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She's Got Game

(Gamer Girls #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  86 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Lyrical Press
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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
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
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
This book is a chick-lit/romance, and this is the first book in the Gamer Girls series. I loved the characters in this book. I felt this book was very small to get moving, and the romance was so up and down in this book. I am not a Gamer, but the Gamer parts of this book I felt was good. The middle of this book was my favorite part, and I wish the beginning was better. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and this review is my own feelings about this book.
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
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
Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff
DNF @ 60%
Yeah... i had really hoped this was going to be a funny, cute and adorable story.
But...i was left mostly bored? the characters were okay at best, but didn`t feel the chemistry.

I got this eARC from Netgalley.
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
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
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
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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
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
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
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
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3.5 Stars / 2 Steam Fans

This story was a fun, sweet, and enjoyable look into the board gaming world. I was very intrigued by the journey that Gwen takes throughout this story. Gwen competes in board game tournaments that are similar to dungeons and dragons. During this year's competition, Gwen has to go against the reigning champion that has recently moved into her area of play. Cody is that reigning champion, and he finds Gwen very attractive and intense. However, due to Gwen's trust and aband
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
Christina Wilson
May 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
This book is worthy of 3.5 stars if that was an option. The author came up with a great topic for a romance book that I haven't experienced before. I love the whole gamer girl aspect of the book and really liked our main character, Gwen. I think the book went a little slow for me at times with the inner dialog and Gwen not knowing her worth. I know that internal conflict is normal, it just slowed down my reading of the book some. I did enjoy this book enough that I want to complete the series, I ...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. ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this free book for honest review.

4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is my second time reading from this author.

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait for her next book.
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
Baca Buku
Well, there's always a first time - my first DNF. I made it to 47% and just could not force myself to go on. Although the whole mother issue piqued my interest, it wasn't enough to get me to read further. ...more
Oct 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun story about a competitive tabletop gaming. Loved the friendships, the father/daughter relationship, and a great hero who respected the heroine throughout the book in a way I loved. The book touches on harassment in gaming communities but it's not a major plot point (just a sad reality). I really enjoyed the supporting characters here and look forward to reading the other 2 books. ...more
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 g ...more
Anne Reynolds
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 ...more
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
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. ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
LianaReads blog
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book so much more but for some reasons, i just couldn't connect with the romance between them.
Firstly, i wanted to have dual pov, for various reasons but we only get her pov, which is fine but it's too much like she is too much for me. She's always too uptight, too much self-absorbed, she is learning what love is but her mind is just at her winning the game and the sex is so much closed doors that i wanted a bit of more insight.
It's a light, quick and easy read, but
Mary Ann Marlowe
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
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. ...more
Farah Heron
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight! I'm not a gamer but I was sucked in to this competitors to lovers story set in the surprisingly high-stakes world of board game tournaments right away. Laura always writes on-point banter, and I loved the ensemble of characters. ...more
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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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