Play Me

Overshadowed by her overachieving family, Lily rebels in her own way. But she is still engaged to the perfect guy, at least as far as her family is concerned. When she catches him with his pants down at a party, she "borrows" his Mercedes and takes off for parts unknown to think. Unfortunately her lack of attention lands her in a very dangerous part of town, and that is where the Mercedes decides to breakdown.

Gabe is taking a hiatus from his job. He drives a tow truck as he tries to sort out who he is and what he wants to do. Recovering from his hero complex, he's frustrated when he gets a phone call from a woman who has landed herself in a bad neighborhood. He should just forget about it but something in her voice affects him, and he finds himself riding to the rescue. When he lays eyes on the damsel in distress he's blown away. When the attraction he feels is reciprocated, they have a night of passion. He wants more but won't let himself. But what if he can't help himself?

Guilty Pleasure Alert! This pushed a lot of my happy buttons as a romance goes. Damaged hero, innocent yet seductive heroine. Danger, deception and desperation. Yum. Gabe is a keeper even if he is a little ragged around the edges. His concern and hesitation illustrates his character more than anything else. Lily isn't as defined as Gabe, but still is interesting and as a reader you are able to commiserate and identify. Gabe has multiple cousins who are outlined in sexy detail, so I'm fervently hoping there will be more from this author about this family. A must read if you like a lot of hot sex coupled with a really compelling story that is emotional as well as entertaining.

Book Blurb for Play Me

Lily Hamilton had her quiet, predictable life all mapped out, including a hot-shot attorney for a fiancé. That is until she catches him screwing around and takes off in his prized Mercedes, for once not giving a damn where she’s headed. How clichéd is that?

Gabriel Jackson is raw and disillusioned. Driving a tow truck is a far cry from the dangerous career he turned his back on, but when he finds the classy blonde in a dangerous part of LA, he’s immediately back in the role of protector.

Lily is hot and sweet and so out of his league it’s not funny, yet Gabe can’t deny the sizzling heat between them. He thinks he wants hard, fast and rough—until he gets his hands on her. He knows he should stay the hell away, but Lily makes him feel, really feel, for the first time in two years. Is she just slumming or can she see beyond the harsh, broken façade to the man beneath? A man who dreams of making her his?

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.75