Novella Review–Play with Me by Lisa Renee Jones

 

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Review:

I haven’t read anything by Lisa Renee Jones before, so I was eager to start Play with Me.  From the first sentence I was sucked into the story.  I loved Kali’s voice.  She’s a no nonsense young woman who knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to work to achieve her goals.  After suffering a major setback in her plan to reboot her life, she takes a temporary position as Damion’s personal assistant.  She quickly discovers that he’s a beast to work for.  An attractive beast, but a beast none the less! Relying on a strong sense of self, though, she quickly lets him know she won’t let him push her around. 

The sexual tension sizzles, and both Kali and Damion try to keep their attraction in check.  Kali doesn’t want to give  gossip to the rumor mill, and the thought of sleeping with her boss doesn’t sit well with her.  Try as she might, though, she can’t deny that all she wants to do is rip off his clothes and play out every naughty daydream she’s entertained, with Damion taking center stage.  The push and pull between them is occasionally maddening, but Jones draws you right into Kali’s head, so you know exactly what she’s thinking and exactly what she wants. 

In addition to fending off her blazing desire for Damion, Kali finds herself in the middle of a suspected embezzling case.  Something fishy is going on at the casinos Damion’s in charge of, and Kali’s first hint that something’s very wrong in Damion’s kingdom includes being locking in a hotel room for most of the day with no contact with the outside world.  She’s pissed about her treatment during the casino lockdown, and who can blame her?  Her introduction to her employment at the casinos totally sucked.  Her first encounter with HR had her wasting most of the day while the indifferent staff ignored her, and then, BAM! solitary confinement.  Not a great start to her new job, and not a great start to her new life! 

The resolution of the corporate intrigue felt a bit rushed, as did Kali’s offer to expose Damion’s misdeeds and write an expose on the casinos after a chance meeting with a former employee. Despite these quibbles, Play with Me is an entertaining read featuring a demanding man who gets what he wants, and an equally forceful woman who knows what she wants.  Part of the story takes place during Thanksgiving, but I didn’t find the holiday flavor very strong, so if you were avoiding Play with Me because you don’t like holiday themed stories, you won’t have an issue here.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

From Amazon:

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle (Play with Me, Snowfall, and After Midnight): A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories, waiting for the article that will launch her career to new heights. When she suddenly finds herself forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Vegas casino, Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO. But after Damion invites her to help him plan a Thanksgiving charity event, Kali begins to see another side of the man. And when she surrenders to the exhilarating tension simmering between them, Kali hopes her story will have a happy ending.

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Kate Meader’s Top 5 Favorite Desserts

1. Cream cheese pound cake – the denseness of pound cake with the tang of cream cheese.

2. Pain Perdu at Bistro Compagne in Chicago – fig and brown butter bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream

3. Chocolate pixies – best cookie evah!

4. Banana and nutella crepes

5. Anything chocolate – cake, tart, cookie, on fruit, on a man…you get the idea

About the book:

ALL FIRED UP by Kate Meader (Forever E-Book; 9781455599622; November 5, 2013)

Her sweetest mistake . . .

Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas—her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?

. . . Tastes so, so good

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