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  • Game Changer

  • An Opposites-Attract Romantic Comedy
  • By: Sylvie Stewart
  • Narrated by: Meg Price
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

There are three things I know about New York so far: everybody is late for something, nobody has a freakin’ clue what sweet tea is, and King Kong himself is still alive and well and has taken the form of a growly blacksmith named Mac.

This is no shifter story, and I’m not his prey, although I wouldn’t say no if he asked for a little taste. I’ve been saddled with interviewing with the beast to secure my new dream job in publishing, but his intense stares and monosyllabic responses are making my job impossible. I just need to get this over with and move on to navigating my new life and career. I’ve got this, right?

But my professional and personal challenges are proving bigger than I realized, and Mac might be the only one who truly understands this game. He’ll be my biggest ally if I let him, and the way he keeps saying my name makes me really want to let him. The thing is, this city is known for breaking hearts, and it doesn’t care if you’re the new girl in town or the beast who calls it home.

Game Changer is a slow-burn, stand-alone romantic comedy with an emotional punch.

Buy the audiobook and spend the night with Poppy and Mac!

©2019 Sylvie Stewart (P)2019 Sylvie Stewart
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Fun, love and emotion

I’m having the best time reading (listening) my way through Sylvie Stewart’s back catalogue. Game Changer is a standalone novel and not connected to any other of Ms Stewart’s books - although I wouldn’t be averse to reading more from other people from this group, especially Poppy’s sister.

Poppy is a magazine editor who has just landed her dream job in New York. She loves her small Georgia hometown and her tight-knit family and friends - but she feels she has to spread her wings in the big city. In order to fit in, Poppy finds herself toning down her Southern-ness, and struggling to fit in, while also struggling with the big, broody and maddening Mac, the reclusive star she has to interview in order to keep her job.

I have to start with the narrator of this story as she is absolute perfection in her role. Now I’m not American, so I can’t really testify to the authenticity of her accent, but she sounded exactly what I would expect a southern gal to sound. Meg Price also really adds the sass and spark of Poppy, and her character just shines through. To be honest, I could have listened to Ms Price’s voice forever. Glorious! The book is also written solely from Poppy’s point of view, which means more from Meg Price, and I don’t have to complain about one narrator reading both points of view.

With the story only coming from Poppy’s point of view, it also lends itself to the mystery of Mac. We only ever know what Poppy knows which is great for the slow burn, gradual build of feelings and chemistry between her and Mac. It’s hard, then, to describe Mac as a character except to say he’s a beast of man - burly, grumpy, brooding and suspicious, especially of Poppy and her motives. But he was also tenacious and his blindsiding of Poppy as the pair start to date, was unexpected and adorable. And extra points for all the handholding in the book. There’s something surprisingly arousing about a grumpy man enjoying the simple connection of holding his sunshine’s hand. Sigh.

As the story builds, there’s a nice amount of heat with our couple and I really felt the developing relationship and feelings between them. I also enjoyed the story thread running through the love story. It was interesting and while not a big mystery, I didn’t see the outcome of that coming. I also liked the way Poppy’s feelings about her move from a small town to big city, and missing her friends and family, was handled. It was emotive but not too heavy; it felt exactly right.

There were also a good amount of secondary characters. None that overshadowed our main pair or their story, but they just added something extra. Naveed and Poppy’s sister are definitely worth a mention. Oh and Poppy’s grandma and her pearls of ‘wisdom’ before each chapter.

As always with Sylvie Stewart’s stories we get a whole heap of humour added in with the romance. I laughed out loud on so many occasions and generally had such a good time listening to this story.

Anyway, with that said, this is another fun and delicious story from Sylvie Stewart and one that I very much enjoyed getting stuck into. Definitely a recommended read/listen and very worthy of 5 full stars.

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Sweet & Sassy

Poppy James is the perfect amount of Southern sweet & sassy. She’s the kind of character you can’t help but love.

Mac is hot, broody, and even a dash of sweet.

These two make the perfect combination.
This story is full of laughs, struggles, & family!

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enjoyable

enjoyable but a bit repetitive and slow. accents where good . storyline was pretty weak.

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Laugh out loud

I so enjoyed listening Meg Price perfect for this book.


I found myself laughing out loud, and it did not stop ,
The characters are well written , you have charm, fun, intrigue, a great story line . Oh yes romance .

Mac is your growly alpha male, whilst Poppy is the fun and joy, a perfect couple, they work so well

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Different but just as enjoyable

This story has much more depth than others I have read from Sylvie Stewart. Mack's personality is very withdrawn from experiences in his family life, whereas Poppy seems to be his total opposite, bright and breezy with the determination to succeed in her new job in New York. It is enthralling to see them develop their relationship despite the obstacles that come along. The narrator did a fabulous job of bringing all the characters to life and I highly recommend this book.

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Loved the dynamics of the North meets the south

I have always known about Southern Belle's, with their charm and sweetness about them. But then I met Poppy and everything changed. Poppy is not that typical southern gal. She has spunk, and sass. She brought humor to the story like I did not expect. Mac is that alpha who is always distant and with little words. These two are as opposite as you can get, yet the chemistry was strong between them. The banter between them had me laughing out loud.

Meg Price was a great Poppy. She had that southern twang when Poppy slipped it out. Meg brought Poppy to life and made her easy to relate to . Meg really brought out the spunk in Poppy. Meg had a great voice for Mac too. It was easy to determine who was speaking. Meg has an easy to listen to voice. Overall, the narration really enhanced the story.

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Opposites attract

I really enjoyed this book. She is from the south, he is from the North. She is a talker that works for a magazine. He doesn’t talk unless he needs to and works alone in his own studio. I love the characters although I don’t think he is the typical romance hero. The narration is great. Standalone. HEA. I recommend this book.

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Cute stand alone

I thought the characters were cute and the storyline got more complex throughout the book, which I really liked. I would have liked to give it 4.5 stars. I loved the creative similes. They added humor to the story and illustrated the events or feelings in greater detail.

This is the first time I've listened to something narrated by Meg Price. She did a great job bringing emotion (or stoicism in the case of Mac) to the characters.

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Good Story.

Loved it. It had all the feelings a romantic novel should have. Highly recommend book

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Poppy and Mac!

Poppy has left her home and family in Georgia and ventured to NY to follow her dream of working at Warbey’s Home Living Magazine. She is adjusting to a much different life than the one she left behind and trying to fit in isn’t without its challenges, but meeting Mac could be her biggest challenge of all.

Mac is a man with creative heart who excels at building things with metal and his hands. He is gruff and believes that actions speak louder than words, so his mannerisms say so much more than his voice. For a man who doesn’t like being around other people he is drawn to Poppy in a way that he has never felt before and can’t deny.

These two are like oil and water but couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Humorous banter, hot chemistry and two characters that you can’t help but love. I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook and though the narrator did a great job with Poppy's southern twang and Mac's deep timbre.

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  • Stephisdoinit
  • 18-11-19

Opposites attract

Mac and Poppy are complete opposites, add in some humor and you have a perfect match.
There is a perfect balance of humor and romance.

Poppy leaves the south and moves to NYC which she believes will fulfill her dreams. That is until she meets a man.

I highly recommend this book!

I voluntarily listened to this on Audible.

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  • Mindy hughes
  • 03-08-22

love this one

I have enjoyed all most all of the authors books. this one is one of my favorites thought. big, mysterious men with a chip on their shoulders. swoon. the narrator did an excellent job as well.

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  • Anneke
  • 12-02-22

Great story to listen to

Great story, I loved the performance. Sometimes funny, sometimes emotional, romantic, steamy and even some serious things going on. Overall I loved it.

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  • Jen Anderson
  • 14-12-21

amazing!

i absolutely loved this fun, sexy and emotional story. this book haf real depth, it was funny and very steamy . i loved it! the voice actors were great and really added emotion to the story

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  • B.McGrath
  • 11-11-21

entertaining

Some of this was sad due to human greed and other parts I found humorous . Lies, and betrayals with backstabbing were rampant. I enjoyed the journey. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters and story to life. The accents and expressions were great.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 13-10-21

Great Read

Game Changer was a great read by Sylvie Stewart. Poppy left everything behind to move to New York. While in New York she meets a blacksmith named Mac. She must interview Mac to secure her dream job in publishing, but he makes it nearly impossible to complete. Mac may just end up being her biggest ally if she allows him to be. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 05-11-20

Game Changer

From a chance meeting to happy endings this book has it all. I really enjoyed these two and the troubles that they had to make through together. The writing flows beautifully and the narration brings it all to life.

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  • Lady M
  • 20-09-20

Spoiler free review

this was a long one, but it did not feel that way once I was into it. I enjoyed it a lot, and the way the narrator was able to slip in and out of a southern accent was impressive. this story felt different from the other books by this author that I've listened to, but I still liked it a lot. there were quite a few characters but it never felt overwhelming. opposites attract is not one I read a lot of, but this was a well done example

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  • Lisa X
  • 30-07-20

Gets better as the story goes along.

This is listed as a romantic comedy but I honestly didn’t feel it was. There were a few times but mostly it seemed darker and more serious. That could be attributed to the male lead. He is a alpha male who is dark and broody. She refers to him as a dragon or King Kong multiple times. He says he doesn’t have a word limit a day but between you and me...I think he does. So getting his story out of him is like pulling teeth.

I enjoyed the sister, Iris, and a co worker, Naveed of Poppy. They both added some flair to the story. Even Bunny, Bobby Lee and Cookie were some nice additions.

This isn’t my first book by this author. I love her Carolina Series. This just seemed to reach not quite that high. The story was good and the characters had growth. The author did a good job relaying the intense attraction the two MC’s had for each other. I was saddened and irritated a few times while reading. Then I did get that big “O” of shock. I didn’t see that coming. This is a good story to me though not a rom com. I did listen to this on audio and Meg Price did a nice job.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 26-07-20

Southern Belle In NY

Mac is a blacksmith, artist and furniture maker. He's a brooding man of few words. He is protective of his privacy. Poppy is vivacious, from Savannah Georgia. She just got a job in N.Y. at an upcoming magazine. She thought dropping her southern accent, changing her personality would be an advantage to her job. Her assignment is to get an interview with Mac. Getting him to talk, is like pulling teeth. I love how the Poppy eventually peels away each layer of Mac, just like an onion, one layer at a time. This is a fun entertaining story epecilly when Poppy is in her Southern element and looking for sweet tea in NYC.Poppy gets Mac. It took a while to build his trust, only to have it broken.
Meg Price was wonderful telling this story! Giving each character their own voice and personality.
I was gifted this audio and offered my honesf review