No More Playas
In No More Playas, the sequel to The Playas Handbook, Lance Montgomery, the self-titled biggest playa, has to change his ways in order to win back the woman of his dreams.
Lance blew his chance with Dr. Asia Fowler in a moment of panic when the thought of commitment scared the living daylights out of him. He later realized that Asia is the love of his life and sets out to win her back.
Asia has other plans. Seeing with her own two eyes that playas never change, she decides to go the safe route and marry the guy she loves – but has no grand passion for. She wants nothing to do with Lance again. Fate and Lance however, have a different plan for her. Lance goes out of his way to make himself a part of Asia’s life to try and prove to her that she still loves him and will be better off with him.
Jackson’s book provides a secondary romance between Lance’s little sister Carrie and the private investigator, Conner Hargrove, whom she hires him to help her find out who is blackmailing her. Conner is a die-hard bachelor who plans on being eighty years old in the club, still partying with as many women as he wants. He is stunned when he meets Carrie and falls hard. They both try to resist, but in the end can not fight off the attraction and they both give in, resulting in some steamy love scenes.
I liked this book…a lot. It was fun watching Lance grovel and try to get back into Asia’s good graces. He got rather inventive with finding ways to be with her. I also liked the fact that Asia was not a wimp. She did not give in after one apology; she made him work hard for her forgiveness. My one real quibble concerned a main plot point: Carrie is being blackmailed over photos taken of her being molested as a child. I did not buy that she was so worried about her family’s outstanding reputation that she would keep the whole thing under wraps. First, a crime was committed against her and secondly, she was a child and had no knowledge that the photos were being taken. So the whole reasoning of her logic behind keeping the pictures a secret didn’t work for me and pulled me out of the story.
This book is a sequel but could easily stand alone. It was fun to revisit the couples from the first book, but they are not the main focus of this book. No More Playas is being marketed as fiction but it reads easily as a romantic comedy and a romantic suspense, depending on which couple’s story you happen to be reading. I liked all the characters and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the great playa fall and get the woman of his dreams.