Game Point, by M.J. O’Shea
Series: Dreamspun Desires, Book 45
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Game, set… match made in heaven.
Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.
Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work—and play—together after all. A friends with benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game.
Enemies to Friends
Enemies to Lovers
Friends With Benefits
When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it. I liked the blurb but Porter seemed to REALLY hate Quinn and I really didn’t want to read a book where someone detested someone and then suddenly liked them after sleeping together. Luckily that was not the case with this book. O’Shea brought together this unexpected couple in a way that had me rooting for them 100%.
Both the writing and the plot of this book were really strong. I know that part of the fun of the Dreamspun Desires series is suspending disbelief for the sake of enjoying tropes, but I do like it when the plot is believable. It’s an added bonus even if it’s not required to enjoy these books!
Porter is grumpy but he starts bonding with Quinn once he realizes that Quinn isn’t going to fluff off on the job. Porter is super competent, driven, and used to play sports so he’s my favorite even though he was a bit of an a-hole to Quinn in the beginning. Most of the issue that Porter had with Quinn was driven by Porter’s love/protectiveness of Quinn’s family. They’d become his family and I really liked that Porter cared more about them than a company (even though he’s a crazy workaholic).
Quinn isn’t the ditzy freeloader that Porter thinks he is. Yeah, he starts off as a party boy kind of guy but when we meet him he’s kind of over that life. I liked that he was already ready for a change before so that it didn’t seem like a sudden personality switch. O’Shea did a really great job showing how Quinn and Porter transition from enemies (at least in Porter’s mind) to friends to more. It was a nice smooth progression instead of suddenly going from enemies to being in love. Instead, we got a nice build up with some miscommunication and confusing feelings between the two.
The secondary characters were great even though there was a minimal number of them. We get Porter’s sister and his secretary/friend, as well as Quinn’s mom, sprinkled into the story enough to get to know them without having them become overbearing. They help drive the plot forward and help the two MCs sort their relationship out. There is one caveat I need to add to this: I really don’t understand why Porter’s grown adult sister lives with him. It was weird and it meant she was around all the time. If I was rich I’d pay to have my siblings NOT live with me even if I got along with them.
I have to admit that at the beginning of the story I didn’t think that I was going to like these two together. Porter was super adamant about hating Quinn and ended up being mean, but once they both dropped their preconceived notions about each other the story moved along quite nicely. This ended up being a feel-good, sweet read with some steamy scenes and a happy ending.
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.
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