31 August 2014

Game Changer by Collette West - Book Review


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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.

My Review
This is my second Collette West novel, and she had just gotten better. Not only was I introduced to the first girl who ever played in the King’s stadium – but I fell in love with this amazingly sexy, sweet, loyal and wonderful man who can turn any girl into mush with his smile.

They have known each other forever. Brooks has been friends with her brother Kyle since they were young but Brooks Davison fell in love with her the moment he saw her ‘grown-up’ picture. They spent an amazing time together during one of her brother’s destination wedding. But then, friendship got in the way. He had to promise to stay away from her. But it didn’t mean, he cared a little less. Because the distance, and the time they spent apart only intensified the yearning he has for her.

It took one ‘heart’ breaking tragedy for the two of them to finally meet again.

They had a good time in Jamaica, but after he left without saying goodbye, and without contacting her – she assumed that he was just not that into her. She tried to move on, sweep her broken heart under a rug and concentrate on her studies.

But when Kyle, her brother, suffered from a heart ailment that jeopardized his position in the team – she decided to step in his number, his position and his team. Now if only she can convince the management to hire her. The Kings was handed down an irresistible offer that was too hard to resist: signing in the first female player in the Major League without anything in return.

He didn’t want her to do it, but she was determined to. So, he took the sidelines and supported her. But it was killing him that he needed to watch his actions for both of their careers. The media would have a field day if they knew what was her to him.

This was a testosterone-dominated sport and Brooks will do anything to keep her safe – even if it means setting his emotions aside once again. Sasha thought she knew what was coming to her the moment she signed in. I guessed she underestimated everything…

I love Brooks! He’s a sweet, sweet man. I love how loyal he is to Kyle, and how he tried to respect whatever Kyle wanted at first. Although they were a lot of temptation in his type of career, he didn’t give in. He was so into Sasha to even consider other girls. When they were thrown back together, I was so glad he took the opportunity to be with her. Although there were times he needed to step back to protect her, and it was just painful to watch Sasha’s heart breaking because of it. Nevertheless, he got into his senses before he totally loses the girl. What I love about this guy, is that he knew how to wait for the perfect timing. He didn’t rush, he didn’t gave in to the temptation. He waited for this girl for a long, long time, a few more weeks, days wouldn’t bother him because he has to give her what she deserves: perfection.

Sasha is a girl with a very big heart. I love how she stepped in her brother’s shoes, and did everything to save him. It wasn’t an easy job. With all the scrutiny, the bullying, and the craps she had been thrown at – not to mention the delay in the progress of her lovelife: she stood firm and showed the whole world how amazing the first woman who played in the King’s field could be.

I had a whole lot of favorite scene in this novel, but one of my most favorite was the scene that involves a hospital bed, Kyle and the whole team.
Collette West had given her readers the front row seat to every game and every scene in Sasha & Brook’s life. I love her game-scenes, it’s a very vivid description, and it feels like I’m watching the game in the television, complete with heart-racing moments, heartbreaking defeats and exhilarating wins.

I can’t wait for Jilly’s turn!!!

The Author
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. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

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