The Safe Bet (The Game Changers, #3)

The Safe Bet

Author: Shealy James
Published: December 29, 2015
Pages: 174

Stars: 2 out of 5

There’s no man in the world who won’t break Reagan Anders’s heart…

At the fragile age of eight, Reagan’s life seemed perfect. But when her beloved father abandoned their tiny family, Reagan was left emotionally scarred. Now in high school, not much has changed. Reagan still won’t let her guard down. Not even for her long-time friend, Brock Anderson, who has spent years pursuing Reagan, yet never tearing down her walls.

By graduation, Brock has finally won over Reagan’s affections. They aren’t a public item, but Brock is content just being hers, even if that means going without the official boyfriend title. As usual, Reagan’s fears get the better of her, and suspicions of Brock’s commitment creep in. Surviving their relationship’s tension, they make it to college together, where their game of cat and mouse takes a darker twist.

But after a tragic car crash that kills her best friend, her mother ships her off to the one person Reagan hates more than herself. Her father. When she meets her brother she never knew, they immediately become friends. Years pass until one day when she meets one of her brother’s friends…Brock Anderson—and he’s on a mission to win her back.

When Reagan and Brock are reunited, the chemistry is stronger than ever. But when uncertainty threatens their future, will Brock be the safe bet, or will he be the heartache she always feared?

Do you ever read a book and all you can think is how perfect the timing of this book is. This is how I felt about this book.. At least the first half of the book. In a way this book is about destiny- that some people are always meant to be in your life and they keep showing back up. But mostly this book is about second, no I mean third, no wait I mean fourth chances, love, forgiveness, and opening yourself and your heart up to the possibility of love/getting hurt.

Like I mentioned, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. The first couple chapters were well written and detailed enough to provide the reader with a smooth flow of the story line. But the further you read into the book, the more grammatical errors showed up: Hopefully this is just because the book is up for review on Netgally and these will be fixed before released. This made the book at times confusing because entire sentences didn’t make sense. Near the end of the book I just really struggled to follow what the author was trying to get at.

Throughout the book, the chapters skipped around from past to present. Overall I have mixed feelings about this. By doing this, the author did create secrecy around Reagan and Brock that makes the reader want to read more and try to solve the mystery surrounding their relationship. But each chapter felt like a new date and there were too many to follow. I started getting lost within the timeline of the book and it was confusing how the author responded to these moments from her past. For example, in the beginning of the book there would be three chapters- present time, a past date, and followed by other chapter of Reagan in the present. Present time Reagan often ignored what happened in the past time chapter. But later in the book, the author hinted at the past chapters being dreams or flashbacks. The execution was poor and confusing.

As I was reading through Reagans past, my heart pulled with the love, loss, and struggles she faced with Brock. It’s easy to connect with her pain because we have all been there- either recently, in high school, college, now- we have all more than likely gone through similar heartache. Not to mention her struggles with her father. Wow, the beginning chapter especially is heartbreaking. The author did a fantastic job of creating scenes where I felt a strong emotional pull towards a character/situation.

Reagan’s character was frustrating because I didn’t think she stayed true to who she was, especially at the end. I felt like there was all this build up and then she just swept everything under the rug like it was no big deal. I enjoyed her sassiness and the way she would bring humor to lighten a situation up.

I really don’t like Brock’s character. At first I loved him but by the end of the book, I just didn’t care for him. In a way I understood his actions when he was in high school and some of his actions in college. But as an adult, I found them questionable. For example after Brock and Reagan finally move past things Hailey, his ex, shows up the next morning. But it’s how Reagan finds them that irritates me. If she meant nothing to him, like Brock claims, then why was he holding onto her while her legs were wrapped around his body? And why did he wait so long to speak up?

Brock always seemed to find himself in questionable situations. And his responses or reasoning behind them seemed too simplistic. Again, I just had the feeling that issues were made into big deals just to have someone wave their hand in the air and say’ “ah, that’s no big deal”. I will admit, it was hard not to gush over Brock’s romantic jesters. But that was all ruined for me when he put all the blame on Cadence on why they didn’t get together when he was playing the games just like she was.

So why the two star rating? Simple, I think the idea behind the book was good and the book was interesting that I wanted to finish the book. But overall, the book just lacked and the ending/last 25% of the book was frustrating.

Overall, I had high hopes for this book but ultimately the book wasn’t for me. This book might be better paired for a younger generation, people closer to high school. But then again, maybe not.

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