Thursday, 2 August 2018

New Release Book Review (& Excerpt): Playboy by Katy Evans

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Playboy 

by 
Katy Evans 

Publication Date: July 29, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Playboy


A brand new contemporary romance from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

It started as a game.
We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won.
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose...
And my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael.
He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction.
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep.
My heart, soul, and body weren't supposed to be part of the deal.
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble.
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me?
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all.


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*****

MY THOUGHTS

After a failed relationship and a date that uses her to pay a gambling debt, good girl Wynn Watson decides perhaps it’s time to broaden her horizons. Have some new experiences. Do something out of the ordinary. Because living by the rules hasn’t got her what she’s wanted, has it?

Enter Cullen Carmichael. Professional poker player. Man of intrigue. Smooth, sophisticated, suave and sexy. Incredibly attracted to Wynn Watson. He is going to show her a good time in more ways than one.

This is most definitely a romance where the hero sweeps the heroine off her feet, then. The attraction between Cullen and Wynn is intense and their passion for one another is strong. 

However, the journey for these two is a slow burn of the best sort. They talk, they banter, they enjoy themselves and get to know each other. For an interlude they agreed would be temporary, it’s looking like there might be a future for them as a couple.

Not only did I love the journey Wynn and Cullen took as a couple, I loved the lifestyle Cullen showed Wynn and I loved living vicariously through them. He’s got the advantages and he makes special efforts to share his life with Wynn. In fact, he reminds me of Pierce Brosnan’s character in the 1999 movie version of The Thomas Crown Affair. I loved living vicariously through Cullen and Wynn.

If I could change anything, it would be what I felt was the overly sentimental, syrupy sweet ending. Given this is (I believe) the final book in the Manwhore series, it might work for readers familiar with the series. For me, it was a touch too much.

PLAYBOY is a great story with interesting characters. It provided the escapism I look for in a romance novel. Highly recommended. 


*****

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EXCERPT

“So you just kissed me because you wanted to.” I speak on a breath.

“Very good. You’re perceptive. Intuitive.”

I realize he’s teasing me in that low, terribly rumbly voice and I wish he would smile at me.

He takes my hand and fingers my palm with his thumb as he leads me to our suite.

I’m sizzling where he touches me, nervously prying my hand free when he leads me into the biggest, most spectacular two-bedroom penthouse suite I’ve ever seen. Not that I’d seen one before in person, only movies.

There’s a kitchen area, and windows from floor to ceiling. A living room, a pool table, gold brass chandeliers, a brown-and-beige-patterned carpet, dark woods, Italian leathers. Gorgeous! I could move in here.

Now I see the appeal but won’t admit as much.

Thinking of our bet, I pay attention to the art on the walls. It’s expensive. I can tell by the numbered print and the signature. Painters with indecipherable and artistic signatures are often the artists to watch. It’s like they know from the moment they paint their first work that they’re on to something big, something that will distinguish their work from all others.

I wish Cullen loved art as much as I do. Maybe I could drag him away from the tables to a local gallery.

“Wow. I could just live he—” I spin around and bump into his big warm body, and he bends his head and kisses my words right out of me.

Kisses me stupid. Kisses my toes curled. Kisses my brain blank. Kisses my heart crazy.

*****

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with the Author:
Twitter: @authorkatyevan 
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2mMgBsR 
Instagram: http://bit.ly/2OoQl4H 
Amazon Author: https://amzn.to/2rdox8A

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