Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)
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Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren't most people....

Win at any cost. That's always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she'll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She's had a thing for this...more
Trade Paperback, 299 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley Heat
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Shawna
4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

Thoughts Before Reading
NOT that I'm complaining at all about the masculine perfection of this cover 'cause HELLO, just look at those mouthwateringly yummy shoulders and biceps...GRRR! But, don't baseball players usually have a little more junk in their trunk and thicker thighs? I think I have an obligation to read this (as purely scientific study of course) to find out. *naughty grin*

Thoughts After Reading
After careful review and scientific analysi...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
4 Steamy Stars

Changing the Game is the second book in Jaci Burton's Play by Play series.

I was apprehensive about this book. I wasn't sure Ms. Burton could take an unlikable character, Elizabeth Darnell, from The Perfect Play, and make her not only likable, but also the next heroine in the series. I needn't have worried. Ms. Burton exceeded my expectations.

I enjoyed reading this book. Just like in The Perfect the Play, the characters were richly developed, engaging, and lovable. Well, almost all...more
Auntee
Jul 31, 2011 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of really hot sports romance
Question: Could Jaci Burton top her fabulous sports romance, The Perfect Play with her latest, Changing the Game? Ohh, it was good, it was close...but unfortunately it fell just a tad short of 5 stars for me.

JB had an uphill battle with this one, mostly because she had to make a very unlikable character from the previous book (sports agent Elizabeth Darnell) into a likable one. But I'm happy (and a bit surprised) to say that I think she accomplished that. She gave the tough, independent career w...more
Lady Allison
Let us take a moment to appreciate the deliciousness that is this cover.

*droolsappreciates*

As much as I loved Mick's story, his brother Gavin's was not as good as it should have been. The plot was weak and the characters were flat for the first half of the book. It was definitely steamy & the end was good but I was disappointed. 3.5 stars

I am however still really looking forward Jenna's story with the super sexy & flirty, Tyler!

Also, again with the COVER!!!
Taking a Shot

*clicks to appreciate*
Shannon Stacey
Jaci and I have been friends a long time, which means I’ve read a lot of Jaci Burton books, and I think Changing The Game is my new favorite. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t sure how Jaci was going to redeem Liz after The Perfect Play, but I love her. And Gavin is so delicious.

If you’re looking for an erotic romance that’s the perfect blend of steamy, toe-curling sex and deeply emotional, happy-sigh-worthy romance, Changing the Game is your book.
Splage
Once again the cover is hot and I knew that I would be moving this book to the top of my TBR list because I was drooling and sports guys are my thing. As I began the book I was having similar feelings that I did with book 1, The Perfect Play, basically a good, hot read with lots of sex, but the story didn't overwhelm and engage me as I had hoped it would. Changing the Game might have started that way, but its momentum built into a page turner that had a lot more depth with some emotional moments...more
Booklover1335
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” This quote from Elizabeth Barrett Browning is so fitting for how I felt after reading Jaci Burton’s newest addition to her Play by Play series, Changing the Game. Simply put, I LOVED it! In fact I think it is the best Contemporary Erotic Romance I’ve read this year. I have mad love for Gavin and Liz…like, if I had to actually make a list of the things I love about the book, we would be here for a long, long time. I pretty much loved everything about i...more
Lea
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 play...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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WOW! I devoured this book! It must've been all the excitement and anticipation, or maybe just the fact that for the first 50% - 60% the chemistry and raw sensuality between Liz and Gavin was just amazing! Of course, there's the sinful cover to consider too, which I kept picturing every time I read about Gavin.

I definetely shouldn't have started the book in the morning BEFORE going to work and then reading DURING LUNCH. You do not want to have your co-wo...more
Guilty Pleasures
Jaci Burton hit this one out of the park!!!

GOOOOOD GAWD Gavin is one of the sexiest men I have read about. He goes up there with Cord McKay from Lorelei James' Rough Rider series, and from me that is saying alot.

Because of her actions in The Perfect Play, I didn't think I could like Liz, but JB pulled it off and made me understand her actions and totally like Liz.

The smexing was uber hot and some of the best I've read =)

Changing The Game is up there with Chasin' Eight as one of my favorite read...more
Keri
Man I love this cover...makes my mouth water. It was good. A lot of sexin and not enough story meat.
Robin *loves sexy books*
Probably 4 or 4.5 stars but I rounded up because of all the smokin hot sex!! Wow.

Good story but the situation with Mick got old pretty fast you'd think he wouldn't hold such a grudge and be such an ass. I really liked Gavin and Elizabeth even though Gavin basically had to be hit over the head to realize how he and Liz actually felt. Took him a while but he got there.

Can't wait for the next book. I've really liked Jenna so far. And mix her tattoos and piercings with a cocky as hell and super hot...more
Diana~
If I were to compare The Perfect Play versus Jaci Burton's latest installment, Changing the Game ... in my opinion of course, I would say I liked Gavin's story with Liz a lot more than Mick and Tara's. Looking back, I felt as if Mick fell in love with Tara way too fast? So it was kind of unrealistic. While at least Liz and Gavin both went into this "thing" between them knowing that it was just a fling and something fun. Or was it really? I guess I have a thing for unrequited love and Liz's love...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
I read Jaci Burton when I am in the mood for lots of sexy times, and this book gave me just that.
I'm not American, so I don't follow baseball, but there wasn't too much sport talk, so that didn't worry me.
The whole way through this book I had a little trouble caring for these characters, but I never disliked them enough for it to take away from my reading enjoyment. Next time I am in the mood for some light, no brain needed smutty reading time, I will read the next in this series that I already...more
valee
Another great installment in this amazing series. I think this is the first series I enjoy on this genre. Well done Jaci Burton, you have a way with words. I still liked much more book 1 though.
Jen
I cannot WAIT for Jenna and Ty's story that comes out in March!

In this book we got a glimpse of Jenna and Ty meeting - They're going to be SO CUTE together! And I LOVE Hockey!


Anyways!
This story was cute - I wasn't a big fan of both Elizabeth or Gavin during the first book - Elizabeth really messed up with Mick - even though she made things right, he still couldn't forgive her for messing with the people he loves - ok I can live with that -

But when he fired her, Gavin got a glimpse of the rea...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars

I was a little wary at first with Jaci Burton's ability to transform Liz into a likable character as well as developing a genuine relationship between Liz and Gavin. If you've read The Perfect Play then you know what kind of feat she had on her hands, but she ended up really wowing me with Changing the Game and I couldn't get enough by the end.

The first hundred pages or so of Changing the Game is all sex, no exaggeration; I'm talking about every page is hot sweaty action between the sh...more
Sophie
Well, the day came when i was finally able to sit down and give my point of view...(very humbly) of how fantastic and well set this book is.

Don't ask me why or how, but after reading Gavin's story, i cant help but wonder if Mrs. Burton was thinking of Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants when she created Gavin's character. God knows Timmy Lincecum is the all American dream boy for a baseball team...(at least in looks) =)

Think about it. Even in the half way long hair and green eyes, (with the...more
Karla
Pretty good second book and it dealt with a lot of the issues that left you hanging in the first one. This book starts out as a one-sided love affair for Liz and just a fling for Gavin. So, the first half of the book is loaded with sex, fun, but not much substance. That started to change about halfway through the book as Gavin realizes that he has feelings for Liz. She also has to confront Mick after her hurtful betrayal in the first book. Some people had a problem with Mick and his obnoxious at...more
Dee
I think I actually liked this one better than the first (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/83...). Quite a few reviewers preferred the first and thought this one fell a little short.

Before I started this book I wasn't too sure about Liz's character as she was such a hardcore dragon in the previous book but once we got to see a bit more of her, her background and insecurities I began to like and understand her. I didn't quite gush over Gavin as much as I had over Mick but I did still like him. A...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 STARS

Dear Gavin,
Please **explicit language has been removed**
Love, Ann


I’ll give it to Jaci Burton. She really knows how to heat things up! I read this one really quickly. It’s not a difficult read at all, but a delicious one. However, apart from the smoking hot sex scenes, I was annoyed by Liz and Gavin when they weren’t going at it like rabbits.

They bickered a lot, over nothing really. It just seemed like a poor attempt at creating conflict. And then there was the conflict between Mick and...more
Norma
This was a cute story. I liked it a lot. I didn't want to read it for a long time because I didn't like Liz in the fisrt story, but we get to know her in this one and we see that she's human. She's made mistakes and she's sorry. I liked that she owned up to what she's done and showed remorse.

I took a star off for Mick. Every time that idiot was on the page, I wanted to close the book and read something else. I get that he was mad, but after a while he was just a 2 yr old with a tantrum. I did't...more
Bobs (Reader Unbound)
This book blew my mind away.
It is amazing how much I disliked Liz in the first book and how Jaci Burton managed to make me adore her in less then 50 pages. What is more she made the impossible happen - I actually wanted to kick Mick's butt so badly that I couldn't sit still. Thank you God, for he was not able to tear them apart.
As for Gavin. The guy is a GOD. Ultra sexy, cute, smart, funny, has a lot of money and can COOK. What more can a girl want ?! Am I the only one that is attracted like me...more
Shannon
4.5 stars. I FLOVED this book, so much better than the first one, which I know several of you won't agree with me on. But the angst factor was much higher here and you have the added benefit of having met all the characters already. And yes, we ALL hated Liz in the first book. Someone had to be the baddie. But in this book we get to see a whole different side of her. And I don't think JB wrote it in such a way that we should feel sorry for Liz, but more so that we understand her better now. And...more
Alyssa (Hesperia Loves Books)
I was so excited for this book to come out! After the hotness that was the first book, The Perfect Play, and after falling in love with all of these characters, I couldn’t wait to read more. Jaci Burton does not disappoint with this installment and after the glimpse we get into Taking A Shot, I can’t wait until we get the next one!

Here’s what I liked:
~Gavin – how cute was he with his “it’s just a fling” mentality when he was the one who totally made it something other than a fling first. He stak...more
Heather in FL
Wow there was a lot of sex in this one. Liz and Gavin were going at it from probably page four. :-) Smoking! And they couldn't get enough of each other. And Liz kept jumping to conclusions. (Smack her.) And Gavin kept hurting her (Smack him.) And Mick, as others have said, was such an asshole. I don't know why Gavin didn't just smack him to get him to shut up! I mean, he'd say he's going to butt out and next thing you know, he's there, the little voice on Gavin's shoulder, telling him to dump he...more
Ann Banda
SPOILEEEEEEEEEEERS!; BYE:)







Gavin; Gavin; Gavin *.* Mi hermoso jugador de baseball!
quién iba a imaginar que este hombre sacara aun mas su lado tierno? Los Riley podran ser muy fuertes pero son unas cositas divinas *.* Un amor el tipo cuando empezo todo con Elizabeth, definitivamente fue el que mas empeño puso en esa "relación" pero tenia que regarla en algo... Sus intentos de disculpa eran un asco,pero nunca esta de mas un microfono ;)
Elizabeth; debo decir que siempre crei que era una p e r r a to...more
Renee
Well the cover was the first love. I thought this one was great! I love the Riley family even more after book 2. What I LOVED was Elizabeth. After the first book in this series I was wondering how the Fabulous Jaci Burton was working her into my good graces. Yeah me first not Mick and Tara. If I hated her for the things she said to Tara in book 1 then why read on? right? So I think by the ending of the 5th chapter I was on the redemption road traveling fast.



Things with Gavin and Elizabeth happe...more
Nimue
This is the story of Gavin Riley. A baseball major league player and younger brother of Mick, the main character of the first book "The Perfect Play". At the end of the before mentioned book Gavin was unexpectedly kissed by his sport agent, Liz Darnell. This was major surprise for him as Liz, though quite sexy, always behaved in an asexual way around him and ranges in the category of an honorary sister. But this is about to change when Gavin realises his (first mainly bodily) interest in Liz. Th...more
Steph
I liked this book even more that the first one.

Although I hate to admit it I ended up really liking Liz by the end of this story. I'm not even sure when it happened.
I am so happy the author didn't make up this huge miserable story as to why Liz acted the way she did (with Mick), it was left as just the truth... yes, Liz acted like a complete bitch and there was no excuse for it. She realised her mistake fixed it, appologised and moved on.

Now I loved Gavin from the previous book and I am happy...more
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the hap...more
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