My name is Jace London,
And I may have screwed up.
Change My Game, an all-new, angst-filled standalone romance from Kelsey Clayton, is available now!
I’ve always been the guy who had it all.
Privilege, entitlement, and a life of luxury.
But after one college night gone tragically wrong,
Nothing has ever been the same.
Everyone thinks I should be happy.
With a trust fund like mine, who could be sad?
But no one knows what’s going on with me,
Or the nightmares that keep me awake at night.
I finally found salvation in a parent’s worst nightmare.
The only thing to ease the pain just enough to breathe.
My friends are worried I’m going to ruin myself.
What they don’t realize, is I’m already dead inside.
Now they’re ready to pull out all the stops,
Including a therapist that gets paid an ungodly price.
No amount of money can bring back the guy I was,
But the girl that got away might be enough to try.
Gorgeous, strong, and confident to a fault.
If anyone can save me from myself, it’s her.
Change My Game is a standalone and part of the North Haven University series. It deals with sensitive topics that may be triggering for some readers.
Grabbing my pillow off the couch, I make my way back to my room as Paige follows. It’s only a twin size bed, so the two of us are going to end up practically on top of each other, but at least it’s more comfortable. I wasn’t allowed to change the mattress out, but I was able to put a pillow top on it to make it a little more bearable.
“Do you want the wall or the edge?”
She tilts her head to the side as she thinks about it. “The edge. I don’t want to wake you up in the morning when I’m trying to get out of bed at quarter after six.”
I purse my lips as I realize she’s right. “Good point.”
Climbing onto the bed, I get as close to the wall as possible, and she gets in behind me. Even with my one arm flush against the cold sheetrock, we’re still pressed together. I roll onto my side to try to give us more room, but she stays staring up at the ceiling.
She doesn’t move an inch, not even to look over at me. “Goodnight.”
A few minutes pass as I wait for her to close her eyes, but that time doesn’t come. She blinks up at the ceiling, like it’s not even there and she’s watching the stars. It isn’t until she moves her hand just slightly, that I realize I wasn’t imagining things all night.
Her hand moves across the bed until it ends up directly on my dick, and it instantly twitches. I can’t really blame it, since I’ve gone longer than a monk without sex lately, but it’s a bit disappointing when she rips her hand away.
“Oh my God,” she gasps. “I’m sorry. I was…I’m sorry.”
I can’t help but chuckle as she covers her face. “It’s fine. If you want to touch my cock, it’s free game.”
She whimpers and reaches over to smack me, though it lacks force. “Ugh, this was a bad idea.”
“What were you trying to do?”
Her head turns my way, and she huffs. “I was looking for your hand.”
I lift my hand from next to my head. “It’s up here.”
“I see that now.”
Thankfully, my fears of her insisting she sleeps on the couch dissipate as she doesn’t move. Instead, she goes back to staring up at the ceiling, but I’m rock hard at this point. Even just a second of her touch was enough to wake the beast.
I slowly drag my fingertips down her arm, starting from her shoulder. Then, I skate over to her leg and make my way up her thigh—really taking my time in case she wants to stop me. But she doesn’t. She stays completely still, until just before I reach the waistband of her shorts. My fingers dip under the fabric, and her breath hitches.
“You said no funny business,” she whispers into the silence.
I hum. “Trust me, I find nothing funny about this.”
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
I knew from the end of Corrupt My Mind that Change My Game was going to be an emotional second-chance romance. But I was NOT expecting the roller coaster that Jace and Paige’s story took me on!
Change My Game starts out as an enemies-to-lovers second chance romance, but it morphs into something so much more. Paige and Jace are the loves of each other’s lives, even though it’s taken them years to get to where they are today. And even where they are today… it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. Jace is going through some pretty heavy stuff, and at times Paige isn’t sure if she’s enough to be the one who brings him out of the darkness.
This book had me on the edge of my seat. Just when I thought things had turned a corner, another major bombshell was thrown at me! By the time I got to the end, I felt like I’d been put through the wringer. I loved how dedicated Paige and Jace were to one another once they finally got over the BS that they were each holding on to from their previous attempt at dating. She stands by his side through SO MUCH, no matter how hard he tries to push her away! She makes him want to be a better person, and he really puts in the work to turn his situation around.
This series is a spinoff from one of Kelsey Clayton’s previous ones, so there are some crossovers from characters in the Haven Grace Prep series. But the North Haven University books are standalones, and do read as such. I haven’t read any of the Prep books, and I did not feel as if I was missing pieces of the story. There are some chapters toward the end of Change My Game where characters from Paige and Jace’s high school days at Prep turn out to show their support during an incredibly difficult time, which I loved from the standpoint of these characters having a history and backstory. For longtime KC readers, I’m sure they will love this nod.
There’s a great tease at the very end for the next book in this series, and it really has me smacking my lips in anticipation!
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Kelsey Clayton is an internationally selling author of Contemporary Romance novels. She lives in a small town in Delaware with her husband, two kids, and dog.
She is an avid reader of fall hard romance. She believes that books are the best escape you can find, and that if you feel a range of emotions while reading her stories – she succeeded. She loves writing and is only getting started on this life long journey.
Kelsey likes to keep things in her life simple. Her ideal night is one with sweatpants, a fluffy blanket, cheese fries, and wine. She holds her friends and family close to her heart and would do just about anything to make them happy.
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