Need a pick-me-up? Life got you down? I’m thinking Piper Lawson’s Play should be on your bookshelf, ASAP! The first thing that caught my eye was the blurb. It made me grin, and it sets up the book perfectly. It just completely captures the book’s spirit. Gamer tycoon battles it out virtually (and personally) with a power heel wearin’ financial businesswoman. It was a rip-roaring good time, and I had a blast reading it!
Payton Blake has just been promoted within her company, Alliance Financial. She’s in the running for the company wide bonus so when Payton gets a lead on a client that needs a hefty loan? Payton’s gunning for it. But she’s a little off her game in her meeting, and she gets more than she bargained for.
Max Donovan hit immediate success with his indie game, Oasis. He’s building a new game now and a new platform that will knock his competition for a loop if only he could get financial backing. But he’s not thrilled by his first meeting with Payton. Luckily—or unluckily, as the case may be—never call Payton out until she’s out.
Gosh, this book was ingeniously funny! More than half this book, I was belting out in laughter, and my husband would give me this look and ask what in the world I was doing. To which I replied in my obvious tone, “reading.” Play has this enemies-to-lovers feel where they’re sizing each other up, and you know they are on equal footing and they know it too, but they’re holding out hope that one or the other will back down.
Yeah, backing down isn’t in either one of their natures. Oh, my gosh! There are these little one-liners that come before each chapter, and by the fourth or fifth one, I realized I had no idea what they referred to until it came up in conversation, and I just had to laugh because dang, how clever it was all put together.
Now, Max. He’s so standoffish and composed, and he works so hard. He’s a tough nut for Payton to crack. I love this type of hero—one who has been hurt before so they try to protect themselves and remain aloof, but the heroine just gets under his skin—in a good way—making him come out and play. The buildup to his moment of lost control…wowza! And Payton is a businesswoman on top, navigating through her new promotion, but she’s also lost a bit of her spirit. Girl’s got a lot on her plate. Who better to chip away at her shell than a gamer like Max?
I can’t recommend this enough! I highlighted so many quips, had so many happy sighs throughout, and the secondary characters have me ready for more.
5 Laugh-Out-Loud stars! Go get you some.
*I received an arc via the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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