Title: Play Me
Author: Katie McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2016
1 Chef (equal parts sexy and carefree)
1 Pianist (equal parts uptight and endearing)
1/8 inch of drywall between their apartments
2 opinions on everything
Combine all ingredients, mix vigorously, and be prepared for an explosion of heat.
Pianist Ella Thomas is training for the competition of her life. Finally in an apartment of her own, she can practice from dawn till dusk.
But she didn't bet on the sexy and frustrating neighbor keeping her up all night - even if he does cook like a maestro and kiss like it’s his job.
Jake Matson is living his dream as Head Chef at one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco. He's easy going, flirtatious and not looking for love. He didn't expect to be completely distracted by the girl next door, whose buttoned-up appearance hides the seductive firecracker underneath.
What happens when opposites attract? As their tension fires up, can they create a new kind of music together or will everything boil over?
I thoroughly enjoyed Katie's first book Game On, so I jumped at the chance to read her new book. And when I saw that cover....WOW.
Ella is a professional pianist. She has just moved out of her teacher/ex boyfriend's apartment and is living on her own for for the first time in her life. She is preparing for a very important competition and needs to focus. She feels that living on her own will help with that. Jake is the head chef at a successful local restaurant. He lives upstairs from Ella and tries to play the role of disgruntled neighbor when her piano playing wakes him up. But one look at Ella and Jake is quite taken with her.
The two of them get off to a rough start, but a batch of brownies changes everything! After Ella tells him that she doesn't really like food and he tastes are very plain and ordinary, Jake pretty much makes it his mission to change that. Jake is able to convince Ella to go on "one date" with him and it's a great date. Of course one date turns into two and then three and before they know it, they are dating.
“Most people don’t understand how rich and interesting classical music is,” I told him.
He raised an eyebrow. “Oh yeah?” he asked, sounding way too inviting.
Usually I would just end the conversation there, accepting that most people would never understand what was so special about classical music, but I heard my thoughts tumble out of my mouth in a long, passionate rant.
“Maybe it’s not as cool or exciting as pop music or rock and roll or even jazz, but it has an incredible history and remains just as vibrant and affecting as it did hundreds of years ago. You can find classical music in the roots of every single form of music that exists today, so really, if you like any kind of music, you like classical music, you just haven’t bothered to listen to it without all the bells and whistles that we like to add to our music today. In fact, classical music is completely pure, completely without ego. When you play, you are connecting to the person who wrote the music and everyone else who has played it before. You are part of history and that is an extraordinary thing.”
When I finished I was completely out of breath. Jake didn’t say anything for a moment, just stared down at me, and the intensity of his gaze made me blush. I felt totally exposed, as if I had just taken off my clothes in front of a stranger instead of telling my neighbor the reasons I loved playing the classics.
“I—” I started to say, but before I could get the sentence out, Jake pulled me into his arms and slanted his gorgeous mouth against mine.
Jake is good people. He became Ella's support system when she felt that no one in her life was there for her. He never once doubted her skills as a pianist and came through for her in the most adorable way when she thought things were over between them.
I really liked this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down and I finished it in record time. There were plenty of lighthearted moment that made me laugh and it made me crave brownies, which I have year to make. (Trust me, it will make sense once you read it.) Katie has become one of those must read authors for me and I look forward to reading her future books.
Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.