Title: Word Play
Author: Amalie Silver
Release Date: July 12, 2014
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 industry rivalry becomes something else entirely.
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.
Word Play has left me with a huge, stupid grin on my face. Amalie Silver has rocked my bookshelf with her one-of-a-kind story and fantastic sense of humor. This may just be my new go-to book on bad days, because this sexy satire had me in a great mood from start to finish. If you can’t laugh at yourself then this book isn’t for you. This satirical masterpiece reminded me of the sometimes out-of-control nature of fangirls and the insane things we do in the anonymity of social media. I laughed. A lot. The world of romance literature is unique and often times kind of ridiculous, but if you can take everything it has to offer with a sense of humor, then it’s one of the most fabulous communities to be a part of.
I absolutely adored the duality of our hero, Christoph/Michael. He was the epitome of all things romance. Christoph was smoldering, cocky and confident. He was lust in human form. He thrived under the attention of his adoring fans. Michael, on the other hand, is sweet, thoughtful and passionate. He’s the guy you want the happily ever after with. He made me swoon for an entirely different reason. Amalie Silver designed a hero that is the perfect combination of romantic fantasies. Monica/Lauren was my kind of girl. She was real, insecure and uncertain, but she was also smart, feisty, and could definitely hold her own. She is an ideal match for Christoph/Michael in every way.
The storyline. I don’t even know where to start. I was consumed by this story from the start. Easily pulled into the word of romance novels, I had no trouble finding myself a part of this story. Our two main characters had an incredible heat burning between them and their distinct personalities only served to fuel the fire. The back and forth between them was witty, intelligent, sarcastic and endlessly entertaining. Watching their story play out against the backdrop of the romance writer/blogger/reader community was absolutely brilliant. Constantly navigating our two main characters through new and unexpected obstacles, Amalie Silver never let my attention waver.
Amalie Silver has her finger on the heartbeat of this crazy, chaotic book world we live in. She gets it. All of it. She sees every facet of the absolutely insane, occasionally childish, incredibly supportive and ridiculously close-knit community that is romance literature and she poured all of that into this story. Word Play is a feel-good novel with interesting and dynamic characters that will easily demand (and keep) your attention. This book was hilarious, smart, and incredibly sexy. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
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Don’t miss the prequel novella:
Fair Play (Word Play #0.5)
Available in FOUR PLAY