A love triangle becomes even more complicated in the second book of the Risky Business series, where ultimate choices seem impossible to make. Both the men in the life of Sage Reece are enticing in their own way. One is sophisticated and stylish, while the other is more at home on his motorcycle and going to bars. Yet each would do anything for the woman who means the world to them, and giving her up is not an option for either man. Tiffany Snow interweaves danger with desire to create a romantic entanglement with countless obstacles. The need for answers makes PLAYING DIRTY totally riveting.
After an incident where she could have died, Sage Reece makes a crucial decision about her life. Though two men want her, she feels only one can truly offer her a relationship that might possibly last. Parker Anderson is a great boss and she enjoys being the executive administrative assistant to the investment banker, but she knows he can never fully commit himself to her. So Dean Ryker, a homicide detective in Chicago, is the man with whom she shares any spare time when neither is working. Though they may not be talking of love, Sage and Ryker are only seeing each other. Working with Parker for two years has gone very well professionally, and while he seems to not desire her and Ryker definitely does, keeping thoughts of her boss out of her mind is still not easy.
It seems one unplanned incident after another puts Sage between the two men who were once great friends until another woman made them bitter enemies. She does not want to hurt either Ryker or Parker, as both are very important to her. When it appears someone is out to hurt her, each man wants to make certain she comes to no harm. While the cop should be the one to whom she turns if the need arises, it is often Parker’s name that she thinks of first.
Most times when a woman must choose between two men, I have a clear-cut choice in mind for her. But not this time. Ryker has been a favorite from the start. He is protective, caring and even makes comments I never would have thought a man with such a tough image would say. While there was nothing really wrong with Parker, his reluctance to commit put him second. But in PLAYING DIRTY, he shows his true nature, and now I am so torn as to who Sage’s final pick should be in the last Risky Business book. Her confusion in many of the scenes is very understandable, as both men make such great efforts to please her, thus causing uncertainties to multiply. The emotion expressed by these three individuals is repeatedly sincere and backed by honest feelings, and sexual encounters are fueled by lusty longing. Regardless of whether it is Sage, Ryker or Parker pouring out their hearts to one another in some way, the scenes come across as so genuinely earnest that I was deeply touched on numerous occasions.
While much of the book is focused on the relationship of the three main characters, there are also some very real threats occurring. What really made the danger exciting is the unexpectedness of the peril and who was involved. Several of the incidents were particularly frightening, and discovering what would be the outcome made me read even faster. There are a few surprises that I did not see coming, and how each played out added fascination to the story. Tiffany Snow imaginatively balances the jeopardy and romance to make PLAYING DIRTY constantly intriguing.
Copy received from publisher via NetGalley for a Single Titles review - 4.5 Stars