5/29/2015

Game Changer (Bomb Squad 3) by Melissa Cutler ARC Review

Title: Game Changer
Author: Melissa Cutler
Series: Bomb Squad #3
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: InterMix (Penguin Group)

Synopsis:
The author of Undefeated and Risky Business has another sexy hero for you to meet…

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help—as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…

Source: Publisher
This is my honest review
Rating: 5 Stars - EXCELLENT

Simply put, Melissa Cutler blew my mind away with Game Changer!
(non-spoiler review)

As a fan of the Bomb Squad series from the beginning, I was very eager to get to Harper and Brandon’s story. All along we were teased with a little insight into how things are with these two. They can’t resist a friendly bet. Brandon Theroux, the hockey team captain/personal trainer living the playboy lifestyle has had it bad for bar owner Harper Johnson. Despite their undeniable chemistry, Harper has rejected Brandon…for five years. Now, Brandon has been given an amazing opportunity, but he has to leave Destiny Falls to pursue it. Oh, how I adore Harper! At 39, she’s an older heroine with a young heart and must deal with issues that require true friendship. Is it too late for either of them? How about one more bet between two friendly adversaries? Sure, why not, but it’s a huge one, and it definitely can turn into a game changer!

Hands down, Game Changer is my favorite from Melissa Cutler to date! First, I thought I had an idea of what their story would be like prior to reading this book. I was completely wrong. Ms. Cutler gave Harper and Brandon a story that went down an extraordinary road, one so heart-tugging, unexpected and refreshing for me! I LOVE stories like these, the ones that are life-changing and make you want to live your best life.

Recommendations: This can be read as a standalone. For fans of the Bomb Squad series, Game Changer is a must read! If you haven’t read the books yet, but plan to at some point, then at least read book 1, Risky Business, first.

If you like your characters strong-willed and inspirational, then you NEED to read Game Changer. If you’re a fan of slow-building friendships and second-chance at life stories, then you NEED to read Game Changer. You don’t have to love sports romances to appreciate this book. The message is universal and anyone can relate. I don’t want to give away the plot, but I will say that it’s tension-filled from beginning to end, slightly unique, absolutely engaging, and several parts will make you grab tissues. Ms. Cutler will keep you wondering if things will ever be, but I promise you that you won’t be disappointed. Game Changer is a little different from her other stories, and I love that this one stands out. I can tell that, as a writer, Ms. Cutler had to go deep to write a special story for Harper and Brandon, and I think she wonderfully pulled that off with this book. You know that feeling when you reach the end of the book and just want keep living in their world? Yeah, I had that feeling at the end. Game Changer definitely holds a place on my favorites shelf.

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Bomb Squad series
Risky Business
 Undefeated
Game Changer

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin, Penguin, St. Martin’s Press, and Kensington Books. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

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