Series: Play by Play, Book 2
Also in this series: The Perfect Play, Taking a Shot
Published by Berkley Books on 02 August 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Perfect Play, Taking a Shot
Place(s) Traveled to: Palm Beach, Florida // St. Louis, Missouri // New York, New York
First Line(s): Gavin Riley knew Elizabeth Darnell had been avoiding him for the past several months.
If I am honest, I have to admit that I really wasn’t looking forward to reading Changing the Game by Jaci Burton and I almost skipped this book entirely. The reason for this was my intense dislike of the main character, Elizabeth who was a major player in the first book in the series, The Perfect Play (my review). Elizabeth was kind of a b!tch in that book and she did everything she could to break up Tara and Mick. She also thought that one of her main jobs as a sports agent was to have her clients be seen with any and every celebrity she could find hanging on their arm and to just party party party. Whereas as most other books I’ve read and tv shows watched have shown the sports agents trying to get their clients to settle down and not party as much. This was just a small part of her personality that I just wasn’t a fan of but I also dislike reading books out of order so decided to suck it up and give this a go.
Changing the Game picks up several months after The Perfect Play ends and Elizabeth has been avoiding Gavin (who is Mick’s younger brother) after Mick fired her and she kissed Gavin. As with, The Perfect Play, the sex scenes start almost immediately and occurred in high frequency and almost to the point of overshadowing the main story. Throughout the book I was still annoyed with Elizabeth though not as much as I was in The Perfect Play. In Changing the Game, we get to see events through Elizabeth’s eyes and as such we do get to see a bit of her vulnerability. This helps in identifying with her a bit more than seeing her through the eyes of others. The saving grace of this book though was Gavin. He was the opposite of Elizabeth and shows that the old maxim of opposites attract holds true. But they aren’t so opposite that they don’t find common interests outside of the bedroom.
Gavin’s personality was also more genuine and real and just plain more likeable. Which was the opposite of his brother Mick who was a complete and utter a$$ in this book. Its a good thing that he didn’t have all that many scenes in this book or I may have had to go back and revise my review of The Perfect Play and follow up on my first impression of his character. Mick was abrasive and verbally abusive to Elizabeth. Harassing her and calling her names and trying to drive a wedge between her and Gavin. The exact thing that Elizabeth did to him (minus the name calling of Tara) and that he got so bent out of shape over in the first place. In this book Mick often came across as entitled and bratty and just generally unlikable. This did help in softening my opinion of Elizabeth as we did mostly see her through Mick’s eyes in The Perfect Play.
I liked the person that Elizabeth became when she was with Gavin. She was looser and less uptight and more genuine and real. Gavin was a likeable hero and I hope to see more of him in future books. He was honest and funny and just always felt real. In the end, I did like Changing the Game but I didn’t love it. This book won’t be a favorite of mine but I am glad that I didn’t skip it. I liked the introduction to Jenna and I look forward to her story as a result of this one.