Monday, December 28, 2015

ARC Review: Played by Clare James

Played
Elite PR #2
ARC Edition,
203 pages
Published by Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: October 19th 2015

Blurb:
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

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...


Reese's Review:
I received a copy of Played by Clare James.

Melody feels like she’s floating since her best friend left to move in with her racecar-driving boyfriend. Now Melody is dropping the ball at work and with her apartment. After meeting with her very hot cowboy neighbor and being kicked out of her apartment and moves in with her hunky country-singing neighbor.

Aaron Major has been in the limelight before and after realizing there are more important things to do than drugs and women he leaves fame and fortune to find himself. His plan was to stay away from women and stay focused on getting his career back the safe way. That is until Melody is kicked out and he offers her a place to stay. 

Aaron has lived a hard life and all he wants to do is take care of his brother and play music again. With help from Melody with her work as a PR he works on his image to be the cowboy everyone wants and the guy he was always meant to be.

Aaron Major was a great character. He’s very genuine and sweet and caring. While he’s not into the whole PR thing he liked Melody enough to try. Aaron is a sexy cowboy with a lovely voice and sleeps naked which is a hilarious scene. I enjoy how much he bends to Melody and how much he cares about her.

Melody is unsure about her life when she runs into Aaron and to get back into her bosses good graces she takes Aaron on as a job. Melody has some major character growth in this story and comes from running away from her past to facing it.

I have to say while I really enjoyed this story I didn’t like that Aaron and Melody’s relationship moved so quickly. It happens at the end, I just wish it hadn’t ended that way.

Played is a fantastic story with great writing, characters, and romance.


Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO,MORE, DIRTY LITTLE LIES, TALK TO ME, and JUST LISTEN. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine.

A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans.

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