Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blog Tour: Getting Played by Emma Chase

Getting Played
Emma Chase

Oct. 8, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

A magnificent new romance by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase. 

Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He's effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy. 

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down. 

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son's new math teacher. But that's nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they're about to become parents. Together. 

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won't be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

Getting Played, a magnificent new romance by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase is LIVE!

My Thoughts:

It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reading an Emma Chase book.  She's such a talented writer with the way she effortlessly and seamlessly brings fun, humor, and major swoons into her romance; and Getting Played was no exception!  This story was such a delight, and one that I highly recommend to romance readers!  There is one book before this one in the series, but you can read Getting Played as a standalone, and not miss anything that you need to know for Dean and Lainey's story.

Lainey is a lifestyle blogger, and has a huge following.  She is a single mother to fourteen year old Jason, comes from a large, fun, and rambunctious family, and has learned how to stand on her own two feet.  I loved Lainey's carefree personality.  She was wise, and even though she had been hurt before, she wasn't bitter.  The most important thing in her life was her son, and she was an excellent mother.

Dean is a gorgeous playboy, who's use to women throwing themselves at his feet.  He plays drums and sings in his band during the summers, and teaches AP Calculus, and coaches football during the school year.  Dean's parents abandoned him as a child and he was raised by his grandma.  He now takes care of her, and the two are very close.

Lainey gets hired by facebook to redecorate a home on her webcast, Life with Lainey.  She gets to live in the small town of Lakeside free of rent for a year, and is ecstatic for herself and her son.  She goes out to celebrate on the Jersey shore with her sister, Erin, and boyfriend Jack, when she meets Dean, who's playing with his band.  The two instantly hit it off, and the chemistry they share is off the charts.  

They end up having a memorable night of passion, but don't exchange phone numbers.  Lainey is shocked when she ends up pregnant, because they practiced safe sex.  She tries to find Dean to tell him that she's pregnant, but has no luck locating him.  Imagine her shock when she meets him at parent teacher conferences and learns that he is her son's AP Calculus teacher at his new school, Lakeside High.  Will Dean step up to help raise his child?  Can this playboy change his ways?  Will Lainey give him a chance to be a part of her life and their child's?

Getting Played was such a good story!  At one point, there was some foreshadowing in the story, that concerned me.  I was worried there might be a predictable situation, but was pleasantly surprised with what they author did in the story.  This story flew by and I loved every moment of it!  The cast of characters was strong, and I enjoyed the moments with Dean and Lainey, as well as her son Jason, Dean's grandma, his group of friends, and Lainey's big family.  This story was very sexy, romantic, and heartwarming.  It was infused with humor and was light and fun!  I highly recommend Getting Played if you are looking for a feel good reading escape!

Book Excerpt:
I find Lainey in the living room—standing on a ladder, with those long, toned legs peeking out from itty bitty cotton black shorts and a power drill in her hand, while Bruce Springsteen sings “I’m Goin’ Down” from a speaker in the corner. 

And, dear God—the things I could do to her on that ladder. 

Wonderful, filthy things that instantly make my heart pound and my cock throb. She’s the perfect height for me to just walk over there and put my mouth between her legs. I picture it, see it in my mind—the way she’d grip my hair and pant my name, arch her back and writhe against my face . . . 

But then I catch sight of the small bump of her stomach, and reality smacks me in the head. I think about the baby—and how making Lainey lose her mind three feet off the ground wouldn’t be the safest option. My protective instinct overrides the desire to get freaky on the ladder. 

“Hey, Dean.” She sets the drill on the ledge and picks up a beeping light green rectangle, running it along the wall. 

“What are you doing up there?” I ask. 

I don’t have a decorative bone in my body, but the room looks good—with light gray walls and navy corduroy covered couches, reclaimed wood tables and a dozen different-sized candles filling the white-washed brick fireplace. It’s clean and simple but warm, the kind of place you’d look forward to coming back to every day. 

“I’m going to hang up those boards.” Lainey gestures to three square planks, with ornamental arrows burned black into the wood. “I just want to make sure this stud-finder works.” 

 “If you’re looking for a stud,” I wink, “I’m standing right in front of you.” 

“Ha-ha. I’ll keep that in mind.” 

 She turns back to the wall, reaching up over her head and stretching onto her tippy toes on the narrow step. I move under the ladder to catch her if she goes ass over end, and a stab of terror slices through me at the thought that Lainey would still be doing this if I wasn’t here. Alone. Without Jason even in the room in case something went terribly wrong. 

What the hell is up with that? 

“I read that you’re not supposed to reach above your head when you’re pregnant.” 

“That’s just an old wives’ tale.” 

I wrap my hands around her hips, holding her steady. 

“Maybe the old wives knew what they were talking about. Come on, come down.” 

Slowly, Lainey lowers her arms and turns in my hands. I lift her off the ladder by her hips, tilting my head back and holding her above me for a moment, before sliding her slowly down. And the feel of her softness rubbing against me, the friction—it’s fantastic. 

When her feet are on the ground, I dip my head and our faces are just millimeters apart. Close enough to count the sprinkle of cute, light freckles that dust the bridge of her nose.

“That’s better,” I say softly, taking the stud-finder out of her hands. “I’ll do it.”

“Okay.” Lainey’s tongue peeks out, wetting her bottom lip. “Thanks.” 

Like I said . . . fucking killing me. 


About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world. 

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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  1. I have heard so many good things about this author and I have so many of her books and Ive even met her a few times and YET I still havent read any of them, but based on your review I clearly need to change that ASAP. Great review!

  2. It's an author I heard a lot about but I haven't tried her books yet

  3. I love Emma Chase. I recently did all her Tangled books. This sounds like classic Chase and one I can definitely imagine myself enjoying. Surprise babies are always an interesting plot point as well.

    1. She is such a great author! I lover her Tangled books so much!!!

  4. This looks good and I've not read about a drummer :)

  5. Sounds good. I like the sound of this book.

  6. oh yeah to a rock band romance I love them. Thanks Lindy

    1. Rock band romances are one of my favorite sub genres to read!

  7. great review. i do like when a series book can be read in any order.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. You grabbed my attention describing this pair and their awkward new situation. :) Sounds good!

  9. Love the sound of this. I never read the author before.

  10. Sounds great. I like this review. Cool tour.


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