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She's Got Game

(Gamer Girls #1)

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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  58 reviews
WINNER TAKES ALL

Travel blogger Gwen Williams is about to live the dream—competing in the annual American Board Game Championship. She’s up against some stiff competition, namely legendary gamer and four-time champ Cody McKay. The seriously buff hottie and shameless flirt is going all-out to seduce her. That’s when Gwen lays her cards on the table: She never, ever mixes ga
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Published August 13th 2019 by Lyrical Press
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
2.5 stars

I've went back and forth between rating this as a three star rating or a two and a half star rating but have finally settled on two and a half stars. This book had potential and for the first half of the novel, I really was enjoying it. I liked the unique plot of a travel blogger who also had a side hobby of gaming (pretty intensely too, might I add). It seemed different than what I've read before and I was very interested to see how the story would develop.

However, where I initially s
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Tracie Banister
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She's Got Game is the first book I've read by Laura Heffernan, and it was so delightfully different that I've thought about the story and its characters quite a bit since finishing. In Gwen Williams, we have a heroine who's bisexual (I can't recall ever reading about a female protagonist who digs both guys and girls in a RomCom before), a travel blogger (what a cool job!), and in her spare time, she games at a competition level. All of these qualities add up to one very unique and compelling cha ...more
Vikkie Wakeham
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. I’ve read this book in just three hours! It is so good! I honestly don’t feel as though five stars is enough to show how fantastic this book really is. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to wait for the others.
This has been a fun and easy read which I have really enjoyed getting stuck into. The plot has many twists that I didn’t expect and I honestly had to know what happens next.
The characters in the book are likeable, I was pleasantly surprised h
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I.Heart.Romance
2.5 stars

• HATED the heroine, like despised her. And since I spent the entirety of the book in her head, I wanted to slap the eff out of her quite a bit. She’s bratty, immature, wishy washy, and self absorbed.
• Hero was really wonderful and I really wish he had a worthy heroine, he deserved so so so much better.
• Very heavy on the detailed gameplay and was a bit extensive, especially bc that’s not something I found all that interesting.
• NO epilogue. Ugh.
• Secondary characters were interesti
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Jaclyn Lindsey
~She's Got Game was provided to be as an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

Everything about this book screamed "Jaclyn".
Board games? Check
Strong female lead? Check
Interesting plot scenario? Check

But for some reason, when putting all the pieces together, She's Got Game just fell short. The characters felt clunky and unbelievable at times and the stakes in the book just seemed contrived.

This was a quick read, and I will say there isn't any dull points. For me personally, the actual board g
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Melinda
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I like the idea of this more than the execution of it. (3.5 stars - WHY DO WE NOT HAVE .5 stars????) I love board games and love the idea of a tournament for them and know that exists. Gwen is great and the friend group is pretty great as well. I just didn't love how set in her ways she was. I got that she had a bad experience in her past and how that would color how she went forward but she didn't evolve until literally the very very end of the book. She constantly assumed the worst of Cody and ...more
Amanda
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh my god, I came so close to DNFing this book so many times. It takes a lot for me to dislike the female protagonist of books, but I absolutely could not stand Gwen. Ok, she has abandonment issues and it’s hard for her to trust people. But her behaviour was infuriating. I thought she acted like a teenager.

For one, she immediately jumps to the worst conclusion or scenario with every interaction she has with Cody. Even though they were competitors, he never gave her a reason to treat him like cra
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Suzanne
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
The prose is fine and I loved the setup, with the bisexual heroine being unexpectedly attracted to her top rival in a board game competition.
Unfortunately, after literally running into each other at the bar later that night, the heroine wishes she could find someone to hook up with who was opposite the hero: “a long-haired, dark-skinned Latino who hated gaming, perhaps.”
She could have just said “someone who hated gaming” and we would’ve gotten the picture. This one phrase pulled me out of the b
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Meeghan
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a cute story, although it was very predictable.

The characters were sweet, although they did come across a little bit two-dimensional, with the side characters almost filling in tick boxes for plot points, in order to move the story along. The female friendships were great though, and I did love the diversity – Gwen is bi and I felt represented in her, and one of her friends is aro/ace, although I felt this could have been delved into a bit more (hopefully in the third book if there is o
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Jeff
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Game. If Heffernan's friend Maggie Dallen's latest book was a Hallmark Movie of the saccharine sweet variety, this one is closer to one of the rocky road jalapeno ice cream variety. Still mostly funny, but deals with some weightier issues in a mostly sweet manner with a hint of burn-your-mouth spice. Heffernan takes several risks with her characters that are rare, and that is much appreciated by this particular reader. The narrator is a gamer - and not a video gamer, which has gained a deg ...more
abire
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
dnf at 30%

i can't do this. i physically and emotionally cannot do this.
the mc is too irritating, i'm exhausted just from fighting to read 30% from her pov i can't do 70% more!

judgemental? check.
changes her mind every 2 paragraphs? check.
thinks everyone is out to get her? check.

She literally goes on tangents about the love interest about how he is a jerk and a flirt and a player one second and gets upset when he takes her rejection well and doesn't bother her more the next. like girl??? WHAT DO
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Wulfwyn
I came across this book on Facebook. I believe it was in the Between the Chapters Book Club and they were having a chat with the author. I’m a gamer as well as a reader so this book was jumping up and down at me. I had high expectations for it and I’m happy to say that it lived up to them. I like the characters. I loved entering the gaming convention atmosphere. The author wrote that so realistically that I felt like I was there. I now am dying to go to one. It was a fun book to read. I apprecia ...more
Holly Kerr
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you like board games? Even if you don't, She's Got Game will pull you into the world of gaming competitions. And if you do, the game name dropping will tickle your fancy. It's a great premise with an interesting MC and a swoon-worthy MMC. Gwen's tough and troubled but with a heart of gold and the best dad ever. I found myself rooting for Gwen to win, both in the game, and the first kiss from Cody. Then a second kiss. A great start to the series.
Lyn
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, gamers
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The perfect summer read. Take this book with you to the beach, mountains, wherever. It's fun with the right dose of angst because the main character has issues. Sometimes she's a little tough to take, but when people have played you (pun intended) and your heart, there's gonna be some pushback. And our main character pushes back a little too hard at times, but we eventually learn why. I love
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Kristy K
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as arc-tbr
I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Ashleyjayne
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
She's got game is the first book I've read from Laura Hefferman and I have to say it was an enjoyable read, I read this within a couple hours it was fun, enjoyable and an easy read which I really enjoyed getting stuck into it.I really enjoyed Gwen and Cody's characters and how the thought they had great chemistry on the pages and enjoyed how their romance developed in a believable way.I honestly dont know how to write this review and not give the whole story but i will say if you enjoy board gam ...more
Annie Wetherbee
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"She's Got Game" by Laura Hefferman is about a woman who is discovering what love is and what it is like to be loved. I won this in a Goodreads contest, so thanks Goodreads. Gwen's job is a travel blogger, but when she meets Cody at a gaming competition everything changes. She likes traveling because she doesn't have anything tying her down.She has a no dating gamers rule for good reason since she was burned in the past by a gamer. Even though she tries to keep him at a distance, Cody and Gwen k ...more
Kristin Rockaway
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming, funny, and full of surprises, She's Got Game gave me all the feels, following Gwen on a romantic journey as she learns to let down her guard and play her hand at the game of love.
Mary Ann Marlowe
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She's Got Game has such a unique, fun set-up, centered as it is around a board game tournament that advances to different cities as the finals approach. Gwen is determined not to get involved with other competitors, but Cody is so persistent that she simultaneously wants to break her rule while also fearing he's trying to distract her from her goal of winning. With a cast of characters come to life, ensuing books in the series promise to be every bit as engaging as this first.
Nina
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Terrible book.

The protagonist is a horrid person.

Her parents were teenagers when she was born. Her mother abandoned the family and left the father to raise a ten year old alone as a mechanic. He puts her through Harvard undergrad and graduate schools on mechanic’s wages and a magical college fund her poor grandparents had stashed somehow. She works as a travel blogger. So she travels for work. It’s her job to travel and get paid by sponsors to write her blog posts. But her big dream is to final
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DJ Sakata
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Favorite Quote:

When I met his gaze, he smiled, flashing beautiful teeth, the kind typically found on the wealthy and children of dentists.

He looked even better up close, if possible. A wave of disappointment hit me. Part of me hoped he was like a Monet– beautiful from afar, but a total mess up close.

Weird to think your entire existence hung on something as arbitrary as quality control at Trojan and the number of Mike’s Hard Lemonades available at a party.

My Review:

I struggled mightily with this
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G.L. Jackson
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to be a gamer, competitive or otherwise, to enjoy She's Got Game. As with her Reality Star series, Laura Heffernan gives readers plenty of insight into the world she's describing. We go on a journey with heroine Gwen, a competitive gamer and blogger with a serious case of wanderlust, and gain plenty enough insight into her personality to see what motivates her.

Gwen's primary rule is not to hook up with fellow gamers. But when she meets sweet, kind, and knock-your-socks-off-good-l
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Jamie Brydone-Jack
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Viewpoint Jarring, Telling Not Showing

I have been reading some books lately that did an outstanding job of deep first- or third-person viewpoint. This particular book is written in the first-person. I'm not really a fan of first-person perspective because I actually think it is distancing and prone to navel-gazing prose; I don’t like that it does really narrow what we see happening in a story. Personally, I don’t find it to be intimate, which is what I think authors are going for. Because I had
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Sue Galuska
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read this author but this story sounded different and fun and boy, Laura Heffernan did not disappoint....I loved this story!

Gwen Williams is a travel blogger and spends most of her time traveling around, blogging about it. Gwen also enjoys playing board games and is determined to make it to the final table for the American Explorers of Islay Competition. Her biggest opponent is Cody McKay, a tall, sexy guy who is enjoying flirting with her. Because of events from her past, Gwen refu
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Julie
Living your life playing games, it seems like a great life.
Gwen is also a blogger, and likes (no loves it) to travel. Reading the description, I did wonder if Gwen was more of a dungeon and dragon type player. (The game was fairly simple. Players rolled a pair of dice, then collected cards with different “resources” on them. The resources could be discarded to build various structures. A bad roll could result in losing cards, and the first player who got to ten points won.)

Cody loves to win, a
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Kayla Anderson
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this digital copy in a Goodreads giveaway.

The theme for this one is a good concept, but the characters are two-dimensional. For as many hang-ups as they have, the author was missing a good opportunity to really create some depth with all of the characters, especially the main ones. I really didn't like Gwen most of the book, and then by the end I was just bored. I know in romance novels the story is somewhat the same, but even with an obvious happy ending I would have liked a little bit of
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Nerdy Housewifey
I tried so hard but it’s a DNF at a little over 50% for me. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever hated a fmc more. Gwen is one of the most angst ridden and childish mc’s I’ve ever read. I had to keep remembering she wasn’t 16 with the way she was acting. She always expected the worst from everyone and instead of being and adult and asking ‘hey what does this mean, let’s be the mid 20’s people we are and talk about it’ she would blow up and start ignoring or blocking people. If she mentioned be bi ...more
Rady Reads
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am still deciding how to feel about the story. I truly loved the writing and the story per se but sometimes I just could slap the main character until the lightning stroke her brain.

As the title says the book is about playing games, about attendance in national competition of board game called Explorers of Islay.

Gwen is competitive, loves to travel and grew up without a mother but with a loving father who taught her the love for board games. But growing up without mother left her with deep sca
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Vanessa
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Lyrical Press for the ARC!

Nice read. I love all the references to "Anne of Green Gables". I felt an instant connection with Gwen when she compared Cody to Gilbert Blythe. lol!

At first, you might think it's just another cliché, a story about two people who fall in love during a competition. But there's more to it. As we meet their friends and families, we understand their reasons to act the way they do. I don't wanna give any spoilers, but I really loved the epilogue.

These characters
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Jess
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the sound of this book when I saw it on here, and was super glad to be able to give it a read, but I was a bit nervous that the book was more about gaming, and that there would be lingo that I wouldn't be able to follow along. This is definitely not the case with She's got game, Laura Heffernan's writing style is easy to get into and doesn't really leave you questioning what it happening.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot, the competition and rivalry mixed with the romance worked well in t
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Laura Heffernan once broke up with her now-husband during a board game after realizing that he was ahead 96-3. She hasn't played that particular game since. Her best friend still talks about the Great Uno Card Throwing Incident of 2003. Yet, somehow, Laura insists that she is incredibly gracious whether winning or losing. She lives in the northeast with her husband, new baby, and two furry little ...more

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