Game On

Gabra Zackman
Game On
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Publisher
Pocket Star
Release Date
April 2015
ISBN
9781476789248
Series
Book 1 of Bod Squad
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Part caper, part romantic comedy, this hilariously entertaining book in the Bod Squad series features a sassy and sexy undercover operative, Susannah "Legs" Carter, and her Ocean's Eleven–style team of private investigators.

From Washington, DC, to Paris, Legs is tailing Charles Oakley Palmer III, a white-collar criminal she's determined to bring to justice. But will romance or betrayal blossom along the way? Find out in the first in a sizzling new series about a team of highly skilled investigators who go undercover to catch criminals—while juggling romance, world travel, and danger around every corner.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
May 04, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
115 people found the following review helpful
GAME ON is a different and intriguing spy romance, but one I'm still not sure I really enjoyed.

Susannah Carter's most recent assignment has her getting close to gazillionaire CEO Charles "Chas" Oakley Palmer III to figure out his involvement in an international crime ring. Chas immediately figures out that Susannah is after him, but he's so intrigued by "Legs" that he decides to play along. The two are in an intricate dance that finds them both falling hard and fast for each other.

Susannah valiantly tries to maintain the objectives of her mission, and Chas desperately attempts to keep her at arms length, but the two of them can't seem to stay away from each other. Can Susannah's dream man give up his life of crime or is she destined for another broken heart?

GAME ON is the first book in the Bod Squad series, and I'm really not sure if I liked it or not. The name Chas evokes feelings of greasy prepsters with a penchant for whisky and trouble (sorry to all the dudes who use that moniker). I think the book was supposed to be a playful and funny parody of the international spy game, so I attempted to not take this read too seriously. That said, if Susannah is a top agent, I don't even want to know what a bad agent is like. She blows her cover within minutes of meeting her mark, and continues to make a mockery of her case. Meanwhile, Chas is supposedly this wildly intelligent hacker/computer guru...who doesn't know when his room is bugged or when he's being watched. His home security is less challenging than a supermodel ordering lunch.

Working on the suspicion that GAME ON is meant to be lighthearted and funny, I found the dialogue playful yet weirdly retro with a strangely cheesy vibe at times. Legs (and all of the female MC's) was pretty cool, both self-deprecating and funny and not afraid to look for love. Chas was different--a little Austin Powers-y, a little James Bond-ish, a bit Scooby-Doo-alicious. I'm not positive I enjoyed this overall book, but it wasn't one I necessarily wanted to throw in the pool when finished.

Bottom Line: (possible) tongue in cheek spy romance. Not awful but not a book that captured my attention enough to request any others in this series.
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