Series: Monkey Business Trio #1
Author: C.L. Parker
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2015
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Related Books: Getting Rough, Coming Clean
About Playing Dirty: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.
Playing Dirty Review:
First of all – GAH! This ending. Okay – be warned. It’s a cliffhanger. And it does not warn you. And it feels pretty unnecessary. The book left off in a place that would’ve been a great place to end the story completely. It always kind of throws me off when you have a series that normally focuses on each couple for one book, but then has one couple that breaks the pattern.
That being said, rant over and I will definitely still read the other books in this series. Amazing dirty talk – as I start reading more comedy-focused romance and business books, it’s completely necessary to throw in a super steamy read like this now and again. 😉
The banter was amazing – both between Shaw and Cassidy, and them and their friends. I haven’t read the first book in the series, and I’ve already bought it and added it to Kendall the Kindle’s “TBR” folder. I love when I enjoy reading the friends’ dialogue as much as the romantic stuff. They were all pretty outrageous, but not to the point where it’s like insufferable.
Like, it toed that like between Will & Grace / Parks and Rec (2 of my all-time favorite shows) and How I Met Your Mother (which I find insanely annoying half the time) pretty well. They said and did completely ridiculous things, and seemed to have some ridiculous mannerisms, but they seemed to only do / say one ridiculous thing at a time. It wasn’t like, an outrageous situation where people said outrageous things i outrageous ways – the insane was never all at once, which made it work for me.
I also loved the story line with Denver – the whole courtship / thing seemed a little weird at times, so while I didn’t see the twist coming, I was really hoping there would be some twist, or it just wouldn’t make sense to me.
The only things I didn’t like were the cliffhanger that caught me off guard, like I said before, and how cocky Shaw and Cassidy both were. Do they need nexercisers from Happy Endings to be strong enough to hold their big heads up? God, it was very much the stereotypical Jerry Maguire-type persona.
But all in all, a really great read. 🙂
About C.L. Parker:
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 for 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.