I’m excited to be participating in the official Blog Tour for Clare James’s amazing new novel, PLAYED! I’ve got lots of great stuff for you in today’s tour stop, including everything you need to know about the novel, my own review, an awesome guest post from Clare James herself, and, as if that all wasn’t enough- there’s a kickass giveaway too! So, get to know Clare James and PLAYED!
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…
Miss Riki’s Review:
YAY! So, I read the first novel in this series (CAUGHT in the Elite PR series) and I loved the premise of the book and the amazing leading lady in it. So, when I heard that Clare James had written the second book, I was totally on board with reading it. And wow! If it’s even possible, I think it’s better than the first!
I loved Melody as the leading lady in this book. She’s the perfect heroine, struggling to get her life back on track after a snafu at work, and from page one I was on board with her dilemma. She’s all sorts of spunky and fun, with just the right amount of sweet reserve, and I totally loved the opening scene where she meets Aaron in the hallway, but doesn’t get a glimpse of his face. She’s all hell-fire and sass and she’s just the sort of woman that you want to be besties with.
Just to digress a second- as for the besties, the women who play secondary characters in this book deserve a shout out too. Genn is amazing and fun and the perfect person to tell Melody that she’s capable of everything she sets out to do. And Tiffany! Yay! She might very well be “just an intern,” but that girl makes shit happen and I totally loved that she gets her own sort of happy ending, thanks to Melody. Smart, strong women, for the win! Thank you, Clare James for that!
Okay- back to our scheduled programming. It’s time to talk about Aaron Major. Holy heck- this cowboy is all sort of smoking hot. I loved that he doesn’t start out all charm and polish. He’s honest and eager to please and is just the most refreshing of romance heroes. Readers are going to LOVE them some Aaron Major.
Something else totally awesome about this book (besides the totally amazing characters), is how absolutely steamy and sexy it is without immediately going to- well…the sex! Sure, Melody and Aaron do eventually get it on, but the slow burn, sexual tension and acts that get them to that point are everything! This book is all about the romantic and sexual tension, so when these two characters finally do the deed, you’re like- YES! It’s so hot!
So- in case it wasn’t glaringly obvious from this review, I loved this book. It has everything I love in a Brazen romance, and I’m now anxiously awaiting another Elite PR novel. *hint*
Guest Post From Clare James:
Favorite Sexy Country Music Stars
Okay, I have to go with my hero in PLAYED with my first pick for favorite country music stars. The one and only Johnny Cash. Man, I think he was sexy all the way to the end and I loved him so much. His style and originality. He was a poet and a preacher.
Blake Shelton is adorable and I love that he’s not all that polished on stage. My girl, Melody Sharp, would have a field day making him over. Still, I’m not over his split with Miranda!
Tim McGraw is amazing too. Of course, the man needs to eat a hamburger. I love him and Faith together. He seems like a real family man.
Luke Bryan seems a little naughty, doesn’t he? But it is fun to watch him shake what his mama gave him up on stage. Super performer!
And finally, Jake Owens. I mean that hair! Whew, is it hot in here? Yep, he is really who inspired my hero in PLAYED. Read it, and you’ll see why!
What about you? Who are your faves?
One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Card for Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice), two winners will win a paperback set of Clare’s Elite PR series (US residents only), and two winners will have their choice of an eBook copy of one of Clare’s titles! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
About Clare James:
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.