Monday, February 16, 2015

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Play by Play #2

Elizabeth has been in love with Gavin for 5 years but she kept it to herself. She is his agent only. But one night Gavin notices her in a different way. He takes her to his home and they have sex. But it's more for her. They continue to see each other but he thinks it's only sex between them until she leaves. He is miserable and starts to realize she really means something to him. Then his father has a heart attack and Mick, his brother and Elizabeth's former client, comes between them. Will Gavin let her get away?

I loved this book. I loved seeing the softer side of Elizabeth.


From the author:
Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren't most people...
Win at any cost. That's always been the mantra of sports agent Liz Darnell. When she carries things too far and risks losing her number-one client, baseball pro Gavin Riley, Liz realizes that she'll have to work extra innings to win him back. It might not be too much of a stretch. She's had a thing for this player's moves since she first laid eyes on him, and by the looks of it, he wants her just as bad.
Gavin's more than ready—especially when Liz is offering herself as part of the bargain. And as much of her as Gavin wants. For added thrills, he decides to throw a little curve ball Liz's way to see just how far she's truly willing to go to keep him as a client. But when love unexpectedly enters the playing field, neither Liz nor Gavin are ready for the biggest game-changer of them all.

Excerpt:

Chapter One

Gavin Riley knew Elizabeth Darnell had been avoiding him for the past several months. And he knew why.
She was afraid he was going to fire her just like his brother Mick had.
Oh, sure, Mick played in the NFL and Gavin played major league baseball, so in a lot of ways they were similar. And since Mick was Gavin's big brother, many people thought Gavin followed Mick's lead, especially in business matters. After all, Mick had hired Elizabeth first, and Gavin had followed suit.
But people assumed wrong. Gavin made his own decisions about business and didn't do everything his brother did. Even if Liz had messed with Mick's personal life, had hurt Mick's girlfriend and her son, and had done just about everything humanly possible to piss his brother off. She might have apologized and set things right with Mick, Tara, and Tara's son, Nathan, but it had been a case of too little, too late.
There were things a sports agent did that were valuable to an athlete's career. But screwing with an athlete's love life could be the kiss of death for an agent.
Liz had never once touched Gavin's love life. In fact, Liz threw women at him like a pimp. Beautiful women. Actresses, models, the kind of women that made Gavin look good. Gavin had no complaints. In fact, Liz had done the same thing for Mick until Mick had fallen in love with Tara Lincoln and put an end to Liz coupling Mick with the latest and greatest starlet on the cover of whatever magazine would get him the most exposure. But Liz had tried to get Tara and her son out of Mick's life, which had resulted in Liz getting fired.
And that's why she'd been avoiding Gavin, no doubt afraid Gavin had sided with Mick and was ready to do the same, which Gavin found pretty damned amusing. Elizabeth watched over her clients like a hawk, and for her to go to complete radio silence was like giving up and letting the vultures swoop in and take over her prime real estate.
Not that Gavin was the best player around, but she'd sat on him since she signed him, not letting any other agents get within talking—or signing—distance.
Maybe it had something to do with that night Mick had fired her.
Mick had walked out of the locker room, leaving Elizabeth alone with Gavin.
Liz had come up to him looking all teary-eyed and vulnerable, two things that were totally uncharacteristic of her.
Then she'd kissed him. And walked away.
Not that he'd thought about that kiss over the past months.
Much.
Except after that she'd disappeared, hadn't called him, emailed him, seen him or stalked him in any way—also uncharacteristic of her. So had it been the kiss that had sent her into hiding or the fear if he saw her he'd fire her?
Did she really think he couldn't hunt her down if he wanted to cut ties with her?
It was time for her to come out and face the music.

Read more here.

ebook312 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Berkley Books

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