Blog Tour: The Game Can’t Love You Back

TheGameCantLoveYouBackTourBannerHello readers! Welcome back to my blog for today’s tour post, this time for the YA Contemporary Romance novel The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo. As always, this post will contain a full review as well as the opportunity to enter into a promotional giveaway that is running alongside the tour and all of the information you need to know about the novel itself. Hope you enjoy reading this post and thanks for stopping by!


Book details:
The Game Can’t Love You Back
by Karole Cozzo
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.
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REVIEW: This was a great YA Contemporary Romance to read, as the summer months begin and the baseball hots up. As I am from England, I was a little bit nervous to see what the baseball storyline regarding the main character Eve would be like. But rest assured, it was really refreshing to read a sport that I don’t often see portrayed in YA Fiction. After her high school is involved in an accident, the sport teams from the high school end up merging with a different high school. Truth is, Eve is the only girl on her high school’s baseball team and not everyone is accepting of that. She meets Jamie, one of the star baseball players who always seems to want it all, the fame and trophies but she wants to be the best that she can be, not second best. Throughout the novel, their interactions are key, I can also relate to the only girl on a sports team aspect as I was on my old high school’s basketball team with a dozen other guys. I enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to get into the story with good pacing. I liked reading from both Eve and Jamie’s POVs as I was curious to see what the other was thinking during their encounters.
I also like the fact that the novel stands alone, the ending really tied up the storyline well. Eve as a character at times could get really emotional but also, try to stand her ground. It was a good coming-of-age novel and would happily re-read this again! The romance involved wasn’t too insta-love either since this aspect is actually a pet peeve of mine. This is a prefect read for teen girls and no, you don’t need to be a huge expert in baseball to read this one. The conversation that Eve and her Mum had at the end was really heartwarming and one of my favourite scenes overall. In conclusion, add this one to your summer TBRs!
Giveaway: Closing date for entries is May 24th 2018!
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of The Game Can’t Love You Back

For the chance to win a physical copy of the novel, head over to this link: Entries are open to residents living in the US or Canada!

That concludes this tour post, a big thank you to Xpresso, Swoon Reads and Karole for letting me be a part of the tour. See you all soon with a new post!

Alice x


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