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Length: 423 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XRM3PY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Romance Diva on January 16, 2012
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If she didn't tell you Gray, I would. Over and over and over again. I loved this book. Let me tell you why, you read the product description above. Well that is what the book is about. Now I am going to tell you what this book made me FEEL.

When the novel opens up, it starts with Ivey's thoughts, but the words are only one aspect. You can literally feel her lack of hope, her loneliness, her hunger to make a connection even as she tells you that she "plays it safe" and doesn't allow herself to make friends, because Ivey has been on the road for ten years and she and her brother survive because she's a genius at pool. Which means they are hustlers. Hence why they don't have any connections, you can't hustle your friends...well Ivey can't, her loser brother would roll over a nun and sell her habit and loafers to make a buck.

So Ivey sees Gray and falls for him, but she knows that's not smart, but Gray like all of Ashley's men sees what he wants and makes a move. Yet he's different. I've read every book written by Ashley and each hero is different, but they all have a running theme. They are protectors. Gray takes it up a knot. Not only is he a protector, he is a nuturer and OurIvey who is 22 and has been taking care of herself and her brother for over five years? She needs that. So the groundwork is laid and we get to ride with Ashley as she takes us to the HEA.

Ivey takes a chance and doesn't play it safe and Gray? He gives her everything. Love, trust, hope, purpose...family, but they get played. They are played by Ivey's good for nothing brother and the town creep. I don't know how to capture in my review the feelings that Ashley evokes when this goes down.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Say What?! on February 27, 2012
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I'll start this by saying that I read a lot, and when I say a lot that means at least two to three books a day. I read fast, and I read everything. Romance, thriller, classic, sci-fi, fantasy . . . everything. Sometimes I even read the Encyclopedia Britannica just for fun. Yeah, I am a total bibliophile. I love the written word. I mean LOVE it. In all its forms. So, now that you know where I'm coming from let me just say that this author has produced some of the most entertaining, emotionally moving, and just plain awesome to read novels I have ever had the pleasure to set my eyes on. I've read six in the last three days, and I plan on reading all of them before I am through. So far 'Playing it Safe' is my favorite, but they are all exceptional. I've seen some comments on the editing and grammar and so forth. I care not one whit about those things because they are nonexistent in comparison to the stories themselves, and that's what fiction is about. The story. Kristen Ashley has that. In SPADES.
I've read fun. I've read scary. I've read boring, bad, and worse. I've also read life-changing, uplifting, and in-your-face. I've read everything. I don't recommend books because everyone has different tastes, and I read too much variety to offer definitive advice. I recommend Kristen Ashley's books.
There is no way to say this without sounding trite, but here it is nonetheless. Mrs. Ashley, you are a Talented author, and that capital 'T' means something when it comes from me, believe it or not. Salute, and I mean that in all its various forms.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JLW on July 8, 2012
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Warning: spoilers in this review.

This book really started off beautifully and I felt like the author made an attempt to write characters different from her usual. I loved how the relationship of the male and female leads started, but then when she is misled into believing she needs to leave town, the story went south for me. I expect a Kristen Ashley hero to have more confidence in himself, be smarter, and more faith in his girlfriend. Granted the note was missing so he could be miffed at no word, but seriously, he should have been worried, particularly with her past, that foul play could have happened to her - if he gave it a seconds thought, he should have wondered what would make her do a 180 and start hustling again.

I really, really hated that she became a stripper. Not because of the profession, but it was just too much of a leap in the character's development. Here is a girl who has only kissed one guy in her entire life and then becomes the talk of Vegas for her moves? Come on. It would have been a much more believable and likable development if her incredible pool playing talent turned into her competing on the professional circuit - I know, I know she doesn't want the publicity, but that could have been worked around if she dumps her brother or statue of limitations, something. Or she owns a pool hall. Something/anything that seemed like a more natural extension to her previous existence. I know the author is trying to show how much she changes, but I think the permanent severing of her relationship with her brother, having money and taking up with Lash (one of the best parts of the book by the way) would be enough.
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