Told entirely from the first-person account of 38 year-old, recovering alcoholic, rock star, and self-proclaimed ‘slut,’ Hank Tolk, this romantic comedy, while capable of being read as a stand alone, brings back the beloved characters from “Love on the Rocks” for another wild ride on tour. With it comes undying friendship, heated romance, and a little bit of heartbreak.
Hank is not looking for a sexy hook-up, not anymore. He’s decided to slow down. He’s even made a bet with his best friend that he’ll stay celibate for the length of their two-month rock tour.
But Susi O’Malley has other plans for Hank. After a lackluster love life, a broken engagement, and a lost job, Susi wants to let loose a little before she turns 30. With her life in crisis, she joins her old college roommate, her husband, and their best friend on a rock tour across the U.S. Determined to seek out a casual fling that will change her perspective, Susi sets her sights on Hank.
Hank can only resist Susi’s advances for so long. Eventually, he could end up in her bed. Worse, he could end up in an actual relationship. With the potential of hurting Susi, angering his best friend, and having to face his own demons, Hank risks losing the bet — and his heart.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the first book in the ‘Love on Tour’ series and Hank’s story just begged to be told. So I wrote ‘Play Me’ from his perspective. I wanted to see what would happen when Hank finally got bitten by the ‘love bug.’ And I was curious, what kind of girl would make him finally settle down? I got my answer in this book.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Hank, Baby, and Sean are all pieces of people I’ve known in my life. They came together for me as these individuals that were deeply connected to one another. Their relationship may actually be their most poignant and defining feature.
“I don’t understand, Hank. How did this happen exactly?”
Really? She’s going to drill me about this now? I am sitting in an airport, barefoot, in terrible need of a shower, and I’ve just lost the best thing that ever happened to me.
“It’s a long story,” I grumble.
“Well, my flight landed early and my stupid brother isn’t here to pick me up yet. So you might as well tell me.”
I was just sitting here in the baggage claim when she showed up. I had completely forgotten that Stacey was flying in this morning for a week long visit with her brother and his wife.
I hadn’t come here looking for her. I’d come here on a doomed mission. Her finding me was just a huge coincidence. The fact that she’d somehow managed to spot me in the middle of LAX was something of a miracle.
I was feeling very alone when I’d first sat down in this uncomfortable chair. But now Stacey is here. She’s practically family, so I take a little comfort in her presence. The truth is, I probably need a shoulder to lean on right now, whether I am willing to admit it or not.
“Why are you such a mess?” She looks me up and down, taking in my crazy mussed-up hair, sweaty t-shirt, and workout shorts.
I don’t answer her. I just hang my head in my hands. When she’d first sat down next to me I’d told to her that I’d run through the airport like a madman, but despite my efforts I’d missed the damn plane, and now I’m waiting for my ride.
But she wants to know how I’d gotten into this fucked up situation in the first place. Explaining it to her seems almost impossible. How can I put into words how badly I’d screwed up? How can I tell her all the stupid I things I’d done, things that had led to this very moment.
I look at Stacey. She is a beautiful woman. At one time she’d tried to get me interested in her. And it would have worked, too, if she wasn’t my best friend’s little sister.
“Don’t worry about Sean coming to get you. We’ll take you to his place.”
“Okay.” She clicks away on her phone for a second. “I’m texting Sean.” When she’s done she slips the phone into her purse and looks up at me expectantly. “Done. We have plenty of time.”
She leans back in the plastic airport chair and folds her arms. It’s a move Sean pulls all the time. It usually works, too. When he stands like that, arms crossed over his chest, intimidating look on his face, people spill all their secrets.
I run my hand through my hair and sit back in my own chair. “I don’t know where to start.”
Stacey had been touring around the country with her play, so she’d missed everything that had happened over the last two months. Sean or his wife had probably told her a few things on the phone. But I was sure that she didn’t know the half of it.
“Well, while I’m dying to know where your shoes are,” she glances at my bare feet, “I suspect that part of the story comes near the end. So you might as well start at the beginning.”
“Fine. I’ll tell you the whole story,” I say. “It all started with your stupid brother…”
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