Reforming the Playboy (Entangled Indulgence) by Inara Scott
After artist Max Estin earned his first million-dollar commission, he ran as far from his troubled past as he could. He wants nothing to remind him of his old life, especially ex-girlfriend Kira, who left him so abruptly five years ago. But when she calls out of the blue with a desperate plea, he can't convince himself to stay away. And it occurs to him that seduction can be the best sort of revenge...
Kira Butler returned home to small town Passion Creek for reasons she could never explain to Max. Now, the terms of her guardian's will have forced her to turn to the one man she can't face, yet can't leave behind. This new rich, sexy, and polished Max tests her resolve. Can she keep her secrets in the face of his seduction, or will she surrender her body--and her heart--all over again?
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Reforming the Playboy
By Inara Scott, Alethea Spiridon Hopson
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Kira Butler wasn't so naive that she thought wills actually got read in dark, book-filled libraries by ancient lawyers with white hair and drooping jowls. Still, she thought there would be a little more ceremony to the process. Not just her Great-Aunt Polly's lawyer, Bev — a sixty-year-old woman who was fond of wearing long silver earrings and flowered clogs — handing her a document in the middle of the afternoon in the sunny kitchen of the old Victorian house she used as an office.
With a slightly embarrassed air, Bev tapped the front of the document. "Why don't you sit down and let me explain before you start reading?"
Kira tensed. She didn't like the sound of that. She almost said, "Is it something bad?" but then remembered that Polly was gone, so really, the worst had already happened.
The polished surface of the table gleamed and smelled faintly of lemon. "Okay," she said slowly, as she set the papers on the table in front of her. The thought of hearing Polly's last words stirred up a well of tears that she thought had been exhausted in the week since her guardian's death.
"Oh dear," Bev clasped her hands in concern, apparently noticing the quiver in Kira's chin. "Let me make you a cup of tea. Polly would be furious with me if she knew I hadn't made you tea."
The words conjured an image of Polly, her mouth turned up in a gentle smile over her favorite mug, and a fresh wash of moisture bathed Kira's eyes.
"Maybe you should just tell me what's in the will," she said, dragging in a lungful of air to beat back the tears she was so tired of shedding.
Bev bustled around the kitchen, setting the kettle on the stove and pulling out two mugs. "Let's get settled first. Now, what kind of tea would you like? I've got mint, orange spice, Earl Grey, and this herbal blend." She held up a box adorned with a picture of a Buddha sitting in a lotus position. "It's supposed to promote inner peace."
Kira wasn't sure what to make of Bev's obvious discomfort with the subject at hand, and her unease kicked up a few notches. "I'll take the inner peace," Kira said. "Sounds like I might need it."
"Hmm. Are you sure?" Bev opened the box and peered inside, her mouth pursed. "If I recall, the inner peace tastes a little like drinking a cup of twigs."
Kira leaned back in her chair. "Then why do you have it?"
Bev raised her eyebrows. "Who am I to deny my clients inner peace?"
A reluctant smile teased the corners of Kira's mouth. "I guess I'll take the Earl Grey."
Bev nodded. "Good choice."
Earl Grey was Polly's favorite. She'd never liked coffee — didn't believe in lattes or any such nonsense. Strong black tea, that was it for her.
"Anyway, about the will?" Kira prompted.
"Right." Bev tucked a strand of hair into the loose bun on top of her head. "Here's the thing. You know Polly adored you. I don't know how many times she told me that the day your mother left you in Passion Creek was the best day of her life. The only thing she cared about when we were writing her will was finding a way to take care of you as best she could after she was gone."
Kira flashed to a memory of Polly handing her eight-year-old self a cup of fragrant, honey-soaked chamomile tea and telling her to sit down. Your mother wanted me to explain this to you, sweetheart. It's very complicated, but she had to leave this morning, and she probably won't be back for a while ...
She shook her head to clear the memory, forcing herself to focus on Bev's words.
"She worried about you," Bev continued. "She worried a lot. So did I. Those first few years after you came back from college were the worst. She felt terribly guilty that you'd had to come back to take care of her."
Bev dropped the tea bags into the cups. She sounded almost apologetic, which was strangely out of character. Bev believed in delivering tough news without a song and dance. She'd helped Kira negotiate her first contracts and take out her first loans when she was starting her paint-your-own pottery business, and had never been one to beat around the bush. But now, she seemed almost ... well ... nervous?
"It wasn't just for her," Kira said, as she had so many times to Polly over the past five years. "The East Coast made me nuts. Everyone out there drives too fast and talks too fast. They make everything a competition. It wasn't right for me. I never wanted to stay."
Not everyone talked too fast. But Kira wasn't thinking about a soft Southern drawl, or a tall, lean figure with dark eyes and long fingers.
No, she never did that.
"What's this all about, Bev?" She narrowed her gaze, focusing on the silver-haired woman pacing in front of the stove. "What is there to explain?"
"I just want you to keep in mind that she thought this was for your own good. I tried to talk her out of it, but she was determined." The kettle started to whistle, and Bev swung around to grab the pot from the burner. She poured hot water into the two cups and handed one to Kira.
"Bev, is this a money thing?" Kira interrupted. "Polly told me that she had a life insurance policy to take care of any funeral expenses, but if that's gone I can handle it. Seriously, how much do we owe?"
She spun through some quick math. Business was finally starting to pick up after being in the toilet for the first two years in operation. Now four years old, All Fired Up was starting to turn a reliable profit. Not a ton, mind you, but enough to pay the bills and let Kira squirrel away a little each month, especially right now, after the busy Christmas season.
Passion Creek, Colorado, had a lively tourist trade, thanks to an old legend that the town's waters could heal old wounds and bring star-crossed lovers together. Kira knew the stories were mostly the product of an active Chamber of Commerce, but she figured they didn't do anyone any harm. Especially since they brought people into the picturesque mountain town, looking for things to do while they waited for their happily ever after.
No, as long as Polly hadn't racked up some horrible debts, she should be able to take care of it.
"It's not about money, not exactly," Bev hedged.
"Well, what then? Is it something about my mother?" Kira tensed. "I already called and told her about Polly. She said she was terribly sad about it but she was headed to Mexico and couldn't possible come to the funeral."
Although she shouldn't have been surprised, Kira couldn't pretend Mandy's refusal to come home — even for the funeral of the aunt who had raised her only daughter — didn't hurt.
"It's not about Mandy." Bev sniffed in a manner that made it absolutely clear what she thought about Kira's absentee mother. "Polly was far too kind to ever say anything mean about her, but I would have traded in my bar license before I'd let her put anything in the will for Mandy."
"It's about ..." Bev paused again and bit her lip.
Kira gestured with one hand. "Spit it out, Bev, before you kill me."
Kira blinked. "Max?"
She took a deep breath. "I'm not sure I understand. Max who? What are you talking about?"
Bev sank into a chair and put her hand over Kira's. "You know who I'm talking about," she said, giving her a gentle squeeze. "Max Estin."
Kira forced a shallow laugh, though it felt as if a giant hand had squeezed all the breath from her lungs. "Oh, that Max." She sucked in as much air as her throat would allow and then forced a casual, "What about him?"
"Polly always thought the way you left him behind was wrong."
"I didn't leave him behind," Kira corrected. "We broke up. It would have happened eventually anyway. It was for the best."
Bev bit her lip. "Polly wasn't so sure."
A tingle of apprehension shivered down the length of her spine. "I know. We talked about it often enough. But what does that have to do with anything?"
Bev sighed. "Stay here for a minute. I've got to get something from my office."
She swirled away in a cloud of lavender and mint, leaving Kira staring at a document labeled, "Last Will and Testament of Pollyanna Kathleen Markeland."
As she tried to focus on the paper, a familiar face with pitch-dark eyes and a mouth tense with anger drowned out the tiny black letters.
I don't understand, he'd said, the low growl of his voice sending her heart racing even though he was two thousand miles away. You're gone? For good?
I'm sorry. I came home and realized this was where I needed to be. It's better that we don't see each other anymore.
That's bullshit. This whole thing is bullshit. You didn't even say good-bye. We spent a year together and you couldn't even bother to say good-bye?
I'm saying it now. Good-bye, Max.
Bev returned a moment later, holding a large manila envelope. "I swear I haven't opened it," she said. "Polly told me that she retrieved it from the garbage after you came back to Passion Creek."
Bev flipped over the envelope and held it out. Kira saw her name on the front, written in distinct, spidery black letters.
A tremor shook her body. She steadied her voice with an effort. "If that's what I think it is, she should have left it in the trash. It was there for a reason."
"You need to review these," Bev said gently, extending the package toward her.
"What?" Kira pushed the envelope away, choking on a wave of remembered pain. "Polly wanted me to do this? What the hell for?"
"You need to confirm that you intended to throw these drawings away."
Kira raised her gaze to meet Bev's. "You've got to be kidding me."
"I'm sorry, but this is important." Bev's voice dropped, infusing with the sternness that Kira remembered from their previous legal dealings.
"Fine, then I confirm it. I intended to throw those drawings away. I want nothing to do with that package." She crossed her arms over her chest, wishing she could erect a similar shield around her mind and heart.
"Kira, you've got to at least look at them. If you'd prefer to have privacy, I can leave the room."
With a snarl, Kira snatched the envelope and spilled the drawings onto the table. "Fine," she snapped. "You really want to do this? Here. We can do it together." She swept out an arm, seeing Bev's eyes widen as the drawings were exposed for the first time in years.
And then Kira was helpless, unable to stop herself from gazing down at the dusky images.
There were ten of them. He'd called the series Belle Femme, and they'd laughed because neither of them knew French but it sounded sexy and sophisticated. He'd drafted all ten over the course of a single night, but had worked on them for weeks after, making each one a piece of art. A couple of weeks after she left school, he had sent a text saying he'd mailed them to her, and he didn't care what she did with them.
Polly had brought the envelope home from the post office. She'd handed them over to Kira, clearly dying to know what was inside, but too polite to ask.
That night, some self-destructive force had taken over and Kira had opened the envelope in her room, gazing for hours at the beautiful, heartbreaking pieces. In the morning, she shoved the pictures back into the envelope and put them in the trash.
Polly never mentioned the package again.
The drawings were captured in charcoal pencil — Max's favorite medium, at least back then — and preserved in clear plastic sleeves.
Every damn one was of her.
The first drawing was simply her profile. She was gazing out a window, her hair long and loose around her shoulders. The second showed the tops of her naked shoulders. She was smiling, a blanket clasped loosely over her breasts. By the third drawing she was naked, and by the fourth, he was making love to her through the page, worshipping her body with his art. The poses varied from gorgeously explicit to shy and reserved. In the last picture, Max added his own face caught in a mirror, watching her as she showered, her body half-hidden by a cloud of steam.
They'd been drunk that night, but not with alcohol. They didn't need alcohol to become giddy with need and sex and love. The drawings were sensual feasts, breathtaking in their eroticism. Romance pulsed in the line of her breasts, the peaks of her nipples, and the soft triangle of hair at the juncture of her thighs.
"Jesus," Bev sucked in a breath.
"I know," Kira said flatly. "I'm naked."
"No, that's not ... Kira, these are incredible." The older woman's eyes were wide with amazement. "How could you possibly throw them away?"
"Because I had to." She scooped up the cool, slippery plastic sleeves and shoved them back into the envelope, which she dropped onto the table. "Here you go. You can take the trash and do whatever you want with it. Now, are we done? I really need to get back to the store."
Bev trailed a hand over the envelope, shaking her head in wonder.
"Bev?" Kira snapped. "Can I go?"
Bev jerked her gaze away from the package on the table back to Kira's face. "Well, no, actually. That was really just the intro." She tapped Polly's will. "There's more."
Kira leaned back in her chair, nausea rising in her chest. "Fine. Then tell me. And no more stalling. I want the whole story, in as few words as possible."
"Of course. I understand." Bev took a deep breath. "In her will, Polly left these pictures to Max. She instructed me to contact him directly after I'd explained the situation to you, and ask him to come to Passion Creek to get them. I am not allowed to mail them. If he wants the drawings, he's got to pick them up in person. If he chooses not to come, I am to contact the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and let them know I have a Max Estin original series. The museum is to display the drawings for a month, and then they must auction the pictures off to the highest bidder. The proceeds will go to whatever charity you choose, with ten percent to fund scholarships at RISD."
The words slid over her in a long, menacing trail. Pictures displayed in a public gallery? Auctioned off?
Max, here in Passion Creek?
"Bev, I ... I don't understand ... How could she? I'm naked, Bev. How could she possibly do this?"
"I know. It's a mess." Bev heaved a sigh. "I told you I tried to persuade her not to do it. But she was utterly determined to have her way, and in the end, I've got to represent my client's wishes."
Kira swayed in her seat, her palms breaking into a cold sweat. "But they're my pictures. He made them for me. How does she have the right to give them away?"
"They aren't your pictures," Bev said. "Remember? That's why I had to make sure you didn't have any ownership claim to them. Polly owned those pictures and now, she's bequeathing them to Max. It's totally within her rights."
Her back snapped straight, and she stared at Bev in horror. "You tricked me."
Bev winced. "I didn't trick you, Kira. I asked you if you owned the pictures. You answered honestly, didn't you?"
"I'll be humiliated," Kira said, giving the woman she had once called a friend her flattest, most punishing stare. "Max is internationally known. His paintings sell for millions of dollars. Collectors will be desperate to get a glimpse of his early works. They'll put it on the news, Bev. My naked body, on the news!"
"Well, I'm sure they can't show everything on TV," Bev said, though she sounded doubtful.
"Maybe not the TV but believe me, they'll be all over the Internet." Kira gritted her teeth. "It's only been five years since I left RISD, and Max stayed there for graduate school. There will be professors who remember us, other students who knew us. This isn't going to be the sort of thing you can keep quiet."
Bev spread her hands helplessly. "Again, all I can say is that I tried."
Kira ignored her, rising abruptly to pace the small kitchen. "I don't have to see him," she said, biting the tip of her thumb as she walked. "Even if he comes here, I don't have to see him."
"Well, actually ..." Bev cleared her throat.
Kira spun around, sending a cloud of thick, wavy hair spinning around her. "What?" she cried. "What else, Bev?"
"You've got to be there when he picks up the art," Bev whispered. "If you don't agree to see him, the pictures go to the museum. And there's nothing either of you can do to stop it."
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Why can't we preorder the next two books on barnes and noble????
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
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.
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.¿
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
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*
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.
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.
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
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.
Cute, funny, heartwarming with some steamy thrown in, Reforming the Playboy is a fast, enjoyable read!
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?
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.
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.
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.