Play (Piper Lawson)


I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-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?’ 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.

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.

Game on, Max Donovan.

Once again I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, check her review of this book here.

This book took me a bit by surprise, because I was expecting to like it, but I liked it more than I was expecting. Did that make sense? This is not my first Piper Lawson’s book though… I had already liked Chased.

I really liked the writing. The book is told through Payton’s POV, and she’s kick-ass! She’s funny and witty and smart. I loved her narration. At some points I would have liked to have seen Max’s point of view of some situations, but I got that it would change the way we experience the book.

I really loved Peyton. It’s not often that I like the female MC more than the male MC, but it happened here. I loved loved loved Peyton. She’s amazing. I loved how she stood up for herself and what she wanted, always.

It took me a bit to warm up completely to Max, but once I did, I was all in. I understood his trusts issues and how his mind worked, and I loved that he was so IN on his relationship with Payton, and how hard he worked in his company.

I really liked the evolution of their relationship, and how it moved slowly and the tension and feelings developed with time.

The cast of supporting characters is awesome too, and both best friends are great and super important to the story. I also really liked the integration of their professional lives and families into their story too.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I have to recommend it to anyone who is into the NA/Romance genre. Also, hot nerd hero? YES PLEASE!