Friday, March 4, 2016

Review Tour and Giveaway: Game Changer by Collette West

Title: Game Changer
Series: New York Kings #1
Author: Collette West
Genre: Sports Romance (18+)
Published: July 15, 2014
Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name. 
When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs. 
Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist. 
Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow. 
Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

I'm in a fitful kind of sleep, one arm tossed over my face, one leg hanging off the bed, when I hear a rapping at my door.
My heart starts to pound. What if it's some demented stalker fan? I pull the covers up to my chin, determined to wait it out. But when it comes again, my curiosity gets the better of me and I inch slowly off the bed. Going stealthily step by step, I take a deep breath and look through the peephole.
I gasp when I see Brooks standing there.
My heart goes from a dull pounding to full-on somersault mode. I run my hands through my hair. I must look a wreck. But why should I care?
Because he's pacing outside my room in the middle of the night.
He knocks again, and I unfasten the chain and twist the lock before I change my mind. His feet are bare, and he’s wearing nothing but a faded Pac Man shirt and his boxers. He shouldn't be out here looking like he just rolled out of bed, but he is.
The way his eyes are roaming across my body makes me conscious of the fact that I'm only wearing a pair of itty-bitty shorts and a flimsy tank. I cross my ankles and fold my arms around myself in an attempt to bolster my courage.
"Don't," he whispers, stepping across the threshold. His hands encircle my wrists, gently pulling them away from my body. "You're too beautiful to cover yourself up." He presses the door closed with the back of his foot, extinguishing whatever light was streaming in from the hallway.
Now we're alone together in the darkness of my room, and I'm kind of glad he can't read my face. I'm too conflicted. I don't know what to do. I don't know why he's here. But if I'm being honest, I’m glad that he is. He's finally making the effort to reach out to me instead of leaving me in the barren wasteland I've been living in. Oh, how I’ve missed basking in the warmth of his smile.
“What are you doing here?” I ask, feeling the heat of his body against mine.
“Apologizin’,” he says in that sexy twang of his, drawing out every syllable.

Game Changer by Collette West sends you on an emotional whirlwind that doesn’t stop until you reach the last page of the book. Be prepared. I had to use a couple of tissues.

Brookes plays for the New York Kings and has been in love with his best friend’s little sister, Sasha, for a long time. A few issues with this…he plays on the same team with his best friend, Kyle, and Kyle is a protective big brother. In other words, he put the nix on anything happening between Brooks and Sasha.

But the unthinkable happens and the two are practically forced together. Kyle is rushed to the hospital and is fighting for his life and his sister has come up with a hair brained plan that involves her playing in his place. This puts her in, around, and right next to Brooks every day…and she has the same affliction Brookes’ does - she has been crushing on him since she was a kid. They are trying to stay apart for the sake of the team, but can they?

Reading the book, you want to laugh, cry, shout, and pull out your hair at times, but the characters are developed and the book is well written…even if I almost slammed my kindle down as I was reading the epilogue. It is a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Pick it up for yourself! 4 stars.

I love books that have an amazing, kick-ass female character. One that still shows moments of vulnerability. And that is was Collette West did when she created Sasha Roberts.

Sasha is the youngest sibling, and only sister, to baseball royalty. All three of her older brothers play/played professional baseball. But tragedy strikes for one brother, Kyle, with a serious illness. His best friend and teammate, Brooks, is the one to let her know of his condition. He also does so for selfish reasons. Ever since Kyle got married and Brooks met Sasha, Brooks hasn't been able to forget her.

Kyle's condition is grave and there is a chance he may get traded. Sasha comes up with a plan of her own so that it does not happen. Brooks is of course against it, but will do anything she asks, again, if only to be able to spend more time with her. You see Sasha is volunteering to play his position until and if he gets better and come back to the team

But her plan means that they can't have any relations. The more time they spend together, working day by day, side by side, makes their attraction palpable. The chemistry that crackles and fizzes between the two makes you say contract be damn!

But they are also met with a lot of adversity at every turn. People who believe that baseball should be and remain a male only sport. But Sasha enters into the hearts of every American and the baseball team capitalizes on it.

Will Sasha be able to keep Kyle's spot on the team? Will her spirit get crushed while carrying on this task? Can her and Brooks finally be together?

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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven. Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECT GAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER and the Stockton Beavers series which includes: SINGLE.