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Orange chicken was a game-changer. Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too muc Orange chicken was a game-changer. Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught pre-season that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game and makes him question why he is drawn to a princess when he already has the queen. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, they will discover that skin deep magnificence can't compare to true beauty deep within a soul. Will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves? *** In this new set of stand-alone stories—the Ruled Out Romances—star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out as dating options. But life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, brings each of the unlikely duos back together again until they discover their unique happily-ever-afters.


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Orange chicken was a game-changer. Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too muc Orange chicken was a game-changer. Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught pre-season that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game and makes him question why he is drawn to a princess when he already has the queen. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, they will discover that skin deep magnificence can't compare to true beauty deep within a soul. Will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves? *** In this new set of stand-alone stories—the Ruled Out Romances—star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out as dating options. But life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, brings each of the unlikely duos back together again until they discover their unique happily-ever-afters.

30 review for Game Changer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Fleury

    Ice cream ,football and orange 🐔 I enjoyed this sweet story. Two college students. A football 🏈 players and a bunch of yummy I've cream. What more do you need. Ice cream ,football and orange 🐔 I enjoyed this sweet story. Two college students. A football 🏈 players and a bunch of yummy I've cream. What more do you need.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Dean

    Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime—and leave a smile on your face when your head finally hits the pillow. Parker Harrington quite literally runs into Meridee Mansford, creating quite the aftermath. He can’t forget his run-in with the unassuming beauty—even though his life trajectory is already headed straight toward perfection with a promising sports car Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime—and leave a smile on your face when your head finally hits the pillow. Parker Harrington quite literally runs into Meridee Mansford, creating quite the aftermath. He can’t forget his run-in with the unassuming beauty—even though his life trajectory is already headed straight toward perfection with a promising sports career and the attention of the girl he has always desired. So, why can’t he shake his wandering thoughts? Why is he drawn to a princess when he has the queen? The answer challenges Parker as he discovers that skin deep magnificence can never compare with the true beauty that lies deep within a soul. Game Changer will entertain the reader with witty dialogue and a fast paced plot. But the reader will also walk away knowing that true love wins every time. This is a well-written, feel-good book that will stick with you for days on end. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sbell

    This was a super sweet college romance. It was definitely G-rated, but it had really good character development. I liked both Meridee and Parker, and I liked the HEA that they got!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Game Changer tells the story of university football star Parker and quiet, hard-working Meridee. One’s in the limelight; the other wants to be anything but. Although they’re both attracted to each other, events and life’s circumstances keep them apart. Carrying on with the traditional will-they/won’t-they style of romance novels, the reader will enjoy getting to know these two college students. Both have more depth than they first appear to, and both are wrestling with personal demons. The writi Game Changer tells the story of university football star Parker and quiet, hard-working Meridee. One’s in the limelight; the other wants to be anything but. Although they’re both attracted to each other, events and life’s circumstances keep them apart. Carrying on with the traditional will-they/won’t-they style of romance novels, the reader will enjoy getting to know these two college students. Both have more depth than they first appear to, and both are wrestling with personal demons. The writing is sharp and the scenes fluid. Though not my typical genre, Game Changer added some sweetness to my normally dark salty fare. A little lightness is always welcome. (Review based on an ARC I received from the author.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mummy Cat Claire

    "I blame falling in love on orange chicken. no joke. The balance of a human life is so precarious that a simple Chinese dish can throw it all out of whack. At least, that's what happened to me. These instinctual choices have the potential to change lives just as dramatically as a simple pivot or tuck to the right on the field to dodge a defender can become a game-changer." Meridee Mansford works on campus at "Ferdinand's Washington State University's ice cream shop, for the last three years." The "I blame falling in love on orange chicken. no joke. The balance of a human life is so precarious that a simple Chinese dish can throw it all out of whack. At least, that's what happened to me. These instinctual choices have the potential to change lives just as dramatically as a simple pivot or tuck to the right on the field to dodge a defender can become a game-changer." Meridee Mansford works on campus at "Ferdinand's Washington State University's ice cream shop, for the last three years." The football team often comes in to get ice cream and Meridee always notices a certain player. Parker Harrington is the nice guy. The one who seems better than his friends. Lily Meyers is a groupie. Haha She's actually a Cheerleader but she is attached to the team members and really tries to seduce each one. She begins to play favorites with Parker and they start a relationship. Lilly is high maintenance, demanding and mean. She totally a mean girl. As Meridee watches Parker, he begins to see her. It isn't until he runs into her at the Chinese restaurant and knocks all her food all over her, that he begins to notice her...really notice her. The story is told from each character's perspective, interchanged. I liked how the author chose to do this. The reader gets first person narrative from each character. I liked how the story developed. It felt believable up until the end. The ending became very unlikely and somewhat fantastical. It was fun though. There were a few inconsistencies in the book. One of them was how it was that Parker doesn't come from a rich family and he works for what he has but then the book talks about him going out and getting tickets...that didn't make sense to me. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I liked the authors writing. The story was entertaining and I was drawn to how the two made things work. I liked watching how the mean girl and good girl carried themselves. I liked how Parker grew as a character. The ending wasn't my favorite ever but it was cute. Recommended for readers who like cleaner romances with a college age twist. Not many of them out there. Content: talk of sex and choice of having sex. Lots of kissing. Talk about sensitive subjects like abortion and suicide. Mild swearing. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kasey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Note to self: - I really wanted to like this book and at times it seemed like there was real potential but I think the characters were too juvenile for my liking or something, idk. Oh well, on to the next one. - Dual POV - Prologue: Parker is explaining how orange chicken changed his life - Meridee had a crush on a customer at work; this customer turns out to be Parker aka Sticky Fingers (who later accidentally tackles her and she gets her orange chicken and rice all over herself/the floor) - Parker Note to self: - I really wanted to like this book and at times it seemed like there was real potential but I think the characters were too juvenile for my liking or something, idk. Oh well, on to the next one. - Dual POV - Prologue: Parker is explaining how orange chicken changed his life - Meridee had a crush on a customer at work; this customer turns out to be Parker aka Sticky Fingers (who later accidentally tackles her and she gets her orange chicken and rice all over herself/the floor) - Parker is interested in Lily (a popular cheerleader) - Parker is hard to like in the first few chapters. We see glimpses of a good guy but he wants to be popular and have his “dream” girl, Lily, and because of this he is a douche to his real friend and lets Lily pick on Meridee - Parkers friend Riley ends up asking Meridee out on a date and she says yes (she doesn’t know he’s his friend) - Riley asks Parker if he will go on a double date with them (Meridee doesn’t know this, and Parker didn’t know Riley’s date was her) - Parker ends up asking Meridee out for Riley’s double date (he’s mad at lily and doesn’t think its her thing) - Parker doesn’t believe Meridee when she says she has a date with her fiancee so she gets her brother to come in and pretend to be him. - Parker ends up bring Lily on the date. Lily bullies Meridee some more. He flirts with Meridee but denies doing so when Lily confronts him about it. - They become friends. Meridee dating Riley, and Parker dating Lily. - Parker convinces Meridee to host his mom while she visits and goes to one of his games - the two couples break up - Parker starts pursuing Meridee - They officially date for one day - Meridee catches Lily leaving Parkers place so she moves out, quits her job and goes into hiding - Parker puts up wanted posters because she won’t talk to him - Meridee starts wearing wigs and glasses - She’s sitting at a table in the cafeteria and Parker sits near by. She over hears him talking to Lily and finds out he wasn’t lying he didn’t cheat on her. - They get married. Things I liked: - When Parker finally dumps Lily and finds out Riley was dumped by Meridee he starts to try and win Meridee back? But as more than friends? Idk how to word that… but the car washing bit was cute. And he switches from calling her cute to beautiful - Parkers texts every minute when Meridee is trying to ignore him: “I h8 when u ignore me” Things I didn’t like: - Parker… is he dumb? Naive? Or what??? AS IF he’s actually falling for Lily’s BS? First he believed her when she called Meridee’s freckles ugly saying she was just giving her beauty tips and then he falls for her little tantrum when he asked her if she cheated on him and her saying that she hates him and he puts her second to his studies. - Brody? (Find out she was married at 44% but had no clue who Brody was before that when she mentioned the name)(he was abusive?) - Parker asks Meridee to be his girl then drops her off at work. She asks to leave work early to surprise him with ice cream. When she arrives at his apartment she sees him and Lily together and assumes she was just a rebound and they’re back together. - Meridee moves out!! LOL HAHAA! She moved out the MORNING after she “caught Parker with Lily” AND SHE QUIT!! The job she couldn’t bare to quit to work full time at the hospital….?? HAHAHA How overly dramatic!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I received an advance copy of this book to read and review. I loved it! The author did a great job! Before, reading it, I admit to being conflicted--what if I didn't like it, what would I write? Whew! Not to have worried! All is well! The one aspect I struggled with was how such a great guy could for one minute rationalize Lily, let alone for so long in the story. He seemed smarter than that and better than that. What a gosh awful girl. There were times I barked out a laugh while reading and I am I received an advance copy of this book to read and review. I loved it! The author did a great job! Before, reading it, I admit to being conflicted--what if I didn't like it, what would I write? Whew! Not to have worried! All is well! The one aspect I struggled with was how such a great guy could for one minute rationalize Lily, let alone for so long in the story. He seemed smarter than that and better than that. What a gosh awful girl. There were times I barked out a laugh while reading and I am not the laugh-out-loud-while-I-am-reading kind of reader. I hope this isn't considered a spoiler, but I loved the campaign to find Mare. Cute, cute! Great job, Charissa!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Game Changer is a charming, clean New Adult romance about an unlikely couple who would probably never have found each other and fallen in love, were it not for an unexpected twist of fate. Charissa Stastny has created a delightful heroine in Meridee, a girl-next door type who works night shift at the hospital and thirty hours a week at the college ice-cream parlor, all while somehow maintaining a straight-A average on her undergraduate degree. Meridee has a secret, however; plain face and boring Game Changer is a charming, clean New Adult romance about an unlikely couple who would probably never have found each other and fallen in love, were it not for an unexpected twist of fate. Charissa Stastny has created a delightful heroine in Meridee, a girl-next door type who works night shift at the hospital and thirty hours a week at the college ice-cream parlor, all while somehow maintaining a straight-A average on her undergraduate degree. Meridee has a secret, however; plain face and boring life aside, she harbors an enormous, unrequited crush on Parker Harrington, star of the football team and all-around nice guy. Problem is, of course, literally every other girl on campus has it bad for Parker too, including Lily, the stunning cheerleader Parker can’t tear his eyes off. Quite content to silently admire him from afar and fully aware he’d never even notice her, Meridee and Parker’s worlds suddenly collide - literally - and once he really looks at Meridee, Parker starts wondering if everything that’s falling into his lap is what he actually wants after all. Both Parker and Meridee feel incredibly real. I thought Parker seemed a little too perfect to be true at first, until he demonstrated one or two juvenile qualities that had me snickering behind my hand at the realization that guys that age really do think with the head that isn’t located atop their shoulders. I was puzzled by his relationship with Lily remaining chaste until a startling reveal about Parker’s past later on in the book suddenly made everything make sense. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a really good one and it just makes Parker and Meridee, who has a couple of skeletons in her own closet, that much more perfect for each other. Meridee was a delight throughout the story, sticking to her principles and always demonstrating an integrity that would make any guy thank his lucky stars to have her. Her complete ignorance of football was rather cute (from a girl who has no interest in it either!) and was the one thing that made Parker sure she wasn’t just after him for his fame and the position in the spotlight he could offer her. Parker’s mother was a lovely side character who was clearly in Meridee’s corner from the beginning, as was Parker’s best friend Riley. Lily was a rather stereotypical ‘mean girl’ and I’d have liked to see Meridee’s friends drawn in a little more clearly as supportive female characters, but overall I enjoyed the book immensely. The story is well written without typos and in clear, easily understandable language. All the characters felt very realistic (with the possible exception of Lily) and I came to the end of the book with a feeling of great satisfaction that everybody who deserved one found their happy ending. I’m happy to award Game Changer five stars and I’d be delighted to read more of Charissa Stastny’s work in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Mason

    This was a great book. It had plenty of heat without all the graphic stuff you don't need. I love how the characters interacted with each other and how they both learned and grew into better people. The romance also wasn't contrived, even the misunderstandings were totally possible. Thank you, thank you for giving us a totally real reaction from Meridee. Sometimes the Heroine is so quick to forgive the Hero when the misunderstandings happen, but here we got a truly real reaction. Anyone who was This was a great book. It had plenty of heat without all the graphic stuff you don't need. I love how the characters interacted with each other and how they both learned and grew into better people. The romance also wasn't contrived, even the misunderstandings were totally possible. Thank you, thank you for giving us a totally real reaction from Meridee. Sometimes the Heroine is so quick to forgive the Hero when the misunderstandings happen, but here we got a truly real reaction. Anyone who was that hurt and that untrusting of guys in general would do everything in their power to avoid the other. I liked it. It is nice to have a story with such real characters that you feel like you could actually be friends with, that you can cheer for, or slap. There were definitely times when I wanted to slap Parker. It was a good story and I highly recommend it to readers who want clean romance with some chemistry and heat. :) I received an ARC and have given this review by my choice. It represents my true opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I felt like this book was really immature and Parker was a terrible male lead in the book. He was “in love” with Lily because he loved her for two years from a distance and then in a relationship for two months but they never slept together?! That’s unrealistic. And when Lily was rude as hell to Meridee, Parker did NOTHING because he saw it as constructive criticism. I don’t think I liked any characters besides Riley. I think the worst part is Mare packs up all her crap, quits her job and moves I felt like this book was really immature and Parker was a terrible male lead in the book. He was “in love” with Lily because he loved her for two years from a distance and then in a relationship for two months but they never slept together?! That’s unrealistic. And when Lily was rude as hell to Meridee, Parker did NOTHING because he saw it as constructive criticism. I don’t think I liked any characters besides Riley. I think the worst part is Mare packs up all her crap, quits her job and moves 25 mins away because he saw her hug Lily. She was such a weak heroine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mylissa Demeyere

    This book brings two most unlikely characters together, the football star that everyone knows, and the smart, invisible girl working hard towards her education. They literally crash into each other, and that event sets the wheels in motion of a beautiful tale. This book is a story filled with self-reflection. It is written in alternating POV, giving the reader a good look into the thoughts of both Meridee and Parker. As the book progresses, you get to understand them and their actions even better This book brings two most unlikely characters together, the football star that everyone knows, and the smart, invisible girl working hard towards her education. They literally crash into each other, and that event sets the wheels in motion of a beautiful tale. This book is a story filled with self-reflection. It is written in alternating POV, giving the reader a good look into the thoughts of both Meridee and Parker. As the book progresses, you get to understand them and their actions even better, and it helps you connect on a much deeper level with them. Both of them are living with the hurt, pain, and fears of their past mistakes, and this book does an excellent job at highlighting that, yet giving them both the hope they crave and deserve. Meridee and Parker together bring out the best in each other. Meridee needs Parker to put her past hurts aside, and embrace the possibility of true love. Parker is genuinely a great guy, with a whole lot of depth, even though some of it may not shine through at times when he gets distracted by the ridiculous cheerleaders chasing him all the time. Meridee gives him the possibility of being the genuine guy he really is, without pretenses and fame clouding the good inside him. When they finally figure it all out, they have some obstacles to overcome. But what a rollercoaster of a read to get there! I enjoyed every moment of this book. At times I got a little annoyed with Parked, and wanted to smack him in the right direction. It just enforced even more the power Stastny had of engaging me with the story, connecting me with the characters, and bringing the whole tale to life. I honestly can’t wait for the next book in this series!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I loved it - especially the way it starts & finishes in the narrator style - I swear you could make a movie or tv series from this book, that’s just how it played out for me. I could so easily imagine it - of course there have been quite a few movies made that follow a similar story line to this but none that entertained me half as much. This book had me laughing &, I have to admit, at times cringing or shaking my head. It’s rather different to the usual genre that I read so I wasn’t sure whethe I loved it - especially the way it starts & finishes in the narrator style - I swear you could make a movie or tv series from this book, that’s just how it played out for me. I could so easily imagine it - of course there have been quite a few movies made that follow a similar story line to this but none that entertained me half as much. This book had me laughing &, I have to admit, at times cringing or shaking my head. It’s rather different to the usual genre that I read so I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to really get into it when I first started... well, I read the whole thing in one afternoon & I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved all of the main characters (except for Lilly & Carsen that is) & just loved all the witty humour & antics. Meridee is spunky & smart as well as caring & so much more but is also rather insecure & unsure of her own worth. Parker is also adorable & surprisingly smart (not of the cliché jock persona) but at times I wanted to “smack him upside the head” (I think that was the expression Meridee used) for there were times when he was just being so dense. But he had to have some flaws I guess. You can’t help but love him anyway. Overall, a very enjoyable read. If you like to indulge occasionally in the world of coed’s & sports hero’s then you’ll love this book. If you’re after a funny book with a bit of drama but a feel good ending then you can’t go wrong. I loved it. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. Content: a lot of kissing & there are a few sexual encounters referred to in the past tense. No violence or substance abuse.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jo

    I really tried to like this book but alas, I wasn't connecting with the characters. I didn't care for Parker at all. Meridee was just okay for me. DNF at 41%. Content: Mild language and moderate innuendo. I really tried to like this book but alas, I wasn't connecting with the characters. I didn't care for Parker at all. Meridee was just okay for me. DNF at 41%. Content: Mild language and moderate innuendo.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I loved the characters, the themes of redemption and love, and the message of hope for broken people. I thought Some of the characters' reactions were a bit extreme, especially Meridee's, but it set up Parker's endearing reaction. I don't love the first person POV, but it works with this book. I loved the characters, the themes of redemption and love, and the message of hope for broken people. I thought Some of the characters' reactions were a bit extreme, especially Meridee's, but it set up Parker's endearing reaction. I don't love the first person POV, but it works with this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Enci

    I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is exactly the book I needed now. Something light and fun and realistic romance. I literally flew threw this book I loved and enjoyed it so much. I am taking off a star because I felt like the end was rushed, and I hate these kind of resolutions when a relationship this short ends in a way like this. Plus, I felt like the past of the characters could have been dealt with more. I wish they wouldn't have only had a complete I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is exactly the book I needed now. Something light and fun and realistic romance. I literally flew threw this book I loved and enjoyed it so much. I am taking off a star because I felt like the end was rushed, and I hate these kind of resolutions when a relationship this short ends in a way like this. Plus, I felt like the past of the characters could have been dealt with more. I wish they wouldn't have only had a completely honestly conversation at the very end of the book, and like, honestly, that drop from Parker about (view spoiler)[the baby (hide spoiler)] just literally came out of nowhere for me and like honestly, I really would have prefered to have these things explored. That being said and the negatives being out of the way, I really really enjoyed this book, and nothing proves that more that I read it in less than two days when I am only getting out of a reading slump, which was honestly such a nice feeling. I just kept turning the page, wanting to read more, enjoying almost everything about this book and really when you're in a reading slump or you're getting out of it, it's kind of the best feeling to feel all over again. And I've been in a really bad one that's been going on for over six months now so having this book was a blast really. I loved the two main characters, especially Parker, because for him it realistically shows how it is when you suddenly get fear and it gets to your head and how hard it is to juggle a new life and his old life and how easily somebody can be swept up by the fame and everything that came with it. I honestly just loved that struggle so much. Also their relationship was so good. I loved that they were actually friends before anything happened between the two of them and that it was real slow burn for both of them, not just the type of "oh s/he must not want anything from me let's brood about it for the rest of the book about it bc we are too dumb to communicate", it was so so refreshing. If anyone wants to read a fun, quick romance book, I would definitely recommend this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. If you’re looking for a clean romance that is a quick read, then this is the book for you. It’s not earth shatteringly good, nor will it be marked as one of the best books I’ve read this year, but it is a fun quick escape read, that for the most part I enjoyed. There are 2 narrators here. Parker, a very popular college football player, and Meridee, a shy, self described “plain Jane” wh I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. If you’re looking for a clean romance that is a quick read, then this is the book for you. It’s not earth shatteringly good, nor will it be marked as one of the best books I’ve read this year, but it is a fun quick escape read, that for the most part I enjoyed. There are 2 narrators here. Parker, a very popular college football player, and Meridee, a shy, self described “plain Jane” who works multiple jobs while going to school and has a bit of a past. With that formula it’s not hard to figure out the whole plot. I really liked Parker. He was funny, confident, and an all around good guy. I wasn’t so keen on Meridee. She couldn’t relax at all, and all because of her big bad past, which honestly didn’t feel big and bad at all. It felt like the author needed a conflict so that happened to be it. Parker has a past too...his was a shocker to me, but it’s all conveniently resolved. That part didn’t really sit well with me. Especially on Meridee’s end. It just made her look like a weak heroine in my opinion. Anyway, other than that. The banter between the two was great. A bit cheesy in parts. I honestly felt like I was at BYU with the creamery and the cougars...but it takes place in Washington state. Very similar though. *EDIT: I just read that this author went to BYU. Makes sense now.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    My review is 4.5 Stars I have found another great author! I was hooked from the first sentence of the prologue. Game Changer is full of great dialog, fun scenarios, and fascinating characters. You know how sometimes you read about the nice boy with the gorgeous but shallow girl and wonder why in the world he doesn’t see right through her? Author Charissa Stastny does a fantastic job of making sense of why Parker sticks with Lily in this story. Meridee is a lot of fun with the way she creates nickna My review is 4.5 Stars I have found another great author! I was hooked from the first sentence of the prologue. Game Changer is full of great dialog, fun scenarios, and fascinating characters. You know how sometimes you read about the nice boy with the gorgeous but shallow girl and wonder why in the world he doesn’t see right through her? Author Charissa Stastny does a fantastic job of making sense of why Parker sticks with Lily in this story. Meridee is a lot of fun with the way she creates nicknames for the regular customers in the ice cream shop where she works. And the way she thinks she needs to be tough with the employees so they will respect her as the manager. I loved the scene where she ended up calling her brother to come “rescue” her and pretend he was her fiancé. Parker was a sweet, clueless man. The way he loved and respected his mama and knew how to treat women right was touching. I cracked up at the way he found Meridee’s car and announced his presence (with Oreos!) when she was trying to avoid him. And then the way he washed it for her so she would see that he was doing it was a riot! The story was sweet, swoony, funny, touching and a pleasure to read. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads I would like to thank IAmAReader.com for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    A super sweet, clean, "young love" story. This was an easy, quick read, can easily be read in a day or two. Nice story-line that would be great for a teen to read as well as adults. There was good character development. I really loved Meridee. She was your everyday girl next door. She was sweet, nice, intelligent, but had a touch of low self-esteem. And... she has a past (that you learn about later in the book). Ooo how I love a girl with a past! My problem was with Parker (the lead male) I really A super sweet, clean, "young love" story. This was an easy, quick read, can easily be read in a day or two. Nice story-line that would be great for a teen to read as well as adults. There was good character development. I really loved Meridee. She was your everyday girl next door. She was sweet, nice, intelligent, but had a touch of low self-esteem. And... she has a past (that you learn about later in the book). Ooo how I love a girl with a past! My problem was with Parker (the lead male) I really didn't like him! I know at times he tried to be nice and I did in the end like him slightly more than I did in the beginning but - through most of the book I just thought "what a jerk". This didn't keep me from liking the book though - I actually love characters that I can hate! LOL I just kept thinking "Oh Meridee, what are you doing? You don't want to like him!" But she just wasn't listening to me. Then there's the "wicked witch" Lily, and wow, what a witch she was. Great character development there! She was one I enjoyed hating for sure. A nice story through and through all the way to the end. I am looking forward to reading more by this author... And guess what - I am! I will be reading and reviewing Package Deal sometime in the next month or two. I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Charissa Stastny - Thank You!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Game changer. 4 stars. What a fun college campus reality check! He had wanted "Barbie" for two years and now that he is in the spotlight she is all over him. Who could say no to that. Despite some of her questionable antics he continues to be smitten. It takes catching her cheating for him to walk away. Sadly, many people fall head over heals in lust. Merridee knows all about the power of a charming guy and yet she can't help falling for Parker. He goes out of his way to be a gentleman with a k Game changer. 4 stars. What a fun college campus reality check! He had wanted "Barbie" for two years and now that he is in the spotlight she is all over him. Who could say no to that. Despite some of her questionable antics he continues to be smitten. It takes catching her cheating for him to walk away. Sadly, many people fall head over heals in lust. Merridee knows all about the power of a charming guy and yet she can't help falling for Parker. He goes out of his way to be a gentleman with a kind heart. She can't understand what he sees in "Barbie"... Well maybe she can but he is being used and is too whipped to believe it. Firming her total lack of trust in the male population. It was great fun to watch as they both get to know each other better and wishing the other was available. This is a clean romance that draws you in with well developed characters and believable story. Love may be blind but lust makes people blind and stupid. Thank goodness for second chances.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley D

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book, it was cute. There was something about it though that I can't put my finger on as to why I didn't like it more. I did have a hard time putting it down however. I liked how Parker was patient with Meridee and how he still somewhat flirted and noticed things about her even when she didn't want to go out with him. I think if there had been more back story with both of the characters it would have made more sense with why they I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked this book, it was cute. There was something about it though that I can't put my finger on as to why I didn't like it more. I did have a hard time putting it down however. I liked how Parker was patient with Meridee and how he still somewhat flirted and noticed things about her even when she didn't want to go out with him. I think if there had been more back story with both of the characters it would have made more sense with why they acted the way they did, even if there was a preface for both of them in the beginning, I think I could have understood where they were coming from more and it would have changed the story for me. For me, this wasn't a squeaky clean book. I think there were a couple swear words, and a few steamier kissing scenes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Dyreng

    What a charming and fun read! Game Changer is the classic boy-meets-girl/boy-loses-girl/boy-finds-girl (always a hit with me) and is a contemporary romance told in two perspectives: Meridee, a very relatable but aloof young woman with a secret, painful past who works in an ice cream parlor, and Parker, a boisterous, charm-oozing star of the college football team who is currently infatuated with his blond bombshell girlfriend. The two main characters meet in a not-so-glamorous incident involving What a charming and fun read! Game Changer is the classic boy-meets-girl/boy-loses-girl/boy-finds-girl (always a hit with me) and is a contemporary romance told in two perspectives: Meridee, a very relatable but aloof young woman with a secret, painful past who works in an ice cream parlor, and Parker, a boisterous, charm-oozing star of the college football team who is currently infatuated with his blond bombshell girlfriend. The two main characters meet in a not-so-glamorous incident involving orange chicken. The clever writing style (lots of perfectly placed and well-thought out similes) kept me turning the pages and the witty, smart dialogue between the characters made me giggle outloud. For me this was the perfect bubble bath book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    A nice college love story that takes the characters a little while to figure out. Not as well edited as I would like. Meridee and Parker attend the same college. He is a football star and she is a self-imposed wallflower. She does find him attractive, but he doesn't see her. A run-in between Meridee, Parker, and orange chicken send them on the path to HEA. However, as in most stories, there are a lot of bumps along the way. Parker is dating a cheerleader (shallow, Barbie style) and Meridee has a A nice college love story that takes the characters a little while to figure out. Not as well edited as I would like. Meridee and Parker attend the same college. He is a football star and she is a self-imposed wallflower. She does find him attractive, but he doesn't see her. A run-in between Meridee, Parker, and orange chicken send them on the path to HEA. However, as in most stories, there are a lot of bumps along the way. Parker is dating a cheerleader (shallow, Barbie style) and Meridee has a bad history with men (well, really one, but he was slimy). Eventually, Parker realizes Barbie is shallow and Meridee is not. Meridee eventually realizes not all men are takers. This was a nice, easy kind of read. If you have a couple of hours - Enjoy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aurélie

    While reading this book, I must admit that Parker’s (our main character) reaction to his girlfriend Lily is quite common. Even my brother had a girlfriend who was pretty much Lily’s caricature; therefore, I can really relate to that story! I am always impressed how stupid some incredibly intelligent guys can be when it comes to relationships. Even the originally blind, good-looking guys get to realize that there is more to life than a shallow but gorgeous girlfriend. Now, it’s up to Parker to re While reading this book, I must admit that Parker’s (our main character) reaction to his girlfriend Lily is quite common. Even my brother had a girlfriend who was pretty much Lily’s caricature; therefore, I can really relate to that story! I am always impressed how stupid some incredibly intelligent guys can be when it comes to relationships. Even the originally blind, good-looking guys get to realize that there is more to life than a shallow but gorgeous girlfriend. Now, it’s up to Parker to redeem himself. Will he swallow his pride and acknowledge his mistake or will he try to prove the world that his incredibly mean and disrespectful girlfriend is his soulmate? We accompany Parker through his unfortunately very relatable journey.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This was a cute book. I really liked Meridee. She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. She was dedicated and realistic, but those were hard won attributes it would seem. However, I could never really like Parker. He was disrespectful of Meridee over and over again. He wouldn't call her by her own name. She was quite shy and introverted, but he kept putting her in situations where she was uncomfortable. That is not romance. That is not love. That is selfish. I read this several weeks ago, but This was a cute book. I really liked Meridee. She reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. She was dedicated and realistic, but those were hard won attributes it would seem. However, I could never really like Parker. He was disrespectful of Meridee over and over again. He wouldn't call her by her own name. She was quite shy and introverted, but he kept putting her in situations where she was uncomfortable. That is not romance. That is not love. That is selfish. I read this several weeks ago, but I still don't feel better about Parker. It is a clean, romantic book. I am sure I am in the minority with my point of view, but I had to be honest.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna May

    We all have preconceived notions about cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, or whoever – especially in high school and college. If we open our hearts and minds, we realize that people aren’t as bad as who we thought and that not all people fit into that tiny mold that we create in our own minds. Some jocks are smart and considerate. Some nerds are actually not very smart or nice. Once we get to know a person and open our heart, the world is full of possibilities. The world would be such a better place if We all have preconceived notions about cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, or whoever – especially in high school and college. If we open our hearts and minds, we realize that people aren’t as bad as who we thought and that not all people fit into that tiny mold that we create in our own minds. Some jocks are smart and considerate. Some nerds are actually not very smart or nice. Once we get to know a person and open our heart, the world is full of possibilities. The world would be such a better place if we didn’t judge people and just let them prove who they were all on their own – with their words and actions. Loved this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel DeVaughn

    I haven't read anything but this author so decided to give this series a try. Cute story but almost seemed like teenage high school drama, not young adults in college. I loved the characters though, especially Meridee, Parker, and his mom. Lots of steamy kisses and romance, but nothing explicit. Bad language through out which is why I gave it 4 stars because I felt it was unnecessary and didn't add to the story line. Cute story that I read in one night but don't feel the need to read again. I re I haven't read anything but this author so decided to give this series a try. Cute story but almost seemed like teenage high school drama, not young adults in college. I loved the characters though, especially Meridee, Parker, and his mom. Lots of steamy kisses and romance, but nothing explicit. Bad language through out which is why I gave it 4 stars because I felt it was unnecessary and didn't add to the story line. Cute story that I read in one night but don't feel the need to read again. I received a copy of this ebook complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tyler

    This was such a cute jock/nerd romance! The story line was only superficial, but still very good. I liked how Meridee did not just fall all over Parker just because she liked him, she gave as good as she got. Parker did not have too much arrogance about him even though those on campus treated him like he was a football god. The romance between them was realistic for the most part even though one of my less favorite troupes made an appearance (view spoiler)[ Overall, I did enjoy this book and hig This was such a cute jock/nerd romance! The story line was only superficial, but still very good. I liked how Meridee did not just fall all over Parker just because she liked him, she gave as good as she got. Parker did not have too much arrogance about him even though those on campus treated him like he was a football god. The romance between them was realistic for the most part even though one of my less favorite troupes made an appearance (view spoiler)[ Overall, I did enjoy this book and highly recommend it to those who like a mostly clean new-adult sports romance! I can't wait to read the next book in this series! (hide spoiler)]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Merridee manages an ice cream store on campus. Parker, AKA Sticky Fingers, comes in for a triple cone every week but never notices Merridee until he literally runs into her causing her lunch of orange chicken to end up all over her hair and clothes. Parker wants to apologize and pay for her ruined blouse but Merridee but she just wants to forget and get out of the embarrassing situation. Parker is a big man on campus after a huge success on the football field and Merridee enjoys anonymity. The s Merridee manages an ice cream store on campus. Parker, AKA Sticky Fingers, comes in for a triple cone every week but never notices Merridee until he literally runs into her causing her lunch of orange chicken to end up all over her hair and clothes. Parker wants to apologize and pay for her ruined blouse but Merridee but she just wants to forget and get out of the embarrassing situation. Parker is a big man on campus after a huge success on the football field and Merridee enjoys anonymity. The story is well written with likable characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cordelianne

    Game Changer was a cute book. I loved seeing the relationship change troughout the book. I especially enjoyed the beginning, after that the book is more slow and sometimes it felt a bit dragging. I saw quite a few similarities between book 1 and book 2, so this series does follow a standard pattern, but they are still fun to read. I prefer book 2 over book 1. The relationship between the two main characters felt a bit unnatural at times. *I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review*

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