Book: A Different Game (A Wrong Game Novel)
Author: Charlie M. Matthews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 30th January
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You know that saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
I found out that it was true. At least, that’s what I’d thought a year earlier when a few stolen moments with this one, unexpected girl, turned my heart to mush.
I thought she was different.
I thought she was special.
But it turned out I was wrong.
I was the kind of guy who learned from his mistakes quickly, so I moved away, threw myself into my budding football career, and I was determined to make something of myself and focus on my future.
And it worked, despite me missing her.
For a short while, I had everything figured out again.
Then, in one split second, it was all gone, ripped out from beneath my feet.
An injury forced me back home to Winslow to face the world I’d left behind.
But I wasn’t the same man when I returned.
I was different now. Too different for everything to go back the way it was before.
I wasn’t the relationship type. I was the girl who mothers warned their sons about. I was the local piece of trash.
At least, that’s what they all thought.
None of them ever really knew me at all. None of them except him.
And then he left me… alone and confused. He forced me to hate him, to hate them all. I wanted to drift away. Leave Winslow far behind me and start afresh someplace else. Someplace new. Somewhere I could become anything and anyone I wanted to be.
But then he came back, dragging with him every moment, every explicit memory I had of us together and dumping them unceremoniously at my feet.
I wanted to keep hating him.
I wanted to resist.
But he was different now.
So cold, so angry, and sexy as all hell.
He’d changed, and all my plans for a happy ever after were shattered the moment he made the decision to return and show me exactly what I’d been missing while he’d been gone. I was screwed.
I’m so glad that I picked A Different Game by Charlie M. Matthews. Not only did I get a great, sexy, and emotional romance, but I also found a new writer that I have fallen in love with.
I have not read the first book of this series which is about a different couple. I didn’t really have a hard time keeping up with the storyline or characters, but I will be reading the first book because I see that the stories flow together.
Melanie and Jake live in the same town. Jake’s life is in their small village, but Melanie is waiting to flee it. She is looked down upon because of her past mistakes and feels like she can’t breathe there. Jake and Melanie shared a short period in the past, and both thought they could move on. When Jake returns home, all bets are off. Can they make this fling a relationship? Will she ever be able to trust anyone again, especially someone who has the power to completely crush her?
Melanie was an intriguing character..she definitely isn’t perfect, and people in the book seem to make some unfair judgments about her. Yes, she made some bad choices, but no one ever asked why she did. They assumed, never asking themselves why she became the person they thought she was. She is the first to admit her flaws, but life dealt her a crap hand, and she dealt with it the only way she knew how. She lost two of the most important people in her life, and she began thinking no one ever stays, so why should she allow her heart to be broken again. She thought she had protected her heart, but she found out she hadn’t when Jake came back into her life.
Jake, himself, is also an intriguing character. He is flawed as well, but aren’t we all? Life dealt him a blow as well, professionally and more importantly, personally. Things he grew up thinking were true were lies. He is having a hard time dealing with it, especially when it impacts his relationship and who he thought his cousin, Taylor, was. His heart has always belonged to Melanie, even if he doesn’t realize it yet. He can’t get her out of his head, and he’ll take her anyway he can get her.
“She was intriguing—a closed book I wanted to tear open and devour every last word of.”
I just love when two people who have been hurt and in pain find one another and begin the healing process. These two were destined to be together. Not only do they find love, but they also discovered who they were as individuals. Life will definitely take them places they only dreamed of.
About the Author
Charlie M. Matthews is a hopeless romantic, lost in her own world of fairy tales and adventures. A lover of art and painting, she’d happily trade in her everyday clothes in exchange for a paint smudged shirt. In the confines of her attic room, she is able to create a world that is unlike no other. Mixing fantasy and fiction to generate a piece of work that she could so easily lose herself in. With her wild imagination and passion for reading, Charlie stumbled upon a new love.
What started as a distraction from the crazy little thing that is ‘life’, it soon became all too real. She no longer dreamt about the day her words would be published for all to see because that day had finally come true. It 2015 she released her first novel and hasn’t looked back since.
Charlie is a mum of three beautiful children, living in a small village on the outskirts of Oxfordshire, England. Born and raised in the busy town of Reading, she switched the bright lights and traffic jams for a quiet life in the sticks a little over eight years ago.
Between school runs and generally just doing the whole ‘mum’ thing, you’ll most likely find her slobbing out on the sofa, shouting at the tv screen while her favourite football team (Arsenal) are tearing up the field. And yes, no doubt there will be beer involved, or if she’s feeling extra girlie, maybe even a glass of vino.
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Other books in the series
The Wrong Game