Wednesday, January 27, 2016

REVIEW/RELEASE: Play Me by Katie McCoy

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Recipe For:
A Roll In The Hay Hot Crossed Buns Love


1 Chef (equal parts sexy and carefree)

1 Pianist (equal parts uptight and endearing)

1/8 inch of drywall between their apartments

2 opinions on everything

Combine all ingredients, mix vigorously, and be prepared for an explosion of heat.

Pianist Ella Thomas is training for the competition of her life. Finally in an apartment of her own, she can practice from dawn till dusk.

But she didn't bet on the sexy and frustrating neighbor keeping her up all night - even if he does cook like a maestro and kiss like it’s his job.

Jake Matson is living his dream as Head Chef at one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco. He's easy going, flirtatious and not looking for love. He didn't expect to be completely distracted by the girl next door, whose buttoned-up appearance hides the seductive firecracker underneath.

What happens when opposites attract? As their tension fires up, can they create a new kind of music together or will everything boil over?

~Book Review~
4.5 Stars

As a classical pianist trying to compete in a competition and catch a break, Ella Thomas, 25, is focused on her music…or at least she’s supposed to be; it’s what her music teacher slash ex tells her. And not only does he remind her, he’s kind of tried to brainwash it into her, bringing her confidence down a few notes.
“Stupid fucking Mark.”
Anyways, since music is key, Ella isn’t too worried about having bare kitchen cupboards in her new apartment.  Having hot tattooed 27  year old neighbor, chef Jake Matson, bare….well that might be a problem. A problem of distraction.
“And in that moment, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do more: feed her or fuck her.”
While initially irritated with her, Jake who sports ratty tees that show off his abs is attracted and intrigued.
“Who was this woman who wore black shapeless dresses, blushed at each sexual insinuation, and wore red lace and garters? She was a mess of contradictions I was more than eager to explore.”
And lucky for Ella, Jake is a total good guy.  A real sweetie, he’s adorable. (If only you could go to a restaurant and order up him!) And helpful…
“‘There are many ways my mouth can be useful….Hop under the covers and I’ll show you.’”
It seems Ella is in a bit of a slump, having difficulty taping into her inner passion, both at the piano and in the bedroom. But Jake might just be her new muse for reaching a crescendo, and the piano bench a place for making more than one kind of music. If only both of their fledgling but demanding careers don’t get in the way.

Told via Jake and Ella’s alternating first person POV, this is a sweet and sexy, delightfully low angst, romance. Play Me is like chicken soup for the romantic soul! It’s lighthearted and fun and will definitely keep you smiling….and salivating, both over that V on the cover as well as the images of Jake’s gooey chocolate brownies.
“…I’d never think about brownies the same way again.”
And you probably won’t either after reading this. ;-)

While Play Me is a standalone, the supporting character of Nina (loved her advice and encouragement) and Dakota definitely have potential as heroines of their own stories. 

Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.

~Also by the Author~


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