RELEASE REVIEW: Playing by Heart by JB Salsbury

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Jesse Lee is the worst!

He’s a multi-millionaire, triple-platinum-selling, Grammy-Award-winning man-slut—a worldly, self-indulgent heathen. I wouldn’t sleep with him if he were our last chance to ensure survival of the human race. The only reason I put up with him is because he’s my boss’s brother.

Whatsherface is one of those holier-than-thou types.

She’s bossy, has a horrific singing voice, and she’s so ordinary, she practically blends in with the eggshell-colored walls—the complete opposite of anyone I’d bang. The only reason I put up with her is because my career is on the line.

Playing by Heart is an enemies-to-lovers romance where opposites not only attract, they ignite.

My Review

Jesse Lee has singlehandedly destroyed his career one drink of alcohol, one line of coke, and one lewd and promiscuous act at a time, leaving Mr. ‘Coast-to-Coast Casanova’ with no other choice then to follow his manager’s dictates and face a past that he thought he left behind over a decade ago as well as one infuriating woman who calls him on his shit and refuses to allow this ‘self-indulgent heathen’ to destroy her heart anymore than it already is.

I can wholeheartedly say that I was not the least bit impressed by rockstar Jesse Lee at the beginning of Playing by Heart; in fact, I found him to be quite the self-absorbed jackass who thought he was god’s gift to the music industry and to females all over the world, and while it’s clear that he was once a successful musician and that women still aggressively pursue him due to his notoriety, his attitude, his addictions, and his treatment of Bethany, his niece, and his brother only added to my negative feelings towards him.

But even though I had a less than stellar initial impression of JB Salsbury newest hero, I knew she would reveal the real man behind Jesse’s out of control rocker persona and that his new clean and sober demeanor as well as a certain nanny/waitress who would not only help him find his way back to his music and perhaps even understand what it truly means to play by heart.

Bethany is an intriguing heroine – one who, in some ways, seems too good to be true, but in other ways, she’s someone who struggles with self-esteem and seems to be unable to move on from her ex. Readers also aren’t privy to what exactly happened between her and the man she thought loved her, the reasons she’s still so obsessed with him, or the secret she’s not willing to reveal. 

The interactions between Jesse and Bethany start off quite volatile, but as the story continues and these two spend more time together, their attraction intensifies and the sexual tension that’s been building finally overpowers Bethany’s rationale side, leading her down a path she’s definitely not ready to pursue, but it’s also one she can no longer deny she wants.

In Playing By Heart, JB Salsbury delivers an important message about the idea of love and how it’s meant to be shown instead of spoken and with that necessary insight, Jesse and Bethany as well as readers truly understand what it means to play by heart.

4 Poison Apples

About the Author

JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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