Book Reviews

Game Changer (Game Changers 1) by Rachel Reid at Carina Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Barb on 16-September-2020

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

I read book two in this series, ‘Heated Rivalry’, before reading this one so my perspective is a bit skewed by the fact that I knew how this would end before it began. That may have influenced my overall enjoyment of this story and desire to rate it high at the end. But in reality, I was pretty peeved throughout much of the book about Scott's attitude toward Kip and their relationship, especially when Scott kept putting his career first. That occurred through most of the story, but knowing I was going to get a juicy ending kept me going.


Scott is a pro hockey player at the height of his career and playing for the NYC team. Not much more exposure than that, but add to it the fact he's an orphan and in his prime and a bachelor and he gets a little too much attention from the press. He's learned how to deal with it and mostly that's to avoid any hint of attraction to men, but when he walks into the smoothie shop and spots the gorgeous barista, it's love (or lust) at first sight. So most of the story takes place with them furtively going to Scott's apartment or visiting a museum with Scott in disguise and somehow fans always know it’s him.


What I didn't like, as I said, was the amount of time it took to move them from a closed possibility of a future together to a chance to find some happiness. But when Scott made up his mind that Kip was more important to him than anything else in the world, he finally manned up and came out in style. I loved the latter part of the story so very much. And I loved Kip. He was sweet and head-over-heels for Scott but strong enough to walk away when he thought he'd spend his life hiding and never get a chance to tell his family and friends about his amazing lover.


Rachel Reid is fast becoming a favorite. I hope we get more in this series and whatever it is, I plan to be on the frontlines to snap it up. Definitely recommended.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novel, 335 pages/94000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 22-October-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $18.37 audio book
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