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Playing by Heart

Narrated by: Lee Samuels, Jennifer Mack
Series: Love, Hate, Rock-n-Roll, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Jesse Lee is the worst! 

He’s a multi-millionaire, triple-platinum-selling, Grammy-Award-winning man-slut - a worldly, self-indulgent heathen. I wouldn’t sleep with him if he were our last chance to ensure survival of the human race. The only reason I put up with him is because he’s my boss’s brother. 

Whatsherface is one of those holier-than-thou types. 

She’s bossy, has a horrific singing voice, and she’s so ordinary, she practically blends in with the eggshell-colored walls - the complete opposite of anyone I’d bang. The only reason I put up with her is because my career is on the line. 

Playing by Heart is an enemies-to-lovers romance where opposites not only attract, they ignite.

©2018 JB Salsbury (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A GOOD ENEMIES-LOVERS ROLLERCOASTER

I love this author and wish I could say that I absolutely loved this book every bit as much as her other books too.. but sadly, I can’t - and I put it down to the hero and heroine’s characters early on. We first meet arrogant obnoxious Rock God Jesse at his absolute lowest point.. brought there by too much booze, an endless supply of drugs, bad decisions and way too many nameless women. Jesse’s Manager has finally had enough and, with his career and contract in jeopardy, Jesse is sent to Smalltown Arizona to stay with Ben, his estranged Pastor brother, in a 90 day forced detox bargain. This is where he first meets and collides with Bethany - the only woman to turn him down.. but Bethany can easily turn the drool-worthy Rocker down because she’s still in love with her ex and she’s sure he’ll eventually give her another chance.. even though he’s just got engaged!!

Jesse really doesn’t care about anybody’s feelings.. and that includes his brother Ben (who is still grieving the loss of his wife who died giving birth four years previously).. and Elliot - Ben’s annoying little daughter.. and their plain as fk nanny too. The list also includes any crushed feelings Jesse’s missing drummer may have because he recently f’ked his all-too-willing fiancée. Bethany got dumped in a heartless and humiliating way and her ex soon had a stunning new girlfriend.. however Jesse doesn’t want to let go and stalks them daily. She also doesn’t swear and attends church every Sunday. So, there’s a self-centered cocky Rocker who has taken the ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll’ lifestyle to a whole new level, and a good girl with inferiority issues who is irrationally still clinging on to hope.. and unfortunately for me, I didn’t initially love, or even like, either character very much.

Worth a credit? Thankfully though, JBS did manage to pull things back up to four stars in the end with antagonistic dialogue, opening old wounds, sparks, passion, tender sentiments and some good character development. These two enemies slowly learn how to trust, how to let their pasts go and how to really love each other in a lighthearted, fun, sweet and sexy dual POV ride. Great narration brought this slow-burn to life and yes, IMO, it’s another creditworthy listen from this talented author.

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sweet story

I'll admit when I started this I wasnt sure how I'd be into it. manwhore rockstar on drugs and a church going good girl. But I am glad I did. Once I got into it, I was into it. and it really is a sweet story. also there are some funny parts that had me laughing out loud. This story had a lot of heart and if you enjoy a bit of a slow burn I'd check it out.

Narration was good too. Wasn't too familiar with either one and they both did an excellent job with this. This was a new to me author so will definitely check out her other stuff now. bye!

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Rockstar romance

I really liked it, I got it through it all in less than a day, I wanted it to last longer. I truly enjoyed the story and the characters.

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SURPRISINGLY GOOD!

I usually have low expectations when listening to a Rock Star Romance.

At the beginning of this story I couldn’t see myself liking the hero, however I was pleasantly surprised.

I went from seeing him as a disgusting walking STD, to seeing him as a very caring and loving human being.

I loved the heroine, although there were times I wanted to strangle her.

The supporting characters were varied and interesting as well. From a religious man, to a crazy roommate, to asshole EXes (in both sides), to cute kids, there was a bit of everything.

The narrators did a great job, so all in all this was a very enjoyable listen.

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Wow such a surprise!

Started out thinking ugh please not another stereotypical bad rocker boy/ dull Church girl over explicit sex, dark romance. I was pleasantly surprised. By half way through I was loving the story. The music references were fun. The main characters banter was funny and I loved the evolution of th he characters and the message in the story. The narrators were perfect. I"m listening to it again which is rare for me.

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  • Meghan
  • Rock Island, IL, United States
  • 05-15-19

Best Book I've listened to in a while.

I liked that the people were real (except for the Rock star part...😆), the dialogue was fantastic, the pacing of the relationship, the realness of consequences. And who doesn't love a romantic grand gesture? great listen!

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What a great book

It’s always such a treat when JB Salisbury comes out with a new book. I have been a fan a long time. This book was awesome to and the narrators did a great job as well. I’m looking forward to the next book. That’s for another great book

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Drama filled lead singer

This story touched on some sensitive subjects and was handled well. Parts of the story were a bit confusing. I enjoyed the link to the authors Fighting to Fall story with Ryder. Narration was enjoyable:)

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  • 05-12-19

3.5 stars. Love the author, but not this story

This book was ok, but I spent a good part of the start of the book really severely disliking both the hero and the heroine. It was difficult to come back from that. The hero is just a major D, and the heroine is a pathetic doormat. I did warm to them by the end, and they developed as people, but it capped my rating of the book. It’s well written and I’ll definitely listen to more by this author (I already have everything they’ve released on Audible).