Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #2
Also in this series: Playing the Player, Playing With Forever, Playing House
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 12, 2016
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Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie, Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals, but Dex won’t take no for an answer.
Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he's focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he'd been secretly ogling. What's a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just a little revenge against a poser, and then he'll get his head back in the game.
But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.
Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Oh, wow. Playing It Cool is one of those stories that grab you from the very start and keep you smiling, then frowning, smiling again then yelling obscenities at your kindle to finally be left in a bliss-induced puddle of goo on the floor. Yes, I loved it.
Harper is an artist, she does a lot of charity work donating her time and expertise painting fantastic murals in children’s hospital wings. While her figure might be on the fuller side of the scale her heart is her biggest asset. She was an amazing leading lady–a gamer who was funny, witty, sassy and very down to earth. She had some struggles with her size/weight after growing up with an image-obsessed stepmother and stepbrother that bugged me at times, but overall, she was just great.
Dexter… *sigh* Dexter.
“Give me a woman with hips and boobs, thighs you can crack nuts with and an ass I can grab hold of, and I am a happy man”
Completely focused on his career, he was a humongous, bossy rugby player who came from almost nothing but achieved his dream of playing pro. Women, no matter what type, were a distraction he just couldn’t afford at the present time.
Cue in Dexter witnessing that reporter prick no one liked body shaming the hot chick he had been enjoying from afar. When he realizes that she is the prick’s stepsister he decides to teach him a lesson and asks her out. Though Harper doesn’t believe the piece of man hunk is serious about a date, she accepts just to piss off her prick of a stepbrother.
Now, neither Dexter nor Harper thought anything would come out of them spending an evening together. However, their first date turns out to be plain amazeballs, and they’re soon spending more and more time together.
Their initial attraction just kept on building every minute they were together, and with a hot as hell chemistry things soon went from hot to downright scorching.
“I want to turn you upside down and inside out with wanting me. Want to bend you over the arm of this couch and fuck you until you’re begging me to stop. Hell, I want to bend you over every goddamn piece of furniture in this place.”
Unfortunately, both had some issues to overcome, and they let those issues come between them. I must confess that I was moved to almost physical violence against my poor kindle in a fit of shoot-the-messenger type anger. All’s well, because in the end, no kindles were harmed in the reading of this story.
I really enjoyed Playing It Cool, it was a fun, sexy, hot, and sweet story with great characters, very well paced and engagingly written. I simply loved it.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 “Loved the Aussieness” Stars
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