Publication date: August 15th 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream.
OK. So it’s a big, shiny-ass lie.I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)
But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.
I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.So what happens when the girl who lives to work goes head-to-head with the guy who was born to PLAY?Game on, Max Donovan.PLAY is a sassy standalone romantic comedy about life, love, and video games. For 18+ due to language and Kindle-incinerating steamy scenes.
Wow! Play was so unexpectedly good! It sucked me in until I couldn’t put it down!
Payton is a driven financier who needs to land some big money accounts for her firm and fast. She is given a client, Max Donovan, who is in the highly coveted tech sector. After a failed lunch meeting with Max, she lands him as a client, only he needs her for more. Max is a broken, closed-off genius who needs Payton to secure financing for a new video game he is developing.
The book is written in first person and told entirely from Payton’s POV, but that doesn’t stop you from feeling every bit of emotion in this book. There is an incredibly slow burn that builds up to the pivotal “first time.” and it is a delicious slow burn. When Max and Payton finally combust (after one failed moment a few weeks before that) the pages scorch. There is a lot of turmoil between these two. In the beginning, they kind of hate each other, but there is still that simmering attraction running underneath all the hate. When they are together it’s fantastic, whether it is arguing or more. I was so mad when the inevitable crisis came up at how they both handled things. However, I was more than rewarded with an awesome HEA!
I haven’t read a Piper Lawson book before, but I will definitely be reading more.
This book has it all – humor, emotions, sex and romance. Grab it today!
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I love reading and writing about sassy, sexy, smart women and the guys who fall hard for them. Schooled is the introduction to my Travesty series about ambitious girls who chase their dreams of a fashion label from California to New York and back again.
My main household expenditures include books, coffee and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and I’ll defend it accordingly). I have two business degrees, neither of which I’ve leveraged into a fashion label.
Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes. Come find me on the tennis court, at the beach, on the web at http://www.piperlawsonbooks.com or on twitter @piperjlawson.