Game On

Breaking into the Black Elite Book 2

Fiction - Womens
318 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2016
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Butts for Readers' Favorite

Game On takes you to Fairchester, North Carolina where you are welcomed into the world of Sahara Kyle and her husband, Noah, along with Teri, Zora, and Emery. This is a world of ladies clubs, the social elite, and the power of who you know, not what you know. The prize? Membership to the Belles and Beaus, a very exclusive social club where the membership is held in the mother's name, but allows access to meaningful friendships and social activities for their children, as well as guaranteed membership to those children when they become parents themselves. But don't let this fool you, it is a cutthroat business getting vetted for this club, and there's only one opening. Friends are pitted against friends and, in the end, you have to decide what is more important in the long run; friendship or the climb to the top.

Shonette Charles welcomes you into the world of Game On with a cheerful smile, while extending a glass of cool sweet tea. The plot twists and turns on a fun roller coaster ride, and you are hanging on for dear life along with Sahara, Teri, Zora, and Emery. The characters' emotional responses to the events that unfold around them are palpable, and you can't help but get pulled into the drama (I mean, who doesn't love drama). When you pick up Game On, you will have a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend that you read this book today!

Arya Fomonyuy

Game On is Book Two in Breaking Into the Black Elite series by Shonette Charles, a compelling story of power, loyalty, and betrayal, and most importantly a tale that examines the most brazen of socialite values. When Sahara finally makes up her mind to join one of Fairchester’s most expensive social clubs, she is unaware of the obstacles she’ll have to face, and little does she know that she’ll have to face her most powerful opponent, Emery Edmonds. In this class game, she quickly learns that no one plays to lose, but does she have what it takes to win? Now the author takes readers into the behind-the-scenes stories of ambition, stabbings-in-the-back, rivalry, infidelity, and suicide.

There is something very sweet and soothing in Shonnette Charles’ voice and it comes across very clearly through the beautiful writing. I particularly loved the color she brings into the world she creates through her powerful descriptions. The author creates very compelling characters who reflect the world to which she wants to introduce her readers, and they blend easily into the culture and décor of that world. I particularly loved Sahara and her kind of stubbornness that could border on the tragic. The plot is well thought out with numerous surprises for readers. If you want to know what happens behind the glitz, the expensive lunches, cars, and gadgets, then you’ll definitely be entertained and amused by reading Game On by Shonnette Charles.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Breaking into high society is hard enough, especially in a small North Carolina town, but shoving those skeletons in the closet can be a particular challenge. Game On by Shonette Charles gives readers an exciting tale of secrets, lies, double lives, and drama as several women compete for a coveted spot in the Belles and Beaus society, a group dedicated to providing opportunities for children. All mothers want to provide the best for their children, and these women will stop at nothing to win the invitation to one of the exclusive groups of high society. Central to this story are Sahara, a stay-at-home mother struggling with her past and a workaholic husband, and her rival, Emery, a down to earth, self made woman with a roving husband and a will of steel. Petitioning for entry into the society requires each woman to search within themselves, their past, and their current relationships to secure a positive step into the future for themselves and their family.

Game On was a great break for me from my usual mystery/suspense and sci-fi genres, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. High society tales have always interested me, and I like how Shonette Charles shows how these women are real people with real problems, just like everybody else. Money can't buy everything, and the women in this story learn where the line is drawn between wealth and power, and the pain of reality. Better yet, I liked the characters. I could see them as real people, even in my own town. If you like drama, suspense, and some great humor sprinkled in, then this book is for you. I'm glad I read it, and I'd suggest it to readers as well.