The Object of the Game

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • The Object of the Game
  • Vanessa James
  • 12 March 2019
  • 0263750329

About the Author: Vanessa James

aka Sally BeaumanSally Kinsey Miles graduated from Girton College, Cambridge MA in English Literature She married Christopher Beauman an economist After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in 1970 in an article called A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy Daily Telegraph Supplement, May 29th Apparently a very long interview The following year they met again, and the rest is history After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in 2004 She has one son, James, and one grandchild.Sally had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest ever editor of Queen magazine now Harper s Queen She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph from 1970 73 and 1976 8 she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker She also wrote nine Mills Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block buster novel Destiny in 1987 under her real name It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November 1993, which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter s version of events at Manderley an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca s Tale In 2000 she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.


The Object of the GameSHE WAS A WOMAN, NO LONGER HIS WARDNatasha Felt Suffocated By Her Safe, Ordered Life In Cambridge Alexis Persisted In Treating Her Like A Child, Refusing To Acknowledge Her As A Woman Who No Longer Needed A Father Figure In Her LifeSo She Seized An Opportunity To Work For A Notorious, Best Selling Author In London S Infamous Soho District And Surprisingly, Alexis Took A Chance, Despite His Concern For Her, And Let Her GoFor Natasha It Was A Voyage Of Discovery, Rough But Vital For It Marked The End Of Years Of Waiting

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10 thoughts on “The Object of the Game

  1. Jacqueline J says:

    This author has a strange writing style Hard to explain, sort of poetical and not necessarily in a good way The hero was pretty darn beta, an absent minded professor who is always backing his car into things etc She was his ward, but is now 22 and on unemployment Lots of stuff happens that you re not interested in And sometimes you re not sure what exactly is going on The writing sometimes is just vaguely unclear And then there was a scene from page 42 to page 62 of the hero and the villa This author has a strange writing style Hard to explain, sort of poetical and not necessarily in a good way The hero was pretty darn beta, an absent minded professor who is always backing his car into things etc She was his ward, but is now 22 and on unemployment Lots of stuff happens that you re not interested in And sometimes you re not sure what exactly is going on The writing sometimes is just vaguely unclear And then there was a scene from page 42 to page 62 of the hero and the villain playing cricket Seriously, you got 189 pages to tell a story and 20 of them are an incomprehensible play by play of a game that only people from the British Commonwealth understand I realize the book took place in England and I ve read many books where the characters play cricket but do we really need to know Jack Middleton, a useful spin bowler, but not an all rounder, poked the ball somewhat awkwardly past the slips and begain to pound down the wicket Alexis reached his crease before his partner, puffing and sweating, was three quarters of the way down Alexis frowned, bent forward, took up his stance He put the next ball away for four, the one after for a glorious six Might as well have been written in Swahili and just FYI, Jack Middleton never mentioned before or after I think the author must be a serious cricket fan I wouldn t even want to read 20 pages about a game I understood in a romance novel.In the rest of the book there was some conclusion leaping, a little angst, various misunderstandings, and the heroine doing a strip dance at a girly club to save a poor strippers job

  2. boogenhagen says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here RE Object of the Game This one is definitely different VJ tries to blame it all on the H and h s Russian blood but this was a funny book It has some of everything an Alpha H who has very beta habits he is a Cambridge Don and lectures on the Classics in Literature and he is a very keen Cricket player who frequently backs his car into immovable objects A tempestuous Goddess looking h who is trying to find her niche in life, and breaking hearts inadvertently right and left while she sorts RE Object of the Game This one is definitely different VJ tries to blame it all on the H and h s Russian blood but this was a funny book It has some of everything an Alpha H who has very beta habits he is a Cambridge Don and lectures on the Classics in Literature and he is a very keen Cricket player who frequently backs his car into immovable objects A tempestuous Goddess looking h who is trying to find her niche in life, and breaking hearts inadvertently right and left while she sorts it out A very funny 8 year old boy who will probably grow up to be the English Bill Gates, strip clubs, the British Library and a villainous OM who turns out to be rather interesting in the end The story starts with the 22 yr old h being called to the H s college chambers, apparently she is due for the you need to sort your life out and find a career path lecture by the H Only he is stuck in a badly knitted sweater one of his admiring students gave him and the h is carrying a baker s dozen of uncleaned trout When he starts the lecture, the h turns on the water works in an attempt to get him to stop and while she is helping him out of the straitjacket sweater, we start to see the attraction tho the h isn t really recognizing it for what it is The H has been her guardian since she was 8 and he was just 20ish her parents died and the H promised her dad he would look after her There is also a widowed sister in the house with two sons and the potential Bill Gates is one of them The 8 year old is actually probably the most savvy of them all, and he likes his uncle the H and he likes the h, and he decides they should get married He figures a little dose of jealousy will make everything work out right it always works in Shakespeare doesn t it Okay not for Othello, but definitely in some other ones The h is infatuated with a bonk buster writer who apparently greatly resembles Heathcliff It just so happens that this writer has been invited for dinner and the h is dressed to kill while the H absolutely despises the man There are some words over dinner and an invitation to the local village cricket game is offered to the OM writer Unfortunately this isn t just simple village cricket, in this household cricket is a SERIOUS game So we have the Epic Cricket Match with the H being manly and noble and the writer coming off as a very bad sport since it wasn t Rugby and there was no Richie M., I wasn t really following, but apparently the writer did a VERY BAD THING The h also gets knocked for a loop when she meets the erstwhile graduate sweater knitter and it appears that she has a long standing thing with the H The h decides to take the writer up on his invitation to go to London and be his researcher The h and H have a romantic dinner together while the h decides how to tell him she is leaving The H is probably going to declare a start to his courtship at this point, but the inevitable misunderstanding occurs where the h thinks the H is marrying his grad student, his sister is also marrying and moving out and the h decides to relive his mind about her living arrangements and tells him about London.The h leaves and it turns out that the OM actually wants her to work in a strip club and pump the dancers for information, plus type his manuscript and probably sleep with him too He rents her a terrible little room below his in a shabby area and the h starts to wise up fast The H is frantic with missing the h and since he doesn t know where she is, he is gettingworried all the time The h gets along with the strippers wildly well and they all hate the OM She learns a lot about the ladies and does some typing of the OM s manuscript but apparently it is really badly written and the h gets the idear to write a book of her own She eventually leaves the room the OM got for her and goes to her other Aunt s flat The Aunt is out of town and the H is gettingandworried, the 8 year old finally tells him the h called and sounded upset The H rushes off to London and has some various problems like getting his car clamped and renting a Porsche for a fast trip of about 20 blocks He flashes the picture of the him and the h and 8 year old around to the ladies at the strip club and they help him find the h.The h is finally getting a grip on why she feels the way she does around the H and after some very funny advice from the strippers, she buys a Merry Widow and tries to entice the H He IS enticed but he has a confession too Turns out when he was 19 the h s mum tried to seduce him, apparently the h s mum and dad had a very open marriage but got along great The H turns the mum down, but she was nice about it and that is when the h s dad asked the H to look out for the h He also heard that the h was writing a book that plagerized the OM s work It turns out that the grad student who was pursing the H actually hooked up with the OM and they both implied that the OM tossed the h aside after enjoying some samples The h loses her temper pretty spectacularly and the H winds up slapping her She had smacked him pretty hard earlier in the story They fight a bitand then the H takes off The h is upset but finishes her book and turns it in to a publisher She writes a long letter to the H to clarify how much she loves him etc and then goes to work.One of the stripper s has a child who is injured from a bad fall, and the h offers to take her place on stage so she won t lose her job She does a strip and then the H is there, he hauls her out of there but they run into the OM on the way out There are some words exchanged and a few punches and then the H realizes that the OM is in love with him and that is why he dates the women he thinks the H has been with It was very well done and the first mention of homosexuality in HPLandia ever The h and H declare they are mad about each other and wind up consummating the relationship The h gets her book published and the H promises to really build some bookshelves this time to get all his books off the floor in their new home and it is an HEA all around I definitely recommend this one if you are in the mood for epic different but still HPlandia The characterization was really well done and the H was a very, very good man He has been in love with the h since she was 19, but he never acted on it, and she grows a lot over the course of the book There was some real laugh out loud moments as well as some real shocks The OM bisexuality was a surprise to say the least Definitely give this one a go if you run into it and it will probably prove to be an excellent reread when you need a little lift from the angst It is far from the common run of things, but the writing is good and the characters are interesting and any HP that can make you laugh is worth hanging on to

  3. Megzy says:

    The style of writing is different in this book It was written in a conversational tone part of it worked great but part of it dragged like the scene and chapters dedicated to playing Cricket I am a sport enthusiast but even I was bored..The relationship between the various characters was complicated It isn t your typical ward guardian story The promise Alexis gave to Nico, Natasha s dad made him feel like a creep when he started realizing the nature of his feelings for his ward Natasha s The style of writing is different in this book It was written in a conversational tone part of it worked great but part of it dragged like the scene and chapters dedicated to playing Cricket I am a sport enthusiast but even I was bored..The relationship between the various characters was complicated It isn t your typical ward guardian story The promise Alexis gave to Nico, Natasha s dad made him feel like a creep when he started realizing the nature of his feelings for his ward Natasha s interaction with the strippers and how much she came to care for them was interesting It isn t until the very end that we learn about the true motives of the OM, a despicable character and the excuse view spoiler being interested in Alexis hide spoiler wasn t good enough for me He was an arsehole because of his actions throughout the book and all of the sudden just because we learn view spoiler he really wanted Alexis hide spoiler it doesn t excuse his behaviors toward Natasha, the strippers or other people he has used in the past.I really can relate to what Alexis said to Paul I feel it has been happening to a lot of modern authors Do you know, there was a time when I thought you just might have the makings of a novelist Through the mish mash of other writers styles, behind the third hand plots cobbled together by your unfortunate researchers, behind the echoes of all those florid writers you admire there was, once, just a glimmer of originality And you lost it And then you got really desperate You started piling it on the lewdness, the smut, the cheap sensationalism,

  4. StMargarets says:

    There s a great review that already outlines the plot of this very unusual Harlequin, so I won t go into it It s a guardian ward story But to jog my own memory, this is the one with the strip club happy sigh I loved this The hero was a beta absent minded professor who woke up nicely I loved the scene between him and one of the strippers when he was looking for the heroine A delicious scene The heroine was nicely confused, but not stupid She saw through the OM fairly quickly There s al There s a great review that already outlines the plot of this very unusual Harlequin, so I won t go into it It s a guardian ward story But to jog my own memory, this is the one with the strip club happy sigh I loved this The hero was a beta absent minded professor who woke up nicely I loved the scene between him and one of the strippers when he was looking for the heroine A delicious scene The heroine was nicely confused, but not stupid She saw through the OM fairly quickly There s also a precocious 8 year old who tries to play cupid We get his PoV as well The only quibble I had was the long description of the cricket scene The fact that I didn t skip it, shows the quality of the writing

  5. Tia says:

    Probably one of the best old school type harlequins I have read I was enchanted with the hero and heroine The first five chapters were a bit bland but other than that, it was great and the ending, omg, I adored it so much

  6. Roub says:

    this was about a guardian ward romance natasha was a cousin of alexis and alexis was an editor natasha wanted to be a writer the story was set in cambridge der was also an OW ariana whom natasha thought alexis was in love wid a lot of all dat mischief was created by their nephew a lil boy, just a kid really think he was 8 years old , his name was william he loved natasha and did not want her to go away to london in trying to get alexis and natasha reveal their feelings, he provoked them this was about a guardian ward romance natasha was a cousin of alexis and alexis was an editor natasha wanted to be a writer the story was set in cambridge der was also an OW ariana whom natasha thought alexis was in love wid a lot of all dat mischief was created by their nephew a lil boy, just a kid really think he was 8 years old , his name was william he loved natasha and did not want her to go away to london in trying to get alexis and natasha reveal their feelings, he provoked them into evenridicule behaviour der was a writer, i think his name was jonathan who came there and lured natasha away to london natasha went there bcoz william s mother wanted to get married and it wud be improper for her to stay alone wid alexis she was not pleasantly surprised as instead of working as an editor, she wud infact be working in a striptease bar her reputation went in shreds she went for refuge at aunt sophie s place and alexis found her again they still did not admit their feelings neway, it was a tedious read but captivating at the same time ders a scene which really touched me in the book, dat was when alexis was looking for natasha and he went to the bar he showed a picture of him, natasha and william he asked a barmaid if she recognised natasha i had tears in my eyes as he was obviously very desperate to find her and he loved her very much he kept the picture in his breast pocket they were both very important to him i minused 1 star due to the tedious reading and as i was sometimes confused

  7. sbf20112011 says:

    I loved this one satisfying older Harlequin The hero is maybe a titch too absent minded professor, and the guardian first cousins once removed angle really adds to the ick factor, but still, I really enjoyed the chase of the romance in this one.

  8. KC says:

    This guardian ward romance had a little bit of everything in it, from the tame to the scandalous unrequited love, matchmaking, a cricket match, strippers, etc It even contained a chick lit vibe at times What s not to like Well, the writing style mainly The plot rather than the characters drove the story, resulting in less angst and emotion The writing seemed convoluted as well Some passages were verbose and poetic, without making much sense or supporting the narrative Alexis and Natasha This guardian ward romance had a little bit of everything in it, from the tame to the scandalous unrequited love, matchmaking, a cricket match, strippers, etc It even contained a chick lit vibe at times What s not to like Well, the writing style mainly The plot rather than the characters drove the story, resulting in less angst and emotion The writing seemed convoluted as well Some passages were verbose and poetic, without making much sense or supporting the narrative Alexis and Natasha s big argument at the climax lost its emotional impact because of the wordy, vague writing And while I appreciated that the cricket match was included to highlight our beta hero s prowess on the field, as a cricket virgin I would have been happy to have read a shortened version.The best aspects of this romance, besides the risqu plot elements, were the characters Alexis and Natasha possessed the traits I like to see in a hero and heroine smitten, kind and honorable sweet and spirited, respectively And although he has to be the oldest 8 year old in the world, how amusing was William His sweet, yet fumbling attempts at matchmaking had me smiling.In the end, this was a mixed bag with the negatives outweighing the positives

  9. April Brookshire says:

    I can t believe this is a 1985 Harlequin Presents It s pretty scandalous for the time and for Harlequin specifically.Strippers and homosexuality it s like reading a Rock Chick book.I have to say I liked it, but my favorite character was the 8 year old William and his scheming ways I would have liked a lotof him in the book since he was the best character.My favorite part was the surprise towards the end when the H and h are leaving the strip club Didn t see that coming at all And, of I can t believe this is a 1985 Harlequin Presents It s pretty scandalous for the time and for Harlequin specifically.Strippers and homosexuality it s like reading a Rock Chick book.I have to say I liked it, but my favorite character was the 8 year old William and his scheming ways I would have liked a lotof him in the book since he was the best character.My favorite part was the surprise towards the end when the H and h are leaving the strip club Didn t see that coming at all And, of course, they get their HEA as to be expected

  10. RomLibrary says:

    She was a woman, no longer his wardNatasha felt suffocated by her safe, ordered life in Cambridge Alexis persisted in treating her like a child, refusing to acknowledge her as a woman who no longer needed a father figure in her life.So she seized an opportunity to work for a notorious, best selling author in London s infamous Soho district And surprisingly, Alexis took a chance, despite his concern for her, and let her go.For Natasha it was a voyage of discovery, rough but vital For Alexis it She was a woman, no longer his wardNatasha felt suffocated by her safe, ordered life in Cambridge Alexis persisted in treating her like a child, refusing to acknowledge her as a woman who no longer needed a father figure in her life.So she seized an opportunity to work for a notorious, best selling author in London s infamous Soho district And surprisingly, Alexis took a chance, despite his concern for her, and let her go.For Natasha it was a voyage of discovery, rough but vital For Alexis it marked the end of years of waiting.