Monday, May 2, 2016

Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson

Title: Leveling the Field
Author: Megan Erickson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gamers #4
Main Characters: Ethan and Lissa
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Entangled
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

My Review:
Oooh, this was a great story. Ethan is scarred both inside and out. Ten years ago he was in a car accident that left him messed up. Now he lives the life of a hermit, only going to work...he's part owner of Gamer's Magazine...and home. 

Lissa meets him when she's a photographer for an article featuring the famous magazine, but Ethan refuses to have his horrifically scarred face photographed. Lissa doesn't see Ethan's scars as a detraction. Her sister was scarred and committed suicide. To Lissa, the scars inside a person are much worse and scarier. She's immediately drawn to Ethan, then she realizes exactly who he used to be. Ten years ago, Ethan was a cocky confident guy who charmed millions. Now, he's no where near that and Lissa wants to help. And that's all before the two realize their incredible chemistry. 

Both characters have reasons not to get involved...that really aren't a good deterrent to amazing sexual chemistry. They just can't help themselves...over and over again. 

My heart hurt for both these people. Despite their differences, their pain is eerily the same. They've both suffered horrible, sad losses that have left their marks. But they've dealt with their pain in markedly different ways. I liked seeing that difference and how seeing that helped to heal Ethan. He's a guy who needs to desperately make a change before he loses himself completely. 

I liked how Lissa sees him as just Ethan. While the scars are there, they are just a part of big thing, except in the sense that HE is letting them hold him back. I liked how she approaches showing him a different view through her camera lens. She uses it to heal and it was a great aspect to the story. 

The book had lots of emotional angst that I love, but it was tempered with sexy times and even fun times. The glitter bomb had me laughing out loud. It's a great book and I definitely recommend it. In fact, I recommend the entire series. You can read any of the books perfectly well as stand-alones, but all four books are definitely worth the read. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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