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Gaming Grace

(Gone Wild #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  53 reviews
All work and no play is no way to enjoy this cruise.

Executive Director Grace Kim figures this reunion with her college friends is the perfect excuse to prove that she knows how to keep work/life balance and enjoy the Caribbean, preferably with her pants intact.

Rich, sexy, brilliant Bryan Wu has an app for that, and he charms Grace into helping him test it. He offers seven
Published March 24th 2020
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Grace has never found it easy to relax, she's always too busy working and trying to live up to everyone's expectations of her to ever unwind and just have fun. This trip is supposed to be a chance to catch up with her old friends and she wants to prove to them that she can leave work behind, even if it's only for a few days. Bryan is on the cruise wanting to test out a new app he's created, one that gives you challenges each day to hopefully push you out of your comfort zone but also designed to ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake is book Two in the Gone Wild Series. This is the story of Bryan Wu and Grace Kim. I have read the previous book which of course added to my enjoyment of this one, but I did feel you could make it a standalone book if you wish to do so. Grace is all work and no fun kind of women but when her college friends go on a cruise she find herself on a single party cruise ship. Bryan is a man who test / invent apps and that is what he hopes to do on this cruise. When Grace a ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace definitely needs to loosen up she is so high strung im surprised she took time for hee friends. I love that Bryan gives her a hard time from the start and not in a mean just in a loosen up a little bit way. He is constantly trying to challenge her and pull her further out of her shell. The more fun they have the more you start to see this fun loving Grace. When a mistake is made I was surprised by how quickly Grace pushed him away, but also super glad it was her that went after him in the ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Uptight, Type A Grace is stuck on what she thought was going to be a regular luxury cruise with her friends. Instead, it's a singles cruise and Grace is not looking forward to it. She needs to use the time trying to figure out how to get the promotion she's hoping for, not help the gorgeous app developer she literally just ran into. But somehow the charmer has conned her into helping him, and after lots of time, they embark on a fling. What happens when it's time to disembark, though? Go bac
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
3.5 stars

Gaming Grace is part of a five book series written by five different authors that take place concurrently. The Gone Wild series brings together five college friends on a wild, single’s cruise in order for them to reconnect which seems a bit strange as they all end up hooking up with someone for the week long cruise. I’ll admit I had to put my vast knowledge of cruising aside as I read this as I always do when I read books that take place on cruise ships to allow myself to get into the s
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

Gaming Grace is a super sweet romance read about how getting out of your comfort zone might just change your life.

Grace's start to her cruise with her friends gets off to a less than stellar start when she's left stranded outside her cabin with no trousers on. After catching the unfortunate moment on video, Bryan, an entrepreneur who needs help with getting feedback for his new scavenger hunt app he's developing, asks her for her help in exchange for deleting the video. Grace, reluctan
Kari Hansen
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace is serious about her career and her future so when she agrees to go on a cruise to reunite with her college friends she is determined to multitask and use if for business and pleasure. When she finds herself on the receiving end of a practical joke it is Bryan who comes to her rescue.

Bryan is fun and easygoing, but he also has an agenda for his time on the cruise and that is to test the new app that he has created. He recruits Grace to help him out and that is when the fun really begins.

Sofia Lazaridou
Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake is the second book in the Gone Wild series. Each book is written by a different author and features a different couple.

I swear this book gave me anxiety for Aubrey's book. I didn't like the way Grace talked about her friend and it made me worry about what I was going to read in Attracting Aubrey. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about that book and it turned out that I had plenty about this one. I really wanted to like Gaming Grace and I tried to, but between th
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gaming Grace is a sweet, sexy and sassy rom-com that will keep you smiling and sweating from the first page to the last.

Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book was SOOO good. I just love Bryan and Grace so much! Their story, their love, and that ending...such a truly great book!
Becky Burrier
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grace- one word- Uptight! Seriously who takes only pants on a cruise, not one pair of shorts? Bless her heart but Grace really needs to loosen up. I wasn’t sure I would like Grace; she is a little too much type a for me. The fact that her vacation was part of a plan to help her get a promotion was kind of ridiculous. But give this girl some Pineapple alcohol infused slushies and she is finally relaxed enough to be enjoy her vacation.
It also helps when a sexy app developer takes in interest in h
Victoria Weston
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second in this series and the first book that I've read by this author and it's a great real romance story and a real beautiful read that I enjoyed immensely.

This is book two in this series. A Gone Wild Novel.
Book 1 = Kissing Kendall
Book #2= Gaming Grace
BOOK #3= Attracting Aubrey
BOOK #4= Beguiling Benjamin
BOOK #5= Loving Liv

Grace is a very responsible kind of person who always seemed to have work on her mind, she's a real worry wart. So this cruise is supposed to give everyone a
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace is about as straight laced and buttoned up as a person can get- after all, who packs all pants and no shorts for a Caribbean cruise? A woman who has been given body image issues by her family and a blinders-on drive to succeed at her career at all costs, that's who. Everything Grace does is governed by the answer to one question: does this help me attain my goals/ further my career? And that applies to her wardrobe purchases as well as we soon learn. Even her attendance on this cruise is d ...more
Stella Thompson
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Gaming Grace (Gone Wild Book 2)!

Gaming Grace is the second book in the new Gone Wild series. Each book is written by a different author, and as such, each has a unique feel and story for each friend’s story. Five friends embark on a singles party cruise, but Grace is a type A personality and an overly ambitious, driven woman. She really has no desire to be on this cruise.

Grace quite literally runs into Bryan! He is a charming gamer who convinces Grace to help him with his latest project. I fou
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 3-5-stars
3 5*

This is Book 2 in the Gone Wild series. A series of somewhat connected books about a group of 5 friends from college, trying to reconnect in their grown up lives by going on a cruise.

This book we focus on the person we learned least about in the first book and that's Grace.

Grace is real uptight. She's been told she needs a better work life balance or the promotion she's after will never happen.

In the ship she meets Bryan. Bryan is a real fly by the seat of your pants kind of dude.

You see whe
"I'd be very happy to pin you against a wall any time. You only have to ask. No good excuses required."
Look at this bright, happy cover! I love the carefree look of this attractive Asian couple frolicking in the waves, a fantastic change from the animated romance covers for diverse characters. The cover really made Bryan and Grace come to life.

Sadly, a little bit of real life intruded as well. Grace is on a singles cruise with her friends from college and having fun is the last thing Grace knows
Lynn Brooks
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Workaholics unite! With the second book in the Gone Wild series, Piper J. Drake delights with GAMING GRACE. It's fast paced and full of charm, but I still feel the lack of interaction between the friends is a large plot point going undeveloped in this series so far.

Grace is easy to like and quick to charm. She is more low-key than most of her friends and is simply looking forward to a little relaxation time ... if only one of her friends didn't decide to play a trick on her.

Bryan is kind and acc
Becky Baldridge
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you can't even take a vacation without hoping it will further your career, I'd say that not only are you a type-A personality, but you seriously need to learn to relax. That's Grace, who is so uptight that she didn't even bring shorts on a cruise. Of course, this is a romance, so Grace had to loosen up at some point, and I think that was my favorite part of the story. I liked Bryan and the way he was with Grace, and I suppose he was the biggest factor in her loosening up. This is the second ...more
Heidi Sturgess
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2. Gaming Grace by Piper J. Drake 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Grace is very formal and conservative so when I find her talking to herself and reading her thoughts , that was me , done for, I was in stitches , I really could justice it all playing out in front of me 🙈🤣

Grace also approaches the "cruise surprise" is a practical manner ...." We all simply need to adjust for the unexpected variables, realign our plans , and we can still have the rest and relaxation we each need."

That is until she "rearends" (pardon the pu
Nicole Ortiz
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a 5 book series by 5 different authors. Each book is a standalone. Grace and her friends are on a singles cruise, she is on vacation to reconnect with her friends and to step back from work. Grace comes off as a bit uptight. A conservative workaholic Grace is set in her ways. After her friend Aubrey steals all her pants she is caught practically naked by Bryan. Bryan is in the middle of launching an app and propositions Grace for her help in testing it out. This was sw ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
First off, I love this cover. Not only the playfulness of it but because the couple matches the description of the characters! I’m kind of a stickler about that, plus diversity in romance stories needs to extend to the covers as well.
I liked Grace and Bryan, but I didn’t get a real chemistry vibe from them. Grace seemed to share a bit more about herself and her background with Bryan, but he never really did the same. I know they were an opposites attract couple, but he seemed a lot less driven t
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Korean American and workaholic Grace Kim is on a cruise with a few friends and must refrain from working. Who knows what would have happened if she haven't crossed path with Bryan Sirimongkol, an entrepreneur who needs someone to help him test the app he's about to lauch.

At first, I wasn't sure I would like Bryan. Appeared a little bit arrogant to me but he quickly showed he's not the bragging sort, it's just that he know what he wants and once you have his attention, you won't have to wonder i
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grace Kim and Bryan Sirimongkol meet by chance on a singles cruise. Grace hadn't expected to end up in this party atmosphere, having been promised a relaxing vacation with her friends when she'd signed up. Bryan was onboard to beta test a new app he'd been developing, and when he happens upon Grace, finds her straightlaced self charming and ridiculously appealing.

Piper J Drake's Gaming Grace is the second in the Gone Wild multi-author series, and is a lovely opposites attract, vacation fling sto
Jennifer Pierson
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Piper J. Drake only added more goodness in the Gone Wild series with Gaming Grace, and it only reiterates that I need to be on the super sexy cruises. Executive Director Grace Kim is all work no play, so she agrees to a cruise for a reunion with her college friends to prove she can balance everything out. Bryan Sirimongkol is on this same cruise, and he gets Grace to help him test his newest app, so cue the sexy fun. There's not a push & pull since the couple is on a cruise for 7 days, so insta ...more
Nikki Swope, nixreadsromace
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Gone Wild series where a group of college friends mistakenly book themselves on a singles cruise and this is Grace’s book. Grace is the responsible, buttoned up one in the group until she meets the sexy app designer Bryan on the cruise and Bryan is exactly what Grace needs in life. This was an instant love kind of story which are always great to read. Excited to see what the others in group have going on during this cruise.

*** I did receive a free advance readers c
Ga Books LoverX
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Gone Wild series in which a group of college friends accidentally end up on a singles cruise which is a bit more wild than the slow paced cruise they were expecting. This story centers on Grace and Bryan.

This book was a lot more tame than the first book and was a bit of a slower process. Grace is definitely the more uptight of the group and Bryan is exactly the type of person to help bring her out of her shell. All in all this book was fun and cute and I enjoyed re
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is so sweet~

Grace and Bryan's story is fun and intriguing.
Bryan pushes Grace's boundaries and that is what makes this book so much fun.
Some people always have to do things a specific way or work so hard to prove themselves and forget to live. This story has all this and so much more.
The best part is watching Grace open up yet Bryan is not exactly an open book either.
Let's just say the author gives as well as she gets in this story. She gives us a story loaded with humor, love and s
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the previous one in the series. It is a bit unfair to say, maybe, since every book is written by a different author so comparing them to each other is difficult.
I liked the flow of this one more and, obviously, the writing was different.
I loved the connection between Bryan and Grace, it seemed organic.
What I also liked more about this book was that there were more glimpses of the friend group, which was nice.
This is a classic story of what happens when one finally
Reading  Red Room
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the Gone Wild series. 5 friends from college take a cruise together. What they think will be a fun relaxing vacation turns out to be a singles party cruise.
Friend by friend (book by book) they all find romance.
Hard working uptight Grace meets Bryan. Brian helps Grace with an embarrassing situation. Grace then agrees to help him with the app he is developing. They spend the week going on adventures and getting to know each other. This was a fun read. I can’t wait to read the next book
Andrea (Hammock and Read)
This is book two of Gone Wild which is about 5 college friends that end up on a single cruise and go their separate ways. Grace is super up tight and is wearing business causal until her friends steal her pants to get her to loosen up a bit. She meet Bryan and they have a bit of chemistry while working on testing out his app. Not a lot of plot, but better and got some idea of the other friends. This is a fun light read which is great right now! With some steam!

Overall, 3 stars and 3.5 steam

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Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.

Other books in the series

Gone Wild (5 books)
  • Kissing Kendall (Gone Wild #1)
  • Attracting Aubrey (Gone Wild #3)
  • Beguiling Benjamin (Gone Wild #4)
  • Loving Liv (Gone Wild #5)

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