Title: Playing With Trouble
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 21st
Book Source: NetGalley - WordSmith Publicity
The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…
The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.
Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.
When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?
I'm a huge Chanel Cleeton fan! I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that a lot, if it wasn't obvious, then here's a video where I rave about her with the previous series. Also, here's my review of the first book in the Capital Confessions series. Anyhow, I'd been ridiculously impatient to get my hands on this book that I read it a couple of months ago, the second I got my hand on the ARC. I read it again recently before writing my review, and just like with the previous book, I may have read a small spoiler into the next book and I'm super excited for the last book in this series.
Blair has started law school, still reeling from her disaster of a wedding and the scandal that arose from news on her father's illegitimate daughter coming out. Blair feels like she's a disappointment to her family, due to their high expectations of her and her father's elections putting a strain on things. Law school isn't what she really wants, but it's a compromise to get her father off her back for breaking up with her fiancé after catching him cheating on her with his best man on their wedding day. But her low LSAT scores, Law school, and her family are putting a huge strain on her. And her huge crush on her sadistic professor doesn't help matters one bit, especially since she can't stop thinking about him. Gray's life has spiraled out of control, both privately and publicly that it's a wonder he wasn't disbarred. Teaching at a crappy college is his way of making nice and trying to get some control back into his life and tame his addictive personality. Too bad his new addiction happens to be one of his students, who he enjoys torturing so much because it brings out a weird fire in her he can't resist.
I remember thinking Blair didn't make much sense to me when I read about her in Flirting With Scandal. She was too nice and it just seemed out of the blue. However, getting to see her here, her character made so much sense. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, her every move has to make her parents look good, she's not allowed much freedom or a life of her own. She has to play nice and put on a brave face even though the gossip columns keep tearing her apart for the failed wedding and the disaster with her father and Jackie (his illegitimate daughter). She's a kind, sweet, overly friends but really insecure person. She's flawed and feels like a ticking time bomb, about to explode to show who she really is, making her own decisions and having her own opinions. Her attraction to Gray is one of those decisions she is desperate for. Gray was definitely the bad guy if we follow a character pattern here, but in the sense that he admits it and feels it deep down. Even though he tries to repent and make up for his mistakes, he doesn't have a high opinion of himself, enter Blair with her kind and loving personality, trying to make him forgive himself and accept the things that he's done to change, that he wasn't the villain he thought himself as. Blair is very loving and forgiving. She is happiest when she is doing things for other people. We got to watch her lose her cool as things explode all around her, but we also get to see Gray as this strong warrior trying to protect her.
I absolutely fell in love with both characters, their pain and conflicted selves as they explore their attraction, their growth as they go through problems and how they deal with what's thrown at them. What I like most about this series is that there's a big contrast between these characters, and the characters from the last series I read by the author. Chanel used some of her personal experiences to create these very entertaining and complex worlds, and frankly I've enjoyed them so much! I can't wait for more by her.
Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.