Changing His Game (Justine Elvira)

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*Warning: Changing His Game is a stand-alone novel. 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?


So… where do I even start?! You know when a story has the potential to be good and funny and then nothing (nothing) works? Yeah… that was this book for me. I bought this book when it appear on my Bookbub one day, super cheap, because I thought that it had to be hilarious… nope…

Let me start with the writing. There’s nothing wrong with it, per say, but I felt that there was something seriously lacking in it. You have a situation that begs to be writen a certain way, to milk all the humour out of it that you can, and no, the writing wasn’t up to it. It felt very flat.

The characters were very one dimensional, and ultimately a bit silly, especially Autumn. Honestly, it was all just a bit too much – and I’m not talking about the porn aspect of the book, because I thought that that part was especially tame.

About the story, oh boy. So, Autumn catches her fiancée having sex with someone else, and decides to visit a friend from her hometown in LA. When she gets to the address – a place way too nice for someone just catching a “few roles” as an “actress” to afford -her friend is not there, there’s a huge party going on, with people mostly naked, and still she stays at the place she doesn’t know, with the people she doesn’t know. She makes stupid decisions one after the other.

Then their relationship develops, and in a week they’re best friends and sharing a bed (as friends) and working together. the guy gives her a job as an assistant, she has to be on set with him, and as soon as clothes start to come out, she bails because she can’t see him… girl, he’s a porn actor, you knew that, you agreed to stay, why are you bailing?!

Then Jared, that from moment one says that porn is his life, starts to backtrack on everything he ever said because of her. I mean, love is beautiful and all, and changes people, but that was a bit too much for me.

I don’t know what to tell you, this book has awesome reviews from a lot of other readers, but I really didn’t like it. Yeah, I laughed at some points, because it was funny, but that was it. The story was just too ridiculous and repetitive for my liking. I was expecting some tough decisions to have to be made and everything, but not so much either. I do think that the writing style made me enjoy it less. Also, the book was written like a wattpad book, in which each chapter either wraps neatly or with a cliffhanger of some sort and it was a bit weird for me. The book just didn’t flow nicely.

April TBR

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Hello 😀 . Today I’ll show you my TBR for this month. In March I managed to read 22 books by some miracle. Granted, one was a super short novella and another one was a short story, but still, it was the most I ever read in a single month, and most books were finished in the span of 24 hours. So, I hope I have a similarly awesome reading month in April, though I won’t aim that high, because that’s crazy.

I’m going for 15 books, of which 2.5 of them are already finished (yes, it’s still the 3rd day of the month…).

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  1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Me and Cátia are both about halfway through with this book. It’s good, but neither of us has been in the mood for it.
  2. Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) by Justine Elvira – I actually finished this book already (and I was so disappointed).
  3. Roommates by Erin Leigh – And I finished this one already too…
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This beauty will be a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. After weeks of waiting, Cátia is finally getting her book on monday, and we will begin this journey. It will probably take us a bit to get through it, but we will!
  5. Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell – I didn’t like the first one a bit, but I’ll give this one a shot.
  6. Catch You (Love Me, I’m Famous 0.5) by M.H. Soars – Warning, the next 5 book are buddy reads with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because we love to request the same ARCs on Netgalley.
  7. The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1) by A.J. Pine – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia
  8. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts #3) by Shellee Roberts – And another one… I’m so excited for this one, because I read the second book of this series last month.
  9. Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia.
  10. That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy – And another!
  11. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers – The author asked me if I would like to read and review her book… hells YES! (Kat @Life and Other Disasters is also reading this one…)
  12. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach – Me and Kat @Life and Other Disasters are finally getting to this one. And Sara @Freadom Library is joining us 😀
  13. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I’m going to Portugal later this month, which means I’ll finally be able to buy CoHo’s ebooks!!! (Kindle store’s prices differ from Portugal to Spain, and they’re way nicer at home).
  14. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen – I bought this book this month (for free), so I’m hoping I get some time to get to it. Everybody says wonders of Sarina Bowen, and I fell in love with Him and Us.
  15. #Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert – I stumbled upon this book by accident, and after loving  Him and Us so much, I think I’ll enjoy this one as well.

This is what I plan to read this month of April, I might not get to all the books, but I’ll try to finish all my ARCs – the goal on Netgalley keeps beeing the 80% ratio… not far now.

I also think that some books will take a little bit of time, such as Lady Midnight. Not only is the book huge, but buddy reading implies that we have to keep a steady pace between the 3 of us 😉 .