Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy (The Baileys #5) by Piper Rayne
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: kindle book
Source: purchased

You might be wondering how you’ll know when your playboy ways are coming to an end. For some it might be an unexpected pregnancy (ahem… you know who), for others it might be finally landing the one woman you’ve always wanted (cough… I won’t mention any names). For me, it was the death of my mentor and the subsequent reading of their will. The signs were there, they always are. But I didn’t notice them until it was too late, and my demise was complete. Demise Sign #1 – You find yourself thrust into the land of responsibility and you don’t immediately hightail it out of town. Demise Sign #2 – Despite being stuck with the world’s biggest Jekyll & Hyde, some sadistic part of you actually enjoys spending time with her. Demise Sign #3 – Your family suddenly stops wanting to weigh in on every decision in your life. Demise Sign #4 – Somehow you end up being the voice of reason in your tumultuous partnership. Demise Sign #5 – You start thinking of other people before yourself. Demise Sign #6 – You agree to put yourself in the middle of an Alaskan reality TV show that has both of you sleeping in the same tent.

Demise Complete.

Lately, I’ve been ready a lot from author Piper Rayne.  I can’t help myself.  To me, their books have the perfect mix of romance, fun, and feels.  The Baileys are one of my all-time favorite families.  Each member has a distinct personality and yet you can feel their connections and love on every page.  And, although each book focuses on a different member of the clan, we’re always treated to some visits with other favorite characters and to learning what’s going on with their lives.  It’s fun to spend some time in Lake Starlight.

This book is about Denver and Cleo…and their enemies to lovers story.  When Cleo’s father passes away, he leaves his business to them both.  The 50/50 split looks like it might bring more trouble than success.  But, as these two spend time together, and begin to realize their attraction to one another, the story really gets interesting.  I really enjoyed watching their chemistry explode and their bumpy road to happily ever after.  I loved their banter and, of course, their interactions with the family around them.

As is always the case with this series, this book showcased both romantic and familial relationships and how it’s not unusual to disagree and to fight with each other but, in the end, how love can win out.  I really enjoy this world and am happy that there are still a few more Bailey siblings for me to spend some time with.  If you haven’t already, give this series a try.  I think you’ll be happy you did!

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