Review: Dirty Sexy Games (Dirty Games Duet #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Dirty Sexy Games
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 10/29/18
Length:  232 Pages
Series:  Dirty Games Duet #2


I didn’t have a plan for him.

He was the means to an end, a workaround to the cruel terms of my father’s will that would allow me to inherit his company.

I hadn’t planned to fall for him.

I hadn’t planned to enjoy every minute of our wedding, hadn’t planned to gasp his name so many times that night, hadn’t planned for the sexy games on our honeymoon.

He didn’t plan for his secrets to come out.

And neither of us planned for heartbreak.

My Thoughts

Back to the world of Weston and Elizabeth – the couple to get married in name only yet they fell in love along the way. It wasn’t until the actual wedding once the vows were made that they both realized that they felt the same thing. What became the issue though is what happened right before the ceremony that blew up Weston’s world, and as a result, blew the chances that he and Elizabeth could have their happily ever after.

Enter Callie and two year old Sebastian. We all knew that there was someone who was trying to get in touch with Weston from the beginning of his spin off but we didn’t know who and for what. That person is Callie – a girl that Weston spent an amazing week with about 2 and a half years ago and as a result, there’s Sebastian. The son that looks exactly like Weston, but a child that he had no clue about until the moments before he was due to walk down the aisle and that turned us down into a tailspin.

Weston’s a good guy – we learned that a while back and we watch him try wrangle how he feels about it and the trajectory that his life will go. He wants to be a father since he doesn’t have a good relationship with his, but the challenge is that he needs to be in town to be a father and Elizabeth’s company is in Paris which means that there’s really no compromise. Throughout their honeymoon, we watch them try to find their footing, and we see the romance and chemistry between them. It’s not until Weston finally is outed about his news since he was too scared to tell her that their world crumbles.

They both realize the sacrifices that will come from this child, and Elizabeth also knows that she can’t force Weston to walk away from his son, so she does what the original plan was and gets an annulment and runs to France. Nothing better in a story than broken hearts and an ocean between them – right?

What makes this story even more complex is the relationship with Callie and what that means for the couple. Weston doesn’t know what she wants from them, and for some reason, after meeting Callie, Elizabeth is put at ease. Mind you – i saw that one coming from a mile away, but I think that it makes for a bit of cushion on where this story should go. The other complexity is in the form of Clearance Sheridan, the brother of Theo who was the boy who almost raped Sabrina in college, but who also turns out to be Elizabeth’s ex. I still can’t figure him out or his motives here since he has assumptions and ideas about the truth behind Weston and Elizabeth’s relationship, and he continues to insert himself at times that are a bit questionable. When Elizabeth runs from Weston, Clearance is the man that she chooses instead, an i’m not going to lie when I say that I feel like there’s too much alignment here to the reappearance of Theo in the timing from Donovan and Sabrina’s story. But that’s perhaps not for this story.

Anyhow, we get what we have come to love and expect from our amazing author – a story with so much heat brought at the right moments to keep this story propelling forward. There’s such an undeniable connection between this couple that keeps us hooked, yet there’s a different dynamic than the D/s bit that we saw in the other series. I really enjoy seeing how each of our main men are different, yet they have something that brings this grouping of stories together. I believe Dylan is our next series so i’m off to see what his story is and what his future looks like. Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Sexy Players (Dirty Games Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Dirty Sexy Player
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 7/2/18
Length:  226 Pages
Series:  Dirty Games Duet #1


Weston King knows how to play. But wild nights and owning an extensive collection of women’s panties don’t carry the thrill they once did, so when his business partner Donovan suggests an outrageous plan to allow them to take over their competition, Wes takes him up on the offer. The crazy idea? Marry the competitor.

Elizabeth Dyson, the bride-to-be in question, is on board with the plan. She wants access to her trust fund and can only get it once she marries. Each has something the other wants – all they have to do is pretend to like each other well enough to tie the knot.

Only trouble is, playing fiancé to Elizabeth isn’t quite that simple. Wes finds her sexy and brilliant…and soon wishes their engagement wasn’t fake at all. Not that he’d ever tell her that.

But a lover boy like Wes can only stand an empty bed for so long…and even the best of players has to put down his cards eventually.

My Thoughts

We saw this story play out in bits and pieces throughout the other series when we were on the edge of our seat watching Sabrina and Donovan dance around each other, so it’s nice to see the true story of how this faux marriage played itself out. We knew that it started as a shame, and we know that it potentially ended as a real wedding, but what we didn’t know was all the ‘stuff’ in the middle, and the drama that would ensue at the wedding.

The story itself was simple enough to follow – Weston was put in as the role of fiance and groom to Elizabeth – heiress to Dyson Media which is a business that Reach had interest in. Elizabeth could’t get control on the company now that her father had died until she was married (a clause that her father wrote into his will) so marrying someone was a necessary evil. Donovan proposed a solve to this in the form of a husband to be, yet didn’t quite spell out who that would be initially.

We watch Weston and Elizabeth meet, and while we knew that there was a lot of tension between them, and not always the sexual kind from the other series, we really got under the hood here and saw that there was something deeper here….yet neither would succumb to those feelings since they both thought the other was just in it for the end game.

We watch event after event where Weston and Lizzie have to play a role – how they have to keep up appearances so that Elizabeth’s family could truly believe that they were a real couple. While they act the best roles of their lives, they also begin to fall for each other and that’s the sweet stuff that we really need to keep this story going. We know that there’s something in each of their pasts that make them into the characters that we live with now, yet we never quite get deep enough under the surface to find out what the catalyst was. Instead, we watch the chemistry and magnetism between them grow and as it pulls them closer and closer together, the story passes faster and faster.

Our author makes sure to weave in enough angst to keep things interesting. Sabrina is brought up from time to time as a means to keep us on our toes as well as to put Elizabeth in her place. Darrell, Elizabeth’s cousin who’s playing CEO interjects himself fro time to time since he’s clearly got a fear that he’ll lose the one thing of power that he has with the company. There’s the hint that somethings nagging at Weston from his past that we don’t know about and well….it comes to a head at the wedding when a bomb is dropped on him. He copes with that when another one explodes in front of him as well and that’s where we are left at the end of this first book. 3 life changing things have happened in a matter of pages, and there are such major implications to the trajectory of this story that i’m happy i’m reading it now v. when it first came out since I don’t know that i’d want to wait very long to jump back into this one. Enjoy!