. Luckily this one can be read as a stand alone, however, it makes me want to pick up books one and two in this series to catch up with the group.
I am a sucker for hate/love relationships and that's exactly the type of relationship that James and Gracie have. They are total opposites, yet they have ...more
- Excellent take on an old tale : The opposites attract trope is a tried and true formula and the professor and the bombshell is something I’ve read plenty of times. Gracie is a small town baker who is in Chicago for her best friend’s engagement festivities and she’s thrown together with James Donovan, the nerdy stuffed shirt Donovan brother. But neither fits precisely in their predetermined roles, and the fun starts when they stop fighting it and start dealing with their attraction.
What separ ...more
First Date: Right away, I like the tension between James Donovan and Gracie Roberts. These two will be spending a lot more time in each other’s company thanks to the upcoming marriage of Gracie’s best friend Cecilia and James’ brother Shane. The banter is delicious and had me giggling from the onset. She is a baker and he is a health nut, but underneath it all there is this bubbling sexual tension that had me craving more.
Second date: They soon begin t ...more
The Name of the Game has been one of my most anticipated sequels ever since I finished The Winner Takes it All. I'm a sucker for antagonistic romance (if you could call it that way?) and I knew James and Gracie's book was gonna be THE BOMB
and I'm glad that I wasn't wrong!
right, the major reason why I'm straight up in love with this book is the characters.
YOU GUYS, I can't properly express how much I adore both James and Gracie. We only se ...more
Another CR book built on sex and attraction without solid plot and characterization.
I tried to pass over the fact that there were a lot of sex thoughts and physical attraction at the beginning of the book.
But I couldn't ignore that heroine sounds very cheap as if she hooks up every attractive man and it's perfectly normal and logical thing to do. Even she thought using same method on hero but she gave up after some consideration.
Anyway, I don't want to waste my time writing many complaint ...more
Can every romance novel feature nerdy uptight male characters , please? 2015 seems to be the year for these nerdy, but very very sexy male characters and I seriously can't get enough of them. I was introduced to Jennifer Dawson and her amazing stories when I first read The Winner Takes It All. The book was funny, had a chemistry-laden antagonistic romance and had characters that I loved. I have to say though that I was really really looking forward to reading The Name of the Game because I lo ...more
A straitlaced health nut and professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the exact opposite of Gracie Roberts, a baker of sweet confections, curvy, and full of sass. These two are like oil and water or Belle and the Beast because they don't mix well together and really do not like each other. However, for the sake of their friends and family, they attempt to put their animosity to rest. Once they have taken the high ...more
I've thoroughly enjoyed the previous two installments in this series, but I'd been particularly excited for this book because Jennifer has been dropping little hints about these two characters and the unspoken tension between them forever, so I was immensely pleased when I got to read thi ...more
5 I-loved-this-book-so-much stars
“I like order. And calm. You’re chaos and fire.”
I’ve been waiting for Gracie and James’ book since reading the previous book, and I was not disappointed.
For the past year Gracie and James have been antagonising each other. They can’t be in the same room without fighting or disagreeing. Gracie is a baker, believes anything can be fixed with sugar. She’s wild and likes to have fun. James is a professor of forensic anthropology, he likes...more
(view spoiler)[That bit at the end where James is drunk as hell and comes to proclaim his love/anger for Gracie was just superb. Hot-usually-straight-laced-calm-men losing their cool for the love of their lives always brightens my day. (hide spoiler)]
This series has quickly become one of my fav contemporary romances, Jen ...more
Actual Rating 4.5 Stars
Brilliantly done! It had me up the whole night and I couldn't be happier about it! Already have the first two books downloaded, so I am going to go read them now!
Full detailed review will be up closer to the release date! ...more
the storyline and the development was real fun to watch and I liked how the relationship between them developed. Nevertheless, Gracie made it a bit hard for me to really like ...more
I jumped into this book knowing it's part of an ongoing series, written by a new-to-me author, just because of the promising combo of straight and narrow professor and exuberant baker. That there were bound to be some personal issues already occurred to me, but I didn't thought it would be quite a bit SOME. :D
That James's siblings and their spouses took up quite a lot of the early chapters were one. Added to that were James and Gracie's friends, family and exes; all these too many "fami ...more
Professor James Donovan, health nut and control freak guy that he is, doesn't exactly get along with the sexy baker Gracie Roberts. The two of them are forced to spend time together because they have mutual family and friends. The more time they spend together, the more they pick at one another. Every o ...more
Even though this is a third book in a spectacular series by Dawson you don't need to read the first two books to enjoy James and Gracie.
From the beginning of the book James and Gracie have this hate/love relationship. They are constantly arguing over the littlest things. Because they have such a close group of friends and Gracie's best friend happens to be James's sister they can' ...more
Gracie is one of those people that doesn't hold back, “why can’t you be a normal guy? I’m offering you sex. Can’t you just take it and quit talking about it?” James may have a stick up his butt almost 75% of the time the other 25% he's a dominant, dirty talking, alpha male, “baby girl, the way you squeezed my ***k when you came is the only compliment I need.” I loved James, "vexing woman. He dragged a hand through his hair. “Fine. I can’t live without effing the hell out of you again. Is that be ...more
I really love the whole crew! And I'm hoping we get a story for Sam and even Charlie. ...more
i’m also troubled by what felt like unacknowledged neurodivergence. being social ...more
Gracie and James are complete opposites and they have been a ...more
There’s this saying about love being the other side of hate because both are strong, passionate emotions… That’s what this novel embodies with two people who think they dislike each other when really they’re hiding from their own feelings. James is less oblivious as he recognizes his physical attraction, but Gracie sees only the ways in which they’re different, and sees his choices as a condemnation of her.
You can understand the conflicts right off, and ...more
Main characters Gracie Roberts and James Donovan couldn’t be more different, and their differences show in their constant bickering. Gracie is a blond bombshell who is a baker by trade. She runs her baking company out of her house in the small town of Revival, Illinois. Graci ...more
Gracie Roberts knows only one thing and that is: James Donovan is her ‘anti-‘everything. He’s a health nut, re: freak, whereas she is not willing to deny herself a treat or two just to track a calorie. He’s a boring, College Professor of something that stays locked up with heavy books all day whereas she is running a small but successful bakery and never meets a person she’d call a stranger. And he’s not even that cute…so she kee ...more
Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains sh ...more