Review: Play to Win by Tiffany Snow

Review: Play to Win by Tiffany SnowPlay To Win by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #3
February 23, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Power Play
Also by this author: Power Play
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PLAY FAIR . . . OR PLAY TO WIN?

Falling in love with polar-opposite men was an intoxicating ride that nearly ended Sage Reese's life. Now it's time for Sage to decide: Parker, the clean-cut, filthy-rich business magnate . . . or Ryker, the tough-as-nails undercover detective. Her choice? Neither. Because she can't stand the thought of coming between two brothers-in-arms finally trying to repair their friendship.

Yet not everyone feels the same way, including a mysterious woman who's come to Ryker and Parker for help. Sage knows firsthand how hard it is for the two former Marines to resist a damsel in distress. But something just doesn't feel right.

Now there's a danger closing in that only Sage can see, and she intends to do everything she can to protect Parker and Ryker-even at the risk of losing them both.

What to say, what to say…

I loved Power Play, the first book in the Risky Business series. It was fun, sexy and dangerous. Though it introduced the potential of a love triangle, it felt real.  I’m not a believer in the idea that you can be “in love” with two people at once.  But Power Play worked.  I didn’t get the feeling that Sage was in love with both Parker and Ryker. I got more the feeling that she was exploring her options in life. She had always thought she was in love with the unattainable Parker but he was just that. Unattainable – and she moved on. 

However, through out the next two books that feeling of a realistic approach to finding love…left.  The love triangle became more and more of what I dislike about the ever ill fated threesomes.  Sage became ‘that girl’. The wishy washy one. The one that wants it all, no matter how impossible that is.  Even in Play to Win when she finally owns up to where her heart truly lies…she was still bitter and jealous of the relationship blooming in the life of the man she didn’t chose.  I just can’t get behind that.

While I loved the intrigue and action of the non-romantic plot line, I flat out could not get past my disdain for the love lines this story took. 

If you don’t mind, or you love, a love triangle and you are a fan of suspense…this is definitely a series you could love.  The writing style is good, it flows well, the characters are interesting. It has so many pros. But that one con kept throwing me off and I just could not get myself to love it.

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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Top 5 Love Triangles with Tiffany Snow: Play to Win Promo/ Giveaway

Top 5 Love Triangles with Tiffany Snow: Play to Win Promo/ GiveawayPlay To Win by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #3
February 23, 2016
Also in this series: Power Play
Also by this author: Power Play
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Falling in love with polar-opposite men was an intoxicating ride that nearly ended Sage Reese's life. Now it's time for Sage to decide: Parker, the clean-cut, filthy-rich business magnate . . . or Ryker, the tough-as-nails undercover detective. Her choice? Neither. Because she can't stand the thought of coming between two brothers-in-arms finally trying to repair their friendship.

Yet not everyone feels the same way, including a mysterious woman who's come to Ryker and Parker for help. Sage knows firsthand how hard it is for the two former Marines to resist a damsel in distress. But something just doesn't feel right.

Now there's a danger closing in that only Sage can see, and she intends to do everything she can to protect Parker and Ryker-even at the risk of losing them both.

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The Risky Business series centers around one spunky woman, Sage – who ends up entwined in a dangerous life or death game. She’s forced to rely on two key players. Parker, her boss and a powerful business man. And Ryker, a police detective with a troubling past where Parker is concerned.  Secrets, mistrust and passion have her forming different, yet strong relationships with both men…leading to a love triangle a bit different than those you might be used to.  So we asked Tiffany Snow what her top 5 Bookish Love Triangles were.  Here’s her list.

1.       Eric/Sookie/Bill in the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

2.       Ranger/Stephanie/Morelli in the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

3.       One of mine, of course! Blane/Kathleen/Kade in the Kathleen Turner Series

4.       Rhett/Scarlett/Ashley in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

5.       Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet/Wickham in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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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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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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DOWN AND DIRTY

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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Review: Power Play by Tiffany Snow

Review: Power Play by Tiffany SnowPower Play by Tiffany Snow
Series: Risky Business #1
June 30, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Playing Dirty
Also by this author: Playing Dirty
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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 . . .

Sage is in love with her boss, she just hasn’t admitted it to herself. She’ll do anything for him, at any time. Including helping make a huge, multi-million dollar deal with a known Russian cartel – even if it puts her life at risk
 
Throughout the dangerous dealings, she becomes closer to her boss, Parker, and also to his detective ex-friend Ryker.  Both give Sage something she needs. Ryker gives her some clarity, some security and a safe amount of bad-boy type excitement. While Parker gives her the comfort of a daily routine in a world she is comfortable with.
 
However, Parker gives whiplash type emotional ups and downs and Ryker makes her question things she’s always been so sure about.  Now, her life is like a real life crime episode with two men trying to keep her safe in very different ways and neither exceeding at it very well.
 
I am not typically a fan of love triangle type stories. But Snow manages to keep the romantic elements of this story in the backseat. Furthermore, the dynamics between the three characters worked very well. It’s a struggle for Sage that felt real. She’s worked for Parker for a long time, he’s never shown interest. He says he can’t do relationships. Even if you have strong feelings for someone, you can’t always wait forever right? Especially when someone like Dean Ryker shows up, offering you all the emotions you’ve been looking for. Passing up that wouldn’t be easy.  So, I guess…I could relate to her dilemma.
 
As much as I adored both Parker and Ryker, and found Sage to be a fun character to read (she’s spunky but somewhat naive)  – it was the suspense that kept my attention most. Snow does a good job of keeping you on your toes in this one and I am looking forward to what these Russian mobsters do next!
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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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