Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: Playing With Trouble (Desire Bay #1) by Joya Ryan

Playing With Trouble by Joya RyanPlaying With Trouble
(Desire Bay #1)
by Joya Ryan
March 21, 2017
208 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.

Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay?


A short and sweet love story with ups and downs. I liked the latter half of the book more than the beginning but all in all a quick steamy read.

Playing with Trouble had a very typical love story plot. I liked that even though the characters have known each other since they were young, the story didn't go deep into their past. It focused on the present and how they behaved around each other in the now.

To be honest both Laura and Jake annoyed me. Not a whole lot but she was too much of a scaredy-cat throughout the story and Jake was too much of a macho man with his thoughts. Their lusting inner monologues were a bit cheesy but the comedic effect was there. The two of them were a good match and I'm glad they started to open up to each other and pulled things together.

I love where the story ended off. There were a few surprises and sweet gestures. Just enough to make this a heartwarming story. It was also hot and quick ;)

3.5 Cats
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.

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