Playing the Part
by Robin Covington
After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James is now making nice with her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood's favorite action star how to act like he's in love. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like. When a seductive heat ignites between Piper and Mick, she jumps at the chance for a bit of fun between the sheets, but with two stipulations: she's kept out of the public eye and things end when she returns to New York. Only Mick keeps changing the rules on her. Tempted by America's favorite bad boy, Piper is wondering how far she's willing to bend...
Piper James has had her share of the spotlight and really doesn't want to be put there again. As a bestselling author when one of her books is being made into a movie, it becomes her job to help the leading man understand where her character is coming from. It is going to be a hard job to do because he doesn't know how to show love onscreen and he is a known playboy who doesn't do love. As the two start to sizzle every time they are near each other Piper must decide if being in the spotlight is worth a fling and Mick has to decide just what he wants from Piper.
Mick is the sexy leading man who seems to have it all. He can get almost any woman he wants and he knows it. He also has a drive in him to be more than what everyone thinks he can do. You also get to see just how sweet he can be even when no one is around. Piper has been put through the ringer and has hit bottom. She has been hurt by love before and just wants to have a good time with Mick no strings attached. She is a very talented writer but is struggling writing after being hurt. I liked both of these characters a lot and how they reacted to each other.
I enjoyed this book from the start. Both the main characters are people you can get to know as you read and you find yourself liking them the more you read. I love the plot. A romance writer and an actor getting hot and steamy even when you know they don't have a lot in common. They both bring out the best in each other and help each other improve in many ways. When a betrayal happens my heart went out to both of them and I kept hoping they could get past it. I think Piper really came into her own by the end of the book and was finally able to let all her baggage go and become a strong woman. Mick also changes and I love some of the things he did in this book. Anyone who loves a hot book with fantastic characters and a very well written plot will be sure to enjoy this one.
4 out of 5 Stars