Saturday, September 10, 2016

Playing It Cool (Sydney Smoke Rugby #2) by Amy Andrews



Goodreads Review




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…



4.5 Paint Girl & Dex the Stud Stars

This book came at exactly the right time for me. I had this series on my radar but wasn’t interested in reading the first one, second chance romances just ain’t my thing you know?

Harper Nugent has a lot of junk in her trunk. She is an artist. I liked Harper from her personality to how she sees herself. Her family is a real piece of work though and her struggle to deal with it is hard but I admired her. She made it work with her curves and rocked it.

Dexter Blake is all about the rugby. That is until Dex sees an Amazon Goddess on the side lines. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks and he is so far on the other side that he never wants to go back to Perry Hill. A relationship isn’t on his agenda. He has a mindset of either his career or a relationship. Life doesn’t always go as planned though.

His boys on the rugby team try to help him

“I hope you’re planning on hitting that, Dex,” Lincoln Quinn murmured as he also appeared […..] Dex chuckled. “Since when did you all turn into pimps?” Linc clapped him on the back. “Just lending a hand.” “Thanks. I can get my own ass.”

When Dex hears how Harper’s stepbrother Chuck talks to Harper he does the only thing any good man would do.

He smiled. “I was hoping you might like to go out with me one night.” She blinked, the crease between her eyebrows almost cavernous now. “Oh.”

He had to do some real convincing for her to go out with him. She thinks it’s a bet or a dare and goes with it. In the end they decide to screw with Chuckie and act as if they are a couple although there are definite sparks between the two. But really they are friends who just hang out.

“So, we’re not doing the platonic thing, then?” she asked, dragging her gaze off his cock for a moment to meet his eyes. Dex chuckled. “All my good intentions seem to disappear around you.”

But as soon as the family finds god they are so mean about it. But Super Dex saves the day.
“Thank you for defending my honour.” He chuckled. “By besmirching it?” “Meh,” she said dismissively. “Whatever works.”

What is even more precious to him is that he can be himself around Harper no acting. They are good together. The sexual chemistry is off the charts. They can talk about everything to nothing and the sexy banter, yay!

“All about the bass.” “I am,” Dex chuckled. “I really am.” “I’ve heard about your sort but I thought you were just some kind of mythical beast. Like a unicorn.”

I’m usually careful with these books as in with curvy women because a lot of self-esteem issues come with it and I don’t like how women see themselves but is just a peeve of mine. But as I stated Harper rocked this and well Dex is so good to her and builds her up bit by bit.

But with all good things sometimes things get messy. And Dex made them very messy to say the least. He screws up not once but twice but boy does he make up for it. BEST. ENDING. EVER!!!