Weekly Update

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1 thing this week:

  • I went a little overboard on the book buying, but in my defense, I only ended up spending like maybe $20? That makes it okay, right?

Blog hopping:

  • Ilsa shared so many tips on requesting ARCs!
  • I loved The Orangutan Librarian’s list of happy books!

Song of the week:

I’m going way back to one of my high school obsessions, Something Corporate’s Ready… Break. This is one of my favorite songs from that album.

Book review: Play by Piper Lawson

Play by Piper Lawson

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Source: Freebie

I’m Payton Blake. Just another twenty-something girl, living the dream.

That’s what I tell myself every morning. That I’m successful, self-aware, and well-balanced.

It’s just a tiny fib. I would be all of those things, if I had friends who didn’t work with me at the bank. And if I made it to pilates more than once a quarter. And if watermelon slushies weren’t the main source of nutrients in my diet. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re going, you don’t need to enjoy the ride. Right?

Even if some teeny part of me did want to fool around, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call. Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. And yeah, his eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in a ‘what-are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way. And fighting with him gets me going faster than Jorge on bezerker mode…He’s still colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.

It’d really be best if we just ignored each other. Which is a problem, because Max Donovan is my new biggest client.

So what happens when the girl who lives to work meets the guy who was born to play?

Game on.

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.

Previously: NSFW

#killingthetbr: nine months on shelf

#ps19: a book revolving around a puzzle or game

#romanceopoly: library


Have you read Play? Do you have a favorite new adult book?

Let’s talk in the comments!


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

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I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing, but I should be getting my Book of the Month soon! 🙂

2 things this week:

  • In an interesting turn of events, the six sentences I wrote about The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky are now my most popular review of all time (by views, at least). I wondered why and then I found out that it’s the first review when you Google the novella!!! My mind is blown.
  • I watched Bird Box and… what was that. I was so disappointed. I was probably even more disappointed than I would have been because I’d heard multiple people raving about how good it was.

Blog hopping:

  • Malanie shared her list of five books being published in 2019 that she wants to read and wow, I need Technically, You Started It in my life.
  • Bree talked about tropes that need to go away and I agree with all of them, but especially all dudes being hot. I mean, come on, why is every love interest a sex god with rippling abs?

Song of the week:

So, first things first, I absolutely love Judah & the Lion. They released a new song this week and I really relate to it and I love it.

I think the first verse is my favorite:

What’s my purpose, huh?
What’s my future? I don’t know
These are the questions I address
Before I go to sleep
I wish my mind would turn off
With the lights on my TV screen
But here in the dark, everything off
I start to think
It gets hard to breathe

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

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2 things this week:

  • I AM SO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I’M PART OF THE BLOG TOUR FOR YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT BY LAURA SILVERMAN. THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS FOR 2019 AND OMG. I’M SCREAMING.
  • I’M ALSO SCREAMING ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR ON NETFLIX. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. WHY DIDN’T I SEE THIS LIVE BUT WATCHING THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING.

Blog hopping:

  • Gerry shared the nicest end-of-year wrap-up post and shouted out a lot of bloggers! (Thank you again!)

Song(s) of the week:

I had to go with The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie since I’ve been listening to this song on New Year’s for… a long time.

And, in honor of the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix, here’s New Year’s Day. ❤ ❤