Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell – REVIEW

Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell
(Sinful Serenade #4)
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
He parties like a rockstar.
She’s there to make sure no one finds out…
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. She is starting a new life on her own. Period. And she’s absolutely staying in Los Angeles, three thousand miles away from the people who expect her to lie for them. It doesn’t matter how lonely she gets on her own, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn’t have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess’s rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything… except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn’t matter that his ex slept with his best friend, he needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep his reputation clean. Pete works hard, and parties harder… and the sweet, blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to keep the record company happy.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They’ll lie to the world, but not to each other. Especially not when they’re alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star’s girlfriend. But Pete shouldn’t play games with a girl who’s been broken before…
Review by Cindy:
Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good rocker romance and I found another with Play Your Heart Out. It’s the 4th book in the Sinful Serenade series by Crystal Kaswell. The story surrounds bassist, Pete Steele, and wanna-be law student, Jess James. He needs a genuine, girl-next-door type to help with his public image. She needs money for law school. Together they make a deal to help each other out, without the drama of a real relationship and love. Needless to say, when two people spend a lot of time together, at least one of them are bound to develop feelings.
There was a definite sexual attraction between them from the very beginning that Pete liked to call Jess out on and make her blush. As their friendship grows, you can quickly see they have a genuine like for each other. The whole time I was anxiously waiting for them to confess their love for one another. I also got to see how the other band members and their significant others are doing from the previous 3 books. I especially loved the comical banter between the band members, along with Ophelia’s way of embarrassing Pete.
Pete had the qualities I loved in a rocker. Not only is he tatted, he’s sexy, possessive and caring. He got jealous of guys showing interest in Jess. He did what he had to do to protect her from the media. And he truly cares for her no matter how much he denies his feelings.
Jess deeply cares for those she is close to, but I found her to be a bit emotionally needy. Once she expressed how she felt about him, she constantly asked Pete if he felt the same way, despite knowing full well that he did not want a relationship. She just seemed to keep pushing him hoping he would reciprocate her feelings. I just wanted to tell her to quit nagging him! And she worried too much about the “lie” and how his friends & family would think if they knew the truth behind their relationship. Pete should have sang Let It Go!  to her.
Overall, I liked the story and the different characters. Is it “real or not real”?  I say “real”  with 4 buckles!!
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PYHO Author
Crystal Kaswell writes steamy new adult and erotic romance books. She loves when flawed characters fall head over heels for each other. Especially if they fall into bed first. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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