Review + Q&A + Giveaway: Playing Dirty by Tiffany Snow

Review + Q&A + Giveaway: Playing Dirty by Tiffany SnowPlaying Dirty by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #2
September 29, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Power Play
Also by this author: Power Play
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Faced with a choice between bad-boy detective Dean Ryker and sexy power player Parker Anderson, Sage Reece fought the law--and the law won. But while Ryker's sizzling touch may rule her nights, Sage's days belong to Parker's cool, calculating intensity. . . .

Both Ryker and Parker are determined to protect Sage from a brutal enemy who'd use her to pay for their mistakes. Yet when the usually on-point Ryker is distracted by ghosts from his past, Parker seizes his opportunity to get Sage's attention--and keep it in ways beyond her wildest dreams.

Now, caught between a mobster out for revenge and two men who were once best friends, Sage must play to win--even if it means getting dirty. . .

In my review of the first Risky Business book, Power Play, I stated that the love triangle here didn’t bother me. There was a dynamic to it that felt very natural and real.  Sage had been in love with her boss, Parker, for years.  He had turned down her advances and she was trying to move on with Ryker, a man very much available and interested…even if her heart still had a connection to Parker.  I got that. It made sense to me. And, it wasn’t the main focus of the story.

However, my thoughts are quite different with this sequel.

Playing Dirty turned into the sort of love triangle I really dislike.  Sage became a wishy-washy heroine. This book takes place four months after the end of the first. Four months in which she’s dated Ryker, they practically live together, yet she still has feelings for Parker and she thinks about them often. This is where my adverse feelings for Sage stemmed.  If you are not past a crush after four months, you’re leading on your current relationship.  I wanted to slap some sense into her. I wanted her to break it off with Ryker until she found some clarity.

Instead, she bounces from one to the other like a ping pong ball.

So, that’s the bad.  That’s what dropped the rating down a bit.  I was that frustrated.  However….

The action of the story, as well as Parker and Ryker, still very much held my attention.  I like the twisty mobsters and crime boss storyline Snow has going on here. It’s interesting and exciting.

I like the broken relationship that Paker and Ryker struggle with, as well.  I want more of that.  I want to see how can heal, I want to know more of they mysterious woman that drove such a wedge between them.  And ultimately, I want to see what they can be like after a second woman comes between them.

That is the factor that had me really thinking about how much I liked this book. No, I didn’t like the love triangle, but…if not for the love triangle aspect…I wouldn’t have the disfunctional relationship with Parker and Ryker.  It kind of put my mind in a pickle.

But I really need Sage to pull her head out of her ass and man up to her feelings. All of them.

While I focused a lot here on the part that aggravated me, I am still invested in the story and enjoyed many aspects of it.  I’m also still very much looking forward to the third book.

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Q and A

If you were an alien, with your very own spacecraft, who would you abduct?

Pffft. Tom Hiddleston, obviously.

If you were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would your crime be?

An obsessive affection for wine.

Chocolate or Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter

Who is your favorite villain?

Loki from The Avengers

If you could have dinner with anyone (live, dead or fictional) who would it be?

George Washington



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About Tiffany Snow

Tiffany attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, attaining two degrees in History and Social Studies Education. After working many years as an instructor and consultant in the Information Technology field, Tiffany now writes full-time.

Tiffany loves to read and has been reading romance novels since she was way too young to read such things. She has an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefers Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, thinks men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, has learned to never stop believing in her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero.

Married with two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and her family make their home in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from where she was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.

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