Leveling The Field by Megan Erickson
Series: Gamers #4
Also in this series: Changing His Game, Playing For Her Heart
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.
It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.
Each book in the Gamers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order:Book #1 Changing His Game Book #2 Playing For Her Heart Book #3 Tied to Trouble Book #4 Leveling The Field
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Leveling the Field is one heck of a hot book. Ethan used to have his own YouTube channel where he would commentate on video games. He had thousands of followers and more money than he knew what to do with. When a tragic accident leaves him scarred and costs his sister her life he drops off the earth.
Over a decade later, he finds himself forced in front of a camera again by his business partner. Luckily the girl behind the camera is hot enough to take his mind off the actual thing.
When a second chance encounter gets them alone in a room, their chemistry combusts and there’s nothing they can do to fight it. Ethan believes he’s in no place to have a relationship, even though Lissa insists that just sex (and amazingly good sex at that) is all she is after too.
Even though neither is seeking a relationship, they find their way to each other time and again. But Ethan’s personal issues, as well as Lissa’s work and her own problems will get in the way of them building anything lasting.
I freaking loved Lissa. While she was a little bit too aggressive sometimes for my personal taste but she was one hell of a woman. After tragedy touched her family, she found a way to make her work worthwhile and helpful to others. She was upfront and brutally honest, full of life and she didn’t back down when she felt something was important.
Ethan was a mess. He closed himself off from the world after his accident, and no one and nothing could get through to him. That is until a sassy photographer pushed all his buttons. I really liked how Ethan unfolded from his hermit ways.
While Lissa’s and Ethan’s chemistry was explosive and their sex really, really hot, Ethan’s own aloofness from his own feelings made it difficult for me to fully connect with him and in extension with Lissa and their feelings. I could understand the type of trauma he suffered is not a minor thing to overcome, but his constant knee-jerk reactions got increasingly annoying until I wanted to conk him on the head with something.
That said Lissa’s ability to inspire him to go back to the land of the living plus the emotional quality of her work project were my favorite aspects of the story.
Leveling the Field had lots of scorching hot sextivities, some harsh truths and two people going head to head in the pursuit of happiness. A really good story I enjoyed reading.
Rating: 3.5+ “Ethan is Top DAWG” Stars
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