Play by Piper Lawson


Overview by Publisher:

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream. 
OK. So it’s a big-ass lie
I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. 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 headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a steamy, between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call. 
Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. 
None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day. 
I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.
Game on, Max Donovan.

This book was SO fun!  I really enjoy Piper Lawson’s writing and this book is another winner!
I think what makes Piper such a great author is how she develops her characters.  Sure, the characters are well developed, but it’s the little additions that make them shine.  For instance, Payton loves watermelon.  It seems so simple and silly, but her obsession with all food flavoured with watermelon just make her adorable.

Payton has a career at a finance firm – to be totally honest I didn’t really understand her job.  She provides money and support for companies that need loans.  She spectacularly blows her meeting with the newest client and has to grovel to get the account.

That is our introduction to Max.  Video game genius, Max is not the typical billionaire book boyfriend.  He doesn’t spend hours working out with his personal kick boxing champion, nor have a penchant for kinky sex.  He’s a cute geek who is on the cusp of setting the gaming world on it’s head.

The smart mouth and cheeky Charlie is a revelation.  She is the co-worker that Payton calls her best friend.  Honestly, every scene with her was my favourite.  The saucy ways she torments the office stud to her brash and bolder than life personality made her so fun to read about.  There were subtle hints that she may have her own story told and let me say right now that I am first in line for her book – as long as her story doesn’t involve stupid Avery.

The romance between Payton and Max takes a while to develop as they are business associates and Max plays hot and cold.  The attraction is there, but they are reluctant to act upon it.  The will they/won’t they dynamic works well between these two characters because it’s realistic.

The good and juicy parts are well covered.  No fear of a sweet novel here.  Max knows his way around a woman’s body as well as the game controllers he wields.  Author Sarah McLean has said that a sex scene should bring conflict and be used to move the plot along.  Piper Lawson does this really well.  The dance of seduction between the two is exciting to read about and very fulfilling.

This book offers an interesting view into the world of computer games and how they are developed.  I particularly enjoyed the visit the duo takes to Comic Con in San Diego – if you have never been it describes the event really well!
Check out this new book by Piper Lawson for a great story!



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