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Book Review: Playing With Trouble by Joya Ryan

Publication Date: March 21st 2017

Where To Find It



Barnes & Noble

Genre: Romance

Series: No


Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.
Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay?

*This was a free ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*

I just want to say that this book was something that I really did find myself enjoying. Once I started it, there was no stopping me from finishing it. That’s a quality I rarely find in books these days.

I found that at first it was a little difficult to get into. More so because of the amount of back story at the beginning, but, now having finished it, I do believe that it was necessary. The pacing was good, and it was super easy to follow. Plus it kept me interested from the start, and I didn’t feel the need to skip ahead.

I also found that I loved the characters. Especially Laura. I really felt like she, as well as the other characters, were relatable and not overly fabricated. You got to witness the growth and development that the characters underwent.

Now, having seen other reviews, I have to sad my own two cents. In no was did I think that it was too steamy. If there was sex on every single page, then maybe. In now way was it raunchy by any means. Besides they are adults.


Im giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. The reason for it not making the full five is, because of the beginning. It was a little rough in my opinion, but otherwise the book was great. I’d definitely recommend it.

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