The Perfect Game by J Sterling BOFF Bookclub Reviews 17th October 2012

Hillary Hinz  4 stars…..What a roller coaster of emotions! Angst, happy, sad, pissed off, shock, sad (again), and then bliss! Wow! At some point I was yelling at my kindle and threatening to just walk away, I couldn’t take any more! Jack really had me upset. He eventually redeemed himself, but whoa what a ride! Great story J. Sterling – I’m truly impressed!!!!!

Melissa Stewart-Allum  4 stars…I love angsty reads, and @70% I wanted to vomit , so I loved it . Plus a character called Melissa was just a bonus .

Amber Gannon …..J Sterling had me at “no glove,no love” 😉 I couldn’t put it down and finished it in about 2 hrs. Can’t wait for more from this author! 5 stars for me! Thanks for the great read!

Tressa Sager – ‎5 FRACKING stars for The Perfect Game!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG so good!!!!!!! Jack had me loving him, then loathing him, then loving him again!!!! I may have to go ahead and re~read this…right MEOW!!!!!!!!

Michelle Balcerski Rogus  5 stars for the Perfect Game. It was such a great story and has so many emotions throughout. I even cried. The end was totally worth it and the quarters were just so cute!

Len Francisco    This book broke my heart into a million pieces but mended it afterwards. Great story about love, forgiveness and second chances. 4 stars from me!

Janis Krausen Lewis The Perfect Game…4.5 Jack was a home run and more. Cassie’s and Jack’s story on finding love and building trust was realistic and kept me wanting more.

Kira Reich Taylor   You know when you physically feel the characters pain it’s a well written story. Loved this one. 4.5 stars

Jovana Shirley  4 stars  I laughed, gasped, cursed, wanted to throw my beloved Nook across the room, and “awww”ed when I finally got to the HEA. I  Jack and Cassie (and Dean and Melissa!)! What I love even more is when I discovered that some of this was based on real situations—the quarters and a real Jack Carter?!

Stacey Wierzbicki LaCock      I loved it! And…I didn’t. I agree that it seemed a bit too similar to Beautiful Disaster, but that didn’t bother me so much. I loved the banter and the sarcasm that flies from Cassie. She says the things I only wish I could in the spur of the moment. I had a love/hate feeling on what Jack did (don’t want to post spoilers) and how he tried to make it “right” but it made the situation more real to me. And after that, there was a lull…where I don’t know, something changed and maybe the ending felt too rushed? Regardless, even if it wasn’t my favorite, I stayed up until almost 3am (it was a rough day the next day, but totally worth it) reading it because I just had.to.know. the ending! I give it 3.5 stars

Anjie Gamnje Gordon   4 stars  Being married to a former professional athlete there was much I could relate to. As much as I love him, I’m still not sure I forgive Jack.

Heather Carriker D’Agostino   5 stars. This was so good. It had me tearing up when he called to tell her that he was marrying Chrystal. I love these books with the cocky bad boys. Jack was the perfect mix of sweetness and sarcasm. Cassie was a great example of a strong woman. She followed her dreams and moved to NY, she didn’t follow Jack. I will def. read this book again and recommend it to my friends.

Robyn Ross  The Perfect Game- it had a Beautiful Disaster feel about it right from the start, then came the Disaster but then it all ended Beautifully. 4.5 stars

Leslie Weinstein Metsch  So The Perfect Game was a pleasant easy read! I enjoyed how the POV kept changing. I loved how sassy Cassie was but as the book progressed I wish she would have stayed sassy. Over all 3 stars.

Laura Scurlock Bergman  The Perfect Game, 5 Stars. It’s been a while since I read something that had me so worked up I was crying and yelling at my Kindle. Putting this one on my To Be Read Again list.

Kristin Gery Hlavinka    Take my breath away. This book was crazy, amazing, and un-put-downable. It had 3 of my favorite things: baseball (which I live for…go Phils), a strong heroine who wasn’t whiny or a doormat, and the conversion of a man whore. I mean who doesn’t want to be the “gamechanger” for a man whore? I think all women secretly want to be that special person to a guy who never seems to care for anyone. 5 stars

Marjorie Aramayo  4.5 stars  I really enjoyed this book! WOW! It was an emotional roller coaster. I just couldn’t put it down. LOVED it!

Jaymi Eckert   Just finished reading J Sterling’s The Perfect Game…I give it a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. I liked it and felt connected to the characters, but it was somewhat predictable and had way too many similarities to Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster.

Francine Campisi Richetti  Ok. so… I started this book and I have to admit, at the beginning it was extremely familiar.  A certain Travis Maddox came to my mind  but then, everything changed. I loved jack…. and then I absolutely hated him even though I still wanted to love him! I had a feeling something was going to happen. and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I really enjoyed this book.  Loved the characters.  I loved that “kitten” never gave up her own dreams(the kitten thing took a little getting used to because i recently read captive in the dark) I liked that she was independent and strong, but also compassionate and human. The Ghandi quote was fantastic!!! In life, s#!t happens…. I despise cheating, but it is real. Kudos  J. Sterling…. a great read for me!!!

Valerie Barnes  The Perfect Game- 3.5 stars. I laughed, I cried, I got real angry and I fell in love. I felt like there were parts that weren’t given enough attention and other parts that were given too much. But regardless I liked the book a alot!

Sarah Hayden Davey  5 star rating on The Perfect Game  This book was just an amazing read, the emotion that was put into words you could feel as you read. Loved the story and the path that “kitten” and jack took for their HEA.

Melissa Mack-Miller  The Perfect Game was soooooo good. I definitely think baseball has become far more attractive. 4 out of 5!!!!!! Loved this book.

Tracy Lowry Chapman  4 stars for The Perfect Game. A book I will definitely read again.

Leanne Lewy  “4.5 Stars. What an emotional roller coaster! What I loved most about this book was its ability to make me feel every emotion as if it were my own. To feel the ache in my heart as if it were mine that had been broken. I pulled my hair, I cursed like a sailor, I felt physically sick and I loved every minute of it, because I love that a book had such an affect! And I have to give special mention to the quarters, because I’m pretty sure my heart melted every time they made an appearance.”

Melissa Mack-Miller  The Perfect Game was soooooo good. I definitely think baseball has become far more attractive. 4 out of 5!!!!!! Loved this book.

Heather Jeffrey Marshall 4 stars  I really liked the characters. I loved the quarters. You go through a lot of different emotions. I would definitely recommend the book.

Suzanne Zvalaren Schneider  4 stars.  I really enjoyed this book. I liked how we got both Cassie’s and Jack’s POV. I do think that Cassie let Jack off the hook too easily, but was happy with how the book ended!

Susan Pauloz Sunderlin  5 stars-This is J. Sterling’s best book thus far, but I highly doubt it will be her last. The story follows the bumpy relationship of Cassie and Jack, college students in Southern California. Both come from difficult childhoods, that make it hard for them to trust that there is such a thing as true, forever love. Jack aspires to be a professional baseball player, while Cassie wants to photograph the world. The story laces together their lives through all of the trials and tribulations that go along with being a professional sports star, and the girl who loves him. Read this book. You will love it!

Kathleen ODonnell Burley   I give it 3 1/2 stars. The book had the angst I love to hate, but Jack drove me crazy with his bad decisions. Loved that Sterling told the story from both perspectives however it was hard to determine when Jack was speaking. I could tell when it was Cassie but it was a little blurry when Jack was talking. Sounded too much like Cassie. Overall a good story, though.

Ashley Hartigan Tkachyk   4.5 Stars  I really loved this book! A book anyone can relate to. I loved it, then hated it, then loved it again.

Heather LaVecchia  4 stars To say I was pissed off while reading this book is an understatement. I could’ve puked… And I have to give an author my full respect for evoking such strong emotions with her talented writing.
At first I hated Jack and was annoyed with Cassie at her obvious attraction towards Jack, yet adamant denial/refusal to give in to it. Then I felt like the book fast forwarded and I felt like a huge chunk was missing from their first date to the point at which they had been dating for a while. I was a little bummed out about it, but still felt that Sterling did a good job at building their relationship up with a good balance of steamy-yet-endearingly-sweet scenes and relatable, realistic conflict.
At about 28% in, I felt like everything was perfect with Jack and Cassie and felt the predictable, ominous forecast of doom overhead. I had no idea at the time how accurate that feeling was! As the book progressed, I truly could not STAND Jack, but I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see what he would do to redeem himself.
One thing I did like about the book was despite the sometimes corny dialogue, for the most part, everything was realistic. I get so annoyed when novels paint this picture-perfect, cookie cutter plot to make the character out to be a deep-down ‘good person.’ I liked that J. Sterling didn’t shy away from the brutal honesty of what real college-age relationships are, and the thought process behind the actions of the characters.
The main conflict had my stomach in knots. I was literally shaking with anxiety and from personal past heartache, surprisingly related to Cassie, even as she shamelessly loved Jack and put herself out there in spite of the circumstances of his actions.
I feel that Sterling also did a good job wrapping up most of the loose ends and bringing closure to the story. I would definitely read more of her books and would recommend this book to anyone likes reading an unpredictable story that will have you thinking, “I can’t believe the author WENT there!” Doooooooo it!

Christina Badder  I give it 4 stars, I really liked it.  I loved the connection between Cassie & Jack. It was predictable at some points but still very enjoyable. I LOVED Jack’s sign at the airport, “ANYONE SEEN MY KITTEN?” I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I wanted to punch Chrystle, which all makes up a good book IMO.

Jennifer Pikul Gass    Root Root Root for this couple if they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s Jack and Cassie’s love for one another that wins this game!
Jack was the most popular and wanted guy in college. A shooting star headed straight for a career in professional baseball. Girls fell all over him and he gladly reciprocated their attention until he met Cassie Andrews.
Cassie was everything Jack never knew he wanted. She was his “game changer”. She became his first love and for the first time in his life he attempted to be a boyfriend. Jack earned Cassie’s love but her trust was another matter.
“Cass, I don’t ever want to hurt you, but I can’t promise you that I’ll never screw up or make you mad.”
Their relationship was always being attacked. Jack’s female fans know no boundaries. This reader would have become a professional bitch slapper. Cassie’s trust issues and Jack’s track record led for a lot of land mines in their relationship.
“You’re both so screwed up alone that together you’re like the perfect mess.”
Will Jack and Cassie’s love be enough to keep them together?
I guess they will have to PROVE IT!

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8 responses to “The Perfect Game by J Sterling BOFF Bookclub Reviews 17th October 2012

  1. Nicole

    Help! Stupid question, I cannot for the life of me figure out what BOFF stands for! I’ve been racking my brain and I’m blank. Someone please tell me 🙂

  2. Emmy

    LOL I would like to know too! LOL

  3. Nicole

    Yay, now I don’t feel so silly for asking that question. 🙂

  4. ha Nicole and Emmy – Don’t worry you’d never guess it!

    When we did our first one we called it the Totallybooked Bookclub Read. As the weekend went on people were trying to come up with a different name for us and Sali said “this is like a Book Orgy Friday Frenzy” – we said – “ha….or BOFF for short” – that was it…..it stuck and everyone started calling it the BOFF.
    We know…it’s silly but it’s sort of unique lol 😉 J&G x

  5. I love it. It’s like the sone: we’re going BOFFing, we’re going BOFFing today! We’re goin’ BOFFing a Philadelphia way, we’re BOFFing, I love the books that they say, I love totallybooked!! And….I haven’t had a drink yet, today! Ta- da!!

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