Title: Game Changer
Author: Rachel Reid
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 22nd 2018
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
New York Admirals captain Scott Hunter takes his pre-game rituals very seriously. In this case, it’s not just a lucky smoothie he’s craving—it’s the man who made it.
Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.
Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, nevermind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.
Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?
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Do you like hockey? Do you like romances featuring a gorgeous, kind, sweet, and lonely millionaire hockey player falling in love with a gorgeous, sweet, smart, and funny “regular” guy? Do you like a lot (and I mean a lot) of insanely hot sex? Do you love stories where one character is in the closet, but could decide to possibly throw his entire career away all for LOVE?
Kip Grady has a degree in history, but works in a smoothie shop while he contemplates just what he’s going to do with his life. He’s pretty directionless and knows he wants more, but doesn’t have a solid plan to get it. When Scott Hunter, the captain of the New York Admirals, comes into Straw+Berry and Kip whips him up a smoothie, Kip whips himself into a bit of an obsession with Scott.
Luckily, Scott keeps returning and the two begin to chat and quickly come together. The sex in this is hot and plentiful (maybe too plentiful?) with Scott and Kip barely coming up for air in the first half of the book. They have chemistry, and a definite emotional connection, but Scott is unwilling to come out and Kip, who at first goes along with being with Scott in private only, begins to feel like a dirty secret.
There’s a little miscommunication in Game Changer, but it didn’t feel like the author was trying to manufacture angst. It made sense that Kip wouldn’t initially push for the two to make a big announcement at the beginning of their relationship, and it made even more sense that he would eventually tire of being kept secret and having to, in a way, be pushed back into the closet.
I really enjoyed Game Changer. I liked the dual POV, and reading about how Scott and Kip dealt with a burgeoning relationship that was being kept firmly in the closet. I got sucked into it quickly and especially loved the secondary characters in this, thoroughly enjoying the humor Scott’s teammates and Kip’s best friends provide in the story. Plus there’s a great, sigh-inducing, happy ending.
The only thing I didn’t like was the ARC formatting. I’m definitely going have to pick this up when it releases to read again because the ARC copy I have was so badly formatted it was almost unreadable and it did affect my final rating because I was constantly having to go back and re-read whole paragraphs and pages again to figure out who was speaking or what was happening.
That aside, I really enjoyed this and I hope it turns into a series. Please, oh please, let it be a certain hockey player’s story next!