Monday, March 14, 2016

Played Book Review

Title:  Played
Series:  Elite PR #2
Author:  Clare James
Publisher:  Entangled:  Brazen
Release Date:  Oct. 19, 2015

My Rating:  3.5 Red Hot Smexy 's


Play. Or be played.

The music should be enough. End of story. But Aaron Major is finding out it's not, and now his agent has hired a firm of suits to help launch his debut album, turning his life into a goddamn circus. Smile here. Play there. Be nice. Well, screw that. If Aaron wanted to spend his time shaking hands and kissing babies, he would've gone into politics.

Helping launch the career of country singer Aaron Major should be a cakewalk for PR pro Melody Sharp. Aaron is charming, sexy, and oh-so-appealing when he's on stage. Off stage, though, he's her worst nightmare. A stubborn, ornery, reclusive nightmare without a lick of business-or fashion-sense. The only way he's going to make it in music is with a serious makeover-and quite possibly a personality transplant.

Soon, they're engaged in a game of give and take, and though it's Melody calling the shots, it's Aaron who holds all control...
My Review:
A struggling ex-country music star and a demoted PR girl - a match made in heaven, right? Since we all know things are seldom that simple, read on!  Aaron Major had a career most only dream of, but too many all-nighters - booze, parties, easy women - took its toil on both his body and his career.  After crashing and burning, he decided to step away from the limelight and take time to find himself and his music again - find out what's real and what's not.  Aaron moves in across the hall and first meets his sexy neighbor as she tries to find her keys after an all-nighter of her own - and drops her lacy panties out of her purse.  Well, isn't that intriguing?  Believing that this was the kind of woman that was part of the life he had left behind, Aaron steers clear of the temptation of Melody Sharp . . . until she finds herself locked out of her apartment for non-payment of the rent.  Aaron has no choice but to invite her into his apartment and allow her to stay a couple of nights - that turns into a few weeks.  And so, these two damaged people begin an erotic dance - swaying back and forth between physical desire and their need for something more . . . something real, something that lasts. He helps her by giving her a place to live, and she repays him by convincing the Elite PR firm where she works to take him on as a client - with her managing his PR.  And so the fun, hot sex, and array of misunderstandings begins.
Played is a hot, sexy read that also tugs on the heart strings.  I really liked Aaron as he worked to rebuild his career and came to realize that it's okay to lean on someone else, to need someone else.  I came to like Melody once she grew a pair and took charge of her own career and life.  As it turned out, these two make beautiful music together!  Played is a good, sexy, and yes, even sweet romance.  A Must Read!
My Rating:  3.5 Red Hot Smexy 's . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx

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