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When Alyssa Rivers accepts the coveted fitness trainer's position with England’s top cricket team, The Red Cats, she knows it's going to be nothing short of hard work.

A woman in a man’s world, Lys not only has to prove she is the right person for the job, but she must earn the respect of cricket’s most elite players, including the surly team captain, Jase Willis. Known fo
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Published June 7th 2017
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“Cricket is all I have. It’s all I’ve ever had.”

We love our sports romances and have read copious amounts, but we have to admit this was our first cricket romance. Having very limited knowledge of cricket as it’s just not a sport we follow, we were excited to see how we’d enjoy a romance set in the cricket world. We already knew we loved Anna Bloom’s writing as we’ve read her before and we were definitely in the mood for a bit of British. Did we enjoy it? We sure did, it’s a good slow burn rom
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Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
When Alyssa Rivers accepts the coveted fitness trainer's position with England’s top cricket team, The Red Cats, she knows it's going to be nothing short of hard work.

A woman in a man’s world, Lys not only has to prove she is the right person for the job, but she must earn the respect of cricket’s most elite players, including the surly team captain, Jase Willis. Known for his less than cooperative attitude on and off the pitch, he has the power to end
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“Cricket is all I have. It’s all I’ve ever had.”

We love our sports romances and have read copious amounts, but we have to admit this was our first cricket romance. Having very limited knowledge of cricket as it’s just not a sport we follow, we were excited to see how we’d enjoy a romance set in the cricket world. We already knew we loved Anna Bloom’s writing as we’ve read her before and we were definitely in the mood for a bit of British. Did we enjoy it? We sure did, it’s a good slow burn rom
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Siobhan
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Game falls into what I’ve come to refer to as my paradoxical reads. These are books that take topics I dislike in real life but positively adore in the bookish world. Reality television and the sporting world make up the bulk of these reads. This is particularly true when it comes to the sport of this book.

I really don’t like cricket. If I were to pick a sport, I’d take rugby any day. Cricket is right up there with golf on my list of sports I’m not interested in list. Nevertheless, as I’ve e
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K.M. Lowe
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good!

This was the first book that I've read by this author and it certainly won't be the last. I have really enjoyed this book, so much so that I read it in one sitting. I loved the angst between Jase and Lyssa. I loved their connection, even though they were too stubborn to notice. It was a good story and I look forward to more by this author.
Hajar
something is off..its like reading between Kulti and Wait for It from Mariana Zapata's book. This is my first book from this author and there are too many similarities.
Elizabeth (Perusing Princesses)
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A standalone Sport Romance, unrelated to any of Anna Bloom’s back catalogue.

A woman with big balls – check

A moody, hot sportsman – check

An interesting back story – check

A cute kid – check

I was always going to love this book. This is my first Anna Bloom book, but having met and had a chat with her at a recent intimate book signing, I knew that out all her books, this would be right up my alley; and it re

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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

What else am I supposed to do? I'm retired, there's only so much golf and sangria an old man can cope with before I get sent to my ever after with a pickled liver and skin you could use for a handbag.

This man was more than an enigma; he was a Japanese puzzle box with no instructions.


My Review:

I know absolutely nothing about cricket other than it seems a little bit like baseball, which is probably like saying rugby is a little bit like football. And while it probably would have he
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Sabrina
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why 1 Star?
When someone reviews with the words ‘if you liked Kulti, then you’ll love this one’, I actually expect to read something amazing and NEW.
What I don’t expect is a re-write of Kulti and Wait for It.




*****SPOILERS******












In this book the heroine is the coach. The hero is still the antagonist that is a form set super star (athletically). He retired and ended up being drunk all the time. This leads him to leave the retirement and give the up and coming team a chance.
Sounds familiar (hint: KUL
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Margaret
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tragedy has turned Alyssa's life upside down. After loosing her brother and sister-in-law in an accident and being appointed guardian to her young nephew, Alyssa takes on the job of fitness coach to a top T20 cricket team. Alyssa has given up much in the last year, including the cricket she loves, so this is a way for her to keep some of her former life, but she was not supposed to fall in love the captain of the team. Slowly their relationship developes and they both realise some times there is ...more
Lorie
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS

Wow! I loved this one. And, I certainly didn't expect what I got. It was soooooo good! I have no idea about the rules of cricket or how to play, but I sure enjoyed the hell out of this.

All I can say is if you're a fan of Kulti you're doing yourself a HUGE disservice if you don't run out and grab a copy NOW!
Ana Oh
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable

I know less than zero about cricket, and I still loved this book. Super sweet. This story would make a good rainy day read.
Sara Oxton
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Game by Anna Bloom a catch of a five-star read. This is a fab read, I started it early in the evening and had to finish it before I could sleep. It’s a stand-alone read and what a read, not many people love cricket and even though I watch it semi-regularly, I don’t even know that I love it that much, but Anna Bloom has instilled a passion in me that if it wasn’t raining so hard its bouncing back into your face today I would be arranging a game.
Alyssa Rivers stepped up to the plate when need
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Marie R
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book last month. I wasn’t going to write a review but it is still really bothering me. This book is so obviously a rewrite of Kulti (with a touch of Wait For It) by Mariana Zapata. I mean that literally and not as a compliment to Anna Bloom. I can not believe she thought this was okay. It’s like she had a check-off list of all the plot points from Kulti that she used as the backbone of her book. Even her epilogue is a ripoff of the Kulti future-take that MZ only shared with her fans ...more
Marnie
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All for the love of the game, or for the love of family.

This is the second book written by Anna Bloom that I have read, and I have to say, I absolutely enjoyed the story surrounding professional cricket involving our H and h.

Lyssa Rivers had been at the top of her game in the English Women’s Cricket League. Since she was sixteen and took a ball to the face, and being told that girls shouldn’t play cricket if they can’t take the pain, she was out to prove everyone wrong. Then her family circumsta
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Tara Bryant
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Game
By Anna Bloom

When tragedy hits your family, you are willing to give up all your hopes and dreams to make things better again. But a chance to revisit your dreams presents itself to you, can you take the risk to go for them, or would you continue to always wonder?

"The important thing was that I kept it. The job was mine by hook or crook and no one—not some sexist twat or a group of overpaid guys who couldn’t run to save their lives—was going to ruin it."

Alyssa Rivers life changes over nig
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Claire
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it quite a lot. There were a couple of small quibbles but all in all it was a good read.

The blurb intrigued me. There's plenty of sports romances out there but I don't think I can think of any that feature cricket. This pleased me as I'm a bit of a cricket nerd. I was actually born in a cricket club. No lie, lol. There were a couple of small cricket references in this that weren't accurate but probably not that many people would noti
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Emma Allsop - Perusing Princesses
4.5 Crowns

A standalone Sport Romance, unrelated to any of Anna Bloom’s back catalogue.

A woman with big balls – check
A moody, hot sportsman – check
An interesting back story – check
A cute kid – check

I was always going to love this book. This is my first Anna Bloom book, but having met and had a chat with her at a recent intimate book signing, I knew that out all her books, this would be right up my alley; and it really was.
I won’t get into a story overview, because the synopsis really does tell yo
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Sheila Schoenauer
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Over the past year I've become a huge fan of Anna Bloom's stories. She really knows how to capture her audience and keep you turning the pages. Each book that she writes just seems to get better and better. The Game was no exception. Jase 'The Lion' Willis is a god in the cricket world. However his is also an a** and proves that daily. Alyssa Rivers has had her life turned upside down and has taken a job as the fitness coach for the Red Cats cricket team, the very same team The Lion is caption o ...more
Becky Fairweather
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read ❤
This is the first book iv read from Anna Bloom (but definitely not the last) and what a fantastic read this was.x
The Game had me turning page after page. I wanted to know what happened next whilst not wanting it to end. The passion this book holds is amazing. I love Jase and Lyssa, both characters have a strong passion for cricket and for what they believe in. The game is a must read and I recommend this to all to read.
Fantastic epilogue that made my heart swoon

*****spoiler alert***
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Katlin Musial
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was alright. I didn't care for it at first because I thought it was closely following along with a Rugby book I read earlier this year. However, after chapter 4 or 5, it went in a complete different direction and that made me happy.

Also, I admit - I had to watch the "Basics of Cricket" on YouTube because I had no idea what Cricket looked like or how it was played.

This is truly about players who LOVE the game. There is a nice romantic quality to the book as well, yet there were things
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Caroline F
Freaking amazing read! Very reminiscent of Mariana Zapata's romances.

"A long time ago, someone told me that girls couldn't play cricket."

Alyssa Rivers, former national female cricketer, is the new fitness trainer for England’s top cricket team, The Red Cats. Being a woman on an all-male team, she knows she's got her work cut out for her. Plus, life is not made easy by the downright hostility from unsociable team captain, Jase Willis - a man who probably doesn't even remember insulting Lyssa when
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Janine
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one kept me entertained, which some days is all I can ask for. The editing was okay - several misses along the way. It is written with the 'Queen's English', which means that the garden is the yard, and several other similar differences in word choice. Not an issue, just a head's up.

Alyssa grew up playing cricket, but a family tragedy has propelled her to leave playing and try being a fitness coach for a men's team. Unfortunately, Jase is captain of the team. They have a history - he once s
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LettyT
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big sports romance fan, especially when I don't know anything about the sport. This book is so well written, I didn't even need to know how to play cricket to understand it.

Alyssa (Lys) Rivers is former women's cricket team player who is not only injured, her life is turned upside down when she suddenly needs to take care of her nephew, Sam. She finds a job as a team trainer for the men's team, the Red Cats.

Jase Willis is a star cricket player who is rough around the edges. His one and
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Linda
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read based around Lyssa, a strong, independent female cricketer who has accepted a position as a men's team's trainer and has to confront Jase Willis, the team's star player with whom she has an antagonistic relationship since he made a misogynistic comment to her when she was a teen. Great secondary characters, including Sammy, Lyssa's adorable nephew, his grandparents, her bestie (a fellow female cricketer still playing the game), and members of the team she coaches. But the heart ...more
Sheena
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and well written...

Well I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book..coming from the UK I understand the rules of cricket but it has never struck me as a particularly sexy sport.... Jase is the team captain with self indulgent tendencies and Alyssa is the newly appointed team fitness trainer...there is some history between these two and the scene is set for some heated interactions and hot encounters...

The premise of the story was interesting and I liked Alyssa’s strength of
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Danny Jeffery
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Game is an enemies to lovers read set within the back drop of the cricket world. I am a big fan of both tropes so I was excited to read this especially as I had not read any books with Cricket as the feature sport.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. The romance element was somewhat of a slow burn but I really enjoyed reading how the main characters connected and they had great chemistry. Both characters were intriguing but I never really felt that I connected to Jase whereas I was fully invest
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Rhonda Brant
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few of Anna Bloom's books, and have really enjoyed them all. The Game is certainly in the must read category, but I will say, you should probably know a little bit about Cricket, sadly I don't. The book took a bit to get started for me, definitely an emotional read with Lyssa and her family situation, and loved the "little guy". The Lancashire Lion was a pain in the backside, funny, definitely had his issues, but man was he hot! The chemistry between these two was off the chart ...more
Sarah Dale
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Anna's books and this is one of my favourites so far. She knows how to write brilliant books that have her readers complete captivated and totally swooning. I highly recommend this book, definite MUST READ.

Alyssa used to play cricket until a family tradegy and 'injury' forced her into early retirement so she has taken on a job as Fitness coach for a men's 20/20 cricket team. She is going to have her work cut out for her especially with the teams captain Jase. He seems to hate her on sight
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DrivenbyBooks
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am really loving Anna Bloom's books and this one seems to be no different. I'm glad I discovered her. Not to mention, I'm always game for a sports romance :-)

Lyssa has had to leave the one sport she loves behind and is taking care of her nephew after her brother and his wife died in a horrible accident. When she is offered the job of fitness coach, she doesn't hesitate and wants to give her nephew a more stable life. When she meets Jase, she's not impressed like all the other women in his lif
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