The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
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...
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns
"There's an expiration date for every single one of us who plays and we all know it. Eventually my baseball career will come to an end, and I can live with that. But I can't live without you." - Jack Carter
From college to the big leagues, this story had me hooked from page one and didn't let go until that final epilogue. Parts of this story were beautiful and filled me with the warm and fuzzies as I got lost in Cassie and Jack 'F'n' Carter - he is as dreamy as they come, and like our heroine, I fell hard for this boy...until 'the incident' that turned this story on its head and lodged my heart in my throat.
Holy Angst Overload, it hurt really bad!
I wanted to scream at the stupidity of not one action but two. Why Jack, why? The kindle nearly got it! I had to refrain myself from slamming it against something concrete!
Putting that little warning aside, this book incorporated everything I love when it comes to first true-love romances. I do love my angst, and I loved Jack, even though he starts out as 'the cliché,' you know the one... the gorgeous college athlete whose popularity with the ladies precedes him. He doesn't date, he doesn't do relationships - in fact, he never sleeps with the same girl twice. However, his habits are about to come to a crashing halt when he notices the new girl at a frat party, for the very first time.
Enter Cassie Andrews, she is smart, pretty and outspoken. Not one to swoon at the feet of the local sporting celebrity, her distaste for Jack and the way he leads his shallow life is obvious from the start, as she tells him exactly what she thinks of him.
I saw the disgusted look on her face after I called her 'kitten.' Most girls would have creamed her pants if I called them that. but not Cassie. She looked like she wanted to punch me in the jaw. And I've wanted to kiss her ever since"
Call it self-preservation if you will, but Cassie doesn't need another male complication in her life. Not one that cheats and lies. Not one just like her Father.Jack on the other hand is hiding a few demons of his own. Ones that go back to his young childhood and he never talks about it, not to anyone.After relentless badgering, Jack finally coerces Cassie to a first date, she accepts, in the hope that it will be such a disaster, it will be their last.
No. Such. Luck!
Jack and Cassie start to open up to one another, and when their pasts catch up with them, they both realise they have at least one thing in common. They both have parent issues, and are both just as screwed-up and as broken as each-other. And here on out, we see the start of a beautiful friendship.
The heart dictates and it's not long before Jack waves goodbye to his old ways, and embraces a relationship with 'his kitten' for the very first time.With his college baseball career hitting new heights, he gets a call for a placement in Arizona - He's going Pro, there is just one problem...he has no choice but to leave Cassie behind.
With many miles between them, Cassie and Jack try their hand at the 'dreaded' long-distance relationship, after all, they are completely in-love and nothing will ever come between them.
Until one night, when Jack makes a very bad judgement call, one that has the potential to destroy everything...
I wasn't sure about Cassie in the beginning, she seemed very judgemental, although I could understand her reasonings, the banter between her and Jack seemed forced and a little juvenile at times. I did warm to her character later on and by the end I wanted to proclaim her as my new best book buddy. She proved herself as a strong person that gave way to her earlier selfish ways, to fight for the man she loved. I was routing for her so hard towards the end and J. Sterling did not disappoint. She fixed my shattered heart and kissed it all better with that epilogue.
The Perfect Game is a great all rounder with some very likeable characters, bar one... and heart stopping moments that delivered every emotion in its rawest of forms. I enjoyed this story immensely and will be jumping on the sequel with immediate effect.