Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Leveling the Field"

Leveling the Field by Megan Erickson
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (May 2, 2016)
Series: Gamers, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Reclusive magazine exec Ethan Talley is furious when his business partner hires a photographer—a gorgeous photographer who insists on speaking her mind, damn it—to take pictures for an upcoming article. No matter how badly he wants the woman…under him, over him, against the nearest wall…he has reasons for not wanting to be on camera anymore, and his scars are only one of them.

It takes approximately two seconds for Lissa Kingsman to recognize Ethan as the popular YouTube gamer who fell off the planet years ago. But this Ethan is different than the charming man she used to watch, and the crush she had on him then is nothing compared to the way she’s lusting after the brooding man he is today. If sex is all he can give her, fine. Why not use that bearskin rug in her studio for something other than a prop? But she’s determined to put a chink in his armor, no matter how much he resists.

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I’ve enjoyed every book in the Gamers series (though Owen and Chad’s book still remains my all-time favorite, for oh so many reasons.) Leveling the Field is a solid conclusion to the series, and I was very glad to see Ethan finally get his HEA.

Ethan blames himself for his sister’s death. After all, he was the one driving. Years later and the grief and survivor’s guilt is still holding him back. The physical scars he has from the accident only add to his pain, insuring that there’s no way he can forget what happened. The somewhat carefree Youtube gamer is long gone, but perhaps there’s hope yet for Ethan to find himself again.

Lissa has her own guilt and grief. Her sister was in a car accident that left her scarred as well. She survived the accident, but depression hit her hard and she took her own life. Lissa blames herself for not noticing the signs, for not being there for her sister. Now Lissa’s working on a project in her sister’s honor, one that will show other people with scars that it’s okay, that they’re so much more than the scars on their bodies.

I loved that Lissa was not at all ashamed about her own sexual agency. Related, Erickson does a great job with the sex. Any reader familiar with her books will not be surprised by this, of course, but here’s some proof. You know, just in case you need it anyway. :) 

“I love how you respond to me. Right now, you’re panting already, spreading your legs as far as you can because you know I’ll make you feel good. You know I’ll make you come so hard on this couch that you see stars.”

She cried out as another finger joined the first. The heel of his palm pressed against her clit as he leaned down and nipped at her jaw. “One touch and you’re so wet for me. You want to know what makes me happy, Lissa? This. You. And me. Breakfast and video games and my fingers deep inside of you. That’s what makes me happy. That is fucking living.”

She gasped as he pressed harder, thrusting his fingers in and out of her, his thumb now stroking her clit. “This makes me happy, too,” she said breathlessly.

His lips were at her ear now. “I’d be even happier if you came. I’m going to watch you, memorize every emotion on your face, every sound you make.”

She reached down and gripped his wrist, grinding against his hand as she felt the orgasm start. “Oh shit.”

He pulled back immediately, those blue-flame eyes on her. “That’s it. Come for me.”

She didn’t need the command because it was already starting.

I mean . . . yeah, do I really need to say any more about that? So hot.

There’s also some great scenes that’ll make you smile, like this conversation between Grant and Ethan:

“You were young. Cut yourself a break.”

“Grant, I nominated a game as my Top Dawg. Spelled D-A-W-G on the screen.”

His friend whistled. “Oh, that’s bad.”

“So bad.”

“That’s, like, as nineties bad as the name E-Rad.”

Ethan groaned. “I will not go by that name again. I’m over thirty. That’s just embarrassing.”

“How about E-Rogaine?”

“Shut up.”


“I’m not that old.”


“Shut. Up. Grant.”

Basically, this last quote sums up why you should read Leveling the Field:

“What’d I do to deserve you?”

“Had sex with me on a glitter-covered bearskin rug.”

He laughed, which made her head bob where it rested on him. “For the record, I’m still picking glitter out of places glitter shouldn’t be.”

Unrelated to that quote, Lissa also glitter-bombs Ethan. Because of course.

Leveling the Field is another great read from Megan Erickson and one that you do not want to miss! If you’re looking for a quick read (around 160 pages) that’ll make you smile and blush and root for the characters, this is most definitely it.


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Megan Erickson; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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