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Game On

(Lewis Creek #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  69 reviews
As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months—for starters, she’s been too busy dealing w
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Published August 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eric Perry is a gem and I want to see male characters like him in every single YA/NA romance ever, thank you. This was such a sweet little romance. My heart is pretty full right now.
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Game On is a next-door-neighbor romance done almost perfectly! After a shaky start - I wish a couple of Eric's interactions with other girls had been left out - I ended up liking this so much. Michelle Smith is such a great writer. And a twitterpated Eric is about the most adorable thing ever. He grabbed my heart just like Braxton before him. There's so much more to enjoy here, too - baseball and the love for the game, family, background ships, learning to love yourself. I sincerely hope there's ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)
How do you decide if Game On is a book you must try? Let me help you out!

Do you like sports romances?
Do you enjoy dual POVs?
Do you like reading character-driven books with strong focuses on family and small-town living?
Do you love shippy slow-burn friends-to-more romances?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you very much need to experience this gem of a book!

Game On is the sort of the book that once you’re done reading want to cuddle up with and think about all the warm and f
Michelle Smith
Jul 24, 2015 marked it as i-wrote-this  ·  (Review from the author)
It's time to go back to Lewis Creek, you guys, and I kind of (really) love that place. This is a companion novel to PLAY ON, and this time, we see the fall of Eric Perry...along with the re-building. You'll also get to meet Bri, and this girl completely swiped my heart and ran away with it.

With family, friendship, romance, small-town scandal, and plenty of baseball, GAME ON is a book that's near and dear to my heart. I can't wait for you guys to read it!
Jaime Arkin
I was very much anticipating this book after how much I enjoyed book one of the Lewis Creek series, Play On.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

Eric Perry is known around Lewis Creek as the fun guy… He can have any girl he wants and it seems get away with just about anything as the starting pitcher of the baseball team. But with a reputation as a troublemaker and a fight landing him in jail, his coach bails him out one last time with a warning… any more trouble and you’re off the team.

Bri Johnson has l
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My love for Michelle Smith's writing and this book is so very real, I'm not even sure what to say about it. I suspected it when I read Play On last year, but now I know for sure: I'll read absolutely anything and everything she publishes. New favorite auto-buy/auto-read author for sure!

Game On was the perfect book at the perfect time for me and I loved absolutely everything about it. The characters were both amazing. The issues they face are so
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed the previous book in this series, so I was pretty excited for this one.

I really liked Bri and Eric. They are both good people and I enjoyed being in their heads. They had some great banter and playfulness between them, but I would have liked to see more kissing. I think they deserved it.

I wasn't a fan of the situation with the ex boyfriend. There was a lot a lot a lot of drama and stalking and unnecessary behavior that happened. If someone is calling and texting you a
Jul 24, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2016-releases
Not leaving a real rating or review because I worked on this book in a professional capacity, but oh, you should read it.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Michelle Smith sure knows how to make you root for and care for her characters. They're just so precious and you can't help but fall in love. <3 ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
And I just realised that this the second book in the series.. guess I'll go read the first one now.

DNF @63%
I’ve invested some time in this one already but I just can’t bring myself to finish. Sooooooo boring. The beginning seemed promising but this thing has just been dragging for me since then.
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book was really sweet. It wasn't anything groundbreaking or super original but it was a heartfelt story about two neighbors, family and of course baseball.

Bri Johnson has kind of a crappy home life. Her mom left and her dad is a truck driver so he is gone a lot leaving Bri alone. I love that this doesn't stop her from being an awesome student and amazing soccer player that has her college all planned and a future envisioned for herself. Still, with an awful ex-boyfriend that won't l
Love these characters. There was always something more developing underneath all their personas and I love how realistic these two were. Sure the romance was a slow-paced one but don’t you just love those ones? Tensions building and their attraction grows ever so slowly? I also just love his family because they’re also amazing. Michelle Smith knows how to warm my ice cold heart because this is the second novel of hers that I loved.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This is a very smart, well-written, thoughtful contemporary, set in a baseball obsessed small town in South Carolina. It's also one of those stories that I can fully agree with how great it is and understand why people love it, while also recognizing that there were some elements that didn't work for me personally. (You all know I am crazy about some things, guys.)

What struck me the most is how complexly both Eric and Bri are drawn, and, despite their differences, how well they work to
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 / 5 Fangs

I am a huge fan of Friday Night Lights and the synopsis of this book gave me Friday Night Lights vibes, so I knew I had to read it. This book really did feel like the baseball version of Friday Night Lights , and I loved that!

Overall, I liked the plot of this book and I thought it was very addicting. The one main issue I had with the plot had to deal with some of the drama with Bri's ex boyfriend. I thought the drama was necessary and it could have totally been avoided. It was
Jessica Fether
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
MEH. I need to stop reading cheap/free Amazon books.
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance
Eric, the wayward pastor's son, was not taken seriously in any capacity. Girls saw him as "fun" and "not boyfriend material". The boosters saw him as a mediocre pitcher with a bad image. Bri, the overachieving girl next door, was trying to escape a toxic relationship, while still living with the stigma left from her mother's abandonment. Circumstances bring them back into each other's lives, and together they heal and become the best version of themselves.

This was a rather sweet love story. Bet
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
Game On is definitely my favorite of the two books in the Lewis Creek stories. Eric and Bri’s story was the perfect “girl next door” type of story. Seriously I just loved both of these characters so much. And they played off each other perfectly. They had a natural chemistry and you just couldn’t help falling for them. They were both in a place where they needed to grow and change and I think finding their lost friendship was a way for them to do t
Carolyn Elaine
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars

It's Eric Perry's year to shine, but will he make it to the baseball season? After an incident with the cops, Eric is hanging on a thin thread for any chance of playing on his baseball team his senior year with him starting as pitcher for the first time ever. When his next-door neighbor, Bri, suggests he helps out with with community service with her, he has no choice but to accept. Eric doesn't want to risk giving up baseball. Soon, Eric and Bri become friends, discussing topics
patrick Lorelli
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-sports
Eric Perry and Bri Johnson have lived next door to each other for years. Now their senior year in high school is changing for both. For Eric, he is dealing with his own pressure that he is putting on himself as becoming the baseball teams starting pitcher. Still, this does not account for all of his drinking and the trouble that he has been getting in. Bri, on the other hand, has been dating the star center fielder who also happens to be a jerk and that has just taken her awhile to figure it out ...more
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I have been struggling with YA Contemporaries for a while already. YA Contemporaries used to be one of my favorite kind of books to read but lately, I've been finding them lacking. Either the romance is too cute and juvenile or else it's too dramatic and over the top fake, or we have mental illness contemps which are missing that good romance that I love. A few months ago, when everyone started talking about how good Game On was, I added it to my list. When Nick told me it was good, I grabbed a ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars: A fun, flirty, best friends romance that takes on some serious topics.

Eric Perry should be ecstatic, on cloud nine, celebrating that he is the starting pitcher for his high school baseball team, something he has worked for his whole life. Yet he is not. Eric instead feels a sickening dread in his stomach, and the only way to get rid of that tension is to have a few drinks. The only problem is that he is on thin ice, since he got caught drinking last year. Luckily, his nei
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’d been waiting for this book ever since I finished Play On, and I’d learned there was another novel in this series. PO is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s one of the books I’ve pushed A LOT over the last year, and it’s a book of my heart. So I was understandably nervous going into Game On, because I had super high expectations for it. And I adore Michelle and didn’t want to end up disliking it, you know? But I’m so glad to say that I LOVED this. Not as much as Play On, but not surprisi ...more
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

If you have been following me for the past year on any of my social medias you'll know this year has been not great reading wise which is why when I find a book I enjoy I legit do not shut up about it. Which is thankfully the case with this book.

This book wasn't just a love story, although I admit the love story was pretty great. Small town, neighbour's all their life but also sort of slow burn romance? What's not to love about that?!

But this book was also about believing in your
Rachel Reeves
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this ARC without noticing it was book #2 in a series, but I didn't find that it affected my enjoyment of the book or understanding of the story at all. I went into it expecting a romance novel type of story and was very happy to get something more along the lines of typical contemporary YA. While I like some romance in my stories, I don't like many of the tropes of romance novels, s
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sport and romance combine in this fun story of second chances and starting over.

Eric finally has the starting position as pitcher on the baseball team. And that means a whole lot more pressure and more people watching his every move. So getting arrested for hitting one of his teammates isn't going to improve his popularity with the townspeople. Bri knows its time to end things with her boyfriend. But she doesn't need her neighbour and old friend Eric fighting with her ex for her. She surprises h
3.5 stars!
Immediate reaction: I really enjoyed Eric and Bri's story but I wish there was just a bit more of them together, maybe? I'm not sure but it was missing a bit of the spark of how much I loved the first. maybe Eric was just down on himself for so long. however, I still very much enjoyed!

My thoughts:

As a whole, I really enjoyed this sports romance! I am not a huge fan of baseball in real life but really love baseball in books! I think I just like seeing the love that characters, in this
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Okay. Whatever you're doing, just stop and read this series. I'm serious. I love Michelle's writing, her characters, the Lewis Creek (really screwed-up) world and her stories.

Now, a really high praise for a book I didn't give 5 stars to. I wanted to. I really did. It was amazing and I was just rooting for Bri and Eric so much and it felt so freaking real, the characters didn't just change overnight and had some serious issues which weren't just suddenly gone. There was also a little christian pr
Kelly Hager
I hate sports but for some reason, I love sports movies. I learned recently that that also extends to sports books and Michelle Smith's duology about a baseball team in Lewis Creek is just delightful.

Bri and Eric have been next door neighbors forever. They were each other's first kiss (at 10) and now they don't really talk. She's dating a jerk and he's a player. But of course things are about to change.

Baseball and the small town they live in are almost characters in this novel (baseball in a
Lauren R.
I'm sad I didn't love this. I really enjoyed Eric and Bri...but I don't feel like I got to be in Bri's head as much as Eric's, so I didn't get to know her that well. I love the childhood best friend trope AND some slow-burn romance, but this was a little too slow and repetitive for me honestly. And cheesy. I know this book takes place in the south and is about a pastor's son but there were definitely more religious references than the first book too. Soooo yeah I don't know which I liked better ...more
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Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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