*Book 2 in the Girls of Summer Series*
Training Ground, book one of the Girls of Summer series, introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two young athletes with seemingly bright soccer futures. Now, in book two, those futures are upon them.
It’s late 2013, and the world’s best soccer players are gearing up for the 2015 World Cup. In London, Jamie has just completed her third season with Arsenal Ladies F.C. Only one soccer dream still eludes her: a spot on the US women’s national team.
Emma, a national team regular, plays professionally in Seattle with the NWSL, the most recent incarnation of American women’s pro soccer. When Jamie is invited to her first national team residency camp, Emma is apprehensive. As professional athletes they have crossed paths a few times before, but they haven’t spent this much time together since high school.
Jamie, meanwhile, would do almost anything to earn the chance to play for her country at the highest level. Even, if she had to, share a room with Emma at team residency camp.
Both women are hoping it doesn’t come to that.
Join Jamie and Emma for the latest installment in the ongoing story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in Game Time, book two of the bestselling Girls of Summer series.
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More books in the Girls of Summer series:
- Book one: Training Ground
- Book three: Outside the Lines
- Book four: The Road to Canada
- Book five: Girls of Summer
Game Time is available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon, in a variety of eBook formats (including ePub, PDF, and Kindle) from Bella Books, and in paperback and Nook format from Barnes & Noble. It’s also available in audiobook at Audible, Amazon, and Apple Books. Various electronic editions can also be found at Smashwords, iBooks, and KOBO, while paperback copies may be specially ordered through your favorite independent bookstore.
Reviews and Reader Comments for Game Time
- The Romantic Reader blog, December 2016. “While Training Ground was painful to some extent, Game Time starts the rebuilding. Accepting that life, missteps, and personal mistakes all took a toll on their relationship, Emma and Jamie can find a way to be what they were first, friends. The foundation is there, and with work and communication, these two find their way back to each other… What I loved about this book is there isn’t any contrived drama. These two ladies have a lot on their plate as it is. The stressors of being a professional athlete, staying on top of your game, making one of the most select teams in the world are enough right. You will be 100% invested in the journey of these two leading ladies… Now I just need the third book ASAP.”
- Reader comment, 10/2/16: “On an emotional front, the book had everything I needed. The relationship had time to find itself again and grow, nothing was rushed. More importantly, most of the tension in the book was derived from external sources rather than contrived problems or breakups between the two leads, which I found to be a huge relief. The life of a professional athlete is stressful enough, and that stress kept the pace moving and the outcome uncertain. It gave the story everything it needed without ever delving into melodrama… This was very much a middle book, and it did exactly what it needed to do: it kept me invested and made me look forward to the next one.”
- Reader comment, 3/13/19: “I’m not sure how it’s possible, but the second book in the series made me fall even harder for Emma. She’s so perceptive and protective of Jamie, fiercely determined to use this second chance the ‘soccer Gods’ have given her to re-establish a relationship with Jamie. Their dynamic is just as captivating as it was in Training Ground. As Jamie and Emma try to rebuild their relationship, there are so many callbacks to moments from the first novel. This is where the time jump really works. It adds so much weight to the scenes when both characters realize the other person still remembers that silly little moment from 9 years ago.”
- Reader comment, 4/21/19: “I really thought I would just read the first two installments and then get back to my ARC reading, but I’m too addicted. I have to read the third book today I just can’t help it. If you are looking for a light sports romance with a good amount of drama and angst, this series is for you. I highly recommend reading these in order.”
- Reader comment, 3/11/18: “All I have to say is… #Blakewell.”