Book Review: Ex Games by Stella Rhys


What’s ice-cold but hotter than hell? Rebounding with your ex’s older brother, of course.

A perfect storm led me to this place. Ghosted by my fiancé, I was suddenly broke, heartbroken and facing eviction. Enter Mason Leo, the six feet and two inches of pure muscle and arrogance I’ve hated with a passion since the day we met. The man is cocky, womanizing and ruinously gorgeous.

Worse than that, he’s my ex’s brother. And for the next two weeks, he gets to do with me as he pleases.

I’ll explain.

With both our exes – wait for it – set to marry each other in St. Lucia, I’ve agreed to let Mason pay my debts so long as I play his date. My only job is to keep my clothes on while I get my closure. Because as much as I hate Mason Leo, the man is a walking sex god. And in the name of revenge, he gets to take me out, show me off – dress, touch and kiss me with those wicked lips. It’s all for show, but every night in paradise with him brings more drinks, more drama and another temptation, so no matter what I do, I can’t stop reminding myself this:

There’s absolutely no good to come from f*cking my ex’s brother.

No matter how good it’ll feel.

**EX GAMES is a sexy, full-length standalone with a HEA**

Taylor Simms got the surprise of her life when her fiancée, Aaron, left her out of nowhere without so much as a note to explain why. Left with all of their joint bills to pay by herself, she was forced to get a second job to stay afloat. One day, Mason Leo, Aaron’s older brother, shows up at her apartment unannounced, and delivers some even more startling news.

Aaron is getting married to Mason’s ex-girlfriend, Eva, and soon. Mason believes Eva is marrying Aaron to get back at him, and he doesn’t want that for his brother. He asks Taylor to attend the wedding as his date with the hope that his brother will realize his mistake and call the whole thing off.

Taylor has always detested Mason. He is the last person that she wants to be spending anytime with. Anticipating her reluctance, he promises to pay off all of her debt if she agrees to be his plus one. At first, Taylor turns him down, but after a particularly hellish night at work, she agrees on the condition that she be seen as his girlfriend and not some cheap fling.

The only problem they have now is getting everyone to buy that they are an actual couple. Taylor’s strong dislike of Mason is widely known amongst members of their social circles. Can they really convince everyone that their fauxmance is real?

Over the course of their “relationship,” sparks begin to fly. It becomes harder for Taylor to remember that none of this is supposed to be real. What’s going to happen when it all comes to end?

Ex Games is the first book that I have ever read by Stella Rhys. That’s a shame, because I have clearly been missing out! Do you love those books that grab your interest from the first page and hold on until the end? How about those books that help you forget all your troubles after a long stressful day? This is that kind of book! I was completely enraptured by the story from the moment I began reading it. 

Taylor and Mason were so much fun to read about. I couldn’t get enough of their flirty banter! Taylor is a strong, beautiful, self-made woman that demands respect. Mason is cocky, sexy, successful, and downright swoonworthy. He will, without a doubt, be a book boyfriend contender for many readers. Their crazy sexual chemistry makes for some deliciously hot scenes! Not only is their physical attraction strong, but so is their emotional connection. They are able to open up to each other in ways they haven’t been able to with anyone else. It’s always a plus for me when I can feel something deeper than just a physical connection between the characters. 

I enjoyed every minute of this story! It was really easy to get into, incredibly well paced, and well written. I loved the author’s amazing writing style, and I will definitely be trying all of her books in the future. The only thing I felt like this was lacking was an epilogue. It certainly doesn’t leave you hanging, but I would have liked a tiny bit more than I got. Regardless, I would recommend this book to almost any fan of contemporary romance. Ex Games is passionate, steamy, humorous, and at times, emotional. If you were on the fence about reading this, I think you should hop off and give it a try!


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