The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson

September 29th, 2015 Kimberly Giveaway, Review 70 Comments

29th Sep
The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson
The Name of the Game
by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Something New #3
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Heat Level:One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

Some people follow the rules. . . A professor of forensic anthropology, James Donovan is the reasonable sibling among the passionate, impulsive Donovans. But there's nothing reasonable about his reaction to baker Gracie Roberts. She's all wild curls and mouth-watering curves, as deliciously tempting as the sugary treats she's famous for--and twice as irritating. But before long, James decides that getting a taste of her is one indulgence he can't pass up. . .
Some people play to win. . .Independent, smart, and sexy, Gracie's year-long dry spell has her itching for a man. Responsible, health-obsessed James? Not in a million years! She needs a guy who knows how to let loose! But when James sets out to show her just how satisfying a disciplined man can be when pleasure is at stake, she learns just how sweet--and spicy--he really is. Have James and Gracie found the recipe for love?

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The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson is the third book in her Something New series and features a “haters to lovers” romance with a geeky professor who made me swoon. Dawson delivers heat and some role-playing that heated up the pages. Sizzling chemistry, humor and cupcakes had this reader melting.

It is important to note that while each of these stories features the romance of one couple, the small-town atmosphere of the series will be lost on those who read them out-of-order.

Coffee dates with The Name of the Game

  • First Date: Right away, I like the tension between James Donovan and Gracie Roberts. These two will be spending a lot more time in each other’s company thanks to the upcoming marriage of Gracie’s best friend Cecilia and James’ brother Shane. The banter is delicious and had me giggling from the onset. She is a baker and he is a health nut and on the surface they are like oil and water, but things are about to boil and I cannot wait to see what they are cooking!
  • Second date: They soon begin to realize that their issues stem from attraction and the games begin. Gracie tries to take control of the situation and Dawson had me laughing, sighing and falling head over heels for James. From his sexy professor attitude to his Doctor Who t-shirts, the man is a geeky god. I can just see him with his glasses and disheveled hair. He over analyses everything and I loved watching him fall. Time spent with the Dawson family as they celebrate the engagement of Celica and Shane added some nice touches. I enjoyed updates from earlier characters and we even meet new ones. James’ friends were hilarious and the conversations he had with them had me grinning. I loved all the talk about cupcakes, browncoats, and time lords!
  • Third date: Heat, some role-playing and fantasy fulfilling added just the right amount of heat. Dawson has a thing for realistic Dom/sub relationships and we catch a glimpse here. We see some growing pains, and a few mistakes that lead to relationship turbulence but it was not overdone and kept me flipping the pages. Both Gracie and James are strong characters, and I loved the depth Dawson brought to them. We witness character growth as we learn more about James and see Gracie realize a few important things about herself. I didn’t want my dates to end.

My coffee dates with The Name of the Game ended much too soon. I loved this couple, the humor and all the geeky talk. As Good As New the fourth book in the series will release in March 2016. It will feature Evan Donovan and Penelope Watkins.


James’s gaze flickered over her body. “Gracie.”

She fought the urge to stiffen at his cool tone. It was a casual brunch, so she wore jeans and a black scoop-neck knit top that highlighted her blond hair and curves.

She’d made damn sure she looked good, covering the shadows under her eyes with concealer.

“Professor,” she returned before beaming at the boy.

Oh no.

The smile transformed into concern and he stood, walking toward her. “Are you okay?”

She nodded even as a swell of heat washed through her.

No. No. No. Not him. Anyone but him. He was all wrong for her. He was her best friend’s brother. He was secure and stable.

He was coming closer. Too close. Awareness flared, impossible to ignore. He was going to touch her.

A second later he gripped her arm and she gasped. “You’re as white as a sheet.” Her gaze snagged on his mouth, his full mouth, but instead of focusing on what a horrible kisser he’d be, she could see it. Feel his mouth moving over hers. She sucked in a breath.


One luck US follower will win a signed copy of The Name of the Game, thanks to author Jennifer Dawson

* I work as a virtual assistant to this author and was provided a copy of the Name of the Game by Kensington publishing. This did not influence my review and all opinions are my own.

About Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

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70 Responses to “The Name of the Game by Jennifer Dawson”

  1. Sarah

    There is something about a geeky, up-tight hero that needs a woman to loosen him up that just calls to me! hehe I think this is the first time I’m hearing about Dawson’s geeky professor series, but I LOVE haters-to-lovers romances! I’m going to snap up book 1 right now! And those quotes! *swoon*

  2. Debbie Haupt

    Okay so first I see the cover and think, hmmm, then I see the rating and think If Kim likes this I’ll like this then I see the heat rating and I’m letting my fingers walk right on over to the order page 🙂
    Great review, I love the cover, the premise and the characters blurbs too.
    I’m sold!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    This is another series on the Kimba Recs list. 🙂 I’m particularly anxious for this one – although I’ll read them in order. 😉 I’m a sucker for a geeky professor and the opposites attract/haters to lovers trope is a fav as well. Dawson sure seems to write great characters. Hmm…Dawson or Meader first?!? #bookwormproblems

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