A Good Game

Romance - General
358 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2018
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

A Good Game by D.D. Shaw is the first book in The Vision series and is a gorgeous read. Charlotte and Trent are two awesome characters for the sheer reason that nothing seems normal in their lives and each of them seems to carry something tragic deep inside. Charlotte doesn’t like the path her life is taking, and what she hates most is the fact that she may eventually end up married to a very rich man. But when Trent enters her life, she begins to believe in something more powerful and higher. To help Charlotte break free, Trent will have to sacrifice much more. Being the creator of illusions, can Trent help Charlotte see reality as it is, and can Charlotte ever forgive Trent for his deception?

This is a brilliantly plotted and well-written story, one that combines elements from different genres, including fantasy, romance, and the paranormal. The characters are interesting and they are crafted with a lot of substance to keep readers fully engaged in the story. I enjoyed the prose, which is descriptive and punctuated with great dialogues. The story begins in a way that piques the reader’s curiosity as they read about a strange moment between the young Charlotte and the tall man with huge hands. The author introduces something in the narrative that will awaken the reader’s sense of anticipation. The author make readers see the fears and the dreams of the characters and creates in them the feeling that something terrible could happen at any moment. A Good Game is suspenseful and D.D. Shaw has what it takes to hold the reader’s attention throughout the narrative.

Francine Zane

In A Good Game by D.D. Shaw, Charlotte has a lot to learn, which is surprising since she has been at an elite finishing school for as long as she can remember. Her prim and proper world is shattered when Trent walks in with promises of romance and stories of an outside world that seem like a futuristic dream to the troublesome girl. Meanwhile Trent discovers something refreshing that he has been missing from his jaded life when Charlotte proves to be his equal. Now together they must decide whether they will let others determine their fates or fight for what they know is right.

A Good Game by D.D. Shaw is not your typical romance novel. While the typical romance novel succeeds in the creation of engaging characters and hot romance, Shaw takes her story several steps further by providing a world of intrigue that is touched with science fiction, violence, and cold-blooded disregard for mankind. This multi-dimensional development means A Good Game offers something for everyone. In fact, the book is so well balanced that it could easily slide into several genres, including science fiction, thriller, intrigue, suspense, and fantasy. Put your feet up and let Charlotte and Trent transport you to a secret world where the future and the past exist at the same time. Revel in their pleasure and their pain, and recognize just how important love is to redeeming even the most jaded soul. Shaw’s A Good Game will remind you that anything is possible if you keep an open mind and just believe.

Robin Goodfellow

A Good Game by D.D. Shaw is about overcoming personal struggles and finding comfort in the freedom love offers. Charlotte is a twenty-year-old woman who longs to see the world. One night, she meets a young man who, while rough around the edges, draws her to him. Before long, however, she is thrown into a world filled with deception, technology, and possibilities, a world that attracts both her curiosity and horror. Trent, on the other hand, works for a company known as Vision. After being sexually abused over and over again, he meets a woman who will become yet another pawn for Vision. As time goes on, they eventually fall in love with each other, only to realize that it might just be too late. Shaw weaves a romantic tale where love isn’t limited by boundaries and, despite all our struggles, we can still earn our happy endings, regardless of how much suffering we’re put through.

The characters were enjoyable. Charlotte was written in a way that made her fiery, despite her being incredibly condescending at times. I liked how she was humbled, not just by the maids, but by everyone around her. What’s more, when she realized the truth of what was happening, I was proud that she stood up for herself, despite making a few strange, if risky, choices along the way. Trent, meanwhile, appeared to be just another typical bad boy heart breaker. However, as the story continued and I got to know him better, I realized how screwed up his life was. He’s enslaved by his family legacy, and being taken advantage of over and over again. Even so, he manages to find the strength to love Charlotte. I liked watching their relationship blossom, and it was an interesting way to embrace both the past and present. As such, I would recommend it to fans of The Girl of Glass by Megan O’ Russell and The City of Dreams by Hailey Griffiths.