Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #119 ~ Hooked on the Game (Sterling Shore #1) by C.M. Owens

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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My Tease for this week comes from:

Hooked on the Game
(Sterling Shore #1)
C.M. Owens 

First - The Blurb:

Everyone has secrets that define them, a past that has shaped them, and a game they play - whether they know it or not. 

Despite the fact they live next door to each other, Kade and Raya have never made an effort to speak, until a wild party, four frat boys, and... a bulldozer. 

Sterling Shore was supposed to be a new start for eighteen-year-old Raya Capperton. Everything was working out perfectly until her two roommates were expelled for a prank, leaving Raya with the house she couldn't afford on her own. Fate intervenes before she has the chance to find a new home, but she struggles to decide if it's divine luck or the devil's cruel sense of humor. 

Twenty-one-year-old Kade Colton has his life planned out, and everything he does is an elaborate game to aid him with his future endeavors. Coming from money has made Kade's life easy, but he wants to build his own name - his own future. The thing he doesn't realize... when you only put forth superficial effort, you only acquire superficial friends. 

Raya is torn between being amused or disturbed by Kade and his philosophy, but the drive behind his determination isn't what Raya expected. Little by little, her hatred fades and is replaced by emotions she never would have believed she could have for the rich jerk she desperately doesn't want to care about. Too bad you can't force yourself not to care. 

The problem is... Kade's shiny name can't be tarnished, and Raya has a jaded tie she can't cut loose. Nothing about them can work, nothing about them makes sense, but nothing can seem to stop them from trying. 

*Not suitable for anyone under the age of eighteen 
** No cliffhanger 
**New Adult Contemporary Romance 
**Descriptive sex 

Second - The Tease(rs):

Tease 1
I opened my mouth to affirm my decision just as I'm whirled around. Soft but firm lips find mine and steal my breath, as familiar hands travel down to my back.

"Seriously, Kade?" Brock groans, making Kade smile against the kiss with me.

Holy shit. I'm kissing Kade.

Tease 2
Perfect trails of kisses are forged around my neck as we both drop to the soft mattress. He's been gentle, he's been rough, but this... this is so much more. It's as though I'm the only person in the world right now, and he's worshiping me with every touch, every kiss, and every breath.

At the beginning of Hooked on the Game when we are first introduced to Kade (a sexy rich college student), it seems like he is a conceited jerk who doesn't care about anybody but himself. However, as the story progresses, we soon learn that's not the case. He is actually rather sweet and caring. 

Raya is the girl next door. Coming from a back ground which is questionable, she doesn't see herself as being in the same league as Kade. However, when they are suddenly thrown together due to circumstance beyond both their control, feelings they didn't know existed, rise to the surface. And over time, they discover that love can transcend class distinction.

Hooked on the Game is a quick and easy read.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!


  1. Well, I quite enjoyed the teasers! ;) I think I may have this one on my kindle thanks to you. It sounds like one I'll enjoy just as much as you did. :)

  2. I want me a Kade! LOL Sweet, smexy teasers:)
    Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/02/teaser-tuesdays-90-come-along-with-me/

  3. Hehe! I think I'd like Kade!! Great teasers girl!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. I'm loving those teasers. Gonna have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love the teasers, this sounds like a cute read. Definitely going on my tbr pile.