When horse racing and football collide, Hunter McCoy, star tight end of the Seattle Steelheads and neophyte horse owner, finds himself in a battle of wills with a sexy horsewoman and a stubborn, opinionated race horse.
Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan’s family has raised champion Thoroughbreds on their Kentucky bluegrass farm for over a century. Lately the farm has fallen on hard times, but Kate is determined to return Oak Brook to its former glory. First, she must satisfy an odd clause in her grandfather’s will. She’s been given five years to produce a winner of horse racing’s biggest prize of all, the Derby, or lose the farm to her siblings and their development plans. Time has run out, and Hunter’s talented horse stands between Kate and her last shot at the Derby. Only Kate never counted on her heart entering the race.
Hunter is juggling his responsibilities to his two-dozen investors, his blind sister, his football career, and his commitment to his tribe. The last thing he needs is an unwanted attraction to a spoiled rich girl who doesn’t fit into his carefully crafted plans. Not only are they rivals on the race track, but she doesn’t understand or appreciate his dedication to his Native American heritage. Yet despite the odds, all bets are off when Hunter and Kate find themselves in a relationship they can’t resist.
Game Changer is an American Football sports romance.
Let’s discuss the first part of the book.
Two love stories in one. My own personal hell while I was reading. At least the author managed to get strong emotions out of me
Lilli & Hunter are brother and sister. Hunter meets Kate and is instantly attracted to her. Kate is also instantly attracted to Hunter. Surprise, surprise.
It is tough going at the beginning. Kate is a spoilt rich brat. Who has a lot to prove but goes about it the wrong way. Her motto? Everyone has a price. Kate needs a winning horse. She wants Hunter’s horse Sid. For all of Hunter’s serenity and being one with nature and his tribe and doing good in the world he is a judgmental git. There is just too much push and pull. IMO.
They are rivals. Both stubborn and competitive strong willed. To begin they don’t like one another but they have electric chemistry.
Our second couple are Cam & Lilli
Cam wants to get it on with Kate and ignores Lilli somewhat to begin with. Lilli doesn’t seem to be too upset about it although there was a point where Cam was callous because he was a coward to admit to his feelings.
Throughout the book, it becomes clear who will be with whom. Two completely different character couples in the book and it works well.
Cam & Lilli were a different story though although Cam is a bit of an idiot. He slowly starts to develop feelings for Lilli. It is implied that he is a player but there are no scenes of this. Lilli has a disability but it has never gotten in her way but a lot of people consider it to be a burden more than anything else and in past relationships she has been burnt.
Cam & Lilli are more of a sweet couple than Kate and Hunter as they are quite volatile together.
I don’t want to count how many times I wanted to stop reading or throw my kindle across the room. Let alone wanting to deck Hunter & Kate nearly every single time they were together.
I always find it difficult to have two couples in a book. But the author wrote four very individual characters all from different backgrounds. See glimpses of Native American tribes gave the book more depth. Hunter has preconceived notions. He is blocking himself for being happy.
A major pet peeve of mine. I don’t like reading book X of a series if I have started the series. Yeah, I should have done my research. Although this can be read as a standalone. So, fear not for all of you that don’t consider it to be a pet peeve of yours. However, with all the things that annoyed me I did thoroughly enjoy the author’s writing style and the direction she took with each individual character.
The second half of the book made up for the first part of the book. The first part was a definite 2 * read and the second half is a 4*. The scenes between Hunter and Kate are really hot and gave me some good old tingles.
The story flows well the characters undergo a development to the beginning of the book and they grew on me. I’m happy to say that all in all I enjoyed this book. But generally, this series isn’t for me. Each to their own.