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Gobble, Gobble!

October 22, 2010

I’m finding that the more I like a book, the quicker I gobble it up. Seems like an obvious cause & effect, but it really hit home when I finished Power Play in THREE HOURS! It must be the change in seasons and the fact that Thanksgiving is around the corner, because gobbling up books has definitely become a recent trend in my readings habits.

The only things that stood out more than the steamy bedroom scenes were the unexpected and hilarious laugh-til-you-cry scenes. It’s been a while since I’ve literally laughed out loud when reading a book and there were multiple moments where I not only smiled and giggled, but I bellowed out full-on laughs during this book.

SYNOPSIS: Good-girl Emily returns to her hometown to be a bridesmaid in her cousin’s wedding. Since she’s single, she’s always been labeled the ‘reliable one,’ and constantly bends over backward for her family’s requests. Dependable as she may be, Emily refuses to bunk at home and books a hotel room (far away from her family) for the week. As luck would have it, the hotel experiences a bedbug infestation the first night during her stay and she is booted from her room.

Jonah is staying across the hall from Emily when the infestation occurs and the evacuation definitely throws a wrench into his week-long hockey tournament. Because of a hotel mix-up — and because they’re both stubborn — Jonah and Emily become roommates for the week. There is one up side to Emily’s new roommate, however — an excuse to get her family off her back, as she pretends Jonah is her boyfriend. The sheets sizzle between these two and their banter is absolutely hilarious!

The humor may be lost without full context, but here is an excerpt of Emily and Jonah’s back-and-forth:

He could probably be dead and still think about women. So he pulled his trump card. “You can trust me, I’m a cop.”

She seemed less than impressed by this display of trustworthiness. “What are you going to do? Arrest the bedbugs?”

“I thought I might shoot them.” For a second her mouth softened and she almost smiled, then caught herself.

It gets even funnier as the story continues, trust me. Emily is quick-witted and multifaceted, enjoying a cold beer as much as painting her nails, while Jonah is as big (in a sexy, hover-over-you kind of way) and lovable as a teddy bear. The author also adds a secondary romance to the mix which at first seems confusing, but soon becomes a charming touch that adds another dimension to the story. Rounding things out is a climax with an unexpected clinch, and in the end I was left with a chuckling grin on my face.

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