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.
I really enjoyed this story, the characters had the personalities that I love, geeky, sassy and fun. And Max… well,… I call dibs, and he had better wear the glasses!! Geeky and sexy, how can you go wrong? The story was simple yet still pulled me in, although I was more interested in the launch of the game and how that was going to pan out. I knew Max and Payton would end up together and “watching” it unfold was at times frustrating. It was so obvious at times that you just wanted to knock some sense into them, tell them to get over themselves and just accept it lol. Payton’s friend Charlie cracked me up and I think she needs her own story, possibly with the a-hole Avery, she might be able to knock him off his high horse lol. All around great read!
1. “You manage the assholes. You hold hands and soothe egos and turn big, snarling wolves into sweet, fluffy lambs.”
“I think I prefer ‘Service-Oriented Professional.’”
“Tough. I already ordered your business cards. You are Payton Blake, Dick Whisperer.”
2. Max muttered something that sounded like my name. Or maybe it was ‘bacon’.
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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 http://www.piperlawsonbooks.com or on twitter @piperjlawson.