Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Played (Elite PR #2) by Clare James

Title: Played
Author: Clare James
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Series: Elite PR #2 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
ISBN: 9781633754515

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...

My Review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Melody is going through a rough patch. She has been demoted at work and abruptly evicted from her apartment. Luckily for her, her hot new neighbor takes pity on her and let's her stay overnight in his guest room.
But fate is about to intervene. You see, that new neighbor happens to be fallen country singer Aaron Major. And it turns out he is planning a comeback. And guess what? Melody works in PR. (Don't ya just love when it all comes together!) So before he knows it, Aaron not only has a new PR firm, but also a new roommate. Talk about Hurricane Melody!  

I loved Melody. She was so spunky and despite the setbacks in her life, once she saw the way back, she went full speed ahead and didn't let anything get in her way (Hurricane Melody indeed!). And I felt that she was just what Aaron needed. He had reservations about getting involved with her (personally and professionally) because she reminded him of some aspects of his previous life, the one he is trying to forget, but in some ways she really didn't give him chance to say no. Once he saw what she could do for him (again, both personally and professionally) he sat back and enjoyed the ride. 

And as a couple Melody and Aaron were fantastic and I thought they had great chemistry. When Aaron moved into his apartment and first met Melody you could tell that they were attracted to each other. But once they formed a friendship/working relationship, the physical aspect came quite easily. Plus it helped that their chemistry translated into some really steamy scenes that had me fanning myself!  

This was a quick read for me. I found myself invested in the story line and I really wanted Melody to succeed and help Aaron become the performer he wanted to be. She believed in him, as an artist, from the beginning and wanted to help him as much as, if not more, than she wanted her own career to benefit from his success. How sweet is that??

If you read the first book in this series, Caught, I definitely recommend reading this one. Vivian and Jarod are mentioned a few times and we get a kind of update on how they are doing. 

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young son, and is always on social media chatting with readers.


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