Blog Tour: Played by Clare James (Review, Giveaway, Buy Links)


In PLAYED, the newest book in Clare James’s Elite PR series, it’s play or be played as sexy country singer Aaron Major engages in a game of give and take with PR pro Melody Sharp in this steamy, must read fall title releasing October 19th from Entangled Brazen.

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Elite PR

Book Two

Clare James

Release Date: 10/19/2015

Publisher: Entangled Publishing | Imprint: Brazen
Genre: RomanceContemporary Romance | Series Romance
Series: Elite PR

 Played Final Cover

Play. Or be played.

The music should be enough. End of story. But Aaron Major is finding out it’s not, and now his agent has hired a firm of suits to help launch his debut album, turning his life into a goddamn circus. Smile here. Play there. Be nice. Well, screw that. If Aaron wanted to spend his time shaking hands and kissing babies, he would’ve gone into politics.

Helping launch the career of country singer Aaron Major should be a cakewalk for PR pro Melody Sharp. Aaron is charming, sexy, and oh-so-appealing when he’s on stage. Off stage, though, he’s her worst nightmare. A stubborn, ornery, reclusive nightmare without a lick of business-or fashion-sense. The only way he’s going to make it in music is with a serious makeover-and quite possibly a personality transplant.

Soon, they’re engaged in a game of give and take, and though it’s Melody calling the shots, it’s Aaron who holds all control…


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*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

First Impression: Well-written, with a heroine to remember.

I really liked this book. Melody Sharp is a woman in dire need of finding herself, but I adored her character something fierce. She’s so real and unique and one of those rare characters with a personality all her own. I loved her from the start because she is who she is and yet, she’s well aware of her faults and limitations, and has a plan to fix them. But in a very unconventional, Melody kind of way. She is definitely no cookie-cutter heroine, that’s for sure, and she’s the perfect woman for the hero of this book,  Aaron Major, who like Melody, is also in dire need of finding himself.

Both Melody and Aaron are trying to make career—and life—comebacks, though in very different ways. They got off to a rocky start when they first met, but things soon change as circumstances and attraction lead to a deeper connection between them.

I enjoyed this hero and heroine together. They made a great team, and a solid romantic pairing. The story moved at the perfect pace, sweeping me along with the characters as they moved about their days. I loved that. I loved that I could just sit back and enjoy a good romantic story with fun characters and some hot encounters.

If you love stories with small town girls trying to make their way in a big city and reforming bad boy musicians doing their best to repair their reputation, Played by Clare James is a smart, fun, sexy read sure to bring a smile to your face and make you long for a nice cold glass of ice tea.




Virtual Tour Giveaway:

Clare is offering some exciting prizes during the Played Virtual Blog Tour event. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Card for Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice), two winners will win a paperback set of Clare’s Elite PR series (US residents only), and two winners will have their choice of an eBook copy of one of Clare’s titles! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:

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Clare James writes contemporary romance and new adult novels with spunky heroines and sexier-than-sin heroes. Her books have made several best-selling lists including the tender love stories in the Impossible Love series; the steamy romantic comedy Dirty Little Lies; and the touching family drama Wednesday. She’s also the author of a new series with Entangled’s Brazen line about the women of Elite PR and their very naughty clients. The first two books in the series are out now!

A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and young son, and is always on social media chatting with readers.

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