Playing the Player by Amy Andrews
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #3
Also in this series: Playing It Cool, Playing With Forever, Playing House
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.
Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.
Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I met Em and Linc in Playing It Cool and was more than intrigued by Linc. I wondered if he would ever score with Em after witnessing the epic crash and burn in that book.
Em has some daddy issues that led to her latching on to any man who would give her a little attention, who then would always end up leaving her. She finally realizes her problem and decides to take a break from men and relationships. She’ll only lift the man-ban for the right kind of guy… the forever kind.
Linc, a man-whore extraordinaire, is definitely not a forever kind of guy. Having never been shut down so hard and so many times, he considered Em a challenge.
Men will be men and a bet is made as to when Linc will finally score with the elusive Em and he sets off more determined than ever to charm her. At the same time, Em’s unwavering resolution against players like Linc will make it that much harder.
When a man completely against commitment decides to chase a woman completely against casualness… well, you get one hell of a ride. Linc and Em spending time together will turn into something neither had ever expected, but unless they work through their issues and differences nothing much can come out of their explosive attraction.
Like the previous book in the series, I found Playing the Player charming, hot and sexy, with hilarious banter and a great cast of characters. I really liked how the author took on the whole bet thing, and how we got to witness both Linc and Em’s growth through the story.
Linc was a super hunky rugby player, cocky, charming and definitely bossy. Em was snarky, sweet and funny. I liked them both as much together as I did as individuals.
I’m on the lookout for the next Smoke hottie to fall… the only thing I ask is that I get an epilogue at some point. Pretty please?
Rating: 4 “There are curtains in my heart now” Stars
“What happened to brotherhood?”
“Dude” Bodie glanced at the contraband in Linc’s hands. “Leopard print panties.”
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