Thursday 25 February 2016

Review - Play to Win by Tiffany Snow

Title: Play to Win 
Series: Risky Business #3
Author: Tiffany Snow
Release Date: February 23, 2016


Falling in love with polar-opposite men was an intoxicating ride that nearly ended Sage Reese's life. Now it's time for Sage to decide: Parker, the clean-cut, filthy-rich business magnate . . . or Ryker, the tough-as-nails undercover detective. Her choice? Neither. Because she can't stand the thought of coming between two brothers-in-arms finally trying to repair their friendship.

Yet not everyone feels the same way, including a mysterious woman who's come to Ryker and Parker for help. Sage knows firsthand how hard it is for the two former Marines to resist a damsel in distress. But something just doesn't feel right.

Now there's a danger closing in that only Sage can see, and she intends to do everything she can to protect Parker and Ryker-even at the risk of losing them both . . .

When you have to make a choice…

Sage Reese has a dilemma of epic proportions. She is in love with two men. Parker and Ryker couldn’t be more different but she loved them for different reasons. How could she decide?

“There might be better ways to wake up than sandwiched between two half-naked men, but if there was, I couldn’t imagine what it would be.”

This is the third in their continuing story and is full of the suspense and danger that has marked each book in the series. So many questions to be answered, with the biggest one being who Sage will pick. Or will she? I was more than ready to find out as the drama seemed to reach a fever pitch in their relationships, as well as in the dangerous situation they found themselves in.

The relationship Sage had with these two men in her life is not a surprise—her dilemma has plagued the entire series. Knowing this, I don’t know why but I struggled even more with Sage’s character this time around. I guess I am not as comfortable with how she loved both men and couldn’t decide. I understand monogamy and polyamory, but this relationship didn’t seem to fit either… 

The story was well-written, though, and the author certainly knows how to bring emotion and tension to a tale of complicated love and suspense. A satisfying ending to an intriguing series. 
~ Review by Diane

This review breaks my heart a little. I usually don't like a love triangle, but the first in this series snagged me, and caught me up before I realized what it was doing. I found the way it played out to be refreshing. Sage was equally torn between two really amazing men, who really cared about her for who she was. So, I carried on. Book two had even more drama—the least of which was the triangle. When there are men, organizations, and foreign mobs out to kill you, who has time to worry about who she's going to end up with? This helped allay a lot of my concern and dislike of triangle drama. Truthfully, nothing would have been sexier than if they had just decided to have a lovely little threesome and solve everyone's problems. 

Nope. Book three. I started it way ahead of schedule, pushing back other due dates and reads. This one, I had to have it now. I absolutely had to know what was going to happen, who she was going to choose, how could there possibly be a true HEA for these people. 

Apparently through a rather contrived and disappointing plot twist. There were twists upon twists in this book. Characters used as bad guys, characters used as good guys, misunderstandings, and a lot of deceit. It felt almost like a cop out when everything was revealed in the end, and I couldn't help feeling as if all these jumbled plot lines were shaken about for good measure, then shoved into a pretty box, where they were wrapped neatly and tied with a bow. Look! No more mess! All pretty! That doesn't change the state of the items before they were neatly wrapped however, and it felt a little cheap. 

It most definitely was not a bad read, and even knowing how it plays out, I would recommend this series for the first two books alone. It was just not up to its potential, and definitely not on par with the earlier books’ solid, enthralling story lines. This series was like a mug of good beer. The first sip is amazing, full of flavor and potential. The middle is just starting to make you feel a little giddy in anticipation. Then that last swig is warm and flat, and there's nothing left to do but chug it down. 
~ Review by George

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tiffany Snow earned degrees in Education and History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, before launching a career in Information Technology. After over a decade in IT, she switched careers to what she always dreamed of doing - writing. Tiffany is the author of romantic suspense novels such as the Kathleen Turner Series, which includes No Turning Back, Turn to Me and Turning Point. Since she's drawn to character-driven books herself, that's what she loves to write, and the guy always gets his girl. She feeds her love of books with avid reading, yet she manages to spare time and considerable affection for trivia, eighties hair bands, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Elvis. She and her husband have two daughters and one dog.

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