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Publisher's Summary

The Remingtons are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

Ellie Parker is a master at building walls around her heart. In the 25 years she's been alive, Dex Remington has been the only person who has always believed in her and been there for her. But four years earlier, she came to Dex seeking comfort and then disappeared like a thief in the night, leaving him a broken man.

Dex Remington is one of the top PC game developers in the United States. He's handsome, smart, and numb. So damn numb that he's not sure he'll ever find a reason to feel again.

A chance encounter sparks intense desires in Ellie and Dex. Desires that make her want to run - and make him want to feel. A combination of lust and fear leads these young lovers down a dangerous path. Is it possible to cross a burned bridge, or are they destined to be apart forever?

©2016 Melissa Foster (P)2017 Melissa Foster

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Game of Love!

This was my first Melissa Foster's book. I love it! This is a good second chance love story. I love the two main characters Dex and Elie. Dex is amazing! I was hooked by this book from the first page until the end. I already like The Remington family and can't wait to listen to the next book in this Series. This was my first listen to B.J. Harrison and the narration was very great. I'm looking forward for more stories by this author. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Game On!

What a wonderful story! I loved the long term relationship between Dex and Ellie. This story isn't instant love, but slow, steady and unconditional. I loved how realistic some of the descriptions were. Contentment with just being by the person is such a warm feeling. Ellie had walls around her heart that Dex just got thru by being Dex. Another aspect that I found especially wonderful about this book was Ellie looking at schools to see the students and not statistics. This book has so many facets like a gem. The Remington family sounds so good with their big hearts, humor, and individual characters. The symbolism of the open window was cool too. I can't wait to hear the next story (Sage) in this series. This is a standalone listen. The narrator did a great job with all of his various characters and emotions.

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Dex & Ellie- Second Time around

Dex was Ellie's first love. No other woman came close to his feelings for Ellie. Ellie was in the foster care system. One day she was there, the next she was whisked off to another family. Move forward many years, Ellie is a school teacher who finds out her boyfriend is married so yet more heart ache for her. Dex is a rich game developer who has an ache in his heart for Ellie but built high walls around his heart. They run into each other in NY but this time Dex vows to keep Ellie by his side and not let her disappear into the night again.

I did enjoy the narrator of the book. I found my attention was held through out the entire book.Great job by Melissa Foster again (my favorite author) and B.J. Harrison for great narration!

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Love Dex and Ellie

This is my very first Melissa Foster book so I have not read any others in main series, but now I really want to! I really liked this story, the struggle Dex and Ellie went through, being together, apart, together, and how it showed the work they needed in order to be together! I liked how human they really seemed and relatable in their struggles. I love Mitch and Regina and how they also helped to bring more of the fun banter into the story, I'm hoping for an HEA for them too! I'm looking forward to reading/hearing more from Melissa Foster, I would love to find out more from other characters in the series!

This is my first BJ Harrison audiobook. He has a pleasant voice and I would listen to others from him again. However, I did feel like the voice I pictured for Dex was a little different than the one he used. Though, it did not detract from the story at all!

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Enjoyable.

This was my first Melissa Foster book and it won't be my last. I enjoyed the overall story, I did feel that some things were rather repetitive and a few lines in the story made me sit up and think 'say what?' But, I'm sure that's personal taste, others may actually like it. It wasn't enough to make me stop listening, or prevent me from listening to more. I liked Melissa's writing style, it was quick and easy to follow.

Dex and Ellie are a cute couple, I really liked them, they've been friends for a long time, Dex has always wanted more but whenever he gets close Ellie is either taken or runs away from him. Meeting again as adults he's concerned about protecting his heart, which is understandable. Ellie had a tough childhood, moving from foster placement to foster placement, she only ever felt safe with Dex, she's accustomed to running but seeing the effect that has on Dex really makes her start to sit up and take notice. They've loved each other for a long time and waste no time sinking into a relationship. It was sweet to watch unfold and I dare you not to empathise with Ellie. There is a little drama but, to be honest, it's pretty much over by the time it starts. The sexy times are written well and make sense to the story and progress it along nicely.

B.J. Harrison was new to me and I don't know if it's because he was new or I just didn't connect with his performance, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed books in the past. At first, he sounded almost British, which threw me off, I couldn't understand why. As the book progressed and I got used to his style of narration, I did enjoy it more, but it still wasn't a performance that jumped out at me. I felt the way Regina was performed was entirely too whiny and almost, insulting, which did not fit the character at all. I did enjoy the emotion that came across from Dex, that was done well.

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Adored Dex and Ellie!

Dex and Ellie are two of my favorite characters in the Remington family by Melissa Foster. I read the kindle book AND the audible book, and neither one disappointed!

The characters have a history, and Dex is afraid of getting hurt again. But he definitely has the right to be hesitant. Their chemistry in the book is off the charts and hotter than ever, and listening to it in audio added another fantastic element to it that truly made it hard to put down (the headphones). BJ Harrison is a terrific narrator that brings both the male and female character to life, and I really enjoy listening to books with him.

5 big stars for Ellie and Dex!

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Love and Trust!

This story is about love and trust in any relationship. Dex and Ellie met when they were in high school. Dex was immediately taken with Ellie, but Ellie was moved around in the foster system and didn't know how to trust anybody. Her and Dex became inseparable, until one night when Ellie disappeared. This story starts when she moves back to town to escape a bad relationship and accidentally runs into Dex, who has become a very talent game developer and owns his own company. Dex has to teach Ellie to stay and fight for what she wants and to stop running every time something back happens. Even though this is a continuation of the Braden Family series, I didn't really feel left out. This is a new beginning for that series. I enjoyed the story and the struggle that Ellie faced since she was always running away from bad situations. Her acceptance of her circumstances and Dex was a very lovely thing to watch. The narrator was ok, but I just couldn't get his voice to match my idea of Dex at all. That was one thing major that I think was lacking for this story. He had a lot of inflection and reactions to the story, he seemed to live the story, but it wasn't quite enough for me with the timber of his voice. Overall a decent listen and worth continuing on.

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Loved It

Dex and Ellie were childhood neighbors. Ellie had a difficult time growing up. She was in the foster care system. To escape her foster parents Ellie used to sneak into Dex's bedroom window at night. Ellie ran into Dex one night after quitting her job and moved to New York for a fresh start. I loved this story, now can you not love a Melissa Foster book. I listened to the audio version with BJ Harrison as the narrator. He does a fabulous job narrating. This book has no cliffhangers and has a HEA.

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A Great Way To Enjoy This Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they have not read this book, or even this series, I would recommend listening to the book instead. The narrator made it a very pleasurable experience.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

I liked the whole experience. When I read the book, all I had was a picture on the cover in order to come up with what Dex looked like. But the picture didn't give me a voice and my head didn't do justice. Listening to Mr. Harrison telling me the story, gave me a good idea of what Dex was all about.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definitely. The bad news is that it just wasn't possible. But I would listen to it as long as possible. It was very hard to have to stop but when you're on the job it's not a good idea to be listening to a book. But as soon as I was done work, the earphones were in and Dex was telling me his story.

Any additional comments?

You can never be disappointed in the stories that Ms. Foster creates. And Mr. Harrison was a perfect choice for this book. He compliments the story perfectly. His is a voice that makes you sit back and listen to what he has to say. You get a better understanding of who Dex is and even though he doesn't try to project a female character we still get a sense of who that character is.

It may be the beginning of one series but it ties in to the author's popular "Love In Bloom" series. You don't need to have read that series to enjoy this new one but it may be considered incentive to give the other series a try. Having listened to this book it has put me on the fence as to whether it's ruined me for reading the series but then I decide it hasn't. There will be times that I want to get lost in a book where the characters make me feel like one of their friends or a part of their family. But if I want to take a walk around the block or on a nature trail, then I can take my well charged iPod and get a different experience from the book. This is one difference between what you read and what you hear. You may actually pick up on something that you may have forgotten or missed when you read the story. I can't wait to listen to more.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

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Will history repeat itself?

What made the experience of listening to Game of Love the most enjoyable?

I actually purchased the ebook, but haven't had time to read it. so the audio allowed me to listen to it long before I would ever get a chance to read it. I thought the story was well written. I do not know if it was a true representation of foster care since I have never been in the system, but it painted a picture for the reader, both good and bad, of what it was like to grow up in the system and the lifelong effects it has.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Reg. She has a lot of depth for being a supporting character in this book. I loved the revelation she made to Ellie and I see a great friendship blooming.

What does B.J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr Harrison brought emotion to the book. Yes you can feel emotion when reading, but he brought the story to life. The history, good and bad, the secrets, the anger, the fear.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were areas in the book where I chuckled because I could see the story taking place in today's world. For a story that could have been very heavy, Ms Foster did not take it to the dark side and allowed the reader/listener to see the issues but enjoy the story.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint was I felt the narrator had difficulty with the female voice. There was not much difference between the male character's voice and the female character's.

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  • Jo Venison
  • 09-13-17

A sweet story to brighten your day :)

What did you like most about Game of Love?

Dax and Ellie story is one that starts as teenage love and develops over time. These are my favourite stories.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Dex seeing Ellie for the first time after 4 years. He struggled to hear the conversation around him as the memories come back.

Any additional comments?

I loved this story.
Dex and Ellie have a sweet story that starts in childhood and despite a separation, Dex has not forgotten her or removed her from his heart. Ellie has had to build some rather solid walls around her heart and after a night of disaster, finds herself at Dex's door looking for help. A visit to her past enables Ellie to embrace the past and the walls start to crumble allowing her to see that Dex is the man for her.

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  • katiemay
  • 08-15-17

When you're not looking for love

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Its quite an emotional journey for both the main characters and you get that with the narration.

What other book might you compare Game of Love to, and why?

I think all Melissa's books have a different take on love story, but if I had to pick one book it would be Amy and Tony from the Seaside stories.

What does B.J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

When you listen to an audio book there is at lot more emotion in the story. You get drawn into it and that is down to having a good narrator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When you're childhood crush is your long lost love.