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Playing For Her Heart

Playing For Her Heart

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Grant Osprey just had the hottest sex of his life. Sure, they were both in costume, and yes, it was anonymous, but he never expected her to bolt in the middle of the night without so much as a good bye, let alone exchanging numbers. Or names. All he's left with are her panties and some seriously X-rated memories...until he meets his business partner's little sister

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Grant Osprey just had the hottest sex of his life. Sure, they were both in costume, and yes, it was anonymous, but he never expected her to bolt in the middle of the night without so much as a good bye, let alone exchanging numbers. Or names. All he's left with are her panties and some seriously X-rated memories...until he meets his business partner's little sister.

Only Chloe Talley isn't the bold, sexy vixen he remembers. And she wants nothing to do with him.

Cosplay is Chloe's only chance to leave her boring, socially awkward world behind. To forget that she's failing at life and can't be with anyone, let alone a single-father like Grant. But the raw hunger between them is undeniable. With him, she can be a misbehaving maid. A sexy call girl for hire. Each scene pushes Chloe beyond her strict boundaries, until Grant demands the one character she can't play.

Herself.

Each book in the Gamers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Changing His Game
Book #2 Playing For Her Heart
Book #3 Tied to Trouble
Book #4 Leveling The Field

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633753945
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
08/11/2015
Series:
Gamers , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
11,362
File size:
2 MB

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Playing for Her Heart (Gamers)

A Gamers Novel


By Megan Erickson, Edited by Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Megan Erickson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-394-5


CHAPTER 1

He was the perfect Breck.

There were other Breck cosplayers around the convention but on every one, something was off — whether it was the shade of blue of his shirt, or the way his sword was hung.

This guy, though ... this guy's shirt was the perfect blue, that brilliant color that was so noticeable in the Aric's Revenge video game. It was a blue that was almost purple. Chloe had even looked it up, and she'd determined it was #2a23ff. Which she recognized was pretty damn dorky, but why cosplay if she didn't go all in?

This Breck had blond hair that was the exact length of the character. Was it his normal cut, or had he gotten it done for the convention? She wasn't sure which one she preferred. An actual, real-life Breck in the wild was like finding a four-leaf clover.

The man shifted where he stood leaning against a wall, and the muscles in his arms rippled beneath the thin linen cloth. He had a strong jaw and full lips. A sharp, straight nose. He was perfect in those tight tan breeches, his sword hanging at the perfect angle on his hip.

Chloe's hands self-consciously went to the corset of her Sari costume, and the satin fabric was slick under her fingertips. She stepped forward, her skirt swishing around her bare legs and brushing along her lace-up, knee- high boots. She'd sewn the ribbing into her gray corset and laced it herself. She'd agonized over the beige skirt, making sure the dirt patches matched up to Sari's in the game.

Cosplay was ... well, it meant everything to her. It wasn't Halloween. She didn't cut holes out of a sheet and throw it over her head and declare herself a ghost. Oh no. This was Comic-Con. And this year's star attraction was Aric's Revenge, the wildly popular video game turned into a wildly popular movie that had made buckets of money.

She was dressed as Sari, an enslaved ex-princess who was held prisoner alongside Evelyn, the wife of the main character, Aric. In the game, Sari had fallen in love with Breck.

Which was exactly what she planned to do that night. Minus the love part.

Chloe wasn't the type of girl who met guys in a bar and made small talk about their lives and the weather and their jobs. No, she was the type of girl who dressed up and pretended to be someone else for one night of wild passion.

And then before he saw the real her, she left, back to her life in her lonely home office in her bare apartment. A life where she had a reclusive, damaged brother, and dead sister.

A life where she was destined to fail everyone.

She let herself feel the crowd around her, keeping an eye on Breck. There was an energy in the air, one that was fueled by a sense of belonging, and Chloe fed off it as she always did, smiling when she heard the exclamations of thrilled kids and adults.

The Comic-Con, held in Philadelphia at a large hotel convention center, was well attended, the crowd a mix of cosplay and people in street clothes. Chloe had arrived the night before, checked into her hotel room, and finished up the last-minute fixes to her costume. All around her was excited chatter, the soundtrack of video games and movies blasting from the various booths.

She'd waited all year for this, especially because of the presence of the Aric's Revenge creators. In fact, she'd just listened to Austin Rivers give a beautiful speech about his involvement in the making of the game. It was her favorite of the year — the graphics were stellar, the storyline tight, the cast diverse.

And now she was here, as Sari, and had finally found her Breck.

As she drew closer to her target, he raised his head, and blue eyes as brilliant as his shirt pierced her. She had to check to be sure her false eyelashes were still on, that her corset hadn't unlaced, because those eyes ... well, she swore for a minute that they saw through her disguise to the boring, freelance computer-debugging geek underneath.

She wasn't that girl. Not tonight. She needed a costume to approach gorgeous men like the one in front of her, whose blue eyes were now tracking down her body, all the way to her toes and back up.

But then her vision was no longer full of Breck, because a man had stepped in front of her, blocking her view.

She craned her neck and moved to go around the man, but then he sidestepped, right into her path. She glared at him. Or rather, she glared at ... Doc Ock.

A Doc Ock who was leering at her.

For God's sake.

He twisted at the waist, so his metal octopus arms clanged together. Leaning into her, he pulled a string near his head so a claw snapped in her face. "Need a hand untying that corset, baby?" He held out his hands so that all four of his metal arms lifted. "Because I got six."

This was what was keeping her from Breck? A Spider- Man villain? She raised her eyebrows, emboldened by her costume so she could say what she never could without it. "Seriously? That's your come on?"

He blinked at her. "Uh, yeah I guess so."

"That's the best you could come up with?"

His lips twisted to the side. "Well, uh, how about, are you afraid of spiders? Because I can protect you."

She rolled her eyes. "Spiderman already beat you once and —"

And then her world tilted as someone gripped her waist and slung her over a hard shoulder. Then she was moving as the body who held her began walking. She protested with an umph and raised her head, watching Doc Ock stare after them with wide eyes, his metal arms clanking.

Chloe tried to get her wits together, remembering this was cosplay and she was Sari and how dare this guy pick her up? She turned her attention to her kidnapper. Or rather, his back. His blue-shirt-clad back. "Hey, put me down."

He did with a thunk, and once she righted her skirt and brushed her hair out of her face, she got a good look at Breck. Her Breck.

Her incredibly hot rescuer.

She placed her hand on her hips and tried to keep the breathiness out of her voice, because damn. "I was doing just fine back there."

"I know you were," he said in a deep voice that skittered down her spine like fingers. "But I wasn't. Had enough of watching that guy trying to hit on you." Those full lips, so full they were almost feminine, twisted into a smile. "I wanted your attention. Because you're the best Sari I've seen today."

Chloe sucked in a breath. Oh yes, he'd do.

She smiled, grateful for her heavy makeup — black-lined eyes, rouged cheeks, and red, red lips. "You're an okay Breck, I guess."

He laughed, a short burst of sound that made her grin even wider.

"Okay? Only okay? Damn, woman, you're a tough audience. I hand-dyed this shirt, I'll have you know."

Never in her life did she think a man talking about dying his shirt would make her wet. But, oh God, she was a little turned on right now. "Ah, but did you slice your finger open on the plastic boning while sewing it into your corset?" She had a small bloodstain on the inner lining to prove it.

She'd never seen a man whose face was so expressive. He twisted it from humor to one of mock sympathy in an instant. "Oh my God! The horror! Did you see the healer, my dear Sari?"

He was so good, slipping back into character. Which worked for her, because he'd never learn her real name if she had any say over it. "A dab of ointment and a bandage and I'll live to see another day."

He held out his hand and she studied it. Not too calloused. Nails short and well maintained. He had a rather muscular frame, but she assumed that came from a gym. She took one step closer and placed her injured hand in his.

His fingers closed around hers briefly, his gaze on her face, then his eyes dropped to her hand. He studied it, twisting his wrist, until he found the injury on her forefinger. She'd placed an honest to God white bandage on it she'd made from an old bed sheet. A Band-Aid would have ruined her look.

His mouth quirked up at the corners as he took it in, and then he lifted his gaze, lowered his head, and pressed a kiss to her finger.

She held in a gasp as his lips brushed her skin, the warmth spreading through her limbs like wildfire.

The first time Breck touched Sari in the game, she'd just picked the lock of her cell with a dagger hidden in her skirt. With several other prisoners at her heels, she'd taken off at a dead sprint in the catacombs of the dungeon, only to run headlong into Breck, who was there with Aric. He'd hauled her over his shoulder and she'd fought him the whole way, pounding his huge muscled back while he ignored her like she was a fly.

He'd smacked her ass, told her if she didn't stop, he'd lock her away again.

And Sari, who was no dummy, stopped.

Chloe thought maybe she should be kicking and screaming. That maybe this Breck was a little too much for her to handle, with those laughing blue eyes and sensual lips. But she wanted to know what was under that blue shirt, what was behind the laces of his breeches. She wanted to know what else those fingers could do, the ones that were currently massaging her hand.

Plus, she had her armor. Sari would protect her. Sari would speak for her.

Sari could do what Chloe never could. Be who Chloe could never be.

His lips left her skin and then he tugged gently on her arm. Another step brought her against him, so the breast cups of her corset brushed against his chest.

"Do I have to haul you over my shoulder to have dinner with me, or will you come willingly?" he asked quietly.

So blue, his eyes. He was like a walking Ken doll. Chloe had only played Barbies because her sister had forced her to, and when Chloe did play, she always ended up with Ken and Barbie on the roof of the Dream House naked.

She wanted this Ken doll naked, too. But without that weird smooth plastic crotch.

"I'll come willingly," she responded.

He tilted his head and his eyes sparkled. "I might need to frisk you for daggers. I'm not sure those are allowed in the establishment I'm taking you to." His eyes sparkled.

She licked her lips, tempted to tell him to forget dinner, a bed was all that was needed. But instead, she nodded. "You can frisk me."

He raised an eyebrow as he slipped a hand beneath the waist high slit on her skirt. "What will I find, Sari?"

Those fingers started at her outer thigh and then traced inward, along the soft flesh on her inner thigh. She sucked in a breath. "What do you think?"

He paused when he touched the leather of her garter. A smile tipped his lips. "Ah, my Sari, never without a weapon."

She stepped back then, away from his touch and swirled her skirt around her legs. "No man will have his hand up my skirt. I think we're safe wherever you plan to take me."

He paused, then held his elbow out. "I like a woman who can defend herself."

She slipped her arm in his and they began to walk. "Well then, glad you found me."


* * *

She was the perfect Sari.

Grant Osprey hadn't actually planned to pick out a Sari to go with his Breck. He didn't really discriminate when it came to these things. He would have been fine with a Wonder Woman or Poison Ivy. That steampunk Queen of Hearts two years ago had been a full house in bed.

But this Sari ... there was something about her. Plump red lips, huge cascading waves of chestnut-brown hair that brushed the top of her high ass. That was her real hair, he bet, not a wig. What he wouldn't give to wrap his fist in it while he took her from behind. She was a petite thing, and he imagined spanning her narrow waist with his other hand, watching the firm globes of her ass jolt with every stroke inside of her.

He was getting a little ahead of himself, but that's what these conventions were for him. Sure he dated here and there, but dating lead to complications that he simply didn't have time for. He was the owner of a gaming magazine and a stressed-out single dad. But here? He wasn't any of those things. He was Deadpool or Legolas or Breck.

He didn't have to fuck, but he sure as hell liked to, and if Sari's glimmering green eyes were any indication, she did, too.

He glanced around the crowded convention for a glimpse of his friend, Austin Rivers, and his girlfriend, Marley Lake. But they'd just made up after a big fight so he was sure they were in a hotel right now fucking like bunnies.

Good for them. Marley was the newly appointed editor of Gamers and she was the only thing that made Austin happy. And it seemed the feeling was mutual.

Grant's eyes drifted to Sari's chest. The tops of her rounded breasts peeked out of the top of her corset. They looked soft and smooth and perfectly lickable. He had the urge to lay his head on them, run his fingers along the smooth satin fabric of her corset, listen to her heartbeat.

He led Sari to a small restaurant that had been set up near the Aric's Revenge stage. He glanced around but now that the presentation was over, the area was less crowded and he didn't see anyone he knew.

The inside of the restaurant had been made to look like a medieval tavern. Faux stone covered the walls, and the lighting was dim with electric sconces on the wall, which flickered to look like real firelight. A gas fireplace lit up the corner, a bearskin rug on the floor in front of it. There was an aisle down the center with large rectangular wooden tables on each side, about five deep, with benches for sitting.

The acoustics were terrible, but it settled Grant into the role, making him feel like he'd just completed his mission and was now dining with his spoils: Sari.

Grant ordered them some red wine and hot beef sandwiches. Sari sat with her legs crossed, the garter holding her dagger visible on one pale thigh. He wanted to drop to his knees under the table and shove his face between her legs, but he needed to have some modicum of decorum. This wasn't actually the Middle Ages.

Plus, he didn't know what she wanted. Flirting didn't mean she was going to get naked for him.

Her lashes were incredibly long, and he wondered if they were fake or real. His daughter, Sydney, had never been into makeup and was only getting started now that her high school friends were encouraging her. So Grant didn't know what to look for with these things. All he knew was that Sari was gorgeous. Stunningly so. Her shoulders were bare and slender. She wore an iron cuff on her biceps in the shape of a dragon. He had the sudden desire to see her calves, ankles, and feet hidden in her knee-high boots.

Grant had always been able to fall back on his charm. He flirted shamelessly with anyone with a pulse. But this woman tied up his tongue in knots. He took a sip of wine to lubricate it.

"Should I call you Sari or ..."

She blinked slowly over the rim of her pewter cup. "Sari's fine."

Why did that make his dick hard? "Guess I'll remain Breck then."

The sandwiches were placed in front of them by a winking wench. Grant grinned back, and Sari laughed.

Grant poked at his sandwich, which oozed juice as it sat on a wooden trencher. They had cloth napkins but no silverware. He took a bite and savored the seasoned meat. "Tell me about where you're from."

He watched the tip of her tongue slip past those red lips and swipe at a bit of juice that had escaped out of the corner of her mouth. "Well, as you know, I'm a Princess."

Grant grinned, glad this was still the game. "I do, your Majesty."

"Your highness," she sniffed.

He stifled a snort at her offended frown. "Apologies."

She brushed her hair behind her shoulder. "Avaria is quite beautiful, you know, with ..." Her voice faltered as she said, "butterflies and singing birds."

He dug his fingers into his thigh so he didn't burst into laughter. "You don't say. Butterflies and singing birds. Paradise, it sounds like."

"And meadows and lakes."

"Why, of course."

She licked her lips again, and they quirked at the corners, like she was trying to hold in a smile. "So when I was betrothed to an evil man in the neighboring kingdom, which was obviously dark and scary with no butterflies and singing birds ..."

He nodded emphatically.

"I ran away. When I was finally captured, my betrothed had died. So my brothers sold me into slavery as punishment."

"Horrible and cruel."

"Indeed," she said, sipping her wine.

"But I saved you," he pointed out.

"Well, I had planned to save myself. You just beat me to it. Just like back with Doc Ock."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Playing for Her Heart (Gamers) by Megan Erickson, Edited by Heather Howland. Copyright © 2015 Megan Erickson. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Megan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she's not tapping away on her laptop, she's probably listening to the characters in her head who won't stop talking.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

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Playing For Her Heart (Entangled Brazen) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice, sweet read. Looking forward to others in the series.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Megan Erickson has written wonderful characters with amazing chemistry. Reviewed by Kim Playing for Her Heart starts around the time the previous book, Changing His Game ends. While this is the second book in the series, it is a standalone read. Grant, Grant, Grant..... I knew I was going to love Grant Osprey from the glimpse I got of him in Changing His Game. The man is a single father who stepped up to raise his now fourteen-year-old daughter by himself when he was in college. Now, he’s part owner of Gamers magazine with his new business partner, Ethan Talley. Chloe Talley (Ethan’s sister) is one of those heroines I love. She’s a shy/introvert who’s more comfortable dealing with code and her computer than she is with people or anything else. But beneath that shyness is a brazen vixen who comes out to play when armed with a costume or pretending to be someone else. I feel sorry for Chloe who has lost herself trying to be there for everyone but herself since the death of her sister. Being the youngest of three, Chloe sees herself as being unimportant and unnecessary. Grant totally surprised me in this book. I wasn’t expecting him to be the dirty talker he was. And, I definitely didn’t expect him to be the rough, down and dirty type. But with all of that, he still has a soft, caring, sensitive side. The chemistry between Grant and Chloe is off the charts. Unfortunately, Chloe doesn’t think the real her is good enough for Grant. With Grant what you see is who he actually is. What I loved about this story was that Grant fought to have Chloe show him who she really was. I loved that he forced her to realize that her and her feelings were just as important as the feelings of others. Together, the two bring a balance to each other lives neither realized they needed. I’m looking forward to seeing what Megan Erickson has in store for the rest of this series. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
debb323 More than 1 year ago
Chloe Osprey’s life has been shattered by a death in the family. She leads a lonely life working from home debugging programs and wondering when Ethan and she will ever have a family life again. Chloe meets Mr. Right at Cosplay in Philadelphia. Comic-Con brings out the nerds and the one-night-stands, which is what she wants; that is until she meets Grant Osprey, Ethan’s business partner. Grant meets Sari, Chloe’s alter ego, who is bold sexy and unafraid to speak her mind. She’s nothing like the real Chloe, but Grant wants more than Sari can give him. I love Chloe and Grant and enjoyed reading their story. It was hot and sweet at the same time. Grant knows what he wants and goes after it. Really liked that Chloe was a successful business woman; Playing for Her Heart was a feel-good story. I would recommend this book. This book was gifted to me.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Grant and Chloe know how to turn up the heat no matter where they are or who they are pretending to be! The role play throughout the story was something that I hadn't read about before and it made the story really fun. I liked the first book where I first met Grant and his daughter, so I loved seeing Chloe fit in with them. My only complaint is that the story was too short, just like with Changing His Game, I would have liked to see their relationship develop more thoroughly, although I did feel the emotional connection between them. Even though it is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star The story has laughs, secrets, twists & turns, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Changing His Game (Gamers #1) This is Chloe and Grant’s story. Chloe likes cosplay and uses it to hide herself. When she meets Grant the first time they are in character. She is free to indulge in fun. As long as they are both roleplaying then Chloe is confident and sexy. But when she out of costume she is different. Can Grant get her to open up to him? They have a lot of the fun naughty times in this story. I wish you go a little more of the relationship development. Seems like there relationship was more based on sex and less on the development of feelings. In the end it felt a little rushed. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a good read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Chloe Talley hooks up with Grant Osprey at Comic-Con while in character. Their Cosplay turns HOT and they decide to extinguish the flames the old fashioned way. Only he turns up the heat. Later, Grant meets her in a restaurant while dining with her brother. And again later. They keep meeting like this and he might start to get ideas. If he didn't already have them, that is. Chloe, and her family, have been through a lot since losing her sister. It has been 2 years and she seems to be the family scapegoat for feelings of all kinds. Can she be selfish and take for her own needs? Grant just cannot stop thinking of the beautiful and smashing Chloe. It is starting to effect his work too. He wants to see her out of Cosplay and in a real life role. Her brother wants to kill him if he so much as hints at it. What's a guy to do? This story has so much to offer the reader! It is full of nerdy sayings, angst, humor, satire, lust, and so much more. I found the book was not one I could put down. The characters are so achingly refreshing in a book that has so many surprises and smoking hot sexy times. ***This ARC was given for review purposes only.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Grant and Chloe have a wild night at Comic Con and after Chloe disappears without so much as a goodbye. Imagine Grant’s surprise when she shows up with her brother, his friend and business partner for a lunch meeting. The chemistry between Grant and Chloe and as long as Chloe can pretend to be someone else things are wonderful, but soon Grant wants to know the real Chloe, will she let him in? This was a short read but the story is entertaining and sexy I really liked it.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Playing for Her Heart was so much fun to read! I loved the nerdy aspects of the story, and all of their role-playing scenes were even-reading-this-on-my-lunch-break-at-work-feels-kinda-wrong (but I'm going to do it anyway) H-O-T. Grant is a fantastic hero--I loved that he decided to raise his daughter all alone since college, when his one-night stand let him know she was pregnant and didn't want to keep the baby. Sydney is almost too perfect for a fourteen-year-old, but you still just have to love her. Especially when she's managing her father so expertly-- "You going to be fine while I'm at Grandmom's and Grandad's?" she asked. He threw up his hands. "I'm thirty-two and your father. I can handle a weekend by myself." "Yeah, but last time I spent the weekend there, you decided to retile the bathroom and we all remember how that turned out." "My hand slipped," he groused, thinking back to the hole in the wall he'd had to patch. LOL :) And when he works so hard to convince Chloe that it really is her that he loves, not any of the roles she's felt she has to play? Hero of the year. Chloe is a great heroine. She's long felt like the invisible sibling--a label she was actually okay with--until her more charismatic sister dies in a car accident, when she takes it upon herself to try and fix her family but feels completely overwhelmed and not up to the task. She feels major survivor's guilt--if Samantha had been the one to live, Chloe's sure she would have been able to hold the family together in a way that Chloe can't. Their brother Ethan was driving the car, so his guilt is Chloe's increased by about a million, and their parents appear to be blaming him for the accident as well, so... Yeah, it's a mess. And obviously not an issue that's going to be easily fixed, nor will it be completely resolved by the end of this book. Though Chloe will get to a more comfortable spot with it all, and she will make strides towards giving her parents the kick in the butt that they need. But obviously Ethan's going to have to face his demons in his own future book--one which I am so lining up to read. Chloe's been using role playing as a way to get out of her head and live more than she's let herself do since the accident, and though it makes for some really steamy scenes, it's obviously a crutch she's going to need to get over in order to reach some kind of an HEA. When she finally does? That scene? Oh. My. Gosh...it seriously brought me to tears. It was that good. The hero and heroine from book one ( Changing His Game ) make brief appearances here, but Playing for Her Heart works perfectly fine as a standalone. As long as "perfectly fine" is code for "you're going to feel a burning desire to read book one as soon as you finish this one, and will be counting the days until book three comes out", that is. ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
With Cosplay, Chloe Talley could be someone else: she can be more beautiful, bolder, and sexier. It was her shield to the world, to hide who she really is: shy, awkward and broken from the tragedy that stroked her family. She wanted to escape even for just a night, so sue her for wanting to have little fun, and indulge herself in one awesome, unforgettable night with a stranger. But when Grant Osprey woke up, the sexy woman who rocked his world the other night was no longer beside him. Although disappointed, he went back into his real world, not expecting to see her again. Especially not in a business meeting with his best friend, who happens to be the vixen’s brother (talk about awkward). But this Chloe seemed to be different from the one he spent the night with. The Chloe he remembered was more confident and exudes sexiness: this one was shy. Since she was his best friend’s little sister, he tried to stay away, only to be pulled again in a frenzy. Because every time they were together, Chloe hides herself in a costume. Oh, our boy loves a little kink, especially role playing. But games like this is tiring, will he ever convince Chloe to reveal her real self to him? Can he ever convince the girl that she was more than enough and she doesn’t need all those costumes? The moment they met, Grant and Chloe already had that chemistry, and it even went off the charts as they get to know each other better. He understands her, what she has been through and what was going on in her life and he just proved it to her by means of a grand gesture that had me swooning – but not without the help of his equally charming daughter. Chloe – this was her story. I love how her character bloomed with the help of Grant, his daughter and even Ethan. She might start with zero self confidence at the beginning of the book, but as the story progressed, you can see how she was finally embracing and loving life. And there’s Ethan, the overprotective brother who has his own share of baggage, I want nothing but his happy ever after, and I hope he gets his fast. He truly deserves it. Playing For Her Heart was indeed a great read. It was not just sizzling hot, with all those role playing and crazy hot scenes, it was also fun, and sweet. It can be emotional at times, with the baggage Chloe was carrying, but your heart can surely handle it: just enough drama to add into the mix. This was the kind of book that once you start reading, you.just.couldn’t.stop.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
I love nerdy books and this has both the nerdy and the sexy in it. Megan Erickson's Playing for her Heart is the perfect blend of dirtiness and nerdiness. Grant Osprey is a single dad, a swoon worthy one at that, is completely devoted to his daughter. Grant takes being a single parent seriously, but when the chance comes to have some fun at Cosplay, Grant leaps at it and ends up having an incredibly hot night with a stranger. When he meets his business partner's sister, he realizes he is in a world of trouble when she turns out to be the sexy stranger he hooked up with at Cosplay. Now Grant and Chloe are pushing all boundaries and letting loose with one another, until Grant asks Chloe to be someone she's not sure she can be. From the very beginning Grant and Chloe had absolutely amazing chemistry and it just keeps growing as the book goes on. The heat between these two is off the charts and I love the nerdy role play. Grant is a wonderful dad and as I mentioned before, he's so swoony. Playing for her Heart took some turns that were unexpected, but made the book that much better and Erickson's writing is flawless and flows quite easily. Nerdy, romantic, and touching, Playing for her Heart is yet another wonderful book by Ms. Erickson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn’t like this one as much as the first. I thought the first one was really good. But I wasn’t a big fan of Chloe in this book through a good portion of the second half of the book. I hated how she kept pushing Grant away after sex. It got so annoying. And I wished we would have seen more of Marley and Austin. Those were the few issues I had with this book. I really liked Grant and his daughter, Sydney. I loved that she cooked and liked to take care of her father. I thought that was sweet. And Grant was a fantastic father. Overall, I liked it. I didn’t love it or anything. Chloe at times got on my nerves because of the way she done Grant. I think I said this in my review of the first book but I’ll say it again; I really liked that this was based around games. I thought that was neat and I haven’t read anything about games before. I did like the chemistry between Grant and Chloe, but I hated how Chloe keep pushing Grant away. And of course I can’t wait for Chloe’s Brothers book. I so stoked for that one. Especially after you have read about him for the past two books. You know his history and everything he’s been through. Happy Reading
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This book is proof that nerds are sexy! ;-)
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Cosplay? Gamers? Role-play? Yeah, I'm completely out of my element so I blew past those references to what's familiar: relationships. I really dislike timid, mousy heroines and could not for the life of me understand Chloe's need to express herself by playing a role. She's pretty and successful and even though I don't get gamers, I get that being a woman in a male-dominated field like hers is a huge achievement and should be enough to make her confident but Chloe is socially awkward and very reserved. Attending the Comic Con gives her the opportunity to be someone else and of course she picks a character that is very far from who she really is and the result? The hottest sex of her life with a very sexy guy! Grant Osprey is a single father and between his daughter and his job, he has very little time for anything remotely resembling fun so the Comic Con is his chance to cut loose and enjoy himself and if it leads to a passionate and uninhibited encounter, he's definitely not going to pass up on that but he does not expect her to sneak out while he's asleep without leaving him any contact information. When an chance encounter reveals his hook-up as the younger sister of his business partner, Grant is quick to express his interest in getting to know here better but this Chloe is very far from the bold and confident woman he met before, unwilling to acknowledge the chemistry between them unless she could assume another persona. Grant wants the real Chloe but he'll take her however he can get her, for the moment. And through a series of coincidences, they find themselves being thrown together many times. PLAYING FOR HER HEART was fun to read and I really liked Grant and how tenacious he was. He was not willing to give up on Chloe, he made sure that she know that she was wanted, that she mattered and it was just what she needed after being ignored for most of her life by her family. While the emotional issues got tedious after a bit, there was enough steam to balance them out. Chloe really was all of those personas she played at. Yes, she was shy but when she let herself go, she was fun, confident, outspoken, very sexy, open and playful and Grant brought out the best in her. I really liked Chloe's brother, Ethan too and while broody and damaged heroes are not my thing, I really want to know more about him and I hope that the next book will be his story. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lagalloway More than 1 year ago
Part of this book was kind of a fantasy realm for me because as much as I think role play would be fun, it still isn’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining and fun to read about Grant and Chloe. I can’t decide which Chloe I like best: Cosplay Chloe or Real Chloe. Of course, Grant sees them one in the same even though Chloe is adamant that one is better than the other and people don’t want to know the Real Chloe. Chloe has struggled for the last two years with fitting in to the mold of a social life (AKA, not having one, but probably needing one), being pulled between her parents and brother after a tragedy that has ripped them in different directions, and being a successful computer programmer, finding security issues for major corporations, and keeping up on all the Cosplay fantasies. Grant is the single father of a budding teenage girl, but sometimes feels she parents him more than he parents her. But, in the end, it works for them. Grant isn’t afraid of a challenge (his fatherhood demonstrates that fact), but he’s afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing to Chloe, the Real Chloe. Grant is someone who would never like the Real, Boring Chloe; he would only ever be interested in the fantasies of her being another, more exciting person. Chloe refuses to contemplate letting someone other than her brother into her life because she can’t face one more disappointment. Push comes to shove and Grant may have pushed too far this time. But he refuses to let Chloe clam up and hide her true self from him. Will Chloe be able to put aside the past and see the way Grant sees her? Or will Chloe take too long to realize that she is more than she sees herself? Playing for Her Heart is a sweet, romantic, heartwarming, and hilarious read that kept me enthralled from cover to cover. Chloe and Grant are both characters that I can relate to, and also characters that I can see fitting into my life. Chloe resembles me in some aspects while Grant is the bout of life we could all infuse into our daily routine. His gentleman, caring behavior also had me swooning and rooting for him to win Chloe over. Megan’s writing captured me right from the beginning and truly brought the whole story to life. At one point, I was actually nervous that there wouldn’t be a HEA with how well she wrote Chloe and her anxieties of allowing herself to be the Real her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! Chloe and Grant together are hot. The characters are the best. Yeah Nerds! The storyline was fun and hot. I need to read more books by Megan Erickson!!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters are well written and intriguing. You have Chloe who is a shy introvert that believes she has to take on cosplay roles to be alluring to men. Then you have Grant single dad and dirty talker extraordinaire. When Grant and Chloe come together it's off the charts hot, they have so much chemistry. Chloe hides behind her roles because she is dealing with the tragedy in her family and believes the real her isn't worthy. Good thing Grant has come into her life because he's exactly what she needs. You won't be disappointed in this book. This book has passion, humor, heartbreak, and love.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 stars I am completely speechless upon finishing this one. This book is Megan's hottest book to date and I am still feeling a bit flushed even afterwards! While I enjoyed the first book in the Gamers series, I really loved this one. I think it had to do with the emphasis on the role-playing between Chloe and Grant. It was so hot to see these two act out their fantasies with one another and being the gamer girl I am, I would have no problem slipping into one of those roles if a sexy guy like Grant came around! I've been excited for Grant's story and I loved that he was matched up with Ethan's younger sister. The two end up being quite adorable together and wow did they have some serious chemistry! I loved the anonymity these two had in the beginning because it made things that much hotter between them! Megan doesn't hold back with the sexy times in this one and I loved Grant's dirty talking. He was sex on a stick and I just loved him. His devotion to his daughter is also really sweet and I liked seeing them interact with one another as well. He is happy with his life as is and isn't looking for a relationship. One of the things I adored about this book was how willing Grant was to open his eyes to the possibility of more. He doesn't act like the tortured hero who goes on and on about how he can't do 'more' and I loved that about him. Chloe on the other hand was a bit harder to crack. Her family has endured a tragedy and instead of coming together to deal with their grief, they have splintered apart. Chloe feels the weight of that and my heart broke for her, as her self worth is quite poor. She doesn't feel confident enough to show her true self, which is why she likes to cosplay so much. She uses it as an escape and that boosts her confidence, as she can step away from herself and be anyone she wants. However, the more time Grant and Chloe spend together, the more he wants to see the real her and he finds himself growing tired of the games. Watching Grant help pull Chloe out of her shell was my favorite part, but I love that Chloe realized she was the one who had to do it and that he couldn't be the one to save her so to speak. Megan does a great job of incorporating that realism into her novels and I love it. I really liked getting to see more of Ethan in this book too, as my heart hurt for him also. I am looking forward to seeing who will be the one to pull him out of his reclusive shell and help him deal with his guilt and open his heart up. This series is a hot one and I definitely recommend if you need some sexy times with a great romance!
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! I absolutely adored the first book in this series and Playing for Her Heart I liked even more so. I love the blend of hot and dirty fun along with the sexy nerdy vibe of the characters in these books. Most especially because they represent something I've always felt, nerdy can be sexy as hell. I was extremely excited to get into Grant's book because of one major thing. A thing I didn't get quite enough of I might add but I'll live, and that thing, or character I should say, was Grant's daughter Sydney. That kid is amazing and laugh out loud funny and I melt over the relationship that those two have. First you give me a nerdy guy, give him a deliciously hot body, charm, humor and then you throw in the fact that he's an amazing single dad and I am gone. I'm a puddle. My heart stands no chance against a guy like Grant and I knew all of this before I even started his book. I was dying to see what kind of woman would be lucky enough to end up with Grant, and Sydney for that matter, in her life. Chloe was perfect. She brought adorably nerdy to a whole new level. I mean the way she described the shade of purple in Grant's Cosplay costume at the opening of the book? I lost it. I couldn't help but grin and develop a big old girl crush on her. I didn't expect the depths that were discovered in her character though. The pain and heartache that she's gone through. It was easy to see how she'd rather lose herself in a character with Grant than to allow him to see the real her. It was an interesting twist and I loved getting to know her and see her grow. The instantaneous chemistry between Grand and Chloe was incredibly hot. I thought that Austin, from the first book, was smoking hot but her comes Grant with his sexy, nerdy swagger, dirty mouth and delightfully naughty ways and it was almost like Austin who? I just cannot get enough of this series or these characters. I've just finished this one and already I'm dying for the next. And I'm hoping it's not just my misguided heart that's wanting to make it happen but I'm hoping the next book is maybe Ethan and Chad? I would just die. We get to know Ethan quite a bit through this book since he plays a pretty big part which I won't divulge since it's not mentioned in the blurb. But also I feel like Chad came so close to stealing the spotlight, for me personally at least, in book 1 as well. He's just this larger than life fun character and I feel like he's exactly what's needed to break through all of Ethan's defenses. Sigh. A girl can hope and dream right? Truly, I am head over heels for this series. It's got heartfelt characters, it's incredibly steamy, and full of fun references that'll make your nerdy heart spasm. They're such quick and easy reads that feel like they've packed way more heart in them than they have pages. I cannot recommend this series enough! A big thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It was refreshing to read something new and totally unlike anything else I have read. The story line was very intriguing and had me flying through the pages, and it contained some hottest little encounters I've read in a while, Ms. Erickson is definitely a master at steamy tales! Chloe Talley is a very smart and beautiful woman, who is extremely shy and tends to be socially awkward. She leads a very quiet and boring life, and doesn't date much because she lacks confidence, and doesn't believe she has what it takes to be sexy and alluring to men. She does however have one guilty little pleasure, she has a fetish for dressing up in sexy costumes and having anonymous encounters with men. Being able to hide behind a mask and disguise her true identity makes her feel liberated, gives her a sense of unmeasurable pleasure, and allows her to explore a side of herself she's not willing to show in her day to day life. But what happens when these two worlds collide... Grant Osprey meets a beautiful and unbelievably sexy princess who provides him with the hottest night of his life and then she vanishes in the middle of the night. Now all he can do is dream about her and hope by sheer luck that he'll see her again. But when that chance meeting comes along the princess isn't quite how he remembered her and she doesn't want anything to do with him... Highly recommend you add this book to your reading list, it's sure to satisfy all your reading needs, and then some! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson Book Two of the Gamers series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: August 11, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Official Summary: Grant Osprey just had the hottest sex of his life. Sure, they were both in costume, and yes, it was anonymous, but he never expected her to bolt in the middle of the night without so much as a good bye, let alone exchanging numbers. Or names. All he’s left with are her panties and some seriously X-rated memories...until he meets his business partner's little sister. Only Chloe Talley isn't the bold, sexy vixen he remembers. And she wants nothing to do with him. Cosplay is Chloe’s only chance to leave her boring, socially awkward world behind. To forget that she’s failing at life and can’t be with anyone, let alone a single-father like Grant. But the raw hunger between them is undeniable. With him, she can be a misbehaving maid. A sexy call girl for hire. Each scene pushes Chloe beyond her strict boundaries, until Grant demands the one character she can't play. Herself. What I Liked: Whew, this book was hot! Steamy, sexy, on fire, whatever you want to call it. I didn't read the first book in the Gamers series, Changing His Game. Apparently, Austin and Marley were a HOT couple. They make some cameo appearances in this novel. Still, even though I didn't read Changing His Game, I am no stranger to Erickson's books, and I KNEW I would love this one! Grant Osprey loves cosplay - and so does Chloe Talley. The two of them meet at ComicCon in full costume, and a steamy night ensues. But Chloe can't have more than one night, because she doesn't think anyone would want the real Chloe, the computer-loving nerd who is weighed down by guilt, about how her sister died. But when it turns out that Grant is one of her brother's partners in business and best friend, Chloe can't hide. She doesn't want the sexy nights to end but... she doesn't want Grant to know who she really is. I know next to nothing about cosplay - I recently saw a Try Guys Buzzfeed about the Try Guys' experience with cosplay, and that was when I really started to understand what it was. Yup, I'm not much of a gamer. But I love how well Erickson did her research and/or knows her stuff! She made it easy for people like me to understand feel comfortable in the world of gaming and cosplay. That was a relief because the first scene is literally a bunch of gaming cosplay references, and I was about to panic because I didn't know anything about cosplay! Chloe is such a likable woman. She and I are different, yet so similar. I could totally relate to her nerdiness, her love of gaming (translated to my love of books and sci-fi), our shared love of dirty romance novels (hehe), and our internal shyness. Although I think she is a little more shy than me. ALTHOUGH when she is in character, girlfriend is a naughty brazen wildcat. Grant is such a swoony guy! He's thirty-two and ripped, because his fourteen-year-old daughter bakes like Betty Crocker. I'll get to the child bit in a second. Grant is hot and dirty-talking and persistent and dedicated, and continues to give Chloe attention even when she pushes him away. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! :)
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This second story in the Gamers series by Megan Erickson is the steamy romance between Chloe and Grant. Computer programmer Chloe is a quiet and somewhat introverted woman, except when she gets to cosplay at comic conventions where she can dress up and show off her wild side. A sexy night with another cosplay adventurer is all she is looking for when she hooks up with her partner in costume, Brent to her Sari from the Aric's Revenge video game. But when the man she sleeps with turns out to be her brother's business partner, her anonymity is gone. Worse yet, she can't resist playing more sexually adventurous games with him. But the more time they spend together, the more Grant wants the real Chloe. Can he convince her that he's not just playing anymore? I really enjoyed this story! We met Grant as a secondary character in the first story in this series (easily read as a standalone as well) and I was excited to see that he would be second in line for getting a happy ever after. He's a single parent with a teenage daughter and his dedication to her comes through immediately. He's a funny, charming and handsome man, and loves to be in character for comic con as much as Chloe does. But because of his single parent status he steers clear of relationships, preferring one night stands and not getting too deeply involved with women. When he meets Chloe though, he can't get enough of her. She not only interests him sexually (and they share several steamy scenes together!) but her humour, wit, and intelligence make him realize that she's got what he's been missing in his life. Chloe however is a lot more cautious. Her family circumstances are complicated, including a very protective older brother Ethan who doesn't know about her extra curricular activities and whom she is sure would definitely not approve of her being involved with his partner. When she's not letting herself loose in another character, she often feels that she isn't relationship material, and her self esteem is quite low. She doesn't believe she's worthy of a man like Grant unless she's playing a part. I really liked how Grant was able to make Chloe see her worth, to him and to her family. Because of his faith in her she changes through the story and realizes that her happiness is equally as important as everyone else's. Grant comes across as a really good guy right from the outset, and he's a generous lover as well (to Chloe's benefit!). I enjoyed seeing his solid relationship with his daughter and his concern for how his affair with Chloe would affect his friendship with Ethan. For me, this was a really fun and sexy story and I'm looking forward to Ethan getting his happy ever after too! 5 stars.
TeresaMaryRose More than 1 year ago
These books are so much fun and I love them. They are so sexy and funny and quirky and such a fresh type of romance. These are not your typical characters and that is probably my favorite thing about these books. They are a great romance, but with characters you won’t find anywhere else. Chloe is a likable and relatable character. The amount of guilt and pressure she is shouldering because of her family broke my heart. I loved how smart she was and that she excelled in her field. She was just a great character. I also loved Grant. He was so funny and charming and sweet and I loved how he was with his daughter. He just made me laugh and I loved that. He was so patient with Chloe and I loved that he was willing to chase her. I also really liked the secondary characters. Grant’s daughter Sydney is awesome and I adore her. Chloe’s brother Ethan is a cranky one, but I definitely really liked him and he surprised me. It was also nice to see Marley and Austin again briefly because I love those two. All in all, Playing For Her Heart was a fun read and I am really loving this series. The characters are so fun and quirky and I just love that this isn’t your typical romance. Definitely a series to add to your tbr.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
Chloe Talley was an introverted, software specialist, who liked nothing better than kicking back in her yoga pants and nerdy tshirt. But when she attended Comic-Con, she made sure her get up correctly portrayed Sari, the enslaved ex-princess, who featured in Aric's Revenge, this year's star attraction. Grant Osprey was part owner of Gamers magazine, and had just had a new investment partner. Ethan Talley, who had taken over from Austin Rivers, who we met in the first story of this series. Grant found himself at Comic-Con, dressed as Breck. When he saw a version of Sari, that exceeded his fantasy, he made a play for the fair maiden. Their cosplay fuelled their attraction to one another and subsequently their one night together far outweighed any previous experience, for both of them. Predictably, Grant and the no-name Sari meet up again at a dinner arranged by the common denominator, Ethan, and reality kicks them both in the guts. This is a cute, yet steamy read, and both characters are pleasant enough to carry the story well. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
After a wild, crazy, and completely anonymous night, Grant Osprey can't get the woman he met at the gamer convention out of his head. Too bad she was gone when he woke. No name, no number, no finding her! Imagine his shock when he meets his new business partners sister. Yep, you guessed it! His very aloof mystery woman. Chloe can't believe her bad luck. The one time she decides to let go and get a little crazy comes back to bite her. It's not that she wouldn't like a little more time with Grant, but that woman he was with wasn't her, not really. That night she was brave, wild, and uninhibited. Everything Chloe isn't!! This one was a great read. Loved the characters and pace of the story. I would definitely recommend this one. (