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The Name of the Game

(Something New #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  994 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Some people follow the rules. . .

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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Zebra
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When I know that I am reading a good book? Once while reading I think already how and when I can read the rest of the parts. Excellent team of family and friends who stick together and fall in love... and for that hate to love story. That's what I love the most.

"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
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4 Professor Stars

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
Ivy Deluca
- 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
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Coffee dates with The Name of the Game

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
E-ARC received thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley.

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
Apr 20, 2016 rated it did not like it

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
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
I haven't had this much fun with a contemporary romance in a long time!
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
Sam (AMNReader)
Jan 12, 2019 marked it as life-is-too-short
I've tried twice. I just ain't got time for this. 9% ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Dawson has fast become one of my favorite contemporary authors. She knows exactly how to write a story that not only makes you swoon but has characters with depth and a truer than life quality to them.

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

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

AHH I really loved this one! James is easily my favourite Donovan brother and his chemistry with Gracie is so hot. And this book was probably the best one of the series thus far.

(view spoiler)

This series has quickly become one of my fav contemporary romances, Jen
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, this was really good! This was even better than the previous book. A perfect weekend read for me—light, romantic, and VERY HOT. More importantly, no stupid condom talks. LOL!

Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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Okay series bait/friends of friends romance between a nerdy professor who has a dirty streak and Marilyn Monroe look alike baker h. Slow paced, a few chapters could have been edited out. Both characters irritated me a bit, H was too passive, h was a bit of a drama queen at times. However I enjoyed the sex scenes they were a huge plus and super hot!! They evolve from a weekend fling to something longer and fall in love. h has intimacy issues that make her run but they figure it out and there is a ...more
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
I received an eARC of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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!
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all: I loved the previous book "The winner takes it all" - and not only the main couple but also all the tension between James and Gracie. I knew there was quite a story here to tell and I could not wait to see what will happen between them ... and I was right. James is great - but unfortunately Gracie not so much.

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
3.5 stars

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
Susan (susayq ~)
I liked Jennifer Dawson's writing when I read Crave, and knew I'd read her work again. Reading this book has put her on my favorite author list! Holy smokes, this woman can write some hot stuff!!!

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
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dawson writes another cute contemporary romance that will have you laughing and will keep you coming back for 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'
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
I am certain The Name of the Game has killed me. I adored every second of it and I'm sure if there were to be two thousand more books of the same I will definitely read anything. Jennifer Dawson came out with the big guns in her newest Something New novel. She gave us all, from sexy tension to undeniable love. I am pleased to say she captured my heart with Gracie and James as well as she did with all her previous Something New characters. I am excited to say, though, that I need quickly Evan and ...more
Heather andrews
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay So I think James and Gracie's book book is my favourite!! The whole opposites attract thing fits in perfectly for the couple. They're chemistry was so intense! They were cute and hot together. What I really liked about this one was the fact that their we had months with James and Gracie as a couple. I really liked reading the progression of their relationship.

I really love the whole crew! And I'm hoping we get a story for Sam and even Charlie.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ok I love this entire series but JAMES AND GRACIE ARE MY FAV.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
yikes. the internalised fatphobia in this was truly uncomfortable to read, particularly because it was never addressed; simply treated as acceptable and not something that requires some gd therapy. it’s one thing to want to look a certain way; it’s your body, etc. it’s another to be so afraid of flab that you count calories & run 10+ miles a day. it read a lot like an ed that nobody was even remotely concerned about.

i’m also troubled by what felt like unacknowledged neurodivergence. being social
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Name of the Game is the newest addition to Jennifer Dawson's delightful Something New series. This incredibly charming antagonist to lovers romance positively sizzles with sexual tension as James Donovan and Gracie Roberts try to put aside their animosity for the sake of the friends and family. Old and new fans of the series are going to absolutely love watching this mismatched couple try to figure out their surprising relationship.

Gracie and James are complete opposites and they have been a
Margaret Fisk
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson is an erotic romance. It is the third book in the Something New series. Each book in the series features one of the Donovan brothers, and each book can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Opposites may not always attract, but it is definitely a fun ride….
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
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I love, love this book. Amazing main characters, some great secondary characters, off the chart sexual tension, great plot and dialogue.
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Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series, spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone.

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

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