Review: The Game That Breaks Us (Us, #3) by Micalea Smeltzer


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Genre: New Adult Romance

Author: Micalea Smeltzer

Series: Us #3

Available Formats: eBook, Paperback

Available At: Amazon (FREE on Kindle Unlimited)

Release Date: June 27, 2016


Hockey’s bad boy needs to clean up his reputation…

Bennett James has built his career at being the best, on and off the ice, and now it’s come back to bite him. The media has turned against him, and with a near career-ending injury, he needs to clean up his act and prove that he’s serious about the game. For Bennett, working with his old coach at his alma mater feels like a step back, but it might be just what he needs.

…and she’s going to help him do it.

Grace Wentworth has always been the good girl, and she’s tired of that stigma. She wants to prove that she can get down and dirty with the best of them. The problem? She doesn’t know how.

Bennett will teach the good girl how to be bad, if she pretends to be his goody two-shoes girlfriend in front of the media.

But what happens when the game becomes real?

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the third installment in the Us series. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two books, but The Game That Breaks Us has by far been my favorite one yet.

     I really enjoyed reading Grace and Bennett’s story, and thought they were amazing main characters. I liked their personalities and chemistry together, and how their relationship slowly progressed from friends to something more meaningful. I loved that the book was told from both Grace and Bennett’s alternating POV, and how hockey was incorporated into the story as well. I always enjoy a good sports romance, and this one definitely fit the bill. It had just the right amount of humor, romance, and hockey to make it entertaining to read. I loved Micalea Smeltzer’s writing style, and how she told Grace and Bennett’s story. The previous two books in the series were written in first person/past tense, while The Game That Breaks Us was written in first person/present tense. I enjoyed this style of writing much better and thought Micalea did an excellent job with every aspect of the story.

     Many of the secondary characters were wonderful as well, and I loved getting to see a lot of familiar faces from past books by the author. There were certain parts of the book that I didn’t care for, but overall it was an amazing read and I’m extremely glad I didn’t give up on this series.

     I was also thankful the conflict wasn’t too terribly long, but I did find it a little unrealistic that Grace believed it so easily. I was very happy with the ending, however I had hoped the epilogue would have gone farther into the future. But I have a feeling there will be more books in the Us series, and I will definitely be looking forward to reading them if there are!


~About the Author~

Micalea Smeltzer

Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

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