Sunday, December 18, 2016

{Book Review} Body Games by Jessica Clare

Body Games by Jessica Clare
Published: July 11th, 2014 by Jill Myles
Series: Games #5
Source: Bought
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 298

Annabelle Tucker is still reeling from last season’s Endurance Island, when the man she loved played her for a fool. When producers ask her back for a new season it’s the last thing she’s interested in…until she hears her ex, the gorgeous but duplicitous Kip, will be there. Revenge and a grand prize? Yes, please!

But someone’s there to throw a kink into her plans. Someone tall and cut, and with the sexiest gray eyes. Jendan Abercrombie’s on an opposing team, but it doesn’t mean that Annabelle can’t lust after him, right? She’ll just have to save all that lusting for post-show, when she’s free to follow where her loins lead.

When a tribal twist puts them both on the same team – naked – will Annabelle be able to resist his very apparent charms? Or will she have to vote Jendan out to save her game?

Heck yes!  This book brought me back to what I love about this series…great romance, hilarious situations and competition.  Books three and four in this series were really disappointing…especially three, but this book reminded me of everything I absolutely loved about the first two.  I could not get enough and devoured this book in two sittings.  If you like fun, fast-paced, steamy NA books, then this series in most defiantly one you should pick up!

First off, I love the plots of these books.  I love watching reality TV shows, but now I love to read about them even more!  This book focuses on a Suvivor-esque show called Endurance Island.  The challenges they had to complete were exciting and realistic.  My one complaint is the weird, convenient twists Clare adds to push the plot forward.  I didn’t find this in the first three books, but the fourth had one and so did this one.  {Spoiler} This one being that they must compete in the nude.  It just felt weird, and as far as I know, has not been done on Survivor before.  But other than that, I loved the reality TV aspect. {End Spoiler}

I really enjoy the writing style that Clare has.  It is easy and fun, which makes reading these books go really fast.  I also love the first paragraph of every chapter, which is in the guy’s perspective…amazing!  I do wish that maybe in future books, Clare would do alternating chapters because sometimes those small paragraphs are not enough.  If readers got a chance to delve deeper into them male characters POV, it might add to their character development. 

I really loved the characters in this one!  Like I have stated in some of my other reviews for this series, it seems like the main protagonist in all her books are the same.  The average girl, who does not think she is attractive, but ends up getting the amazingly hot guy in the end.  I do find it somewhat annoying, but I like the character…even if she is in every single book, just with a different name.  What I LOVE are the men!  They all differ so much and Jendan was amazing!  I liked that he was the nice guy, but still had some cute banter with Annabelle.  I thought he was a little too perfect, but I still loved him anyway.

Overall, I would most defiantly recommend this book…and the first two in the series.  I really don’t think it matters if you skip books because when the characters make appearances in the previous books, usually it is pretty vague (except Jendan did have a pretty big part in the third book).  If you like cute NA reads, pick this one up…it is great for summer!  I will be picking up any other books that happen to come along in this series (I hope a lot more!) and am hoping to branch out to some of Clare's other books.


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