The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?


Pet’s $0.02

This book is s great example of how easy things could be if we’d just get out of our own damn way.

Granted, Finn and Chess’s first meeting could have gone a little smoother, but once they dropped the preconceived biases they had they found that they meshed in all the right ways. Their conversations were relaxed and easy and their lives fit together without much struggle at all. They actually had a lot in common. It was only when they started to over think everything that issues arose. They both seemed to try really hard to find reasons to end what to everyone else seemed like a no brainer in the relationship department. It was maddening at times.

Oh, and I learned you should probably never take relationship advice from guys. Seriously, the advice Finn’s team mates gave him sucked! I’m surprised any of them ever got laid.

Finn came across as just one more arrogant football player until starting to get to know him through how he interacts with Chess. The little things are what make him likeable. Little things like calling Chess by her real name Chester. Taking what used to cause her embarrassment and pain and turning it into a term of endearment.

Chess is self sufficient to the extreme. She’s not had a horrible upbringing but she also didn’t have the supportive family that Finn did. She keeps to herself and relies on no one else, which is great in some ways but seems to keep her incredibly lonely. The only person she has daily interaction with is Jamie, her assistant and best friend, and once he finds love, even that somewhat fragile bond is stretched and tested. James finding Jamie just seems to reinforce her belief that being a loner is preferable to actively courting the hurt that those kinds of bonds bring.  Although, I have to say J&J are a fucking adorable couple. Even Chess has to admit that much.

This is a part of the Game On series so we get to revisit with some of the other guys we’ve gotten to know and love and centering on Dex. I love how this book brings a whole new perspective to what was happening in his life since it takes place at the same time, while not taking anything away from what Finn and Chess were experiencing. If you’re a fan of the Game On series you’ll definitely want to pick this one up.