Game of Hearts

Game of Hearts

Kyla Summers has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime to get her cosplay business off the ground, and only one thing stands in her way. She needs someone to take over the auto shop, and there’s only one person she can think of to call…Jericho Salomon hasn’t been back in his home town since he joined a biker gang and rode off nine years ago. When his best friend’s kid...

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Title:Game of Hearts
Author:Cathy Yardley
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Edition Language:English

Game of Hearts Reviews

  • Lenore Kosinski

    I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    5 stars — You know when you eat an amazing meal of your favourite foods, and when you’re finished you slump back in your chair with a smile of pure giddiness and satisfaction on your face? Yeah, that’s what I looked like when I finished this book. I’m not sure I’ll even be able to accurately describe what I loved about this book, other than just everything. Some

    I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

    5 stars — You know when you eat an amazing meal of your favourite foods, and when you’re finished you slump back in your chair with a smile of pure giddiness and satisfaction on your face? Yeah, that’s what I looked like when I finished this book. I’m not sure I’ll even be able to accurately describe what I loved about this book, other than just everything. Sometimes a book just fits for you, you know? This was just a Lenore book through and through. This was a book full of absolutely fantastic characters, great interactions, amazing chemistry, and those little bits of extra that just put it over the top.

    Kyla was just awesomesauce. She was so unique and sunny and sassy…not to mention tough and vulnerable and adorable. She made me laugh with her antics, and she made my heart hurt with how torn she was between loyalty to her family and wanting to chase her dream. And as a “bigger” heroine, she had a few insecurities, but I appreciated that it didn’t actually play that big a role in who she was. She still had confidence, and it added a note of body positivity to the story as well.

    And then we have Jericho!! He was adorable himself…my hubby was trying to predict why I loved this story, and he was like “beta hero?” But no…he’s not. He’s not really alpha either, he’s just Jericho. I kind of like those heroes the most. He was thoughtful, sweet, and I loved the way his character grew in so many ways over the course of the story. I didn’t expect such a rich secondary story with his family…well, I expected the motorcycle family story, but I’m talking about his Mom. I LOVED the way that played out, there was a lot of richness and seeing things from an adult perspective, and reconciliation that feels realistic and satisfying. And I didn’t expect the bit of diversity that he added! It was interesting, b/c it wasn’t a large part of the story, it didn’t take over the storyline. Rather, it just sort of was, and it was a part of who Jericho was, but…I don’t know how to describe it, it was just normal. I like when the diversity is added in such a way as it doesn’t feel intentional, it just is.

    And OMG, the two of them together were chemistry gold. And not just steamy chemistry, but that first moment when he comes back and you could just FEEL the friendship that they had together, it came across so effortlessly on the pages with the way they bantered and teased and cared for each other. It was so genuine and sassy and awesome. And when they went from friendship to more?? OH YEAH BABY!!!

    As with many of my favourite books/series, this one is chock full of fabulous secondary characters that make the most of the short screen time they have. Even Kyla’s brother Billy amused me…he was kind of a jerk, but for some reason it just lent authenticity to their sibling relationship.

    AND THEN there’s the element that just sets this series over the top for me: epic geeky/nerdy/fandom awesomeness. I don’t fan to this level, but I always admired those who would cosplay. And all those little nerdy references just made my heart happy.

    So yeah. I know most people won’t read all the way through a 5 star review, but if you’re a follower of my reviews at all, you’ll understand how rare it is for me to give a full 5 stars. Does it mean a book is perfect? Nah. But I’m a gut rater, and this book just made me so freaking happy, I wanted to read it again when I finished it. <3

  • Rachel Barnard

    Kyla runs a mechanic shop with her brother Billy, one they inherited from their now retired parents. Billy is happy to let Kyla do the paperwork and work out in the shop as well as take over all operations when he needs to take a vacation. After he breaks his arm, though, all responsibilities fall to Kyla. She had other plans. She wanted to submit costumes for a contest that's coming up in a few weeks. This is her dream, so she calls the only person she knows to help. Jericho Salomon hasn't been

    Kyla runs a mechanic shop with her brother Billy, one they inherited from their now retired parents. Billy is happy to let Kyla do the paperwork and work out in the shop as well as take over all operations when he needs to take a vacation. After he breaks his arm, though, all responsibilities fall to Kyla. She had other plans. She wanted to submit costumes for a contest that's coming up in a few weeks. This is her dream, so she calls the only person she knows to help. Jericho Salomon hasn't been in town for years, for good reason, but he can't ignore his childhood best friend's little sister.

    I loved absolutely everything about this book. Breakout Novels don't just happen. Not every published novel out there is a breakout novel. Breakout novels are 10/5 stars. They are books you can't put down. They are books you read entirely in one sitting. They are books you remember and enthusiastically tell everyone about. Every single one of Cathy Yardley's books has been a breakout novel. The plot is excellent. The characters are larger-than-life, but also endearing and realistic. The stakes are real.

    I adored the relationship between Kyla and all her friends. I loved the fact that the previous books' characters showed up in this book as well as all the other Fandom Hearts books.

    I got really mad at Billy for assuming that Kyla was better suited for the business paperwork than he was and for assuming her hopes and dreams weren't as important because they were artistic based.

    I can't wait to get the next Fandom Hearts book to read!

    I received a free copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

  • Charlie

    Kyla Summers has been running ragged operating both the business and mechanic side of the auto shop she and her brother inherited from their father so he could enjoy traveling. With her brother off cavorting on his own vacations as he pleases, Kyla is left to man the shop on her own while also trying to get her own costume design business off the ground. When Billy returns from a trip with a broken arm and Kyla's costumes are due at convention only a month off, she throws in the towel and calls

    Kyla Summers has been running ragged operating both the business and mechanic side of the auto shop she and her brother inherited from their father so he could enjoy traveling. With her brother off cavorting on his own vacations as he pleases, Kyla is left to man the shop on her own while also trying to get her own costume design business off the ground. When Billy returns from a trip with a broken arm and Kyla's costumes are due at convention only a month off, she throws in the towel and calls long-time friend Jericho Salomon. 

    Jericho Salomon spent the last of his time in town with the Summers, his second family. After leaving home at 17, he met up with some motorcycle gearheads and joined a crew called the Machinists. They are not a motorcycle club or gang, and Jericho is intent on keeping their foundation alive by helping out the young men who are interested, just as Pedro and Mike helped him. 

    Mike and Pedro are expanding the crew, but it is growing too large too fast and presenting problems with a younger recruit trying to throw a coupe and get the other youngers to rebel and go gangster in Hell's Angels fashion. With an upcoming rally, Jericho is pressed for time to come back to help the Summers while things continue to escalate with his motorcycle friends. 

    Jericho is a machine himself in the shop. Standing at 6 foot 7 inches tall, he's a mammoth of a man. He easily falls into working in the shop, and bunks above the shop in Kyla's little apartment. Despite not seeing one another for nine years, they fall easily back into their old habits and friendship. The banter flows with ease and helps bring out their natures. In front of Billy, it is full of flirtation and only to get his hackles up. For Jericho, it's all a ruse. But for Kyla...she's crushed on Jericho near all her life. When Jericho finds Kyla falling out of her the daybed in her costume room, he brings her back to her room and the huge California king bed she gave up for him. 

    Jericho coming back to his hometown is not something he does lightly, and not by choice. He strictly comes to help the Summers. He and Billy have been friends for so long, it's like a small debt to repay the Summers family. Billy throws a fit that Kyla asked because being back near his mom and all the bad from his childhood isn't good for him. 

    Kyla's brother Billy is a domineering, self-serving, selfish man. He belittles Kyla for wanting to pursue her passion, and does not admit to sloughing off all the work on her shoulders while demanding she step up while she's been doing double duty for most of the year. He treated his sister abominably and wasn't even apologetic about it. When Kyla finally tries to sort of stand up for herself, he doesn't even recognize her points. He was manipulative and pulled the "family business" strings about heartbreaking their father if she walked away to do her costumes. 

    Jericho makes his own deal with Kyla. She is to work on her costumes for the convention while he handles the entire shop. Kyla's dream of winning this phenomenal costume contest and kick-starting her business seems to be more of a reality than she ever thought possible. Kyla's hardwork hits a hard wall when she discovers the contest requirements include male costumes and a couples costume. She's worked the entire time on only the three, including a Daenerys Game of Thrones costume. When motorcycle trouble draws Jericho away, Kyla's forced back into the shop. Her dreams are going down the drain. 

    Jericho's motorcycle crew brings trouble back to Kyla's shop, which she uses to her advantage. Jericho also lays some of his own demons to rest. I wish that there was some more focus on Jericho's family to round out and give more life to Jericho's past, but the interactions are enough to explain why Jericho has stayed away all these years and understand his mother's reasons. 

    I loved the descriptions of Kyla's costume making and her passion for doing something different. Like Hailey in the previous book in the series,  Kyla carries the weight of the family business on her shoulders. I wish she had stood up to her brother sooner and took more of a stand because nothing is really resolved between them, unlike Jericho's problems with his mother. I loved Jericho's character and the strength and compassion he displays for Kyla and for his mother.

    A sweet friends-to-lovers/best friend's little sister trope brings heart and humor to the table. The sweet and savory mix of bad boy and sweet girl, Kyla's gender-breaking roles, and the fandom fashion brought out a sweet, savory romance. 

  • Riley K.

    Game of Hearts: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts) by Cathy Yardley is simply amazing. We have met Kyla Summers in a previous book, but this time she is the featured star of the story. She is overwhelmed by an obligation to help her brother with their family business, and a desire to do what makes her happy.

    Enter Jericho Salomon to help her out with the auto shop, but he makes her realize a few things about herself as well. This story was amazing. I loved the references to Game of Thrones, Son

    Game of Hearts: A Geek Girl Rom Com (Fandom Hearts) by Cathy Yardley is simply amazing. We have met Kyla Summers in a previous book, but this time she is the featured star of the story. She is overwhelmed by an obligation to help her brother with their family business, and a desire to do what makes her happy.

    Enter Jericho Salomon to help her out with the auto shop, but he makes her realize a few things about herself as well. This story was amazing. I loved the references to Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, and other pop culture references.

    The author knows how to spin a story, and how to write characters that make you fall in love with them. The strong female friendship was in full force in this story. Along with the steamy romantic scenes between Jericho and Kyla.

    I will recommend this story to others. I give it 5/5 Platypires

  • Curly Carla Celebrity Readers

    I loved this book. I’d say it was better than the last one really. From the cover to the nerdiness I felt like the mother-ship had called me home!

    Kyla was spunky and a furiously hard worker. She loved her family and was always there to help them. Especially her douche canoe of a brother who in my opinion did NOT get near what he deserved. I really loved her self sufficiency and the way she tried to brush off other people letting her down. She was upset but

    I loved this book. I’d say it was better than the last one really. From the cover to the nerdiness I felt like the mother-ship had called me home!

    Kyla was spunky and a furiously hard worker. She loved her family and was always there to help them. Especially her douche canoe of a brother who in my opinion did NOT get near what he deserved. I really loved her self sufficiency and the way she tried to brush off other people letting her down. She was upset but didn’t concentrate on the bad instead moving forward to resolve the issue. It showed maturity and is definitely something I can identify with. Also, she was not your run of the mill body type. She was more realistic in that aspect.

    The chemistry was amazing in this one. It seems miss Yardley is getting more adventurous with writing her sex scenes. I love how that has progressed and can’t wait to read her next work.

    And of course I saved the best for last. ::Sigh:: Jericho, he was the sweetest. A nerd in his own right, how can you not love that? jericho reminds me of my husband, he works on cars and just figures it out without looking at any directions. Its pretty fricking impressive. I love a man who can work with his hands. And this one knows how to use his other body parts just as expertly as well. 😉 Dayum.

    Their story just sorta flowed. No slow parts or confusing plot points, its was all tied up neatly and effortlessly, I breezed right though it in damn near one sitting. For a book that is generally on the shorter side of what I read, it didn’t feel rushed if you know what I mean. Sometimes the shorter ones pack a lot of stuff in them but this one was perfect in that way. Just go read the book, hell go read the whole series so far, I promise you’ll enjoy it.

  • Emily

    Kyla Summers is constantly putting her dreams and wishes on hold for her brother. When her parents retired she partnered up with her brother to take over their families auto repair shop. However, once again her plans are getting derailed because of her brother. Kyla has been working feverishly on costumes for an upcoming cosplay event. After her close friends convince Kyla to call for help, she calls Jericho Salomon who left their small town in Washington nine years ago.

    Jericho has not stepped f

    Kyla Summers is constantly putting her dreams and wishes on hold for her brother. When her parents retired she partnered up with her brother to take over their families auto repair shop. However, once again her plans are getting derailed because of her brother. Kyla has been working feverishly on costumes for an upcoming cosplay event. After her close friends convince Kyla to call for help, she calls Jericho Salomon who left their small town in Washington nine years ago.

    Jericho has not stepped foot in Snoqualmie Washington in years. Occasionally he has seen his best friend, Kyla's brother but when Kyla calls for help he heads home. He knows the timing is not the best as his club is talking about expansion but the Summers have always been there for him. Seeing Kyla though throws him for a loop, he wants her but she is off limits or is she?

    You had me at biker vs geek. This was a slow build romance story that swept me off my feet. Jericho you can visualize and has a confidence about him that just radiates through the story. Loved Kyla she is quirky and such an interesting character. You pick this book up and you don't put it down until it is finished. Excellent read.

  • TabReads

    I’m such a sucker for self assured, competent heroines. Cathy Yardley does not disappoint with Kyla. Jericho is a hero with depth. Great humor, solid story, diversity handled in a culturally sensitive and authentic way, smoking hot dude, nerd cred, and fun smexy times. This book hit all the marks. Off to go reread the first two books in the series.

  • Ivy Deluca

    Kyla Summers, mechanic by day, aspiring cosplay costume maker by night, is burning the candle at both ends. Her brother is hurt, and she has the opportunity of her burgeoning career, but to take advantage of it, she needs help. In a fit of desperation, she reaches out to her brother’s best friend Jericho to help out at her family’s garage. Jericho’s been gone for years, and she doesn’t have much hope he’ll come home, but he does and yes, romance happens.

    The Good. Where do I start? When I chose t

    Kyla Summers, mechanic by day, aspiring cosplay costume maker by night, is burning the candle at both ends. Her brother is hurt, and she has the opportunity of her burgeoning career, but to take advantage of it, she needs help. In a fit of desperation, she reaches out to her brother’s best friend Jericho to help out at her family’s garage. Jericho’s been gone for years, and she doesn’t have much hope he’ll come home, but he does and yes, romance happens.

    The Good. Where do I start? When I chose to sign up for this ARC, I was teased with the nerdy love angle, mixed with an edge of bikers in the mix. There was also a comparison to Penny Reid, one of my favorite authors. I wasn’t sure if it could live up to that comparison, but I was willing to give it a shot. I’m very happy that I did, because I really enjoyed it.

    What impressed me were the surprises. It would have been easy to glorify and gloss over the biker angle. It would have been easy to just focus on Kyla’s love of costumes for cos-players. It would have been easy to make this your typical lily-white ‘verse. But Ms. Yardley didn’t stick to the easy. Jericho is NOT your typical alpha meathead biker dude. Kyla is a BBW heroine who is NOT obsessed with her weight and her negative self-image. She gave both Jericho AND Kyla their own strong individual character arcs not tied to their romance. It made the overall story flow well for me. And she did this while still giving me some solid romantic tension and sweet scenes that made me happy and kept me rooting all the way through to their HEA. Also, she made a ‘verse with diverse characters that intrigued me enough to want to read the rest of the series, so kudos for that.

    The Bad. Nothing, really. Maybe a little more time spent on the romance? Eh, it wasn’t that bad, I’m just greedy.

    Everything in Between. This is part of a series, but it’s the only book I’ve read and I didn’t spend the entire time thinking I’m missing something. It truly works as a standalone. Kyla’s brother is a bit insensitive and definitely takes advantage of his sister, but their sibling interactions were definitely realistic. Basically, I just want more.

    I really enjoyed this and I definitely recommend it. The story is well written, the characters are layered and the ‘verse is one I want to visit again. I’m glad I read this and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from Ms. Yardley.

    **ARC provided by author for review**

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  • Nanou

    J'avoue que j'ai pas trop été portée par l'univers professionnel où travaille Kyla et son frère, les trucs de garage sont pas pour moi. De même, que Jericho qui fait partie d'un groupe d'amateur de moto (attention c'est pas des bikers !), c'est pas ce qui me fait rêver.

    Parcontre, j'ai beaucoup apprécié les liens entre les héros, ils se connaissent depuis longtemps et même s'ils se sont perdus de vue pendant 9 ans, quand ils se retrouvent c'est comme s'ils ne s'étaient jamais quittés. Ils reprenn

    J'avoue que j'ai pas trop été portée par l'univers professionnel où travaille Kyla et son frère, les trucs de garage sont pas pour moi. De même, que Jericho qui fait partie d'un groupe d'amateur de moto (attention c'est pas des bikers !), c'est pas ce qui me fait rêver.

    Parcontre, j'ai beaucoup apprécié les liens entre les héros, ils se connaissent depuis longtemps et même s'ils se sont perdus de vue pendant 9 ans, quand ils se retrouvent c'est comme s'ils ne s'étaient jamais quittés. Ils reprennent aussi leur bonne vieilles habitudes de titiller le frère de Kyla en faisant semblant de flirter un max entre eux xD ça donne quelques petites scènes assez drôles.

    Un peu dommage qu'il n'y ai pas eu assez de place pour la réunion de Jericho avec sa famille. J'ai plus apprécié la résolution de ses problèmes avec sa mère que tout ce qui se passe avec les motards. C'est un peu lourd et on voit venir le truc dès le premier chapitre.

    Mention spéciale pour le concours de cosplay à la fin avec un hommage à Game of Thrones, j'ai bien couiné à ce moment-là ♥

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    ***ARC received for a honest review***

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