Power Play

Power Play

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by Tiffany Snow
     
 

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THIS KIND OF BUSINESS CAN ONLY BE PERSONAL

Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving

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THIS KIND OF BUSINESS CAN ONLY BE PERSONAL

Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/18/2015
In one corner of Snow’s latest sexy love triangle, which kicks off the Risky Business series, is Sage Reese, a socialite and executive administrative assistant. In the second corner is her boss, Parker Anderson, a cool, calculating, high-powered Chicago investment executive. In the third is Det. Dean Ryker of the Chicago Police. As Sage narrates the predictable story about her unrequited love for fellow highbrow Parker and her visceral attraction to the dangerous and lowbrow Dean, it’s easier to get seduced by the gripping subplot about the Russian Mafia. Strangely, though the two men are the ones dealing with the mobsters, innocent bystander Sage is the only one to suffer a couple of nasty beatings—which she’s more than willing to take in defense of her boss, despite his almost-certain involvement in criminal activity. After the initial appearance of Dean, who has a history with Parker and falls instantly for Sage, readers will wonder what on Earth possesses the young woman to stay loyal to the aloof-to-a-fault exec. A cliffhanger leaves the romantic resolution for later installments. Agent: Kevin Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (July)
From the Publisher
"Combines a suspenseful, deceptive mystery with a fun and spirited love triangle, and pulls off both with aplomb.... Any upcoming sequels are sure to be hits."—RT Book Reviews"

Snow sucks me into the vortex of this story, eager for more."—Heroes & Heartbreakers"

Wow. POWER PLAY is THE BEST 'love triangle' book I've ever read. I generally really dislike books that contain love triangles and honestly avoid them, but POWER PLAY sounded so good that I had to give it a shot. And man, am I glad that I did! ... Tiffany Snow, in my opinion, wrote the perfect story. Angst, love, hate, danger and a dash of humor, all interwoven in a beautiful story about figuring out what the heart really wants. I am SO excited to read the next book."—-Eclectic Bookworms blog"

Power Play has all the elements of adventure, romance, and suspense. It has topped the list of must-reads and I am dying to see what is next for this troubled trio!"—-My Book Muse blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455532858
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/2015
Series:
Risky Business Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
227,654
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tiffany Snow earned degrees in Education and History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, before launching a career in Information Technology. After over a decade in IT, she switched careers to what she always dreamed of doing - writing. Tiffany is the author of romantic suspense novels such as the Kathleen Turner Series, which includes No Turning Back, Turn to Me and Turning Point. Since she's drawn to character-driven books herself, that's what she loves to write, and the guy always gets his girl. She feeds her love of books with avid reading, yet she manages to spare time and considerable affection for trivia, eighties hair bands, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Elvis. She and her husband have two daughters and one dog.

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Power Play 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The girl was a ninny being allowed to be yanked back and forth emotionally by her boss who she was crushing on when she had another guy totally into her. The cop character needed work..no way would he just let her go and try and put bugs in a room after an attempt on her life with no back up from hi. Her boss was a jerk and the ending made reading it so not woth it...I was debating on whether or not to even finish reading... Sorry. Not my kind of book.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog My level of enjoyment of POWER PLAY is a case of expectations. The setup of this series is not something I tend to read a lot because it can get on my nerves, and I guess I didn’t realize this wouldn’t be an HEA book for the couple, but one of those love triangles that drags on throughout the series. I’ve made those commitments before with some books, but believe me they’re not my thing. And I wasn’t expecting that from this. I think because of that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I probably could’ve otherwise. Our heroine Sage is a bit of a workaholic. She thinks very highly of her successful boss, Parker. So much so that she hasn’t realized that all that admiration is actually something deeper. When Parker becomes involved in a business transaction with the Russian mob, his old friend Ryker comes around snooping his involvement and immediately becomes quite taken with Parker’s assistant, Sage. Detective Ryker that is. And Sage finds herself in the middle of a bad situation not only between the two old friends and now sort of enemies, but in the middle of a very bad deal with the bad guys. As far as the suspense element goes, this is actually really good! Not that it’s suspenseful per se but it’s a good story, kind of like a cop show with a bit of flare for the dramatic. Sage is just naive enough to want to do the right thing and ends up in situations that are a bit precarious. She’s also in between two men that are polar opposites in many ways. One the epitome of refined and successful, and the other the leather wearing, bike riding bad boy. Reminded me a bit of Stephanie Plum in some ways, and the love triangle definitely goes in line with that as well. I was hoping for a romantic resolution in the end, and we don’t get that like I mentioned before. I’m not sure if I’ll continue and read the next book, maybe if I’m in the right mood for it this time. The story in itself was good so I may pick it up when I’m ready for a good detective book.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★¾ Warning!!!!!! This book contains an epic amount of love triangle. Let's just get that out of the way. Power Play is the first installment in Tiffany Snow's adult romantic suspense series titled Risky Business. I liked this book a lot actually...despite the dreaded triangle. I actually didn't mind it too much and that's pretty rare for me. I did however very much mind the seemingly manipulation of our sweet heroine: Sage by the two heroes in this book. It got pretty annoying after a while but the back and forth romance itself wasn't horrible in my opinion. Personally, I would drop them both and go find someone new but we're talking about fiction, so... My favorite part about this book was the thriller/suspense element going on. There are some pretty dark characters who enter this story and all the stress created a fast-paced feel later on in the book. This is a series I'm looking forward to continuing as long as the suspense factor doesn't end up getting outweighed by the triangle drama. I guess we'll find out! Note: I listened to the audio version of this book. It's pretty well done but a woman is altering her voice for the male parts. It just didn't sound right and I think having an additional narrator (deep-voiced male) would have done wonders for this experience. Just my opinion. My favorite quote: "I wasn't one of those women who pretended not to be impressed by a man's physique. I loved a well-built man. Ryker said he was cliche? Well, so was I. I was definitely impressed by a strong man. Sue me."
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Sage Reese has found herself in quite the predicament, her boss Parker Anderson is dealing with some very dangerous people and has unintentionally taken her along for the ride. Her feelings for him are continually clouding her judgement and she longs to be something more to him other than just his executive assistant. He has given into their attraction to one another a couple times, but always ends on putting the brakes on it, and tells her he is no good for her, and that he can't be who she wants him to be. So, she has done her best to ignore her feelings for him and move on, only every time she finds someone, he ends up intervening one way or another and sends the new man in her life packing. That is until she meets Detective Dean Ryker, Dean is investigating her boss, and warns her that her loyalty to Parker has put her life in danger. Dean makes his interest in her known the first day they meet, and she is unsure whether or not she can trust him, and wonders if he really likes her or if he is using her to gain better access to her boss. Dean and Parker have history, and a tainted part of their history has caused them to be sworn enemies, so when Parker finds out that she is spending time with Dean he loses it. Parker warns Sage to stay away from Dean because he is dangerous, but there is something about the bad boy detective that she just can't ignore, her attraction to him cannot be denied, and he is offering her things that Parker has continually denied. Sage has found herself stuck between two men that she doesn't want to lose, but both are tearing her into two different directions, and she knows she is going to have to eventually choose one over the other... question becomes does she choose the one she loves, has always desired, and that has continually denied her his affection, or the one who makes her feel alive, wanted, and willing to give her everything she desires... This was my first experience reading a book by this author, and I have to say, that I am totally kicking myself for not reading one of her books until now. This book grabbed my attention almost immediately, and had me flying right through the pages, I had to know what was going to happen next! And I have to say that the cliffhanger totally took me by surprise, and left me dying for more, I cannot wait to read the next installment!! I love reading stories with love triangles in them, and I have to say this is by far one of my favorites to date!! Ms. Snow has created one exceptional literary masterpiece here, and I highly recommend you get your hands on it, it is sure to satisfy all of your reading needs and then some!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parker Anderson is the Director of Investment Analytics at KLP Capital and exudes power and confidence. Sage Reese is the Executive Administrative Assistant to Parker. Sage goes above and beyond the call of duty for Parker, their relationship is strictly professional. Though Sage harbors a one sided crush for Parker, she doesn't want to feed the boss/secretary cliché. When Parker takes on a new account, Sage is inadvertently thrown into the crosshairs of the Russian Mob. Enter badass Detective Dean Ryker. Ryker doesn't mince words with Sage; he thinks Parker is part of the problem and not the solution. Sage isn't convinced, as Parker and Ryker clearly have a history and not necessarily a good one. As events unfold, Sage is torn between the two men. Parker - her boss with whom no romantic relationship could be possible and Ryker - the badass cop that has the potential to turn their mutual attraction into more. Yes, Yes, Yes!! Tiffany Snow has done it AGAIN! Power Play is fast paced, witty, steamy, and kept me turning page after page long past bed time. I didn't want the story to end. The tension between the three characters was off the charts. Throw in the danger and mystery involved with the Russian Mob and that turned the angst up another notch. I can't wait to continue reading about Sage, Parker and Ryker in Playing Dirty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing book by Tiffany Snow! I have yet to decide if I like Parker or Ryker better because they are both great characters. Sage is an extremely well written and likeable character too. Can't wait for book two!!!
KTBookReviews1 More than 1 year ago
FAH-REAK-ING AWESOME! The queen of the love triangle has done it again! I am a sucker for a good push/pull romance and with Power Play we get it from all sides! The lust and longing of an unrequited office romance. Parker Andersen is a no nonsense business powerhouse. He demands perfection and that things be done his way. His assistant Sage Reese is completely at his beck and call. Sage admires her demanding boss and can work for him like few before her has. She is an asset to him in the office and goes above and beyond to keep it that way. In walks the rough and tumble detective Dean Ryker. His presence raises Sages suspicions, as well as her libido. Dean is fun, sexy and doesn’t hesitate to let Sage know she is on his radar in the most sensual ways. A business associate turns up dead and things begin to go haywire in the structured office environment Sage has been working in. Has the buttoned up Parker Anderson been hiding behind the facade or is the enigmatic detective Ryker just using Sage to further his investigation? Power Play is great action, sultry sexy innuendo, and banter with adrenaline pumping and heart racing suspense. Utter perfection for the love triangle fan!
Ellesea-Loves-Reading More than 1 year ago
This author's love triangle series should come with a “flashing light” warning because there is a chance you'll be left heartbroken like I was after The Kathleen Turner Series. But that was then and this is now! Like forbidden fruit, the temptation to read another action packed, sexy page turner by Tiffany Snow is just too great a pull for my will-power. Is this like the Kathleen Turner Series...no! The foundations laid in Power Play provide the potential for the Risky Business Trilogy to be an even greater love story. Sage Reece loves her job which is just as well as she's pretty much on-call 24/7 for her demanding boss Parker Anderson. Not that she sees it as a hardship working for the drop-dead gorgeous man with clear blue eyes. He has her heart, although he gives the impression he's immune to her beautiful looks. Many say he's arrogant, but Parker Anderson sees himself as confident. He's the highly sought and respected Director of Investment Analytics at KLP Capital. He's cool and business-like in his work place especially when around his stunning executive administrative assistant. Their relationship is strictly professional. However, after an old arch nemesis visits his office and notices Sage, maybe the cliché boss and secretary scenario should be considered after all? When his arch nemesis turns up as a suspect in a case he's investigating, Dean Ryker wastes no time seeking out Parker Anderson for answers. What he didn't expect is to find a “bombshell” of a secretary working for his suspect. Never one to miss an opportunity, Ryker asks Sage on a date and whisks her away right from under Parker's nose. But is this tentative date for pleasure or another means to collect information and evidence for his case? Power Play is a fast paced suspenseful romance. As with all of Tiffany's books this is a well written novel laced with witty and humorous dialogue. In this tight knit love triangle, the sparks of attraction are flying everywhere as both guys vie for Sage's attention. Like Sage, I can see both positive and negative personality traits in both Parker and Ryker. I do however prefer one guy over the other, but only slightly. Power Play didn't have the same immediate impact as No Turning Back...or so I thought. This was definitely a slow burn beginning for me. In the couple of days since I finished reading this first installment of the Risky Business trilogy, I've already found myself thinking more about the protagonists than I thought I would... a feeling of deja vu? So, the seeds of a new love triangle obsession have been sown! I can't wait to find out what happens next to Sage, Parker and Ryker in the remaining books in the series; Playing Dirty and Play To Win. I just hope my pieced together fractured heart wont be broken into millions of shards again!
Bellabann More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! Tiffany Snow hit the mark with the first book in The Risky Business Series! Power Play has every element you would expect in a love triangle, romantic suspense thriller. Parker, Sage, Ryker...oh my! Ryker, Sage, Parker...oh my! These characters are absolutely fabulous and they make this story go round and round and round! The story is riveting, action packed and a real nail biter! My interest was held from start to finish. At this point in the series, I know which of the men I would have Sage pick for her happy ever after, but I also know there are two more books to come and Tiffany Snow is always full of surprises which could cause me to change my mind! I can't wait for the remaining two books in this series. Waiting is going to be pure torture! No one writes romantic suspense and a love triangle better than Tiffany Snow! She is the master! Power Play ranks at the top of the list and is a thoroughly enjoyable must read! I loved this book!
littlepmom More than 1 year ago
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! The book is set in Chicago with Sage as a college-educated executive administrative assistant (glorified secretary) hopelessly drawn to her boss, Parker. Not only is Parker sexier than sin but also an extremely adept financial advisor/broker dealing with multi-million dollar accounts. Parker’s new account with a “questionable” client brings Ryker, a no nonsense, flirtacious, “bad boy” Chicago detective who says what’s on his mind and plays to win both on the job and with the ladies. The problem…Sage is both his current job and the current object of his desire. Once Ryker enters the scene bringing her all kinds of sexy (sometimes humorous) attention, Sage starts to waiver in her feelings toward Parker. Just when she thinks it’s time to close the door on her feelings toward Parker, Parker turns up the heat and suddenly her feelings look anything BUT one-sided. The storyline moves at a good pace, the suspense is believable, and the tension of the love triangle melts the pages. The dialogue was so entertaining, I found myself laughing out loud and yelling out loud (to the confusion of my kids) throughout the book. I don’t know how Tiffany Snow continues to keep me interested and captivate me with each of her books, but I’m so glad she shares her gift of writing with us all. I CANNOT WAIT for the second installment of this trilogy to be released Sept 29th, 2015!!
Bravesgirlamy More than 1 year ago
From the moment that I read the blurb for this book, I was excited. It sounded just like the kind of story that I would like and reminded me so much of one of my favorite will-they or won't they couples on television, Suits’ Harvey and Donna. The ambitious, smart, handsome, charming boss with the indispensible secretary (Sorry, Sage, I should say Administrative Assistant). The woman that knows him better than himself. The woman that he couldn't be without. So, knowing all of that, I was absolutely jumping up and down and ready to read this. But, I had a moment of pause, when I saw that this was going to be a love triangle. I still haven't recovered from Tiffany Snow's last love triangle, The Kathleen Turner Series. I vowed I would go into this, though, with an open mind and I would not pick a side right off the bat. I was not going to subject myself to that sort of heartbreak again. There are those who will say, it's just a book. Get over it. But, you cannot just get over it with a Tiffany Snow book. She has a way of writing characters that you genuinely care about. Characters that you identify with or characters that you just want to be with. Not too many readers have that gift, but Tiffany does. So, because of Tiffany, Blane Kirk has and always will be the book boyfriend I judge all others by. I honestly did not think anyone could come close to him. Well, let me introduce you to Parker Anderson. He is Harvey Specter-esque with some Blane-like qualities. So, my promise to not get too emotionally invested or pick a side this time? Well, yeah, that's out the window. I am firmly in Team Parker. We see him through his Girl Friday, Sage Reese's eyes. She doesn't want to be the stereotypical, clichéd secretary crushing on the boss. She fights her feelings and tries to dismiss them knowing that something between them could never work. Yet, he calls and she comes running. This is done to humorous effect in the first chapter when Sage's night out with her current boyfriend is interrupted by Parker. So Mr. Wrong breaks up with Sage telling her that she’s already in a relationship with her boss even though she doesn’t seem to know it. And the other third of this triangle? Hot cop Dean Ryker. He comes off as the typical bad boy. Sage is immediately attracted to him even though she senses the hostility between him and Parker. Is Ryker flirting with her just to get under Parker’s skin? Is he using her to work an angle on his latest case? Throw in the obvious bad blood between the former friends that stems from fighting over the same girl. Will this cycle repeat itself? You know it will! But, the ride will hopefully be as fun and romantic as Tiffany Snow books always are. There's some fun banter between Ryker and Parker as they trade one-liners and there's quite a funny scene where Sage breaks up one of these fights as the two mean play a comical game of “I know you are, but what am I?” This book had it all---fun, romance, intrigue, suspense and humor. Sage makes a choice in this book, but I feel that just might be temporary. Don't count the other guy out just yet. I have a feeling that this series will join the Kathleen Turner series as one of my all-time favorites. ARC provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for an honest review.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
Sage Reeves lived a quiet life, she was working for Parker Andersen as his Administrative Assistant (who she is secretly in love with) she works long hours and is basically at his beck and call. Sage was known to date but her last boyfriend thought she was tied to her job and not great in bed so that didn’t work out. Then all of the sudden in literally a matter of days she is mixed up in a Russian mob scandal about sex trafficking and kidnapping. She was beaten, kidnapped and harassed all in a matter of days. Oh and her boss Parker is being investigated for his Russian ties by his former best friend Dean Ryker; who by the way wants to protect Sage at all costs. I generally am not a big fan of triangles – this one is interesting though. Parker and Sage have undeniable chemistry but Parker has made it clear he doesn’t want Sage (as the reader we can see between the lines) while Ryker initially wanted to protect Sage develops real feelings for her – while Sage is caught in the middle. Keeping in mind that this is a trilogy who knows what will happen in the next set of books, but knowing Tiffany Snow what happened at the end of book 1 is not necessarily what’s going to happen in books 2 and 3. I have read the Ivy series by this author and the one thing I can say that seems consistent is that her books move very quickly. The Power Play is action packed with a lot of developments that happen in a very short amount of time. Sometimes so quickly that as the reader I had to go back and reread passages just to keep the timeline straight. I am good with that mainly because her writing is so good, any other author I may not be. The other thing I would caution readers is that Tiffany doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions both in regards to her love scenes and violence. I appreciate the fact that she has the same writing approach with both. I enjoyed this edge of your seat thriller/romance and am really looking forward to the next book.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
No one does love triangles like Tiffany Snow. Her Kathleen Turner series set a high bar, without drawing things out forever. Her new series promises to do more of the same. Our heroine, Sage Reese, lives for her boss, Parker Andersen. Though she’s trying to resist the cliché of the secretary falling for her boss, she’s slowly fallen in love with Parker. When one of the accountants in her firm is murdered, Detective Dean Ryker, Parker’s former best friend, shows up to investigate. The mystery of who murdered the accountant and what is really going on pushes this novel past the typical secretary / boss trope and into really great storytelling. The first person narrative takes a few pages to get used to, but it is a much better story told simply through Sage’s eyes. I really enjoyed this first book in the new series. It ends rather abruptly, so readers that like immediate resolution might want to wait for the other two books in the series to be released before starting. I know I have lots of unanswered questions and I’m eagerly awaiting book two in the series. Copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.