I was very excited for the release of Lauren Blakely’s new book Playing With Her Heart. I loved her other books, and I could not wait to read this one too. Please, keep in mind that her books are not YA and should not be read by anyone under 17.
Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. But then she comes face to face with her new director — sexy, sophisticated, jealous, all-alpha, dirty-talking Davis Milo. He tries to resist the actress he’s cast, but the attraction between them is too powerful, and soon their private rehearsals spiral into new, forbidden territory. The connection, the chemistry is undeniable, and it hits them anywhere, and everywhere — in the theater, on the piano, in the limo, in the restaurant…But the tragedy in Jill’s past stands between them. Davis has walls too, so they can either face their fears together, or risk the most intense love, sex and passion either has ever felt…
You can read the full thing over at Goodreads. I cut out the racy quotes because I try to keep my posts on the clean side in case any younger readers stumble across them.
I really wanted to love this book because I am a huge fan of Lauren Blakely’s other books, but I had just enough problems with this book that I can’t give it the coveted 5-star rating.
I liked the premise of this story. It had a little of that forbidden romance feel without being some terribly inappropriate situation. This made it hot without the awkward. I also liked how their lives somewhat mirrored the play and that they were able to use it to learn and grow together.
Davis was awesome. He was kind of the perfect mix of things. He was athletic yet artsy, smart, thoughtful and pretty much any other positive adjective you could come up with, but at the same time he wasn’t perfect. He had been hurt in the past and had trust issues. He struggled at times to find the right balance in his life, and there were other little things about him that made him more believable.
I have mixed feelings about Jill. She was not what I was expecting. There were times when I would really like her and connect with her as a character, but then there were also times when she would annoy me a lot. She spent so much time trying to force a situation that she shouldn’t have. I understand why she did, but it still bothered me.
I wish Patrick would have had a little more personality. It would have made my above complaint less relevant. Seriously, he was one of the flattest characters I have read in a while.
I did like getting the tie-ins to Ms. Blakely’s other books. We got to see glimpses of the couples from all of her other books.
However, by the same token, I was kind of annoyed that we didn’t see more of Jill’s friends, especially Kat. Sure they had a couple of quick scenes together, but they live together. I would have liked to see more bonding time. Especially at the end when Jill is doing her confessions. I think Kat deserved to hear the truth and that it would have been cleansing for Jill to be able to unload on her best friend. After all, that’s what best friends are there for.
So in conclusion, while there were plenty of things about this book that I liked, I did have some issues with it.
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