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Thursday, April 23, 2015

ARC Review: Changing His Game by Megan Erickson

It's almost Friday folks! Be honest, how many of you are gamers? While I enjoy a nice "G" rated game now and again, I don't think I could come close to how dedicated some people are to their games. Though I do find it interesting. Anybody read Megan Erickson?

Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: April 28, 2015

He controls the game, but she's rewriting all the rules...

Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company's hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.

Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business-and technically Marley's boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he's ready to install a whole lot more than just software...as long as she never finds out who he really is.

But reality's not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin's identity jeopardizes Marley's promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.

A successful female in the gamer magazine industry is a rarity, which is why Marley Lake is mortified when she’s caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s new IT guy. She’s the editor of Gamers Magazine for crying out loud and she’s up for a promotion! This is no time to get in trouble!

As far as most people are concerned, Austin Rivers is just another IT guy but the truth is, he’s a secret partner in Gamers Magazine so that technically makes him Marley’s boss. She should be off limits but Austin can’t get her or that GIF out of his mind. So he decides to pursue her. What she doesn’t know can’t hurt her right? Things are going great until she finds out who he is and it jeopardizes her promotion.

It’s like author Megan Erickson plucked one of my worst fears and put it into a book! Who hasn’t had that fear of getting caught looking at a dirty picture (or in Marley’s case a dirty GIF) at work? It’s only funny when it happens to someone else right?

In my case it was a mixture of funny and embarrassment on Marley’s behalf. I mean come on, I put myself in her shoes and I would just want to evaporate on the spot! I’m not a blushing kind of girl but if I were in Marley’s position, I would be redder than a tomato and when you’re dark skinned like me that is pretty darn red. So yeah, I totally sympathized with Marley in not only that scene but in many others. She’s a woman trying to succeed in what is mainly a male dominated hobby. She’s darn good at what she does and makes sure that no one has cause to doubt her ability to do her job or to question how she got her position as editor. Her anger at Austin’s secrecy was justified and I was glad to see that she put her hard work and job ahead of her attraction to him. She saw what she stood to lose because of him and instead of going “Oh well, I’m in love” she said “Oh hell no you didn’t just do that!” Good for you girl, make him suffer and make him understand just how idiotic and wrong he was to put his wants and needs ahead of her career and her needs.

I can’t totally hate on Austin though. Poor guy had good intentions most of the time but really stunk at executing those intentions. As smart and nerdy as he seems on the outside, he’s all alpha on the inside. He had such huge trust issues that usually come from having a lot of money and having been used in the past. While the author didn’t delve too much into Austin’s past, she gave me just enough information to understand Austin better so that way I could take it easy on the guy. He did grow into a pretty irresistible guy by the end of Changing His Game too. I loved the softer side of him and that he took his determination that made him so much money and focused it on showing Marley that he trusted her and could put her needs first.

Though Changing His Game is Austin and Marley’s story there was a little help from Austin’s best friend Grant and Grant’s teenage daughter, Sydney. I loved Sydney! She was so sassy and forthright in her manner of speaking. She wasn’t intimidated by anyone and she provided some of the laughs in the book with her acute observations.

Final Verdict: Gamers can be hot too! And overall, Changing His Game was one hot ride!

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  1. I'm trying to think back and not sure I've read any gamers. One maybe? Hrms! Might need to change that :D

  2. The beginning really reeled me in. I totally identified with the poor girl getting caught looking at dirty gifs at work!!!

  3. Thanks Stacey! It was a fun read.


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