Author: Piper Lawson
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Victory Editing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms.
I mean, video games.
I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.
OK. So it’s a big-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?’ 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.
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.
Game on, Max Donovan.
Play is the first book I’ve read by Piper Lawson, but it won’t be my last. I was really pleased with this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. A financial executive and a video game creator didn’t exactly scream scorching love story to me, but I was intrigued by the enemies to lovers aspect of it so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did because the writing was great and the story was so much fun.
Normally I’m a dual point of view girl when it comes to my romances, but I loved that this story was told solely in Payton’s point of view. I loved what a strong female character she was. Payton went after what she wanted professionally and personally. I loved that she stood up for herself and didn’t back down from what she believed in. It was really refreshing to read. With her narration, I didn’t feel like I needed Max’s side of things Adding his point of view would have just complicated the story and taken away from all the cool things going on in Payton’s mind. She was actually really funny!
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max. He was a super hot nerd with a super sexy piercing. (That dang barbel! I don’t know why I found it so drool worthy, but I did.) His back story and his job added so many great situations to the book. He was the perfect match for Payton.They had amazing chemistry and some super sexy moments together. It was so much fun to watch their romance unfold. It was so lusty and kind of a slow-burn sort of thing.
I enjoyed Play a lot and found it to be a fun new adult romance with a unique storyline. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy an office romance that’s kind of “out of the box”.