by Lila Rose
Violet Marcus’s life is settled. She has it all: a place of her own, a business where her temper has its uses, and great people who work for her.
But something is missing. The problem is, her stubbornness refuses to admit how lonely she actually is.
She lost the one man she thought she could marry, a university love, but when their careers drive them in different directions they went their separate ways.
Now he’s back.
He’s also changed.
Unsure if she wants to hug him or throat punch him, she keeps her distance. Or tries to.
Travis Stewart moves to Ballarat for one reason—to have Violet back in his life. His love has never diminished. Not through the years, the distance, or even in the underworld he finds himself a part of.
He will always love her.
Now he just has to convince Violet that his heart is hers, and his soul isn’t as black as it seems.
His mission is simple: get Violet to understand they have a future together before getting kneed in the balls. Easy, especially as he refuses to be outplayed.
So outplayed …
I usually enjoy a Lila Rose book, and this was no exeption. I enjoyed it more than I thought actually, since I’m not really a fan of second chance romance books.
We met Violet and Travis in Holding Out, and in the novella Outplayed we finally get their story. They were together in their university days, went their seperate ways but never forgot or stopped loving each other. Life led them on different paths, and now those paths cross, with a little nudge and help in the right direction.
Outplayed by Lila Rose is a short and quick read, and because of that I didn’t get as much of Travis and Violets story as I wanted. I kept wishing for more of their backstory, and while I loved the characters and the story, some parts of it felt a bit rushed. And this is why I both love and hate novellas; I hate them because they are too short and they make me want more. I love them because we get to see more of the secondary characters in a series.
This one is definitely worth a read. It can be read as a standalone, but why not start at the beginning?