Game Changer (Ruled Out Romances Book 1) - Charissa Stastny

4 Stars!

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 in the student union building, it throws off his offensive game.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, 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?

Charissa Stastny hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can't shuffle cards to save her life. Her hobbies include reading, writing, painting, spending time outdoors, and savoring good food (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She is the author of six books (romantic suspense, new adult romance, Western romance), and 'imagine-eer' of many more. Besides Nevada, she has lived in Idaho and now resides in Utah with her husband, four children, one son-in-law, and a quirky pet bearded dragon named Norbert.

You can connect with her on her website: www.CharissaStastny.com

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!!

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  1. Thanks for the review, Wendy.


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