Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #3
on January 30th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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 think the only thing I don’t like about this series is that the books are always so damn short. Playing the Player is no exception from the rest of the series—it’s hot, funny, intriguing, and heartwarmingly beautiful. Linc and Em couldn’t be any more different, but it’s what ultimately brings them together. Sometimes opposites do attract.
We’ve known Linc since book one, and we’ve known he was the biggest player of them all. Only caring about rugby, money, and women. But what about his past made him the player who closes of his emotions so completely? But I also couldn’t wait to see him fall, fast and hard for Em.
And I love Em! First off, her real name is hilarious. Those mean parents haha Secondly, I’ve had a very specific image of her in my head after Harper’s book, which thankfully was not actually the case. But I loved how much she changed and grew throughout the series. Yet, both Linc and Em have had a rocky childhood, one that damaged both of them in a very different way. Can they overcome the scars inflicted by their parents? Or will they let them tear each other apart?
I think what I liked most about Playing the Player was not just the chemistry between the two—and boy was that hot—but also the fact that while I thought I knew what was going to happen, it actually didn’t! I was sure this one thing will happen and tear them apart—color me surprised, and ecstatic when it actually did not happen. I love when authors manage to take me by surprise and throw my preconceived notions out the window, proving me wrong. Well done, Miss Andrews, well done!
Despite this however, I enjoyed this book due to its well-developed writing and characters. It drew me in from page one without hesitation and didn’t let me go.
If you are in the mood to see a sexy, arrogant rugby player be brought to his knees by a science teacher, then Playing the Player is the book for you! It’s full of hot steamy scenes as well as the sweet love story I’ve come to crave and expect from Amy Andrews. Playing the Player—another book in the “Sydney Smoke Rugby Series” that did NOT disappoint.
~Review by Anja