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Leveling the Field
     

Leveling the Field

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by Megan Erickson
 

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Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer-a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it-to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman...under him, over him, against the nearest wall...he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only

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Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer-a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it-to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman...under him, over him, against the nearest wall...he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she's lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine.Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop?But she's determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

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ISBN-13:
9781682811764
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing
Publication date:
04/25/2016
Pages:
190
Sales rank:
420,196
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Leveling the Field 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
PennySparkles 7 days ago
3.5+ “Ethan is Top DAWG” Stars Leveling the Field is one heck of a hot book. Ethan used to have his own YouTube channel where he would commentate on video games. He had thousands of followers and more money than he knew what to do with. When a tragic accident leaves him scarred and costs his sister her life he drops off the earth. Over a decade later, he finds himself forced in front of a camera again by his business partner. Luckily the girl behind the camera is hot enough to take his mind off the actual thing. When a second chance encounter gets them alone in a room, their chemistry combusts and there’s nothing they can do to fight it. Ethan believes he’s in no place to have a relationship, even though Lissa insists that just sex (and amazingly good sex at that) is all she is after too. Even though neither is seeking a relationship, they find their way to each other time and again. But Ethan’s personal issues, as well as Lissa’s work and her own problems will get in the way of them building anything lasting. I freaking loved Lissa. While she was a little bit too aggressive sometimes for my personal taste but she was one hell of a woman. After tragedy touched her family, she found a way to make her work worthwhile and helpful to others. She was upfront and brutally honest, full of life and she didn’t back down when she felt something was important. Ethan was a mess. He closed himself off from the world after his accident, and no one and nothing could get through to him. That is until a sassy photographer pushed all his buttons. I really liked how Ethan unfolded from his hermit ways. While Lissa’s and Ethan’s chemistry was explosive and their sex really, really hot, Ethan’s own aloofness from his own feelings made it difficult for me to fully connect with him and in extension with Lissa and their feelings. I could understand the type of trauma he suffered is not a minor thing to overcome, but his constant knee-jerk reactions got increasingly annoying until I wanted to conk him on the head with something. That said Lissa’s ability to inspire him to go back to the land of the living plus the emotional quality of her work project were my favorite aspects of the story. Leveling the Field had lots of scorching hot sextivities, some harsh truths and two people going head to head in the pursuit of happiness. A really good story I enjoyed reading. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Laura_F 17 days ago
3.5 Stars I haven't read the other books in this series. I didn't feel lost but maybe I would have had a better idea of who Ethan and Lissa are. Ethan used to be a famous YouTuber before he fell off the face of the earth. After experiencing a tragedy, his goal is to stay behind the scenes of his gamer magazine. When he shows up to the office for an interview, he's both intrigued by photographer, Lissa, and horrified. He absolutely doesn't want his picture taken. Lissa went to the interview hoping to get Ethan to participate in her project honoring her sister but quickly realizes that he is not someone who want his story told. Will the secrets these two are hiding eventually push them apart? I loved the dual POV and heat. These two had immediate chemistry and I loved how much they helped each other grow and overcome their tragedies. I haven't read the other books in this series but they are definitely being added to my TBR! *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
BookWorm221 19 days ago
Since I discovered the wonderful writing of one Megan Erickson I have made it my mission to read every single one of her books, so this is me catching up on this series. It had everything that I love in a book, a tortured character in need of a good doses of . . . laughter and love and characters with real pain and emotions willing to try at being happy and living a better life. The relationship between Ethan and Lissa was explosive from the start, the way Megan wrote their first encounter was both hot and frustrating and that stands for pretty much every interaction these two have, of course there are some sweet romantic moments but the hotness was too hot to contain. I also liked the fact that we get small little glimpses into the other couples lives, how they are doing and some mile stones in their relationships. To sum up, this book made me very very happy and took my mind away from the anxiety inducing world that we are living.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giod plot andthe characters were easy to like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this read. Funny, sexy, emotional, and entertaining.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Megan's words, but this series has probably been my favorite from her. Love love love Lissa and Ethan. She's snarky and strong and tells it like it is. And Ethan...well, he's not. I loved their interactions and her pushing and his retreating and JFC the chemistry could have killed me. Bonus points for getting to see that everyone else from the previous books were insane with happiness. Lissa and Ethan are absolute perfection together and I seriously loved every single page. If you're not reading Megan's words, you're missing out.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Leveling the Field was a good read. I enjoyed watching Ethan and Lissa come together, both characters made this such a fun and entertaining read. I loved their passion, their stubbornness and their chemistry was off the charts! **fans self** Loved catching up with the previous characters and the epilogue made my heart smile. The Gamers series has been a great read, I'm sad to see it's come to a close. Thank you Megan Erickson for once again writing with heart and sharing your words with us.
ChillingTaz More than 1 year ago
Megan Erickson can write an emotional book on unusual topics that make for a great romance. Ethan Talley is a former youtube gaming commentator that has fallen off the map after an accident left him reeling to find himself. Lissa Kingsman is a photographer who is working on a project about overcoming your scars that means everything to her. Ethan and Lissa go through many ups and down to find a happy place. The glitter is hilarious!! I liked that they were an interracial couple, yet it was never the focal point of the book.
RockemsockemRachel More than 1 year ago
Megan is an auto-buy author for me and this was no exception to that. I have loved the Gamers series so I am a little sad to see it end. But we got to end with Ethan's story and that is pure awesome. I was really looking forward to his story and his happy ending and it was absolutely right. Every time we have seen Ethan before he has been a mass of anger, depression and self-loathing. In this we finally saw him happy and laughing and being a human again. It was a gradual breaking through the past and everything that he has been letting drag him down for years and years. It was so enjoyable to watch him embrace his new self and make amends with those in his life that fell by the wayside. Then there is Lissa. I LOVE LISSA. She is such a badass, fiesty, tell it like it is, hot mama. She was such a breath of fresh air. I loved her take no crap attitude, the way she grabs what she wants with both hands and isn't ashamed or shy about it. She is full of life, energy and so fun. And her chemistry with Ethan is off the charts. I loved her closeness with her family and the way she is keeping her sisters memory alive with such a wonderful method. Together Lissa and Ethan are on fire. Their chemistry scorches the pages, but their emotional connection was even better. They both have had traumatic moments in their pasts but it brings them together and allows them to be open and honest with one another. Her generous spirit pulls Ethan out of his pit and he lets her be her fabulous self. I loved their connections and the way they made one another laugh. Glitter anyone? We got to see closure for Ethan, a new beginning for him and Lissa, revisited old characters I love. I laughed out loud several times and got a little emotional toward the end. If the series has to end, this was a great way to end it!
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Leveling the Field is the last book in the Gamers series and tells the story of Ethan and Lissa. Ethan is the reclusive former gaming star who made millions commenting on online video. His life changed when he was in a wreck that took his sister's life and left him scarred. He has retreated from the public and is only comfortable at work or with his surviving sister. Lissa is a photographer who meets Ethan at a friend's wedding. They have instant chemistry and have a very memorable hook up in a coat closet. Ethan is very clear in that he isn't looking for more than a physical relationship, Lissa would like more. Will they be able to have a happy future or will their pasts pull them apart? This is a smoking hot book that show how two complicated people can draw out the best in each other. It reminded me a lot of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Be advised this book is primarily for the over 18 crowd. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
In the 4th and final book in the Gamers series, we get to see Ethan find love! This book is steamy hot, raunchily funny and hands down a nice ending to the series. Ethan Talley has exiled himself from life for a number of years now, and he isn't happy to have his business partner forcing a newspaper interview on him, but he draws the line at having his picture taken, no matter how sexy the photographer is! Lissa Kingsman only has to hear Ethan's voice for a few minutes before she recognizes him as a YouTube gamer from years ago that she used to watch with her brother. He disappeared from the limelight all of a sudden and no one knew why. She wonders if the scars down the side of his face have something to do with it. Ethan is drawn to Lissa even though he wants nothing to do with being in front of her camera. She reaches him like no one else, and he finds himself unable to stop hooking up with her. After a few times, casual sex is no longer enough and he wants more. Are they ready to handle each other's pasts in order to have a future together?
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the Gamers series, a set of books I've really enjoyed that focused on a video game magazine and its employees. They've all been super sexy stories with unique characters. We've seen Ethan as this reclusive smart man in the background as a secondary character up to now, with his sister Chloe finding love in Book 2, Playing For Her Heart with his business partner and friend Grant. It's finally his turn, and he meets his match in Lissa, a photographer who was hired as part of a PR campaign for the magazine. I really enjoyed all the aspects of this story! First we have Ethan, a scarred man both inside and out, from a traumatic episode in his past that drastically changed him and damaged his relationship with his parents too. He's still trying to atone for his mistakes and hasn't forgiven himself, making it impossible for him to commit to a relationship. Then there is Lissa, a woman whose sister committed suicide. She too carries guilt for not recognizing what her sister was going through. She's trying to make some amends with a fundraising project for college scholarships, using her skills as a photographer to create an exhibit that takes people with visible scars and tells their stories. Though she initially wants to have Ethan in the exhibit, as she gets to know him she realizes that he is so intensely private that she changes her mind. Ethan can't deny he's attracted to Lissa and even though he doesn't believe he's relationship material, she has no problem with their casual hookups, resulting in some very sexy scenes between them. I really liked that Lissa was an empowered woman who was an equal partner in their encounters, and wasn't afraid to call Ethan out when he tried to apologize for his behaviour, feeling like he'd pushed her into things she wasn't ready for. I also really appreciated that this is an interracial romance, and that while Lissa is African American, her skin colour was never an issue for Ethan or his friends, and vice versa. They were just a couple falling for each other, sharing their secrets with each other, and becoming integral to each other's lives. The conflict is both internal and external, with Ethan's wariness at getting involved and Lissa's side project blindsiding Ethan and making him question their relationship. I enjoyed how the whole story played out, the cameos of the secondary characters from previous stories, and having a strong female heroine stand up for herself. There were laugh out loud moments, and some surprising tears for me too. It was a great ending to the series! I will miss these guys. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite in the series! I loved both Ethan and Lissa. I'm a sucker for a scarred, broody hero and Ethan was such a grouch in the previous books, I couldn't wait to see him get his HEA. Lissa was the perfect fit for him. She was happiness, sunshine, and glitter! She saw right away this beautiful, damaged man had so much to offer, but Ethan resisted and pushed away every chance he got. I knew there would be conflict at some point, and was thrilled to see how Lissa responded to Ethan messing up (as the heroes often do!). I shed just a few tears near the end when they were resolving things between each other and the family. The heartfelt emotion and conversation was fantastic. Oh, the feels. This was a wonderful story and I loved every minute of it!
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars, even though such a thing doesn't exist on Goodreads. I enjoyed Ethan and Lissa. I appreciated that while this was the continuation of a series, it would also work as a standalone. The writing was solid. As was the dialog. I appreciated the choice Megan Erickson made to let the reader be privy to Lissa's reaction to Ethan when she first sees him, so you know that there was an attraction there before she knew who he was. I think it was also important to Ethan that she was able to find him physically attractive. There was a lot of depth to Ethan, and the similar shared experience of Lissa was an amazing commonality for them. The scene where he leaps down his stairs to stop her from leaving but then all he can do is stare at her silently was so poignant. Your heart breaks for both of them, but especially Ethan...and you want him to find his happy ending. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. ***ARC Provided by the publisher and NetGalley***
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Oooh, this was a great story. Ethan is scarred both inside and out. Ten years ago he was in a car accident that left him messed up. Now he lives the life of a hermit, only going to work...he's part owner of Gamer's Magazine...and home. Lissa meets him when she's a photographer for an article featuring the famous magazine, but Ethan refuses to have his horrifically scarred face photographed. Lissa doesn't see Ethan's scars as a detraction. Her sister was scarred and committed suicide. To Lissa, the scars inside a person are much worse and scarier. She's immediately drawn to Ethan, then she realizes exactly who he used to be. Ten years ago, Ethan was a cocky confident guy who charmed millions. Now, he's no where near that and Lissa wants to help. And that's all before the two realize their incredible chemistry. Both characters have reasons not to get involved...that really aren't a good deterrent to amazing sexual chemistry. They just can't help themselves...over and over again. My heart hurt for both these people. Despite their differences, their pain is eerily the same. They've both suffered horrible, sad losses that have left their marks. But they've dealt with their pain in markedly different ways. I liked seeing that difference and how seeing that helped to heal Ethan. He's a guy who needs to desperately make a change before he loses himself completely. I liked how Lissa sees him as just Ethan. While the scars are there, they are just a part of him...no big thing, except in the sense that HE is letting them hold him back. I liked how she approaches showing him a different view through her camera lens. She uses it to heal and it was a great aspect to the story. The book had lots of emotional angst that I love, but it was tempered with sexy times and even fun times. The glitter bomb had me laughing out loud. It's a great book and I definitely recommend it. In fact, I recommend the entire series. You can read any of the books perfectly well as stand-alones, but all four books are definitely worth the read. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--LEVELING THE FIELD is the fourth installment in Megan Erickson’s contemporary, adult GAMERS erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women who work for Gamers Magazine and in the gaming industry. This is former YouTube sensation and Gamers co-owner Ethan Talley, and photographer Lissa Kingsman. LEVELING THE FIELD can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Grant is Chloe’s brother (Playing for Her Heart #2). Told from dual third person perspectives (Lissa and Ethan) LEVELING THE FIELD follows the building relationship between Lissa and Ethan. Ethan is a man who keeps to himself; hides a multitude of physical and emotional scars that have left him a broken shell of a man, and a man whose heart was destroyed with the death of someone close. Enter Lissa Kingsman, a woman whose own emotional scars remain hidden behind the glitter of boudoir photography, and a smile that presents its face to the world. When Lissa’s latest assignment to photograph the reclusive Gamer entrepreneur goes downhill, she is stunned when Ethan makes her an offer she doesn’t want to refuse. What ensues is the friends with benefits relationship between two people whose earlier years met with heartbreak, loss, and grief. Tragedy struck both families: where Ethan has shunned the outside world and the family he once loved, Lissa calls attention to the people who have overcome their scars and obstacles in life. LEVELING THE FIELD is a storyline that covers a number of issues including accidental death, suicide, gay lovers, interracial relationships, and dysfunctional family heartbreak. All of the previous storyline couples play secondary and supporting roles. We are introduced to Lissa’s parents and her brother Angel, as well as Ethan’s family-long estranged from their only son. LEVELING THE FIELD is a quick and sexy read. There are moments of heartbreak and presumed betrayal; grief and loss; acceptance and moving forward. The premise is enjoyable; the characters are colorful, animated and fun; the romance is seductive. There is no denying the attraction between our leading couple but some of their interludes felt cold and empty hearted-it is the nature of the beast that only wants $ex with no emotional after thoughts.
TeresaMaryRose More than 1 year ago
This has been such a fun series and I’m really sad I have to say goodbye. This series is such a breath of fresh air for the romance genre and I’ve loved the nerdiness of it all. I knew from the beginning that Ethan had a story to tell and it was worth the wait. I adore Ethan and Lissa. Ethan was so grumpy and I loved him all the more for that. His hot and cold mood swings gave me whiplash but it was understandable. Lissa though, I adored. She was so strong and confident and passionate. I loved how she told it like it was and wasn’t willing to put up with Ethan’s crap. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to ask for it and go get it. These two were great together and they were fun to watch. I also loved seeing some of my favorites again. I forgot how hysterical Grant was and he had me cracking up. I also loved seeing Chad because Chad is forever my favorite and the scene with him in the beginning was pure gold. I’m really going to miss these characters. Leveling The Field was a great addition to the Gamers series and I devoured it. This series delivered such a great cast of characters and I’m sad to leave them all behind. This is not a series to be missed.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I’m gonna lead by saying this: I love Megan Erickson and I love her Gamers series. She gave me nerdy and dirty with Changing His Game at a time when I needed it most. (Seriously, why aren’t there more nerd romances? Geeky guys – and girls – are hot.) I fell in love with this series early on and each new book just solidified that love more. Leveling the Field was no exception. I feel like I’ve been waiting for Ethan’s story FOREVER. I love me a good grumpy guy in books (and some might say in life also) and I’ve wanted to see him let go of his guilt and find his HEA for a long time now. As sad as I am that Leveling the Field is the last book in the Gamers series (*wipes away a tear*), I’m so glad it went out in style, with Ethan getting the chance to do just that. I don’t think there could’ve possibly been a more perfect match for him than Lissa, too. She understood his guilt over his sister’s death because she, too, lost her sister and she felt responsible. That might not’ve been what originally connected them – that was a HOT, supposed one-time thing in a coat closet at a wedding – but it’s what eventually brought them closer together. This book had so many great little moments that I’m completely unwilling to spoil for you in any way. What I’ll say is that you can expect hot HOT HOT sexy times and a good bit of dirty talk – from both Ethan and Lissa. (YES!) Because of the connection they share with the loss of a sister (and the accompanying guilt) you should expect a few feels along the way, too. I loved getting to see more from Austin and Marley, Grant and Chloe, and Chad and Owen in this book. I absolutely adored those characters, so it was great to get just a bit more from them before the series ended. Perfect conclusion to what was – and will likely remain – one of my favorite Brazen series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
For fans of age old fairy tales, Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson may seem familiar. Beauty and the Beast has never been told quite like this however. Ms. Erickson gave it a spicy edge but kept the core message and the emotional feel. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. No matter how many times it's told and whole the main characters are the central message of inner beauty is what makes Beauty and the beast a classic read that is both beautiful and unique. Ms. Erickson lived up to the message with Lissa and Ethan's story and gave it her own special touch. Well done.