The Pleasure of Panic
#2, Jordan's Game
J. A. Huss
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A new day. A new game. A new girl to (try and) please.
Issy Grey is a control freak. There’s no problem she can’t solve. Issy’s also a successful self-help author, presenter, and life coach. She has every answer, every time you ask for it.
That is… until her BFF butts into her life and signs her up for a sexual fantasy fulfillment game she never asked to play!
Now she can’t turn it off! She can’t quit, because Jordan Wells refuses to admit she’s even a player!
And she can’t get rid of the man assigned to pleasure her with panic, because he’s her new bodyguard!
Blow your mind!
I'm not sure what just happened, but I loved it. This author never fails to take me for a ride that has me constantly guessing where it's going. I'm kind of addicted to it. I think it's rare to find books that you can't predict what's going to happen and it gives me kind of a rush.
I found it hilarious that Chella keeps popping up in this series stirring the pot. The fact that she signed up her best friend for one of Jordan's games was bold. Poor Issy, she gets turned down for the game...but then did she? I'm still not even sure.
This game, if it was a game, was more serious. It started out pretty funny. I was laughing a lot and enjoying these crazy characters. Then it turned into some heavy stuff. All I know is that Issy is pretty kicka$$. I want to grow up to be her.
Finn. Poor Finn. He learns real quick things aren't what they seem. I haven't quite figured out if he got played or if he was just that good at playing.
What is the game, you ask? Well, Jordan is the mastermind behind all games. He sets up people to reach their sexual fantasy but that's not all. He's almost like a fixer. While he gets people to jump out of their comfort zone, he also gets them past what keeps holding them back in life.
I can't wait until the game gets turned back on Jordan. I'm pretty sure his book is going to be epic. But I do hope the author brings us a couple books before that happens. I need Lawton's story and definitely Darrel's story.
ARC provided by Author.
Reading The Pleasure of Panic was absolutely one heck of a thrill. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of the suspenseful mind games that J. A. Huss concocts and dishes out for us. Every single one of them never ceases to leave me speechless and dumbfounded—just like this one. The twists and turns, the anticipation of what will happen next and trying to figure out how certain things fit into the story certainly kept me on my toes from start to finish. All of it—every detail—was just carefully constructed and brilliantly executed.
I loved Issy and Finn’s story. Once I got into it, I just couldn’t stop reading. I found myself flipping the pages like a mad woman, constantly wanting to get to know more... to make sense of what’s really going on and get to the bottom of everything. It’s an addiction like no other. And it’s all of that that just made their chemistry and sexual tension like the cherry on top of an already decadent sundae.
The Pleasure of Panic was an incredibly mind-blowing, intriguing, thrilling and steamy romance with twists and secrets and deceptions that seemed endless, and a hint of humor and sweetness that was just perfectly right. These books in the Jordan’s Game series just keeps getting better and knowing more about them is nothing short of compelling. The games will drive you to the point of insanity, but they’re so clever and impressive that you’ll just want more and more. At this point, you wouldn’t really know who’s playing or getting played anymore. Anyone’s basically fair game—even the master of it all, Jordan Wells. And it’s only getting bigger, more complex and honestly, more beautiful as we go on.
Controlled chaos is the name of the game!
This book was quite a trip! I kind of don't even know where to start this review. J.A. Huss is certainly a master at taking her readers on a journey where they are in a constant state of flux, not knowing what's really happening at any given moment. And that's exactly what happens to Issy Grey in this story. Her friend Chella talks her into meeting with Jordan Wells, the "game master" who takes a woman's deepest fantasy and creates a game to make it come true.
Issy Grey is one kick butt heroine. Running a company called Go F*ck Yourself, she empowers women to become whatever they want to be, and teaches them self defense at the same time. She is a control freak, but sometimes that becomes SO tiring and she just wants to be able to let go a little, if only for one night. She meets with Jordan Wells and tells him what her ultimate fantasy is, but he ends up turning her down.
From that point on, this whole story is a guessing game of what is really happening. Suddenly the FBI are all up in Issy's face, but are the things they're telling her is happening really happening? Or is this all a game? But Jordan turned her down, so who is behind the chaos that has suddenly taken over her life? Is it the agent who has been tasked to keep her safe?
Special Agent Finn Murphy has relocated to Denver from DC after an "incident" he was involved in. Now he's just going through the motions each day. Until his boss assigns him to watch over Issy Grey. Not that she needs the protection, as he comes to realize after she takes him down in like, 2 ninja Jujitsu moves that leaves him flat on the ground, gasping for breath.
Neither Issy or Finn actually know what's going on. Finn because he wasn't paying attention when his boss gave him the assignment, and Issy because she believes that "someone" has orchestrated this whole situation she finds herself in.
I have to admit, I had no clue the entire time I was reading as to what was really going on. I just had to keep reading to see if I could glean any clues as to who was behind everything that was going on. Both Issy and Finn have huge secrets in their pasts that they try to keep buried, but inevitably it all has to come out, if they want any chance of coming out of this alive. Add to this the instant chemistry and attraction these two have. Together, they could be a force to be reckoned with, if they can just get to a place where they trust each other.
You don't need to have complete trust to enjoy some really good sex though, and boy do these two have some pretty steamy sexy times!! I think the not trusting factor actually played into making the sex even better, since Issy is convinced all the way through that this is all just part of "the game" even though she doesn't know who is running it. And Finn, being a man, knows she's convinced this is all just a game, but hey, who is he to argue with her?
I am always amazed at how Julie interweaves SO many things and connects them in surprising ways. Even though Issy and Finn have never met before, their pasts are intertwined in a way they never would have imagined. And when this connection comes to light, the suspense and action really ramped up! And little ninja jujitsu Issy was kick butt!! I was rooting for her so hard!!
By the end of the story, I still had no clue who was orchestrating everything that had happened. A couple of revelations occur that left me shocked. All I know for sure is, it didn't matter who was behind it all, Julie IS the ultimate game maker! I don't know how she comes up with these stories! And after reading the epilogue that sets us up for the next book, I can't wait for that one to be released!