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Game Changer (Playing Games #1) Paperback – January 16, 2015
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This story soon realizes our two main characters have met before and the first time was a rush to both. A year and a half later they meet again which our male star is a bit slower on the uptake. Our fem character never reveals her true self then suddenly ole Jim decides to blackmail our fem star and BAM!!!! ITS OVER.
DONT LIKE CLIFF HANGERS, DO NOT COMPREHEND WHY THE AUTHOR DOESNT SHARE THIS PIECE OF INFO.....AND ODDLY ENOUGH NEITHER DID THE OTHER EVALS ON THIS BOOK!
They meet at a coffee house, she can't stand his overbearing ways, and although wants to have nothing to do with him, agrees to go out on a date because her editor believes that she needs some human interaction (really?). So she goes to a fundraiser with Liam, and realizes that she was at his company party last year and slept with him. Then, she gets pissed that he doesn't remember her, and he doesn't remember her until he spots a Batman tattoo on her back. He keeps it from her because he's unsure if she remembers him and she's doesn't tell him because she's unsure if he remembers her.
During their "getting to know each other" phase, she continues to find him to be full of himself, but that becomes endearing to her, which I don't really understand. But she's more determined to get him to remember that they screwed when they were drunk, and she has the unrealistic expectation that a womanizer would remember her. He doesn't really remember her, he remembers the tattoo.
Then she comes up with a brilliant plan to seduce him, to get him to remember her. Between the back and forth of does he or doesn't he remember me, then being pissed at each other and not talking, and then getting back together to have sex, their relationship doesn't develop. They are frustrating characters in a plot that could have been solved in 30 pages, and yet ends on a cliffhanger.
The main story is weak, so are the subplots, and I don't even like the characters that much. All in all, very disappointing and frustrating.
Game Changer is the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, called Playing Games. I thought that Game Changer has crossover appeal to fans of new adult as well as adult. The characters are in their 20s and they, or at least one of them, has a career that is pretty college adjacent. I really liked reading Game Changer. Don't let the title fool you, it isn't so much about playing games with each other, well maybe a little bit, but not as much as I expected. I found Maci and Liam to be very genuine with one another and that was refreshing. Sure, there were secrets but they didn't feel like they were playing games. I found most of their games to be centered around actual games (of the video variety).
There were many things I liked about Game Changer. I liked how smitten Liam seemed with Maci. he was just so adorable in his pursuit. It didn't seem contrived or cocky in any way. In fact, Liam had an innocence about him with his feelings and interactions with Maci and I could not get enough of his adorableness. I also really liked the setting in Tampa, Florida. I am familiar with the city, so everything was very easy to picture for me.I thought the plot was well done and the romance was great, and felt very natural.
I loved the chemistry and romance between Maci and Liam, but as the book went on, the more I wanted it to be a standalone. I wanted their story to wrap up, not because I don't want to see more of them- I do! But I just felt like we could have gotten to a good spot with them in one, slightly longer, book. (am I the only one that thinks this about some books?) I am interested to see all of what is going to happen in the next story. I know that book 2 is already out so at least I don't have to wait to see what is going to happen. If you like contemporary romances with a nerd flair, check out the playing games series.
*Disclaimer- I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my thoughts.
Actually, they do. Intimately. One and a half years ago at a masquerade party at Liam’s house put on for gamers by nZone Gaming, they enjoyed each other’s company, drank a bit much, and ended up with mind-blowing sex – with their masks on. They never exchanged names or contact info.
During the current party, Maci’s friend Sky (who works for nZone) identifies Liam as the guy in the Phantom of the Opera costume from the masquerade party. Now Maci wonders why Liam doesn’t remember her – and she determines not to tell him. Along with that secret, Maci holds close her identity as M. L. Thomas, a well-known science fiction author. That becomes a monstrous wall between them as Maci will do almost anything to keep her secret.
This story flows well. It is actually built around several plot lines at the same time. There is no real closure; Maci is threatened by Big Jim, a competitor to Liam, with possible public disclosure of her secret – then the book simply ends. If you want to know what happens between Liam and Maci you must purchase the sequel, Game On. I enjoyed this book so much I purchased Game On.
I felt the almost indiscriminate use of F-bombs distracted from the story, which cost my rating a star.