Friday, July 22, 2011

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Title:   Changing the Game
Author: Jaci Burton
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Play-by-Play #2
Main Characters: Elizabeth & Gavin
Release Date: August 2011
ISBN: 978-0425242407
Publisher: Berkley
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $9.61
Borders- $15.00
Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received an ARC of this book from the author for the purpose of an honest review.

Story Overview:
An erotic new game from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Play.

Sports agent Liz Darnell will do anything to win back her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley. And Gavin's more than ready- especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of all.

My Review:
I was worried about this book. I loved The Perfect Play so much, I worried that book #2, Changing the Game, wouldn't live up to the hype. I was wrong to worry. This book was wonderful. Sexy. Emotional. Everything that I could hope.

We met Elizabeth, the sports agent, in The Perfect Play. I, for one, really disliked her for how aggressive she was with Mick and what she did to Nick and Tara, but I quickly fell in love with her in this book. She has to be aggressive and hard-nosed to do what she does in the man-dominated sports world. Being a sports agent for both Mick & Gavi, without any family of her own, she has been brought into the fold of the Riley's as part of the family. She lost all of that when Mick fired her and let her know that none of them wanted her around any longer.

For a lot of the book, I had issues with how extreme Mick's reactions to Elizabeth's actions were when everyone else had gotten past it, but then I got to thinking about it...sadly, when it comes to family (which is how Elizabeth is to his family even though she is not actually related to them,) people are the least forgiving when they have been hurt.

Elizabeth's vulnerability in this book broke my heart. She has always been in love with Gavin, but so careful to never let him see it. When she finally opens herself up to him, she's opening herself up to a LOT of possible hurt. But after spending the holidays completely alone (she normally spends them with the Riley family,) she's willing to take the risk. She simply misses Gavin. I love it when she gets her spine back when dealing with Mick's a great scene. She can be so strong & tough- you have to admire that!

I really loved watching this relationship develop especially on Gavin's side. He has never looked at Elizabeth as a potential love-interest and then they fall into their relationship so fast. It truly confuses him. It was fun watching him re-adjust his perspective and fall for her.

Another great development to the story was Elizabeth suddenly finding herself with girlfriends....something that has never happened in her adult life. She's never been the type of girl to relate to other girls. She has so much personal growth over the length of this novel.

It was simply a great book! A great story arc. A fantastic romance! Smoldering sex scenes. And a few tears too. It had it ALL! Loved this book and now I am dying for Ty & Jenna's book, Taking the Shot, coming in March....

The series (mainly because we need to see all those covers together again):

2. Changing the Game

3. Taking the Shot (coming March 6, 2012)


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

I like how the cover of The Perfect Play looks like a real sports players, but the other two covers feature men with jeans. Jeans! You don't play sports while wearing jeans.

Leontine said...

I was annoyed by Elizabeth too in Perfect Play but in the ending there was a moment I knew there was more to her than her power play attitude! Glad to know her own story was so good again!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I still have the first one sitting on my shelf--must get to reading it soon!

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

I have The Perfect Play scheduled to be read and reviewed at the end of the year...maybe I'll move it up and try to get a couple extra book review posts up in August so I can read The Perfect Play followed shortly by Changing the Game. Rawr! The book covers are enough to drive a girl wild. Can't wait for March 2012 with book 3 comes out. Do we know how many books she plans to write? If she hits all the sports we could do Soccer/Futbol, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball, Track & Field, Tennis, Swimming...yeah I'm voting that she does all the sports out there. :-P

Julie said...

I did not read Perfect Play because it was getting mixed reviews and I didn't really have the time. I didn't read this one because it's about baseball. *g* I have the next book on my list because it's about hockey! But now you've made me want to check out the other books too. Once again, way to go Christi! lol