The Game Changer by Marie Landry

The Game Changer


Melody Cartwright has never had a problem with change, but for the first time in her life the changes are beyond her control—she suddenly has a niece she never knew, but has to prove herself to; her best friend is making huge life changes of her own; and she has to deal with her ex and his crazy new girlfriend who has stalker tendencies. 

When Melody meets confident, sexy Julian, she’s not interested in a relationship. He tells her it’s possible for a man and a woman to just be friends, and despite his ultra-charming ways there’s something about him that makes Melody believe he could be right. 

During a time of change and turmoil, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything Melody never knew she needed in her life. But is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian the playboy?


I saw The Game Changer on my Kindle and I was trying to remember what it was and why I downloaded it. So I looked up the author and found she wrote Waiting For the Storm which I loved so I was very excited to start reading this. Unfortunately I did not love it as much as I loved the other book. It was alright, but not amazing like Waiting for the Storm.

Melody has just gotten out of a long term relationship. She is not really that upset about losing the guy, but more that she wasted her time in a dead end relationship. Looking back she doesn't know why she stayed so long. Her friend pulls her out one night a few weeks after the breakup and she ends up meeting Julian. Julian who is super sexy.

Julian is at the club and sees Melody. He is intrigued, but when he finally goes over and talks to her she shoots him down. She is just not a one night stand kind of girl. She keeps running into Julian though and they agree to be friends.

Through being friends they start to grow closer and closer. They both want something more, but Julian is not really sure he can do that. He doesn't want to hurt Melody, but he is afraid he will lose her if they are more than friends.

There is a bit of drama, not unnecessary, and everything does work out in the end. I did really like Melody and Julian together. They were cute. So why isn't this a higher rated read for me? Well the writing just made me not care for Melody at times. The way it was written was a bit...I didn't like it. It was a bit too detailed and wooden at times. There is a lot of Melody's internal monologue and it was just not as enjoyable to read as it could have been. Like her bff moves back to town at the beginning and they are finally living together. Until the bff finds a boyfriend and then Melody is kind of mopey and upset that bff is not spending all her time with her. She is upset that she is being replaced in bff's life. It was just like wait how old are you? Written in a different way it would have made sense and been okay, but as it was it just took away from the story for me. But I did enjoy reading it. I just didn't love it like I had hoped.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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