Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on November 12, 2020
For my re-read, I felt much the same about it as I did the first time, but, yes, like with earlier books in my series re-read for the Books of My Heart Readalong, I didn’t feel as strongly about what got into my craw as last time. I still got steamed and impatient with Indigo and was more interested in the events around the romance than the romance for much of the time. However, unlike last time, I saw her in a more sympathetic light and didn’t have the urge to pop her on the back of the head. She is who she is as a dominant and questioning Drew’s place in pack and in a relationship fits in with who and what she is.
Play for Passion is the ninth book in a strongly-connected series so shouldn’t be read out of order or standalone.
I will confess that Drew and Indigo’s story was one that had me a little edgy going in. I just did not see these two together based on meeting them regularly in the previous books. And I had the idea that it was going to be very similar to Drew’s older brother’s book because of the return to the two dominants who won’t submit struggling to make a relationship work.
When Play of Passion started up, my fears were being realized and not only that, Indigo, to push him away and protect her feelings of attraction said some pretty wounding stuff that no apology happened and she knew she was well into the wrong.
Let me pull over here and pause a moment- if Drew had talked to Indigo this way with no apology in sight-she emasculated him three times and once before witnesses- all in an attempt to show she’s the big bad she wolf (even though it looked to me like emotional cowardice b/c she’s attracted and having a freak-out), we’d hate him as a real jerk and not worthy of hero-ness.
So anyway, it started out poorly for me and my book date, but then things settled. I never really did get past her ugliness toward him particularly since him doing most of the work in the relationship made it imbalanced to me. However, as she unsnarled her own issues and appreciated what she really had in front of her, I could see Indigo and Drew being a good thing together. Drew’s an impressive male. He’s fun and charming- the whole pack relies on him to listen and notice when someone’s hurting, but he was strong enough to respect and love a strong female. As to Indigo, she got an eye-full of a bad relationship when a dominant female was with a slightly less dominant male and she doesn’t want that plus she struggles to see Drew as a mature enough guy for her. He makes his mistakes, but he owns them and he courts her and keeps on coming in the face of her really pushing him away hard.
Beyond the romance, things continue to fracture with the Psy hierarchy and the psy net is getting precarious. Henry and Shoshonna plot against the Changlings and against the two Psy Councilors in California showing war has started even if it isn’t outright declared.
I like to see how this series continues to move forward and create tension and excitement for what is to come with each installment.
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Mt. TBR #85
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