Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Foolish Games by Tracy Solheim
When I started reading this book I wasn't expecting to be an emotionally draining story. I was thinking a football hero this should be good. Granted Foolish Games was a great read, but really draining. Here's why:
We have a one nightstand that creates a baby. Now Julianne Marchione was never going to tell the father, Will Connelly, but circumstances forces her hand to contact him. Now Will is furious when he finds out he has a child and wasn't ever going to know him. Basically he dons his "William the Conqueror" attitude and basically forces Julianne to marry him. This way he's part of his son's life and he can keep an eye on Julianne, because he doesn't truly trust her.
There is the story in the simplest form. However, it's a bit more complex than that, because the secondary characters play a huge roll in the story. We have our hero, Will, who basically uses his childhood as shield to keep people from getting close to him and those who are close to him actually force themselves on him. For example, his friend Brody Janik; he really does force himself into Will's life and kind of puts things in perspective at times. He actually becomes an ally to Julianne when everyone seem to believe she was some kind of manipulative conniving woman. Actually Julianne is the furthest thing from that person, but her decisions kind of paint her to be vindictive. When she's around Will she kind dons the "Ice Princess" attitude, because she has guard herself. As she was growing up she never felt love after her mother died, so she looks to Owen (the baby) as someone to love her. Then you have Will's mom and his GM in the story. With these other characters adds the complexity of the story.
Yes, I did really enjoy Foolish Games. I thought it was well written even with all the secondary characters and the secondary love story. However, Will is a jerk in the story (that's being nice). He's not very nice to Julianne at first. Once he gets to know Julianne, he starts to see the real person and actually likes her. Yet there are some road blocks that might stop the progress. Even though Will is a jerk, I still liked him and I really loved Julianne. I mean it takes a special gal to standup to "William the Conqueror." Overall, a great story with two people that use their past as shields and try to work things with a fake marriage. With those fake marriages can cause some emotional drainage. So, if you are looking for a pretty good read with hidden pregnancy, fake marriage and impending scandal, you might want to try Foolish Games.
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