Title : Playing Dirty
Author : C.L. Parker
Series : Monkey Business Trio, #1
Rating : 4,5 Stars
Blurb : For fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard comes the start of an irresistible new series in which competition is the ultimate seduction. “Loaded with wit and snark, great characters, and lots of hot, steamy, naughty sex, Playing Dirty is sure to satisfy.”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner Shaw Matthews plays to win, and he intends to snag a coveted partnership at San Diego’s hottest sports agency by signing America’s top athlete. Only one woman stands in his way: rival agent Cassidy Whalen. But eliminating the competition will be Shaw’s pleasure when he concocts an ingenious plan to seduce Cassidy and show the beautiful ballbreaker who’s the better man for the job.
That is, until Cassidy turns the tables—and their steamy encounters start breaking all the rules. Cassidy has worked hard to make it in a man’s cutthroat arena, and she isn’t going down without a fight, not even against the six-two alpha hunk whose rock-hard body awakens desires she’s never known before. As Cassidy shares night after night of unending passion with Shaw, the game begins to change. Now Cassidy stands to lose everything—unless a fiery contest of wills can become a winning proposition for two people who keep raising the stakes. Playing Dirty is intended for mature audiences.
Review : When I got the invitation to read this book, I was fully into it without actually caring to take a look at Goodreads where I might would have found out that this is NOT A STANDALONE which copes with the story of Cassidy and Shaw. I was actually confused when there were not even 20 % left. I was like “Ok, now they really need to hurry up!” And then you turn the last pages and it sinks in that the second story will be also about them ! Yeah, speaking of an enormous badass surprise(n ot that I am not happy about one more book!). Right from the beginning of the story you are involved in a very steamy and pushing story which is full of powerful situations! The competition between them really grabs your attention as there are so many scenes in which you are like ” Oh man, this is going to end soooooo badly! ” For the reader it’s pretty obvious right from the beginning that the plan to seduce each other is “interesting enough” to be the basis of a very powerful story. After reading other books, I probably would have complained about the mass of sex scenes in the book, but you get exactly what is written in the plot, so complaining about this wouldn’t be fair. When I wrote down notes during reading, I actually have written down exactly these points. That there are so many hints(for instance about not letting themself feel anything for a person), but you often don’t get to know what is the reason for these statements. And because I thought of this book as a completed story, I just wished for this book to include more background information and perhaps even less sex scenes. But now that I am finally clear about it, I hope that the author will use all these really good rudiments to create an even better second book! The fact that there are at the end ,for me, kind of too many new beggining story-lines is something I right now would not see as criticism. Something else I would like to mention is the fact that the story is very concentrated on the two protagonists even if we get to know all these lovely friends who all have a very special personality. On the one hand it’s good as there is enough stubborn material to work with. In my opinion, it just would have been even better to put a little bit more “effort” into the description of their ,for example, business life. After all it is a sport agency. So with including typical scenes concerning this topic it would have been even more authentic. What can I say? This story got me right from the beginning. And when you read the title “Playing Dirty”, I can guarantee you for sure that this is what you get. In more than one way…..
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
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