Thursday, July 30, 2020

REVIEW: Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley


So here's the deal, I'm about to start a new semester and I knew I wanted to read a book that would have a strong heroine and give me that 'never say die' oomph that I always need to get me in the right mindset to take over the world (or in this case, the school year). Who better to do that for me than Kristen Ashley?!

As usual, Kristen Ashley didn't fail me. She gave me Ivey--a young woman who begins to find her way only to have her journey be forced into a huge and time consuming detour. Ivey was so easy to love and admire in her strength and loyalty and her ability to love so deeply and passionately despite all of the crap that she deals with (through really no fault of her own). She's the kind of woman anyone would want in their life--as a friend or a spouse. 

Kristen Ashley also gave us one of the best cowboys I've read in ages. Gray Cody is an interesting version of the 'alpha male'. He possesses many of the qualities you've probably come to love in KA's heroes but in someways he seems to be a kinder, gentler version. Don't get me wrong--he can be a badass to end all badasses but he's so controlled and calm and easy going. I loved him with Ivey.

I got exactly what I was looking for when I picked up Play It Safe--badass characters, funny situations and witty banter, great friendships, idiot bad guys, and an example of what love could be when you pair a cowboy and an ex-pool hustler. Thanks, Kristen Ashley, for helping me start my year off right!


No connections. Play it safe. These were the rules Ivey lived her life by.

Until she hit Mustang, Colorado, a perfectly imperfect town where the citizens were welcoming and one of them included the tall, beautiful, macho man rancher cowboy, Grayson Cody.

On the run for a decade, Ivey knew she was supposed to play it safe. But she was tired of being on the run. She wanted a normal. She wanted real. She wanted a home.

And she wanted Grayson Cody.

And Grayson Cody wanted Ivey.

No one who looked at them couldn’t see they belonged together. There was one man in this world for Ivey and one woman in this world for Grayson Cody.

So they fell in love.

But just as quickly as they fell together, they were betrayed and torn apart. Separated for years, Ivey was certain her life would not include her rancher cowboy. Until the town of Mustang reached out to her when Gray was in trouble. Even though she thought he broke her heart, she charged in to help. Then Gray and Ivey discovered they were betrayed and, not only that, Gray had an enemy who would stop at nothing to defeat him.

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