Jul 20, 2015

ARC Review: Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions, #2)Author: Chanel Cleeton
Publisher: InterMix
Number of Pages: ??
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"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 fiancĂ© 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 am a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton's. I've read all her books (multiple times) and I have to say that her Blair and Gray had some pretty smoking chemistry. 
"Kiss me. I want to feel what it's like to be kissed by a man who wants me," I whispered. "Please". 
The book starts out pretty hot with Gray's thoughts. Blair finally has met a guy that enjoys her and isn't in the picture because society thought they would be good together. (I know how you feel Blair.) These two characters are meant to be and they bring out the best in each other.

The plot line of the story is continuing on from what we saw in the first book, Flirting with Scandal, with Blair's broken engagement. It was what we all wanted to know about and we got moments with Will (YAY!) and Jackie. Both characters had strong backgrounds that we got to see and how that shaped them. Gray was from the poor, wrong side of the streets and Blair was the pampered princess of a senator. 

The only thing that annoyed me about Gray was how he reacted to Capital Confessions...ugh.

For some reason this book just didn't hit me like Chanel's other books did. Her previous books raised the bar pretty high. This book was good. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the writing, but compared to her other books it just didn't make me want to read the book over as soon as I finished it. If I were comparing it to other books that weren't Cleeton's than it would have gotten 4.5 stars, possibly, but it didn't give me that same rush. The rush was definitely there but it just didn't punch me in the gut.

I am still looking forward to reading the next book. The excerpt for Falling for Danger was incredible and I got chills when I read the last sentence. I wanted to cry. 

Either way...I'm going to leave you with my favorite quote from this book :D If only I could get a guy to say this to me! lol
"I'm trying so hard to be good, to stay away from you, then you smile at me and I forget my fucking name."
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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