November 27, 2015

Book Review: Played by Clare James

at 11/27/2015 07:54:00 PM

In PLAYED, the newest book in Clare James’s Elite PR series, it’s play or be played as sexy country singer Aaron Major engages in a game of give and take with PR pro Melody Sharp in this steamy, must read fall title releasing October 19th from Entangled Brazen.

Play. Or be played.

The music should be enough. End of story. But Aaron Major is finding out it's not, and now his agent has hired a firm of suits to help launch his debut album, turning his life into a goddamn circus. Smile here. Play there. Be nice. Well, screw that. If Aaron wanted to spend his time shaking hands and kissing babies, he would've gone into politics.

Helping launch the career of country singer Aaron Major should be a cakewalk for PR pro Melody Sharp. Aaron is charming, sexy, and oh-so-appealing when he's on stage. Off stage, though, he's her worst nightmare. A stubborn, ornery, reclusive nightmare without a lick of business-or fashion-sense. The only way he's going to make it in music is with a serious makeover-and quite possibly a personality transplant.

Soon, they're engaged in a game of give and take, and though it's Melody calling the shots, it's Aaron who holds all control...

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So this is the second book in the Elite PR series (I hope it's a series). We start off with Melody Sharp, another gifted go-getter at Elite PR. She's friends with Viv from book one if you have read the first book, though IMO you could read this without reading book one. Reading book one first gives you more context. Anyway, Mel is looking for her way to shoot for the top spot at Elite and it just so happens that Mel's new neighbor is just the PR opportunity that she's looking for. Aaron Major's a sexy, country crooner with all of the goodies. The only thing holding him back is his demons and anxiety about going mainstream again. The first time around, Aaron crashed and burned just a bit. After Mel misses another rent payment and is locked out of her apartment, Aaron gives her a helping hand or two. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and it wasn't long before they were gettin' down. :) I loved the characters in this book and the background info on what it takes behind the scenes to make it to the big times. I really do hope this is not the last we hear of the Elite PR girls. 

4.5 STARS!!!!

Check out the first book in the Elite PR series!
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
She was hired to clean up his image. He wants nothing more than to get her dirty.

Watching sex tapes at the office is just part of PR professional Vivian Blake's job, especially when she has to clean up a celebrity's image. Except that her newest client isn't quite that easy. Racecar driver Jarod Cage is beyond hot, and his onscreen "performance" is already compromising Viv's cool professionalism.
While Jarod hasn't exactly been discreet about his personal life, he never thought his reputation could cost him both his sponsor and his racing career. Now he has to put his future in the hands of a tiny, pixie-like publicist. Which is becoming a problem, because the heat between them is about to redline. But when you go this hard and fast, putting on the brakes is the most dangerous thing you can do...
About the Author

Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young son, and is always on social media chatting with readers.

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