The Game

A Sports Romantic Comedy, Carolina Connections, Book 4
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Carolina Connections, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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They say opposites attract. Someone needs to tell that to Emerson Scott.

Gavin

All I ever wanted was to play ball. When an act of sheer stupidity took that dream away, I thought I’d never bounce back. But now, I have the opportunity to coach an up-and-coming phenom, and I'm giving it all I've got. The fact that I've been lusting after his smoking-hot sister only sweetens the deal. Emerson may be buttoned up like a school librarian, but I play my best when I’m under pressure...and I always bring the heat.

Emerson

Never lose focus. Never lose control. Those are the first two rules in my carefully calculated plan for success. Finding myself thrown into the role of guardian for my little brother was not part of that plan. But I can adjust for Jay’s sake. I’m not about to let one change make me lose sight of my goals. Too bad Jay’s hot young baseball coach doesn’t seem to give a fig about my plans. He has one of his own - and it includes me. Gavin Monroe may play like a pro, but that boy will never win this game.

©2018 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart

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Love it

Emerson is trying to do her best to vie for the position of partner in the law firm she worked for. she works longer and harder, just to prove herself. Gavin Monroe, a baseball college athlete. lost his chance to play, when he had a motorcycle accident. but he was still treated as the hometown hero.I
Emerson was.the.dutiful.daughter that always tries to please her stoic father. Everything is about appearances to him. That included, friends, associate, clothes and a prestigious job. This is a older woman, younger man romance. Gavin knew Emerson was the one for him, but Emerson thought that being older wouldn't work out.
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Another great story!

I love this story. It's so cute how she looks after her little brother. The narration is great too. Gavin and Emerson are a cute couple.

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Baseball player love!

I received this audio book for free for my review! I adore Gavin he is sweet and honestly my favorite guy from this series! Emmy is great and confident and an all around catch! These two heat up the sheets and he teaches her to loosen up and take the chance on the young guy!!! Love this series

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All grown up and ready to play

I have absolutly loved this series and this book is no exception. Gavin has matured a lot since we first met him in book 1. He has started to act like a grown up, and falls head over heels for a slightly older woman. He does not give up easily when she is hesitant, and their strong attraction is undeniable from the start. She's totally a match for him every step of the way. She is strong, independent, capable and fierce, I also love her relationship with BFF Ari.

It's so sweet to get his HEA and I had a great time listening, both lauging and swooning. Sylvie Stewart knows how to give you a good time. Loved the narrator as well.

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Home run!

The gangs all back! Another home run hit by Sylvie Stewart. I love witnessing Gavin grow up and put on his adulting undies after his life plans were annihilated. I appreciated Emerson’s dilemma with dating a younger man, as this is still taboo in our society. But as always love conquers all!

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A Sports Romantic Comedy!

This is a sweet, fun, and sexy Sports Romantic Comedy. Emmy and Gavin are opposites attract, but they are great together. The story has some slow parts. It was an interesting listening. Kelsey Navarro did a great job with the narration. #AudiobookObsession

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Awesome RomCom

Title: The Game
Author: Sylvia Stewart
Format: Audio
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Genre: Romance Sports (Baseball), Comedy
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 4 of The Carolina Connections
POV: Emerson and Gavin
Steam Level: Slow Burn to toasty
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What a cute romcom!! I loved the characters and I want to go back and read the first three books in this series. The Game was an absolute blast with memorable characters, a ton of giggles and was a joy to read. I'll definitely be reading more Sylvie Stewart in the future.

I received this audiobook for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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Cute story

A cute story. Funny and entertaining although it seemed to be a little lengthy at times. Good narration.

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Fun and Steamy Romance!

I had so much fun listening to this sweet, engaging, and steamy romance. Gavin is the famous hometown boy who was on the fast track to playing ball in the big leagues. His future was turned upside down after a tragic accident. Now he is finding a new path and is working hard to reach his goals. One of those goals is to convince a smart sexy Emerson to go out with him. Emerson is focused on making partner at the law firm where she works and being available for her teen brother who lives with her. He is a talented pitcher who Gavin would like to help train. Emerson has never met anyone who could make her feel the way Gavin does. They are from different worlds and she is torn between the charming, fun, sexy man and the image she is pressured to uphold. Gavin was so loveable, and swoony as he continued to prove that he was more than his mistakes. It was a joy to watch the sweet and caring Emerson realize that she could be happy and successful. Gavin and Emerson were so cute together, I really cared for them and cheered for their HEA. I loved all their friends and family who added so much hilarity, encouragement, and support. This is my first listen to Kelsey Navarro, and I really enjoyed her performance. She was so perfect as Emerson, but her other voices were distinct and dynamic as well. She was very easy to listen to, making this funny, quirky, heartfelt romance even more fun and exciting.

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Laughter and Fun in this Romance

I received this audiobook free, as an Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, for an honest review. This fun and laughter this book brought me, as well as the romantic story is such an outstanding talent by the author. Looking forward to more books by this author in this series. Although this book is the 4th in the series, it is a stand alone HEA. The narrator did a good job with the characters and their personalities in this story.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 03-24-20

Awesome story!!!

I loved this book! The characters are like able and interesting, and oh so fun to read about!! The subject matter, however, had me cheering on Emerson all of the way (and cussing out her father several times)!!!

If you love stories about strong women and how they overcome parents who project standards on them rather than supporting them well, this is one!! This is excellent!!! Sylvie Stewart wrote a wonderful story of love and of a woman who’s priorities getting realigned to her own expectations rather than someone else’s.

Kelsey Navarro is an excellent voice artist and did a great job with this one!!!

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  • Amber N
  • 02-20-20

Sweet Fun

Totally fell for this romantic comedy. I'm not a sports person but I loved this audiobook. It had just the right amount. Really felt like I knew the hero and understood what he'd been through. Fantastic characters throughout the whole book! Sweet and fun read. Awesome narrator!
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  • Lisa Hahn
  • 02-18-20

love has no age

great story of falling in love with a younger man. I enjoyed this story of Emerson and Gavin. He may be 24 but doesn't act like it. It is like he has an old soul. He spots Emerson at a restaurant. He knows she is the one. Emerson is a lawyer and 5 years older. she is so busy trying to move up the corporate business ladder. she doesnt see that love is right there in front of her. Things happen to her and she soon realizes where her priorities land.
great characters, story line and just some funny moments.

Kelsey is an amazing narrator. she nails the characters and emotions..

highly recommend .. this Author is new to me and I'm going to read the other books in this series.
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  • chez
  • 02-02-20

Enjoyable continuation of this series

This was a enjoyable continuation of this series. Great to meet new characters and for old characters to reappear. I enjoyed the storyline and development of the relationship between Gavin and Emerson. The book was humorous, even making my husband laugh when he entered the room and over heard some of the book as I was listening.
I have always struggled with the narration of the books a bit, taking me a while to get used to the accent as I'm not from the US. However I think this narration was my favourite so far.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-02-20

Listen to the Audible version

This was the first book I've read/listened to by Sylvie Stewart, but I liked it so much that I've actually already binged the rest of the series after listening to this one. There are characters from other books that appear frequently in this one, but The Game does stand alone and I didn't feel like I had missed important events by listening to this one first. However, after reading the others, Gavin is actually a significant character in the prior books.

This is still my favorite book of the series, but I think it's because Kelsey Navarro's performance really makes the book come alive and I just read the others. It's written and performed in a casual, conversational style that makes it fun to listen to. I liked both her male and female voices. She included lots of emotion and differences in volume that worked really well with the author addressing the reader/listener directly.

The Game has some great funny moments for my kind of humor (does wine count as juicing?) and I was disappointed when the kids got home from school and I had to turn it off (it's not PG humor).

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  • Angiee
  • 01-05-20

Great Listen

I enjoyed Emerson and Gavin's story., they are opposites that are perfect for each other. Gavin knows what he wants and that is Emerson. She is a little determined and focused so it takes her a while to realize how great they are together. This book has it all laughter, drama and a happily ever after.

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  • melinda swaine
  • 12-31-19

Go get transported to a new place!

The type of book where you step through the pages and are transported to a new place....loved, loved, loved it! The romance is hot, steamy and sexy at the same time. My favourite book so far in the “Carolina Connections”. Also Gavin is a top notch book boyfriend material you don’t want to miss out on!! A five star listen that will make your year!! “Sylvie Stewart” is one of my favourite authors and this story simply cements her spot at the top of my must-buy list, so what are you waiting for, go grab your copy today and start listening. Happy listening!!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 12-23-19

Emmy & Gavin!

Do opposites really attract? Give this book a listen and you will see they do! Gavin was an up and coming baseball star when things went awry. Now with the ability to coach the most talented young players, he is scouting and sees Jay. He needs the permission of his guardian, and when he meets Emerson, the attraction is palpable. But "Emmy" is very career driven and does not have time to date. Can Gavin change her mind? Talk about a fun listen. Stewart continues her Carolina Connections series with a witty, romantic story. I love how these two play off of each other, be it in texting or in person. They are on fire with the slow burn and the constant bantering. The foreplay is evident in their banter and it leads to explosive chemistry. I also love the secondary plot of Emmy and her father. It's very realistic giving us a true look at the pressure she puts herself under. This is a fantastic listen, and I highly recommend it.

Kelsey Navarro gives an amazing performance of this story. Her abilities only continue to grow, and I love her. She has incredible comedic timing and the books she chooses show the real connection she finds with her characters. Another wonderful performance!

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 12-14-19

Good storyline

Very enjoyable book right here. I laughed quite a lot throughout this one. Written well and a great performance from Kelsey.
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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 11-30-19

Cute story, Well rounded with laughs

Gavin is a baseball player who lost his baseball career during on fateful night riding a motorcycle. Emerson is a lawyer who is all about her career. But her brother is a 15 year old baseball prodigy and Gavin is his coach. Sparks fly from their first meet but Emerson fights against the attraction because of work and also, because she feels like Gavin is too young for her (there’s only a few years difference).

There are a few chuckles and a really sweet romance between Gavin and Emerson. What also helped is that her friend, Ari, is awesome- I love funny friends. There's a bit of intrigue as I tried to figure out how her work dynamics fit into the story. So overall, it as a well crafted, well rounded story that kept my attention and, since this is the second book I’ve read from this author and truly enjoyed, I’ll be reading many more from this author.

Since it’s dual POV, it would have been great to have male and female narrators. It sometimes took me a while to figure out who was being covered by the narrator if I had to stop and come back to the book. However, overall, Kelsey Navarro did pretty well as she always does.

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