Eleanor Parkhurst is determined to get in the way of Nathaniel Naverly seducing her sweet cousin Rose. Nate has a history of treating girls badly and Ellie suspects his intentions are far from honorable. Getting Nate to switch his attention to her seemed like a good plan, but Ellie didn’t foresee that she might have to protect her own heart from his schemes as well. The game is proving a challenge. Midnight meetings, fighting or kissing, it’s all part of the fun of flirting. Set in an English boarding school, Ellie discovers that boys are more complicated than classes, and you have to play the game well or you might just get played!
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Review by Tanya
Flirting Games is the first in series of novellas that are set in a boarding school called Compass Court Boarding School. This first Novella is based on Eleanor Parkhurst, aged 14, trying to keep 16 year olds Nathaniel Naverley away from setting his sights on her older cousin Rose. Nathaniel, Nate for short, is well known for treating girls badly and Ellie does not want her cousin to be another in a line of upset girls. She intends to grab his attention away from her cousin
The book is fun to read and the characters are interesting in how different they are. I enjoyed the way that Ellie got the better of Nate by playing him at his own games and how she cared so much for her family. She is a popular girl in the school although she puts this down to the fact that her older brother Jack, who has just finished at the school, was popular and she is well known for being his sister. She is a good all-rounder although does not like participating in sports activities. She enjoys the long game of chess where you plan each move.
Nate is used to getting what he wants from the girls and when he sets his sights on a girl he gets her in the end. He finds out information about the girl from those close to her and becomes friendly with her friends. The chase is important and he seems to lose interest when he gets what he wants. Ellie is playing a difficult game against a very experienced player!
A few of the characters change and become more open as the novella increases and of course it leaves you wanting to know what happens in the following years. I enjoyed this book and will read the others when I get a chance.