Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
Series: Play By Play Series Book #2
Author: Jaci Burton
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: This is another one of those titles where it seems as if the author thinks that putting together a bunch of overly graphic words together equals an erotic novel. Erotic is more than just words – it’s the emotions and feelings as well. For me, the emotions really feel short between these characters. They started out as “just having fun” – and that’s exactly what it was. Only we never really leave it. The author would also have us believe that Liz has been in love with Gavin for years, and while this was expressed – I just didn’t buy it as a reader. It just didn’t “feel” like Liz had been suffering from unrequited love for Gavin – not just in the beginning, but throughout the whole book.
I did feel like the author did a good job making Liz more likeable. I didn’t really have high expectations for this book after reading the first one, simply because I didn’t really like Liz in it. And what can we expect? She was one of the obstacles keeping the main characters apart. But in this book, she was more vulnerable, more personable, and you actually felt more sympathetic towards her character. The problem with that is that the reverse is true of the main character from book one, Mick. It’s was almost like he and Liz just decided to reverse roles for the duration of this book.
I also was quite irritated at all the characters in the book and their expectation for bygones to just be bygones, and that Mick should just forgive Liz for everything she did in book one. Not everyone is very forgiving, and even if Liz did make amends for her actions that doesn’t mean that Mick should automatically accept her back into their lives. And I really didn’t enjoy Gavin’s thoughts about his brother. It seemed like he had untold resentments towards him, and at times almost seemed as if he hated him. Overall, it was just weird that he was willing to ruin his relationship with his brother over someone he was “just having fun” with.
For the most part, it seemed like a lot of sex scenes and very little emotion. It didn’t really stay true to the characters. And while Liz is redeemed in this book, the ball is dropped in quite a few other areas.