The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, #1)

The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, #1) - J. Sterling 3.5 STARSWhy only 3.5 stars? I enjoyed reading this book, there were parts that I really liked, the quarters, Cassie's List of Rules, some of the banter between Cassie and Jack was hilarious, and parts of the book after the "incident" were good and provoked emotions in me. But I found the writing inconsistent and the dialogue sometime felt forced. The main issues I had: Jack seemed to have changed his ways and he really loved Cassie. So it seemed out of his character to cheat on her, drunk or not drunk. He tried to tell Cassie the morning after but he didn't go through with it. What I don't get is why didn't he ask for a pregnancy test? Why didn't anyone else suggested the pregnancy test, especially as this girl was well known as a persistent slut and desperate to sleep with the players, and all the players avoided her like the plague. Why none of his team mates didn't "rescue" Jack? I found this incident as a means to add angst and drama to the story. There was no element of surprise, I knew from the beginning that the slut was trying to trap Jack. I was mind screaming at him : IT'S A TRAP! IT'S A TRAP! I tried to understand his way of thinking, his need to be a good father, having lost his at such a young age, but could not understand the hurry to get married! I mean this guy despised the bitch, he told her in so many words, he couldn't be near her so how come he didn't question her motives? Jack was definitely not naive, he was very savvy and well aware of the girls constantly vying for his attention, so how could he not see this coming? So this part of the book was very frustrating and unrealistic. END OF RANT! It started to get better in the last 10% of the book. I liked the way Jack redeemed himself, the little touches with the quarters and the Rule List were adorable and in my mind Jack deserved to be forgiven. He did "prove himself".