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Changing His Game
     

Changing His Game

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by Megan Erickson
 

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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

Overview

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.

Each book in the Gamers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Changing His Game
Book #2 Playing For Her Heart
Book #3 Tied to Trouble
Book #4 Leveling The Field

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633752511
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Series:
Gamers , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
Sales rank:
43,790
File size:
2 MB

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Changing His Game

A Gamers Novel


By Megan Erickson, Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Megan Erickson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-251-1


CHAPTER 1

Marley Lake hated the spinning rainbow wheel.

Of course, she was all for rainbows. Her favorite show as a kid was Rainbow Brite. She even tried to color her cat's tail with Kool-Aid and draw a star on his forehead with markers to make him look like Starlite.

The cat wasn't amused, and Marley's mom took her markers away for a week. And her Kool-Aid.

But the spinning rainbow wheel on her Mac? She hated it. It should be a spinning wheel of fire because that was how much she wanted to send it to hell.

Marley growled in the back of her throat and slammed the mouse down onto her desk. Behind that stupid rainbow that she wanted to kill with fire was the layout for the article on the success of the movie Aric's Revenge, based off the wildly popular video game. It taunted her. I'm not finished and you didn't save me, you dumbass.

She glanced at the clock. Deadline was in forty-five minutes. She had until eight p.m. to resize the headline, write a subhead to replace the lorem ipsum placeholder, and drop the art in place.

She'd been screwing around on social media, waiting for the graphics department to provide the main art. Then her email had pinged with the file she'd been waiting for and that was when her computer locked up.

Of fucking course.

And that rainbow wheel continued to taunt her.

Why hadn't she delegated this to her staff? Because you need to be in control, the voice in her head said. Marley ignored it.

She loved her position at Gamers, a quarterly magazine with hefty subscription numbers, which was respected in the industry for reviews and news. Marley was head of the copy editing team and took pride in working in the trenches with her employees.

She glanced around at the empty desks. Okay, so she was alone in the trenches today.

Whatever.

Marley hated calling IT. The guy assigned to her department was a sixty-five-year-old guy with a comb-over named Abraham. And he smelled like cheese. She thought about trying to fix it herself but worried she'd dig herself further into the hole.

"Trouble there, Marley?" A voice said over her shoulder and she rolled her eyes before turning around to face her nemesis.

Jack Sorrel.

He wore his ugly herringbone suit jacket and held his bag in one hand and keys in the other. His eyes honed in on her computer, and then he glanced at his ugly white watch. "Deadline's in forty-five minutes."

She narrowed her eyes. "I'm aware of that, Sorrel."

A smirk. "Better get IT on the horn, Lake."

He was surely relishing this. He angled for her job so hard, and his strategy was to shove his head so far up the editor's ass, Marley was surprised he hadn't fully disappeared.

Refusing to let him see her sweat, she swiveled her chair casually and picked up the phone, pressing the button to call her last resort.

"IT, how can we help you?" said the receptionist.

Marley tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. "It's Marley Lake from the copy desk, I ..."

Jack walked toward the front doors, chuckling. Marley glared at his back.

"Ms. Lake?" said the voice on the line.

She focused on the phone call. "Oh sorry. Um ... is anyone still there to help me out? My computer froze with unsaved work and I have a deadline in less than an hour."

The clicking of nails on a keyboard sounded over the line, some movement, and then deep murmurs. The receptionist came back online. "Someone will be right over, Ms. Lake."

"Thank you," she mumbled, and hung up the phone.

She picked up a package of pretzels and nibbled on them as she swung back and forth in her chair, staring at that stupid rainbow wheel.

She could be at home on the couch eating ice cream. She could be having drinks with her brother. She could be at the gym, sweating her ass off on the treadmill while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta reruns. But instead she sat at her desk, munching on stale pretzels and staring at work she should have given to one of her employees.

Her dedication and work ethic were how she'd moved through the ranks of this male-dominated industry. Marley kept rigid control of her own work and that of her staff. And sometimes, that meant doing a bulk of it herself. It was exhausting. But she loved her job, and she was damn proud of herself. So this was the way it was. She'd made her bed, and now she had to lay in it. She was alone, but at least she had 1800 thread count sheets.

Her phone beeped a text. She leaned over and glanced at the display.

Chad.

It was like he knew.

Come to Bubba's, the text said.

She typed back. I told you I won't ingest anything from a place named Bubba's.

Snob.

Degenerate.

Princess.

Peasant.

She smiled as she waited for the next text. Nothing like sibling banter to bring her mood up.

You still at work?

You know it.

You need a hobby.

You need a job.

She cringed because that last text of hers had been a little low.

I'm working on it, the next text said.

I love you, she typed.

I love you too.

Marley placed her phone beside her keyboard as a shadow fell over the desk. She sucked in a breath, prepared to hold it or breathe through her mouth for the next half hour or so to endure Cheese Stink Abraham.

But with that deep breath she inhaled a clean, delicious scent, with just a hint of something spicy, and definitely masculine.

A khaki-clad hip leaned on her desk, and she looked up.

There was no cheap patterned tie or comb-over or anything libido-killing like that.

Nope. It was him. The man she'd nicknamed DB for Dark and Brooding. Her fatigued brain whirred to life. What was he doing here? Next to her? She didn't think he worked for the IT department. She'd always assumed he worked for one of the other businesses in the industrial complex where Gamers' offices were located.

In fact, maybe he should have been GDB for Gorgeous, Dark, and Brooding. He had to be out of a video game because surely a man who looked like that could only be imaginary.

She muffled a snort at her own lame line. He stood with his arms crossed over his broad chest, the sleeves of his button-down chambray shirt rolled up to his elbows, revealing veined forearms. He wore no tie, and the top couple buttons were undone, so she caught a hint of a V-neck white undershirt and a tantalizing peek at the valley between his pectorals.

She didn't let her gaze drop any further, because his pelvis was in front of her face as she sat at her desk. No way would she be caught staring at his khaki-covered package.

Okay, one peek.

Her mouth watered.

She jerked her eyes back up to his face and thought she might have to go to Bubba's anyway, get really drunk, and then maybe laid, because this was ridiculous.

She cleared her throat. "Um, are you ... here for me?"

His face showed nothing. No twitch of those full lips, just an impassive mask. She resisted squirming under his gaze.

"Um, to help me with my computer?" Or to help me with my orgasm? she thought.

A nod to her spoken question. Unfortunately.

He had short dark hair and a prominent brow that threw his eyes into shadow from the overhead light. He tilted his head, and she got the first glimpse of his eyes. They were an incredible blue-green color.

She stared at him a minute and then shook herself, turning away from his gaze. And fuck, that was hard to do, like she was swimming against the current.

She waved a hand at her monitor. "So my computer froze and I'm not sure why. And I need to get back to my layout because ..." She blushed. "I didn't save it before my computer froze."

She stared at her screen, eyeing his hip in her peripheral vision. He didn't move.

"So yeah," she continued. "All I have is this stupid spinning rainbow—"

"Beach ball."

She jerked her head up to look at him, and it was a relief to float along in his gaze rather than fight to swim away. This was the first time she'd ever heard him speak, and his voice was low and soft.

"Excuse me?"

Those beautiful eyes flicked to her screen and then back to her face. "It's often called a beach ball."

Those eyes. She frowned as she tried to recall what they were talking about. "What's called a beach ball?"

One twitch of his lips. In the right corner. She totally saw it. "The ... spinning rainbow ... is often referred to as a beach ball."

He said spinning rainbow with imaginary air quotes. And he smelled really good. Did he realize how good he smelled? Did he realize how ridiculously good-looking he was? This wasn't Zoolander. This was real life.

Good God, she needed this whole thing over with so she could ... Oh, who was she kidding? She wouldn't go to Bubba's. She'd go home to her vibrator, B.O.B.

She exhaled and looked back at her screen. "Okay, so I got this beach ball, and if you can pop a pin in it and deflate the fucker, I'd be really grateful." She was too tired for tact.

He didn't move. She stared at her lap and brushed some stray pretzel crumbs off of her skirt. Could she get any sexier? Using words like fucker while covered in salt?

Finally he leaned down, and her eyes fluttered closed ... she felt her lashes on her check and that was really weird. She wasn't an eyelash-fluttering, butterfly-belly damsel in distress.

Okay, so she was in distress but she only needed to be saved from a beach ball.

See? Totally sexy.

She nibbled her lip and opened her eyes, and his gaze, that beautiful stormy, gold-flecked gaze, was honed in on her mouth. She released her lip, and she swore he made some sort of sound in the back of his throat.

"So, where's Abraham?" she asked.

His eyes returned to hers. "He doesn't work here anymore."

She frowned. "Are you his replacement?"

He hummed, a low rumble. "Something like that."

So he was going to be here more often? She didn't know if she could handle that. "I'm Marley Lake." She licked her lips, and his eyes dipped again. "Nice to meet you."

"Pleasure, Ms. Lake. I'm Austin."

He'd called her Ms. Lake. That did something weird below her belly. She looked at his left hand, checking it for a ring, because that's what you did when you were twenty-seven and unmarried and your mom had an "I love my Grandcat" bumper sticker slapped on her car just to shame her daughter.

No ring. Not even a shadow or a tan.

He turned his eyes to her monitor and placed his hand on her mouse. She wondered if he could feel the heat from her hand on the plastic, the grooves of her fingers. She wondered if he liked it.

She kept her gaze on the screen as the spinning rain—beach ball moved across her desktop.

He moved fast, faster than her eyes could keep up with, pulling up windows and typing things and generally acting like the silent, irritated IT guy that Jimmy Fallon used to play on Saturday Night Live. It was kind of cute.

Until she remembered something.

Something really important.

She opened her mouth to protest ... to do something because she'd forgotten she'd been perusing her Tumblr account. She rarely looked at it at work, because it was her outlet. The place to view her fantasies. She'd looked today, though, just this one time because she'd been bored and frustrated.

But she didn't react fast enough because he clicked on her Internet tab and pulled up Tumblr.

Her whole body flushed hot.

There, on the screen, taking up the whole damn thing was a porn GIF. She'd seen it dozens of times and reblogged it dozens of times. Because it was hot. So hot.

Black and white. A woman in a black lace bra and black thong with a garter belt and thigh-highs stood in front of a mirror. Her head was thrown back, resting on the shoulder of the man behind her. He was shirtless and in a pair of suit pants. She couldn't see the front of his pants but she liked to imagine they were unbuttoned, his arousal pressed against the woman's crease.

His one hand was wrapped around her throat and the other dipped into the front of her thong. Over and over again, on a loop, his hand slipped beneath the lace, a teasing stroke, as the woman's mouth opened in a silent "o."

She loved the control the man exerted on the woman, and how she relished it. That was what Marley wanted. At the end of the day, in bed, she wanted a man to strip her of the exhausting control she needed to keep at work. She wanted someone else to make the decisions, to be responsible for her pleasure.

Marley squeezed her legs together as sensations raced through her body. She felt an invisible hand at her throat and imagined a long finger dipping into her wetness.

She exhaled harshly. This was fifty shades of inappropriate. Would Austin report her? What had she been thinking looking at this at work?

She shifted her gaze to the side to gauge his reaction. His face was close to the screen, the movement of the GIF passing light and shadow over his face.

She was embarrassed. She was turned on. She was everything all at once. Her stomach flipped over, and she discretely rubbed her damp palms on her skirt.

She must not have been discreet because Austin's head turned toward her, and she braced herself for the look in his eyes.

If it were possible, she would have sizzled like a well done steak under Austin's intense stare.

She swore his nostrils flared but she quickly chastised herself because clearly she'd read too many shifter romances lately. He couldn't ... smell her arousal, could he?

She needed B.O.B.

When Austin spoke, his voice was so soft, she barely heard it. "Do you like that?"

She forgot she was at work. She forgot Austin was sort of like a coworker. Because he was staring at her like he wanted to devour her, and that GIF was moving in the corner of her vision, and her whole body was on fire.

Caught under his current, she nodded.

His lips parted and a hot, minty breath escaped them, coasting over her face.

Her heart pounded in her ears, and it sounded like a waterfall. She was teetering on the edge in a raft and barely clinging to shore.

And then the doors of the office banged open. Austin snapped his head up as her irritating coworker, Jack, strode back in. He nodded in their direction. "Forgot my wallet."

Marley watched him as he whistled on his way to his desk, grabbed his wallet out of his top drawer, and then gave her a wave as he left again.

When she looked back at her computer, Tumblr was gone and so was the beach ball. Her design program was back up, her project apparently intact, and Austin clicked save.

He straightened and stepped off to the side of her desk. Away from her.

She barely pulled herself onto the shore. And part of her mourned not taking the plunge.

He didn't say a word, only stared at her, his face back to that impassive mask, like they hadn't just watched some man with his hand down a woman's panties. As if he hadn't asked her in that low, husky voice if she liked that.

God, was this her life?

"Thanks," she said, fingers tangled in her hair behind her ear.

A barely perceptible shift in his eyes before he said, "Anytime."

When he turned and walked toward the front doors, she told herself to get back to work, to quit ogling the guy, but the way his shirt shifted across his broad upper back, the way his butt filled out those pants ... Oh Lord.

She didn't look back at her monitor until the doors closed behind him.

CHAPTER 2

Austin Rivers didn't go back to the office. Doug could handle the rest of the shift. It was end of business hours anyway.

He reached his car, a black Jaguar, which he always parked behind the building, and rested his hand on the top of the door. His head slumped forward between his shoulders.

He should have let Doug handle it. It was his shift. His job. Austin shouldn't have even been there, but sometimes he helped out at IT, under the pretense he was just another employee. And he'd happened to be there today, of all days.

He'd heard the receptionist say Ms. Lake and maybe he shouldn't have skipped lunch, because he was just light-headed enough to act like a fool and volunteer to help her.

Marley.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Changing His Game by Megan Erickson, Heather Howland. Copyright © 2015 Megan Erickson. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author

Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

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Changing His Game (Entangled Brazen) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I enjoyed this book for the most part. I can't believe I'm about to say this....but I wish there was a little less sex and a little more "getting to know each other". The sex was hot but that was pretty much the whole relationship. And also I found her relationship with her brother a little uh.. awkward. I did however enjoy the witty banter from both Chad and Grant. 3 stars, apprx 150 pages
erica48smith More than 1 year ago
I love the occasional nerd, especially when he's hot as hell. Marley and Austin burn up the pages in Changing His Game. From the moment they meet when she seems to lose her train of thought, to the second their both glued to her computer screen looking at a certain GIF that's certainly NSFW it's lust at first site! For the first time in his life Austin feels comfortable enough with another person to share his life, Marley is quickly becoming his other half. Things heat up between the two but when Austin's secret threatens her promotion Marley freezes Austin out. I wanted to cry for Austin. Yes he should have said something sooner but I understand why he didn't and what it meant to him to just be Austin to Marley, it's probably the only way he allowed himself to breathe while with her and open himself up. Not telling you how it ends!! No spoilers, just grab this quick read and inhale it like I did, you won't be disappointed!!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Talk about hot!  Mouthwatering hot!  Austin and Marley were combustible together.  The way he fulfilled her fantasies...Yowza!  Oh his words, his hands, his body!  Ms. Erickson did a fantastic job bringing those visuals to light.  She created Austin in the perfect mix of dominating but not overbearing, a little vulnerable but not weak, and eager to please.  And Marley was incredible, strong woman with a sharp mind, definite fun side,  independent and beautiful.  I enjoyed reading this book.  I loved Grant and Sydney.  They were hilarious with Austin, hope to see more of them in the future.  And Marley's brother Chad was a riot.  All his innuendos were fabulous. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Hot, hot, hot - if you are looking for a steamy read, this is it! Austin is a hot nerd who is a bit awkward socially, but he knows how to take control in the bedroom, closet and just about anywhere else he is with Marley. The video game role play throughout the story made it different for me and I really enjoyed it. Although the Austin and Marley generate lots of heat, I didn't feel the love between them. I loved Marly's brother Chad and I hope he gets his own story soon! ARC via NetGalley
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one just have a cold drink handy you'll need it trust me. Marley has been working her butt off to be respected in the mostly male dominated field at Gamers magazine. The day IT guy Austin comes to help her unfreeze her computer and to see the sexy GIF on her computer changes her life. The chemistry is hot and the affair begins. Too bad Austin keeps it a secret that co-owns the business she works for. We know nothing good come from keeping that bombshell. We learn Austin doesn't trust easily. I loved the nerdy side of their personalities. I enjoyed the sibling banter between Marley and her brother
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Mistaken Identity, embarrassing moment. Oh yeah, sizzling hot! What more can you ask for. Changing His Game is a sultry read by Megan Erickson. I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review and must say that this is probably one of the funniest steamy reads that I have every read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but short
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book by Ms. Erickson. I'm such a total gamer these days (thanks to FFXIV) and so seeing a woman be a gaming magazine editor and writer really was a great perk. These two were a fantastic couple. I had a little issue over the fact that he only came clean when he had to, but I get his reasons for keeping his identity secret. I also really enjoyed Marley as she fought to get the promotion she so badly wanted (and deserved). Austin - hubba freakin' hubba, honestly. I love computer guys and he took it up a notch for me. Definitely check out this book. They may be geeks, but they are HAWT geeks! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
My, my, my…it’s definitely the age of the geek, baby.  And when I say geek, I mean a super-hot guy that knows his way around a hard drive (ahem!).  With romance books that have a computer or technology slant, it’s common to see one of the characters have a socially awkward, but endearing, personality.  I think that it’s less common to see two of the main characters embody that spirit.  This is a book that has two geek-licious characters and I love it.  Yes, yes, Austin can be a bit of a brooding eccentric, but I always find that to be appealing.  And Marley – hello, exuberant, techie fan girl! They are perfect counterpoints to each other.  As for the sexy times…well, those were pretty hot.  You know that a book is going to deliver an intense physical relationship when the characters connect over an X-rated GIF.  Also, for those who are both aurally- and orally-inclined, Austin delivers.  He’s pretty proficient with the dirty talk so if that's your thing, you'll by flying through the dialogue in this book. One note of warning, the physical relationship gets pretty close to the line of breath play (but doesn’t go over).  It’s not something that I enjoy seeing or reading about, but that’s just my own personal preference.  As I noted, it doesn’t go completely over the line, but just be aware if that kind of physicality is off-putting to you. Overall, a very good read with geeks, nerds, video-games, role-playing, and hot sex.  When do you ever hear that kind of mash-up?  Almost never ... and that’s reason enough to read this book.  Reviewer's Note: This review has been excerpted from my book blog.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors are my own.
jka0 More than 1 year ago
Good read
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: Is it possible to laugh and swoon at the same time? Because I think this book just proved that it is! My Thoughts (full review): Put the words "sexy" and "nerd" together and I'm gonna be all over that. And if it's a book? You better BELIEVE I'm gonna be all over that and everything in between. When I first heard about this new series from Megan Erickson, I was excitement squared. Then when it arrived in my hands (er, on my ereader), I did a happy dance. Literally. Was my excitement justified? You better believe it was! From the very beginning of this book, you're drawn in. Being in Marley's head had me giggling like crazy, and I was only in the first chapter. After the GIF incident, I was sitting on the edge of my seat wanting to see where it would lead Marley and Austin to next. And oh boy... talk about heating things up! It's intense and passionate all the way, but then he begins to romance her and it creates a more powerful dynamic in their relationship, completely solidifying the fact that you're beginning to fall in love with Austin yourself. Changing His Game is steamy, romantic, humorous, and an absolute must read. One minute I'm laughing, the next I'm fanning myself, and then I'm swooning. Could you ask for anything more in a novel? Well, I couldn't. It was the perfect combination of everything I love. I thoroughly enjoyed all the gaming references, and REALLY wish I could play Aric's Revenge...especially if Austin were in the room. Megan Erickson's Gamers series will be followed and devoured by me, that's for sure! My Rating: Exceptional
topsytoy More than 1 year ago
Megan Erickson is an automatic 1-click for me, so I wasn’t surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Marley and Austin aren’t your typical geeky characters. They are adorable, ambitious, have style and sexual preferences that aren’t the usual flair. But much more than that, their “geekiness” doesn’t define them. Their meet-cute, OMG!, was totes hilar and so embarrassing. I can’t even imagine that happening to me….I’d die of mortification. This book was smoking hot on ALL levels and the chemistry between both characters were off the charts.  As for the tension between Marley and Austin, in regards to their job situation, as well as the resolution, Ms Erickson hit it out of the park, which even made me love the book even more. She handled it with grace and Marley’s reactions were both reasonable AND believable. As I hinted at earlier, I completely LOVED this book, and while I won’t give you any spoilers, let me just say that the epilogue just proved how much geeky those two were. I so loved them. This book definitely goes in my re-read column. Great job Ms Erickson
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 to 4 "still fanning myself" Stars *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* Well… give me a minute… *fanning self* this was unexpectedly hot, as in H.O.T freakin’ hot! We have two smoldering, slightly nerdy individuals, that by chance (or make that a flighty computer) see a side of each other that was totally unexpected and the heat is on! Marley, a very work oriented and serious woman with a heavy side of quirky and awkwardly cute, has always had an interest in being dominated in bed. She had a bad experience when a boyfriend made her feel crazy for wanting that and has since restricted her desires to looking up Dom / Sub related GIFs on Tumblr (who hasn’t?). As luck would have it, or call it destiny, the one day she opens that page at work her computer freezes with unsaved work. Before losing everything she’s been working on she calls the IT department for help. The IT guy, who’s not really just an IT guy, Austin comes to the rescue, and in the process of saving her work sees the tumblr page Marley had open. Austin had been silently lusting after Marley in a completely non-creepy-stalkerish way, but when he sees what floats her boat decides that the distance he’s been keeping shouldn’t be there anymore. They begin an on again off again secret affair, and we get to see them fighting inner demons and the always present “what would people think”. This was a short, easy read. They were sweet, the sexy scenes were super hot and it had some really funny moments. I struggled a bit with both their issues; I felt it was a little over-dramatic. Still, it didn’t bother me that much and I had a great time while reading. Definitely left me with a goofy smile, and I’ll be checking for Ms. Erickson’s work again.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Marley works for Games magazine. She's one of only 3 women at her work place so she dresses and handles herself very seriously . Her computer freezes 1 hr before a deadline and she has to cal the IT guys into help her. Instead of the old teck guy a new sexy guy, Austin, shos up and as he's helping her he finds a BDSM page on her computer...their both more than turned on by it and each other, but their both trying to avoid each other for different reasons. Austin is really one of her bosses, he owns half of the conpany, and Marley's afraid of jeopardizing her standing at the company by dating a co-worker. They start sending sexy E mails to each other. Austin has issues with loving and trusting. Marley has a promotion on the line. They both have to learn to work out their emotions and trust in someone else if they have enough nerve. This is a spicy story with humor and some great characters. I received an ARC for an honest review.oif
Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
A quick, steamy story with humor and a fresh setting. If you don't like lots of sexy encounters, this book is not for you. I loved the secondary characters. They added a new dimension and a sense of reality to Marley and Austin. I hope we get to see more of of those secondary characters in future books. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Jen-Star-CrossedBookBlog More than 1 year ago
***3.5/5 Stars*** Changing His Game was sexy and fun!  The storyline, which moved quickly, was too cute.  I caught myself smiling from time to time, and the characters helped with that because they were so quirky and unique.  And the sexy level in this book was through the roof scorching hot.  While I did have a few personal issues, this was still an adorable book. Marley Lake is the head of the copy editing team at a magazine called Gamers.  She loves her job, but she's about to cross her own personal line.  While an IT tech helps fix her computer, he stumbles upon her dirty gif she has on her tumblr account. He finds it as lust worthy as she does, so how can she not want to be with him?  But what Marley doesn't know is that the IT tech, Austin Rivers, is actually a silent owner in the company she works for.  The one she wants a promotion from.  Watch out, because the fun is about to begin! Oh my gosh, I was beyond mortified for Marley in the beginning of this book.  I would have crawled under that desk and rolled into the fetal position and died.  Seriously.  But thank goodness Marley didn't do that, because it started a sexy chain reaction.  While I didn't feel as though I had a complete grasp on Marley, since I knew nothing about her parents or if she had any friends besides her brother, I did know that she was a hard worker.  She was demanding and in charge of her career.  And you know what?  That's why she's drawn to her favorite gif so much.  That woman in the gif lets everything go, and Marley needs that release too.  To let someone else be demanding and take control of her actions.  And Austin is the perfect guy for the job. Austin is one of those people where his past and his present life are such a contrast, that it seems as though he is always struggling within himself.  But he definitely did not have any insecurities when it came to being with Marley intimately in the bedroom uhhhh or other interesting places that I never would have thought of before haha.  He was demanding, in control, creative and wasn't going to let any situation steal time away from being with the one that he wanted to be with.  Way to go Austin!  I liked that nerdy yet oh so sexy man. The few issues I had with this book, were completely personal.  It was laced with cheesy humor, and while the sexy innuendos that were computer related were creative, I just can’t ever  connect with that type of humor.   Also, while I enjoy reading sexy, steamy scenes, I prefer my males to do less talking.  Especially the demanding kind.  Now I know that's exactly what Marley wanted and needed, but it's just not my cup of tea.  And while I wish the book had more relationship development and a little less sexy time, again I understand that’s not what would have worked for Marley.  But regardless, I still think this was a cute book.  I loved how the story flowed and I liked the characters that she created.  I will be trying some of her other books, because I loved the fun that she poured into the pages! *ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review*
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
When Marley Lake meets the nerdy IT guy, she's embarrassed by what he sees on her computer. Little does she know that he's a game changer. Austin Rivers is not who he seems. He's part owner of the company she works for and he wants to fulfill her fantasies. I enjoyed this different look at romance. Marley and Austin are both deeply involved in gaming and technology. They are not your typical characters for a very sexy tryst. Their sexual desires are hot. Austin is a very private person. He built a wall around himself to avoid being hurt. Marley is the first woman he lets in. I really wanted him to tell her the truth and not risk losing his chance at happiness. I need a HEA. Megan Erickson kept me waiting until the very end. I enjoyed this story and want to read more of Megan's books.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
I loved it!  This story is a sweet, sexy, nerdy romance. Austin and Marley are great together.  Austin might be an introvert but he is one steamy, sexy one!  I think the moral of the story is lies, even by omission, can ruin your life.  Secondary characters are fantastic and really add that humorous aspect to this romance.   Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
megpie93 More than 1 year ago
Being a “Gamer” myself, I found this book really enjoyable and Hot. Well by being a “Gamer” I should clarify that. I only play Call of Duty games. That’s it. The Plot… Hot geeky guy meets hot geeky girl… The Heroine believes that the MC works as an IT guy in the company, when in fact he owns part of the company. But Austin (the MC) doesn’t correct her. And there might be a few other things that Marley doesn’t know about him either. That’s pretty much sums up the plot. Oh and lots of Steam in this book. Overall Thoughts… Well, overall I really enjoyed this. I loved that the plot of the book was about a people who like games. But it was also hot, so there was no complaining from me. And I liked the side characters to. I hope that a few of them get their own book. The writer really does have a way with words and hot scenes. Since this was my first Megan Erickson book, I will be reading some of her other books and more books in this series. I think if you like Games (ok, so you don’t even have to like games) and you like really hot books then give this one a try. Happy Reading ¿
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Whew, there is a lot of mind blowing sex in this book, and Ms. Erickson does an amazing job of creating sexual tension, lust and love. The beginning is quite original and fast-paced, which drew me into the book immediately. This is the love story between Marley Lake, the chief copy editor for Gamers Magazine, and Austin Rivers, a successful video game developer and silent partner in the company Marley works for. When Marley has an issue with her PC, she calls IT for assistance, and Austin just happens to be around and volunteers to fix her problem. Marley has some suggestible and kinky porn on her computer, which Austin ends up salivating over, as he sets her computer settings to rights. Marley and Austin are both into non-vanilla sex, and over a short period of time, the kinky photos become their real life activities, with some developing feelings being added to the mix. Marley and Austin are perfect for each other, however Austin is hiding some crucial information about himself that could end Marley's career and break her heart. Luckily, their love is what enables Austin to come out of his shell and prove to Marley that he can be trusted. I enjoyed this book, although I found the plot to be a little lackluster during the second half. The secondary characters are fun, especially Marley's brother Chad, due to his ability create sexy techie puns and just be his rambunctious self. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
3.5 Ride your King stars This is a new author for me, and I was no way disappointed. Marley Lake is a workaholic. Head of the copy editing team at a prominent Gamers magazine, she finds herself up against a deadline when her computer freezes.  Austin Rivers answers her helpdesk dilemma, and whilst delving into her software, he finds a sexy GIF that Marley has been keeping herself occupied with.  Whilst Marley attempts to hide herself from the utter embarrassment of being discovered by the hot, new IT guy, Austin’s usual tempered control is tested. This engaging story flowed easily, and with minimal angst. The authors voice was effortless, as evident by my constant attention. I enjoyed watching these 2 characters embrace the awkwardness and slowly unfurl. Their sizzling attraction towards one another, mixed up with Austin’s natural awkwardness provided a humorous, delectable read. Surrounded by a wealth of great supporting characters, this proved to be a promising start to this series. ARC generously provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "Is that a river in your panties or are you just happy to see me?" Stars! I really enjoyed Changing His Game, set around the staff and owners of Gamers Magazine it offered a sexy twist on the boss/employee romance trope. Marley and Austin were both really likeable characters, their story although full of the usual tropes was easy to engage in. This is my first read by Megan Erickson, and her writing style really did work for me, she also gave a few unique twists on the norm which kept this book interesting. There is definite humor mixed in with the drama, and the couple were also both relatable as was the relationship that developed between them, it was sexy, geeky, and Austin worked his dirty-mouthed charm on Marley until both she and I were a quivering mess! ”You make me… forget myself.” Being the first book in the Gamers series, I am expecting great things from this author, a certain hoodie wearing, outwardly anti-social guy that goes by the name of Ethan had all my girly alarms ringing, so I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author, and soon hopefully! ARC generously provided via Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim I’ve been told not every hero is meant for me. True. Austin Rivers is definitely not the man for me. Don’t get me wrong, he has some good qualities. He’s rich, he cares about his friends, he’s very private, and he knows how to bring a woman to her knees. The first time Austin meets heroine Marley Lake face to face was a little creepy, in my opinion. He simply leaned on her office desk and stared at her. No words, just looked at her. I like my heroes to be a little more outgoing. You know, actually live in the world amongst people and actually talk. It took me a long while to realize that Austin is a little eccentric and is very much anti-social. But, Austin is perfect for Marley as she is equally perfect for him. Marley Lake has spent the past several years working for Gamers Magazine and is now the head of the copy editing team. She’s outgoing, hard-working, a Comic-Con fanatic, and she loves this game called Aric’s Revenge. But things for Marley are about to get a little interesting. You know....there’s a reason companies don’t like their employees to be on social media, while working in the office. There’s this thing called Tumblr and there are a lot of NSFW images there. Yeah, Marley got bored, looked at her account and saw a really naughty image. She also forgot to close out of the screen. Too bad for her, her computer decided to freeze up and she has one of those circle thingys. A call to the IT department produces the man she’s nicknamed DB (Dark and Brooding), otherwise known as Austin Rivers. Remember the stare down? When Austin finally decides to get to working on Marley’s computer problem, he see’s the GIF she’s forgotten about. “Do you like that?” And so it starts....As a silent owner of Gamers Magazine, Austin knows he shouldn’t have anything to do with Marley. But his attraction to her is too intense and he wants to be the man she plays her fantasies out with. Changing His Game is a classic workplace romance no-no, but modernized, without the usual “I know what’s going to happen” happening. It’s funny and seriously hot. When Marley and Austin are together they each come alive. She brings out his human side. With fantastic secondary characters, I would love to read more about, this is a good start to a new series. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Rating: 3.5
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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.  Review: Gotta watch out for those geeky boys and in this case girls too ;) This was a fun, sexy read.  I thought using the backdrop of a gaming magazine and a programmer is was different and timely and made this story unique.  That Marley gets caught looking a naughty pictures on her Tumblr account made the story more believable and come on now, we all know that those NSFW pictures are every one's guilty pleasures during the day.  Then when Austin catches her with the picture, what was a passing interest before becomes this sexy D/s affair. The Authors writing and the characters really made this story fun for me to read.  I liked that Marley is smart, driven, geeky, but knows that she needs/wants a Dom.  Austin is a sexy, geek, millionaire who has a past that shapes how he views and interacts with others.  But his big problem is that he is keeping major secrets from Marley.  I thought how his "light bulb coming on moment" was well-done and made sense and was not far-fetched.  I do have to say the Comic Con and cosplay scenes were some of my favorites, having been to a few cons myself.  I almost left out that I thought the intimate scenes were well done and very sexy. It looks as though this might be the beginning of a series, but it does not really say on Goodreads.  I would enjoy more stories from this world.  I have not read this Author before, but I really liked her storytelling and hope to read more of her work. 4Stars
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
The inner gamer in me was going all kinds of crazy upon reading this book. Cosplay? Comic Con? I was all about it! Someday in my life I WILL go to Comic Con in California, as well as Blizz Con. I haven't played video games in awhile, as I went the more MMO route with World of Warcraft, but no matter. I could still relate to Marley and Austin on their nerdy level of awesome. This book is so freaking hot. Let's just lay it out there like it is. Austin is pretty much my dream guy, minus the awkward conversations that could sometimes take place with them. He definitely came full circle and was more comfortable with her by the end. But his sexy talk? Sweet baby Jesus. I am all for an alpha nerd. Marley and Austin had some amazing chemistry and I loved how spontaneous and naughty these two were! Having read many a Brazen, I am happy to say Megan fits in so very well with this imprint! Austin knows he shouldn't let Marley affect him so much, but he can't help but be attracted to her. While there's no policy against inter-office dating, he IS technically her boss which just leads to bad juju. Marley is vying for a promotion and it would obviously look really bad to the rest of the staff if her and Austin are discovered. Then again, Marley herself doesn't even know about Austin, so I was a little irritated with him for not coming clean, as it's not fair to keep such a huge bit of information from her. I do understand his hesitance in telling the truth, as Austin has been cheated before by people close to him. However, when he realized that Marley wouldn't do that to him, he should have opened up. Not to mention, Marley has worked really hard to earn her position and she deserves that promotion. I would hate for her to feel like she only got it because she's been getting down and dirty with the boss. Austin might be an alpha in the bedroom, but Marley is no pushover. I love that. She challenges him and when she realizes the truth about Austin she takes some time to get her head wrapped around everything that happened and whether or not she can trust him moving forward. His grand gesture at the end was perfection and I was a total puddle of melted goo! I also really enjoyed getting to know Grant, Austin's co-owner of Gamers and Marley's boss, his 14 year old daughter Sydney, and Chad, Marley's brother. They were all great additions to the book and I can't wait to read more about them in the future. I especially can't wait for Grant's book and I really hope his is next! Overall, this was a fast, sexy read and I cannot wait for more nerdy steamy awesomeness in the next installment!