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 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 Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews After the brief exchanges I had with Melanie in the first installment, I was pretty certain I wasn t going to like her I won t spoil the first book if you haven t read it yet, but let s just say she was an acquired taste I m happy to report that oh boy, was I ever wrong Not only is Melanie a complex character to get into the mind of, but she s also engaging Add in the smoking hot Jake Knight and the chemistry between them and damn This author created some magic Charlie M Matthews really sucks you into this world she s created The culture of these characters and the world where they live surrounds you and you feel like a fly on the wall, sometimes yelling at the pages as though they can hear you What I love most about this writer, is the raw reality of her world Reading this book, I laughed, I cried, I even giggled out loud and ugly cried All of the emotions are there, wrapped up in these beautiful characters and their journey If you love a good romance and great characters, head out and get this little beauty of a story You won t be sorry Melanie went through a rough period of time when she was younger, and with parents who checked out of her life, she was left on her own to grieve That had her acting out in different ways, basically burning every bridge in her life, which has made her the girl that no one wants around So she s doing her best to just work, and save every penny in order to move somewhere that no one knows her to start over Jake has been working hard in his football career, until an injury sent him home to Winslow to face the family life he left behind He s different now, but won t let anyone know what is truly going through his brain However, when he runs into Melanie, their past hurts collide, and yet, they can t stay away from each other, even though no one wants them together A Different Game is a great story that held every bit of my attention cover to cover The emotional journey that I was taken on, kept all of my emotions on my sleeve Melanie was a hurt soul, that didn t let anyone in to see the real her, and I wanted to take up for her so badly And Jake, he was hurting too, but he hurt her , which upset me a lot, so I m still not happy with him Plus, the cast of secondaries added pain to mix which seeped out of my kindle, with all of their feelings about Melanie, even though she did make mistakes, but she was ready to own them Charlie M Matthews really took me on a ride with her talented, and addictive writing style, that I m still not recovered from to be honest, with the push pull of this story And I still have questions about a few things, so I hope there are going to be books surrounding all of these people in the future HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND A Different Game By Charlie M Matthews So, what do you do when your world is ripped out from under your very feet What do you do when all you ve ever known is lost Do you fight Or do you just sit back and watch everything fade away Everyone has a story Everyone has a past And sometimes those stories and pasts define who we are Melanie has a past A past filled with happy memories and love, until one day those memories and love are ripped away When tragedy strikes her family, Melanie is shoved aside and she constructs a wall to protect herself from getting hurt again Jake has had it all Money, fame, and a loving family One secret rips his whole world in pieces, and Jake is faced with reality He needs to find who he is and what he wants, but at what cost Faced with the realisation that no one could be trusted, I learned quickly that I didn t need anyone in my life and I would treat others how they treated me I wouldn t love again This bookI loved it I love the characters, yes, even Melanie And I love how Charlie was able to keep the story flowing with The Wrong Game The intensity of the characters attraction has you wanting , while the heartache breaks you down A Different Game is just that, it s different Raw, honest and real There is a surprise character in this story as well Now, with her fingers in my hair and her contented breaths dancing across my chest, I knew that whatever storm awaited us, we would ride it out together Because as long as we had each other, nothing and no one could tear us apart Tara I read the first book in this series and I loved it, so I count myself as extremely lucky to have been able to beta read this second book for the author Dont worry if you havent read The Wrong Game, this book works well as a standalone too It follows Mel and Jake through many ups and downs in their quest to be together Both have troubled pasts that influences how they react and behave towards each other and at times I really wanted to give them both a shake Although previously Mel was a bit of a bitch, I always knew that wasn t really the case I love her in this book and my heart went out to her when I discovered her story Equally Jake has his issues too, but I found him totally adorable maybe thats just me I really want a Jake Get ready for one hell of an emotional ride, but its so worth it.This book needs to be added to your TBR list today An absolutely fantastic book and some of the easiest 5 s I ve ever given. 5 fantastic starsRead and reviewed for 3 Degrees of Fiction.I had not read the first book in this series but had no trouble following along with this story as a standalone.I have since picked up book 1 though because I have falling in love with the characters in this series The story flows smoothly and it will leave you a mess at times Jake and Mel have great chemistry and the struggles they face to come together are amazing.Mel s character really spoke to me because I too have lost metaphorically my brothers to drug addiction Loving someone with an addiction is hard and I dont think its talked about enough The picture painted is not pretty and not should it be It is however something that should be talked about.Odd bit of info this is the 3rd booK this year that I read where cousins who were extremely close turned out to be brothers Its weird because none of the books came from the same place and none had that info in the blurb its all been really random I look forward to reading from Charlie Matthews. You Know That Saying One Man S Trash Is Another Man S TreasureI 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 MushI Thought She Was DifferentI Thought She Was Special But It Turned Out I Was WrongI 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 FutureAnd 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 BehindBut I Wasn T The Same Man When I ReturnedI Was Different Now Too Different For Everything To Go Back The Way It Was Before JakeI Wasn T The Relationship Type I Was The Girl Who Mothers Warned Their Sons About I Was The Local Piece Of TrashAt Least, That S What They All ThoughtNone Of Them Ever Really Knew Me At All None Of Them Except HimAnd 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 BeBut Then He Came Back, Dragging With Him Every Moment, Every Explicit Memory I Had Of Us Together And Dumping Them Unceremoniously At My FeetI Wanted To Keep Hating Him I Wanted To ResistBut 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 Melanie I was lucky enough to get a chance to read this book as beta reader.This being the first of Charlies books that I have read, I didn t know what to expect But let me just say HOLY GRANOLI Charlie has managed to mix 2 of my favourite things in one bookfashion and English Football.If you havent read the first book no vret I didn t either This can be read as a standalone.The trials and tribulations that Melanie and Jake have to go through to finally realise they BELONG together is totally realistic nothing far fetched Jake gets you experiencing so many emotions..Do you hate him Do you love him Do you feel sorry for him.Melanie.ahhhh you can t help but just love her Feel some form of pity for all she has gone through.Also I think I found a new best friend Charlieeven though you support Arsenal I think I might just add you to my list of must read authors A Different Game I was luckly enough to beta read for this author.This story is about love ,hurt and loss and how two people belong with each other but go though so much to get there Mel and Jake we meet in the wrong game.this can be read as a stand alone Mel is passionate crazy about fashion and longs to live a differnt lifeaway from her home town but theres just one problem him Jake is football crazy he lives footbball His future hangs in the balance but he wont addmit the truth to himself or anybody else.Then theres the girl he cant seem to forget as much as he say he dont want her ,shes all he thinks about.Can thay get past it all ,Jake you love him you dislike him.Mel has a hard exterior so she doesnt come across as a nice person but really she very vulnerable You feel for both character s.a great read. I haven t read the first book in this series, but I can honestly say that this book reads as a standalone so I didn t feel like I was missing anything.I have to admit it took me quite some time to get into this book I just did not like Mel at all But as the story goes on, her previous actions though not excusable you sort of understand as she felt so very alone and I think everything she did was a cry for not only help, but just to be acknowledged.Jake is a good male lead character He does act immaturely at times, but he also has moments of being the rock Mel needs.I did end up enjoy reading this story, and I would definitely read from this author.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.
Charlie M Matthews is a hopeless romantic, lost in her own world of fairy tales and adventures Mum to three beautiful children, Charlie lives in a small village on the outskirts of Oxfordshire, England Between school runs and generally doing the whole mum thing, you ll most likely find her relaxing on the sofa in her jammies with a glass of wine and her trusty kindle in her hands A lover of
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