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    I love sensitive guys, Dan and Ash 4-ever!

    I loved book one of the Stick Side series so much that I was almost afraid to start reading this one. How could Amy Aislin top what I thought was a perfect story? If The Nature of the Game doesn't top On the Ice it at least equals it for me. This is another perfect slow-burn romance. As Amy says in her Author's Note, it takes place after On the Ice ends (but before the epilogue). What we learn in this story is that Dan and Ash had a relationship six years before the events in On the Ice. Let me clarify – this book absolutely will stand alone just fine but I really think you will enjoy it more if you read On the Ice first. So, this story also takes place in the past (2009), just as book one did. But it also alternates between 2009 and 2003. In the 2003 sections we find out how Dan and Ash met and how they became friends and then lovers and what event ultimately breaks them apart. In their present day (2009) they meet again and their story begins to unfold for us. The Nature of the Game is a fantastic friends-to-lovers, second chance and sort of an enemies-to-lovers story all wrapped up into one great book. I think the author must have done a good bit of research for this story. A hurricane is an important event in the story and the damages she describes seem pretty accurate to me, as someone who now lives about 75 miles south of Tampa. After living through hurricane Irma in 2017 the damage she describes matches a lot of what I saw in the area where I live. This book really hit on all of my emotions. It has just the right amount of angst, a bit of humor, and so, so much love between the two main characters. I absolutely love a story that brings me to tears, both happy and sad, and The Nature of the Game did that in all of the best ways. I don't know if Amy has any more stories planned for this series but it seems like there was at least one (pretty minor) secondary character who has a story that needs to be told (Kinsey). If Amy writes, I'm going to read it! ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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    I loved it!

    I absolutely loved the first book in this series, On the Ice, but The Nature of the Game is even better and I was fully engaged from the very first page. It is beautifully written, emotional, sweet, sexy, funny, heartbreakingly sad, full of hope and redemption, has a great storyline, intriguing characters and an amazing ending. Dan and Ash had an incredible summer together six years ago but due to his mother's machinations Dan ended their relationship without giving Ash any explanation or closure. When they meet again Ash is determined to not let Dan back into his life and refuses to listen when Dan tries to explain his actions. Neither of them is very good at communicating with each other and their second chance may be over before it even begins. I love that the author gives us dual POV's and let's us see their history as well. It's also wonderful to catch up with Mitch and Alex from the previous book. The secondary characters are great and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in in this excellent series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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