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- Publisher: Science Future Press (June 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2018
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- Language: English
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Throughout this series, we've seen bits and pieces of Jordan in each book, because he's the game master, right? And in each book, I have absolutely marveled at how he has pulled off each of the games he's orchestrated. Heck, with half of them it felt like there really wasn't a game in place at all, that things were just happening to these women, incredible things that there's no way it was planned out, but by the end you discover that yep, that was all Jordan. He planned it all. And in my head I see Jordan, BOOM! huge mic drop, and he walks off into the sunset with a big smirk on his face. Like I said, the game master. Until events start happening in Jordan's life that make him start feeling like HE is being played.
Before I go any further, I want to mention that although this book is a standalone in the series, it would be really helpful if you have at least read Total Exposure: Jordan's Game book 1. A lot of what happens in Play Dirty relates back to events learned about in that first book. Augustine and Alexander, characters we first learned about in Total Exposure, come back to town and want Jordan to be a part of their lives again. But Jordan, the lawyer, wants to know why, after eight years, they've finally come back. Or maybe it isn't lawyer Jordan, maybe it's just Jordan, the guy who screwed everything up all those years ago. And I can't mention Augustine and Alexander without talking about Ixion, Jordan's best friend from childhood. He's back because Jordan needed him to play the Total Exposure game, so is it just a coincidence of timing that they happened to come to Denver shortly after Ixion got there? Is it possible that Jordan will be able to make amends with all three of the people he screwed over eight years ago?
Julie takes the reader on a twisted path of events, things happening that make Jordan question everything at every turn. Why are Augustine and Alexander really back? Have they truly forgiven him for events from the past? What even got him started creating these games in the first place? What is it that he truly wants in life? Can he even answer that question? I admit, I figured this book was going to be one big sex fest between Jordan, Augustine and Alexander. And while there was sex to be had, it was not the focus. The true focus, the whole nucleus of Jordan's story went down a path I was not expecting at all.
You could have knocked me over with a feather when the truths were all revealed. When events from Jordan's past were pulled from the depths of his memory. Making Jordan question everything that has occurred in his life from the time he was a pre-teen. Causing Jordan to see things for what they really were, once he actually focused on them. And ultimately showing him who the true Game Master was. But most importantly, showing him what he really wanted and what he needed for his life to be absolutely complete.
Jordan may have been the Game Master, but Julie is the Story Master! No matter how much I try to predict how a story is going to turn out, I end up being wrong every time! Jordan has been around for quite a few books now, so I felt like I had a (somewhat) good read on him, and I felt like I knew what actions he would take once Augustine and Alexander started pursuing him. Create the ultimate game, one that would have a 100% success rate at getting HIM what he wanted. Is that what ends up happening? The end result is what Jordan wanted, but the path that leads him there is one twisted ride that you have to take for yourself. Strap in and hold on tight!!
We first met Jordan in the Turning Point series. He was always a side player. I wasn't even sure if I liked him. I thought maybe he was kind of a douche. -Side note- you do not have to read those books to get Jordan's story. But I think you will want to at some point. Then we got this series of books that all revolved around him, the Grand Master player. (and yes, you're going to want to read this series because it's a build up of Jordan and his brand of messed up). I still questioned him, but he seemed like he was growing on me with each book. Even playing with peoples lives, I felt like he was doing it for the greater good. Perhaps I was wrong.
"Because I'm not some magic oracle with all the answers. I'm a ....ing Pandora's box."
And that's exactly what this story was. A Pandora's box. Once you got one part figured out, something else developed. You just couldn't see anything coming. Ideas of things coming? Sure. But I guarantee you did not see the whole picture. Because that's what Ms Huss does best. She mixes and matches things and then throws them up in the air and you feel like you have to start all over again. But that's what keeps us coming back. For the mystery of it all.
I feel like if I mention too much more, you won't get to experience Play Dirty how it's meant to be. Just remember that Jordan isn't our average man. And he doesn't come from an average lifestyle. He had friends that he was once close to years ago that included Ixion along with Alexander and Augustine. Add in his friends from Turning Point, Smith and Chella, and we've got a game we haven't experience yet. Put all these players into a blender of lies, blackmail. schemes, love and hate, right and wrong and you come up with something so new and a little dark.
"Do you ever look around and just...see what's happening? Or do you like it in the dark?"
This book started a little slow and I felt like Jordan. I was missing something. What was I missing? But sometimes it's not always about what you're missing. It's about what's right there in front of your face and you just can't see it. You can't remember or connect with it. But I fell more in love with past characters and Jordan definitely grew on me. I actually wanted to take him in my arms and figure this out with him. Could I almost feel sorry for the master?? JA Huss took me on a ride I didn't see coming and I enjoyed every dang second of it. And wow! That ending? Are you kidding me?!
The twists among twists!
Check it out. Read the series. It's one that will surely leave you singing JA Huss' praise.
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The way these stories all intertwine and old characters pop up, even rereading familiar town names makes me smile. Genius!
Anyway, Play Dirty... Brilliant. I didn't see it coming! Perfect game play by the game master! (I've just realised Julie is the ultimate game master!!!!)
But back to the book.. no spoilers here, but if you've read the others in this series you will not be disappointed and if you've read other books of Julie's you will know she's awesome so do not need to be convinced to by this!
Just do it. Can't wait for the HEA as well.
Case in point, I thought that Jordan was a pretty ruthless and selfish character who only did nice things for people when it benefitted him. The fact that his last three games turned into lasting life partners seemed vaguely accidental.
This might be sort of true, but Jordan is a million times more complicated, he put thought and intent behind the games even when the outcome was far from certain.
I went into this book not particularly liking Jordan or his manipulative nature. I came out of this book hoping desperately that Jordan is happy and living his very best life, surrounded by love and support.
My heart really went out to Jordan and all that he suppressed in order to meet others expectations. I felt his loneliness and isolation, as well as his regrets.
This book was a splendid conclusion to a fantastic series. Very highly recommended.
If anyone was to ask me which was my favourite book by Ms Huss, I would struggle, because when I start thinking about them, each one has its place, but right now it would have to be this one. Superb!
Play Dirty (Jordan's Game #4) by J A Huss is one hell of a finale to this brilliant series. It's a thrilling ride with gobsmacking revelations, great characters (new and old), funny banter and sexy times! Jordan has always been a bit of an enigma throughout this series, and now that I know him better I've fallen for him...hard. I highly recommend, you won't be disappointed.
Will the truth bring him the happiness he craves?
I wouldn’t call this a romance so much, at least not like the other books are. Sure it has the HEA and the sexy scenes, but it’s a story about a man finally finding himself, and accepting it. It’s a story of question and confrontations. Of love, all loves. Of longing and friendship and finding where you fit. Of trust - learning how to recognise it and give it.
In this book we finally see Jordan for who he is. Not the game master, but just a boy who couldn’t find his way out of a life he thought he deserved.
It is a stand alone, you can read this before the rest. But, I assure you, this book will have you reading the others - so you may as well start at your he beginning.
I really loved these four books. I couldn’t put them down. In fact, I can’t even pick a favourite character because each was so unique and well rounded.
I’m sad to see the end, and I’m hoping Ms Huss decides to feed our addiction by carrying on and setting her stories in the same world. But, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. I just hope we see more of these guys in the future.
I could go on and on and now she is in collaboration with Johnathan McClain which brings us madcap crazy stories written with a female and male perspective. I look forward to the next story and anyone should seriously think about picking up a copy of any of her books. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
I'd recommend you start with the Turning Series to get maximum enjoyment from this series, and seeing as the series is now complete I'm going to go back to the start and read them all again!