ARC Review: Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson

Leveling the Field

Gamers #4

Author: Megan Erickson
Pages: 190
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Brazen
Pairing: Ethan Talley & Lissa Kingsman
Series: Gamers
Previous: Changing His Game |  Playing For Her Heart | Tied to Trouble
Genre: Romance | Contemporary RomanceSeries Romance
Release Date: May 2nd, 2016
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Book Summary

She’s gaming for his life…

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.

My Thoughts

*ARC Provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

In Leveling the Field, author Megan Erickson tackles the tough job of giving an emotional and physically scarred man his heart back. His life back. And that’s certainly not an easy thing to do, especially when the man is as reclusive and closed off as Ethan Talley.

Ethan is one of those characters that immediately and deeply called to me in the previous books, but never more so than he did in this one. He’s real and troubled and I wanted him to find his happily ever after with someone capable of not only sharing in his happiness but challenging him to be the man he could become. And that’s exactly what photographer Lissa Kingsman did. Lissa challenged Ethan to come out of his reclusive and guilt-laden shell, and she did so in a way that allowed Ethan to be Ethan. Not the same as he was before, but still a man worth loving, still a man worth believing in and sacrificing for.

Man, this was such an fantastic read. Not only were Ethan and Lissa absolutely perfect for each other, but they were fun, too, and while their scenes were hot, they were also heartfelt. Lissa really stepped up to the plate and showed Ethan how to live his life again. How to let go of some of the coldness in his heart, in his soul, and embrace the good things in his life. The things he hadn’t yet allowed himself to truly recognize and appreciate. She taught him how to live and laugh and love again, and that’s something Ethan never expected to find for himself. And something Lissa never expected to find for herself, either.

While Ethan and Lissa’s relationship wasn’t supposed to be anything real or serious, they found themselves unable to walk away from the connection they shared and thus, they had to learn how to communicate with each other in new and different ways. But they worked and I loved how much they grew as a couple, and as individual people. Ethan and Lissa were amazing characters in so many different ways and I loved them so much in this book. Lissa is an outstanding character who made me laugh out loud more than once. I loved her strong personality, her quick-wit and dirty-talking mouth. She was so, so good for Ethan, and I loved that she caught him so off-guard by being exactly who she is: a strong, independent female with a heart of pure gold.

Leveling the Field is an extremely well-written, fast-paced, sexy, and emotional novel that I could not put down. I loved it from start to finish and I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially for anyone looking for a hot novel with a deeper kind of emotional core. The more I read, the more I loved, and the more invested I became in their happily ever after.

Love, love, loved this book!

Rating: 5 Stars

*Okie Dreams Top Pick*

About The Author

Megan Erickson

Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she’s probably listening to the characters in her head who won’t stop talking.

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Also by Megan Erickson

In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame (Coming soon)

Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last

Mechanics of Love series
Dirty Thoughts
Dirty Talk
Dirty Deeds

Gamers series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field (coming soon)

Deanna | OkieDreams

Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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