Review: Play if Safe by Kristen Ashley

Posted December 6, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review: Play if Safe by Kristen Ashley
Play if Safe
by Kristen Ashley

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 2012
Published by Smashwords
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
 

Kristen may not be the most eloquent writer I have read, she has a unique way of bringing her characters to life with every word she writes till it feels like you are in the hero and/or heroine’s head and you just need to buckle up and enjoy the ride.~ Under the Covers

Ivey has lived her life by one golden rule: Play if safe. This means her life on the road involves no ties or connections, just her and her older brother drifting from one town to another making cash, not entirely legally, before they have to move on. But when Ivey hits the town of Mustang, she knows she doesn’t want to leave, especially when she meets Grayson Cody, a rancher/cowboy who lives in there. But the road to their happily ever after is fraught with separations, heartbreak and betrayal, will they ever make it?

Kristen Ashley has done it again, another book which I couldn’t unglue my eyes from; there is some magic laced in with her words which entices you to read on and on until you hit the final page and are still left wanting more. Although Kristen may not be the most eloquent writer I have read, she has a unique way of bringing her characters to life with every word she writes till it feels like you are in the hero and/or heroine’s head and you just need to buckle up and enjoy the ride.

I enjoyed every word of Play it Safe, Ivey and Gray were a great couple and you could feel their connection right from the start and although this didn’t quite have the emotional punch that some of her other books has it still have some beautiful moments. What was also fabulous was the cast of secondary characters, as this book (as all Kristen Ashley books are!) was long it gave plenty of time for it to shape up a great cast of background characters who all added to the story.

If you like Kristen Ashley’s books you are guaranteed to love this, it has her signature style, with her sexy alpha male and the sweet sassy female who captures his heart. If you haven’t read her and are after a sweet romance with plenty of steamy love scenes then I recommend you give this book a try!

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Annette C.

Thanks for the great review Suz, love Kristen Ashley, will have to add this one to my TBR list.

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trish dechant

Kristen seems to keep herself busy popping out books left and right–and I still have not managed to get to any of her stuff yet. I guess I need to cut my teeth with this one? LOL.
Great review and she sounds very similar to Jill Shalvis–sweet with a side of steamy–which is my fave kind of book.
Great review!

Aly P
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Aly P

Haven’t read any of her books, but they sound good. Lovely review Suz

PS: Hate the cover!

Joanne B
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Joanne B

I love Kristen’s books. Can’t wait to read this one to learn more about why Ivey and her brother drift from one town to the next. Thanks for the great review.

Maria D.
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Maria D.

Thanks for the review – I’ll have to add this one to my list since I don’t have it

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the recommendation.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks Suz…haven’t read her yet but her books are on my wishlist!