Title: Game Point
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Page Count: 194
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.4 stars out of 5
Game, set… match made in heaven.
Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.
Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work—and play—together after all. A friends with benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game.
I picked up this one based on conflict mentioned in the blurb: Porter and Quinn don’t like each other. I don’t mean enemies-to-lovers story (though that’s delicious) but more down-to-earth conflict. They might agree with each other on global issues (world peace and puppies) but their everyday’s life priorities are coming from different specter.
Porter turned out not to be stogy business man I envisioned: he is a man who lost his dream and reinvented himself. He is understandably heartbroken when his boss and mentor Hector, Quinn’s grandfather, dies. So where is the prodigal son?
Quinn is in what other men would have termed a paradise: he is rich, young and carefree.
Except that he is bored and wants more than he has. He doesn’t know what that more is until family’s company unexpectedly falls into his lap.
I loved, loved Quinn’s reaction to changes in his life. It’s visceral and emotionally fraught process. I also enjoyed Perry, Porter’s sister which was lucky because in the beginning Porter was acting like the brat he accused Quinn of being. He made assumptions about Quinn and didn’t even have decency to give Quinn a chance to either prove or disprove them. He was a judgmental stick in the mud.
For almost half of the book they barely interact, just fume in silence. Once they get to know each other Porter manages to unfreeze a little and his cold and haughty veneer turns out to hide an endearing man behind.
The switch to friends was a little bit sudden for my taste, but it was easy to imagine them progressing from friends to friends-with-benefits. Quinn is impulsive. Porter is logical.
I had a little trouble adjusting to change in writing which became series of snapshots from their life after long and drawn out scenes from before. However, the narrative was lively and funny. Both Quinn and Porter are surprised when what they have morphs into something more. Neither of them knows what to do. Both men change as they finally manage to find their way to each other.
If you’re in a mood for uncomplicated, fairy-like romance story, this is a solid choice.