THE SWEETEST GAME (The Perfect Game, #3)
Author: J. Sterling
Published on: December 25, 2013
Genre: New Adult, contemporary romance
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible
The third (and final) installment in Jack & Cassie’s epic love story is here!
“It’s one hell of a sledgehammer to the chest when your baseball career comes to an end. It’s like you finally realize that baseball never loved you back. All the sleepless nights, the hours spent at the gym trying to stay fit, the conditioning, the training, the mental preparation, the holidays missed, the birthdays passed, the memories you didn’t get to make with your family … all for what? It’s not like baseball lost any sleep over you. She didn’t stay awake for nights on end, trying to figure out how to make you a better player. She didn’t care. Baseball’s a business. A sport. A game. And as much as my entire life has been wrapped up in it, it’s time to let it go.” – Jack Carter
Baseball couple Jack Carter and Cassie Andrews is back for the conclusion of their story. After the end of the previous book, I wanted to find out where life would take them next. After having been through hell and back, Jack and Cassie are stronger than ever. It appears that nothing can bust them anymore. Or can it?
Jack still plays baseball for the New York Mets. This time, he’s also newly married to Cassie. Jack wants to complete the required number of seasons in order to retire and get a sizable pension. Being away from his wife is placing its toll on Jack, though. His career appears to come to an abrupt end after an unlucky accident while pitching. The possibility that he may have to retire much earlier than expected leaves Jack devastated. He is so hurt that he starts being super rude toward Cassie. I could not believe that. My opinion of Jack fell slightly after that. I understood how frustrated he was, but Jack didn’t have to treat his wife that harshly.
Life has a wonderful surprise for Jack and Cassie after that. It solidifies their relationship further. From that point on, though, there’s hardly any conflict in their lives. They’ve all but achieved their HEA. In order to keep things interesting, the conflict falls on the shoulders of two of the supporting characters (Cassie’s best friend and Jack’s little brother). It worked pretty well, but I wanted to slap Cassie’s best friend at some points. I couldn’t figure out why she was so reluctant to start a relationship with Jack’s brother.
While not as good as its predecessors, The Sweetest Game is a decent conclusion to the series. The Game Changer would have worked as a final book, but this third installment wasn’t superfluous. If you have stuck with Cassie and Jack all this time, you may as well accompany them to the end of their journey. It will be satisfying.
Pretty good read.
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