Play to Win

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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 25 Jul 2023
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin


Jodie Slaughter's latest rom-com, Play to Win, is a sizzling romance where a winning lottery ticket is meant to be a new start but instead becomes a second chance at love.

Miriam Butler’s life is going nowhere in the slowest, most excruciating way possible. Stuck in the same barely-paying job she’s had since she was sixteen and spending every night sleeping in the spare twin bed in her mother’s house, her existence might be hilarious if it wasn’t so bleak. One trip to her favorite corner store upends everything when she finds herself the winner of a Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot. Unfortunately, not even life-altering roses come without their painful thorns. Hers just so happen to be in the form of an estranged husband who has the right to claim his share of her money.

It’s been eight years since Leo Vaughn has had a conversation with his wife. When she calls out of the blue, practically begging him to come back to Greenbelt, the last thing he expects her to tell him when he gets there is that she’s come into a whole heap of money. She offers him a life-changing proposition of his own. Take a lump sum, finally sign the divorce papers, and be done with her for good. Only, a forever without her is the last thing Leo wants. So he gives a proposition of his own. One that won’t cost her nearly as many millions, but will buy him the time to do the one thing he’s been hungry to do since he left -- win her back.

Jodie Slaughter's latest rom-com, Play to Win, is a sizzling romance where a winning lottery ticket is meant to be a new start but instead becomes a second chance at love.

Miriam Butler’s life is...

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Oh, I really enjoyed this one. I was excited to start this after the great time I had reading her first one. This one didn’t disappoint. It had a great pot and wonderful romance.

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Thank you to @netgalley for an E-ARC. Play to Win comes out July 11, 2023!

Jodie Slaughter did it again! This is the second book that I’ve read by her and I truly enjoyed it. Miri was such an in depth character. I felt like I knew her personally. This book had me really rooting for Miri and Leo. I did find it a little interesting that the two could go multiple years apart with no contact and come back together shortly after, but the story line between them was good. I would’ve loved to know a little more about their past before diving into their current situation. Jodie does a great job of brining up important topics in such a graceful way. She touched on mental health and Miri talked opening about her mental health in the book. Even mentioning needing to find a counselor. As a counselor myself, I LOVED that! Overall it was a great read!

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Play to Win by Jodie Slaughter
This book is set in the same town, with some of the same characters as Bet on It, but you can read it as a standalone.

Jodi Slaughter writes excellent characters, full of emotion, and who are so very wonderful. This book has all the feels! And an excellent dose of steam!

I absolutely love that this story begins and ends with Miri digging a hole.

I received an advance review copy for free from NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Play to Win is a romance novel, but the love you'll enjoy is as much for the family and friends who round out the story as for Miriam and Leo, our two protagonists. You're rooting for everyone in Greenbelt to find a win. Slaughter gives you a real sense of place and makes you want the best for Miriam, even as she puts Leo through his paces. Is he deserving of her? Will giving him a second chance make her happy? You have to read to find out!

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Jodie Slaughter does it again! Another fun, sexy, beautiful book with incredible mental health and queer rep. There's nothing I love more than estranged spouses trying to make it work, and Slaughter really made me root for these two.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jodie Slaughter hit it out of the park again with this story! I absolutely loved the continuation into the universe and seeing familiar characters, all while learning more about these MCs. The storyline was so fresh and interesting and I found myself thinking of this book when I couldn’t be reading it. I hope she does more books in this universe asap!

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Jodie Slaughter does it again! Last year I was fortunate enough to read her novel Bet On It and when I received the chance to read her newest novel Play To Win I was thrilled! The romance follows Miri and Leo, estranged childhood sweethearts. When Miri wins the lottery at the beginning of the book, her whole life turns upside down. How does one go from having nothing to being able to afford anything one’s heart could desire?

And what if, the only thing the heart desires the most, could not be bought with all the money in the world?

I was excited that the novel plays in the same town as Jodie’s other novel and that we got to revisit Aja and Hunter as well. Those two have stuck with me and I was so happy to read they are still going strong.

Miri and Leo are just as endearing, but I do believe that with a bit more communication between the characters (especially about what went wrong!) and a little bit more of their backstory, I would have been able to connect with them more.

The spice in this book is well written, just as expected.

All in all, I devoured this book and can’t wait for the next of Jodie's book. Hopefully it will be another intertwined stand-alone. I have grown to love all of Greenbelt's residents!

Play to Win is set to be released on July 11 and is bound to be the perfect beach read!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the ARC!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of Play to Win by Jodie slaughter. All opinions are my own.

This book had me so emotional!! It starts by introducing Miri, a 32 year old who lives with her mother in her childhood home, barely making ends meet. When buying her mothers routine lottery ticket, she randomly decides to get herself one and then wins $220 million dollars!! Thats all great until her lawyer shares that her estranged husband (who walked out on her 8 years ago) could technically sue her for half of it. Miri calls him to come home and finally sign the divorce papers, but he has other plans to win her back.

This second chance romance was so cute, I loved all the scenes were they reminisced on their childhoods and how they grew up together. This is the first book I've read from this author but I'll definitely be checking out their other books. Couldn't recommend this enough!!

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Miri doesn't play the lottery but the one time she does she wins two hundred and fifty million! Talk about luck! The only problem, she's still technically married and her estranged husband is technically entitled to part of her winnings. This was such a cute second chance romcom and I couldn't get enough! The humor, the angst, and the spice was so good. Even though Leo wasn't the ideal husband in the beginning, he grew into a whole man and my heart was swooning. I really enjoyed the writing style and I am looking forward to reading more from Jodie Slaughter in the future!

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I’m a sucker for second chance romance! This was a light and fun read! Highly recommend as a summer rom com! Spot on humor and on brand for cute romance.

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