Monday, January 13, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Review: Reforming the Playboy by Inara Scott

Title: Reforming the Playboy
(A Passion Creek Romance)
Author: Inara Scott
Publisher: Entangled
Publication DateJanuary 13, 2014

Five years ago, she left without a word…

Internationally-renowned artist Max Estin is as well known for his million dollar commissions as he is his partying and clubbing. But Max is hiding a secret—for almost a year he’s been completely blocked. Unable to paint. And to unlock his art, and save his career, he’s going to need the one woman he never wanted to see again.

Now, he’s determined to make her pay…

Kira Estin never told Max exactly why she left, or what secrets forced her to return home to Passion Creek so abruptly. So when a chance reunion turns to seduction, Kira is more than a little suspicious. She knows better than to trust Max, but can’t fight the fire that he lights in her body—or her heart. But when everyone is hiding a secret, can even the hottest passion survive?

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Read an excerpt from Chapter One here.

My Review:  I recently read my first book by Inara Scott, Falling for Mr. Wrong, and I loved it and couldn't wait to read more from this author.  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to read Reforming the Playboy and participate in the release event.

Kira and Max Estin were college sweethearts who were totally in love with each other.  Max comes from a poor background and didn't have a very good family life.  His art has always been his escape, and his dream was to make it big time as an artist, all the while assuming Kira was on board and headed in the same direction as he was.  Kira is from Passion Creek Colorado.  She was abandoned by her mother as a child and raised by her Aunt Polly. She went off the college at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), mainly at her Aunt Polly's request.  Kira is really a very shy person, a people pleaser and peacekeeper by nature.  When she was with Max, nothing else mattered.  When a situation arises that requires her to go back home to Passion Creek, she leaves without saying goodbye, just a note that is rather vague, leaving a very wounded, confused, and angry Max behind, while enduring her own heartbreak.  Now five years later, and Max and Kira are forced to see each other again because of circumstances beyond either of their control.  Neither is the person they used to be.  Max is a multimillionaire and has hit the big time, but he's also not happy.  Kira has put her talent aside, opting to run a pottery business.  When fate, a snow storm, and a set of forgotten drawings throw them back together again, they are forced to reexamine their feelings, their passion, their desires, their past, and their future.

I liked both Kira and Max's characters.  Max initially comes across as arrogant and as a player, but when you get to know him, he really isn't that much of a player, but has allowed the circumstances of the past and the intoxication of fame and money seduce him into a lifestyle that didn't provide all the things that he'd dreamed fame and money would bring.  Kira is a wonderful person and I really liked her, but her own fears have held her bound in the what is, rather than venturing out into the what could be.  Both of the characters have been shaped by their past, have endured painful situations, and have hurt each other, leaving them very vulnerable.

Reforming the Playboy is a wonderfully written romance that is filled with passion and second chances, set in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  Inara Scott provides just the right amount of steam, romance, and humor in a story that will make you smile and root for the characters to find their happily ever after.  There is also a beautiful epilogue, which is very satisfying.  Overall, I enjoyed Reforming the Playboy very much and if you are a contemporary romance fan, then this is a lighthearted and entertaining read that is perfect for a day you want to just kick back, relax, and disappear into a story.
About Inara ScottInara grew up in winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. Consequently, she spent much of her childhood complaining about being cold. To spare the world her whining, she fled the cold climate and eventually wound up in the Pacific NW, where she practiced law for ten years before getting up the courage to quit her day job and write full time. A proud author of fantasy and romance for adults and young adults, Inara firmly believes that great literature doesn't have to be depressing, true love does exist, and everyone deserves a happily ever after. You can find her online at Twitter (@inarascott), on Facebook, and at her


  1. I still haven't read any of her adult books. I have read her YA books and enjoyed them. I know her in real life, so I suppose a part of me is terrified that one day I won't love one of her books and that would just be horrible cause I love her, as a person, so much. So glad you enjoyed this!

  2. Like Candace I haven't read any of her adults books either but they all sound really good. :)

  3. This looks like a series and author I would really enjoy. So glad you liked Reforming the Playboy, Ellen!


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