Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Game Changer (Playing Games #1) by Rene Folsom

Game Changer (Playing Games #1) by Rene Folsom
Publication Date: December 11th, 2014
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 178
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Read: March 16th to 23rd, 2015
Maci strives for one thing in life—anonymity. With her writing career in full bloom, all she wants is to work in peace while concealing her true identity from the public. Though readers love the science fiction worlds she creates, Maci knows that gender stereotypes could damage her career if she is exposed as a woman.

Liam is the envy of all gamers as the lead developer for nZone Studios. Over time, he builds walls around himself, keeping people at arm’s length who only gravitate to him for his material possessions rather than who he is as a person.

With thick barriers around their hearts and their past looming in the shadows, Liam and Maci challenge each other by slowly peeling away their protective layers and seeing each other for who they really are. It doesn’t take long after their chance meeting at a coffee shop for them to become one another’s game changer.

Note: This contemporary romance novel is the first book in the Playing Games series and contains adult situations meant for ages 18+. The prequel to this novel, The Wager, is an optional novella available at all major retailers and only meant to give a little extra back-story about the characters.
~My Thoughts~
I would have finished this quicker as I was instantly hooked, it was refreshing as I've been feeling like I've been in a slump or burnt out, but then my in-laws came over and there was no time for reading haha. I couldn't wait to get back and see if they finally, finally realize that they each have found the person they've been looking for and were going to tell each other.
Oh my gosh, I was squealing when Liam finally realized but then Mrs. Folsom had me sitting on the edge of my seat for the rest of the read. I was screaming in my head, "Would you guys just talk" or "Tell him"/ "Tell her already!" however I understand why Maci didn't tell Liam she realized this is the man she hasn't been able to stop thinking about since their one night stand on New Years Eve. She realized the moment he kissed her but then she realized he didn't recognize her, so she feels like that night didn't mean anything to him and she wasn't as memorable for him like he was for her. What do you expect Maci, he's a guy and they're oblivious haha. But when he finally, finally realized she was the women he couldn't stop thinking about I was so happy!
Maci, I think a lot of authors could relate to her as she's an author herself so many hours in a coffee shop haha. Though sometimes she seems antisocial (I mean, who doesn't once in a while) she's very confident and up for anything, especially if it's gaming. But she's also someone that likes to push the boundaries and step out of stereotyping, starting with her career of being a female sci-fi author. However no one knows she's M.L Thomas, I'm excited for whenever Liam finds out!
Liam is charming and fun but honestly if you're running a business then you need to put your personal life aside and work. Don't bring the drama there or when you're on cloud nine don't act like you don't want to be there. And you shouldn't shut out your friends either. I get he was smitten over Maci but seriously this is your job and life, you shouldn't throw it away now just because you found someone you want to spend everyday with, you still need to make a living. He sometimes bugged me because of this, especially when he got mad at his friend Thad/work partner because Thad wanted/needed him to work on their gaming company. I get when you find the one and want to do nothing but spend time with them but you can't just drop everything else you got going in your life, especially your job- you can't just drop that.
Overall I enjoyed this, I was instantly hooked, couldn't put it down! The story flowed and I liked Maci's sassy self. I also really enjoyed the characters nerdy shirts, who doesn't love a funny graphic tee. This was a light read with some drama. Had me sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for them to finally tell each other they remember so when they did it was absolutely sweet! I was grinning super hard and on cloud nine by the end of this! I'm hoping Mrs. Folsom will continue their story as it's so cute! So if she does, I can't wait to read what happens to them next and hoping we get some answers about this scumbag of an uncle Maci has.
Sweet Readings Everybody!
*Got a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, this in no way affected my opinion on it*

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