Book Title: Word Play
Author: Amalie Silver
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Smut sells. Michael Rourke learned this the hard way. Struggling to make ends meet as a mystery writer, he sold his soul - and his pride - as he pedaled sex and lust writing under the pen name Christoph Strong. No one knew he was the one behind the steamy stories on the bestsellers lists. And he planned to keep it that way. Until he met her. Monica Singer, an infamous blogger, is keen to discover the truth of his secret identity. During a chance meeting at a book convention, Michael and Monica form an instant connection. And soon, an innocent online friendship becomes something so much more. But as Michael starts to let his guard down, he doesn’t realize that the person he's learning to trust may be hiding secrets of her own. Secrets that could ultimately destroy everything.
*****5 -Bloggers, Authors, lies & erotica- Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
That was a wicked good time~funny, sexy, packed with drama, angst and deception, and did I mention sexy? Or funny??
I watched the cursor blink behind the 'd', mocking me. And I privately cursed myself for selling my soul to the devil, no matter how many best seller lists that damn manuscript would appear on. Taking another swig from my whiskey, my eyes rolled back into my head and I passed out before I could hit the floor.
Michael Rourke is a mystery writer, that is where his passion lies, but when his first few books have less than spectacular debuts and he has bills to pay-he takes up drinking and sells his soul to the erotica genre. Like it or not sex sells, but he doesn't want anyone he knows, least of all his mother, to learn of his new career path so he writes his smut under the name Christoph Strong and plans to keep that part of his life completely under wraps. A chance meeting at a book convention puts him directly in the path of Monica Singer, a well known blogger who seems to be making it her mission to uncover his secrets. He doesn't want to get involved with Monica, should stay as far from her prying nature as possible, but that proves harder than he expected. There is no denying he is attracted to her, but it's more than that; he feels a pull to her, a connection he has never experienced before that leaves him wanting nothing more than to be around her. As they get to know one another it becomes clear that Michael is not the only one keeping secrets, but Monica's secrets have the power to destroy everything.
No one was going to find out who I really was. My reputation depended on it. And there were only two people on Earth that knew my real name: Michael Rourke, and that was me and my agent.
My plan was to keep it that way- keep my twitchy erotica hand a dirty little secret.
Right from the beginning this book grabbed hold of my attention; being in Michael's head as he pens his first romance was...well, hilarious. It's amazing to me that a guy who clearly doesn't want to be writing in this genre can be so very good at it, even if he doesn't quite understand it himself. And watching him mold himself into the Christoph Strong persona was interesting to say the least. It just makes me curious about what some of my favorite authors are really like when not writing the books I go crazy for. And the fangirls at the convention?? What. A. Riot!! I'm reluctant to admit, I can totally see myself getting that way ;)
The blog posts were another thing that had me rolling around on the floor. Seriously, I don't know what was funnier to me-the way they were written or how very close to the truth they were! This book really was just the perfect blend of humor, drama, and sexy, with a boatload of fantastic characters. There wasn't anything I didn't love and it succeeded in turning me into an Amalie Silver fangirl.
These women were like giant straws, sucking the energy from the battery of my brain. Each one with their own unique craving for the man they thought I was. Or worse, each one feeling a special affection for the man who'd brought them to a literary orgasm with the exploits of a couple of oversexed, unrealistically good-looking characters.
Amalie lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. When she's not writing, she enjoys crosswords, Scrabble, and playing games with her kids.