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About Playing It Cool
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…
What I Thought
When I read through the synopsis for playing it cool I instantly wanted to read it. Sports based romance – Tick. Hot guys – Tick. A less than perfect female lead character – Tick. Super-hot guy fancying the pants off of said less than perfect lead character – ding ding ding, we have a winner. As I have previously said before, it’s refreshing to read a story where the characters have flaws that people relate to daily in real life. That put the word out there that you don’t have to be a god or goddess to be able to find love!
Dexter Blake has always liked his women with “a little junk in the trunk” as he puts it. He is just far too focused on his rugby career right now though to deal with ladies and relationships. Harper Nugent though, well she has caught his eye a few times whilst at the side of the pitch. When Dexter spots Harpers stepbrother, Chuck, insulting her about her weight and telling her she is embarrassing, well, he can’t help but go over. Wanting to punch the lights out of Chuck, Dexter instead asks Harper out on a date. At first Harper refuses, feeling like it is a pity date, she doesn’t want that. But when Dexter persists, she finally relents thinking that it will annoy the hell out of her stepbrother and step mother.
Neither Dexter nor Harper expect to get on so well and really enjoy themselves though. Its non-stop chatting and laughing. Dexter even manages to pull Harper out of her funk after she receives a message from her step mother putting her down, which makes Dexter see red. After reassuring Harper that she is in fact his ideal woman, the two agree to pretend to date to annoy Harpers step family. The problem here…..they fancy the pants off each other and it’s not long until they give in to their urges. Their will power when it comes to each other is just non-existent.
How long can their physical yet platonic relationship last though, without either of them developing feelings and then it possibly interfering in Dexter’s Rugby career? And does Harper ever stand up to her bullying step family? Buy the book and find out.
So as soon as I started reading Playing It Cool and realised that it was written in third person narration, I was a little gutted. This is my least favourite narration of a book, but surprisingly it worked with this story. I really enjoyed it. Playing It Cool is a flirty, fast paced, quite short and easy read and I just breezed through it.
The writing is descriptive and light, it is easy to follow. I didn’t get confused at all. With some third person narrated books, when it switches from the male to the female parts of the story, I sometimes don’t notice and can get a little confused when it becomes a little more obvious as I read on. Playing it cool wasn’t like that.
This story is the kind of storyline that makes you goofy grin. A lot. Like all the way through pretty much.
I loved Dexter and how, straight off the bat he was protective of Harper as soon as he noticed her stepbrother being mean to her. And it wasn’t just because he thought she was gorgeous, but he came across (in my head) as the type of guy that is like that all of the time. He wasn’t a superficial guy, and that made him sexy! When he was risking the love of an amazing woman for his career, thinking he couldn’t have both, I wanted to shake him.
Harper was inspirational. She knew she wasn’t miss slim but she didn’t let it get her down or rule her life. Of course there were always deep seeded doubts, especially with the step family she had, but she hid it well. She didn’t want people to see they got to her. She was a strong character.
The banter Dexter and Harper shared was flirty and hilarious. Only a couple truly comfortable around each other could have a competitive conversation about who masturbates the most. On their FIRST date. On the outside they seemed like total opposites, but deep down they were both star wars loving, gamer geeks who were perfect for each other.
This was my first experience of reading anything by Amy Andrews, I believe this was book number two in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series. I would definitely love to read book #1, Playing by Her Rules. As you can tell from what I have written, each story can be read as a standalone.
An enchanting and sweet story to read.
About Amy Andrews
Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written over fifty contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She has written for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins, Momentum, Tule and Escape. She’s sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including manga.
Amy spent six years on the national executive of Romance Writers of Australia including a two year term as president and after many years of unofficial mentoring of emerging writers, Amy and her fellow Harlequin author Anna Cleary have started their own manuscript assessment business, Word Witchery, which specialises in romantic fiction. With unique insight into what makes a story that sells, Amy and Anna aim to help every manuscript shine.
Amy loves good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel – preferably all four together. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.
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