It’s How You Play The Game

Title: It’s How You Play The Game
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary, GBLT (M/M)
Rating: ***** (out of 5)

It’s How You Play The Game is the sequel to Willa Okati’s, The Name of the Game. In this standalone follow-up Anthony, Clay’s and Seth’s best friend and confidante, has decided to cater their wedding. However, he can’t cook worth a darn so he signs up for Coastal Cuisine for the Beginner and, in doing so, changes his life when he meets Roan at cooking school.

Roan is a lot of man in a compact package. He is brash, confident, charming, sex on a stick, the essence of cool, knows who he wants and that is Anthony, in a forever kind of way. But Anthony, afraid of commitment, is running scared.

The class turns out to be Erotic Cooking 101. Roan can’t wait to start his campaign and seduces Anthony during the habanera pepper demonstration. The air between them is hotter than the peppers and you can almost see the sweat dripping and running down their bodies. This is quickly followed by another escapade in the back alley outside the building where Roan ravages Anthony because he is too impatient to wait until they get home.

This couple is funny, bawdy, rip roaring sexy as all get out, and hot enough to fry your hard drive. Roan in seduction mode is driven, hard to resist, and to Anthony he’s like an adrenaline rush. Watching Anthony with all his eccentricities and flamboyance melt and fall in love with Roan is comical and Roan plays him like a fiddle. Roan is focused, with one goal in mind – having a permanent relationship with Anthony. But he has his work cut out for him. You really feel for him in his hot, single-minded pursuit and love for Anthony who you want to knock some sense into so that he would stop running and not lose the best man he will ever have. The story is so hilarious that I was laughing uncontrollably with tears running down my face.

It’s How You Play The Game is even better than its predecessor which was a fabulous read. Willa Okati has outdone herself with Anthony and Roan. In addition to being funny and clever with dialogue that is airy and breezy, the book is also heartwarming and tender at times and is one of Willa’s best. This one will grace any bookshelf with pride.

This book was previously reviewed for Literary Nymphs Reviews


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