Apr 28, 2015

Blog Tour of Changing His Game by Megan Erickson -- REVIEW

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Opening this book, I expected to embark in a serious and romantic story. I was not mentally, emotionally, and sexually ready for this.

Before we go to my formal review, I want to give you a heads up...I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved everything about it! Okay maybe there were only a few glitches when I was reading it, but whilst I'm writing this review, I couldn't even remember them. What does that mean? They're irrelevant!! So let's just be positive and show some love for Changing His Game.

Title: Changing His Game
Author: Megan Erickson
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Tour Organized by: Indiesage PR
Source: ARC Given by Author

 

SYNOPSIS:

He controls the game, but she’s rewriting all the rules…

Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.

Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.

But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.
 
CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Austin Rivers is an introvert. Okay so it wasn't really said that he was, I just figured that because of his non-existent social skills, obsession with privacy, and huge trust issues. He's gorgeous, intelligent, and dominant. He prefers to not take credit for the things he accomplished, simply because he wishes to avoid people who aims to take advantage of him. (This is brought on by bad experience of course.)

Marley Lake is smart, ambitious, and submissive. She's worked hard to get ahead in a male-dominated industry, and she secretly craves for someone to take the power from her even if it's just in the bedroom. 

TO LOVE:
I already expressed my emotions towards this novel earlier, so it shouldn't be much of a shock when I say, "What's not to love?" Let's break it down: 
~~ The sex was hot.
~~ The story was simple. Megan Erickson didn't try to make it unnecessarily complicated in hopes of making it more "interesting" for the readers. That approach doesn't work. It just annoys us because we get sidetracked by a "deeper plot". Or an attempt to one anyone.
~~ The sex was hot.
~~ Marley is kickass. She's beautiful, computer game-savvy (just like me), and not afraid of taking what she wants.
~~ The sex was hot.
~~ Austin is a complicated character. He's a private person who is barely social, he also doesn't like taking risks that much, but his sexual desires and experience are so colorful. If this was a movie, I could totally picture Brandon Routh playing this character. (Alright fine, I just really want to see more of that fellow. He's mighty fine.)
~~ The sex was hot.
~~ The dom/sub scenes that they played out were believeable. It wasn't the kind that causes self-humiliation or pain. It's about trust and surrender of power. Honestly, I can easily see myself being that submissive. 
~~ Have I mentioned how hot the intimate scenes were?
 
TO BLEH:
I was left with a few questions, mostly about Marley and Austin's family. I wanted to know where Marley's parents were. How did she have that kind of bond with his brother? Is said brother gay or bisexual? What about Austin's family, any more details aside from a greedy father? These queries aren't that important, but it would've been nice to know the answers to them.

SUMMARY:
I give this a whopping 5 stars with a 75% chance of re-reading it within a 6-month period. I would vote for a second installment and make this a series, a trilogy maybe? Yeah, I think that'll give us a chance to get to know the characters some more.
 
I recommend this to everyone. You don't have to a fan of 50 shades to enjoy this book. It leans on mild dom/sub, or maybe even dirty vanilla. Definitely one to add on your must-read list.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.
 
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.

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