Review: Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Changing the Game (Play-by-Play Series #2)Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

  • ISBN-13: 9780425242407
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Series: Play-by-Play Series , #2
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

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 Thoughts:

Changing the Game not just met my expectation from my pervious experience with The Perfect Play, the first book in this series.  The first book was focused on Mick Riley and now we move on to his brother, Gavin Riley.  Gavin is a pro baseball player and is living life.  His agent, Liz Darnell, had previously represented both his brother, Mick, and himself, but Mick recently fired Liz when she messed with his personal life.  Gavin knows that Liz has been avoiding him, he is sure in fear that he is going to fire her too, but he is not.  Gavin ends up cornering Liz at a party and takes her home with him and both of their worlds are in for a world of change.  What Gavin doesn’t know is that Liz has been in love with him for years but she has a strick run that she lives by to not get involved with her clients.  Things turn HOT and STEAMY from this point!  Wow, if I thought the sexual tension was good in book one, book two brought it on even stronger.

I had a much easier time relating to Liz and the situation that she was in that I did with Tara in The Perfect Play. Not to mention the fact that I enjoyed not having a child in the book kind of getting in the way.  Not that I didn’t enjoy the previous story line but well it kind of annoyed me.  I think that Jaci Burton did a great job at creating a story line that made Mick face his decision to hold Liz to the mistakes she made even though she had already apologized and fixed the situation.  Tara had even forgiven her but Mick kept holding on.  This caused a lot of drama both betwen Liz and Mick but also the whole Riley family.  And in my opinion it was just the right amount of tension and drama that left me wondering if they could work it out or would things just fall apart like Liz has convienced herself is going to happen. 

This is for sure an adult book with a lot of sex, but extremely well written sex.  Be aware of this because it is not tame by any streech of the imagination. If you are looking for a HOT and STEAMY book that still has excellent plot, this is the book for you.  Sit back, have a drink and enjoy this HOT story.

Rating:

4 Penguins

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

52 Reasons to Hate My Father52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

  • ISBN-13: 9780374323035
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job…but someone’s gotta do it.

 

Lexington Larrabee has never had to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand-new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Boulevard either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In Jessica Brody’s hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have fifty-two reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

My Thoughts:

I will say that by the cover alone this is probably not a book that I would have picked up but the book trailer for it made me very curious so I decided to give it a good.  And I am glad that I did because I really enjoyed the story, more I enjoyed the evolution of  Lexi, from this rotten brat to someone I would like to get to know.  I thought that I was going to have a really hard time connecting with the main character, Lexi, because well how could I relate to a girl who has a twenty-five million dollar trust fund and had just crashed her special order car into a store front due to drinking and she is not yet eighteen years old.  Well, somehow through her growth and learning lessons along the way she became a real person. 

The book starts with the scene described above and Lexi’s father decides that in order for her to get her trust fund she has to preform 52 jobs, one a week, for the year.  If at any point she chooses to quit, she loses her trust fund.  What makes it even worse, he hires an intern to well babysit her through all of these jobs and make sure that she actually complies to doing them since he know that she will try to bribe her way out of everything, despite the fact that he has taken everything away and given her a very minimal allowance.  I really felt in the beginning that Lexi was just a spoiled brat but as the book unfolds there is so much more to this young girl, she has been through her fair share of loss, heartbreak, and loneliness.  I ended up really liking her and getting to know her.  

The jobs she is to do are all very normal things like working in a grocery story, working as a maid, cleaning horse stalls, and working in a fast food joint.  All things that normal teenagers do but that Lexi viewed as below her.  These jobs make for some very comical scenes and were a high point in the book.  So combine these with the outstanding cast of character and you have one interesting story.     

Luke, the intern that was hired to babysit Lexi, was probably my favorite character in the book.  He seems to be this uptight college boy, who’s idol is Lexi’s father, and he wants to impress him.  Along the way, he starts to loosen up and the relationship with Lexi changes.  I was not expecting this twist in the book and really found this character to be so much more than what I expected him to be in a very good way.

Overall, Jessica Brody writes in a well balanced and fun manner that left me looking up more of her books because I enjoyed her writing style so much.  She has a talent for bring a little bit of every emotion out in a book and makes you feel them along with the characters.  I figured it would be all fluff but it was way more than that.

My Rating:

4 Penguins

4 Penguins

Midnight Promises by Sherryl Woods

Midnight Promises (Sweet Magnolias Series #8)Midnight Promises by Sherryl Woods

 ISBN-13: 9780778313489

Synopsis:

When Elliott Cruz first courted struggling single mom Karen Ames, it it was a romance worthy of any Sweet Magnolia fantasy. The sexy personal trainer made it his mission to restore Karen’s strength—physical and emotional—and to charm her children.

Now, a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear a few years into the marriage, colliding dreams threaten to tear them them apart. Elliott’s desire to finance the business opportunity of a lifetime with their hard-earned “baby money” stirs Karen’s deep-rooted financial insecurities. It’s the discovery that their brother-in-law is cheating on Elliott’s sister—and thinks it’s justified—that puts their irreconcilable differences into perspective. Will their own loving fidelity be a bond so strong they can triumph against all odds?

My Thoughts:

I love the Sweet Magnolia Series.  All of the characters in this series are just wonderful and I love visiting with them book after book.  Each story introduces a new couple, with their own challenges and troubles, but we get to visit with old friends and see where things are going and how everyone is.  I think that this is one of the things that sets Sherryl Woods apart from other contemporary author is that most other series just revisit a whole group of character but she make the main story about new or reintroduced characters with just side peeks into the other lives. 

Midnight Promises starts with Karen frustrated with Elliott again he know her history but yet seems to be keeping things from her and she is afraid that she is going to loses everything again.  Her ex-husband up and left her with a ton of debt and she will not let it happen again.  She is stressed to the max.  A friend in the the restaurant she works at leaks that her husband is looking to start a men’s only gym with a few of the other men.  This is the first that she has heard of it and she is furious.  She stops off to the women’s only gym he is currently working at but is stopped by her old neighbor who talks her out of storming in and listens to what Karen has to say.  The neighbor realizes that they needs some time together and offers to watch the kids.

Karen struggles to trust Elliott and his plan to start this gym especially since he want to spend the “baby money” they have save and a loan from the other men to get it off the ground but she puts her trust in him hoping that things will work out.  Along the way she is taken in by the Sweet Magnolia’s and finally feels like she belongs.  But will everything work out with the gym?

The story line is that of the neighbor who seems to be having memory loss, even though she wasn’t to deny it.  This was a very sad story line and I am curious as to how things will turn out in the next few books. 

This is a great series and one that I high recommend.

My Rating:

4 Penguins