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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Review: Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Changing the Game by Jaci BurtonChanging the Game by Jaci Burton
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
Pages: 299
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Goodreads
three-stars
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.

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci BurtonThe Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play,
Also in this series: Changing the Game, Taking a Shot
Published by Berkley Books on 01 February 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Changing the Game, Taking a Shot

Place(s) Traveled To: San Francisco, California // St. Louis, Missouri

First Line(s): Sweat dripped down from Mick Riley’s face and arms.

 The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton is one of those books that I’ve heard a lot about from friends who have similar reading habits to me and I finally decided to check it out. Its a sports themed romance and those are usually good for fun time. This story follows Mick Riley and single mom Tara Lincoln. As with most male leads Mick was a major player but unlike the stereotype he was tired of all that and looking to settle down. Tara on the other hand was just looking for a single night of sexy times as she has a teenage boy and tells herself that she has no time for a relationship as it might scar her son for life. 

Tara has a ton of crazy hangups throughout the book and while some I understood others were just plan whack-a-doodle. She’d fly off the handle over the littlest thing and often project all of her anger onto Mick. Yes, sometimes he did mess up but most of the time it was her own assumptions or due to the interference of another character, Elizabeth. Oh boy did I dislike Elizabeth. She’s a tough as nails character who is successful at her career but I just didn’t buy some of her life choices. Based on many other books I’ve read usually the manager of the celebrity-type character is trying to get them to settle down to not be such a player, to go to parties but not be all crazy-crazy with the drinking, etc. Elizabeth on the other hand was the opposite of all that. She wanted Mick to date every female celebrity in Hollywood and Tara would be oh so terrible for his image and so she undermined that relationship every chance she got. One thing I did like was that there were consequences for actions. At first Mick was blind to Elizabeth’s ways but when he clued in he laid down the law.

Mick was a nice guy, not perfect by any means, but he was a genuinely nice guy and I loved the scenes he had with Tara’s daughter. I also liked most of the scenes that he and Tara shared, well, those scenes when she wasn’t flying off the handle. The scenes where she was just an insecure wreck I did like. Not because she was insecure but because those scenes where very realistic. Here she is your average single mom trying to run her own business and in walks in this very well-known football star. Its a very daunting thing and the celebrity lifestyle isn’t for everyone. I can understand why it would make her wary especially since she didn’t just have herself to worry about.

For the most part, I liked the secondary characters, Mick’s brother and his parents, although I am not looking forward to the next book featuring Elizabeth as the female lead. Ugh, she was just so unlikable and I don’t see how she can be redeemed and I am not sure that I want to see that. So I might just skip over that story and move on to the third book which involves Mick’s sister.

The overall plot of the book was a bit so-so. There is nothing special about this book and its filled with some awkward dialogue and poor scene transitions. I even noticed a few typos during my read which took me out of the story. Where The Perfect Play succeeds for me is in the fact that it was a quick read. I read it in just a few sittings and despite its flaws it was a good escapist story. I also think that if there had been less Elizabeth and more Tara, Mick, and Tara’s son that I would have enjoyed the story more. 

irishdarkblue

three-stars
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