The Changeup (2022)

About the Book

Book: The Changeup

Series: The Vegas Kings #1

Author: Emily Childs

Release Date: April 26, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sweet Romance

He’s baseball’s biggest heartbreaker. Now…he’s stealing mine.

Parker Knight is a smooth-talking pitcher with a smile for days and a roster of broken hearts behind him. Those are only a few reasons why a guy like him is never getting near my heart.

After making a cross-country move to prove I deserve a place within my dad’s baseball empire, the last thing on my mind is a play boy pitcher.

But when we randomly meet off the field, it’s clear Parker has no idea I’m the team owner’s daughter. He thought I was going to be his next conquest. I didn’t mean to shut the guy down so hard, and I certainly didn’t expect to oversee his foundation on my first day at the office.

No one has ever seen the real guy behind the bad boy of baseball, but the more I get to know Parker, the harder it is to ignore the feelings I’m catching.

I’ve had my heart broken too many times before. How can I trust it with the biggest heartbreaker of them all?

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My Thoughts

Emily Childs is one of the best Contemporary Romance storytellers ever. She really has become one of my most favorite writers to date. The Changeup is awesome. I have wanted to read Parker’s story since I met him in book 1 of the For Love and Rock series. What immediately struck me about Parker all those many books ago is his intense sense of loyalty to those he lets in. This sense of loyalty truly makes Parker an endearing character. I also couldn’t wait to meet the woman who would capture his heart. As an avowed for-life bachelor, I knew whatever woman caught Parker would have to be a totally amazing woman. And Skye really is the perfect woman for Parker. I very much enjoyed the journey Parker and Skye take to get to happily ever after, and I really enjoyed getting an in-depth view into Parker’s character, but what I loved the most about this story is all the substance. The Changeup is more than just a fluffy, passionate romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is a ton of chemistry and passion and sweet romance, but there’s so much more. As someone who has experienced the frustration and terror of a traumatic brain injury, I can attest to Skye’s physical and mental issues. Childs does a superior job capturing the hang-ups and insecurities one can have after fighting one’s way back from a TBI. In this, Skye is a very relatable character. Parker’s struggle with his mother is also very relatable. Childs does a remarkable job creating the angry, frustrating, unspoken emotions of an adult whose parent was rotten. On the one hand, you’re an adult. You want to get over it and live your adult life free from all that past junk. But on the other hand, those very real feelings are trapped in your chest. What do you do with them? Childs does a great job maneuvering Parker through those very real, very intense feelings. And, if all of this isn’t enough to make The Changeup a great story, the villain of this story is awful and will keep any reader furiously turning pages well into the night just to find out if he gets what he deserves or not. I had very visceral feelings and reactions towards this villain. Does he get his just desserts? Well, you’ll have to purchase a copy of this excellent story and find out for yourself.

The Changeup is another home run (pun intended — read the book, you’ll understand) by Emily Childs. I loved every minute of this story and highly, highly recommend it. If you are a fan of highly engaging, delightfully romantic, swoony romance with serious substance, then you have to check out The Changeup. You won’t be disappointed that you did.

I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on April 25, 2022, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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