Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Play Your Heart Out (Sinful Serenade #4) by Crystal Kaswell


Hot Rock Star.  Yes, please!

Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
(Sinful Serenade #4)
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

He parties like a rockstar.
She’s there to make sure no one finds out…
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. She is starting a new life on her own. Period. And she’s absolutely staying in Los Angeles, three thousand miles away from the people who expect her to lie for them. It doesn’t matter how lonely she gets on her own, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn’t have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess’s rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything… except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn’t matter that his ex slept with his best friend, he needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep his reputation clean. Pete works hard, and parties harder… and the sweet, blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to keep the record company happy.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. 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 moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star’s girlfriend. But Pete shouldn’t play games with a girl who’s been broken before…


My Review:

4/5 stars!

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.

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