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.
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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 or on twitter.
Being the younger sibling of a brother that was hoping I would be a boy, I have spent a fair portion of my life playing video games (my all time favourite is Pokemon Stadium for Nintendo64 if you were curious). Anyways, so naturally a book about a sexy video game developer sparked an interest in me.
The relationship between Max and Payton is probably best described as a punishing one. They both clearly like one another, but spend a majority of the book dancing around the subject and pushing each other away. It got to a point where I was just yelling at my Kindle, "Just make-out already!" ...if my flatmate didn't already think I was nuts, she might now be reconsidering moving in with me. But when those two finally get their shiz together, they are pretty damn adorable.
I think my favourite part of this novel are the scenes where Payton's BFF Charlie, is present -- all the better if she is messing with Avery in some form or another in it. She is just amazingly awesome, and I am hoping with all my heart that there is a spin-off novel about Charlie and Avery -- I feel like that'd be a hoot to read. *nudge nudge, Lawson*
PLAY is a quirky read that manages to fold the two worlds of gaming and banking into a entertaining read -- I am just as surprised as you. I will be hanging out for that spin-off though...
3 out of 5
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