Thursday, September 29, 2016

#Review: PLAY by Piper Lawson | #Giveaway @piperjlawson @XpressoTours


Piper Lawson

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.

DISCLAIMER: I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for honest review, as part of this blog tour.

I am new to Piper's books. So this was my first read from her. And . . . WOW! From the beginning, we can see that Payton is . . . a bit hard on herself and her job. When her boss send her in his place to a possible new client meeting, she thinks she is being Punk'd by the hotshot at work and lets everything out. Max Donovan is nothing more than a part in Avery's plan to surpass all positions and make everyone else look like dirt. Or so she thought.

Max is a video game developer in need of a massive loan to get the rest of his present project running. He is also . . . your picture bad boy. Pierced eyebrow, possibly has hidden tattoos. Yeah, he doesn't seem to be a serious businessman, but boy! Is Payton ever wrong! Payton has to fix her first impression of Max and nail his account because it will put her up there on her boss' list.

Payton doesn't know what it is about Max that makes her . . . do things she does not normally do. Like play his video game before he gives her his business. But he also seems to be a complete P in the B because he is not keeping her updated on his project, which makes her go searching for him because he won't answer her calls, texts or emails.

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars.
No fair! There has more to the story! 
I was laughing when I read the chapter title at the beginning. Each chapter has either a funny or ironic title and it just makes the book even more enjoyable. There was a part that made me grimace, but that was only because it involved . . . a strip club. (Say it like it is) But aside from that, I did love the book and I look forward to more of Piper's work.

About the Author
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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 or on twitter @piperjlawson .