Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review of Playing Dirty by C.L. Parker

The bit on the back…

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.

Firstly thank you to Bantam for inviting me to download a review copy of this title. This is the first book in C.L. Parker’s Monkey Business trio and is the first book I’ve read by the author. The story is about two main characters, Shaw and Cassidy, who go up against each other in a bid to sign a top sport star to their agency roster.

At first I thought ok, good start. There was a dual POV, which you probably know by now that I love, and there was definitely heat and electricity between the characters driven by their love to hate each other and their competitiveness against each other. A little way into the book my thoughts changed to oh God, here we go. The story seemed to take a turn into jumping-the-gun-ville but to my surprise and pleasure it was just a little twist and the story jumped straight back onto its original tracks.

The narrative goes back and forth between Shaw and Cassidy as they compete to win over Denver and his family. From the beginning there is definitely an attraction between the characters and you can just feel that something is bound to happen. The story is a little predictable in that way but to be honest the predictability ran out towards the end as your left on a cliff hanger awaiting the next in the series.

Shaw is cocky, arrogant and described as downright beautiful. He admits to Cassidy’s own beauty even though it pains him to say it in the beginning. It’s easy to see that they should be together based on their likeness alone. They have a group of friends around them and the story of their friends intertwines with the main story between Shaw and Cassidy meaning that they are pushed closer together in a platonic capacity too.

I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series if anything just to find out what happens next. I have high hopes for Shaw to come through as the guy you know he can be! I would recommend this for fans of Emma Chase’s Tangled Series and for fans of Samantha Young’s Hero.

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