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 best sellers 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 industry rivalry becomes something else entirely.
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.
©2014 Amy Queau (P)2016 Amy Queau
Well. No words. Told in dual POV this book is refreshing, it's funny, it's sexy, it's beautifully written and I loved it. Following mystery writer Michael Rourke, as he gets outed by his agent as Christoph Strong, romance writer "sextrodinaire" as he meets blogger Monica at a book signing. With so many lies (hidden truths) and secrets, nothing is as it seems, the only sure thing is their chemistry. As someone who is active in the Facebook pimping and blogging community I could so relate to this storyline. I read and loved this book when it came out in 2014 and I was lucky enough to receive an audible copy of this book from the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast." I need to say that single narration in a dual POV is not something I have come across before, but Joel Froomkin nailed it. Nothing about the audio version that I can complain about. Loved it.
I thought this book was hilarious. It's a sexy, sassy romantic comedy.
Imagine a Matthew Mcconaughey/Kate Hudson romantic comedy about two competing writers of erotica. It has a real throwback feel to screwball comedies but with a very, very sexy modern approach. The characters are really great and the writing is engaging and very funny. The sex scenes have great humor to them as well, which I really enjoyed. It also takes a lot of loving digs at the publishing industry which I thought were fun.
The narration is excellent - particularly considering that he is sustaining large sections as a female. But his approach is light and not cliched or distracting. He has a great sense of timing and really brings out the humor in the book.
It's one of my favorite recent reads... it's really sexy, very funny and has a real Janet Evanovich flair but with a more steamy approach.
Be warned - the prologue is kind of a takeout - it jumps head long into hardcore erotica but that's only sort of a gag opening (it's one of the books that the characters are writing). Wait until the main narrative kicks-in and you'll be totally hooked. This would make a great movie - I kept seeing Chris Pratt as the lead.
Anyway - loved it. Looking forward to more from this author.
"Hot and Hilarious."
This was one of the best indie books I've had the pleasure of reading. Silver has a slick, sassy style... Kind of sex and the city-esque with an irresistible combination of spicy and silly. The book is told in dual narrative - by two competing writers of popular pulp romance. The narrator does a great job with the wit and punchy dialogue...great timing. This book was a really unexpected delight. If you're looking for a frisky and fun novel with a dash of farce, you'll really love this hot spin on classic screwball comedy romance.
great story line
I like how he changed up his voices for the different characters.
I really enjoyed this audio and that the narrator didn't announce the chapter numbers. You knew with each new word you knew it was a new chapter.
I really enjoyed reading and listening to the audiobook of Word Play. Lots of humor and romance delivered with great narration. My favorite part was by far a chapter titled Monica's Musings Blog Post - 314. I want to print that out and frame it!!! I know those readers!!
Word Play is a fun story with disguising identities that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the romance book community and social media.
"Filled with laughter and romance, perfect combo!"
The story was filled with lots of humorous moments, and equal parts romance. Had a great time watching the story line unfold with twists and turns, not to mention a very enjoyable epilogue. I found myself listening during any free moment I had, whether at work, commuting in the car, or at home.
The beginning starts off steamy, and I almost jumped our poor delivery guy at work, lol.
Joel's performance brought the story to life, and he captured all of the characters perfectly.
I laughed out loud while at work several times, my poor co-workers kept looking at me and waited for explanations every time.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves comedy, romance, or just great entertainment!
I would recommend this book whole heartedly!!
Word Play may go with the tag line of "Smut Sells" but adds great humor and wonderful characters, it shows us the workings of the literate word, the ego & friendships.
If you love a good smart romance, with easyto relate to characters, Word Play is the book for you.
I loved the first night Lauren and Michael spent together at the hotel.
They got to know one another as real people and not their famous personas.
I loved seeing how each of them started their writing career, about their insecurities, the day to day life of an author (not glamorous at all) , the struggle to deliver a best seller that satisfy both the publisher and the reader.
I loved Monica's Musings and the hilarious interviews with readers. MM makes you see how everyone is a critic and we all different opinions on books and our expectations of them and of the authors we love.
Joel is a wonderful narrator. He adds dry humor in a perfect tone that adds to the story.
I found myself entertained all through the audiobook, I never lost interest in the plot and it was thanks to a great story and a great narration.
Its hard to find a male narrator who knows how to narrate female characters believably , Joel is one of the rare few who does a fantastic job narrating characters in a diverse way.
The book made me laugh out loud!
Word Play is meant to entertain, show us the behind the scenes world of the romance community, it adds some angst and sexy times and delivers a satisfying HEA.
Buy the audiobook and I promise you hours of fun.
If you are part of the romance community (writer,blogger,reader) it will enlighten you and make you appreciate authors, show you that everyone is a critic and remind you not to take bad reviews too seriously.
Word Play was an absolute gem to read. It was a fun, sexy, original and hilarious read that kept me hooked from start to finish. The author dedicated a huge part of the book to the world of authors, readers, bloggers and everyone/everything associated to the reading community . It made tne audiobook more pleasant to listen to.
"Great story with wonderful, memorable characters."
Near the top. One of the best I've read.
Michael/Christoph. I loved Michael - the average guy - particularly when he was pretending to be someone he was not, and the way he struggled with that.
I loved how she gradually introduced the main characters' past connection. Also, just the way she addressed general struggles of being a writer.
Nothing. He did a fantastic job. When he did Monica's voice, I totally forgot it was a guy narrating, he did it so well.
The only complaint I have is that the opening sex scene was a bit much for me, to the point that I turned it off and decided not to read it. I did go back, thou, and just skipped over it, and I am so glad I did. This is such a great story with wonderful characters, and skilled writing.
"great and sexy srory"
funny and made me hot it's also an amazing love story. of u like erotic novels mixed with love and fun u will love this book
"FUN, UNIQUE STORY! PERFECTLY NARRATED!!!!"
WOW! I LOVED THIS ONE! 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍
My first Amalie Silver story, and she really impressed with this unique romantic comedy. The plot was refreshingly different, fun, and I really loved how we get an insight into the world of authors. I really thought that was cool, and now I have a whole new respect for authors! Word Play was well written, had a great flow, and the characters were well developed. The relationship between the H/h had chemistry, misunderstandings, but was also comical at times!
Joel Froomkin's performance was AMAZING!!! He is truly a one man show! The wide cast of characters he brought to life in this story sounded realistic, unique, and he gave each of them their own voice. In addition to the characters, he delivered on the dialogue! Joel gets how to take the written words, and narrate them as the author intended for the dialogue to be interrupted. His performance made Word Play a pleasure to listen too!
This was a great story! Loved the plot, characters and narration! If you like funny romantic comedies, then you don't want to pass this one up! I received this audio in exchange for an honest review, but I highly recommend it! It was well worth the time, and it's definitely worth a credit.
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