I was a big fan of Piper Lawson’s NSFW when I read it last year, so when I saw that Play was free on Amazon, I jumped at the chance to one-click it. Nine months later, I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. (Why am I like this?) I’m not sure what the problem was with Play, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much.
And that’s not to say it’s a bad book! I liked Payton and Max. It’s pretty clear to me that Piper Lawson has a knack for writing sassy heroines and heroes that initially come off as jerks but actually have hearts of gold. I laughed out loud more than once while I was reading (mostly at the beginning) and definitely swooned a time or two.
But I think that something was missing. Maybe it was that everything worked out a little too easily? Romantically and professionally, there was conflict, but it kind of just conveniently faded away. I also thought that the romantic relationship between Payton and Max kind of came out of nowhere, with them bickering and keeping things professional and then hooking up with very little transition. I also felt like the story dragged a little bit after that initial hookup, and even though this book is barely over 300 pages, it probably could have been a bit shorter.
All in all, this was a fun, sexy romance and while I didn’t love it, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.
#killingthetbr: nine months on shelf
#ps19: a book revolving around a puzzle or game
Have you read Play? Do you have a favorite new adult book?
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