Author: Amalie Silver
Rating: 5 smeepy stars
Recommended for: Romance authors, bloggers, and readers. Especially those who, regardless of how much they love this area, realize how bat crap crazy all of us can be sometimes. You may even see a caricature of yourself in here (I know I did)!
About Word Play:
Michael Rourke learned this the hard way.
Struggling to make ends meet as a mystery writer, he sold his soul – and his pride – as he pedaled sex and lust writing under the pen name Christoph Strong.
No one knew he was the one behind the steamy stories on the bestsellers lists. And he planned to keep it that way.
Until he met her.
Monica Singer, an infamous blogger, is keen to discover the truth of his secret identity.
During a chance meeting at a book convention, Michael and Monica form an instant connection. And soon, an industry rivalry becomes something else entirely.
But as Michael starts to let his guard down, he doesn’t realize that the person he’s learning to trust may be hiding secrets of her own.
Secrets that could ultimately destroy everything.
So, I’m sure you’ve seen me say “Squee!” on this blog when I get excited. My new word is “smeep,” even though I’m not really totally sure what it means. I’m not sure if I’m using it right, but I don’t care. Smeep is my new squee.
This was the kind of book that turned me into a rude person. Unless you were on fire, I probably would not give you attention should you try to get any from me while I was reading this book.
It wasn’t even that it was suspenseful, or there were cliffhangers, or characters that you get super invested in. It was just so fun. Why would I put down a piece of guaranteed fun for the possibility of fun found in conversation with my friends and family? I’m not a risk taker, people.
So, like I said in the beginning of the post, this book makes fun of romance readers, writers, and authors in the BEST WAY. I couldn’t stop laughing at the Monica’s Musings blog posts between various chapters.
Things that were poked fun at:
- Pen names that err on the side of ridiculous
- Over-enthusiastic street team members
- Pretentious reviewers and authors
- Bloggers that are just in it for the wrong reasons
Fun, right?! I know I can be a little over-enthusaistic and am one of the more frequent posters in Penny Reid’s unofficial fan club.
I think the satire captured the industry so well and so hilariously, and the romance was adorbs. Totes McGotes. I mean, a romantic night of playing big words in a game of Scrabble? Sign me up. Banter? Sign me up for that, too. That makes me smeepy.
It was also great seeing Michael arrive at the book convention and be all, “Wow, being Christoph Strong can get me laid. Awesome!” Then when he was having sex “as Christoph Strong,” up against a wall (completely smeeping hilarious, by the way), realizing how difficult this double person thing can be. It was enlightening to read how difficult sex against a wall can be for a guy. Guess they can skip thigh workouts at the gym the next day.
Even better than seeing him realize that Christoph Strong is a double-edged sword (insert sword/penis joke *here*) was seeing him realize how badly he wanted to be himself around Monica.
Then, Lauren and Jeffrey. That is me and my friends. Drinking, singing show tunes, and watching Disney movies. #MyLife.
Plus, I’m always a sucker for second-chance stories, and this book had a whole lot more than two chances! And it had a grand gesture! SMEEEEEEEP!
The one thing that bugged me over and over: Twatter, FacePlace, Amazonia, and GreatReads. I didn’t really understand why fake names had to be made up for Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads when 1. I’ve seen them used in other books, so I’m pretty sure it’s not against a rule, and 2. Pinterest and WordPress were used by name. Mostly, the references made me think of one of my favorite curses, Twat Face, when I should not be thinking of twat faces.
A few questions for Amalie: Is Monica’s Musing going to review Word Play by Amalie Silver? Is Monica going to get a book? And most importantly, am I using “smeep” correctly?