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Game Changer

(Playing Games #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Maci strives for one thing in life—anonymity. With her writing career in full bloom, all she wants is to work in peace while concealing her true identity from the public. Though readers love the science fiction worlds she creates, Maci knows that gender stereotypes could damage her career if she is exposed as a woman.

Liam is the envy of all gamers as the lead developer for
Published December 15th 2014 (first published December 11th 2014)
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taveena kade
it wasn’t bad, but i’ve yet to find a book this year that wows me as much as the Forever Evermore and The Dragonian series did a couple weeks ago.

“He brought one of his hands up and grasped my fingers, gently placing them on his chest, over his heart, so I could feel the rumbling staccato beneath my touch.
“I’ve walked on many planets and floated through the heavens... yet you’re the only one in the universe who can make my hearts move.” His voice, just a mere whisper, radiated through my soul a
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rene has done it again! This book is an amazing read. I couldn't put it down. This book has a little bit of everything in it, mystery, surprising twists, and it wouldn't be a book by Rene without some steamy scenes!

Maci is an author, but writes under a pen name because she writes sci-fi books. She is a best selling author though, and very few know that it's her writing the books. She likes remaining a secret.

Liam is an owner of a top video game company. He is a "cocky geek". Girls that he date,
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Game Changer is a refreshing new change of pace. Liam is superstar in the gaming world. He’s leery of woman as they always want to use him. When he runs into Maci, he is attracted to her but hides who he is. Maci has her own life that she is trying to keep private. Liam and Maci get to know each other better. And get this! They apparently meet almost 2 years ago and didn’t know it. Now Liam and Maci are trying to decide if the other remembers them or not and how to go forward in their budding re ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second read still reminded me how much I enjoyed this book even more. So happy to be both reader and gamer that I am. This book is truly god!

Edited December 23, 2014

What to say! I totally understand the appeal of their relationship! Gamers & Readers are going to enjoy this first book of Playing Games series, I totally love it ... so much so that even the huge cliffhanger does not deter me away from wanting for more!!
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Really good book, read it all today. I would recommend it. Now onto book 2, hoping it is at, least as good as the first book.
Ashley Ehlers
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

I would have finished this quicker as I was instantly hooked, it was refreshing as I've been feeling like I've been in a slump or burnt out, but then my in-laws came over and there was no time for reading haha. I couldn't wait to get back and see if they finally, finally realize that they each have found the person they've been looking for and were going to tell each other.

Oh my gosh, I was squealing when Liam
Laurel Johnson
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First let me say this..I love Rene Folsom and her books. Game Changer was no exception.

Maci is an author who writes under a pen name and doesn't want anyone to know her true identity and Liam is the owner of the biggest gaming company there is and rich. I love her independent streak but wanted to shake her sometimes and Liam is the hot geeky nerd not at all sure of himself around women but knows he wants to get to know Maci better. Neither one realizes that they had met before but when they do..
Michael Loring
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Game Changer by Author Rene Folsom is the first in her new contemporary gamer romance series, Playing Games. In it, she tells the story of Maci and Liam, two nerds looking for their other half.

Maci has lived as a covert famous science fiction author for quite some time, and fears sharing her secret lest she be treated with prejudice for being a woman in a predominantly male genre. Liam is the lead developer of nZone Games, a video game company, who wishes for someone to love him for who he is on
Kristy Hamilton
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I got my hands on an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review... the book is now currently free and I definitely recommend the book!
I love a good hot contemporary romance and Game Changer is one of those that super hot and has the sweet points of the contemporary romance.
Maci is a sci fi writer who manages to keeps what she does private. She is afraid that people may not like her work if they discover her a woman. She also keeps everyone else at distance to some issues in her pas
Bookish Michelle
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Game Changer is the first book in the Playing Game series. I was drawn to the book because of the main characters' career--being an aspiring writer and a gamer at heart--and wondered how the both of them will come into each other's path. I really enjoyed reading Game Changer and devoured it in one sitting. I thought the way both of them met was quite interesting, with Maci being annoyed with Liam for his attitude and how she slowly warmed up to him. Liam was quite the charming guy--persistent an ...more
Victoria Debono
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Game Changer
The Game Changer #1 in the Playing Game series has a great understanding of the gaming world as well as old fashion romance. Maci is a strong female lead who knows what she wants. And being gender neutral is important to her. Don't presume because she's a girl it mean she chooses to be the female characters to defeat you with. She uses the badass killers because she plans on winning. I was at the edge of my seat trying to get to the part when they realise their past. The Prequel, Th
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing Sci Fi writing.

What more is there to say? This was a fantastic book and I found myself savoring every little drop I could get out of it because I didn't want it to end. After getting hooked in The Wager (book 0.5), I have craved to know more about Liam and Maci's world. This book really hit the spot but left me hanging wondering what is to happen next....

As we know,

Maci is an author who doesn't share her secret with anyone.

Liam is the cofounder of a huge gaming
Claire Thake
This for me was highly anticipated, and Rene didn't disappoint! As if she ever could...This woman I swear cannot put a foot wrong, she writes amazing books that cannot be put down and Game Changer is no different! I was hooked from page 1 to the very end and I cannot wait to see where this series is going to end up.

Maci and Liam are great characters, Maci is fiery and independent, trying to success in a male dominated role and kicking ass at it, as well as have a few secrets she keeps close to h
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I am not going to say too much about this book, but I will say this.
After reading the prequel(The Wager), I knew I had to read Game Changer.
I immediately bought it and had to have more!!

Rene Folsom gives us surprise after surprise and some wicked hotness that never stops! Once you start one of Rene's books you are thrown in to a world of PURE SATISFACTION and EVERLASTING IMPRESSIONS!

All you need to know is you can't get enough of Liam and Maci's story. The heat is unstoppable
Andrea Rossi
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So glad I read this book! It's a great story about Maci, a talented sci-fi writer who wants to remain anonymous in a man's world. After all, there aren't many female sci-fi writers. Then she meets Liam, a cocky gamer geek. I don't want to give the story line away but it is such a good story that I really got lost with the characters. Rene Folsom really has an easy writing style that gets you wrapped up in the characters' lives that you feel like you're in the story. I seriously cannot wait until ...more
Andrea Rossi
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So glad I read this book! It's a great story about Maci, a talented sci-fi writer who wants to remain anonymous in a man's world. After all, there aren't many female sci-fi writers. Then she meets Liam, a cocky gamer geek. I don't want to give the story line away but it is such a good story that I really got lost with the characters. Rene Folsom really has an easy writing style that gets you wrapped up in the characters' lives that you feel like you're in the story. I seriously cannot wait until ...more
IT'S A CLIFFHANGER, and not a good one. I didn't check the reviews, so I didn't pick-up that this was a cliffhanger. If I had, I would never have bought the book and wasted five or six hours reading it. The characters were one dimensional and the plot was formulaic, but there was enoough there to keep me going until the last page when we're left hanging. I struggled to finish the book, and despite the cliffhanger, I don't care enough about the characters to read the books that follow. I wouldn't ...more
Amber J.
I am really liking this series and thought this was a great beginning to their love story. I really like their apprehensions to trust each other and give in to a relationship, it makes for great sexual tension. The story line about her Grams is very well written and quite an accurate portrayal of someone with Alzheimer's/Dementia.

There were a few things I found a little off with them both being concerned with the other not remembering their fling that took place in The Wager. That's what kept me
Colleen Everly
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great story, loved it. I loved her sassy mouth and how he liked that she wasn't like other women. She really likes her cocky geek. They have great chemistry and a few of their conversations were quite funny. This book did end quite abruptly and that only makes me want to read the next one even more. I need to know what happens and it's going to drive me crazy until I read and find out. Loved how this started with a book inside a book. ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! This is the first book in a new series by Rene Folsom and it sounds like the start to another amazing series. Maci is an author who writes under a pen name wants her identity to only be known by a select few. Liam is a "cocky geek" and doesn't want a girl that uses him for his job. They are such a great duo and the ending makes you want more! Sexy, funny, and thrilling! ...more
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
I loved this book. Let me repeat that, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I need the rest of the series ASAP. You may be wondering why it's a 4 instead of a 5? Very abrupt cliffhanger, outside of that, I was beyond happy with this book. I loved the nerdy gamer references. (Probably because I can relate to them.) ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed Game Changer. All the geek references and I'm proud to say I got all of them! ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
OMG! Biggest cliff hanger ever! MUST. HAVE. NEXT. BOOK! Loved this one!!!
Tamye Whitener
What a refreshing change of pace. I love that the hero is a gamer. A rich one, who owns part of the best gaming company in town, but still he is a gamer at heart. He isn't your alpha he-man, (I love those too), but a sexy geek, who is lucky enough to run into Maci at a local coffee shop. Even though neither remembers that they have more than met before, they are attracted to each other, even if he comes across as a bit cocky. Smart guy that he is, Liam asks Maci out.

Both have secrets they aren't
Lydia Gaona
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing read.

I absolutely loved this book and I'm so happy I read it. This book grabbed me from the first sentence and had me hooked all the way to the end. I love how the storyline flows so well and the characters I absolutely love. This does end in a cliffhanger but it's an amazing ending. I was laughing and shocked, as well as other emotions, that I did not want to put this book down. Great job by this new to me author and now one of my favorites. Onto book two now.
Gourab Mukherjee
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
If you are up for a modern-day cute romance this book is for you. What I liked most about this book is the writer's storytelling method. It's unique. Chapters are alternatively about what the girl thinks and what the boy thinks. You will be able to grasp what is going on both of their minds which make the story gender-diverse rather than being one-sided.🧐🧐
The story overall is very cute. You are going to fall in love with their innocent yet intelligent natures. The lead characters are so good th
Michelle Padilla
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Maci is a writer who is writing under a different name. Liam is a gamer who is rich and has had women chasing him for his money. Can these two people find happiness together ? Or will both their secrets keep them apart?
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stilled and robotic storyline. Took me a few chapters to learn it wasn't going to get any better. Thankfully a free read. ...more
Debbie Irish
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun dynamic

I really liked the story but didn’t realize it was only 1 part of the book. Bummed it ended with a cliffhanger.
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Rene Folsom, author of contemporary and paranormal, lives in Florida with her husband and three kids. She has officially diagnosed herself with creative ADD and often has a million and one writing projects going at once. In addition to writing, she is also a graphic artist who enjoys creating custom book covers for indie authors. She is definitely an

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