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Title: Changing His GameMy Review:
Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Gamers #1
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle Book
Reading Challenges: Lenoreo's 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge, Lenoreo's COYER Winter Switch 2017/18
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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.
4.5 stars — I read this series totally out of order and started with the last one first, and I remember being really startled at the immediate start into the steamy scenes! This time I was prepared, and so it made for a more enjoyable experience…I remembered what I was getting into with an Entangled: Brazen book. They’re like borderline erotica stories…short, not a lot of time for depth, and very very steamy. I think the right expectations can make for a much more enjoyable reading experience, you know?
I LOVED both Austin and Marley. Marley was freaking hilarious. I loved her sense of humour, and how she seemed so light and fun. I feel like I don’t see that a lot…she was someone that I feel like I would enjoy being friends with. She knew how to inject happiness into so many moments. I absolutely loved her relationship with her brother, Chad; the two of them together made me laugh so hard. I also appreciated how dedicated she was to her career, and how important it was to her, but how it had inadvertently impacted the rest of her life. It was nice to see the challenges of a woman in a male dominated field addressed from the woman’s perspective.
Austin was just so awkward and adorable. I appreciated that while Austin was typical fictional hero hot, he was believably awkward in groups and shy and introverted. I felt like we were given enough of his backstory that I understood his vulnerability and reluctance to trust, but it still grated on me a bit. His relationship with Sydney really surprised me, in a good way. I also loved his friendship with Grant, and I liked that they got a scene to resolve some of the obstacles in their relationship, and Austin was given the opportunity to see how he was hurting Grant by not trusting him.
The chemistry between Austin and Marley was smoking, the steamy scenes were totally on point. Austin’s need for control in the bedroom was seriously hot. I loved that while it was very grrrr, there was also a lot of fun interjected at times. It was a nice balance, I tend to love those relationships the most.
As a small g geek, I felt like the techy stuff was even pretty good, nothing too glaringly wrong. I’m not super great at the technology part, but so many times authors write things that even I know is unbelievable. But I believed the geekiness of our characters and loved that about them. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. If they’re like this one, they’ll have a good blend of steam and fun. Basically perfect for those who like a little erotica with their nerdy romances.