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Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
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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 the characters. I liked Gavin's and Liz's characters. Their relationship, though at times frustrating, was spicy, humorous, and touching. I'm not always a fan of "friends to lovers" plots, but this book worked for me. The author stayed away from the typical cliche scenarios commonly found in these type of books. 

This is very steamy and explicitly erotic book. In fact, the fist part of the story is pretty much one big sex scene without much plot development. However, that soon changes once Gavin realizes his feelings for Liz. After that, we are treated to an erotic love story full of passion and romance. 

I also felt the sex scenes improved in this book. It didn't feel like the hero and heroine were starring in some low budget porno with cringe worthy lines. The added emotion and tenderness helped me feel the love and connection between the main characters. And that's what I want in a love scene.

My only issue with the book was Mick's character. His behavior was awful during most of the story. I understand why he acted the way he did, and felt he had a right to be upset, but I didn't like his vindictive attitude towards Liz. Luckily, by the end of the book, he more than redeemed himself. 

All in all, I enjoyed this story. If you're not sensitive to explicit erotica, then I highly recommend this book.   
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Reading Progress

09/13/2011
11.0% "Much better sex scenes in this book. I don't feel like I'm listening to a porno. Love the chemistry between Gavin and Liz." 2 comments
09/14/2011
26.0% "I'm impressed with how the author made Liz's character sympathetic. I really like her and feel for her. The sex is much better in this one. There's more emotion included. I like that."
09/14/2011
56.0% "I have to laugh at Liz's description of Gavin's house. A haunted house right out of a horror movie. Dark, repressing and eery. A dungeon. I love when a author makes an inanimate object come to life." 2 comments
09/14/2011
76.0% "NO! NO! NO! It's so wrong what Jaci Burton has done to Mick's charcter. Why is she making him so awful? I get he's upset and has a right to be hurt, but come on, this vindictive attitude is so out of character for him. I'm upset! First, I get short changed with his book's ending, and then I get this ass of a character that does't resemble the awesome character I loved. Gah! " 5 comments
09/14/2011
93.0% "Finally! The Mick I love is back. All is well in my world again."

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Karla Nicely done Kristen!


message 41: by Mei (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mei Great review Kristen! :D
I love this series and have read all the book except the 5th... I stopped because most of my friends didn't like that one... I admit that I'm afraid I'll be disapponted and don't want to be so I wait... *shrug*


message 40: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Awesome review, Kristen! :)


Kristen Mei wrote: "Great review Kristen! :D
I love this series and have read all the book except the 5th... I stopped because most of my friends didn't like that one... I admit that I'm afraid I'll be disapponted and..."


Thank you, Mei! I've only read the first two. I need to catch up. ♥


message 37: by Kristen (last edited Jul 10, 2013 09:22AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kristen Soraya Naomi wrote: "'sensitive to explicit erotica'....uhm hell nooooooo hahahha!!! lovely review, hun"

Haha. I was editing this review (I wrote it a few years ago) and had a good laugh at my comment. I was just beginning my journey into the erotic genre. This book was an eye opener. Lol. This book isn't very explicit considering what I've read since. Still, I liked that I put that in the review. I figured the people who know me would get a chuckle from that comment. Lol.


Kristen Lisa wrote: "Awesome review, Kristen! :)"

Thanks Lisa!! ((Hugs))


Kristen Baba ♥♥♥ Marcus, Tyler, Tate, Dan, Ty, & Hunter wrote: "Great review, Kristen!"

Thank you, Baba! MWAH! ❤


message 34: by Didi (new)

Didi Great review Kristen :-)))


Kristen Thank you, Didi. <3


message 32: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Great review, Kristen! :)


Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ Great review Kristen! This serie is a favorite of mine!


Kristen Jessica wrote: "Great review, Kristen! :)"

Thank you, Jessica. :)


Kristen Alleskelle wrote: "Great review Kristen! This serie is a favorite of mine!"

Thank you, Alleskelle! :)


message 28: by Jen (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jen Terrific review Kristen! I think I read this awhile back; but I can't quite remember!!! LOL Pretty bad eh?!


message 27: by Christy (new)

Christy Wonderful review, Kristen! ;)


SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Lovely review Kristen! [hugs]


message 25: by Kristin (KC) (new)

Kristin (KC) Awesome review, Kristen! :)


message 24: by Becky (new) - added it

Becky Frosco Great review.


Kristen Jen wrote: "Terrific review Kristen! I think I read this awhile back; but I can't quite remember!!! LOL Pretty bad eh?!"

Haha. I've had that happen! Thanks Jen.


Kristen Christy wrote: "Wonderful review, Kristen! ;)"

Thanks Christy. ❤


Kristen SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Lovely review Kristen! [hugs]"

Thanks Sue. ((Hugs)) you back.


Kristen Kris (KC) wrote: "Awesome review, Kristen! :)"

Thank you, Kris! ❤


Kristen Becky wrote: "Great review."

Thanks Becky. :)


message 18: by Lisa Jayne (new)

Lisa Jayne I have thought about this series for so long ... BUT they are SO EXPENSIVE ... Now I'm not a scrounge by any means but they are on the pricey end ❤❤ hmmmm, but a Kristen four star means its worth a pop!! ❤❤


message 17: by Jill (new) - added it

Jill I have seen so many mixed reviews of this book.... but you have really tipped it onto my tbr list. Great review.
I agree with Lisa Jayne $11.00 is a lot for an ebook. I struggle to justify spending that much on a book nowadays but when its a 4.5 star read, it makes it easier.


Duchess Nicole Kristen wrote: "Soraya Naomi wrote: "'sensitive to explicit erotica'....uhm hell nooooooo hahahha!!! lovely review, hun"

Haha. I was editing this review (I wrote it a few years ago) and had a good laugh at my com..."


Haha!!! I remember reading the first book in this series a couple of years ago, and it was one of my first real erotic romance books...I was scandalized, lol.....and totally titillated as well. We naughty girls ;D Nice review, Kristen :D:D


Kristen Lisa Jayne wrote: "I have thought about this series for so long ... BUT they are SO EXPENSIVE ... Now I'm not a scrounge by any means but they are on the pricey end ❤❤ hmmmm, but a Kristen four star means its worth a..."

I know!!! I don't think ANY book is worth the price the publisher is asking for these books. It's why I haven't read the whole series yet. Too much money. I don't even think they're kindle lendable. Which is so wrong.


Kristen Jill wrote: "I have seen so many mixed reviews of this book.... but you have really tipped it onto my tbr list. Great review.
I agree with Lisa Jayne $11.00 is a lot for an ebook. I struggle to justify spending..."


I would wait until the price drops, Jill. Maybe try and find them at the library. I don't know how the publishers expect to make money with these type of prices. :)


Kristen Duchess Nicole wrote: "Kristen wrote: "Soraya Naomi wrote: "'sensitive to explicit erotica'....uhm hell nooooooo hahahha!!! lovely review, hun"

Haha. I was editing this review (I wrote it a few years ago) and had a goo..."


Hahaha. I bet if I read this book now, I would not include the explicit comment. Lol. I was just so shocked at the time. My, my, how far we've come in the world of erotica, Nicole. That's probably not a good thing. Lol.


message 12: by kristina (new) - added it

kristina It didn't feel like the hero and heroine were starring in some low budget porno with cringe worthy lines. bwahahahahah you had me laughing at this moment :))
Great review Kristen !!!


Kristen Haha. Thanks Kristina. These book were my first real taste of erotica. It was eye opening. LOL.


Blacky *Romance Addict* Oh God woman I am dying to read this series just cause of the covers!!!! Uber hot!
Great review and glad you enjoyed it :DDD


Ness yeah the covers are really Hawt! great review! I've read the forst book thank moved to others , looks like I'm coming back:)


message 8: by Dd (new)

Dd Amazing review Kristen!!Hott cover!:))


Kristen Blacky *Mistress of Doom* wrote: "Oh God woman I am dying to read this series just cause of the covers!!!! Uber hot!
Great review and glad you enjoyed it :DDD"


The covers are beyond HAWT! I think you'd have fun with this series. My guess is their probably not too erotic either. Hahaha. The price of these books, however, is ridiculous! How on earth can the publisher expect people to pay that kind of money?!


Kristen Ness wrote: "yeah the covers are really Hawt! great review! I've read the forst book thank moved to others , looks like I'm coming back:)"

I've only read the first few books in the series. I need to continue them, too. They just cost sooooo much money.


message 5: by Kristen (last edited Jul 12, 2013 07:33AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kristen Dd wrote: "Amazing review Kristen!!Hott cover!:))"

Thank you, sweetheart. The cover is HAWT! And the books pretty good to top it off. I swear, most of the books with drool-worthy covers suck. It's like a prerequisite. Lol.


message 4: by Dee (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dee Great review Kristen...Glad you enjoyed it, I loved this one!


Kristen Thanks Dee. I need to finish the series soon. ❤


Angélica M Gonzalez I couldn't agree with you more! Mick was such a prick majority of the time in this installment that it left a bad taste in my mouth. On another note, passion and deep connection definitely was achieved here, loved it!


Kristen Angélica wrote: "I couldn't agree with you more! Mick was such a prick majority of the time in this installment that it left a bad taste in my mouth. On another note, passion and deep connection definitely was achi..."

Thanks Angelica. Mick really did come off bad in this book (shame because he was so awesome in his book) but I loved this story, too.


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