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Spin-off Saturdays: NSFW by Piper Lawson

Spin-off Saturdays: On Saturdays, I will review a novel or series that is a spin-off novel or series. It is recommended that you read the original first in order to get the most out of the spin-off but that isn’t always necessary. Here is this week’s offering:

NSFW is a spin-off of Play

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Favourite Author, Canadian Author
Author: Piper Lawson
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: October 11, 2017
Source & Format: Author–eARC

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My Expectations?

When I read (and loved) Play last year, I finished the book asking one question:

Can Charlie have her own novel please?

She was hilarious! The pranks she pulls on their co-worker Avery were awesome. No one is safe from her antics and that was great to read about.

Well ask and you shall receive! (I wish I had that much power). Obviously, Charlie was a hit as a character. She just has a great energy, completes hilarious antics on a regular basis and has the most delicious tension with her boss. I couldn’t WAIT for this story to be published and see what happens when the sparks fly and ignite.

What I Loved:

–Charlie–

I grew to love Charlie as a lead in Play and it didn’t take me long to remember why I enjoyed her character so much when I picked up NSFW. She just has this fabulous presence. She’s such a badass in a way that isn’t rude or stand-offish. She’s tough and confident and she has no problem telling people how she sees it. I love that in a heroine.

But I also liked that she has her flaws too. Watching her grow as a lead and become her own person was awesome.

–The Tension–

The chemistry between Avery and Charlie was palpable in Play and it carries over seamlessly here (though you really don’t need to read Play to enjoy this novel at all). I love the whole “hate to love you” vibes these two had and seeing that evolve into something more. Their banter always put a smile on my face and was part of the reason I finished this book in one sitting.

–Character Growth–

I mentioned above that Charlie had great growth as a character and I’ll say it again here as well. And it’s not just in one aspect of her life either, which takes this up a notch from other new adult stories. Charlie is a little lost in everything in her life and I think that makes her super relateable as a character. She feels like her career is at a standstill, her family dynamic has evolved, she’s got some things from the past she needs to move on from and her romantic relationship leaves something to be desired. She deals with a lot and it rounds out her character nicely.

But I also want to give props to Avery too! Despite the fact that he doesn’t have a POV, he has a significant amount of growth as a character. I liked that he wasn’t this “perfect” hero that Charlie could only be with once she established herself. Rather, they both had things they had to work on individually before they could even fathom a relationship together.

What I Didn’t Like:

It’s over and I think I read it too fast 😛

Series Rating: 5/5

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I had high hopes for this novel and Piper definitely delivered! She brought these charming characters to life once again and created a story that was entertaining from start to finish!

Read if You Like: office romance, character growth, new adult romances
Avoid if You: dislike romance
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Synopsis for NSFW (from Goodreads):

Being bad never felt so good…

The office is full of rules. Everything is off-limits. Making a charity calendar of the sexy guys on your floor? Not allowed. Shrinking your boss’ underwear when he sends it for dry-cleaning? Can’t do that either.

But those things keep the natural balance. See, Avery Banks, our resident rising star, is a shark. The tall, blond, and gorgeous kind with zero patience and even less forgiveness.

Good thing I’m the Mae West of executive assistants. I live to put grown men in their place.

He wasn’t supposed to find out…

Now he’s made it his personal vendetta to screw me the way I screwed him. I’m at his beck and call, 24/7, for every humiliating, meaningless request.

Until we stumble on a new game. One we both want to play. One we both need to win.

And once we start…I’m not sure Avery wants to replace me.

I’m not sure I want him to.

All I want is more of this. The fire under the ice. What happens behind closed doors.

It’s twisted, and so damn hot. But he’s my boss. And with the company coming off a scandal even I couldn’t engineer? What we’re doing is strictly NSFW.

Lucky for me, Avery and I have one thing in common…

We both suck at following the rules.

NSFW is a full-length standalone sexy contemporary romance. It’s the story of Charlie and Avery (from PLAY) – so if you love this one, pick that up too.

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Book Review: Play by Piper Lawson

Synopsis for PLAY (from Goodreads):
I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Must Read Author Favourite Author, Canadian Author
Author: Piper Lawson
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Humour
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Source & Format: Xpresso Book Tours–eARC

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

Piper Lawson has easily become a must read author for me this year after reading her Travesty Series and Chased. Not only is she Canadian (always a “win”) but she writes really, really great romances. Romances that have a fantastic balance between the romance and the story. Emphasis on the story–she writes great stories with great drama. Each novel is fresh and new and so, so enjoyable!

So, I think it’s a no brainer why I wanted to be a part of this blog tour. I love her work and I want others to enjoy it too!

The Plot:

There’s actually a plot!!! I’m all for hot and passionate romances, but I don’t enjoy full blown erotica or romances that only focus on the sex. This story has a great balance between the romance and the drama. It takes the time to establish the plot of the story which is Payton trying to work with Max as he seeks out a loan for his next gaming venture.

I definitely laughed, I definitely swooned and I definitely enjoyed watching everything unfold. It was great getting to know these characters and see their chemistry and romance grow as I read.

The Characters:

Payton was a lot of fun to read about. She is a solid character with a good heart, so it made it really easy to root for her. She definitely had me laughing at some of the things that she did…or had happened to her thanks to her BFF Charlie.

Can Charlie have her own novel please?

She was hilarious! The pranks she pulls on their co-worker Avery were awesome. No one is safe from her antics and that was great to read about.

Max…oh sweet Max. Never have I wanted to find my own gaming nerd with an eyebrow piercing. Seriously, does he exist somewhere and where can I find him? It was nice not having his POV to keep him as a bit of a mystery, only revealing pieces of him as Payton learned them. While alternating POVs are great, there’s just something about only being in one character’s mind at a time.

The Romance:

This is a slow burn romance done right! Everything builds at the right pace and reveals itself at just the right time. It has been a long time since I’ve read a solid romance novel and this is definitely one.

Like I said before, having Max as a bit of a mystery really helped aid the sexual chemistry and tension. These two were a great match and I like how you get to see that as the story progresses.

And don’t worry, there are plenty of steamy moments…even if they don’t litter every page 😉

My Rating: 5/5

I’ll be honest, I originally rated this book a 4 but as I wrote this review, I couldn’t think of a negative thing to say! And when I thought about it, I would totally read this novel again–which says a lot because I don’t often reread books or have the desire to do so. I blame my my sleepiness from shift work for getting in the way of my initial rating.

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This is a solid romance novel! It’s lighter and fun but still has a strong story and characters. Piper Lawson writes fantastic contemporary romances; whether they are adult or new adult, she nails them! She has definitely upgraded herself from a must read author to a favourite author. If you haven’t read a novel by her yet, I’m positive this one will make you a fan!

Read if You Like: slow burn romance, lighter contemporary stories
Avoid if You: don’t enjoy contemporary romances

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I love reading and writing about sassy, sexy, smart women and the guys who fall hard for them. Schooled is the introduction to my Travesty series about ambitious girls who chase their dreams of a fashion label from California to New York and back again.

My main household expenditures include books, coffee and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and I’ll defend it accordingly). I have two business degrees, neither of which I’ve leveraged into a fashion label.

Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes. Come find me on the tennis court, at the beach, on the web at www.piperlawsonbooks.com or on twitter @piperjlawson.

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Series Review: Chased by Piper Lawson

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Chased (from Author):
Two college track stars. She wants her spot back. He’s looking for redemption. Throw them together and what do you get? Fights, sparks, and a whole lot of endurance jokes.
They say runners have the best sex. So…Your pace or mine?

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Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks:
Sleepwalk through class.
Drink all day.
Nail anything that walks.

Easy f#*$ing peasy.

In another lifetime, I was the fastest guy at Fielding College. I broke more track records than anyone on the West Coast.

But since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan—she’s a bomb. The quiet girl with secrets shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me…everything but f*ck me.

Now we’re spending way too much time together and it’s threatening to bring back the old Chase Owens. I crave something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.

Because we’ve both got pasts that won’t let go. Even if I can survive hers, we can’t outrun mine.

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Canadian Author, New Must Read Author
Series: Chased
Author: Piper Lawson
# of Books: 2 (Chased: Part 1; Chased: Part 2)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama, Sports
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: October 2015 – April 2016
Source & Format: Author–eARC

Buy on Amazon: Chased – Part 1  |  Chased – Part 2

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

Piper Lawson’s novel Schooled is one of my favourite New Adult reads of the year. It was great from start to finish and I put her on my “must watch” authors list soon after. When she asked if I would want to read Chased, a series that is a little darker and a little edgier than her Travesty Series, I was immediately on board.

The Plot:

Part 1 serves more so as an introduction. You have the boy meeting the girl and you learn a little bit about who they are as people. It started a little rough for me simply because Chase is a bit of an asshole and I was having a hard time finding his redeeming qualities. BUT, as I read more and learned more about Chase’s background, I really warmed up to his character. And that’s what Part 1 is: the development of Chase and Ariel’s characters as they explore this new relationship between them.

Part 2 is more drama and it’s of the slightly over-the-top variety. It’s still very feasible drama but it isn’t your typical, everyday New Adult drama. I thought it was a lot of fun regardless and it kept me eager to see what was next.

The Characters:

Like I said before, it took me awhile to warm up to Chase but once I did, I respected his character. He has great character growth from start to finish. It takes a good writer to make you like a character you initially disliked so props to Piper for that one.

Ariel also had great character progression as well. Despite the POV alternating between the two, I thought Chase got more air-time but it really is his story so it didn’t bother me too much. Sure, it would have been nice to explore some of her character traits a little more but I was satisfied with how it all worked out in the end in terms of her character’s story.

The Romance:

In Part 1, the romance was more slow burning and antagonistic. I love the tension that comes from people who don’t know how good of a match they are for each other until that “big moment”. I thought Chase and Ariel complimented each other beautifully. She’s exactly what he needs, though he doesn’t know it yet, and I loved watching that dynamic come to life. Part 2 really builds upon that I think. They both have their flaws but they bring out the best in each other and that’s all you can ask for.

Series Rating: 4/5

Chased: Part 1   4/5 | Chased: Part 2   3.5/5

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This series was a quick read that entertained me from start to finish. It was a little heavier than your typical sport-romance reads but I liked its approach!

Read if You Like: duologies, shorter stories, sport romances, high drama
Avoid if You: want more “realistic” drama, a lighter read

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Series Review: Travesty by Piper Lawson

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

  

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Synopsis for Schooled (from Goodreads):
Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs.

In a few months the quick-talking redhead will graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, dedication, and saying ‘no’ to everything – and everyone – distracting will pay off.

Then Dylan Cameron, Ava’s tall, dark and broody younger brother, returns from the East Coast to start sophomore year at Lex’s San Diego college. Lex has hardly seen him in years and given his reputation for partying and girls, that’s just fine with her.

But Dylan’s all grown up. And a night of unplanned confessions for both of them threatens to tear Lex’s carefully constructed world off its axis…

Because one sassy control freak + one prodigal son = chemistry that refuses to be ignored.

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Canadian Author, Favourite New Adult Series 2016
Series: Travesty
Author: Piper Lawson
# of Books: 3 (Schooled, Stripped, Styled)

There is a novella: #2.5 Sealed

Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unsure
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: hot
Point of View: First Person, Single (Schooled); Alternating (Stripped)
Publication Dates: June 2015 – ongoing
Source & Format: NetGalley–eARC  |  Thanks so much Piper Lawson & Victory Editing!

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I love myself a forbidden romance and nothing screams “off-limits” like a younger brother falling for his older sister’s BFF. Normally, it’s the reverse: younger sister with her older brother’s BFF and while it is great to read, it is maybe a little over done. But I really enjoyed Keep Me by Faith Andrews when I read it in 2014 and the premise is very much the same.

The Plot:

Both books have a great plot though they do greatly differ.

Schooled has more of a “coming of age” vibe to it. Lex is trying to balance her life out and decide if pursuing the fashion line is really the best thing for her. It balances great with the romantic developments and I love how each element plays off of each other and really moves the story forward.

Stripped has more of a fun, adult contemporary vibe a la Wallbanger or Tangled. A bit of a silly, albeit it serious, plot line that has so many moments of hilarity. Part of that humour is because of Ava–which I discuss below–but it is also the situation at hand as well. But it also has its serious and strong character development moments as well which makes is a solid read overall.

The Characters:

I really liked both Ava and Lex. They complimented each other well and I loved watching their friendship grow. I thought Lex would be my favourite of the two because we share so many similar traits but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Ava’s humour and wit in Stripped–something I was skeptical about because I didn’t instantly connect to her character in Schooled.

Case in point with Ava:

“Sounds like the girls you know have the depth of a kiddie pool. I don’t care if you drive a Porsche, a Hyundai or a golf cart.”

As for the guys, Dylan had me swooning from the get-go. He was charming but sincere and I loved his character growth, even if he didn’t have his own POV chapters. He is definitely a new book boyfriend! Nate was also very charming and I loved his banter with Ava–it made reading their story a lot of fun.

The Romance:

Lex and Dylan’s romance is definitely more of a slow burn–and it was so worth it! I loved how their relationship developed from an emotional one to a passionate one. It made it so much easier for me to see why they would make that leap to be more than what they were.

Nate and Ava had a great connection as well. They had great banter between them and they complimented each other very well in terms of personalities and motivations. It was a lot of fun to watch them fall in love. I also liked how their relationship made them become stronger individuals as well.

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–January 29, 2017– Book #2.5: Sealed

Novellas are tricky things. They need to find that right balance between character development, plot and–essentially–fan service in a shorter number of pages.

This one hits all the right notes!

I loved the character development we got here! It just added depth and a more realistic edge to the story we got in Schooled. I also loved getting Dylan’s POV as well; it just rounded out the story so well.

I laughed; I swooned and I enjoyed every minute of it! Can’t wait for the next installment in this fantastic series!

When to read it? After you read Schooled and Stripped is best.

–March 12, 2017– Book #3: Styled

This was a pairing I was super excited to see come to life! We’ve met these two throughout the series and they definitely weren’t who I would have picked for each other…but that’s the reason I’m not the author of this series 😉

I loved these two together! The slow burn romance had me hooked from the start and the sexual tension was awesome. But it was their compatibility in personalities and work ethic that had me truly on board. I like my romantic leads to have a partnership and that is exactly what these two have! They compliment each other so well and was so much fun to watch them discover that.

I also enjoyed the dramatic side of the plot as well. Not only is the romance strong, but the plot is solid from start to finish. You don’t get these moments of conflict thrown in sporadically, rather you have inklings of the drama throughout. It keeps your attention and it provides a nice balance to the romance. AND, it helps develop the romance as well. They don’t feel like mutually exclusive plot devices which is fabulous.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Schooled 5/5 | Stripped 4/5 | [Sealed 5/5] | Styled 5/5

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This is THE PERFECT light new adult romance series! If you want something that isn’t smoothered in tragic character pasts and is simply a fun, good time, you need to read this series!

Read if You Like: slow burn romance, “forbidden” romance, light new adult stories
Avoid if You: dislike contemporary romance, want “darker” or more “tragic” characters

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