Published by Forever Romance
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .
Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.
Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .
“So…Sage, was it?” he asked.
I eyed him suspiciously, tapping the nameplate that sat on the counter rather than answer him.
“Sage Reese,” he read. “Executive Administrative Assistant.”
“You can read,” I said, raising an eyebrow. “I was worried you’d have trouble with the big words.” If Ryker didn’t like Parker, and it seemed pretty clear he didn’t, chances were I wasn’t going to like him either.
He grinned at me despite my sass and he had an honest-to-God dimple in his cheek. His teeth were perfectly straight and white, his smile drastically altering the hard expression on his face to one of sexy mischief. I momentarily lost my train of thought.
Ryker leaned down like he was going to tell me a secret. The aroma of leather and something musky drifted in the air and I caught myself taking a deep whiff of it.
“I know what you’re doing after work,” he said.
I looked at him in confusion. “What?”
“You’re having dinner with me.”
This was the absolute last thing I expected him to say. I gaped at him.
Ryker reached toward me and my breath caught. His fingers brushed the fabric of the scarf tied around my throat. I was frozen in place, my eyes wide as I looked up at him and my pulse racing. I felt the softest touch of the back of his knuckles against my jaw, then he was reaching past me to snag a couple of peanut M&Ms from the little candy dish on my desk for when I absolutely had to have a bite of chocolate. Tossing them in his mouth, he grinned again, the knowing look in his eyes telling me he knew exactly how he was affecting me.
“Pick you up at six,” he said with a wink, and then he was gone, striding toward the elevators, his jeans and leather jacket utterly out of place in the sea of suits and business attire. But you would have thought he was a model wearing the latest from Armani by the way he walked.
When he got to the elevator, it dinged as though it already knew he was coming. He’d slid his sunglasses back on and he turned before he stepped inside. I was still staring at him and he caught me at it, another knowing grin spreading across his face before he disappeared from my view.
“Wow. Who was that?”
I turned around to see Megan, my friend and fellow secretary. She worked for a group of analysts who reported to Parker.
Sliding her glasses up her nose, she turned to me. “Seriously. Please tell me he was interviewing and starts work tomorrow.”
I laughed. Megan was an incongruous package. She was tiny, barely five foot, with curly blonde hair, a heart-shaped face, and thick glasses—a stereotypical sweet, shy type. She was sweet, that much was true, but she had a biting wit and an irreverent humor that made her a favorite with nearly everyone there at KLP.
“Sorry,” I said with an exaggerated sigh. “He already has a job.”
“As a movie star, right?”
“He’s a detective,” I said with a grin. “And I think I have a date with him tonight.”
I shrugged. “He asked me out.” I thought for a second. “Actually, he didn’t ask. He just told me I was going to dinner with him.” Which should have ticked me off, but instead I found to be kind of…sexy.
“He was thirty-five, incredibly handsome, successful, wealthy– and as unobtainable as the moon. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy the view.”
Maybe I’m in the minority but I LOVE a good love triangle. There is just something so exciting about a love story with two heroes. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s mine. What can I say? I love options! And Sage Reese has two very yummy options to choose between. First is Parker; her boss. He is a demanding workaholic who is a little cold and cordial. Lusting after Parker is one of Sage’s daily duties. Sure, she has no desire to fall into the boss/secretary cliche but the option really isn’t available to her anyway. That is until Sage finds herself caught up in the shady business dealings of her boss and Detective Dean Ryker, Parker’s former friend and current foe, is investigating them.
“He was dangerous, unpredictable, and full of sharp edges. He made me no promises and asked for none from me. And God help me, I wanted to dip my toe into the fire the burned between us…even if I got burned.”
Ryker is very different from the man Sage currently pines over. He is the kind of man that sees what he wants and makes no qualms about what he will do or say to get it. That leads to some very naughty propositioning and very forward advances. While Parker is refined and reserved, Ryker is rough around the edges and uses all his charms to his advantage. But as opposite as these two men are they still share a few attributes. The biggest one that is important to this story and to love triangles in general is the chemistry. Each man offers something different to Sage but the chemistry and raw attraction is something that is combustible with each of them. With Ryker, every moment is so raw and sexual. He is the bad boy and every naughty word out of his mouth was yummy. With Parker, there is a longing between every interaction. You can feel how easily it would be for the roles between him and Sage to evolve from professional to pleasurable. Between both these yummy men it was hard to not find myself in a constant state of hot flashes and butterflies.
“This isn’t something you can straddle the fence on, sweetheart. It’s either him, or me.”
But my favorite aspect of this story, besides the delicious sexual tension and the underlying backstory between Ryker and Parker, is the suspense. HOLY MOLY! I love to be kept on my toes and Power Play did just that. The villain was so swarmy and horrible. The action was continuous and left everything in an elevated state of OMG! Power Play has all the elements of adventure, romance, and suspense. It has topped the list of must-reads and I am dying to see what is next for this troubled trio!