Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
Series: Sinful Serenade #4
on May 22nd, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
He parties like a rockstar.
She's there to make sure no one finds out...
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. It doesn't matter how lonely she feels three thousand miles from home, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn't have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess's rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything... except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn't matter that his ex slept with his best friend. He needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep the record company happy. The sweet blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to clean up his dirty reputation.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They'll lie to the world but not to each other. Especially not when they're alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star's girlfriend. But Pete shouldn't play games with a girl who's been broken before...
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Play Your Heart Out is the 4th standalone romance in the Sinful Serenade Series.
After moving to California from New York to move on from a horrible break up and betrayal, Jess James has worked day and night to pay for her student loans and to save up for law school. One night, she was left by her manager to stop a couple from having sex in the bathroom… or rather, ask them to take it somewhere else. When she opened the door, she is faced with none other than Peete Steele, the bassist for the band Sinful Serenade.
The girl Pete was intimate with didn’t like the interruption, and long story short, Jess ended up with her glasses in half. The two of them meet the day after to replace Jess’s glasses. Tom and Willow, Pete’s brother and future sister-in-law, were with Pete when he met up with Jess, and the two assumed Jess was Pete’s girlfriend. Other people thought so, too. The band’s manager has always wanted Pete to have a nice girlfriend to improve his image, so this was perfect. Jess needed money for law school, Pete needed a fake girlfriend, and the both obviously wanted to have sex with each other. And you know what they say about bassists.
“[Bassists are] great with their hands. But they’re not showy about it.”
Jess came off as a clingy, whiny woman who got mad at Pete when he wasn’t 100% in love with her as she was with him. Pete told her from the very start that he wasn’t ready to be in a relationship, and Jess told him she understood, but it didn’t seem like she truly did. The only thing I liked about her is her preference for Peeta Mellark over Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games series.
It was hard to love the characters’ relationship. Their relationship was obviously based on their attraction towards each other. Seriously, most of their conversation involved talking about sex and coming.
Some of the writing felt awkward and repetitive. Jess has seen Pete’s eyes fill with vulnerability, then he blinks and it’s gone, far too much. And every time she mentions the clenching of her sex, I roll my eyes. She mentioned it twenty-seven times. Yes. I counted. If I took a shot every time she mentioned her Kegel exercise, I’d probably have alcohol poisoning.
There was a subplot introduced that just disappeared—the issue with Jess’s boyfriend, Nathan. His story was introduced, and there was an issue about leaked photos, but that plot line was never mentioned again soon after.
I’ve been incredibly tempted to drop at about 20% into the book, but somehow I managed to finish it. Still, it wasn’t the best fake relationship story out there, but it wasn’t the worst.
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