Played by the Billionaire
Author: Alexia Adams
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Date of Publication: May 19, 2014
Internet security guru, Liam Manning, made a death-bed promise to complete his brother’s romance novel. But Liam doesn’t know much about romance past the first few months of a hot fling. He needs to learn about romance, regular-guy style, ASAP. Falling back on his hacking skills, he infiltrates an online dating site to find the perfect love tutor. Only catch is she knows nothing about his plan …
Lorelei Torres wants an honest man to love, but that goal is proving increasingly more difficult in her home state so she packs up her bags and moves to San Francisco in search of her happily ever after. Within days of landing on new soil, her mother signs her up with an online dating agency. Is it time an impartial computer chose a man for her?
Liam needs to finish the novel before Lorelei discovers his deceptions … and before she breaches the firewall around his heart.
Well-done interfering family members are the greatest, even if they don’t get much (or any) actual screen time. That was certainly the case in Played, and what makes it even better is that there was interference from both families, not just the hero or the heroine’s.
Liam – hehehe. He knows nothing about romance/love and knows he knows nothing. Determined to finish his now-dead brother’s unfinished romance novel (a death-bed promise), he falls back on the skills he does have. I found it amusing the lengths he went to (derailing an intended date, hacking multiple websites, etc.). It’s adorable, and strangely enough, I actually didn’t find anything he did to be weirdly creepy or anything like that.
Lorelei. Oh, man, did she get dealt a heavy load. Her mother. OMG, her mother was hilarious. Not just signing Lorelei up for a dating service online, but the threats to come out and help Lorelei get a man?! I adored Mama.
This was a great book from start to finish. I didn’t have any problem with Liam’s lie to Lorelei, nor his problem actually ‘fessing up to the truth. Normally I do, but Ms. Adams played the story out so well, I never disliked the set-up at all. And when Liam has to grovel (let’s face it, I love seeing men grovel) to make up for his lies…I totally fell in love with him (assuming I hadn’t already). He really goes above and beyond, and I’d absolutely forgive him if he did something like that.
That’s not to say Liam didn’t deserve to be tossed on his butt for lying the way he did – he definitely did deserve to suffer. But I also admired him for finding a way to make it up to her.
Five gargoyles and I look forward to reading more in this series.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.