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Leveling the Field

(Gamers #4)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of t ...more
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published May 2nd 2016 by Entangled: Brazen
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May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted this book.

I wanted this book SO BADLY.

I loved this book.

I loved this book SO MUCH.

I was fairly tempted to just leave that ^^ as my review (with maybe a few subliminal ‘buy it’ messages thrown in for good measure), but then I realized that doesn’t tell you why I loved it so…

It fails to mention the grumpy, broody, scarred and oh, so tempting Ethan Talley. The fiery, sassy, upfront and so damn likeable Lissa Kingsman. The return of this series’ other couples in all their geeky gra
Musings of A Romance Junkie
Sweet, Sappy &Satisfyin'!

Whew, I loved this freaking story! Not just because of Ethan and Lissa, but because Megan Erickson did justice to who Lissa Kingsman was as a black woman. From being proud of who she was to the texture and caring of her hair (Girlfriend carried a headscarf her bag! Yes, we do that!), I was all kinds of Yaaaassss!!!!

Ethan Talley is the brooding loner with physical and emotional scars. He's carried the burden of his sister's death for years, cutting himself off from his fr
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

"You have stories. Well I have stories, too. I have scars just like you, but mine aren't on my skin."

I'm sad to say goodbye to this series, but what a way to finish on a high note!

Rough and gruff and guilt-ridden Ethan finally gets his story....and his match, in Lissa.

Ethan has cocooned himself in the grief and guilt of causing the accident that killed his sister. His life now exists behind the walls of his office and his home. After meeting Lissa at a photo shoot for
I absolutely love Megan's words, but this series has probably been my favorite from her.

Love love love Lissa and Ethan. She's snarky and strong and tells it like it is. And Ethan...well, he's not. I loved their interactions and her pushing and his retreating and JFC the chemistry could have killed me. Bonus points for getting to see that everyone else from the previous books were insane with happiness.

Lissa and Ethan are absolute perfection together and I seriously loved every single page. If
Megan Erickson
May 03, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books, adult-rom
I'm so sad to see the Gamers series conclude, but I think Lissa and Ethan are a great choice to close it out. I hope you enjoy them. :) ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson
Book Four of the Gamers series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcomin
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I really wanted to like this book. I love nerds/geeks in my IR and there just aren't enough of them. But Erickson lost me on page one where she has the Black heroine Lissa smacking her gum impatiently. I'm like EXCUSE ME? I mean really, there are numerous ways for Lissa to have expressed her impatience that do not fall back on a stereotype. For instance, she could have had heavy metal blaring from a huge pair of headphones (keeping with a nerd theme) or simply having her tap her feet impatiently ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Leveling the Field was a good read.

I enjoyed watching Ethan and Lissa come together, both characters made this such a fun and entertaining read.
I loved their passion, their stubbornness and their chemistry was off the charts! **fans self**


Loved catching up with the previous characters and the epilogue made my heart smile.

The Gamers series has been a great read, I'm sad to see it's come to a close. Thank you Megan Erickson for once again writing with heart and sharing your words with us
Danielle (Love at First Page)

In Megan's world, grumpy (+ nerdy + slightly awkward) is the new sexy, and that is more than okay with me! Admittedly, I have a weak spot for heroes who are hot and cold - with good reason - and Ethan totally fits that bill. He turned my heart to complete goo!

I loved this series so much - it's fun and super hot - highly recommended!
May 01, 2016 added it
4.5 Stars, even though such a thing doesn't exist on Goodreads.

I enjoyed Ethan and Lissa. I appreciated that while this was the continuation of a series, it would also work as a standalone.

The writing was solid. As was the dialog. I appreciated the choice Megan Erickson made to let the reader be privy to Lissa's reaction to Ethan when she first sees him, so you know that there was an attraction there before she knew who he was. I think it was also important to Ethan that she was able to find him
Maria Rose
This is the last book in the Gamers series, a set of books I've really enjoyed that focused on a video game magazine and its employees. They've all been super sexy stories with unique characters. We've seen Ethan as this reclusive smart man in the background as a secondary character up to now, with his sister Chloe finding love in Book 2, Playing For Her Heart with his business partner and friend Grant. It's finally his turn, and he meets his match in Lissa, a photographer who was hired as part ...more
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Sometimes you find a book that you just can't put down, one where the characters speak to you and one where they have problems but they aren't insurmountable, and one where two people seem so different but share a bond that brings them acceptance and understanding. Leveling the Field was not an easy romance as it contains a brooding, reclusive hero and a heroine determined to make him see his life is worth living, but it wasn't overfilled wit
April ~ The Reading Belles
Grumpy gamer geek and dirty-talking photographer? Fuck yeah! This book popped my Megan Erickson cherry and so glad it exceeded my expectation! Both Ethan and Lissa were recovering from a tragic loss that affected their present lives. Ethan was a YouTube sensation back when he was still playing video games while commenting on them but an arrogant attempt to show off killed his sister. Now, he's turned into a grumpy bastard who also had ugly scars across his face to remind him of the accident. Lis ...more
I enjoyed it for the most part but I probably would've enjoyed it more had the H not pushed the h away so much. They would hook up and he'd avoid her for 2 weeks. That happened like 3 times! And I was kinda pissed at all those hurtful things he said to her. She should've made him suffer more.

It could've been great since I really did like the "grouchy" H who was melting for the h.

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Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.5-3.75 stars. Once again, Megan Erickson has successfully written a romance novel that I absolutely devoured! I loved Lissa, her spunky bright personality and her story. I loved Ethan (have loved Ethan) and his story of healing. So cute, and so fun!
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
A really great closure of the series and I loved how vulnerable Ethan was and how fierce Lissa. <3
Great series I can totally recommend. :)
Siobhan Davis
Ethan used to be E-Rad in a former life and now he's the co-owner of a successful online gaming magazine. He crosses paths with Lissa when she is hired to do some photography for the magazine. She is secretly hoping he will agree to participate in a project that is very close to her heart but Ethan is abrasive and gruff when she meets him and she never gets to ask him.

However, there is no denying the electric chemistry between them and when they bump into each other at a wedding they get hot and
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let me get something out of the way first:
OMG! Ethan!!!!!! Finally!!!!!! YAY! Ethan!!!!!

Okay, it's out now. I can now focus on my thoughts about this book :)

How I love this series. Every book has been stellar. And it was a pleasure seeing all the couples from the previous three books make an appearance. Some more briefly and in passing than others but still.

How I loved Ethan from the moment he appeared in the first book. I fell hard for this somewhat cold, grumpy, scarred, intense and damaged m
Lenore Kosinski
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

3.5 stars -- I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion from NetGalley.

Well this was a complete context switch from my previous book -- I completely forgot how racy Entangled Brazen books tend to be, and this one caught me off guard! It's definitely not a bad thing, I do read erotica after all (not that this is erotica). But I think that the immediate one night stand and initial beginning of Lissa and Ethan's relationship
3.5 Stars

I thought this was a cute and easy read. The Big Secret that the hero is dealing with is actually traumatic and I understood why he reacted the way that he did. I thought his journey to getting out of the shadows was handled well, if not a little quick for my taste. The heroine was super likable and I enjoyed all the scenes showing her at work. I also liked the emphasis on family for both protagonists. I did find myself wishing there were more pages to help the romance really develop. I
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
3.5+ “Ethan is Top DAWG” Stars

Leveling the Field is one heck of a hot book. Ethan used to have his own YouTube channel where he would commentate on video games. He had thousands of followers and more money than he knew what to do with. When a tragic accident leaves him scarred and costs his sister her life he drops off the earth.

Over a decade later, he finds himself forced in front of a camera again by his business partner. Luckily the girl behind the camera is hot enough to take his mind off t
Resch Reads
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I have been binging this series and this final book fell flat for me. I knew going in that Chowen was going to be extremely hard to top, knowing that in combination with the fact that Ethan is a grouch had me put off. I was determined to power through it with the hope that it would pick up. Unfortunately for me it did not. I couldn't connect to Lissa or Ethan, I found Ethan's mood and fickle attitude off-putting. Lissa was a little to bossy and dominant for my liking.

I think for me this book was
so glad to finally get Ethan's story! I liked this one! loved Lissa and how straightforward she is. it did all start off very insta-love/lust-y but oh well. I liked how they complemented the other and really just happy they found each other. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Megan Erickson can do no wrong, apparently. Every book of hers is just gloriously romantic.
Why is this series over?? *sad Panda*



By now everyone knows how huge a fan of Megan Erickson I am given how shouty I get with my love for her books with every release. I went into Leveling the Field with equal amounts of excitement and sadness. Excitement because I have been waiting for ages for this character's book and sadness because this is t
I wanted this to be longer, but I liked it. I liked the contrasting approaches to grief that the book explores, both the outward and inward. And I liked that even though Ethan was wrong to lash out at Lissa, he's also not wrong to assume the worst based on what he knows when he does it.

This was good. And it's interracial, if anyone is looking for those to read.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Megan Erickson wraps up her Gamers series with Levelling the Field and let me tell you, she does it wonderfully. It’s finally Ethan’s turn to get his HEA he does so with a heroine who is absolutely without a doubt perfect for him in Lissa. I loved this book so very, very much.

“What’d I do to deserve you?” “Had sex with me on a glitter-covered bearskin rug.”

I admit I was apprehensive as to who Ethan’s heroine would be because I kind of have fallen for the recluse, but from the moment Lissa walke
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC Provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

In Leveling the Field, author Megan Erickson tackles the tough job of giving an emotional and physically scarred man his heart back. His life back. And that’s certainly not an easy thing to do, especially when the man is as reclusive and closed off as Ethan Talley.

Ethan is one of those characters that immediately and deeply called to me in the previous books, but never more so than he did in this one. He’s real and troubled and
Ivy Deluca
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
[3.5 stars]
I liked it. It’s Beauty and the Beast with slight twist. Ethan’s the beast, a man who wears the scars of the accident that took the life of his sister and fractured his family. He was an online personality, running his own Youtube channel commentating video games and since his accident, he has shut his life down as penance for hsi mistake. Lissa is the Beauty, a black heroine who is interested in photographing Ethan for her pictorial project, Rona’s Scars, as a way to create something
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’m gonna lead by saying this: I love Megan Erickson and I love her Gamers series. She gave me nerdy and dirty with Changing His Game at a time when I needed it most. (Seriously, why aren’t there more nerd romances? Geeky guys – and girls – are hot.) I fell in love with this series early on and each new book just solidified that love more. Leveling the Field was no exception.

I feel like I’ve been waiting for Ethan’s story FOREVER. I love me a go
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Since this is the 4th and final book in this series, we all knew Ethan's story would be hard fought. He's been such an emotional wreck throughout this series due to his past, and any woman who took him on would have to be fierce. Well, Lissa is all that and more. She has a similar history but her family handled it so differently, and she's so much more put together than he is. She recognizes him right away as a former gamer who used to post commentator videos online for different games. She and ...more
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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she's been told she has a full-sized

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