Playing With Trouble

Playing With Trouble

by Joya Ryan


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She’s all snark. He’s sexy as sin. And there’s nothing like a little competition to turn up the heat…

Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503943131
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: Desire Bay Series , #1
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of more than a dozen adult and new-adult romance novels. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves traveling and seeking out new adventures. Visit her online at

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Playing With Trouble 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Laura Baughman came home after her divorce. She needed to rebuild her self-confidence. Her ex continually belittled her. She won't let these problems stop her. I liked her spunk. She'll honor her mother by opening her old flower shop. Jake Lock has worked hard to make his dream of owning Baughman Home Goods come true. He respects Walt Baughman who gave him the chance, but Laura is a thorn in his side. He wants her. However, he doesn't want to. He's been left behind by a woman he loved before. He hides a soft heart behind a tough attitude. What a pair! They can't stay away from each other and when they're together they constantly fight. I was hoping they would realize how they felt and do something about it. This was a passionate romance that I enjoyed. Joya Ryan's writing and her characters pulled me into the story. I enjoyed Playing With Trouble.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After spending the last ten years of her life with a man that never really appreciated her Laura Baughman, has signed on the dotted line, bid her miserable ex farewell, and is headed home to rediscover herself and the life she left behind. But soon after arriving she realizes the life she left behind has moved on without her, and the plans that she came home armed with, are about to take a unexpected hit. She wants to revive the family flower shop, but it seems that her father has already taken the business in a little different direction, with the help of a irritating and devastatingly handsome foreman. Now she is forced to work alongside her irritating, but oh so tempting, nemesis in order to achieve her goals... and it is proving to be far more difficult than she anticipated! The moment Jake Lock learned that his bosses gorgeous daughter would be returning home to take over the family business, he felt a little pang of hurt, and also a little excitement. Hurt because he always thought the business would fall into his hands when his boss decided to retire, since his daughter had never shown any interest in carrying on the family legacy. And excited because he is a changed man, one that he hopes will finally catch her eye. In high school she always overlooked him, but now he is certain there is no way that will be possible, especially since she will be forced to work alongside him everyday... and he has the perfect plan to lure her into his bed... and maybe even into his heart... if he is lucky! Ahhh Jake!, he is the book boyfriend you can't help but fall for, the underdog of sorts, the one who worked his butt off to make a change for the better, and find a way to finally get the girl he has been dreaming of since he was in high school. The moment he walked onto to page I was completely taken with him, he was bold, witty, sexy as hell, and a man who didn't back down from a challenge...and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him battle it out with his feisty nemesis. Watching them dance around one another, share their heated banter, and watching the fireworks explode when they finally gave in was a real literary treat!! Ms. Ryan has done it again, not only wowed me with her literary prowess, but also given me a story that I could completely get lost in... and I have to say I enjoyed devouring every little word! Highly recommend this one, it is sure to satisfy!!
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
Can you really go back home again? After 10 years and a divorce Laura returns home to Yachats, Oregon to reconnect with her father and to help him run her mother's small flower shop. Imagine her shock when she discovers that she has to work alongside Jacob, her former geeky high school friend, who now sports a rock-hard body and a combative attitude. This is a classic enemies to lovers storyline that includes hot tempers, hot bodies and really hot and crazy sexual escapades while Laura and Jacob vie for control of her family business. Their contemptuous relationship is highly entertaining and watching them stumble over each other's surging hormones kept me grinning throughout their rocky romance as this pair discovers that opposites really do attract. Great storytelling with plenty of interesting characters and small town charm makes this book by Joya Ryan romantically appealing. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank NetGalley and Montlake Romance for the ARC of "Playing With Trouble" by Joya Ryan. The genre of this novel is romantic fiction. Laura Baughman returns to her hometown after being away 10 years to take over the family Flower Shop. Returning after a failed marriage, Laura is surprised to find out that her father has closed the Flower Shop and has a huge warehouse that supplies wood chips, and outdoor supplies. In addition, Laura is in shock when she finds out that her father's foreman is a former high school geek, Jake Lock. Jake Lock is now a strong responsible and "hot" man, and Laura's father depends on him to run the business. Laura wants to start up the flower side of the business. Her father proposes that both Laura and Jake work together for a month, and he will determine who will be the boss. He is ready to retire. Laura has made up her mind that she isn't interested in dating, and wants to concentrate on business. Jake also wants to concentrate on business, and Laura. I find that the author has written a sexy, easy predictable read.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This one was an ok read. I had a hard time getting into the story mostly because Laura irritated me. She leaves town leaving her father to run the family business on his own, which he has done very well, and she expects to come back and start doing things her way? Which if it had just been her father may have worked out but for ten years Jake Lock as worked side by side with Laura's father changing the business from a small flower shop to a thriving garden center. He's not about to walk away without a fight. Add in the fact that there is some serious sexual tension between Laura and Jake and you have one wild ride going. Overall this isn't a bad read, some parts were quite entertaining. I just had difficulty connecting with the characters.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "I can’t make everyone happy." Stars. Playing With Trouble, marks the beginning of Joya Ryan’s new Desire Bay series, and although well written as I have come to expect from this author. The story and characters definitely fell in the didn’t love it, didn’t hate it category… A decade may have passed but they were still in different leagues. This is pretty much your typical story of young woman heading off to find a better life in the big city, only to then return home with her tail between her legs some years (ten in this instance) later, when it all falls apart. Only to find that her small town community aren’t really on-board in letting her back in with open arms and all past indiscretions forgotten. Top of that list being Jake Lock, the man who has essentially revived her father’s business, and made it profitable. Boughman Home Goods is something that Laura believe is her birth right, and she is determined to take control, even if she actually has no idea what she is doing and risks the business and the livelihoods of the staff in doing it. They may hate each other, but deep down, she wanted him… Just like he wanted her… To be honest I found the story line for this one pretty weak, the author seemed to skim over both characters back stories and instead concentrate on sex. And there is a lot of sex in this book, not a bad thing if you are backing it up with a bit of substance in between but this couple pretty much had a loop and they stuck to it religiously – • Sex • Argue • Sex • Argue • Sex And so on, until the big fall out in the last few pages when everything was then resolved without too much fuss. My other gripe is the fact that while I loved Jake, I abhorred Laura, there was absolutely no point in this story where I felt any empathy for her or the situation she was in, she just came across as selfish, self-centered and didn’t really seem to grasp that after ten years away she wasn’t really qualified to just step back in and take over, after Jake was the one that had done all the hard work to keep the business viable in the first place. "I can’t make up for the mistakes of the past…" And to be honest, she never really tried, which is why I think I disliked her so much, she was so focused on resurrecting her mother’s Flower Shop, consideration for everyone else pretty much went out of the window. She wanted to get lost. In him. With him. For all the issues, Playing With Trouble wasn’t a struggle to read, but then it’s a relatively short book, but there were several secondary characters that offered up potential in relation to further books so I will be interested to see where the author goes next and whose story she decides to tell. **This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Teenage dreams spirited Laura out of small town Oregon. Now ten years later a reversal of fortune has brought her home to surprising twists. Playing with Trouble proves that change is inevitable, but life is full of surprises and life lessons. People change, places grow, life moves on. However, the most rewarding of experiences can start when we take a second look. Joya Ryan took us from bad girl to responsible woman. From geeky nerd to seductive heartthrob and from salty to sweet. Jake and Laura are a topsy turvy bundle of sexy, sassy, turbulent and tempting fun.