Changing the Game (Play-by-Play Series #2)

Changing the Game (Play-by-Play Series #2)

by Jaci Burton
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Changing the Game (Play-by-Play Series #2) by Jaci Burton

An erotic new game from the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Play.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425242407
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Play-by-Play Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 318,792
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jaci Burton is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series.

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Changing the Game 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
Gavin is a sexy playboy baseball player at the top of his game. He loves pretty much everything about his life. He loves playing baseball. And would actually play for free if he had to just to be a part of a game he loves. That is the thing about Gavin that is so endearing, when he loves, he loves deeply and passionately. He loves his family, he loves his career, and he loves his life. He's carefree and fun the way that only a person who is comfortable with himself can truly be, yet he's also determined, focused, and committed. Liz is just as driven as Gavin is, but for very different reasons. She's a big player in the world of sports agents but unlike Gavin where everything comes naturally for him, like he's blessed by the Gods or something, Liz has had to fight to prove to her colleagues in her male dominated profession that she deserves to be there. She's professional and is often referred to as a "shark" because of her aggressive and ruthless representation of her clients. People see her as cold hearted, and in case of Gavin's brother Mick, a manipulative b*@ch who is willing to stop at nothing to line her pockets at anyone's expense. And while Liz has her faults, deep down she is a woman who has a desperate need for control and independence. She is a person who is always on the outside looking in, who is in love with a man who sees her as a predator, colleague and friend.and she is lost. She's lost her way in her life because of her dogged pursuit of success, and fears that giving in to the love that she feels for Gavin will ultimately mean losing control of her life...and losing control is not an option for Liz. One of the things that I loved most about Changing the Game was the characters. They are rich and multidimensional. And not only Liz and Gavin, but also all of Gavin's family members. Ms. Burton's writing style makes you feel like you are a part of the Riley family in all of it's loving, meddling, touching ways. But I most especially loved Liz and Gavin and their struggles to eventually admit their love to each other. It is not an easy path for them. Liz has to learn to trust in love, and that love can be caring, as well as allowing her the freedom to be who she wants to be..and trust me when I say this is unbelievably hard for her for many reasons. One of which is Gavin himself. And Gavin, God love him, he is such a guy, but a really really good one who struggles with his feelings for Liz and their complicated relationship, which is an anomaly for him since everything usually, comes so easily and naturally. This was an emotional read for me and my heart really went out to Liz, which I know may surprise some of you who got to know her character in The Perfect Play. I have to say that Ms. Burton truly made a heroine out of a difficult character to sympathize with and that is no easy feat. Jaci Burton definitely brings the heat in this steamy, seductive, and emotionally stirring romance. Simply put, I LOVED it! In fact I think it is the best Contemporary Erotic Romance I've read this year. And for those of you who are wary about a romance revolving around sports, I urge you to give Changing the Game a try because in my opinion the sports aspect plays a very small part in the story compared to the personal and emotional journeys Gavin and Liz take. Ratings: Overall: 4.75 Sensuality level: 4.50
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
It was a good romance book with hot characters
Renee Wade More than 1 year ago
Sheesh people, just say whether you liked the book or not and maybe why. No need to write a thesis about it. If you want to be a writer go to smashwords. Stop trying out your skills in reviews. I enjoyed this book-a quick fun read.
Charmed47 More than 1 year ago
I gave all the other books in this series 5 stars. I could only muster up 4 for this one. Something was missing. It started out as sex and then the story just got eaten up with all the sex. Dont get me wrong I read these books first for a good story line second for the great steamy scenes. This story just got a bit lost. This series is a must read because of the realness and great story, believe it or not and the family values, which is why the third is a knock it out of the park for me. Loved it. So keep bringing them and I will keep reading them.
Alaiel_Kreuz More than 1 year ago
And she has done it again. Jaci Burton, I mean. Don't ask me how but at the end of the first book Elizabeth Darnell was top of my list "Despicable and horrible people" and believe me, she had earned that place. How was Jaci Burton going to transform her into the heroine of her second book?!?!?! I couldn't believe she was going to be able to... But she did it, oh boy she did it. The last thing we knew about Elizabeth Darnell was that she was fired by Mick Riley (main character of the first book) after she used her girlfriend's son, Nathan, to promote him in a really cruel way. So yes, I was happy when he fired her. But she didn't lose a client, she lost one of her best friends and his family that had been like a family for her during years... especially Gavin, Mick's little brother and her secret crush for at least 4 years. And what did she do when Mick fired her? The only thing her mind could think of: give Gavin a kiss before he fired her following his brother's steps. And this is were everything begins because after that kiss Gavin's POV about Liz changed completely. During years she was nothing but his manager, tossing beautiful women to his arms and promoting him like no one else could but after she kissed him he saw her as a woman for the first time. Even Gavin had to admit, despite the fact that Liz was bossy, stubborn, impertinent and... well, herself, she was also a gorgeous and sexy woman. And that woman was hiding from him afraid of losing another client. What could he do is she was avoiding him at all cost and not returning his calls?! Obviously he had to catch her with her guard down and seduce her until she would scream for him to take her. But it wasn't going to be that easy since what began like a "not strings attached" thing developed into something they didn't understand: a relationship. And with a family tragedy coming their way they had to take the decision really soon... In a personal note: if you are looking for a sexy, funny, amazing and HOT read this is your book. Well, the first book in the series is amazing too so, why don't you buy both of them? Seriously guys, you are going to love them. The covers are to die for, the characters are well developed and you will want to read the third book (coming out next year). Why? Because is about Jenna, Mick and Gavin's little sister, and Tyler Anderson, one heck of a sexy and hot hockey player... *already daydreaming about him* Don't forget to prepare the fan, ladies, because just like the first one this book is going to make you sweat, trust me ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jaci Burton's books and this one was a homerun!
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I loved watching Liz lose herself in Gavin and when she realizes that she is failing in keeping their sexual relationship strictly “no strings” her heart betrayed her by falling deeper in love with him. I love Liz’s character. She has to be tough as nails to be successful in “the all-boys club.” Liz made some mistakes in the last book and she’s been paying for them ever since. No matter what she does, it never good enough for Mitch, Gavin’s older brother and the slighted party in Liz’s huge blunder. Luckily Gavin is more forgiving and seems to be falling for Liz; completely oblivious to the fact Liz has loved him for years. I love how he supported her and stood up to his family, but he just never seemed to be able to defend her to Mitch. Gavin made a huge d-bag move, but completely made it up to Liz at the end of the book and I’m happy to report; they got their happily ever after.
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Must read!
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I love this series
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BS70 More than 1 year ago
Jaci Burton is a fantastic author and listening to her words come to life in audio form makes the car rides into work that much more enjoyable! Pick it up and take a listen for yourself!
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Even reading the disappointing Perfect Play, I started this. Reviews say that it wasnt as graphis as the first but couldnt prove it to me. I didnt complete the time is more valuable than this trash. Where do I get a credit??? Bad Bad Bad.
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Loved It