Reforming the Playboy

Reforming the Playboy

by Inara Scott


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ISBN-13: 9781503060494
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/13/2014
Series: Passion Creek
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Reforming the Playboy (Passion Creek #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
Passion Creek lives up to it's name! This is the fourth book of Inara Scott's I have read in the space of a month and when given the opportunity to read this as an ARC, I wasted no time as she has proven thrice over that she can deliver an easy-reading, captivating, sexy romance with characters to fall in love with. And Reforming the Playboy is no different. I loved it. Kira and Max were college sweethearts, she abandoned him and he became a successful artist clueless as to why she did so. His life revolves around wealth, women and fast cars, hers in quiet Passion Creek running a pottery painting studio for school kids. Several years down the line and fate takes the form of a deceased Aunt and some nude art... Romance, wit and sexiness is perfectly balanced with hurt and regret and Kira and Max' journey is heartfelt, intimate and passionate with an injection of frustrating and heart wrenching moments. There is more to their story than one of lost loves being reacquainted and I went from smiling, sighing and swooning over our slightly arrogant but oh so sexy artist, to feeling his and Kira's pain and sadness. Passion Creek certainly lives up to it name; Reforming the Playboy had everything I want from a good romance and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. I received an ARC of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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PsiqueBezerra More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute town, it feels like Fool’s Gold from Susan Mallery, with lots of nosy neighbours and romance is bubbling in Passion Creek. I loved Kira and Max was just as likable. He didnt’ made a mistake those years ago, but was a little oblivious to the way Kira was shutting from life, this is a story of reconnection and these two can understand the reasons between their problems those years ago. I did not like the way Kira grandmother decided to push these to together, it worked but was strange too. I loved the fact both are artists and how much Kira helped Max push those inspirations to the paper. They have such a good chemistry together and both deserved a nice change and hapiness. Loved metting this town and Bev.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Given the role that the weather plays in this novel, it felt especially appropriate that I read it on a day that we had a "cold" day off from school. It was perfect to read all snuggled up with a nice, warm beverage on a blustery day! This was my first novel from Inara Scott--who I found out from the blurb at the back of the book was also born in Buffalo, too cool!--but I'll definitely be reading more from her, and soon. There were layers here—to both the story and its characters—that weren't immediately apparent as you read. The need to reveal the truth behind Max and Kira's breakup five years earlier kept me snuggled under the covers and turning pages quickly. On the surface, this seemed to be a simple second-chance at love story in which their first chance was ruined by a simple misunderstanding, one that should have been easy to remedy. That—and the somewhat silly title—might have kept me from picking this one up in the first place. But, as I mentioned, I was snowed in—and noticed that the characters were going to be as well—so I figured it clearly was meant to be. I am so glad I gave it a chance. When the reasons for Kira's leaving Max without any explanation are finally revealed (I'll admit, not until I spent a lot of time asking her why she didn't explain it all to him earlier!) I absolutely understood why she made the choices she had made. I was afraid when the explanation came that it would seem lame or forced, but it really didn't—actually, it broke my heart a little to hear Kira's reasons. Both Kira and Max had made mistakes in the past and were making even more the second time around. Inara Scott did a fantastic job of allowing them to grow and change, realizing their shortcomings and righting their wrongs—without resorting to convenient plot devices or easy fixes. The chemistry between these two characters in fantastic; I especially loved the scenes where they were creating art—both the tame and the sexy ones! I thought the author did a great job showing the creative process and the frustrations that Max felt when he was unable to create. The one aspect of the novel that I wasn't crazy about was the blatant manipulation that Kira's aunt put into action to bring the two back together again. It felt overly manipulative, and I had a hard time believing that she'd want to risk her niece's happiness on the good will of a guy she (the aunt) had never met. It seemed like a pretty big risk to take, given the nature of the pictures that she was holding hostage—it could all have gone so horribly wrong if Max had been a different kind of guy. It almost did go so horribly wrong. Really, though, the rest of the novel was so well done that I can forgive the over-the-top machinations that got the plot moving in favor of the happily-ever-after they achieved. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this one from the beginning. I am a big fan of second chance stories. I particularly liked the little twist that brings them back together after five years. I loved Max and Kira and had to keep reading to find out why these two great people weren't still together. Kira just left with no explanation, though she is clearly still hung up on him. Max seemed to move on with his life, but hasn't been able to draw anything in the past year until he sees Kira again. And his plan is to make her care about him again before he leaves her. The story is sweet, emotional, and steamy. I can't wait to read more about Passion Creek.
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
So the first thing I need to say about this book was that is was nothing like I expected. From the book title and tag line I was expecting a playboy bad boy what I got was sexy tortured artist where the whole playboy vibe was just alluded to. Honestly a title something like Finding Your Muse would have been better with a tag line like Every artists needs their muse. That being said I adored this book I loved the interactions between Kira and Max and the art scenes were just wonderful. The sexy tortured vibe radiates off the page for both Max and Kira and you can really feel the love between them. If I were to ignore the fact that I didn't feel like I got the book the title was selling me I would give this 5 out of 5 but because of that fact I will give it 4 out of 5 
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Inara Scott has blown me away with REFORMING THE PLAYBOY. A friend offered an extra copy to me and boy, am I glad I accepted and took a chance on a new to me author. I really love second chance love stories and RTP grabbed my heart right from the start. Kira and Max fell deeply in love in college and spent the better part of a year essentially inseparable until without any explanation Kira breaks it off and leaves school. Max is devastated when she won't return his calls, but eventually accepts it's over. He goes on to become a world famous artist and playboy living and partying in New York, Paris, London and Tuscany. Kira left school to head back to her home town and care for her beloved Aunt Polly who had raised her from the time she was abandoned by her mother at eight years old. But she doesn't tell Max this or that she still loves him, she only tells him they aren't right for one another and he should pursue his dreams without her. Ms. Scott introduces us to Kira and Max five years after their breakup. Both have gone on to build successful lives apart but they are now both at a very low point, devastated by recent events. Max has lost his muse and Kira has lost her aunt. But bless Aunt Polly's heart she knows Kira never got over Max so in her last act of love for Kira she makes a requirement in her will that forces Max and Kira to face each other in hopes they will work things out. I have to say this book made me laugh and it made me cry (in sadness and in joy). The emotions Kira and Max dealt with were so raw and real. The second chances in this book were not only for Max and Kira to find each other again, but to find their selves again. Ms. Scott gives them each a chance to rise from the ashes, so to speak, and their struggles and their journey are a grand read. There was just so much depth to each of them you couldn't help but love them both and wish all the misunderstandings would go away so they could finally be together, but Ms. Scott doesn't make it that easy. There are ups and downs. And in between there are secondary characters who do a wonderful job of helping them along and rounding out the story. They both were so obviously in love and both so afraid to be vulnerable again. So of course, in fighting their feelings they fought each other. The humor and the banter was fun, and the emotional intensity merely brought out their passion and desire for one another. Reforming the Playboy is one of the best romance books I've read in awhile. This story of true and enduring love touched me deeply and drew me into the hearts of the characters in a way very few books are capable of doing. And not because there was all that much angst or issues beyond the insecurities brought on by an unstable childhood to deal with, but just because it is that well written and real. Their love and need for each other felt tangible and the ending was gratifying with a sweet epilogue. I rate Reforming the Playboy whole-heartedly with five stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a touching heartfelt romance.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Five years ago Kira Butler had left her lover, Max Estin, without saying good bye in person. He is still bitter about her betrayal. Now he has a chance to exact revenge. There are nude pictures that Max had drawn of Kira. If he doesn't come to Passion Creek and claim them, they will be put on display as stipulated in her great-aunt Polly's will. Kira is frantic. She begs Max to come. When these two meet, the attraction and bitterness are still there. Can they help each other heal? Can they rekindle their love? Inara Scott has written characters that have deep emotions and red hot chemistry. They care deeply about each other but their hurt and pride are keeping them apart. The author captures their emotions with empathy. We care about them. We want them to find happiness and to confront their fears. This book is so satisfying. I'm looking forward to more stories about Passion Creek and the people who live there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can't we preorder the next two books on barnes and noble????
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I though the story line was very entertaining and the characters have really great Chemistry! I hope to see more of the other characters in the other books of this series as well as there was a few of them I really enjoyed too! Inara is definitely an author to keep a look out for! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
Max Estin is an internationally known artist well known for his million dollar commissions. What no one knows is that he hasn't painted a thing for almost a year, not since his accident. When his ex-girlfriend calls needing a huge favor he takes his chance to exact revenge and possibly knock something loose so he can paint again. Kira left Max without a word except for a dear john letter and no excuse as to why she left. Kira's secrets are hidden deep and she doesn't want Max to know. This was a heartbreaking and yet heart-warming story of two people trying to grow up and become who they really are and in the end hopefully find each other. These two have so many hang ups one wouldn't know where to begin. This isn't just any reunion story there are so many issues that go deeper than their feelings for one another.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Rating:4.5 Stars Kira had left five years ago without really saying goodbye to Max. She left without explaining why she needed to go and leave him. She had returned home to Passion Creek so suddenly without him knowing the reasons why. But she needed to, she was needed badly back home. No matter how painful it was for the both of them, she had let go. Internationally-renowned artist Max Estin had reached the pinnacle of his career. He was one of the most sought-after artist of his generation, he was rich, he had all the money in the world, he had homes in New York and Tuscany, he was living THE LIFE: partying and having different women in his arms every night. BUT nothing prepared him from having an artist’s block. No matter how much he tried, how much time he spent in front of the blank canvass, he couldn’t make himself paint to save his career. A set of private sketches, and one heck of a last will have brought this two souls together. He didn’t want to see her – she didn’t want to see him, but out of desperation she sought him out. She needed him. He wanted revenge. The moment their eyes met after five years, sparks flew, hearts thumped, passion ignited, it was like they have never separated. But Kira knew he would never stay, and Max needed to know what went wrong between them. Will they finally take this chance and risk to fall in love the second time? Or will they let their past get in the way? I loved Kira, despite the fact that she wasn’t really the type of girl who took the risks. She was loyal to a fault and didn’t turn her back to the person who cared most for her when she was needed. For that alone, my heart went out to her. Max, on the other hand, seemed to have lost his way why he was an artist in the first place. He needed not just a muse, but a reason to find his way back into creating something worthy. Their love for each other was already palpable, but who was willing to take the risk when both of them has been burnt before? The beginning has already had me hooked with the sudden twist of fate for the both of them to meet once again. The ending? OMG. I have no idea it could be just as perfect as how it started. Swoon!!!! I have stayed until the wee hours of the morning to finish this one. I always have a soft spot for second chances. I have always loved reading the stories of old couples getting back together, the love much stronger, and the make-up sex which is completely off the charts. Reforming the Playboy definitely lived up to my expectations. This was a short sweet read, a perfect bedtime story for all readers who have soft spots for second-chance romances! ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Let me just say, that I have never been let down by a Inara Scott book. I love her writing and she's pretty amazing writer. With that said let me share her latest jewel of a story, Reforming the Playboy. First off, I'm not a fan of second chance love stories. However, Reforming the Playboy had me laughing, crying, and going WOW. Anyway, let take a visit to Passion Creek. When Kira Butler was a student at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), she fell in love with Max Estin. However, she was afraid to give him the full truth, so instead she left the cowards way and headed back to Passion Creek. Five years later, she needs to see Max, because Aunt Polly knew they had unfinished business. Man the power people have beyond the grave. Don't worry there is no ghost, just a smart lady who decided take matters into her own hands before she died. Anyway. Max decides to take his revenge on Kira for leaving him all those years ago by trying to seducing her and leaving her after he has succeeded. Yeah, sounds like a great guy. What makes this a great story? Actually the vulnerabilities of both characters. Kira has trust issues that stem from abandonment issues. Funny how those go hand in hand. While Max is trying to escape from his poor past. So, they both have to work on their issues, and workout the past. I truly loved Reforming the Playboy, because you this couple who are right for each other, but have a hard time letting go of the past. Then you have the town who is looking out for Kira, because they love her so much. Probably a little too much, but hey that's the life of a small town. Seriously, Reforming the Playboy is a great read as I said. It's one of those stories I want to shout out and say "BUY IT". Or have the urge to give the whole story away, because I can't keep it in. So, if you are looking for a small town story that will wow you, you might want to give Reforming the Playboy a go. Copy provided by the publisher
caitbellleigh1 More than 1 year ago
I found Reforming the Playboy to be a short sweet romance. Though it isn't long, it is packed full of goodness. It is a story of second chances and Fate bringing people back together in unexpected ways. Kira and Max are old sweethearts who are reunited years after separating due to Kira's Aunt Polly's will. When Kira left Max, it was without an explanation and she really doesn't want to see him again, but because of the stipulations of the will, she has no other choice. I'll admit when I first started the story, and the will came up, I was thinking not another crazy clause story. But this isn't your typical story, and the plot was absolutely unique. Plus it made the rest of the story so much more fun! To say Kira was upset with her aunt's directives was an understatement. It was definitely interesting to watch how things unfolded. What was supposed to be a fast, easy meeting between Max and Kira to settle things doesn't go as planned. It seems like everything wants to manipulate them together including the weather. I found Max endearing from the start, even when he was grumpy. I loved that he decided to turn the tables on Kira when she wasn't expecting it. Kira is very defensive when Max first re-enters her life, which of course added a dash of extra "fun". I love that things didn't really go the way Kira and Max initially plan them going upon meeting up with each other. Watching these two rekindle their past romance was an amusing ride. I enjoyed every moment of this story, so much that I finished it in one sitting. I kept telling myself one more chapter, one more page and then I was done. Inara Scott has created a wonderful cast of characters in this new series. I can't wait to read more from Passion Creek. *I was given and ARC for an honest review*
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be a simple reunion type book but it was surprisingly deeper. Kira and Max were in love in college. They thought they had the perfect relationship until one day Kira left and moved back home. Kira had done it to take care of her sick Aunt that had raised her but never shared it with Max. When her aunt died, we will required Max to come to Passion Creek to take ownership of items willed to him. He's not happy about it, but once he sees her and realizes the attraction is still there, he figures it's his chance to rekindle their relationship and be the one to leave this time. It's taken Kira a long time to get over Max, so she wants as little to do with him as possible. She's comfortable, which she mistakes for happy. Once together, she tries to keep her distance, but Max is persistent. She truly loved his art, and thinks she can help him create for the first time since an accident a year ago. In doing so, they learn so much about each other now, and about all their misconceptions about their younger selves.
judyrudy More than 1 year ago
Reforming the Playboy was a fabulous read. I couldn’t put it down and read it cover to cover. I love books about second chances and the one that got away. Kira and Max fell in love while attending a prestigious art school. She walked away from his life and he never knew why. After the death of her aunt, Kira was forced to face Max again. Old feelings resurfaced and a love they’d discovered more than five years earlier was rekindled. I recently was introduced to Inara Scott’s works and just love her writing style. You won’t be disappointed with reading Reforming the Playboy. I would like to disclose that I received a coy of this book for a fair and honest review.
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to be able to read Inara Scott's new book Reforming the Playboy  the first in her new Passion Creek Romance Series.  Kira moved back to her hometown many years ago leaving her boyfriend Max back at school in Rhode Island with little explanation.   They have both grown up leading separate lives. Kira has her own store in her hometown and Max is a famous artist.  When Kira and Max are brought back together they will both find it hard to fight the fire that burns between them.  I loved the characters Inara Scott created. Kira is a lovable person who only wants to please everyone even if mean doing something she doesn't want.  Max is strong but still finds himself lost.  I also loved the towns people from Errand the barista to Taney in the local store. My favorite part of the book is the setting. I love small towns. Passion Creek gives you a warm feeling.  My favorite shop the Passion Creek Beanery the local coffee shop.    I am looking forward to reading more of Passion Creek Romance Series 
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
 I recently read my first book by Inara Scott, Falling for Mr. Wrong, and I loved it and couldn't wait to read more from this author.  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to read Reforming the Playboy and participate in the release event.  Kira and Max Estin were college sweethearts who were totally in love with each other.  Max comes from a poor background and didn't have a very good family life.  His art has always been his escape, and his dream was to make it big time as an artist, all the while assuming Kira was on board and headed in the same direction as he was.  Kira is from Passion Creek Colorado.  She was abandoned by her mother as a child and raised by her Aunt Polly. She went off the college at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), mainly at her Aunt Polly's request.  Kira is really a very shy person, a people pleaser and peacekeeper by nature.  When she was with Max, nothing else mattered.  When a situation arises that requires her to go back home to Passion Creek, she leaves without saying goodbye, just a note that is rather vague, leaving a very wounded, confused, and angry Max behind, while enduring her own heartbreak.  Now five years later, and Max and Kira are forced to see each other again because of circumstances beyond either of their control.  Neither is the person they used to be.  Max is a multimillionaire and has hit the big time, but he's also not happy.  Kira has put her talent aside, opting to run a pottery business.  When fate, a snow storm, and a set of forgotten drawings throw them back together again, they are forced to reexamine their feelings, their passion, their desires, their past, and their future.  I liked both Kira and Max's characters.  Max initially comes across as arrogant and as a player, but when you get to know him, he really isn't that much of a player, but has allowed the circumstances of the past and the intoxication of fame and money seduce him into a lifestyle that didn't provide all the things that he'd dreamed fame and money would bring.  Kira is a wonderful person and I really liked her, but her own fears have held her bound in the what is, rather than venturing out into the what could be.  Both of the characters have been shaped by their past, have endured painful situations, and have hurt each other, leaving them very vulnerable.  Reforming the Playboy is a wonderfully written romance that is filled with passion and second chances, set in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  Inara Scott provides just the right amount of steam, romance, and humor in a story that will make you smile and root for the characters to find their happily ever after.  There is also a beautiful epilogue, which is very satisfying.  Overall, I enjoyed Reforming the Playboy very much and if you are a contemporary romance fan, then this is a lighthearted and entertaining read that is perfect for a day you want to just kick back, relax, and disappear into a story.
blueyedirishgrl More than 1 year ago
Cute, funny, heartwarming with some steamy thrown in, Reforming the Playboy is a fast, enjoyable read!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Five years ago, she left without a word…  Internationally-renowned artist Max Estin is as well known for his million dollar commissions as he is his partying and clubbing. But Max is hiding a secret—for almost a year he’s been completely blocked. Unable to paint. And to unlock his art, and save his career, he’s going to need the one woman he never wanted to see again. Now, he’s determined to make her pay… Kira Estin never told Max exactly why she left, or what secrets forced her to return home to Passion Creek so abruptly. So when a chance reunion turns to seduction, Kira is more than a little suspicious. She knows better than to trust Max, but can’t fight the fire that he lights in her body—or her heart. But when everyone is hiding a secret, can even the hottest passion survive?
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A second chance story that will steal your heart. After leaving Max 5 years ago Kira had gotten on with her life in Colorado while Max had become the famous artist she knew he would be. Read this wonderful tale to find out what happens when they are reunited. An achingly raw and beautiful story. I recommend this one.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Five years have passed. Kira must now face Max against her will to prevent nude drawings of herself from being sold to the highest bidder and displayed publicly. The Belle Femme collection was the ultimate demonstration of Max's love for Kira, and now, these charcoal drawings are bringing them back together again. All this time, Max has harbored a deep anger and disillusionment against Kira. She abandoned him without much of an explanation after a one year relationship. Now is his turn to teach her how much it hurt to be dumped by her. Kira and Max must come to terms with their past. The undeniable attraction between them has survived five years of isolation and loneliness, and becomes the driving force in this story. Focus is on the impact of selling out and running away from your dreams. Both actions will deeply affect our characters with ramifications far more complicated than they can foresee. Extreme ambition or cowardice to life can hurt your loved ones, even when you may be protecting them. This is a profound love story and both Kira and Max must make the effort to understand and accept who they have become and start rebuilding from there. In her unique storytelling style, Inara Scott allows us to journey with these characters in search for answers and a happily ever after. Their artistic gifts and their stubborn resolve will be tested to the limit. Dreams long forgotten become alive again. In the end, two souls will find their balance and embrace a future that is meant to be. Loved this story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  However, I would have bought it anyway since I have loved Inara's other books. I love books with second-chance at love themes.  And watching the guys and girls fall in love all over again.  This story was very heartwarming and tender to me.  I felt so much compassion for Kira.  She was a character that made me want to take care of her.  She wanted to be strong but was so fearful.  I loved how she related to her hometown.  And I loved how Max felt while being there.  The two shared a strong intense connection. It was hot. The ending made my heart swell and the epilogue a smile on my face.  I cannot say how it ended but it was a little different than other books where the roles had been reversed. A refreshing change.   I look forward to reading more of Inara's books in the future.