Thursday, July 02, 2015

Review: Power Play by Tiffany Snow

Series: Risky Business #1
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ ½

THIS KIND OF BUSINESS CAN ONLY BE PERSONALSage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .

Sage is in love with her boss, she just hasn't admitted it to herself. She'll do anything for him, at any time. Including helping make a huge, multi-million dollar deal with a known Russian cartel - even if it puts her life at risk

Throughout the dangerous dealings, she becomes closer to her boss, Parker, and also to his detective ex-friend Ryker.  Both give Sage something she needs. Ryker gives her some clarity, some security and a safe amount of bad-boy type excitement. While Parker gives her the comfort of a daily routine in a world she is comfortable with.

However, Parker gives whiplash type emotional ups and downs and Ryker makes her question things she's always been so sure about.  Now, her life is like a real life crime episode with two men trying to keep her safe in very different ways and neither exceeding at it very well.

I am not typically a fan of love triangle type stories. But Snow manages to keep the romantic elements of this story in the backseat. Furthermore, the dynamics between the three characters worked very well. It's a struggle for Sage that felt real. She's worked for Parker for a long time, he's never shown interest. He says he can't do relationships. Even if you have strong feelings for someone, you can't always wait forever right? Especially when someone like Dean Ryker shows up, offering you all the emotions you've been looking for. Passing up that wouldn't be easy.  So, I guess...I could relate to her dilemma.

As much as I adored both Parker and Ryker, and found Sage to be a fun character to read (she's spunky but somewhat naive)  - it was the suspense that kept my attention most. Snow does a good job of keeping you on your toes in this one and I am looking forward to what these Russian mobsters do next!

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