eARC Review: Game Changer by Rachel Reid

40601927.jpgSummary: New York Admirals captain Scott Hunter takes his pregame rituals very seriously. In this case, it’s not just a lucky smoothie he’s craving—it’s the man who made it. 

Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.

Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.

Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?

Rating: ★★★★★

Rep: m/m romance, gay mc’s

Content warnings: explicit sexual content, mentions of homophobia

Release date: 22nd October 2018

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a honest review 

Game Changer follows the typical trope of m/m hockey romances where the hockey player is closeted. Also as usual, it takes its own twist on the relationship. Scott isn’t out to anyone, and has been closeted for years, and is afraid that coming out would affect his reputation due to the NHL’s homophobia. He’s never been in a relationship but has had sex with men when he’d been abroad. This changes when he meets Kip.

Kip is working at a smoothie shop and is struggling to find a job in his field. When he meets Scott while working there, he assumes he’s straight but he quickly finds out that that is not the case.

Game Changer is less about two characters getting together and more about navigating their complicated relationship. Kip understands why Scott is in the closet, and for the most part that doesn’t cause difficulties. A lot of the book follows them falling in love, spending some distance apart due to Scott’s travel, Kip sorting out his professional life, and Scott trying to figure out if he’s ready to come out.

The book is really good at making you root for them to work out and for Scott to get to the point he feels comfortable coming out. Their relationship was so sweet and I was so happy reading about them. You understood the conflict that came up, even if you didn’t completely agree with how things were handled.

Game Changer has for sure become one of my favourite romances.

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