Played by Clare James

Posted October 16, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Played by Clare JamesPlayed by Clare James
Series: Elite PR #2
Format: eARC
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Musician, Romance
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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...

I love book where people are starting over, or trying again, I think it’s something that we can all relate to. I also like books about musicians, so when I realized this book was about a guy trying to get a second chance in the music business, I was kinda sold on it. Also think what really worked about this book is that both Melody and Aaron are getting there lives together and they are doing it in kind of a symbiotic way, so their journeys kind of run parallel, which actually makes it really enjoyable.

So the book kind of starts with Melody, she’s basically kind of down on her luck. She’s recently been demoted at work, went from having an office with a view to being in the cubicles with the interns, and with a serious cashflow problem, rent and other things are seriously becoming an issue for her. Melody was interesting for me because she has this kind of attitude about her (like not in a bad way) but the reality is she’s a small town girl, and she’s never really colored outside the lines. Sure, she’s tried to go out and paint the town red, but it never really seems to work out that way. I think she has the idea of what she is suppose to be, but isn’t who she really is, and when the book starts she’s not super invested in her job or what she is doing, ultimately she’s just trying to save face for when she has to go back home (no one wants to go back home a failure).

So Aaron is Melody’s new neighbor and he has a set of demons on his back. He made it big in the music scene and he crashed it to the ground, hard. He came from a harder childhood, a father who passed and a mother who was more interested in alcohol then being a mother. So Aaron wants a second chance, and it’s not that he wants to be famous or rich, he wants to take care of his little brother and I think he wants to prove to himself that he is more then the pile of mistakes in his past. As it turns out Melody works in PR, and Aaron has a place for her to crash when she gets evicted from her apartment.

They enter into this mutually beneficial arrangement, Aaron gets help relaunching his career, Melody gets a place to stay and a leg up at work to finally prove herself. And what works with these two is they have this great dynamic together, they really just fall into a rhythm and they laid a good foundation. Yes there is some serious heat between them, and that’s obvious in some of the more steamy scenes, but you can tell early on it’s more than just that to them. I will say this book is very sweet, and really enjoyable to read. I had the right pacing, the right level of heat, the right amount of heartwarming moments, it just really worked well together, a very enjoyable read for me.

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About Clare James

Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO,MORE, DIRTY LITTLE LIES, TALK TO ME, and JUST LISTEN. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine.

A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans.

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