Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
(Sinful Serenade #4)
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Purchase book 1: http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Your-Heart-Out-Serenade-ebook/dp/B01685Y1X2
Purchase book 2: http://www.amazon.com/Strum-Your-Heart-Sinful-Serenade/dp/1942135122
What do you get when you have two people who have been burned by past loves and betrayed by those close to them and throw them together in a fake relationship? You get the awesomeness of Play Your Heart Out.
Pete Steele is the sexy drummer of Sinful Serenade and he has a PR problem. He’s been sleeping his way through a bevy of women and the label wants him to clean up his act. Jess James is working hard to save money so she can live her dream and go to law school, but the bank won’t approve her loan. She has an interesting run in with Pete in the bathroom of the bar where she works. This meeting sets in motion a tumultuous ride to a happy ending.
I haven’t read any of the other books in the Sinful Serenade series and I really wish I would have read them first. While this book is a standalone, the characters from the first three books are prominent in Play Your Heart Out and enough is revealed to spoil the previous books. At times, I found myself a little lost. Things that happened in the first three books were referenced and there wasn’t enough details to really know what was going on. Doesn’t mean I won’t read them anyway.
The writing was a bit choppy for my tastes. Pete is a dirty talker. I mean, pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth references sex, but when he real talks, it is kind of beautiful. There is so much I want to tell you, but I can’t, because I will spoil the book for you. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of feeling to this book. Even with my frustration at the choppy writing and a few other things that are probably not worth bothering you with, I still had trouble putting it down. I was just waiting for that moment, you know, the one where someone finally realizes he or she is in love with the other character. Yep, that moment. That moment in Play Your Heart Out was sweet and beautiful and written really well.
The book is written in first person with each chapter alternating between Pete and Jess. There is sex…a lot of sex…steamy, hot sex, but nothing too crazy. The book ends with a HEA.
Crystal Kaswell writes steamy new adult and erotic romance books. She loves when flawed characters fall head over heels for each other. Especially if they fall into bed first. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.