Series: Gamers #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 2, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 162 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
I’m gonna lead by saying this: I love Megan Erickson and I love her Gamers series. She gave me nerdy and dirty with Changing His Game at a time when I needed it most. (Seriously, why aren’t there more nerd romances? Geeky guys – and girls – are hot.) I fell in love with this series early on and each new book just solidified that love more. Leveling the Field was no exception.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for Ethan’s story FOREVER. I love me a good grumpy guy in books (and some might say in life also) and I’ve wanted to see him let go of his guilt and find his HEA for a long time now. As sad as I am that Leveling the Field is the last book in the Gamers series (*wipes away a tear*), I’m so glad it went out in style, with Ethan getting the chance to do just that. I don’t think there could’ve possibly been a more perfect match for him than Lissa, too. She understood his guilt over his sister’s death because she, too, lost her sister and she felt responsible. That might not’ve been what originally connected them – that was a HOT, supposed one-time thing in a coat closet at a wedding – but it’s what eventually brought them closer together.
This book had so many great little moments that I’m completely unwilling to spoil for you in any way. What I’ll say is that you can expect hot HOT HOT sexy times and a good bit of dirty talk – from both Ethan and Lissa. (YES!) Because of the connection they share with the loss of a sister (and the accompanying guilt) you should expect a few feels along the way, too. I loved getting to see more from Austin and Marley, Grant and Chloe, and Chad and Owen in this book. I absolutely adored those characters, so it was great to get just a bit more from them before the series ended. Perfect conclusion to what was – and will likely remain – one of my favorite Brazen series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
“You made it clear you wanted to fuck. And I agreed. So don’t treat me like I’m some fragile thing who needs rose petals and cuddling now, okay?”
“I need inside of you,” he muttered. “Haven’t thought of anything else for two fucking weeks but getting back inside you.”
Have you read any of the Gamers novels?
What’d you think?