After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James has one last chance to impress her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood's favorite action star how to act like he's in love for the movie adaption of one of her books. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like.
The sizzling chemistry between them, though, needs no help. And as things heat up, Piper 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. Except Mick keeps changing the rules on her. Tempted by America's favorite bad boy, Piper is wondering how far she's willing to bend...
About the Author
On her fortieth birthday, Robin Covington decided that having a mid-life crisis and finding a boy-toy were far too tacky, so she delved a little deeper into the "bucket list" and pulled out the long-shelved dream of becoming an author. Now, she spends her time writing sizzling romance where the hero and heroine can't keep their hands off each other.
She doesn't miss the boy-toy at all.
Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.
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Playing the Part
A Playing Around Novel
By Robin Covington, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Rochelle French
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2013 Robin Covington
All rights reserved.
Dammit. She was late.
Piper James mentally bitch-slapped her inner whiner, who persisted in spouting out monologues of melodrama. She needed to haul up her Teflon-coated big girl panties and focus on executing the here and now. Yes — she was late to her important meeting with Billy Nelson, director of the film adaptation of her book Regan's Gift. Yes — the future of her career as a published author of romance novels hinged on how well she consulted on the movie. No — she'd had no control over the canceled flight in Chicago nor over the loss of her luggage at LAX.
She could do this. She was Piper James. The New York Times bestselling author who'd risen out of the slush pile five years ago to kick ass, take names, and make them all a distant memory.
She glanced down at her watch as the golf cart she rode in whizzed around the streets of the movie production lot. Actors of all shapes and sizes wandered the road in costumes from all eras — and some eras that had never existed. It was all so exciting. Creative. Bustling. Hollywood was still one of her favorite places in the world.
The last time she'd walked onto a movie lot, she'd been one-half of the entertainment industry's biggest power couple since Brangelina. She'd basked in the glow of the paparazzi flashbulbs, enjoyed all the perks and benefits, and cultivated the celebrity image with every red carpet appearance and magazine cover. Her life had been like the epilogue in one of her novels: she'd had a solid spot at the top of every bestseller's list, and Antonio had loved her like one of her heroes.
Until he didn't.
After that, they'd blown apart like a scene in one of his Hollywood blockbuster action movies, and her subsequent meltdown had been a game changer. She'd gone after him in the press like ... well ... like a woman scorned.
Unfortunately, she'd forgotten just how fickle the media and the public could be, and soon they both grew tired of the angry, jilted fiancé in favor of the newly minted "it" couple. After all, no one could resist a love story — she'd built a career on that very fact.
Her public freak-out had done so much full-frontal damage that her career was now barely limping along. Her publisher wasn't thrilled with her behavior and the negative impact it had on her sales, and this consulting gig was her last chance to make nice. Her agent and best friend, Chris, had negotiated the whole thing with her publisher and the movie producer.
All she had to do to salvage her career was teach the leading man, Mick Blackwell, the sexiest playboy in Hollywood, how to act like he was in love.
Piece of cake, right?
The driver pulled to a jarring stop in front of a set of large, open double doors. He hopped out and came around to help her out, with a flourish and a large smile. "The set of Regan's Gift, the multimillion-dollar film adaptation of The New York Times bestselling romance by the very lovely Ms. James."
She thanked him, laughing at his unexpected gallantry, and grabbed her laptop bag. Turning to look at the open doorway, she huffed out a heavy breath and adjusted her glasses. She knew nothing about mentoring actors, but if this was what it took to make good with her publisher and keep her contract, she'd give it her all.
Two seconds later, she'd breached the threshold, the cooler temperature inviting her to step out of the hot, California sunshine. The interior was dark until her eyes adjusted to the change. Empty. Silent. The absence of the usual bustle and noise caused her to wonder if she'd arrived too late to catch Billy, but maybe someone would still be on set. She rounded a corner and pulled up short at the scene before her.
It was Regan's kitchen.
Shaking on knees suddenly weak with emotion, Piper observed a world that, up until this moment, had only existed in her mind. The kitchen, the main setting of her book and the place where Regan and Chance fell in love, was laid out before her just like she'd pictured it in her head.
All the details she'd woven into her books reflected back at her in amazing detail — the red enameled jars lining the countertop, the quirky ceramic roosters collected by Regan's grandmother and passed down two generations, the spot where Chance kissed Regan and pulled her down to the floor to make love for the first time. It was all here.
She dropped her bags onto an empty table, then eased her way in between cameras, lights, cords, and other equipment until she stood at the place where the concrete of the soundstage met the antique, pecan floorboards of the farmhouse kitchen.
A happy zip of energy jolted through her body. She laughed and twirled, arms wide open.
"I think the music video shoot is next door," a deep, male voice said.
Startled, Piper spun around, tripping on her high-heeled Mary Janes and simultaneously knocking over one of the ceramic roosters. She grabbed the bulky bird before it toppled off the kitchen island, clutched it to her chest in a death grip, and bit back a gasp as she locked eyes with the man voted Sexiest Man in America for the last two years.
Damn. He looked even better in person. Six feet two inches tall, light mocha skin tone that attested to his biracial parentage, and the most gorgeous set of green eyes. A slow, sexy smile. Firm chest muscles defined by a tight, blue T-shirt, and strong forearms that led to large hands tucked into his front pockets that framed his considerable assets, hidden behind faded denim.
A rush of desire hit her, making her palms grow damp and loosening her hold on the chicken. With a bit of effort, she adjusted and tightened her grip on the bird and realized her knees had gone wobbly.
Damn, Mick was her fantasy come to life.
His gaze unapologetically traveled up and down her body, lingering over the places that usually got the most attention. She knew she had great legs and breasts, and dressed to showcase them in the hopes of offsetting her overly large mouth and short stature. But she'd float for days on the look of approval she saw in his eyes right now. Thank you, Zumba.
"The chicken." He gestured to the bird and stepped closer. He reached out and everything went into slow motion when his long fingers closed over hers. "Here. Let me help you."
The arousing male combination of spicy cologne and the clean scent of sweat on warm skin surrounded her. His eyes met hers, and the dark amusement lurking in them thickened the brain-addling lust fogging her mind.
"Apparently these chickens are made in France or something. If you break one, the prop department will kill you."
"That's a little extreme," she said, still trying to balance the unwieldy fowl in her arms.
Mick eased the bird from her grasp and carefully lowered it back to its safe place on the countertop, then turned to face her once again, his motion bringing him inside her personal space. Up close, the amazing bone structure of his face was even more defined, and even the hint of a smirk on his lips did nothing to lessen the intensity of his expression.
"I have a dilemma." His voice was deep and measured, but edged with the rough finish that made him a dream to listen to in surround sound. Piper swore she saw a jolt of fire in the depths of his eyes as he moved even closer.
Whoa. Mick Blackwell was hitting on her, and her body was responding like an addict who'd suddenly stumbled upon a pile of dope.
"What is your dilemma?" She mirrored his movement, deliberately stepping closer. Damn, he was like a sexual magnet, the black hole of hotness dragging her down.
"I don't know whether to call security or to ask for your phone number." His expression shifted slightly, the twist in his smile even sexier — if that were even possible.
Oh, sweet sugar.
Mick leaned in, and heat swept over her skin, settling in her most intimate places. He was the man every woman wanted in spite of his playboy reputation. Or maybe because of it. She loved men who came with a warning label. And Mick Blackwell didn't just have a label — he had a neon "Flammable. Do not touch" sign flashing over his head.
But she couldn't let a guy like him think he had the upper hand. Where was the fun in that?
"Maybe I should call security on you." Piper licked her lips, delighting in the way his pupils dilated as he watched the movement of her tongue.
He let out a laugh, flashing a bit of his perfect, white teeth. Apparently, Mr. Blackwell liked a challenge.
"My mama taught me not to talk to strangers or dangerous men," she said. "I think I'm supposed to go to the nearest public area and find a member of law enforcement."
"So I'm a stranger?" He raised a hand and traced a finger along his lower lip in what was clearly an open invitation.
God help her, she wanted to follow that path with her mouth. "Actually, I think you fall into the dangerous category."
"You have no idea."
Oh, yes she did.
She knew he was going to touch her before she felt his hand, hot and rough, settle on her arm and take a long, slow glide down to her wrist.
The blazing sparks against her closed eyelids were in perfect sync with the low moan that escaped her throat and reverberated in the large space of the set. A year of what amounted to a sexual starvation diet with only men who were "good" for her had made Piper a very hungry girl.
But hunger for Mick Blackwell was a very dangerous proposition, because while the bad boy was a nice little fantasy, the reality sucked. You could play with them, have a good time, but you couldn't let them get too close to your heart.
She backed up. One step. Two steps. He followed when she butted up against the set's kitchen counter. She met his gaze and let her mouth curve into a grin at the over-the-top, self-satisfied smirk plastered across his own face.
"I'm Mick Blackwell."
Okay, Captain Obvious. Did he actually think she didn't know who he was? "I know."
"And you are ..."
"I'm —" It dawned on her he had no clue who she was. Was that a good or bad thing? "I'm the author. I was brought in to help you work out the kinks."
A puzzled expression clouded Mick's handsome features, and then his brows furrowed in understanding as he let go of her arm. "You're Piper James?"
"Yes, I am."
"But, you're ..." He tracked his eyes down her body, lingering over the places he'd seemed to want to touch moments before. Returning his focus to her face, he said, "You're not what I expected."
"What did you expect?"
For the first time since she'd met him, he looked a little less confident, but it didn't last long. In a flash, his expression went back to that of cool confidence.
"My photo is on the back cover of my book. Didn't you see it?"
"I didn't read the book."
She snorted. "You didn't read it?"
"No. I read the script." Mick paused and then pointed at her. "Wait a damn minute." His tone was sharp, and the hard edges around his mouth betrayed his displeasure. "What did you mean by 'help you work out the kinks'?"
Uh-oh. Apparently, no one had explained her job to the leading man. Piper shifted backward. "Your director brought me on as your acting consultant."
"What does a writer know about acting?" He gave her a tight smile. "No offense, sweetheart."
"None taken, sweetheart." She took a breath and reined in her temper. Mick was mad and lashing out. This really wasn't about her. Damn, her therapist would be so proud. "I'm supposed to give you some insight into Chance." She cleared her throat. "From what I understand, you're not quite nailing this role."
Mick's body was a rigid line of steel as he stared her down, the thoughts colliding in his brain completely absent from his expression. He was a highly skilled actor, and he was only going to show her what he wanted her to see. Finally he nodded, having come to his own conclusion. "Guess I don't have an option but to work with you," he said, his voice lighter than before, but not quite carrying over to his eyes.
Piper relaxed her shoulders and loosened her fingers from the tight grip on her skirt. Thank God. Mick may have needed her to help him, but she needed him just as much — consulting with him was her only way back in with her publisher.
He crossed his arms over his chest. With an exaggerated drawl, he said, "So, Piper, you're supposed to be the expert. What do you suggest I do?"
"Well, for starters, you might want to read my book."
* * *
Never let them see you sweat.
Yeah, it was an old quote, but it was what Mick's father always said about the barracudas populating Los Angeles. In a business as cutthroat as this one, you always had to watch your back, your front, and your balls. And he wasn't about to let his guard down now.
Three hours after unexpectedly meeting his consultant on the set, Mick reclined in his seat in a darkened screening room, his posture deliberately nonchalant, making sure he gave away nothing to Billy or Piper, who were both focused on the screen as the rushes flickered by. Not all of it was crap — he was a good actor. The physical scenes were actually pretty good, but that was to be expected. His acting success was in big-budget action movies. It was in the emotionally charged love scenes where it all fell apart.
He'd lobbied hard for this dramatic part, against the wishes of his agent, manager, and the studio. He didn't blame them — movie-making was about money. But he'd pursued the part, even auditioning for the first time in years. He wanted to grow as an actor, and this was the next, logical step. And now he was renegotiating his contract with the studio, and part of that deal included projects of his own choice — more dramatic parts. But if this role didn't work, he'd lose much of his leverage.
This was his first role that didn't involve driving fast and blowing things up, and he was surprised it wasn't working out. Unbeknownst to Billy, Mick had even pulled in a private acting coach, but nothing seemed to help him. He couldn't rely on personal experience in the romance department because he had none. His expertise with women was getting them in his bed and out of it as soon as possible. No romance. No building a relationship. No love.
Piper sat beside him, her perfume weaving through the air and around his body. Peaches. Ripe and sweet, just like her plump lips, which matched the rest of her luscious body. Piper wasn't a size zero like most of the actresses in Hollywood. She was short and curvy, with dark, silky hair, and an amazing set of full breasts. He considered himself an expert on breasts, and he'd taken one look at the way hers moved under her thin sweater and knew they were real.
And her clothes? Mick bit back a groan and shifted in his seat, adjusting the tightening in his jeans. Part librarian and part pin-up girl. The combination of button-up sweater, skirt, and high-heeled shoes with the strap fastened at the ankle was drool-worthy. But the key piece of her fantasy-inducing outfit was the glasses. Small, dark-rimmed specs that made him think of just how sexy she'd look as she took them off in bed. There was an entire playbook of games they could indulge in with those glasses.
"It's not so bad," Piper whispered, jolting him out of his thoughts.
"The scenes. They're not so bad."
"Truth?" He mimicked her earlier request.
She hesitated. "No. They're awful."
"Wow." He clenched his teeth, frustration at his performance curling in his gut. Once again, he wondered what Billy thought she could add to his performance.
"I'm not going to lie," she said. "Lying is a waste of everyone's time. I spent the last year with a therapist figuring that out."
"Did she talk to you about oversharing?"
"No. But she did point out that sarcasm is an indicator of deflecting attention from yourself when you're uncomfortable."
Mick released a quick laugh. Spunk. Yeah, that was the word. Piper James was spunky. And sexy as hell. She'd turned him on the moment he'd noticed her on the set, and she'd responded to his flirtation, giving it as good as she got. As long as she wasn't the relationship type, it looked like sleeping with his consultant might be an added perk to this job.
The lights came up, and he drew back, the dull throb in his crotch giving witness to how much he would enjoy getting her alone.
"So, Mick, what do you think?" Billy, the director, asked.
"I see what you're saying," Mick answered honestly. He couldn't refute what had been in horrifying HD on the screen. "But I'll figure out how to make it work."
"I'm glad we can both agree that something isn't working. The emotional scenes aren't believable, no matter what we do." Billy looked around him, transferring his gaze to Piper. "You're the romance expert around here. What do you think?"
"Oh hell," Piper said. "I don't know anything about acting."
"Piper, like I told your agent, you're not here as an acting coach. This is your story. You're here to provide a different perspective."
"I can do that," she said, turning her attention to Mick, her face now firm with determination. "But I'm not sure how much I can connect to Chance again. I'm not the same girl who wrote that book."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is my first book by Robin Covington; if you have not read anything by her yet – this is a GREAT place to start. The author blended the perfect combination of characters; Mick’s sexy confidence and Piper’s intelligent wit make for a startling story with just a hint of intrigue. Both characters face a complicated career situation and although they are very different creatively when they come together it was spectacular. I hope that Lincoln St. John, Mick’s best friend & housemate, gets his own story. I was very intrigued by the tattooed, broody, musician. Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Playing the part was full of passionate moments that will take capture you until the very end. Piper James is a bestselling author recovering from a monumental blow to her career and self-confidence when her publisher sends her to be Mick Blackwell’s “acting coach,” the sparks begin to fly. Robin Covington jumped right into what felt like the “heart of the story,” but it was only the beginning! Mick Blackwell exudes confidence, charm and raw sexual appeal. From the get-go, they both draw the lines and set up the rules but I loved that Mick was really the strongest of the duo. He was completely swoon worthy and every single thing about him screamed passion (and not just the lustful kind). I connected to him quicker than I did Piper but that’s because we share a couple of the same tendencies and I’m a sucker for smart ass, confident men. To me initially, Piper had some contradictions between her thoughts and actions but further into the story as details were revealed and you read more of her story, all her choices made sense. On that note, Piper was everything you could want in a heroine. She was strong-willed, determined, and aggressive (the good kind. She’s a girl who gets what she wants). Once I got a little into the book and had more insight on how Piper’s mind worked and her feelings about different things going on, I started cheering her on big-time. Seriously I might have to start a girl crush list to put Piper on. It was a relief to read a heroine who embraced her sexual nature instead of being naïve or a virgin. She gave Mick a real run for his money and a challenge because in that area, she was definitely his equal. Even in her shining moments of glory, I never thought of her as slutty. I really enjoyed that she wasn’t a completely broken person that needed a guy to fix her. Instead, Robin Covington delivers a story that’s engaging and full of sexual chemistry. The relationship between Mick and Piper explodes off the pages. Some scenes are so sizzling hot you’ll be left turning the page and begging for more. Covington completes the cast with Linc (another man who exudes his own sexual swagger) and Piper’s best friend Chris. As much as I’d like to share with you about these two, I feel like you’ll appreciate discovering them and their roles all on your own. I can’t tell you all the good parts. It was an easy read, full of fun, and witty banter. The sexual tension, dialogue and moments that fill the pages of Playing the Part will leave you needing a fan and a bottle of water. If you’re reading my review because you’ve stumbled upon Playing the Part and are curious, Read it. I loved every moment of Piper and Mick’s stories, they were both relatable and their journeys were realistic. I couldn’t help but to be enticed.
Fantastic! Love the Brazen line from Entangled - always super hot sexy books!
I was introduced to Robin through her Facebook page. I picked up this little gem immediately after our introduction. It was an amazingly written book. The characters were well developed and I loved that Piper was strong, but gave in to her desires. The chemistry between Mick and Piper was combustible. It was an outstanding book, that was well rounded and enjoyable. I will continue to follow Robin and read everything that she writes. I suggest you grab this up and enjoy every hot minute of it! :)
I am ALL smiles with my eyebrows raised! Mick and Piper were perfect! Mick is arrogant, sexy and secretly sweet. Piper is strong (despite her past), confident and feisty. Together they sizzle. Mick and Piper find themselves paired when Mick finds himself in need of a an acting coach (much to his surprise) to deliver what could be a career-making performance. But it is a romantic movie based on a book by Piper who is brought in to help the love-challenged pretty boy get it together. And when they meet, sparks fly. This is a heartwarming and hot story that leaves you wanting more. Bravo Robin Covington! ARC provided on exchange for an honest review
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Ms. Covington's newest book Playing the Part. This book was deliciously sexy and just plain hot. The leading character was so clear in my head I thought he was just going to materialize from the pages. Robin truly knows how to engage her readers with characters that you can relate to and understand. She leaves you with a vivid idea how that when you close your eyes you can see the character for who they really are. Mick is the hot smoldering action star who can have just about any woman and Piper is the broken hearted romance author. When the two connect, there a lot of hot and steamy going on! This book was so as boring that I found myself turning the pages faster and faster-then I wished I hadn't because there was no more left to read.. You need to buy this book, you will not be disappoint, it's money well spent. “I knew...” he said, his words in perfect cadence with the slow glide in and out, filling her after leaving her aching and empty, “the minute I saw you, I knew I had to have you.” With lines like this you know you are in for a bumpy ride. I can say Ms. Covington has quickly become my new favorite romance author!
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I so enjoyed this book.. Yes I got to say that Piper jumped in bed with Mick considering she kept telling herself that she knew he would be bad for her but she couldn't deny their chemistry and figured just as long as it is just sex. Mick we knew was a commitment phobe a manwhore but he pretty upfront with it, he does do a 180 with Piper and I loved that considering his background and his family yeah he definitely came along way and I respected him by not throwing all the blame on his slimy manager, he owned up to it and you had to give it to him. I so loved him and Piper together and I hope that further down the line we get to read how they are doing!! Loved their friends, Christopher so loyal and Mick's friends are awesome hope we get a story on them, I will definitely read..hint hint..Enjoy!
Playing the Part was such an amazing, attention grabbing, fun read. I was hooked from the very beginning and I couldn’t put the book down. This book had a little bit of everything that I love in a book: romance, steamy scenes and main characters that fight for those they love. Piper and Mick might not have planned to fall in love with each other but the heart wants what it wants. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read more Robin Covington’s work. A must read! ***Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Enjoyed this story. Good characters, dialogue, and just enough steam. Would try her other books as well.
It is a great story. It is very sexy, romantic, fun and amazing chemistry between two person. It is written very well and once I started reading I don't want to stop. It is very addicted.
a good read with satisfying ending Playing the Part is a contemporary romance. The heroine is Piper, a Caucasian romance book writer trying to make a comeback after being humiliated by her ex-fiancé who cheated on her and then dumped her publicly. The hero is Mick, a bi-racial, famous action hero movie star. He has a reputation as a playboy/ “love them and leave them guy”. Mick’s dream is to be considered a more serious actor by doing “deep” movies instead of action. However, whereever he goes, everyone wants to associate him with the rough and tough character in his action films. When Piper’s romance book gets picked up to be made into a movie, Mick jumps at the chance to perform as a deep and sensitive character in the movie. He wants to prove to the world and himself that he can be a “real actor”. The two meet up on the movie set and the chemistry flies. Mick falls for Piper almost immediately. She is unlike the models and actresses he dates. Piper is smart, complicated, and looks like a “real woman”. Piper, although attracted to Mick, cannot afford any more bad publicity and seeks only a physical relationship, and even dreads to be seen in public with Mick. Also, she is scared of getting her heart broken again by another playboy like her ex. Of course, this good-in-bed yet hard-to-get Piper causes Mick to really fall in love, a situation in which he has never been in before. Throughout the book, Mick, the man who hates commitment, desperately tries to prove to Piper that he can be a good guy and is trustworthy. The book starts off a little slow at the beginning, but gets better as it moves along. The grand gestures of Mick are really heartwarming and nicely written. The book would have been even better if we got into Mick’s ethnicity and childhood more and how those helped shape him as a person. That would have made the book deeper and developed the character more. Nevertheless, it was a good read. The ending is satisfying. -Reviewed by Pamela
I really enjoyed Playing the Part by Robin Covington. This novel sizzles with true love, hot sex and passion. I am a sucker for a happy ending and the epilogue completely blew me away. Best selling romance author Piper James is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Her ex-fiance was a very popular actor who publicly cheated on her with her best friend. Needless to say they broke up and she went a little cuckoo. She raked him over the coals in the press, which ended up backfiring on her. They became the new "it" couple and she became just the crazy, jilted fiance. Consequently, her book sales tanked and her publicist is thinking of dropping her. As luck would have it, one of her books is being made into a movie and the film's production company needs her on the set. She now has the chance to jump-start her career by teaching Hollywood playboy and leading man Mick Blackwell how to act like he is in love. It is Piper's job to help him relate to and identify with the character she created. Gorgeous Mick Blackwell is an action movie superstar attempting to spread his wings in a dramatic role. Unfortunately, love scenes are not his forte and he is having trouble creating emotion with his co-star. Mick has been acting since childhood, following in his father's footsteps. He is the apple of the public's eye because he is a publicity magnet and hound. When Piper and Mick meet there is instant chemistry. Piper is extremely cautious about getting involved with another actor, and as such imposes some rules that will prevent any heartbreak during their fling. The no sleepover rule is quite comical. Their indulgence is turning into much more and both are falling in love with each other. Each sexual encounter gets hotter and hotter. It is unfortunate that Mick's manager is a shyster and creates unbelievable havoc in their lives. Luckily true love supersedes even the worst circumstances. A romance writer authoring a book about a romance writer is a very original concept. The sex scenes are viciously hot and passionate. If you are looking for a quick read that will cause immediate panting, then this is the book for you.
This book is reminiscent of Bella Andre's Come a Little Closer.
A story of reputations lost and found. Mick is a hotshot until he finds Piper. They fall in love and have to battle the press and perceptions to stay in love. Mary Jo Burke
There is only one word for this book and Robin Covington, PERFECT! Who would think to use and actor and a romance author to make a great love story. I was happy to ride the emotional rollercoaster with Mick & Piper, it will take you from lust, pain, scared, happy, laughing, tears and love. My mind is still buzzing. Can't wait to read more from Robin, looking forward to it. If you haven't read this one yet, I say give Mick a try, you will not be disappointed. I sure wasn't!
## Not the best, not the worst. Didn't like that the hero had to be a man-slut once again. It's hard to fathom that this guy will be commited to one person. I doubt it.
FIND REVIEW HERE: http://bookwormbridgette.blogspot.com/p/playing-part-by-robin-covington.html I had begun reading this book with a bit of apprehension, it has quite the slow beginning as we learn who Piper is from her own perspective. But we soon meet Chris (Her manager and best gay-friend) and Mick Blackwell(Hollywood Action Star and Heart-breaker Extraordinaire). Mick is a very appealing guy (as most model action stars tend to be) and Piper decides that a little casual sex would be no big deal. However, to her surprise, Mick who, by his own accord "I don't play by the rules, I play to win." keeps deciding that their casual agreement is not enough for him, a little at a time. Piper and Mick have many bumps in the road and it was refreshing that the two main characters did not hit it off instantly, see stars or hearts or whatever, and live happily ever after... They really had to work for it in this book! From paparazzi mishaps, and broken promises, there were true honest blood sweat and tears put into this match. A few times I found myself wishing I could reach in and strangle Mick for his ignorant giving-ins and failures to say the right thing... But in the end, he made right by me, so I was a happy bookworm! This was a great roller coaster ride after I got past the first chapter!! I recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of contemporary romance and loves to watch the characters have to work for their keep!