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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. Because by the time this happens, you know that Ivey was on empty and Gray has been steadily filling her up and for them BOTH to lose that? Hurts. And they lose it for almost eight years.
I'll be honest, I got scared at this point. I had nightmarish vision of For You (The 'Burg Series) and Golden Trail (The 'Burg Series), where the couple loses almost 20 years with each other and he's had a wife and kid and she's lucky if she got a bologna sandwhich at Christmas.
Thank God, she didn't go there, but I am happy she went where she went. Ivey got to get rid of her loser brother and gain two friends and Gray didn't run off and get married, because he knew like I did, that "There is noone better than you, Ivey." I'm always at a loss when it comes to doing a review for an Ashley book, because it's not like anything really BIG happens, its a series of little things that build to a wonderful and engrossing reading experience, and I don't like spoiling it because I feel that the reader discovering those things is what makes her my favorite find of 2011.
Therefore, all I can tell you is, reading this book is worth thr tears you are going to shead before you hit that HEA. That you want Ivey and Gray to be happy and when she says "I love you, Gray." You believe it and want that for each of them.
I absolutely adored Grayson Cody! The man was hot, honest, sweet, kind, sexy and he took care of his grandmother! Swoon! When he stepped in to save Ivey before he really ever met her, you just knew he was a one of a kind kind of perfect. Ivey is also a great character. Her life consisted of what she could carry in a bag, yet she never gave up and took a chance with Grayson. She's the type of strong leading lady that you actually like. Not one of those bratty annoying bitches that some books try to make us like, when in reality we just want to slap em'. I understood her loyalty to Casey. I didn't necessary like it, but I understood it. But seven years ... Wow! Lash and Brutus added to the story and even Hoot made me smile. Sonny was also another great character and his introduction in the story cracked me up. I would love more from this series and hope we end up getting Whit's story so we can check in with everyone in Mustang.
Play it Safe was another great story by Kristen Ashley. It made me smile, laugh, swoon and even cry. Can't wait to see what's up next.
"Say you love me, Ivey." [Big Smile ... I just loved Grayson!!]
Ivey and Gray thought they have a chance at happiness. They thought wrong. Evil people are relentless. They took seven years out of the lives of these two. In that seven years Ivey has stopped running, had parted ways with Casey, her misguided brother. He got her back before, but now he is careless.
I am elated to see this slip of a girl get rich, and get a family like Lash and Brutus.
Series of events, coincidences and misfortunes connected the ex lovers together. I love the way the truth came out quickly without any procrastination on the part of the author. I also love how the story wraps and the pleasant surprises we got. Of course this is Kristen Ashley. She is a Master at what she does. The narrator of the audio book was very talented. I enjoyed reading and listening to the story since this give me no break in my enjoyment of this book. Awesome.