ARC Review….Play Me by Diane Alberts

Play Me releases July 29

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Even the best-laid plans can go awry.

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.


My review:

Play Me is the third story in the Take a Chance Series by Diane Alberts.  I have read, and enjoyed, the first two and was really looking forward to this story after just looking at the cover.  Well, Diane has done it again…..this story rocked!

Kiersten Worth was not supposed to be spending this day alone.  It was supposed to be her wedding day, but thanks to a cheating fiancé, there will be no wedding bells for her.  Luckily, she has been spending time with Garrett, a childhood friend of her and her brother and her son’s basketball coach.  She’s looking forward to seeing him tonight for one of their casual chill-on-the-couch-with-a-movie nights when she decides to hatch a plan to get her ex out of her head, even if just for one night.  She knows Garrett has had a crush on her for years and tonight she plans on taking advantage of that.  Yep, hot and sexy Garrett is just the man to get the job done.  After her itch is scratched, surely they will be able to go back to their carefree relationship as friends….until the unexpected happens.

Garrett has watched Kiersten from across the gym floor at basketball games and dreamed of what it would be like to have more with her….more than just a close friend.  But he knows that’s just a fantasy.  He’s best friends with her brother and her son’s basketball coach and that’s all he will ever be to her. Imagine his surprise when he heads to her house for a typical night in and gets way more than what he’s ever imagined.

Here’s the thing with those friendly hook-ups….most of the time they just don’t work.  The awkwardness that follows can ruin the best of friendships and it just may ruin Garrett and Kiersten’s.  Fate won’t let that happen though and when Kiersten finds out she’s pregnant, Garrett comes up with a plan to make things work for all of them…..hopefully.

What a great read this was.  High emotion and intense at times but with such caring and love interspersed throughout it gave the story great balance.  Kiersten has been hurt and just can’t shake it.  I can’t blame her, really.  She doesn’t want to want Garrett and tries to push him away at every turn because she thinks it’s the best way to keep what’s left of her heart safe.  Lucky for her Garrett is focused and headstrong and won’t give up without a fight! Damn, I do love me some Garrett!  He’s loyal, trustworthy, reliable and damn sexy with a huge heart.  He’s not ready to give up on Kiersten or their growing family.  They have a rough go of things and have to really work through some major issues.  I will admit I wanted to shake Kiersten a few times while reading and tell her to grab Garrett before it’s too late but if you know me, you know I love characters that get me to feel! Oh, and the chemistry between them and their schmexy scenes are positively delicious! I was fanning myself more than a few times…..yum!

If you’re looking for a yummy, heartwarming and entertaining read, I say get Play Me on your to-read list! This is a series I will always look forward to seeing more from.  Thank you, Diane, for another fabulous story!


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About the author:

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Her goal is to write so many fantastic books that even a non-romance book fan will know her name. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.

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