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Review: The Game On series by Kristen Callihan

Game On series by Kristen Callihan

It's no secret that I've somehow found myself a fan of the sports romance. How this happened, exactly, I don't know. Do I like sports? I mean, I have season tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies and often say that my favorite season of the year is basketball season. But I never dated an athlete, never found myself fantasizing over the quarterback or whatever. So how did this happen? I dunno, but I will say that one of my favorite NA subgenres is definitely the sports romance.

I recently reread several of the Game On series by Kristen Callihan, and then went ahead and finished up the series. The first one came out in 2014, and the most recent came out earlier in 2017. But I just found so many things to love, that I decided to go ahead and make a whole post about the series. Mini reviews ahead! If you'd like to check out an individual book, click the cover!

The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan (Game On Series)

Published: September 2014

Stars: 4/5

  • Hot sports guy on campus who just wants to fall in love

  • Annoyed anti-sports full-figured heroine

  • Seriously, Anna is great.

  • Hook-up rules: no kissing on the mouth, staying the night, or telling anyone


  • Also just wait for that kiss on the mouth

  • All the steam and sweetness

  • College romance

  • Ah, the swoons

The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan (Game On series)

Published: May 2015

Stars: 5/5

  • Slow-burn friendship-first romance between a jock and a sports-loving baker

  • Friends-to-lovers trope

  • Former manwhore turns crazy about a girl (meh)

  • Gray is an awful choice for Ivy because her father wants to be his agent


  • Also Gray makes all the soup

  • Awesome banter

  • That one time on the phone though jfc

  • End-of-college but-what-about-the-future romance

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan (Game On series)

Published: November 2015

Stars: 4.5/5

  • Virgin tattoo bearded NFL star & little sister from Book 2

  • I've-loved-you-from-a-distance-for-years romance

  • Dex may be one of the most intense heroes in a sports romance book ever

  • Strong and silent and also knows how to put a baby to sleep

  • Wait until you find out where he's pierced

  • Fiona is so fun and awesome and hilarious

  • "You've ruined me, Fiona. I'm not sure I know how to live without you anymore."

  • Oh but they live so far apart and she hates athletes how will they ever make it work?!?!??!

  • Have fun being murdered by this book.

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan (Game On series)

Published: April 2017

Stars: 5/5

  • Friends-to-lovers trope

  • More specifically, friends-to-roommates-to-lovers trope

  • Set in New Orleans

  • Bad-bet NFL player falls hard for tattooed, badass relationship-positive photographer

  • But the connections are off the chart.

  • “You and me. We could be real.”

  • Oh but surely he's not really a bad bet, I bet he has a tragic story lurking in his past??

  • Oh, there it is.

  • Man, there's a lot of feelings here. Will you make it out alive?

  • I thought this was the last in the series but IT'S NOT. See you next time.

Have you read this series, and did it sneak up and murder you gleefully as you just sat back and took it? Let me know below!

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