Wednesday, November 4, 2015

review || PLAYING A PLAYER { release day blast } by Ivy Smoak

Self-Published | November 4, 2015 | Romantic Comedy


Keira's last single friend just got married, leaving her roommate-less. When Rory shows up at her door for an interview, she's more than a little surprised to find out that a guy has answered her ad. Living with a man wasn't exactly what she had in mind. But when all the other applicants don't seem to be a good fit, she can't help but let her mind wander back to Rory. Maybe he's exactly the kind of roommate she needs.

Rory doesn't do relationships. He's been burned before. He hasn't had anything more than a one night stand in a long time. And he's good at what he does. He's charming, confident, and completely off limits.

Keira can't get her mind off of him. Will she be able to learn how to play a player? Or will she be the one that ends up getting played?

{ about ivy smoak } .

Ivy Smoak is an entrepreneur with very fickle tendencies. After much encouragement from her fiancé, she finally decided to dive into her true passion and began writing erotic romance novels. She lives with her fiancé in Philly.

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{ review } .

With Ivy's decision to make a 3-part serial into one full story, she also changed it from THE ROOMMATE to PLAYING A PLAYER, which further included a new blurb and a new cover.

And that cover?

Smokin' hot. Totally can see that man as Rory.

This was certainly a fun, quick read, from beginning to end. Keira is right to be apprehensive about having Rory be a roommate, but I laughed out loud with the other contenders she had... Rory definitely was the best option if she wanted someone in before the next rent was due!

Rory wants the room because it's close to work, and I have to be honest, I have girl-friends who have had male roommates (and friends were all they ever were) so I wasn't too taken aback by his desire to room there, but as this is the genre, you just knew something was going to go down between the two of them.

The dialogue was executed extremely well and I truly enjoyed Keira and Rory. When things start to get a little too real, though, Rory's past has him executing a 180 -- so watching the two of them overcome and realize that what they had was pretty darn good, was enjoyable. I did, however, feel that the end -- the forgiving part -- was done a bit too quickly. But Keira and Rory were cute nonetheless.


  1. Thank you so much for the awesome review :) I'm so glad that you liked the book! It would really help me out if you could also post your review on Amazon.

    If there are any other books of mine that you’d be interested in reviewing, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy :)

    Thank you!

    1. Absolutely; I thought that I had, my apologies :) Posted now.