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The Game Changer [Kindle Edition]

Marie Landry
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Book Description

Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies.

When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right.

During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?


Product Details

  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marie Landry (November 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4SKJ22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The Game Changer has what appears to be a classic romantic premise -- quiet, reserved woman meets a sexy, charming and confident young man; will they or won’t they? They always do. & it always seems to be the woman that then goes through a transformation, aided by this new man in her life. However, The Game Changer takes a very different approach to this set up, one that I found refreshing and more enjoyable!

Melody Cartwright lives in a small Ontario town, is in her late twenties, has a best friend and family that she loves dearly, and is just ending a three year relationship with the man she thought would be her husband. Change is in the air for Melody, although she is a bit hesitant to accept it. Her best friend, Olivia, is determined to help set Melody on a new path. On this new path, Melody meets Julian, the complete opposite of her - sexy, charming and overly confident in himself. Realizing the pre-conceived notions Melody has of him, Julian insists that they become friends, but Melody is unsure if it possible for a man and a woman to remain platonic. The only thing she knows for sure is that she is about to find out.

OK, can I just say that I was so happy to see a romance book where the female character 1) doesn’t feel a need to change herself for a man (granted, she had sort of already done this in a previously relationship) and 2) doesn’t feel a need to change the love interest! In this scenario, the man is the one attempting to change, and he had been interested in doing that before meeting our main character. That is what I think I loved most about this book. All of the characters were well developed, and could stand on their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! January 15, 2013
By Eve379
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was surprised by this book. I was looking for a light read and found this to be enjoyable. It had some pretty funny moments. The only thing I would have liked was another chapter or two after the issues were resolved.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chicklit yes, romance not so much January 13, 2013
By CM
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Oh, man, this could have been so good. Good characters pull you in with just enough flaws to make them seem human. So how could you not like sexy-man-about-town-meets-reserved-sweetheart, right? Unfortunately, for much of the book, I couldn't help thinking manwhore-meets-doormat. If Julian were a woman, he'd likely not be cast as the heroine, especially because there seems to be little justification for his lack of commitment to Melody.

***SPOILERS***
Marie Landry writes some great banter, though. In fact, I think she excels at it. This kept me going when I found myself unable to root for Julian and Melody as a couple. Unfortunately, Landry doesn't really follow up on it. When J&M finally get together (and I do mean FINALLY, as it's 86% of the way through the book...), there's some lead up (a couple of paragraphs) and then "Julian rolled off her" in the very next sentence. What happened to the good stuff? This reminded me of Harlequin novels from my youth ('70s) where it seemed like your parents were the editors and removed every pulse-throbbing scene. Sheesh. Even worse, the setting for their final, uhh, joining, is at a really awkward moment. All I can say is if someone in my family were in his father's situation, the last thing I'd be thinking about is getting it on with my should-I-or-shouldn't-I friend. Even if I was crazy with lust, the location just wouldn't work.
***END of SPOILERS***

This book is more chicklit than romance, with the difference being the amount of time it devotes to girl issues (as opposed to sexual chemistry and the characters acting upon it, think Bridget Jones as chicklit and anything by Nora Roberts as romance). I picked it up because it had been recommended by other readers on Goodreads. If I remember correctly, they even had it in the top books of '12. I'm sorry to say, I couldn't vote for it on a faves list, more of an 'ok' list. It was my first Marie Landry read and I'm not sure I'll go back for more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! A Must Read! December 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a lot of contemporaries in 2012 and I have to say that The Game Changer is my favorite Contemporary Romance of 2012! I just loved it. The characters are awesome. I didn't feel like I was reading a story about Melody, I felt like I was along for the ride with her, experiencing it all as her friend. I wouldn't change a thing about The Game Changer. I loved that it wasn't a super short book, it actually had some meat on it.

As soon as Olivia and Melody moved in together and said that they always wanted to have a cute apartment by themselves like Monica and Rachel from Friends, I was hooked! Olivia and Melody had me cracking up. I just loved watching the two of them together.

But what I really loved about The Game Changer is that even the secondary characters were fully fleshed out and developed. You got to know everyone, and each of their stories was effortlessly woven into the main plot. Marie Landry makes writing seem effortless. She made me tear up in BOTH of her books. (and I am not an easy crier people!) She is just a powerful writer. I loved Blue Sky Days, but I loved The Game Changer even more.

Melody meets Julian, who I absolutely loved as well, pretty quickly in the story but the romance and friendship builds between them throughout the book. No one can classify this as insta-love. This is the real, believable kind of love that will have you rooting for the two of them and sometimes wanting to hit them upside the head so they can just get over themselves and make something happen already! Because you know they are so perfect together, but just like real life things happen, there are ups and downs, and of course, there is change.

The Game Changer is one of those rare books that I fell in love with one page one.
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Marie has the best job in the world--one where she gets to make stuff up for a living and shamelessly eavesdrop on everyone around her. She writes happily ever afters while dreaming about the day she'll have her own epic love story to tell. Most days you can find her writing, reading, fantasizing about traveling the world, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece.

For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time!

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