ARC Review: Play Me

Play Me (Take a Chance #3)

Author: Diane Alberts
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Ever After line
Date of Publication: July 29, 2013

Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good. 

My Thoughts:

While this was a cute little book about friends to lovers with an unexpected (are they ever in romance novels) pregnancy, it just didn’t sparkle for me in the way I like contemporary romances to sparkle. Even given the blurb, the obviousness of the fact that Kiersten would end up pregnant was overblown.

I like Kiersten. She’s a good woman who got cheated on by a no-good fiance and instead of just moping around on what would have been her wedding night, she decides to seduce Garrett. She’s been looking after her sister’s child for her entire life and truly considers him her own child. That’s admirable, to say the least. What I didn’t like about her was her back and forth wishiwashiness about whether or not they could make a relationship. He was certainly quite willing and interested. After all, he’d been in love with her (or at least had the hots for her) for years.

Garret was a sports coach of Kiersten’s son, and of course there’s a little bit of an ethics issue there when Kiersten and he start circling the idea of a relationship to take care of the child they accidentally created. To Garrett’s credit, he never hid from the fact that he wanted a relationship with Kiersten, even when she blew hot and cold on him. He was willing to pretend to have a no-sex/loving relationship to do right by their child, but he went into it fully prepared to convince her to change her mind.

Thankfully, the teenager involved in this (the son) wasn’t overly dramatic or pouty or anything more than simply a typical teenager who wasn’t happy when his mom starts making eyes at a man, but he quickly adapts. It helps that he and Garrett were already friends, or at least coach/player before this. They further bond over videos. Just like men do. Hehe.

Anyway, so I found this an okay book, but not a spectacular one. I certainly wouldn’t say no to reading other books by Ms. Albert.

Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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