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    Enjoyable

    Really enjoyed this one! It's a fantastic M/M romance that gives us a story of a closeted hockey player dealing with issues that professional athletes could face if they were to come out as well as how unfair a "secret" relationship can be on their partner. The story is fun, emotional, and steamy. It's well written and the characters enjoyable. I highly recommend this one.
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    Changing the game...

    ¸.•´¸★*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤4.5 stars: sports romance + a coming out story.¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★ Through the pain of an earache and toothache, this book kept me afloat. Scott was handsome, famous and on his way to winning his dream. For years the Stanley cup had been out of his grasp, but this year he was fighting for the championship. Like all athletes and their weird obsession, one stop in a smoothie shop, served but a cute boy bought him victory, and Scott was not about to break that chain. At twenty five, Kip still lived at home and needed a change in his life. He never knew his achingly disappointing job serving smoothies would lead him to the greatest change of it all. Once Scott had made his feelings known, there was only one thing standing in their way. Waddle through firsts, determination, unexpected love and the need to be released from the deep, dark closet. Follow Kip and Scott as they make their own rules as both try to retrieve that which had alluded them. I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the publishers through Netgalley.
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    Seductive, passionate, and timely!

    Game Changer is an engrossing, sensuous, sports romance that features the lonely, closeted Scott, and the handsome, fun-loving Kip as they engage in a love affair strife with issues of insecurities, hidden sexuality, and the stigma and stereotypical mentality surrounding professional sports. The prose is fervent and sincere. The characters are well-drawn, vulnerable, and endearing. And the plot is an alluring tale full of explosive attraction, heartfelt emotion, friendship, family, acceptance, support, palpable chemistry, hockey, and love. Overall, Game Changer is a provocative, heartwarming story about love, pure and simple, with no labels, no limits, and no regrets. It's a wonderful debut for Reid that is without a doubt one of my favourite MM novels of the year, and I can't wait to read what she comes up with next.
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    Good debut

    I don’t watch hockey, don’t follow which teams are which but I can’t pass up a hockey story anymore! There are a lot of good ones out there and this debut does deserve a place among them. This was very good in many ways, not so much in others but engaging and absorbing as a whole. Kip doesn’t follow hockey too much either, so when star player Scott comes in for a smoothie one day, he’s clueless until a friend points out his fame. After a couple of weeks of flirting over the blueberries, they manage to get together. The chemistry and buildup of UST was shown quite well. Of course Scott is deep in the closet and Kip is too smitten to think it will be a problem. Kip also suffers from a lack of confidence and ambition. It takes a lot of prodding from his friends to get him to make any effort to change things. His routine with Scott becomes lots and lots (and lots) of sex, spending time only in Scott’s penthouse and being left to his own devices while Scott travels and attends functions without Kip, predictably leading to a relationship crisis. This was a long story and there were scenes and events that served no real purpose in moving the plot forward, adding little to the setting or characterizations. Sex scenes were sizzling the first few times but reached the stage of repetitiveness and excess. I like sex scenes to mark shifts in a relationship or relate to the story in some way, not as filler. The narrative would have been outstanding with some judicious trimming. I do think the effort to show and not just tell Kio and Scott’s emotions and conflicts was excellent, just carried a little too far. Kip was rather immature for his age, which showed in the way he kept everything to himself instead of discussing either his hopes or concerns and just walking out on Scott when things became too rough. I enjoyed Scott’s character much more as well as the secondary characters like the other hockey players and even some of Kip’s friends. The eventual resolution of the conflicts between Kip and Scott, the reactions of Kip’s parents and Scott’s buddies reinforced my enjoyment of the story overall. I’m hoping a sequel about another character in the book is planned. The writing itself was quite good and I think a little more experience will strengthen the author’s skill even more. #NetGalley #GameChanger
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    Absolutely wonderful debut!

    I started reading Game Changer and never wanted to put it down! It has everything I love in a romance novel and I was immediately sucked into Rachel Reid’s writing and storytelling. I was engaged from page one and with a lot packed into the pages, this book feels a lot longer then it actually is. I’m a big sucker for hockey romances and Reid puts just the right amount of hockey in to keep it interesting without overwhelming those, like myself, who don’t actually know much about hockey in real life. The characters are hands down the best part of this book and since I love character driven romances I was in heaven and quickly developing an obsession with both Kip and Scott. As team captain, Scott has a humble and mature presence that inspires his team and makes him a really enjoyable character to read about. He’s not terribly experienced because he’s avoided dating for fear of being outed. Scott believes he’ll never find love because he can’t risk it, so while he’s rich and famous, there’s also a well of loneliness inside him. When Scott meets Kip and realizes that Kip is interested in him, he finds someone he can finally be himself with. While Kip is a fan of Scott and the Admirals he also sees Scott for the man he is off the ice and this allows Scott to trust Kip in ways he’s never trusted someone before. While I loved how steady Scott was I also loved how charming and easy going Kip could be. He’s more experienced in dating but he’s also in a bit of a rut with his career and ambitions. In addition to Scott and Kip, Reid also gives us some great side characters and I particularity liked Scott’s fellow teammates, Huff, Bennett, and especially Carter. There support of Scott throughout the book was wonderful and often had me laughing out loud. With off-the-charts chemistry, things move quickly and while there were quite a lot of sex scenes, most were intense and burn your fingers hot. There’s definitely some insta-love between Scott and Kip, I felt that it only enhanced their relationship because they’re both so open and honest about what they want. Of course, nothing is ever perfect and Kip begins to realize how isolating dating in private can be, but Scott is afraid what coming out will do to his career and his team. But what Scott fears more than anything is losing Kip so while his motivation for going public is initially fueled by keeping Kip, Scott eventually comes to realize that his sanity depends on finally being himself around everyone. I was so happy to see the full progression of Kip and Scott’s relationship from private to public and I’m glad that Reid showed us so much in regards to Scott’s coming out. For a debut author, I’m really impressed with Rachel Reid and I will most definitely be reading more by her in the future.
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