Review: Best Play by Layla Reyne (Perfect Play #3.5)


Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

A novella at the end of a series tends be more of an extended epilogue, with the author giving readers a sneak peek into the future and highlighting the happily-ever-after that the main characters are living. Layla Reyne, however, has gone above and beyond. Best Play may be a novella in terms of length, and yes, they're basking in all that HEA goodness, but Reyne has penned a fitting finale for husbands and federal agents Levi Bishop and Emmitt Marshall--and their teenaged son, David--offering up the very same romance and suspense that she packed the three full-length novels--Dead Draw, Bad Bishop, and King Hunt--in the Perfect Play series. Oh, and an absolute bonus for Reyne's readers is that there are some cameos from familiar, well-loved characters from some of the author's other series and books too!

Levi Bishop and Emmitt Marshall may not have married for love a year ago, but there's no denying just how much love they have for each other and those who matter most to them. Renewing their vows was something they wanted to do for themselves and for their family and friends who supported them throughout. They were counting the days...but then a burglary that seemed like there was more to it than meets the eye came along. Wanting to help in any way they can, Levi and Marsh just have to make sure that this case is solved before their Christmas wedding (in July) or risk the wrath of their dear son, David.

I'm seriously going to miss Levi and Marsh, although I wouldn't be surprised if these two pop up in a future book or two from Layla Reyne, but I love that they were given an ending that encompassed who they were as a couple and their dedication to their personal and professional lives. Who says you can't have it all? Trying to figure out what was really behind the burglary wasn't a secondary thing; in short, that balance between romance and suspense was ever present, Reyne ensuring not to sacrifice one for the other. Seeing how far Levi and Marsh have come and the family and friends that they've surrounded themselves does my heart good, especially given how emotionally invested I was. Five stars for Best Play!

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Read my reviews for the Perfect Play series:


Dead Draw (book one) - five stars - My Review

Bad Bishop (book two) - five stars - My Review

King Hunt (book three) - five stars - My Review

Best Play (novella) - five stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 25 June 2024

Date Read: 12 June 2024

Learn more about Layla Reyne.

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