Another Sexy Standout From Joya Ryan!

Playing With Trouble
Series: Desire Bay #1

Author:  Joya Ryan
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Red's Rating: 
5 AMAZING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!

Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.

Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay?

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Joya Ryan

National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of more than a dozen adult and new-adult romance novels. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves traveling and seeking out new adventures. Visit her online at

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Here Is My Review Of Playing With Trouble:

After spending the last ten years of her life with a man that never really appreciated her Laura Baughman, has signed on the dotted line, bid her miserable ex farewell, and is headed home to rediscover herself and the life she left behind. But soon after arriving she realizes the life she left behind has moved on without her, and the plans that she came home armed with, are about to take a unexpected hit. She wants to revive the family flower shop, but it seems that her father has already taken the business in a little different direction, with the help of a irritating and devastatingly handsome foreman. Now she is forced to work alongside her irritating, but oh so tempting, nemesis in order to achieve her goals... and it is proving to be far more difficult than she anticipated!

The moment Jake Lock learned that his bosses gorgeous daughter would be returning home to take over the family business, he felt a little pang of hurt, and also a little excitement. Hurt because he always thought the business would fall into his hands when his boss decided to retire, since his daughter had never shown any interest in carrying on the family legacy. And excited because he is a changed man, one that he hopes will finally catch her eye. In high school she always overlooked him, but now he is certain there is no way that will be possible, especially since she will be forced to work alongside him everyday... and he has the perfect plan to lure her into his bed... and maybe even into his heart... if he is lucky!

Ahhh Jake!, he is the book boyfriend you can't help but fall for, the underdog of sorts, the one who worked his butt off to make a change for the better, and find a way to finally get the girl he has been dreaming of since he was in high school. The moment he walked onto to page I was completely taken with him, he was bold, witty, sexy as hell, and a man who didn't back down from a challenge...and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him battle it out with his feisty nemesis. Watching them dance around one another, share their heated banter, and watching the fireworks explode when they finally gave in was a real literary treat!! Ms. Ryan has done it again, not only wowed me with her literary prowess, but also given me a story that I could completely get lost in... and I have to say I enjoyed devouring every little word! Highly recommend this one, it is sure to satisfy!!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.