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Serious Play

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Luke Bailey has dreams of building homes and putting down roots. But for a man with a rough past, finding any job isn't easy. When Mary Scott offers him a job--and a place to stay--mixing drinks and tapping beer at her theme bar, My Parents' Basement, Luke accepts. Customers flock to the cozy pub, designed to evoke memories of lost childhood, to meet and mingle and play ga ...more
Published April 30th 2012 by Carina Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Luke, the hero of the novel Serious Play, is the sole reason why I'm giving this book this high of a rating. When the story opens, Luke has just been released from prison. I truly felt as if the author did a fantastic job of illustrating all of the psychological & sociological factors at play in Luke's life as he attempts to assimilate himself back into society. He is such a genuinely reformed, repentant & honest character... & I couldn't help but root for him & his HEA.

This book was good but not great like Finding Home and Bone Deep. I had a hard time relating to a heroine that uses the word "golly".
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: April 30, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Websites: &
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am very picky about my contemporary romances — I’m far stricter on my ratings for contemporary tales than I am on historical or fantasy-based stor
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I’ve heard great things about these authors, especially when it comes to their M/M books, so when I saw this book I felt it was finally time to stop meaning and finally read them. Also, the fact that the hero has an interesting past, one that’s quite unique for a Romance novel, helped my decision.

Luke Bailey is fresh out of jail. You heard me, he’s an ex-con, and I mean a real former criminal who ended up paying for it with years of his life. This is
Serious Play is well named, because it's a serious kind of book. Not that it's at all a downer -- just a mature, intelligent story about two adults falling in love amidst some real obstacles.

Paroled after five years in prison for robbery, Luke is determined to turn his life around. His chance comes through Mary, a close friend of his parole officer, who offers him a job at her theme bar, "my little playground for grownups." Working in a place where people hang out to play silly games or pretend
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Franny (The Reader's Edge)
SERIOUS PLAY is a contemporary romance by Summer Devon & Bonnie Dee that was given to me by Carina Press for an honest review.

Bad boy, Luke Bailey, recently spent 5 years in prison for being involved in an armed robbery in which a store owner was shot. Mary Scott, themed bar owner, needs a bartender and agrees to do her Parole Officer friend a favor by interviewing Luke for the position. Although Mary is leery of hiring an ex-con, she trusts her friends judgement and her own gut feeling tha
Mary Scott is the owner of My Parents' Basement, a bar/game room that is supposed to remind the adults visiting it of the more innocent memories they have of their teenage years (playing spin the bottle in the basement, attending prom, etc). She has a very obvious joy for life and is no stranger to having to work hard and overcome obstacles to achieve her dreams. On the surface she seems like your quintessential good girl.

Luke Bailey has just been released from prison after spending five years t
“Serious play” è finito nelle cose da leggere perché all’inizio di maggio sono stata presa da una vera e propria ossessione per le romance, e visto che Netgalley è una fonte inesauribile per la mia voglia di leggere cose ancora non uscite, beh eccomi che mi sono messa a leggere questo libro, assolutamente carinissimo.

Luke Bailey sogna di diventare un costruttore e mettere radici, ma un uomo dal passato oscuro come lui è già fortunato se trova un lavoro. Ecco perché coglie al volo l’occasione che
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I’ve never read Summer, and only read one Dee book in the past, but I really liked the look of this story. Bad boy trying to reform, good girl who falls for him, breaking a few good girl rules along the way…. Sounds like a recipe for success!

Mary is working hard to make her bar a success, despite the fact that her family thinks it’s ridiculous. When she needs another employee, she helps out a friend by interviewing and hiring
Serious Play was a great read.... it didn't consume me but I can't say that I was able to put it down because I wasn't. I had to know what was going to happen between Mary and Luke next, what decision was going to made, and would they be able to overcome and work through the heartbreak that seem inevitable to both of them? Summer and Bonnie do a fantastic job of sucking you into the story and have you anxious to find out what happens next with our beautiful couple and all the challenges they sti ...more
Liked this a lot. Bonnie Dee writes great beta heroes and this book was no exception. Definitely recommend.
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Mary and Luke who have very different backgrounds but seems to be attracted to each other. Mary who is the owner of the Parent's Basement found herself to be attracted to Luke who she employed as a helper in her bar. I like Mary very much. She is humble albeit coming from a wealthy family and the way she going against all the advice about employing Luke and later to be with him show how opinionated she was. The book contained a simple story plot which make it an easy ...more
4.5 stars. Serious Play by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is a fabulous novella that is a perfect blend of sweet romance and sultry sex. It is also a beautiful story about redemption, second chances and overcoming obstacles. To read my review in its entirety, please visit http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy....
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I began telling stories as a child. Whenever there was a sleepover, I was the designated ghost tale teller. I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.

Writing childish stories for my own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. Like most English majors, I dreamed of writing a novel, but at that time in my life didn't have the
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