Changing The Game

Paperback | August 2, 2011

byJaci Burton

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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.

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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, neit...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 2, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425242404

ISBN - 13:9780425242407

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Steamy! 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.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! Such a good book! And for so many reasons. Great story great characters and realistic central conflict. I loved that Elizabeth was a strong character with flaws that she didn't try to deny. She accepted when she made mistakes, faced the consequences and did what needed to be done to fix them. That kind of maturity is refreshing. And yet Jaci Burton did this while still keeping thing exciting. Definitely going to read the next in this series and check out her other books right now.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Play-By-Play book! Can't get any better than Liz!
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first and Gavin is awesome I have to admit that the second book was much better than the first one. Although the first one wasn’t bad I found this one a little but more believable I guess. I liked Gavin. I liked that it showed that his game reflected what happened between him and Liz. I liked that he was very straight up and said that she was his and that he would take care of her. I loved that he acted like a boyfriend without ever really having been one before, but that he was more than happy to pick up a drunken Liz and her friends. I liked that he was able to admit that he missed her. And yes, the romance in this novel was something else. The book is definitely 18+, but the romance behind it will appeal to all. The characters were interesting ones, although Gavin is the cocky player that I expected him to be it was surprising that his player ways could change so easily. But, of course there is always something that happens. However, that something was shocking as well, it was not something I expected. But, I’m happy about that. Oh, and I’m a baseball player so when he was playing I understood everything and really got into it. Good: Gavin—sinfully hot and tempting Bad: Liz—I found that she almost had two different personalities. One moment she was the strong in dependent Sports agent and the next she was the normal girlfriend that any guy would come home too. A little too different for my liking. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the book was well written, however like my previous mentions in my review for The Perfect Play I felt things were a little under developed. The novel mainly focused on the romantic side of their relationship instead of focusing on the characters. I always expect them to have their past history come back to bite them, or be resolved, but that never seems to be the issue. Overall it didn’t necessarily hurt the novel but it did hold it back from being better. View more of my review and others at my blog:
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Powerful Home Run !! What's a girl to do when the guy she's been in love with for years finally takes notice of her ... spend as much time with him as possible. This is just the beginning for Liz & Gavin's relationship. The chemistry is explosive and electric. As Gavin's Sports Agent, Liz normally wouldn't mix business with pleasure but Gavin is just too hard to resist. Though she savours the time they have together, she still struggles to hide her true feelings from him. What I love about Changing the Game is Gavin's need for Liz. He's always noticed her but never wanted to act on the attraction because of their working relationship, but now its become too much and he can no longer hold back. Through the story, he wants to know more about her, find out who she really is beneath that tough-as-nails, independant woman who lets very few get close. Ms. Burton has done it again. With characters who leap off the pages and into our hearts, she definitely lives up to the expectations of the reader. Changing the Game is passionate, no-holds barred emotion and heart-warming family ties. Hot, steamy sex, witty and deep dialogue, characters that capture your heart and grow right before our eyes, a baseball player that is sexy as hell, a heroine who would do anything for her's a one-sitting read that leaves us wanting the next book of this series. Jaci Burton, once again, does NOT disappoint. Changing the Game is too good to miss. Be prepared to finish it immediately, so clear your schedule/evening. Changing the Game is a Home Run !!!
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sequel This is the second book in the Play By Play series and I really liked this book just as much as the first book ( The Perfect Play ) This was Gavin and Elizabeth`s story and they have really interested since since the first book so I was really lookin forward to their story. I thought the storyline was great and Gavin and Liz`s chemistry is explosive, there characters are great and they both showed awesome growth as well. I will say Mick got on my nerves a bit but he redeemed himself later in the book. Overall this was a great book and I`m very happy with how things turned out. I look forward to the next book in the series because I really like jenna`s charcater. :0)
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart, Multi-layered Erotic Romance Jaci Burton set a daunting task for herself in casting tough as nails sports agent, Elizabeth Darnell as Gavin Riley's love interest in Changing the Game. If you read The Perfect Play, (Gavin's brother, Mick and Tara Lincoln's story) you will know Elizabeth was Mick's agent until she pulled a cruel and completely self serving stunt in an attempt to ruin his relationship with Tara. To add insult to injury, Elizabeth used Tara's teenage son Nathan in her manipulative ploy. Elizabeth therefore played an antagonistic role in The Perfect Play, vilifying her in reader's eyes, including mine. In losing Mick Riley as a client, Elizabeth not only hurt her business, she lost a friend and alienated herself from the close knit Riley family who had embraced her as part of the clan. She deeply regrets hurting Mick, Tara and Nathan, has tried to make amends, but continues to suffer the repercussions of her meddling. However, Elizabeth is one tough cookie. Born and raised in small town Arkansas in a less than optimal family situation, she used her intelligence to escape, go to college and become a self made woman who has worked exceptionally hard to be one of the most sought after sports agents in the business. Elizabeth is one of a handful of women who have made it in a man's world. Elizabeth's personal life takes a back seat to her career, she prides herself on being independent. She does have one Achilles heel-Gavin Riley, who is still her client despite the situation with his brother. Gavin plays first base for the St. Louis Rivers and his life is baseball. He lives up to his playboy image and commitment to one woman is not in his game plan. Gavin loves his no strings attached lifestyle. And, he has LOVED playing baseball since he was a kid. I became totally enamored with this hero, he is alpha, but kind and polite. Gavin has a sensual aura, he is a man’s man who attracts women like bees to honey. In the wake of the fiasco with Mick, Elizabeth has avoided Gavin for months. Her behavior is completely uncharacteristic because as his agent she has been in his life for the past 4 years negotiating lucrative contracts, and orchestrating endorsements and promotional publicity events to keep his career on the right track. So, Gavin decides it is time to clear the air and when he corners her after a sports banquet Elizabeth automatically assumes he, like Mick, is going to fire her. Gavin has always viewed Elizabeth a cold, calculating businesswoman. On the other hand, Elizabeth has secretly been in love with Gavin for the entire time she has known him and when he takes her back to his Florida beach house for their ‘talk’, things heat up-fast and they become involved in an intense, no strings attached affair. And, let me tell you the erotic scenes in this one? SMOKIN. HOT. As in, air conditioner, fan and ice water needed. Gavin is a major studly! ;) Ms. Burton peels away the layers of Elizabeth's armor and shows readers that beneath the tough heartless exterior, she is vulnerable and surprisingly has self esteem issues. She is convinced her relationship with Gavin is purely a fling and when he tires of her she will be history. Elizabeth is okay with that because she is strong and knows she will be able to move on. She is willing to take as little or as much time as Gavin will share with her. There is major conflict in this love match. Mick carries a monumental grudge against Elizabeth and will not forgive her, he is none to happy that Gavin has become involved with his nemisis. Then there is Gavin and Elizabeth’s working relationship. She finds reconciling her roles as his agent and lover difficult. It’s a rocky road for these two and while the situations surrounding their break-ups tugged at my heartstrings, it made the fiery passionate scenes when they reunite all the more intense and special. The Riley family play a key role in Changing the Game, especially Kathleen, the remarkable matriarch of the Riley clan. Jaci Burton has written a stellar character in Gavin, Mick and Jenna’s mother. Ms. Burton also explores the simmering sibling rivalry that has always existed between the boys, moreso for Gavin than Mick. When a family crisis occurs, this resentment comes boiling to the surface. Did Ms. Burton redeem Elizabeth in my eyes? Absolutely. There is considerable groveling involved but it is also thanks to the Riley family and their ability to forgive and love her for who she really is. Ms. Burton, was very clever though because she puts a key character in an antagonistic role, then redeems this character in what is a wonderful, special conclusion of this story. There is so much I’d like to say about this book, because IMHO it is a smart multi-layered romance with humor, drama, and sensuality. Most of all I loved the way Ms. Burton crafted a romance that brings together two extremely competitive, career driven people.
Date published: 2011-07-26