Wednesday 22 March 2017


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By: Laura Chapman
Releasing March 21, 2017
In Playing House by Laura Chapman, Bailey Meredith is ready to quit her job as long as she can find another position where she'll at least -- be able to show off her design skills, instead of being the one to make coffee and file invoices. When the perfect job comes along, giving her an opportunity to work on a home improvement show with Wilder Aldrich, there's no way she'll turn it down. However, working alongside Wilder proves difficult, because of the strong chemistry bouncing between them. Will she be able to resist temptation, or will Wilder be the first man to prove happy ever after is possible for her?
What a delightful, fast-paced read that kept me entertained from start to finish, because of the main characters, the dialogue that illustrated superbly the heroine's love for design and the challenges these two face on their journey to happy ever after. The way this story started had me wanting to know more about the heroine and why she's such a worrier; someone that is always concerned about every little thing. However, the heroine and the hero coming face-to-face for the first time is where this story really started to gain my undivided attention, because the hero has never known anyone like the heroine. Certainly, his ex is nothing like her.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories. The heroine frustrated me at times with her being so adamant that love isn't for her and there's no way she'll give up her independence for a man. Why is she so against relationships? Does she truly believe that if she commits to a man that he'll end up doing to her what her father did to her mother? While the hero, he's been keeping up a lie about he and his ex, and I was glad that he finally decided enough was enough. Why should he continue to put his life on hold for his ex, even though he knows it's best for his daughter?

The heroine was strong, brave, extremely bossy, independent and I liked how determined she was to do a good job, even though she wasn't getting the credit she deserved. Also, I liked the fact that she remained cool under pressure when facing Wilder's ex when the woman was annoyed by something. However, what I liked most about the heroine was how she gave Wilder a chance, even when there seems to be no hope for them towards the end, or so she believes, because he'll always do what's right for his daughter.

While the hero, he has some tough decisions to make and I liked that he did what was right for him, instead of continuing to allow his ex to dictate the terms of his life and make him continue to do something that he'd rather not. Using their daughter as leverage was wrong of her, and I could understand why he finally wants to say enough is enough. It's not fair to him when his ex is getting what she wants, but he isn't when what he wants most is the heroine. Also I liked the bond he shared with his daughter, and that he would do anything for her.

Overall, Ms. Chapman has delivered a really good read in this book, which encompassed plenty of chemistry between the main characters that spilled over onto the pages nicely, and illustrated how much these two need each other. The way this story ended brought tears to my eyes, because of the sacrifice the heroine was willing to make, even though it was palpable how much these two loved each other. However, I liked how they were reunited the most. Luckily, the hero doesn't give up when he wants something or someone bad enough. I would recommend Playing House by Laura Chapman, if you enjoy books by authors Olivia West, Emily Waters, or Kate Goldman.


She's a work in progress . . .
Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true.
He's a fixer upper . . .
Wilder Aldrich knew she would be perfect for the crew the moment he saw her. His hit home improvement show only hired the best, and Bailey had potential written all over her. It isn’t just her imaginative creativity and unmatched work ethic that grabs his attention. There’s just something about her.
With chemistry on screen, it’s only a matter of time before sparks fly behind the scenes as well. But with Bailey’s jaded views on romance and a big secret that could destroy Wilder and everyone he cares about, are either of them willing to risk it all for love?
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Keeping a close distance, she followed Waverly up the cracked path to the house. Bailey took quick mental notes of her surroundings. The exterior needed a lot of work. The sagging roof missing gutters made her think they’d find the inside in similar disarray. They stepped through the front door, nearly tripping over Wilder Aldrich, who was measuring the entryway.
“Hey!” He sprang to his feet and out of their way. “What did I tell you about waiting until I gave you the all clear?”
“You were taking for-frickin’-ever, and some of us were freezing our tits off.” She pursed her lips and took on a warrior stance, seemingly daring him to say something else.
Conceding victory to her, Wilder turned and flashed an apologetic grin at Bailey. “Hey.” He offered a hand. Warmth permeated through the thin material of her glove. “Welcome to Casa de Waverly.”
Giving him a smug grin, Waverly sipped her coffee and faced Bailey. “Do you have a smart phone?”
Bailey stared blankly for a second, still dazzled by seeing Wilder up close. But she quickly snapped to attention and dug her phone out of her coat pocket.
“Good,” Waverly said after inspecting it. “While you’re on the job, I’d like you to snap some photos for our social media accounts. I’ll want to vet everything before we post it, but we need to start building the buzz for the next season while we’re filming. In exchange, we’ll cover your phone payments to take care of your data usage. Understood?”
“I can do that.”
“Good. Now . . .” She pulled out her own phone. It was the latest model that had come out on the market a month ago. With all of its reported bells and whistles, it put Bailey’s poor phone to shame. “I’m going to make a quick call. I’ll be back in a few minutes, and we can get started on,” she gestured around her, “this mess.”
She spun on her heel and waltzed out of the room, cooing into the phone.
Wilder cleared his throat, and Bailey turned to give him her full attention. She estimated he was only a couple of years older than herself—maybe in his late twenties or early thirties. He looked younger in real life than he did on TV. He was leaner and a little shorter—though she still had to crane her neck a little to meet his gaze.
He was also more handsome. Not the GQ model, your tongue-sticks-to-the-top-of-your-mouth kind of sexy. But he was hot in the same way the guy you sat next to in Chemistry was. It was enough to distract you from formulas and Bunsen burners every so often, but not enough that you’d ever set the lab on fire or forget to finish your final exam.
So far, he seemed much more serious. Where was the guy who scared Waverly with a stuffed dummy in a closet in the last episode she’d watched before calling an end to the marathon?
He was, she realized, studying her every bit as closely, with those hazel eyes speckled with green. Noting that, she didn’t feel quite as rude taking mental notes on the man in front of him.
At least she looked good. She’d laid out three outfits that morning in the hotel room. The first was a long, silky turquoise tunic that she’d paired with a pair of black leggings and knee-high boots. It was similar to the clothes Waverly favored on screen—only hers weren’t name-brand knockoffs. Then she had the casual jeans, a gray T-shirt that she could dress-up with a navy blue blazer. And there was option three: dark-wash, fit jeans, a chambray shirt, and a scarf. It was an ensemble that fell somewhere in the middle. It was the one that looked the most like her when she inspected herself in the mirror.
It was the one that felt most like her now in the middle of the foyer.
She wondered what he saw when he looked at her. Did he see a confident young woman ready to tackle major projects adeptly? Or did he see someone who was desperate to create, no matter what happened? Both were correct, but which one shone through right now?
Like a light switch, that triggered something in her. She offered her hand again. “We haven’t officially met. I’m Bailey Meredith.”
Laura Chapman is the author of First & GoalGoing for TwoThree & Out, and The Marrying Type. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website.



  1. Thank you so much for reviewing and sharing!
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  2. I watch a lot of home renovation shows on TV, so this would definitely be a book I'd like to read. Besides, the characters sound fantastic.