One kiss couldn’t hurt – could it?
Alexios Constantinou is notorious for his lethal charm, so when the exquisite Isabel Peters is – literally – dropped into his lap during a hellish elevator ride he doesn’t waste the opportunity! With tensions sky-high after their near-death experience an insatiable desire ignites between them and all bets are off.
But when Alex discovers that reporter Isabel’s next story is him he’s furious… and determined to use it to his advantage. He’s calling the shots, but the closer Isabel gets the closer she comes to discovering his carefully concealed secret. Now, with everything at stake, he’ll need a whole new game plan…
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Reviewed by Desere Steenberg, South Africa
Jennifer Hayward is back !! This time she takes us the wild ride of a passionate romance between Alex and Isabel.
It starts off when Isabel is trying to corner the current main feature of the story of the century, it will take her for community journalism straight to news anchor. The problem is that her main star Leandros Alexios Constantinou ( isn't that one of the sexiest names ever?) avoids the press like one would the flu. Fate however plays them both a different set of cards, as they end up being trapped together in a elevator for hours.
The catch ? Isabel thinks the sexy strangers name is Alex and he thinks her to be a communications expert, and that's all they both need to know because all Isabel wants is to fall into his arms for one magical night and Alex, well he recons he can spare a couple of hours with a beautiful woman coming undone in his arms and then walk away, no harm, no foul just pleasure for them both.
One week later and they are thrown back together as Isabel 's boss demands the interview to happen and happen immediately , but what will Alex do when he finds out Isabel's real identity and how will Isabel get herself out of this mess and still make it to the news anchor 's chair?
It's no secret that am a major fan of Jennifer's work so of course I was eagerly awaiting this book from the moment I heard it was in the works, and my oh my was the wait worth it in so many wonderful ways. The book was full of fun , fresh and new awesomeness.
I adored Alex, he does not take no for an answer and plays to win, making him even more sexy than I ever thought a ex-quarter back could ever be. I am use to the powerful, rich business type of hero's, whom I adore very much, but Alex being ex -sporty turned business had a whole other level of hotness that melted my bones. It showed him as always on the move, playing the game as one would in any sports setting and not the usual type of let's see what the deal will bring if we turn the table this way kind of thing. This made Alex a really refreshing hero and I could not get enough of the man. He was kind, sweet, gentle, funny, sexy as hell and combined with a powerful master-fullness he was just plain lethal! Through his deep dark secrets the author showed that even the biggest of stars out there are human just like the rest of us, and judging them can and will break them. Think before you idolize someone.
The character of Isabel was pretty darn cool. This woman had guts and spunk and was not afraid to try anything and everything to get a story done, yes she does back off here and there, but only to the point when she knows she's been cornered and there is no way forward. But just like Alex, Isabel was a different kind of heroine than the ones I am use to , she felt more modern and fun , more real and alive somehow, and I thought every moment of it a pure joy to read. Through the character of Isabel the author showed we can have all the courage we want to get what we think we want, but the truth is when we have it, will it actually mean anything if we had to sacrifice our dignity to gain it?
I am taking away a message of we may think we're in control of our lives and can control everything that happens, write it down and watch it play out exactly as we planned, the truth is there is no such thing as control over anything in life. We cannot say who we are going to fall in love with, or if we are going to get to the business goals we set out in life to achieve. The best thing to do is handle it all as a game, with challenges that can either work in our favor or go the other way, as long as we keep playing the game in order to know we gave it the best shot.
I highly recommend this read for all fans who love a romance with a fun upbeat, emotionally packed, passionate blow me away heat and a super sexy story of a new chance at life
5/5 star review
" They're about to change up the rules of the game, and the results are electrifying! "
I liked the plot and opening scenes and how the story unfolded. I am not exactly convinced about the ending scenes, but its still not a story to miss!
Thankfully Mrs Hayward has moved on from the now almost obligatory Italian hero and Alexios is supercharged and sexy with just that appealing hint of uncertainty in his make-up.
Isabel appears a modern, strong woman who knows what she wants but I could sense deep down she was unhappy and to some extent indecisive.
The story certainly started with a bang and the plot was well constructed holding your interest but showing that sometimes things can unexpectedly be thrown off kilter.
The big let down was what I can only describe as an awful ending - far too sugary, twee and unbelievable for me.
However, this was one of M&B's better Moderns.
Nine out of ten
In Changing Constantinou’s Game, Manhattan TV reporter Isabel Peters and elusive billionaire Alexios Constantinou are literally thrown together in an elevator accident that sees it – and them – wedged between the floors of a London skyscraper.
Their attraction is immediate but they’re hesitant. He’s fighting for his business reputation while she’s fighting for his story – and a coveted anchor job. But he’s livid when he discovers she’s a reporter, which threatens the intimacy they’ve managed to build.
Their pasts are rife with many issues they must work through before they can truly believe what they have is real. Trusting one another is their ultimate revelation.
These are two tremendous characters with foibles, strengths and weaknesses that make Changing Constantinou’s Game a wonderful read.
Emotional, riveting and enchanting story!
It has all the hallmark of a modern genre romantic story. The plot is focused; the dialogue with the macho /alpha hero Alexios is crisp and short so it can hold the attention of the reader. The only little snag is that some readers may not be into football game so it might be a little off-putting for them! A nine out of ten for this story.
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