Sunday, May 31, 2015

Playing Dirty by C.L. Parker

For fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard comes the start of an irresistible new erotic romance series in which competition is the ultimate seduction.

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 an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have to say I was interested in seeing how the author would turn rivalry into something more. And at first I was quite skeptical, but in the end it really worked. Although I will say Cassidy's dream out of the blue was a bit unbelievable as she'd already known him for quite a while and never thought about him in that light, but other than that I actually really loved how things evolved between the characters.

The love/hate relationship, the banter, the angry/hard sex was just... great. I loved that while the sex was hot, the background story kept going as well so it was never dull.

I didn't really understand why Cassidy would think one thing about what she was doing with her client, but then do another and then go back to chastising herself about and think that could've been played off a bit better.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed the book and hope there is more to their story as I felt like we were left with no closure!! I need to know what happens!!!

Playing Dirty is just what it says, Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews work at one of the top agencies for sports players and they will do anything to win the biggest player in the world of football. Denver "Rocketman" Rockford is the guy that every team wants and he wants an agent that will get it for him. Cassidy and Shaw will try to outdo the other to win Denver over. And the way they hate each other you would think that they would not be seen in the same room. When they are alone the sparks fly and they can't stay away from each other. Their love/hate relationship, or lack thereof, is what keeps the other fighting. What will they do to try and win Denver over and get the partner position at work? Both Cassidy and Shaw can't stop thinking about the other. Will they let the lust between them ruin their chances of winning over Denver? They are drawn to each other as they learn more about each other’s past. They will both learn of lies told, guilty feelings and running away. This is a first for me from C.L. Parker and I can't wait for more of this series.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Down and dirty in all aspects is what set this book apart. Cassidy is up for a partnership at the SSE PR firm and she isn't going to let the upstart Shaw derail her plans. When their boss, Wade, comes to her and lets her know that the partnership is riding on her ability to sign the hottest NFL star, she's all over it. The only problem is that Shaw is after the same client.

From the get go, the animosity between Cassidy and Shaw is palpable. There is no give and take, no working together and barely any civility. What does linger under the trash talk is their desire to one up the other and if seduction of the other can gain them an edge...

The sex between the parties is off the charts hot. The chaos that follows is intense.

The ending left me with more questions than answers and I hope there is a book two out soon.

When I read the synopsis the pull for me was the sports aspect, but other than both main characters being sports agents there really isn't much mention to the actual sports. I did find myself enjoying it regardless. Shaw Matthews and Cassidy Whalen work for the same sports agency, Striker Sports Entertainment. They have been put against each other to gain the hottest quarter back out there, Denver Rockford. The story follows the extremes they will go to get signed by Rockford.

I loved the back and forth between the two main characters. The love/hate they had going on was entertaining. The chemistry was off the charts. I am so interested in seeing where this next book goes with them. I am loving the other characters in this one as well. I hope the series follows along with them, hoping to see more into certain couples too.

This is a really crazy book, fueled mostly by off the charts hot sex. Told by both the lead characters, Shaw and Cassidy, it reels us in, raises the temperature and then ... book two better be out soon!

The language is chatty, the characters are larger than life, the scenarios amplified by the love/hate relationship that these two had been cultivating at work, and it is spilling over in the most delicious but hilarious way. Madness on the page, yet so engaging and entertaining.

Please get book two published soon – very soon!

C.L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She’s a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort all her life—which translates to “she just wouldn’t shut the hell up”—it’s no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Playing Dirty (Monkey Business Trio #1) by C.L. Parker to read and review.

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