8.27.2011

Book of the Month Review: Changing the Game (Jaci Burton)



Synopsis:

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.

Review:

Before you get started, you will need to be prepared.  I advise the following.  A glass of wine, a cold shower and a man on stand-by.

Sex.  Sex, sex, sex.  Sex.

Ok, now that I got that out of my system... Where should I start?

I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about the idea of Elizabeth being the heroine in this book.  I hated her in The Perfect Play and I would have been okay with never seeing her in another book again.  So, while I was excited about Jaci Burton's next book in the Play by Play series, I was skeptical about Elizabeth.

Well, from the very first chapter, I got a completely different impression of her.  She seemed truly remorseful for what she did to Mick and Tara.  Her shields dropped for brief moments and her hard exterior began to chip away.  Through the course of the novel, the reader sees Elizabeth transform from a cold, calculating business woman to a caring, compassionate and emotional lover.  But despite her allowing Gavin to reveal the most intimate and personal side of her, she still has reservations about her relationship with Gavin.

Of course, Gavin made his brief debut in the first book and I knew instantly that I was going to love him.  I'm a baseball fan by nature and I was so excited to see a smoking hot baseball player as the hero in a steamy romance novel, especially since Hunter Pence came to the Phillies.  But I digress.  Gavin is smoking hot, passionate and insatiable.  He knows what he wants and what he wants is Liz.  And despite her facade, he can tell that she wants him, too.  Once he gets her where he wants her, it doesn't take long to move things along.

Keeping her feelings bottled up creates more problems for Liz than she expects.  Gavin's brother is still pissed at her and is convinced that she's out to do the same thing to Gavin.  His constant badgering is leaving Gavin with doubts and without her honesty about her feelings, Liz doesn't give him much to contradict Mick.

This book starts out as hot as the last one left off, but Jaci Burton manages to weave a story full of emotion and drama throughout.  The characters leap off the pages and come to life as they struggle with the same issues many people have first hand experience with.  The passion between Gavin and Liz ignite this story and made me fall in love with both of them.  Even after the climax (of the STORY!!!), when all of the issues came out and everything was laid out, I couldn't be mad at the characters.  It was well written and I just had to keep rooting for them.

Rating:


I absolutely loved this story.  What woman wouldn't love to be seduced by a famous baseball player, only to have him fall in love?  Does it get any better than that?

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Remember that list above?  I made it for a reason.  Now grab your wine and your man.  You're going to need them when you're done with this book!

Don't forget, there's still a chance to win a copy of Changing the Game.  Just fill out the form to enter.  Good luck!



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