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- File size : 510 KB
- Publication date : November 27, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07K1Q7PZM
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #155,468 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Enemies-to-lovers can sometimes be a hard sell for me. It’s hard to make me love someone who proves himself from the beginning to be a jerk. Add into that the famous rockstar aspect, and it’s even harder for me to find redemption. However, Playing by Heart totally delivered in making me hate Jesiah (Jesse), then make me root for him, and finally make me fall in love with him.
The substance abuse facet of Playing by Heart was a big part of the appeal for me. I loved how JB Salsbury used it as a device to develop Jesse’s character, then make him grow. The fact that Ms. Salsbury kept his recovery and cravings for his substances of choice in the forefront for the entirety of the novel made it all feel more real.
While Jesiah may have been the star of this novel, Bethany also had a great growth arc. She was so timid and self-deprecating when the novel started, I wasn’t sure how she could ever hold her own with such a huge personality as Jesiah. Watching her shed her old skin and learn her worth was heartwarming and, though her healing wasn’t as profound as Jesiah’s, it was just as important.
One of my very favorite parts of Playing by Heart was something Jesiah’s brother, Benjamin, said to him. Often in the world of romance, everything is predicated on the feeling of love, but there is so much more to it than that. Ben told him love isn’t a feeling; it’s a choice. I have told the same thing to my children and husband, so it was an incredibly poignant moment for me.
Playing By Heart was a touching love story with quite a bit of humor mixed in. I couldn't help but smile from beginning to end, waiting patiently for lust to turn into love, while also appreciating the laughter. I laughed more than expected at Bethany's quirkiness, especially during her "singing". Jesse's reaction to Bethany was also amusing to read which was welcome in those moments the story became serious.
The topic of Jesse's addictions was written so well and tasteful. The moments Jesse faced his addiction were so realistic it made me think of my own past and the strength it takes for someone to overcome them. Jesse's determination to overcome and conquer in order to win back all that he lost was courageous and an example of what hard work can accomplish.
I can't not mention the secondary characters in this book since they are a big reason the story structure was done so well. Ben is Jesse's brother and is a single dad of a little girl. As the story continues we begin to see that Ben has a story all of his own and hopefully one day can be explored more. Ashleigh is Bethany's over-protective, wild and crazy best friend with a crush on the single dad who also happens to be a pastor. Ashleigh is there for Bethany through it all, even attending church. As a bonus, she gets to stalk the good ole' pastor, taking every opportunity she can to make the grown man blush. I wouldn't mind reading a story on the two characters in the near future and will admit to hoping they will be (stalking) speaking to JB Salsbury enough to want to write another great read.
This is a perfect 5 Star read. JB Salsbury should be proud of her newest masterpiece. I know I definitely am! Congratulations!!
Jesse is your typical bad boy rock star to the fullest extent. But he’s finally pushed his recording label and manager too far with his alcohol, drugs and women. They send him to his brothers house to clean up his system and his act. There he meets Bethany...someone who isn’t his normal type at all but he soon discovers she will turn his world upside down.
Bethany is trying to get over her broken heart but she is constantly checking his social media pages and her heart keeps breaking as she sees he’s moved on. She made some bad decisions after their breakup and she is trying to fight her way back. Jesse is definitely not the kind of guy she wants anything to do with.
I’ll admit I didn’t really care for Jesse or Bethany at the beginning. She was still too hung up on her ex and he was just a jerk most of the time. But I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship and how they went from somewhat enemies to friends to more. But Jesse’s wayward past continues to come back and haunt him.
I really loved how Bethany and Jesse grew and changed throughout this book. They grew as individuals and as a couple. Loved their HEA.
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Jesse Lee's career is on the rocks. Drinking and drug taking rule his life. His management and band have had enough. They are giving him one final chance. Clean up or lose it all. He knows he can't lose it and agrees to go to rehab... The catch? He has to stay with his estranged brother in the middle of nowhere. Jesse just thinks he'll do his time and carry on as normal that is until he starts to stay sober and see what's around him. Which includes the plain jane baby sitter Bethany.
Bethany is lovesick. Her ex sent her off the rails but she still loves him. Determined to wait it out she's sure he'll come back to her. In the meantime she's working off a debt babysitting and working in a restaurant. She's saving to go back to school so needs every penny she can get.
When the rude arrogant rock star Jesse Lee turns up at her place of work she's less than impressed. He does everything in his power to make her uncomfortable and annoy her. Including making her hot under the collar. She's offered another job babysitting, this time for the rocker with the lure of cash to get her out of debt she takes it. Begrudgingly.
The more time they spend together the more they annoy each other. But, something has to give because the growing attraction between them won't be tapered.
I was so drawn to both these characters. Beth is so sweet with a little wild side she tries to keep hidden. I loved how Jesse draws it out of her without even trying. She's so loveable i wasn't surprised at all he fell for her.
Jesse Lee for me is right up with the best book boyfriends you can get. He's mean and arrogant and big headed to start with. A typical Rock Star that has your panties burning. But then as the story goes on layer after layer starts to fall away and you find the man underneath it who is worth 10x more than the bad boy rocker.
I loved the storyline. There was a few separate plots going on at once and i loved how it all wove together seamlessly. The ending left me with the biggest smile and i found myself having a little daydream of meeting my own rocker!! lol
I'm keeping everything crossed that there's more for these guys. Namely Ben!!! Please give us his story!!!!
I also loved the little cameo by one of the characters from the fighting series Ryder!!! whoop whoop he's a rock Star!!! Not sure how his dad will feel about that! lol He also needs his story told!!
I bloody loved it!! Left me smiling, hot and in love. I'd definitely recommend it to all you Rock Star Romance lovers. Brilliant.
5 Rocking Stars
I found Jesse to be a real egotistical jerk, who thought he was God’s gift 😒 especially at the beginning but I did come to sort of like him when he was with Bethany and his brother Ben. And when I read about his past I did get a little bit of a soft spot for him.
I liked that Bethany stood up to him , even though she got a bit flustered around him at times, she called him up on his shit and some of their moments together were sweet.
I did enjoy the ending and the epilogue but I just didn’t get into this one as much as her books.
I hope Ben and Ash, and Ryder (loved the crossover) get a book.