Book Title: Word Play Author: Amalie Silver Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 15, 2014 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Smut sells. Michael Rourke learned this the hard way. Struggling to make ends meet as a mystery writer, he sold his soul - and his pride - as he pedaled sex and lust writing under the pen name Christoph Strong. No one knew he was the one behind the steamy stories on the bestsellers lists. And he planned to keep it that way. Until he met her. Monica Singer, an infamous blogger, is keen to discover the truth of his secret identity. During a chance meeting at a book convention, Michael and Monica form an instant connection. And soon, an innocent online friendship becomes something so much more. But as Michael starts to let his guard down, he doesn’t realize that the person he's learning to trust may be hiding secrets of her own. Secrets that could ultimately destroy everything.
“No one was going to find out who I really was. My reputation depended on it. And there were only two people on Earth that knew my real name: Michael Rourke, and that was me and my agent. My plan was to keep it that way—keep my twitchy erotica hand a dirty little secret. I’d insisted that Christoph Strong was going to be a one-hit-wonder, and that any name I’d made for myself through that genre would die once sales did.”
All Michael Rourke ever wanted to do was write mysteries. Unfortunately, mysteries don’t pay the bills…but apparently sex does.
I know that really makes him sound like a hooker of sorts…um, no. Sweet, nerdy, reclusive Michael is definitely not selling himself for sex…but he has absolutely sold his soul. Sex sells, and Michael, I mean Christoph has quite a talent for panty dropping, heart stopping, and straight up smeeping with his erotic tales of Armond and Jasmine. Problem is, no one knows he’s one and the same person…and he likes it that way.
That is until someone leaks his picture while on his way to an author’s convention, causing him to become the most wanted man in Houston. Too bad he has to contend with Betty Black, his literary nemesis…until he arrives, and she doesn’t—but her blogging best friend, Monica does.
“I’d need to forget my name for a weekend and try to focus on the man they all wanted me to be—when in truth, I couldn’t have been further from their perception of who I was…”
“I could do this. It had been a while since I’d written a thriller, but I still had the fundamentals locked in my head. In order to keep the reader intrigued, I had to have a compelling reason to keep them guessing. And if I was going to be the mystery in this real-life scenario, Christoph Strong needed a story. And I was going to be the one to write it.”
But playing a part in novel is very different than real life and unfortunately when deceptions are involved with the heart, things get incredibly messy. Monica has learned this the hard way—never did she anticipate actually developing feelings for Christoph, nor did she ever think she’d find out his real name…or that what she feels for him, he just might feel too.
“I’m an author, Monica. But for some reason you make me feel like I’ve never written a word in my life. Everything that pops into my head either doesn’t make sense or isn’t good enough to describe this—us—whatever is going on here…I’ve been thinking about what I’d say to you all day when I saw you here tonight. And then you were late and I ordered another shot. So unfortunately my mind isn’t as clear as I’d like it to be right now. But after being sober all day and failing to come up with anything remotely appropriate, the best line I could come up with was this…”
You’ll have to read the book to find out what he says!
*Deep inhale* Do you smell that? *Exhale* That is the smell of originality! I FREAKING LOVED EVERY SINGLE PAGE OF THIS BOOK!! I highlighted so many places, it’s amazing I could even choose to use in this review. I can’t say enough about how refreshing it is to read a piece of fiction that is all at once funny, erotic, original, and has a truth behind it. I am now probably one of Amalie’s biggest fans, and I will be reading every book she’s ever written or ever write. It’s amazing how just words on a page, some complete with definitions can just grab ahold of your mind, your heart, everything and not let go. I wanted to keep reading even after it ended…I almost flipped to the beginning and started the book all over again! That is how much I truly enjoyed this. It will have you laughing, swooning—oh, I’m sorry, SMEEPING, and everything in between. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my day and I cannot wait to share Word Play with all of my friends! Are you sure 5 stars is the max I can give?
**5+ Smeep-Tweeting Stars**
Amalie lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. When she's not writing, she enjoys crosswords, Scrabble, and playing games with her kids.