Friday, August 9, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Play Me (Take a Chance #3) by Diane Alberts

Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.
This included of all of the best components of contemporary romance. The main focus of the story is the friend-to-lover romance between Kiersten and Garrett. There is just the right amount of balance between sexual tension, emotional development, and the promise of a long-term commitment.

I loved Garrett’s character. His ability to demand more of Kiersten offset his vulnerable nature perfectly. The author wrote his character with such proficiency. However, the reason I did not rate this story higher was due to my failure to connect with heroine; her often immature behavior left me feeling that Garrett deserved better treatment. I felt my inability to connect to Kiersten was mainly due to a lack of empathy her background story generated. The author presented Kiersten’s character as a strong independent woman, yet her dialogue and responses were often childish. 

The overall romance was emotionally satisfying. I will checkout the prior installments in this series.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author:

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Her goal is to write so many fantastic books that even a non-romance book fan will know her name.

She also writes New Adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

Books in the Take a Chance Series:

Try Me: Take a Chance Book 1
Love Me: Take a Chance Book 2
Play Me: Take a Chance Book 3
Ends Midnight August 19th
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  1. I love friends to lovers, my favorite is Kaleb by Nicole Edwards

  2. I do like friends to lovers stories but I can never remember names of the stories.

  3. I have read so many I cant remember all of them but Walking Disaster could be one.

  4. I like friends to lovers, but I think I like the best friend and the sibling romances better.

  5. i do like friends to lovers stories

  6. I like most all tropes but my favorites are the friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience, and best friends older/younger sibling.

  7. I like so friends to lovers but I believe my favorite is a little of the love hate relationship with a whole lot of spark and passion. LOL

  8. yes, best friend's brother

  9. Frigid is one of these and I love stories like this;)as a reader Ilike to see the relationship building

  10. I love both friends to lover and best friend's brother/brother's best friend stories. They are some of my favorites to read :)

  11. I LOVE the friends to lovers story lines! Thanks for the giveaway!