Game Changer by Melissa Cutler (Bomb Squad #3)

Game Changer by Melissa CutlerAvailable: May 19, 2015 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: InterMix

My Copy: Net Galley

Reviewer: Pam

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom. Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help—as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…

I have been looking forward to this book since the beginning of this trilogy. Brandon and Harper have been working toward their own story and I truly enjoyed it.

Harper is the owner of a bar in Destiny Falls, NY. She has owned it for several years and it is the hangout for the Bomb Squad, the local hockey team.

Brandon is one of the wounded warriors who lives in town, the Bomb Squad team members were drawn here over the years to play hockey and they have grown very close. Brandon has liked living here but feels it is time to move on. He has modeled in the past, and recently signed up to be in a reality show, and he has no plans to return, yet he can’t seem to break away completely.

This is an enjoyable return to Destiny Falls, New York. The small town that is home to several wounded warriors who play hockey for a small team. These three stories include tragedy, triumph and of course romance and all have been delightful.

We met both Brandon and Harper in the first book and have watched as they have circled each other for years, flirting, fighting and sparing. They keep up a witty banter all the way through and I love them together.

Brandon knows he got a second chance at life when an IED went off and believes staying in one place with one woman is not the way to spend his gift, so whenever Harper talks about what she wants in life, he brushes her off not wanting any part of her dream. He plans to leave both Harper and the town of Destiny Falls behind, but while filming the reality show he does not realize what he is missing until he is gone.

Harper loves living in one place with dreams of finding the right man someday, but she has the weight of an illness hanging over her head so is just trying to enjoy each day. When the two finally pursue the elephant in the room, they are stunned about the outcome and it makes for some funny moments, proving to Brandon that he is right to leave, at least at first.

I like that he can’t seem to break away from either the town or Harper, he comes home for her surgery and makes excuses to stay longer and they talk or text several times a day. When real life interferes with his commitments for his reality show, I like the way they solve the problem, more reality shows should end this way.

This is my favorite of the three books and I enjoyed catching up with many of the teammates. The pace works well as we watch the friendship between the two change both because of her illness and because of his decisions. I liked the twist the author throws in about their first sexual encounter; it is very funny when they continue to bring it up and how he is determined to make their next time something she will never forget. It can easily be read as a standalone and the epilog sums up the lives of several characters and I hope someday the author will come back to Destiny Falls.

I give Game Changer by Melissa Cutler 4 stars!

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