He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...
Note: This is a MATURE YOUNG ADULT/NEW ADULT novel
Suitable for ages 17+
Contains strong language, sexual situations and references
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“The Perfect Game” by J. Sterling
I own this book and this review is my honest opinion.
I loved this 5 star book and did not want to put it down. At all! Right from the beginning, I was captured by J. Sterling’s storytelling. She is such a talented and entertaining writer, and she made her characters come alive on the page. I love when I get so sucked into a story right away. When this book ended, it stayed with me and made me crave the next book that follows “The Perfect Game.” I cannot wait to get my hands on “The Game Changer (book two).” I’ll also make sure I read more of J. Sterling’s books...well, all of them!
I don’t want to waste anyone’s time with repeating the synopsis. But briefly: Jack Carter is a cocky college guy, star baseball player, and player with the females. Girls throw themselves at him left and right, and he never sleeps with the same girl twice...never mind date them. Cassie Andrews is new to the school, in love with photography, and even though she admits Jack is easy on the eyes...she’s not going to chase after him like every other girl in the world. Jack absolutely loves that Cassie isn’t chasing him and being like every other girl he deals with daily...so he chases her instead. You can read “The Perfect Game” by J. Sterling to find out if Jack ever catches Cassie, or if Cassie lets herself get caught.
Before I read this book, I heard how so many people loved the book...but hated main character Jack Carter. As I was reading, I was worried about when I was going to get to the part where I started hating him too. It never came for me. Yeah, I completely get why people could hate him...but I absolutely didn’t. I understood why Jack did the things he did, even if it wasn’t something I would personally do, or recommend someone else do. I’m not going to get into the things Jack did, or why he did those things - you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when you pick up this book and read it for yourself.
I love Cassie Andrews aka Kitten. She is such a great character, and I loved her the entire book. Just like with Jack, there may have been things that you would have wanted to happen differently...but that’s the thing about this book. It wasn’t always perfect. It was like real life. You might have what seems like a happily ever after one second, but not the next, just to have the happily ever after again in the second after that. This can be a cycle that goes on for a while in life, and you can’t do anything about it. Cassie and Jack had real emotions throughout this book. The author made the characters in this book as real as she could...things that real people would do or feel. On top of Cassie and Jack, I love the supporting characters. Melissa (Cassie’s best friends) and Dean (Jack’s brother) are awesome! Even beyond them, each character meant something in this book. It was great. With the idea of all these characters, especially Cassie and Jack, not being as perfect as people think, it only makes this book more perfect in my eyes.
An added bonus for me about “The Perfect Game” is the focus on baseball. I grew up loving baseball, whether I was playing, at a game, or watching one on television. I’m from Boston, and I am a Red Sox fan. It was just cool to see the author revolve the book around Jack’s baseball career. It was fun watching him climb the professional baseball ladder, he certainly deserved it!
On top of everything else I loved about this book...I really loved all the inside jokes between Cassie and Jack. From the very beginning when they just met, they had their own personal jokes that actually made me laugh out loud while reading. It was just so cute watching Jack take an insult Cassie threw at him and turn it into a flirtatious joke between them.
I would definitely recommend this New Adult Contemporary Romance novel to fans of this genre. I will be reading the next book, as soon as it is available, because I want more of Cassie and Jack. In the meantime, I’ll read other work by J. Sterling.
Oh yeah, and I love the cover! =)