Monday, November 10, 2014

PLAY WITH ME by Lisa Renee Jones

Series:  N/A
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publish Date: 10.28.14
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Gallery Books
Category /Genre:  Erotica, Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Simon & Schuster (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 11.08.14
Goodreads link: PLAY WITH ME
Description from the publisher:

The warmth of Thanksgiving gives a dedicated reporter and a powerful businessman a chance to count their blessings in this tender, sensual novella from Lisa Renee Jones.

Kali Miller has spent three years reporting fluff stories for a small-town Texas paper, waiting for the opportunity to pen the article that will launch her career to new heights. That dream has never felt further away when she suddenly finds herself out of work, forced to take a job as an executive secretary at a Las Vegas casino. But that’s exactly where Kali meets the subject of what will surely be a shocking exposé: her boss, Damion Ward, the casino’s arrogant and undeniably sexy CEO.

Watching Damion make his cold, calculating business maneuvers, Kali is positive she’s doing the right thing. 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 that’s been simmering between them since day one, Kali becomes part of her own story, which she hopes will have a happy ending.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
This is a stand-alone contemporary romance novella.

Kali Miller has moved to Las Vegas to leave a troubling past behind and start over.  Unfortunately, the dream job awaiting her is cancelled before she gets there, so she turns to a temp
agency.  They place her with a casino manager, Damion Ward, as his executive secretary.  On day one, listening to office rumors, she believes she may be able to turn this job into the journalism career launching exposé of a lifetime.  After getting to know the man behind the rumors, Kali must decide if she will follow the rumors or follow the man.

Damion Ward is a gorgeous CEO of a multi-casino company.  As Kali said, “I …enter to find him in dark-blue jeans, a blue polo, and deck shoes.  On Damion, this translates to one of those Ralph Lauren Polo ads that make you want to lick the paper.”  Not only is he gorgeous to look at, he is sweet as honey on the inside, once you get to know him.  Damion and Kali have both had difficult realities and relationships.  Kali has learned to be tough while protecting a very tender heart.  Her motto is, “I’m bruised, not broken.”  And I intend to prove it was, and is, true.  I loved this.  I think I may embroider it onto a pillow to look at every day!  I love the supporting characters, even the villains.  My favorite was Terrance, the head of security.  He is just like most of my friends.  He can keep a confidence, but that won’t stop him from teasing you about it in private!

Once again Lisa Renee Jones has provided an erotic and loving couple that provides both passion and compassion.  This was a shorter story, a novella, that was easily read in an afternoon of relaxing.  As always, she has provided a well written story with steam, sweetness, and a bit of humor. LRJ is one of my favorite authors in contemporary romance and I look forward to reading more from her.
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Other Books from Lisa Renee Jones:  Please visit her website at: to locate a printable book list.

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