Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley
Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Ivey has been on the road since she was 12 years old. She’s survived because she’s never made it connections and she’s always played it safe. When she stumbles upon Mustang, Colorado nothings really different until she lays eyes on Grayson Cody. Everything changes for Ivey when she meets Grayson, and Grayson feels the same way. But when someone close to them betrays them, they loose years to jealousy. When Gray’s ranch is threatened, Ivey puts the past behind her to ride back into Mustang one last time.
This is yet another example to never trust Amazon reviews. Usually they are overly optimistic so I read the negative ones. What I need to understand about Kristen Ashley books is never to read the reviews period. Time and time again I hesitate, thinking I’m not going to like it, and time and time again Ashley delivers.
This is a sweet, sweet book. Ivey as a main character doesn’t come across the page as distinct a character as Greyson does, but she’s still a good heroine. Greyson, on the other hand, is a strong alpha hero who is dreamy. Strong, sweet, kind, loving, but with a temper and mother issues, Grey is hot. He falls in love with Ivey almost immediately and feels no shame in putting himself out there. This pair does not play games; they are seriously in love.
There are a lot of plot twists in this novel, but the major theme is that family makes life sweet; that history is important because history is family; and that family can be made up of blood relatives, close friends, and even an entire town. And lastly, that time is precious, family is precious, and a smart person values them both. This book just makes you feel good.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)
This is a steal! Normally Kristen Ashley books are $3.99, but it’s currently on sale for who knows how long. All of Ashley’s books are hefty—she doesn’t skimp on dialogue, details, or depth, so it’s well worth the change to buy it now.
Something else you might enjoy:
If you enjoy Kristen Ashley novels, but aren’t up for one of her lengthy series, try Heaven and Hell. It is another sweet novel with a hint of suspense, but with a little more heartache thrown in.