Author: Barbie Bohrman
Publisher by: Montlake Romance
Published on: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Related Books: Starting Over
Julia Boyd has dated more than her share of jerks, and she’s done even pretending to like them. Putting her dating life on hold and focusing on her event planning career is a much safer bet for the blue-eyed blonde…until she meets her newest client.
Organizing the opening for an art gallery should be a breeze for Julia, but gallery owner Alex Holt is becoming very distracting. Tall and muscular with enough charisma and sexy dimples to make Julia swoon, Alex could be the perfect man. The two of them click immediately, creating enough witty banter to ignite sparks.
But just before flames of passion can erupt with Alex, Julia begins planning an engagement party…and learns the groom is Aiden, the man who broke her heart years ago. When Aiden admits that he still has feelings for Julia, everything changes. Should she seek shelter in the familiarity of the past, or should she risk everything on a brand-new love?
Another Jersey author…oh how I love my Jersey girls and Ms. Bohrman is no exception. Julia and Alex story in Playing It Safe is funny, naughty and quite heartfelt. I loved their chemistry and banter very much. It was very fun to see their volley of wits back and forth.
In case you did now know, Julia is Sabrina’s best friend from Promise Me. She has bad luck in love and finally decides after another disastrous date that she is calling it quits for a bit. She looking for the happy life that Sabrina and Tyler have. She wants to start a family, but all she meets are losers. Alex….sexy Alex is the owner of an art gallery. He also Sabrina’s old boss that may have hit on her…haha. He is also what Julia considers a friend. A sexy, hunky friend but still a friend and friendship she values. A friendship that may be able to withstand a friendly flirty banter but not an actual relationship. Especially one where she wants more that just sex.
Luckily hot chemistry is hard to ignore and with such you get a great story of two people falling in love with each other. I truly did enjoy reading Julia and Alex’s story. I was rooting for them the whole way and you could see from the beginning that Alex was perfect for Julia. My only issue was that Julia sometimes was her own worst enemy, making childish decisions that somewhat counteracted her in your face, don’t mess with me attitude, but it did not take away from how much I loved the story. A definite add for your TBR and I am excited to see what else comes from this very talented author.
Sigh, Julia….My funny, sassy, Seinfeld loving, kick-ass BFF with the mouth of a drunk sailor, oh how I missed you!! If I haven’t mentioned it before I have a bit of a girl crush Julia. I absolutely loved her character in Promise Me so I was thrilled to hear that she was going to be getting her own book.
Julia is beautiful, smart, runs a successful event planning business, and has a great family. It most aspects of her life, everything is perfect, except for her love life. When her boyfriend Aiden left her 5 years ago, it truly broke her heart and since then she’s gone through more than her share of losers. Julia is tough as nails, but the breakup left a bit of vulnerability in her tough exterior.
She had sworn off dating, but when Alex made his intentions known, Julia started to second guess her decision. Alex and Julia have been friends over the years and they’ve casually flirted but it’s not until she helps plan his niece’s birthday party, do they become much closer.
Now I liked Alex in Promise Me, but he had me swooning in this story. He exuded confidence and sex appeal (and he looked like Sawyer from Lost, yum!). Alex was a great match for Julia. He had a successful career, he was sweet, and he let it her be her. I loved the banter and chemistry between these two. It was hot, funny, and sexy as hell. Things were really going well for them until, “he who shall not be named” aka Aiden made a reappearance in her life.
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, at times I wanted to shake Julia because she truly let Aiden put seeds of doubt into her head. It wasn’t like her, but I could see her hurt from her past break up wasn’t something she had really dealt with yet. I also loved seeing Sabrina and Tyler make a few appearances as well. This story was a fun, engaging read. Barbie wrote it with humor, wit, and it was easy to like the characters. I definitely recommended it.
Turning into one of the far rooms of the gallery, which is almost like an alcove that only a few people can fit in at a time, I finally spot Alex.
Just me and him in this tiny space.
He’s dressed impeccably, as usual, in a pinstripe suit and a light blue dress shirt that perfectly accentuates his eyes. He’s not wearing a tie again, but that’s good for me because I get to look at his throat while his Adam’s apple bobs up and down while he talks. I know I’m being ridiculous, but something as insignificant as that is so very sexy to me in a really hot guy.
“What are you doing in here all by yourself?” I ask him before bringing the glass to my lips to take another sip. “Are you hiding or something?”
He smiles and ever so smoothly brings his line of vision down my body and back up again, but not before lingering a moment too long on “the boys.”
I knew it! Alex is a tits man, and I feel so vindicated it’s not even funny. In my head I’m doing the Running Man to the tune of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and giving myself a pat on the back.
“Why would I be hiding?” he asks.
“I don’t know, why would you be hiding?”
“Why do you care if I’m hiding or not?”
“Why do you answer every question with another question?”
Alex takes a step forward, and there he goes again crowding my personal space, but I’m standing my ground this time. He raises an eyebrow at my stance and says, “Maybe I like getting you all worked up.”
The double meaning in that is so not lost on me, and just like that, we went from zero to sixty in no time at all.
“Maybe?” I ask innocently while gazing up at him.
“Now look who’s answering with questions.”
His masculine chuckle resonates through me, making my toes curl while he takes the upper hand again. I seriously cannot keep up with this much longer. I’m either going to throw him against the wall and rub myself all over him like a slutty cat on a scratching post, or I’m going to douse myself with a bucket of ice-cold water.
“For your information, I’m not hiding . . . at least not from you,” he explains. “Just like the quiet sometimes.”
“Huh. Always figured you for the type that was into parties and shit.”
“That would imply you’re thinking about me,” he says without missing a beat.
“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?”
He takes a step forward and moves to my side to leave, but not before ducking his head closer so that I feel his warm breath fan across my ear. “That’s a good question. Are you ready for the answer?”
And then he’s gone, disappearing behind me back into the gallery’s exhibit, while I ponder what just happened, kind of pissed off that the son of a bitch just answered me with another goddamn question.