Review: Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson (Gamers #2)
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Chloe Talley is far more comfortable playing a role when she's in the bedroom rather than being herself. She knows men are drawn in by what they're looking at and she doesn't think that the seeing the real Chloe will have men making a beeline for her. When she meets a man dressed as the partner to her character at a comic-con event, she knows he's the one she wants to spend the evening with. They never exchange names or any other pertinent information and they spend one unforgettable night together. She'll never see him again...until she does and her mystery man turns out to be far more difficult too avoid than she expected.
Grant Osprey is all for role playing and he doesn't have second thoughts when he sleeps with the beautiful woman he meets while they're both cosplaying. He never learns her name and his memories are filled with their time together, so when he unexpectedly meets her again and finds out that she's his close friend and business partner's sister, he's surprised. What shocks him even more is how different the woman before him is from the one he slept with. In order for them to be together, Grant has no other choice but to indulge in what she thinks are his fantasies, but what Grant really wants is to be with the real Chloe Talley.
Playing for Her Heart is the second book in the Gamers series from one of my favorite authors, Megan Erickson. The story overlaps with the events in the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of the first book, Changing His Game. Grant Osprey was introduced to fans of the series as the co-owner of a gaming magazine and he takes on a new partner in the person of one of his friends, Ethan Talley. When he meets Chloe Talley at a comic con event, he has no idea that she's Ethan's younger sister. All they were supposed to have was a one-time thing, even though it turns out to be something neither of them can easily forget, so when they meet again, he's excited at the prospect of being with her again while she's wary and anxious because the real Chloe is nothing like the woman Grant was with at the comic-con, a fact he notices as well. Add to that Ethan's over-protectiveness and everything between the two of them becomes far more complicated. It's clear that Chloe has insecurities that are weighing her down, leaving her thinking that she has to pretend to be someone else to be noticed by men, but Grant sees beyond each one of her pretenses.
Grant was quite memorable in book one, what with being a single father who appears to be far less mature than his teenage daughter, Sydney. He's funny but knows when to take things seriously, especially when it comes to his pursuit of Chloe and making her see that he's far more interested in the woman she is behind the costumes she wears and the personas she takes on when they're sleeping together. Chloe is dealing with issues concerning her family and the sense of loss and guilt that still lingers over them. I love how Megan Erickson truly delves into her lead characters and makes them much more than you were expecting. There are certainly no easy fixes with regards to Chloe's family, though I am expecting that there will be a more definite resolution when Ethan's story will be told. Speaking of Ethan, I'm kinda, sorta, maybe hoping for him to be with someone, but I'll keep that to myself since I think it's an impossibility at this point. Whoever he ends up with, I'm still going to be excitedly waiting for his book. For now, I shall bask in the book hangover caused by Playing for Her Heart. This sequel gets five stars! ♥
Release Date: 11 August 2015
Date Read: 07 August 2015
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