No connections. Play it safe. These were the rules Ivey lived her life by. Until she hit Mustang, Colorado, a perfectly imperfect town where the citizens were welcoming, and one of them included the tall, beautiful, macho-man rancher cowboy Grayson Cody.
On the run for a decade, Ivey knew she was supposed to play it safe. But she was tired of being on the run. She wanted normal. She wanted real. She wanted a home. And she wanted Grayson Cody. And Grayson Cody wanted Ivey. No one who looked at them couldn't see they belonged together. There was one man in this world for Ivey and one woman in this world for Grayson Cody. So they fell in love.
But just as quickly as they fell together, they were betrayed and torn apart. Separated for years, Ivey was certain her life would not include her rancher cowboy. Until the town of Mustang reached out to her when Gray was in trouble. Even though she thought he broke her heart, she charged in to help. Then Gray and Ivey discovered they were betrayed, and, not only that, but Gray had an enemy who would stop at nothing to defeat him.
©2011 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
This story is a little like February and Colt, characters from Kristen Ashley's The Burg Series. Two people who should always have been together but are torn apart. The reasons for the tearing apart create an interesting tension all through the book. I love Kristen Ashley's humour. The balance of tears, troubles, passion and laughter are just right and there is always something unexpected, that makes her writing so very enjoyable.
The narration of this performance is impressive.
"A NICE LOVE STORY THAT ENDURED SO MUCH TURMOIL"
Ivey, together with her older brother, were nomads and had been hustling around the States since Ivey was 12.... until they landed in Mustang - her brother thought he'd found love but it was actually Ivey that would eventually find it with a handsome, sexy, dimpled Ranch owner named Grayson. Grayson knew this beautiful, fragile, innocent 22 yr old woman was different and , from their very first meeting, they were drawn to each other..... although it didn't start off too well.
Grayson was very understanding, thoughtful and kind to Ivey guessing at the vulnerable and precarious position she was in. So he took it day by day to tempt her to stay with him, to tempt her to trust..... and to tempt her to be his. Then, just as they had finally found happiness, they were both bitterly, heartbreakingly and utterly betrayed.... a betrayal that would take years to heal, a betrayal that brought years of heartache, a betrayal that changed the direction of Ivey's life and a betrayal that would make her some lifelong friends.
So their broken hearts, dreams and trust wasn't going to be easy to fix, lives had moved on... Ivey was now famous, had hardened her heart and was doing well. But unfortunately Grayson's Ranch had suffered one man-made disaster after another and had hit rock bottom - and it was then that Ivey finally stepped back into his life.... to save him - and the Townsfolk of Mustang. Because Ivey had initially made friends there and had finally felt the desire to stop hustling, get a job and put down roots.... roots that were viciously torn up with the heartbreaking betrayal by someone whose motives she never doubted or questioned..... but alas she should have done.
Another enjoyable KA romance, it spanned years, was so frustrating during their breakup and for the time lost so unnecessarily, there was passion sex and explosive chemistry, some good secondary characters along with a villain or two and a love story that endured.... despite time, drama and each other's vulnerabilities and wrath. Told from Ivey's POV, great narration and an Epilogue that spanned months then years.
Worth a credit? Yes, it wasn't my favorite KA book, I felt there was a lot of unnecessary descriptions and the story did seem to go on a bit.... but nevertheless an emotional love story that deserves to be heard, savored and enjoyed.
"Longing and Hope"
I was excited about this audiobook version because Kristen Ashley is an automatic download. I didn't notice until I was a 10th of the way through that I had already read this book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying this story again. This story had the beauty of two people from different worlds coming together and choosing to make it work against many odds. The heartbreak of life interfering and the struggle of finding that beauty again. I was undone. Savannah Richards brought even more to the book with her narration skills. It's been a long time since I have listened or read a book more than once. This one is good enough to come back to for a third time.
"A Must Read/Listen..."
When I read this years ago I liked it. But usually I Love KA novels. It was obviously the head space I was in because I just finished it and holy heck it was fantastic. Absolutely, amazingly fantastic!
Great book with great narration. Loved Mustang, CO. Loved Gray and Ivey, the good guys, the bad guys, the supporting townsfolk. All of it. I won't rehash the story. I'm going to focus on the overall listen, but I will say that there were definitely moments where my nose stung and my chest hurt and moments where I had to hit pause to stop laughing. These are the things that make every Kristen Ashley story an experience, rather than just a read or listen. I absolutely love her writing style and her ability to communicate those subtle little "somethings" that make all of her books immediately go into the category of "definitely revisit, often and repeatedly."
Savannah Richards is a total professional. She narrated "Knight" (highly recommended) by KA, and I was so happy to see that she was doing another of her books. I really like her delivery and style. Her voices are good, and her inflection is perfect, as far as reading the sentences in the way (I believe) they were written to sound. There are a lot of narrators who let that slide, but SR does an absolutely fantastic job.
While I'm gushing, here's a well-deserved THANK YOU to Audible Studios: KA's audiobooks are coming out fast and furious, and this has concerned me as someone who is exclusively a listener, but even with the speed of production and all the various narrators, there hasn't been a badly-read one yet. Even when a good narrator is paired with the wrong book, it can get ugly, so again THANK YOU to the person/people who cast the narrators. You are top notch!!! Again, because I only listen and never have time for actual reading, if a book is narrated badly, it is irrevocably lost to me. Thank you for consistently exceeding my expectations!
If you are looking for a great story that is also a fantastic listening experience, Play it Safe is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger. I don't know if there will be further books that are set in Mustang, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Heat factor is pretty hot, though not gratuitous or using sex to make up for a lack in storyline. Whether it's cash, credit, Whispersynch or sale, this is definitely worth purchasing.
"I need more"
Great love story
Love them all but I have to say, Lash is awesome !
"I did NOT enjoy this book!!!!"
It was slow 14 hrs that seemed like 20 hrs. I love KA's books...Co Mts series, The Burg series and Heaven and Hell were good to great but this one seemed to be written by another author.
It was a good story but it does not have the "IT" that other KA books have. In my opinion it became long and boring and I normally LOVE KA's long books.
Savannah Richards did a phenomenal job narrating Play It Safe. Her voice was pleasant to listen to and her performance was entertaining. She really did a good job reading the male characters in the story. Not many women can pull that off as well as she did.
"I wanted to love this story but I didn't"
I loved Lash! I hated this story! Ugh it was drawn out and annoying. Too drawn out and the antagonist was predictable and again annoying. This is a miss on KA :(
"5 Wild Stars"
What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said?
It’s emotional and passionate and incredible. The loyalty leaps off the page.
Playing is Safe is Ivey’s motto so she doesn’t get attached to anything or anyone in case her and her older brother Casey have to take off at a moment’s notice. She is a pool hustler; he is on the lookout for marks.
Only it’s Casey who gets a wild hare to stick around Mustang for a little bit.
Ivey see Gray and the connection the tether starts to pull these two together. Oh Ivey knows she needs to stay far far away from this handsome man but she can’t. He knows she is in town for nothing good but he can’t stay away any longer either.
Saying Ivey hasn’t had the best childhood is putting it mildly. Grey had the ideal childhood with adults who cared and loved him. Granted it wasn’t all peaches either.
Gray’s nickname for Ivey is swoon worthy “Dollface.” She gets all melty when he calls her this.
For me I loved how Gray stood up to her brother, up until then I didn’t think Casey was a bad guy but you kind of get so see who he really is.
Best fist date ever! One Ivey didn’t let anyone walk all over her; she stood up for herself. And the first kiss OMG the first KISS!!
Throughout the story things come to pass and they are separated through circumstance not by choice.
Ivey’s life gets thrown in to term oil but without that she never would have met Lash or Freddy. So even though I was heartbroken with the way the story was going. I love that she wasn’t alone.
“Say you love me, Ivey.”
“I love you, Gray.”
Best lines ever omg these are the best moments for me.
It really never gets easy for these two the heartbreak and the tears but oh you just have to keep on keeping on the story takes you on a wild and crazy ride. Oh the last few chapters and the epilogue omg its EPIC!!!
Also GREAT narration! One of my favorites by far.
"Kristen Ashley never disappoints!!"
Awesome story that is not so overwhelmed with hot scenes that you forget the plot is amazing, suspenseful and engrossing. Fabulous character development per Ashley's typical style. Maybe my favorite listen so far!
This was a beautiful and emotional story that was delivered with a brilliant performance. Had been getting a little bored with the usual plot line of KA books, but this one restored my interest. Loved it.
Loved everything about this book and the narrator was fabulous. Grayson Cody is everything you would want in a man.
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