by Katie McCoy
1 Chef (equal parts sexy and carefree)
1 Pianist (equal parts uptight and endearing)
1/8 inch of drywall between their apartments
2 opinions on everything
Combine all ingredients, mix vigorously, and be prepared for an explosion of heat.
Pianist Ella Thomas is training for the competition of her life. Finally in an apartment of her own, she can practice from dawn till dusk.
But she didn't bet on the sexy and frustrating neighbor keeping her up all night - even if he does cook like a maestro and kiss like it’s his job.
Jake Matson is living his dream as Head Chef at one of the most popular restaurants in San Francisco. He's easy going, flirtatious and not looking for love. He didn't expect to be completely distracted by the girl next door, whose buttoned-up appearance hides the seductive firecracker underneath.
What happens when opposites attract? As their tension fires up, can they create a new kind of music together or will everything boil over?
If I was good at anything, it was freezing people out. I had a black belt in resting bitch face.
"No one can yell at you if you give them something tasty to chew."
Something, dare I say it, that brings you pleasure."
I had no doubt that he would succeed, but at that moment
the kind of pleasure I was thinking about had nothing to do with food.
I am first going to try and remove this silly grin I have on my face while I am writing my review. It is kinda hard to do when I am thinking about Jake Matson.
Katie McCoy had me with Play Me right from the cover, how could that not be a grabber. This story had everything I enjoy... a hot chef, a beautiful pianist, a free spirited sister, ex boyfriend (mentor), self doubt, a smart beautiful best friend, chef questioning his menu, passion and sweets galore.
Jake Matson, Head chef at a very popular restaurant, he still has no control over the menu and that does not sit well with him. Jake puts his love for his job first , which doesn't leave much time for women. He has the looks and definitely has the moves, the time and the wanting of more than a one night stand is what keeps him home alone at nights. That's until the sounds of his new neighbor wakes him up.
Ella Thomas, a beautiful pianist is finding her way on her own. Ella against the advice of her parents and her ex boyfriend moves out and finds a cute studio apartment. She is preparing for a competition and in that moment with a knock or two on her door, Ella's life will change. Living her life in black clothes and having little belief in herself, Jake will open Ella's eyes to color and a new appreciation for food.
Play Me is such a romantic story with some moments that tug on your heartstrings, I found myself holding back tears. I have to admit that I was more than smitten with Jake, McCoy's writing had me feeling the sensual heat between Jake and Ella, just by his touch or words that were said close to her neck. I seriously loved his flirty banter with food and her sexy undergarments. What a great story of love and finding yourself, it's a must read.
*** For Mature Readers***
About The Author:
Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St.Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.