ARC Review: Games People Play by Shelby Reed

Posted June 5, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Games People Play by Shelby Reed
Games People Play
by Shelby Reed

3.5 Stars


Released: Jun 4, 2013
Published by Berkley Heat
Pages: 304
Format: ARC

“A little bit gritty and emotional.” ~Under the Covers

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is a bit different than something I would normally pick up. Starting with the fact the hero is a male prostitute.  Colm has been through hell in his life and that hell has put him in a place where he’s shut down his emotions and sold his body to get money he desperately needed for his sister.  He is broken and damaged with plenty of skeletons in his closet.  But they usually don’t come to the surface.

Except when he takes on the job of seducing Sydney Warren.  She’s an artist with a flair for sexual, who has been with her partner, a renowned arts dealer, for a long time.  Part of that time after he was in an accident that left him in a wheelchair.  He wants to test Sydney by putting a good looking man in her path who will attempt to seduce her to see if she caves.  If she doesn’t, the test passed and he will marry her.

Sydney was a bit of a lost soul to me.  She’s not entirely happy with her relationship but she feels she can’t seek elsewhere what she needs to feel complete.  She also seems to feel that she’s sold out on her art and done what sells instead of what’s in her heart.

When Sydney and Colm start spending time together as he’s modeling for her both their walls come down.

It was an interesting read that wasn’t at all what I would’ve expected but turned out to be enjoyable.  A little bit gritty and emotional.  I had some issues with certain parts and the pacing could’ve used a bit more speed but the relationship between Colm and Sydney developed nicely.  I did feel a bit rushed in the end, looking for a resolution that I’m not sure I was ready to have.

*ARC provided by publisher

Did you like this review? If so, please tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Follow me


Blogger/Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
Follow me

Related Posts

Tags: , , , , ,


Under the Covers Book Blog Comment Policy
Please read our comment policy here.

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
Darra HulsartTimitraLori Meehan Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Lori Meehan
Lori Meehan

Thanks Francesca.


Thanks for the review Francesca!

Darra Hulsart
Darra Hulsart

This sounds different. Never read about a male prostitute. I will check it out. Thanks