Thursday, January 23, 2014

REVIEW: Changing His Game by Justine Elvira

18480475Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Description: 

*Warning: This book is for mature readers ages 18 and up. It contains sex, sex, and more sex with a porn star. It briefly touches on M/F/M and M/F/F.

Adult Films. XXX Movies. Porn.

These are the kind of movies I've never planned to watch. It was a taboo topic where I grew up. As a kid I had only heard of it in passing. In middle school my parents would talk about my creepy uncle Frank and how he should look for a job instead of watching "those movies" all day. In High School boys thought it was funny to ask my friends and me to star in the amateur adult films they were making. In college most of my guy friends watched them, but I never had. When I moved to California that changed.

After surprising my fiancé at home and catching him screwing another woman, I hopped in my car and started driving. I was running away from my old life and I needed a change. I remembered my friend Tawny inviting me to visit her in Los Angeles, so that's where I went.

I didn’t find Tawny when I got there, but I did find her gorgeous roommate, Jared. Our friendship started out rough, but he gave me a place to stay and helped me get back on my feet. He became my best friend. My best friend who millions of women happened to lust over.

Jared plays by a different set of rules, where anything goes. His lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before and it scares me. When you live your life on the edge, eventually you'll fall over. I didn't want to see that happen to him.

At night he’s just Jared, my Jared, and I’ll deny it to anyone who asks, but I’m completely in love with him. During the day he’s Brandon Boner, and the world is in love with him.

Oh yeah, did I mention he’s a porn star?

This book was everything I wanted and more! For once, there were was nothing extremely dark in it. Both Jared and Autumn had great families. Both characters had a past, and had things happen, but there was nothing that was extremely traumatizing from their childhood. Oh, and this definitely has a HEA.

My previous two reads were rushed stories that left me wondering if pages had stuck together on my kindle and I missed something, but this one, there was no rushing involved.

Jared (aka Brandon) and Autumn (aka Billy) are definitely some of my favorite characters. You could see the instant attraction between them. But both of them tried to deny it and Jared could definitely be a jerk at times. Even with their attraction, they formed a great friendship first. They didn't deny their feelings, but both were scared to fully commit to a relationship.

I've read a couple other books where the guy was a porn star and I have to say that this one was the best. One was a guy that didn't know what he was getting into and only there for the money. Another one was there for the money to take care of his sick sister. But Jared knew what he was doing and actually enjoyed his job. And he did it well. I was happy to see that he didn't just "fall into it" for the money because he was in a desperate situation.

And I found the whole issue of Autumn's reasons for not wanting to be with him believable. I would have the same concerns. And those concerns turned out to be valid. And I liked the way that was handled. Instead of existing in a book world where there’s never any danger of it, Justine Elvira played that card and had them face the danger of it.

There were a few scenes where I thought Autumn was being stupid. And by stupid I mean dense. I saw it before she did. And actually, she didn’t see it, someone had to spell it out for her. Because even though Jared was all talk of never changing because a woman wanted him to, he did change for Autumn. Granted, she didn’t ask, but she was under the assumption that she was nothing but a bed buddy and friend to him, but if she had been paying attention, she would have seen that she was way off base.

But those were just minor incidents, nothing to really tick me off. I loved every moment of this. It had me laughing and completely hooked. I couldn’t put it down. This will definitely be a reread for me in the future. And I seriously wouldn't mind having my own Jared. :) 

My Jared:

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