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Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley
Series: Fandom Hearts #3
Published: January 20, 2018 by RYW Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kyla Summers has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime to get her cosplay business off the ground, and only one thing stands in her way. She needs someone to take over the auto shop, and there’s only one person she can think of to call…
Jericho Salomon hasn’t been back in his home town since he joined a biker gang and rode off nine years ago. When his best friend’s kid sister calls begging for help, he knows that he owes the family a debt and he intends to pay. This is easier said than done once he finds that the kid is all grown up…
She needs a pair of skillful hands. He needs to keep his hands off. When sparks begin to fly, can they keep things strictly business, or will their hearts get hopelessly tangled? No more games, it’s time to play for keeps.
Kyla works her butt off in the auto shop she owns with her brother but working on cars isn’t her true passion. Designing and creating costumes for cosplay is Kyla’s dream and she’d love to dedicate more time to it, but with her brother always overbooking clients and then taking vacations, she just doesn’t have the time. With a major cosplay competition coming up, Kyla knows this is her chance to make a name for herself, but it all falls apart when her brother breaks his arm and Kyla is left to work the auto shop on her own.
Knowing it’s time to call in reinforcements, she contacts Jericho, her brother’s best friend. Jericho left Snoqualmie 9 years ago in anger and he hasn’t been back since; but Jericho would do anything for the Summers family, after all, they practically helped raise him. But a lot has change in so many years and Jericho never expected Kyla to be so grown up and sexy beyond his wildest imagination.
I’m pretty sure Jericho is my new book boyfriend because I loved him from the first second he appeared on the page. He’s tall, tall, tall, muscular, sexy, and a big teddy bear when it comes to those he loves. He’s known Kyla and her brother Billy since they were kids and he’d do anything for them; even return to his home town where bad memories and an angry fight with his mother sent him running at 17. Jericho found a home with The Machinists motorcycle crew (not a gang!) and he’s dedicated his time to helping others in the crew find their passion for riding and fixing up motorcycles. Jericho might be big and intimidating but he’s such a genuine good guy and I loved him!
“I wanted to prove that this wasn’t some stupid dream. I wanted to go for something that I wanted, without justifying it to anyone.”
Jericho and Kyla’s friendship was so cute and I loved the outrageous, fake flirting they would do in front of Billy just to drive him crazy. Of course, that fake flirting doesn’t feel so fake now that they’re older and the attraction between them is so much stronger. Kyla has always had a crush on Jericho but seeing him again shows her how much her heart could end up broken when Jericho leaves again. Even with that knowledge, Kyla takes the chance to go after what she wants, and I really enjoyed seeing her feel empowered in her own skin. Kyla has so much fire and passion inside but she’s been suppressing so much of it in order to make other people’s dreams come true first. She had me rooting for her through the whole book and I was cheering internally every time Kyla stood up for herself.
Just like the other books in the series, Game of Hearts was wonderfully nerdy! I really liked the inside look at cosplay because it’s not something I’ve ever really been involved in. Cathy Yardley’s authenticity of the nerd world always shines through and this series just keeps getting better and better.
5 stars – loved it!
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