Title:Play Your Heart Out
Author :Crystal Kaswell
Series:Sinful Serenade #4
Release date:May 30th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :
Four Months Playing a Rock Star’s Girlfriend? Easy peasy.
Doing it without falling in love with him… Not as easy.
Jess James is starting a new life in Los Angeles, three thousand miles away from everyone expects her to cover up their bad behavior with white lies. She’s devoted to two things: law school and honesty. Only she hasn’t got the money to pay her tuition. Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has a reputation to maintain. The rock star is known as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn’t matter that his ex-girlfriend tore his heart out by sleeping with his best friend. Screwing his way through Los Angeles is getting him the wrong kind of attention.
He needs to clean up his newly acquired bad boy image and Jess is just the woman for the job. Their arrangement is simple: she plays his girlfriend, he pays her tuition. It’s four months, no strings attached. They’ll lie to the world, but not to each other. Especially not when they’re alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her groaning his name. Jess is used to keeping up appearances. She can play the tall, dark, handsome rock star’s girlfriend no problem. But can she really do it without falling in love with him?
Review :

There are books that can be read as standalone – those that should be read as standalone (yes even in a series those exist) and than there are books like “Play Your Heart Out” by Crystal Kaswell.

You will be perfectly able to read it as a standalone. I mean I did it – it was my first in that series. BUT … to be honest – I regret it
Why ?
easy answer – because I spoilered myself right in the middle of this amazing series and I know now already too much of what I missed out – because I did not read the first books. Sure – I can still read the first books (and I probably will given the time) but still there is nothing like the first impression – and this is now spoilered – unfortunately.
So – coming back to the book. Jess and Pete’s story is a great one. Clearly I have no idea how the first books went – except that I know their endings but Pete is a really interesting character.
The plotline expects Pete to be the opposite of what he is – or so it looks at the beginning when Jess first meets him.
But there is much more to that guy than the first impression she has of him and the more Jess finds out the more the story gets intriguing – because I can not remember ever reading a plot that turns into the same direction as this one.
In parts readers might have read similar things but nothing where those parts are combined like this. It was refreshing.
At times I had a little problem following Pete’s reasons for being hot and cold as they seemed random – but it could be explained by him being simply human, so it was ok.
I really liked this book and it went just short of the 5 stars because of my unbreakable rule that 5 stars will only be given if I get emotional – and as I did not cry or had a laughing fit – it just missed this 5th star by an inch …
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