ALL FOR THE GAMES SERIES WRAP by Nora Sakavic

Micky here, I started the All For The Game series last year but didn’t get past book one. I think it was part trepidation about what was to come and part not being sure what I thought about the series. I also had a pretty strong hatred for one of the MCs (oh naive Micky). Anyway, I finished the series in the last week and here are my feels.

If you don’t know much about the series, I’d frame it this way – new adult age, LGBTQIAP+ characters, a fictional sport called Exy, gangs and hazing. Book one was a brutal read for me and to be honest the difficult content continued throughout the books. I’ve put some content warnings at the bottom of this post.

Here’s the blurb for book one:
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.


So what are my feelings about the series? They are compelling but gruesome reads. There’s a gang of sports men and women to really get to know, some I loved and some not so much. The affiliations with Japanese mafia-types was a odd fit at first but I did adjust. I never adjusted to some of the difficult themes however, I read with pause, heartache and anger.

I would say each of the books are slow starters, it took me a good 20% to get into the book each time but the author makes what comes afterwards worth it. I’ve been left a little wanting in the finish. My ratings went like this:

The Foxhole Court – 3.5 stars
The Raven King – 3.5-4 stars
The King’s Men – 4 stars (I’m leaving you with my review for the final book below)

Micky’s 4 star review

Slow start building up to almost too tense to handle
Difficult reading
All for Andrew and Neil

Welp, this series has taken me on a journey, from hate to love, experiencing true gang-land evil and witnessing abusive situations that just plain hurt. With all that, you’d think this would be an almighty nope but I have come out of book three with the highest rating of the three books.

Once again Sakavic delivered a slow start to the book, it only truly getting going at 25%, it made me pause on it for a day. Then the pacing went light speed to the worst situation for my beloved Neil. I liked that that part wasn’t at the end of the book and that the story rolled out much further.

Sakavic won me truly round on Andrew and yet…I felt dissatisfied in some ways at where the main relationship was left. I needed and wanted more of particularly Andrew’s emotions. Yes, he’s a cold, closed off ‘hater’ but he isn’t really I don’t think and we didn’t get to see that.

It really is a memorable series especially for its gruesome parts and the roller coaster readers go on with these books.


Content warnings: rape, torture, sexual abuse, physical abuse

THE FOXHOLE COURT by Nora Sakavic

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.


Title : The Foxhole Court
Author : Nora Sakavic
Series : All For The Game #1
Format : e-book
Page Count : 237
Genre : NA Sports Fiction (no romance)
Publisher : Self published
Release Date : July 30, 2013

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★.5


Micky’s 3.5 star review

3.5 stars

Headlines:
Buckle up for the ride
More questions than answers
Brutal and raw

I don’t even know how to process my feelings on this one. It was a completely wild ride and although I’d heard ‘things’ about this book, nothing prepared me for the raw and brutal story. It was violent, abusive and certainly a strange way to envisage any sporting team. There are simply so many triggers in this book, so go look for those before reading if you need to.

Despite my reservations about what I found between these pages, there was much to draw me in. Neil as an MC was such a compelling character, all his past, present and potential future had you literally willing things to work out for him. What Neil found with the foxes was not pleasant with bullying to a degree that was unfathomable, hazing like could not be believed, to the point that I hate-read one chapter; it was tough reading.

Yet, saying all that, I am invested in this odd and messed up crew. The backstories were particularly confusing relating to Neil/Kevin/Riko and their familial connections and businesses. I didn’t really find myself enlightened by the end but that’s also a part of why I’m invested. I pretty much hate Andrew, I don’t understand his illness, I don’t understand how his psyche works and I don’t understand his connection with Kevin. I find myself drawn to Kevin and really want to know more about him.

Important note: I have deducted half a star from this read because the author used the ‘r’ word twice in a totally unnecessary, off the cuff way. There really is not any necessary use of this word which should be expunged from the vocabulary of all folks. It is utterly disrespectful to any person with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Stray into this series if you are brave enough. I’m not a brave reader but I find myself here anyway.

Thank you lovely Tara for holding my hand.

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