Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: Reforming the Playboy by Inara Scott

Title: Reforming the Playboy (Passion Creek #1)
Author: Inara Scott
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

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?
The characters in the novella really shined for me.  And not just the two leading roles - Inara Scott has created a town that is a family with even the clerks at the store coming alive with personality.   This created such a great atmosphere that it was hard not to absolutely love Max and Kira as much as everyone else did.  Max and Kira are both great artists in their own way - and both have the tortured soul and history to go along with it, but the good thing is that while that was part of them, it wasn't all of them.  They both had a depth that I love and I've found that Inara Scott is great at delivering.

While I'm normally not a huge fan of the "I love him/her, but I just can't be with them" storyline, this one really saved itself when they realized just how stupid they were being about it.  The story centered more on the two of them exploring their history and realizing just who they were and why they were so great together (with some really hot sex thrown in to keep it all super interesting).  This was a fantastic and emotional read with a good dose of humor to mix it up.

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