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Playing Dirty Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
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"The best contemporary romance I've read in years! A hard to find combination of sizzling hot chemistry and laugh-out-loud humor." (Victoria Dahl)
About the Author
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.
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That being said, I still hold hope for future books from Echols because of 'Playing Dirty'.
Sarah attempts to reinvent herself to save her job after a situation with a former client went terribly wrong. Her company sends her to fix an infamous gang of musicians, the 'Cheatin' Hearts'. To keep her job, Sarah must keep the band together and get them to record their album on time. What Sarah doesn't know is that her problems are bigger than that. While saving the notoriously junkie musician (Quentin) and rekindling his old romance with the band's fiddle player (Erin), she plants herself in their home studio to ensure that everything goes to plan. In doing so, she unravels the the whole thing, including the truth about the 'Cheatin' Hearts', who all have something to hide.
I loved the chemistry within the group from start to finish. Even when they were mad at one another it was out of love. It reminded me of a group of my friends who were super ragtag and crass, but they had each others backs when it mattered. The back stories and dialogue reminded me of the quality of Echols' earlier works.
(Also, I couldn't help but laugh when Quentin shouted out chess moves. Seriously funny stuff.)
The chemistry build in the beginning of the story seemed extremely rushed. Sarah was basically desperate to save her job, but she also allowed herself to get close to the band too quickly.
The subplot did not bother me, but the resolution to the subplot was also rushed. It felt like a big deal one second and then the next it was over.
I have read some mixed reviews on this book, which I didn't understand. I thought the author had a great sense of humor. The heroine was locked in a pattern that she was trying to break and did.
This was all fresh.
I thought the hero was sexy.
Although this review is disjointed, I didn't think the book was. I enjoyed it thoroughly and as always look forward to any Jennifer Echols' offerings.
What's even worse though is the characters. They weren't unlikable, it was just that they were confusing. The author would spend this time developing the characters and then she would put them into a scene where they would act completely opposite to how you would think they would act! If it only happened in one scene, I would've just thought I missed something but it kept happening repeatedly. I often found myself scratching my head. This made for a really confusing and messy story.
I gave it 2 stars because even despite these serious shortcomings, I wasn't completely disinterested in it. I just can't help but feel a story about a crisis PR professional could've been so much better.
I really have enjoyed Jennifer Echols previous books and consider her one of my favorites but I have to say her last two books were pretty terrible. I really hope she's just in a rut and will pull out of it because she can tell a really good story, this just isn't one of them.
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