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Love Game

(Love Games #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Kate Snyder scored her first national championship in her undergrad days at Wolcott University, and now she’s a coaching legend. The last thing she wants is to work beside a washed-up coach escaping scandal, but the University hands her Danny McMillan.

Danny was hoping his transition at Wolcott University would go smoothly, but clashing with snarky Kate has made things
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin with a review when you love a book as much as I did Love Game by Maggie Wells. A hero with something to prove, a heroine who just wants the respect and paycheck she deserves for what she’s produced, a reporter with a grudge, a morality clause, and friends who go the extra mile all made Love Game an excellent story.

For years Coach Kate Snyder has proven herself as an athlete, an Olympic champion, and as coach to three Division I title championships. She
Maggie Wells is a new author to me and I did take to her her smooth writing, even though the technical and political details of sports and its management at collegiate and semi-professional level escaped me somewhat. The enemies-to-lovers vibe was strong—especially when it came to the (justifiably) issue of gender inequality exemplified in sports—that was played out in the pages as a running theme here.

Above all, I liked Well’s articulate ‘meta-speak’ on the problems with women and the blatant
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. First book for me from this author. I enjoyed it and might try out the other two books in the series.

A former Olympic star, highly successful and popular female college basketball coach, and a former NFL quarterback turned college football coach with a shady past, fall for each other. It's against the rules because they're colleagues, but they fall hard for each other and decide it's worth fighting for.

I liked that both MCs were older, in their thirties (or even 40s? I don't think
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
The book starts off with Kate Snyder's basketball team winning the cup for Wolcott University. Kate had been the coach for the women's basketball team, and she has several wins up her belt. Then the new football coach, Danny joins the school due a scandal . When she finds that his pay grade is much higher up than Kate,she can't believe that she is not worth more .Even though they are fighting every chance they get sparks flow between Danny and Kate. Danny has to make a bunch of nerds wins a ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I have a huge girl crush on Kate Snyder! I love strong women in romance writing and the Olympic basketball star turned award winning coach has to be one of my all time favourite characters. She’s smart, she’s quick and she’s also very funny.

Kate’s love interest, Danny, is also a retired sports star - but his life post retirement has been a little bit messy. I love the chemistry between these two. I love that Danny is attracted to Kate’s strength and to her successes. And while Danny and
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adults! Sports! A female basketball coaching and the male football coach! Forbidden love! Women saying what they're worth! This was great.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, twimom227-blog
I am so the target audience for the this book, I feel like I need to issue a disclaimer upfront. Love Game, the first book in Maggie Well’s Love Games series takes on love, women’s sports, and broadcasting. I was a journalism major, played not one, but two sports in the NCAA at a D-1 school, and coached professionally for over fifteen years. As far as I’m concerned, Wells wrote this one for me. That being said, any woman who loves a smart, driven, dedicated, take-no-prisoners heroine, will love ...more
Rebecca Crowley
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly, highly recommend this college sports romance. Smart, brave, unapologetic, genuinely funny, plus super-hot bonking!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me confess, I am NOT a sporty girl. The last time I watched a basketball game voluntarily was probably back in 19-mumble-mumble, when I was in high school, so the idea that the heroine of this tale was a basketball coach did not exactly excite me. However, I was already blinking back tears on page 2 (Page 2, people!) when Kate Snyder's team won the championship and I went with her as she kicked off her pumps and climbed the ladder to cut down the net. That's how fast I was sucked into the ...more
Julie Joyce
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Game is a story that follows Kate Snyder, basketball prodigy, and the winningest coach in Wolcott University history, and Danny McMillan, the newly hired football coach with a scandalous past. But the biggest scandal of all is the fact that he’s getting paid a helluva lot more than she is.

Tempers flare when McMillan comes stomping in on her turf uninvited. The media circus he draws infuriates Kate because she’s earned the attention that comes far too easily for him, and she’s got the
Badass Lioness
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! Kate is 6'2", an Olympian, a successful WNBA basketball player and now the winningest basketball coach. She was dumped by her ex-husband because she was more success than he was. She is in her 40s, which is a plus for me to read a sports romance with a mature heroine. I liked her right away. And then there was Danny, who used to be winning, but has settled in a slow climb back up to Division 1 football in a school that doesn't win football games.

I really liked that she was more
P.e. lolo
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-sports
This story opens with Kate Snyder and her women’s basketball team winning their third NCAA Championship while she is the head coach. She is a legend already at Wolcott University and has now just added to her legacy. The problem for her is that her contract is up and now when they should be talking about her team and championship instead the press conference is for the hire of a new head football coach. Not to be out done she makes an appearance at Danny McMillan announcement as the new head ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I could say it was because both lead characters, Danny McMillan and Kate Snyder are intelligent, attractive, strong-willed people who are very good at what they do. Kate, a top-notch woman's collegiate basketball coach with numerous championships under her belt, and Danny, the new football coach, hired to bring the team stats up from the basement while bringing his reputation up as well.
I could say it was because the banter between them is sharp-witted, and that they
Michelle K
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
Love Game is perfect for the current times. One of the best heroines I have ever read. Smart, athletic, funny, pretty and confident. A character you can look up to. My favourite part about reading romance stories is connecting with awesome female characters and you just can't get better than Kate.

The maturity these characters portray is top notch. The conflict could be a real life situation and not a forced "need to add conflict to this story".

I read Love Game while I was on vacation. Love
Rhonda Gilmour
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I did not expect to enjoy a sports-based romance so much. Wells gives her characters a convincing external conflict to struggle against--first separately, then together. She's a champion college basketball coach; he's a disgraced college football coach being given a second chance in hopes of reviving her college's pathetic football program. Title IX plays a part here, as you might guess. As in all good romances, the main characters' powerful chemistry throws a wrench into their plans. A ...more
Maggie Wells
Jan 22, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Kate Snyder is the woman I have always wanted to be. She's strong, confident in her ability, and a born champion, but she's also smart, kind, and sensitive. I wanted to write a story where a truly kick-ass heroine falls in love with a hero who loves and admires her for everything that she is...and isn't.
Aliza Mann
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love love the chemistry between this couple. Kate and Danny were so incredibly matched. Her strength was remarkable. ‘Seasoned’ romance is new for me and I want more of it.
Well done!
Ruthie Taylor
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

I enjoyed this well written and gender equality challenging read. I thought that the injustices in recognition and pay between the super successful Kate Snyder, and the scandal-bound Danny were played out very cleverly. We are set up to hate on Danny from the beginning and yet, if you have faith in the author, she does not let you down, and in fact his behaviour is far more forgivable.

The chemistry between the two leads
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its not about people just starting out, its about people who have lived their dreams and what happens after the dream has ended. Whether my injury or retirement. About how your life is not only impacted by your dreams but what happens after the dream fades away. How you conduct yourself and make new dreams.

Riding the wave of glory then defeat often tells the true story of a person's
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
When this book first started off I wasn't sure how I would feel. I did end up liking it. Danny and Kate grew on me. So by the end when they got together I was happy for them. I hope we will see them in the next book.
A little too much insta for me, but good brain fluffer. Kate is an awesomely strong character.
Savannah Hendricks
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written, fun topic to see in women's romance, basketball.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
So. Much. Competence. Porn.

I hate the term, but I can’t I think of a better way to say it.

Maggie Wells’ Love Game turns the sports romance genre on its ear, leading with a basketball coach heroine who’s at the top of her game. In a department usually dominated by men, Wolcott University basketball Coach Kate Snyder is a legend, a hotshot…who’s wildly underpaid. Danny McMillan rolls into town to coach the less than spectacular football team at Wolcott. Fresh off a scandal, he's scraped his way
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Enjoyed the unusually strong heroine, the banter, and the weaving of basketball and football into the mix. The sex scenes were actually a distraction from the plot, the interesting friends and troubled family dynamics.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Game by Maggie Wells is a battle of the sexes, battle of the sports, battle of the salary hate-to-love romance novel. Does that catch your attention? Many sports romance novels are light on the sports, but not this novel. Love Game is full of references and innuendos that will really have you feelings that sporty vibe. It almost made me feel like I could pick up a basketball and shoot hoops but then I remember I’m incompetent when it comes to any sport not in the water. Someone ought to ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
tl;dr: sexy banter but what is the hero thinking?!

The Story:
I read a lot of sports romances, but I'm not sure this one entirely counts as one. The hero and heroine are two coaches for teams that aren't connected except for the university they both belong to, and the entire story takes place during the off-season of both sports. Kate coaches the women's championship winning basketball team, and is a celebrated sports star in her own right, felled by an injury that led her to coaching at Wolcott.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
This was an excellent read and I’m glad I discovered this when I was hunting for romance labelled as 'seasoned romance'.

I read a sample of this and honestly I read this book for Kate. She was a powerhouse. An incredible athlete who was totally owning it as head coach of the women's basketball team so it was a travesty she was battling for fair pay against a man everyone knew was in disgrace. She had a proven track record and they still wanted to pay Danny more? Yeah, I wasn't there for that.
Paola Aliedo
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the concept of basketball, football and sports coaches falling in love with each other.

Kate is a very independent and strong Women's Basketball Coach. She is a tough shell to crack but by just giving her a pair of shoes, you totally scored a three-point shot straight to her heart.

Don't mess with the huge and determined to come back Danny MacMillan because he is not going to back down. Yet, he got weak with the amber colored eyes of his Amazon warrior.

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the
Baca Buku
Rating: 2.5

There are a lot of good lines in this book and it's an interesting sports-centric story. The heroine was quite mean, especially in the beginning, and that made her unlikeable. When they weren't fighting, they eventually ended up having sex - no problem with that but that seemed to be all the "contact" their relationship had. If the romance grew, there was very little about it. Which was a shame, because the writing style is very good. And for that fact that the MCs are aged close to

Septimia Zenobia
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
DNF at 27% but there is so much to like here. The sports and NCAA angles are terrifically drawn, and I love the strength and talent of the heroine. This is a smart book. I just don't see any spark between the characters. It's insta-lust, even though its enemies-to-lovers. I wish I cared more about the characters getting together, or even just cared more about the hero at all. I think he probably has a compelling story, but its back-ended too deep that I just don't care about him right now. I ...more
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Maggie Wells is a deep-down dirty girl with a weakness for hot heroes and happy endings. By day she is buried in spreadsheets, but at night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, this mild-mannered married lady has a naughty streak a mile wide.

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