Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: 'Play Me' by J.H. Croix

Maine author J.H. Croix makes her home in a small town and from that quiet farmland atmosphere she gives reign to writing her sexy contemporary romance and steamy paranormal shifter romance with strong independent women and rugged alpha men who aren't afraid to show some emotion. And she quickly adds that her love for quirky small-towns and the characters that inhabit them shines through in her writing.

That Croix understands the lingo of sports talk and British humor and outlook is obvious in her Brit Boys Sports Romance series as she introduces the male star of this romance - “She gripped my hand, and I helped her up. Once she was standing, she brushed her hands over her skirt and adjusted her blouse. None of that made me forget a single inch of her delectable body. But I had manners and needed to respect the distance she seemed to want to keep from me. I took a step back. “What brings you here?” I finally asked. Her cheeks were slightly pink. Between the heavy fall of her blonde hair, those wide doe eyes, and her porcelain skin, the subtle flush nearly did me in. She straightened her shoulders. “Hello Tristan. It has been a while, hasn’t it?” I nodded and considered whether it was worth mentioning the last time I saw her. Likely not, so I stayed quiet. “Actually, I’m here to see Dr. Wells. He’s temporarily covering the clinic for one of the studies I manage,” she explained. “They told me his office was down here, but nothing’s marked, so I lost track. What are you doing here?” My heart gave another kick to my ribs. Daisy had known I’d graduated from medical school. She also had to know I’d been sidelined from playing ball last season after a brutal injury to my left knee. I’d spent most of my life playing football, otherwise known as soccer here in the United States. I’d signed with the Seattle Stars a few seasons back, along with several mates from England. All through university and through my professional career, I’d kept on track and finished my medical degree. It had been loads of work, but I’d known I wanted something other than sports for my career because it wouldn’t last forever. I was lucky enough to be able to return to play soon with my knee finally back up to speed. For now though, I was temporarily running the research clinic within the hospital while the director was traveling.’

The chapters are divided equally between the male (Tristan) and female (Daisy) characters and as is her style Croix delivers a tasty summary of the action to get us into her fine little book: ‘One kiss…so hot it scalded me. One year later…a second chance to give her the one thing she’s never had. I’ve known Daisy for years. She’s all curves, but I’m not supposed to notice. Because we’re just friends. I want her anyway. She wants commitment and that elusive O. I can only give her one, so I make a deal. One month and more O’s than she can count. Relationships are messy, and I don’t do messy. I've never had a problem keeping my distance. But the clock is ticking. This was supposed to be easy. I didn’t count on wanting more..’

Sports, doctor/patient relationships, and steamy erotica are all here and very well delivered. This is Book 4….but the secret is that this book contains all parts of the series (THE PLAY, BIG WIN, OUT OF BOUNDS, PLAY ME)! Kick back and enjoy. Grady Harp, October 17

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