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Monday, August 10, 2015

Tasty Book Tours: Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson (Review + Giveaway)

Goodness gracious but this book was super sexy! While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I LOVED this one. I would love to Cosplay one day but for that I'd need a heck of a lot of confidence!

About Megan Erickson

Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats.

When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: August 11, 2015

She wanted fantasy. He's about to make it a reality...

Grant Osprey just had the hottest sex of his life. Sure, they were both in costume, and yes, it was anonymous, but he never expected her to bolt in the middle of the night without so much as a good bye, let alone exchanging numbers. Or names. All he's left with are her panties and some seriously X-rated memories...until he meets his business partner's little sister.

Only Chloe Talley isn't the bold, sexy vixen he remembers. And she wants nothing to do with him.

Cosplay is Chloe's only chance to leave her boring, socially awkward world behind. To forget that she's failing at life and can't be with anyone, let alone a single-father like Grant. But the raw hunger between them is undeniable. With him, she can be a misbehaving maid. A sexy call girl for hire. Each scene pushes Chloe beyond her strict boundaries, until Grant demands the one character she can't play.

Chloe Talley needs to pretend to be someone else in order to escape the grief, despair and overwhelming shyness of her everyday life. When she hooks up with an anonymous stranger at Comic Con, she’s a bold, daring, sexy seductress. Even though their chemistry is amazing, Chloe still slips away without saying goodbye and believes that is that. Until she joins her brother on a business lunch and learns that her mysterious hook up was none other than her brother’s business partner and close friend!

Grant Osprey can’t believe his luck when the woman he hasn’t been able to forget walks into the restaurant he’s at and sits at his table. When the fog from his mind clears he realizes that his good luck is actually bad luck. His hot one night stand is none other than his friend’s little sister! The chemistry that originally drew them together still burns between them and soon Grant and Chloe are role playing their way into relationship territory. But it’s Chloe who keeps backing away. Suddenly Grant is determined to strip away all of Chloe’s identities to see who she truly is and Chloe fears he might not like what he finds.

Very few things are hotter than a nerdy guy who looks like a male model, talks like a wet dream and can blend in at Comic-Con.

Good gracious but Grant Osprey was one sexy stud! Lots of times I’ll come across a romance where the hero is described as a nerd but there’s never any concrete proof of it. Grant is proof that a hero can be a big ‘ole nerd but still turn a woman into a puddle of hormones whenever he opens that dirty mouth of his. I think it was his confidence in himself that got to me. He was comfortable being a nerd but he was confident in his abilities as a ladies’ man so to speak. I never got the impression that he was arrogant. I really liked this guy, much more than when he first appeared in Changing His Game.

Okay, I’ve talked about the hero whom I laughed at and enjoyed; now it’s time for the heroine…

All hail The Mother of Dragons!!
I. Adored. Chloe. She is getting a permanent spot on my small but very important “Favorite Heroines” list. From the start I connected with Chloe and her introverted but nerdy personality. From her fear of being herself in large social situations to needing plenty of time alone to recharge before facing people again to, and this was my favorite part, her love of Game of Thrones and her wallpaper of Daenerys on her desktop Mac!! I don’t have a Mac but I DO have the Mother of Dragons as my wallpaper on my laptop AND my phone (And I may have switched my ringtone on my mother’s phone to the theme song from the show).

House Targaryen!!
So you see, this woman could be my sister!! Or at the least, my best friend. I understood her emotional and psychological trauma and all her hang-ups and that made me cheer for her even more. I sympathized with her need to play a role in order to get what she wanted and to escape from her life which had become a prison.

As a couple, Grant and Chloe burned up the sheets pretty well and pretty often. In fact, the first half of Playing for Her Heart was one sexual encounter after another which didn’t bother me at all since it was evident that they were slowly working their way past the purely physical relationship into more difficult territory. They chemistry was obviously there and I just love the way the met!

I usually don’t care for romances where one or both characters have children but in this case I can say author Megan Erickson made it work. Sydney wasn’t an annoying kid, she was intelligent, observant and most of all, absent throughout most of the story. The few scenes Sydney did have served a purpose, the author wasn’t simply putting her in scenes just because she was Grant’s daughter. Sydney’s presence gave a new angle on Grant’s personality. Their relationship was easy going, fun and a complete reversal. Sydney was the mature one often baking for her father while Grant was the one licking the batter filled spoon and who loved to Cosplay. It worked for them and reminded me of another father/daughter relationship: Richard and Alexis Castle from the TV show Castle. I enjoyed Sydney so much that I hope she will get a book of her own.

Aside from Sydney, I have to say I was very interested in Ethan, Chloe’s grief stricken, reclusive brother. I want that gruff, mysterious man to find someone who can get past the sometimes glacial personality to the pain and sorrow he’s been holding onto for so long. The author did a great job of creating sympathy for a secondary character all while helping one of the main ones work through her own issues.

To be very honest, Playing for Her Heart had a totally different vibe than its predecessor, Changing His Game. While I enjoyed book one, I absolutely fell in love with this one. Grant and Chloe made an amazing couple and the secondary characters added more humor and provided a views of Grant and Chloe that otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

Final Verdict: I think that Playing for Her Heart will be the book to beat in my opinion. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Chloe craned her neck and moved to go around the man, but the he sidestepped, right into her path. She glared at him. Or rather, she glared at…Doc Ock.

A Doc Ock who was leering at her.

For God’s sake.

He twisted at the waist, so his metal octopus arms clanged together. Leaning into her, he pulled a string near his head so a claw snapped in her face. “Need a hand untying that corset, baby?” He held out his hands so that all four of his metal arms lifted. “Because I got six.”

This was what was keeping her from Breck? A Spider-Man villain? She raised her eyebrows, emboldened by her costume so she could say what she never could without it.

“Seriously? That’s your come on?”

He blinked at her. “Uh, yeah I guess so.”

“That’s the best you could come up with?”

His lips twisted to the side. “Well, uh, how about, are you afraid of spiders? Because I can protect you.”

She rolled her eyes. “Spiderman already beat you once and—”

And then her world tilted as someone gripped her waist and slung her over a hard shoulder. Then she was moving as the body who held her began walking. She protested with an umph and raised her head, watching Doc Ock stare after them with wide eyes, his metal arms clanking.

Chloe tried to get her wits together, remembering this was cosplay and she was Sari and how dare this guy pick her up? She turned her attention to her kidnapper. Or rather, his back. His blue-shirt-clad back. “Hey, put me down.”

He did with a thunk, and once she righted her skirt and brushed her hair out of her face, she got a good look at Breck. Her Breck.

Her incredibly hot rescuer.

She placed her hand on her hips and tried to keep the breathiness out of her voice, because damn. “I was doing just fine back there.”

“I know you were,” he said in a deep voice that skittered down her spine like fingers. “But I wasn’t. Had enough of watching that guy trying to hit on you.” Those full lips, so full they were almost feminine, twisted into a smile. “I wanted your attention. Because you’re the best Sari I’ve seen today.”

Chloe sucked in a breath. Oh yes, he’d do.

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