Published: the 6th of June 2019
Written by: E.M. Moore
Series: The Ballers of Rockport High
Length: 460 pages
Source: Free copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough to receive a free copy for beta reading. Please note that all opinions and views are my own.
I knew I’d ruffle feathers, but the day I walked into Rockport High, I had no idea the cheap shots that were to follow.
You see, the Ballers and I have a history. They play basketball. I play basketball. But they hate that I play basketball as good as them. And the only thing they hate more than that, is me.
That’s right. I’m a girl, and I. Can. Play. Make no mistake about it.
The Ballers can do their worst, but I will make it onto the RHS boys’ team. This is my last resort to make a name for myself, and I can’t let them interfere—even if the so-called kings of the school have declared war against me.
Game On is a reverse harem high school bully romance novel.
Seventeen year old Quintessa Marie Dale dreams of playing professional basketball. When the private school she attends stops the female basketball program, she can either give up or find a different path. Tessa decides it’s time to leave the halls of her fancy private education, and attend the public high school instead. The school is closer and the basketball team just so happens to be the best in the state. There’s just one problem, there’s no girls team there neither. But unlike the private school, the public one can’t forbid her to play, as long as she has the talent to make the team. The gender issue is far from the only problem Tessa faces, as the “Ballers”, the kings of basketball themselves, don’t want her around!! Ryan Linc, Lake O’Brien, Alec Christopoulos, Hayes Irving and Sloan Ivy are not messing around. There’s no lengths they won’t go to, no lines they won’t cross, to get Tessa to give up her plan.
Tessa is far from your typical whiny and weak high school heroine. She’s so strong and driven, that she won’t let anyone deter her from what she wants to achieve. Of course she’s not immune to the bullying and hatred she suffers, but she refuses to bow to the pressure. She’s crossed path with these five guys before, at a basketball summer camp run by her dad. Her dad is somewhat of a basketball legend, which doesn’t exactly help her as most people don’t see her talent, only her last name and assume she’s a daddy’s girl who gets everything handed to her. Tessa has always felt some connection to these guys, and it’s safe to say that she has very mixed feelings about almost all of them.
So there’s a new genre in the Romance sphere, called Bully Romance. It’s a bit like Dark Romance, but the focus is (of course) bullying. When one of my favourite authors asked me to beta read her new book in this genre, I was just too intrigued to not give it a go. Little did I know, that I’d end up staying awake till 4.30 am just to finish the book, because I just couldn’t put it down!! At first I was a bit suspicious of this genre, because I don’t feel like bullying should be romanticised. But I don’t actually feel like that’s what’s going on here. To me it’s more about the character growth, set backs and of course the drive and emotion behind peoples behaviour.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an amazing book!! From page one I was on an emotional roller coaster, that pulled so much on my heart strings!!! One moment I was cheering on Tessa, the next I was crying, then I was swooning – and now that the book is over, I’m left feeling kind of empty. I should mention that as I finish writing this review, it’s been 6 days since I finished the book the first time. And I still cannot proper focus on any other books. I’m officially in a serious slump, so book 2 cannot get here fast enough!!!!
I’m not going to lie there is some hardcore bullying going on, so if that’s a trigger for you I’d suggest you don’t read this book. But if not, I cannot recommend it enough!!
Have you heard of this genre? Read any books you can recommend? Let’s chat in the comments!