Playing the Player

Playing the Player

by Amy Andrews


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Playing the Player 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Linc is on the Sydney Smoke Rugby team. Linc thinks he has the perfect life: rugby, money, and woman. Linc doesn’t believe in love and marriage.Em is a H S science teacher. Em is sick of casual sex and relationships not getting serious. She decides not to have anything to do with sex until she finds a good man. But then Em is very attracted to a guy that she is sure is not good nor likely to have a serious relationship. Linc asks Em out several times but she keeps saying no. She does want Linc but she feels she needs to stay to looking for the good gut. Linc and em seem to have a lot in common and their upbringings were a lot alike. They had both faced abandonment when they were young. I liked this story a lot. At times I chuckled . Also there was no huge drama I felt this was well written. I did feel the ending was rushed. But there was a lot of twists and turns and I loved that. I also loved the fact that there was a glossary showing the meaning of the “ Aussie” words. I was happy to see Em and Lic together. I also liked the way Linc and his team interacted. I also liked that Em didn’t hold the bet against Linc I loved how Linc tried to Guess what Em’s full first name was. So all and all I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I loved Em and Linc's story--there's nothing more satisfying than a player finally falling for the one, amirite? Okay, yes, Linc was a total man you-know-what throughout books one and two of the series ( Playing by Her Rules and Playing It Cool ) and speaks of it proudly in the opening scenes of this one. And yeah, the impetus for Em and Linc getting together here is (kind of) an ill-advised bet. However, he's pretty much a one-woman-man from the first page through to the last--before they get together and while they're mired in their darkest relationship moment, he doesn't even think about other women. And even though Linc takes the poker night bet, it's never really a part of why he pursues Em; when it eventually comes to light she knows better than to be worried about it (which made me really happy--I was pretty worried that we'd spend an inordinate amount of time on this nonissue.) I should have known better than to worry, though--this is an Amy Andrews book! Instead of the same-old-same-old pretty much pointless drama, we have a developing relationship between two adults that both made me laugh out loud on one page and reach for a fan to cool down on the next. And then the grand gesture at the end? OMG, le sigh. Absolutely perfect. I still know next to nothing about rugby--how many people are on a team, again? (and yeah, I only want to know to get a ballpark figure of how many books to expect in the series ;))--but I sure do enjoy reading about the fictional guys who play it. Add in a wealth of Aussie-isms (many of which are conveniently defined in the back of the book--some of the used in a sentence bits made me snort-laugh a little) and I am 100% sold. How long do I need to wait for #4? Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lincoln Quinn is a well known rugby player for the Sydney Smoke. He loves the game as well as hanging out with his teammates. He doesn't plan to tie himself down. No wife and family for him. He plans to play the field. He's attracted to Em, but she constantly rebuffs him. She doesn't want a fling. She wants it all - love, marriage and a family. To win a bet, Linc pursues her, but the jokes on him when he falls for her. What happens next is a passionate romance between the Rugby super star and the intelligent school teacher. I liked that they have an immediate connection. When they're together the temperature sores. The chemistry is amazing. Unfortunately they each have past issues that may keep them apart. I liked both Em and Linc. They are perfect for each other. I just wasn't sure how their romance would end. It was enjoyable to see the other Sydney Smoke players. They are a rowdy but loveable group. Amy Andrews knows romance and rugby. I loved reading Linc and Em's story. I enjoyed seeing another Smoke player bite the dust! A copy of this book was provided to me. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Another great book in this series! Linc the playboy of this group of rugby players is about to meet his match. Em has sworn off men, but it's getting harder and harder to resist Linc. I was sucked right into this book. The characters are great with the right combination of humor and personality. Things get quite steamy between Linc and Em. They have a lot of chemistry. I hope there is more to come from this series.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Playing the Player was a fun, sweet and steamy read, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the storyline, I enjoyed the characters, both Linc and Em were entertaining, funny, smart and passionate people who together made a great couple. I loved watching their relationship develop, what started as a bet for Linc soon became so much more. He never expected to have such strong feelings for Em. Overall, Playing the Player by Amy Andrews is a well written, highly entertaining and steamy read. A wonderful addition to the Sydney Smoke Rugby series and I highly recommend it!
Janeen More than 1 year ago
After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon. Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders. Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart. This was okay but again not something I would go right out and buy. I hate it when the hero isn't all that heroish lol. He just didn't do it for me. The heroine was kind of wishy washy and not definitive as a character. I just wanted to get through with the book because Linc didn't want to get married and his "bet" was to sleep with Em. Now, I'm pretty sure that puts him in the douche category. If you're going to bet that you can get a woman into bed in so many days and put a hundred dollars into the pot to bet for your ownself - you're a douche!! That's not a story I'd want to tell the kids or maybe some out there would. Maybe that is your story and if so then...that's great! However, the writing was really good and it was really fast-paced. There was a lot of sexual content and language. I was given a copy of this ARC from the publisher on Netgalley for a honest review. All of the above comments are my express opinions and no one else's.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I've become pretty partial to rugby romances lately, and Amy Andrews is high on my list of go-to authors when it comes to mixing sports and steam in fun and exciting romances. I really enjoyed the first two stories in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, in which secondary character Lincoln Quinn is clearly a man set on experiencing all the action he can get while advancing his rugby career. In Playing the Player, there's one woman who just doesn't seem to be into him at all, something he can't quite wrap his head around. Em Newman, a high school teacher and friend of one of his teammate's girlfriends has rebuffed him at every turn. Never able to resist a bet, he's easily goaded into putting down money that he'll be able to convince Em to loosen up and do the wild thing with him within two months. But this player is about to learn that in the game of love, the only winners are the ones who make it to the goal line together. I love a hero in pursuit theme, and that's what we get here with Linc going after Em with a single minded determination. At first, it's because of the bet, but it's not long before he has put thoughts of that aside in the realization that he really likes Em and wants to spend time with her – in and out of bed. He's also a good guy hero with a kind heart, and while he may have a bit of an ego, Em is pretty capable of taking him down a peg or two. His flirt texting and phone calls had me laughing out loud and combining that with his attention to being the best damn lover Em has ever had puts him clearly at the top of my book boyfriend shelf. Em is serious about her next boyfriend being 'the one'. She wants marriage, kids, the whole nine yards. She knows that Linc isn't looking for anything serious and tries hard to resist temptation. But when he agrees to run a rugby clinic at her school in exchange for a date, she realizes that letting loose and having a little fun wouldn't be such a bad thing. The result is some explosive scenes, hot and steamy sex (shower scenes included!), and two people who quickly can't keep their hands off each other. But just because they've finally done the deed, it doesn't change how they feel about marriage (a definite no go for Linc and a yes, please for Em). Even when they get to the point of revealing their feelings for each other, if there is no compromise their relationship won't last long. You'll have to read it for yourself to see how they sort things out, but rest assured, they get their happy ending. I loved the scenes on the pitch, the bromance between Linc and his teammates, and the banter between Linc and Em. I'm officially naming this one my hottest read of January 2017 and I'll be keeping my eyes out for more sexy, steamy fun from Amy Andrews!
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
4 “There are curtains in my heart now” Stars I met Em and Linc in Playing It Cool and was more than intrigued by Linc. I wondered if he would ever score with Em after witnessing the epic crash and burn in that book. Em has some daddy issues that led to her latching on to any man who would give her a little attention, who then would always end up leaving her. She finally realizes her problem and decides to take a break from men and relationships. She’ll only lift the man-ban for the right kind of guy… the forever kind. Linc, a manslut extraordinaire, is definitely not a forever kind of guy. Having never been shut down so hard and so many times, he considered Em a challenge. Men will be men and a bet is made as to when Linc will finally score with the elusive Em and he sets off more determined than ever to charm her. At the same time, Em’s unwavering resolution against players like Linc will make it that much harder. When a man completely against commitment decides to chase a woman completely against casualness… well, you get one hell of a ride. Linc and Em spending time together will turn into something neither had ever expected, but unless they work through their issues and differences nothing much can come out of their explosive attraction. Like the previous book in the series, I found Playing the Player charming, hot and sexy, with hilarious banter and a great cast of characters. I really liked how the author took on the whole bet thing, and how we got to witness both Linc and Em’s growth through the story. Linc was a super hunky rugby player, cocky, charming and definitely bossy. Em was snarky, sweet and funny. I liked them both as much together as I did as individuals. I’m on the lookout for the next Smoke hottie to fall… the only thing I ask is that I get an epilogue at some point. Pretty please? “What happened to brotherhood?” “Dude” Bodie glanced at the contraband in Linc’s hands. “Leopard print panties.” *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
KendalH More than 1 year ago
Linc finally meet his match! I love this series, but this book was by far my favorite. Two words: Locker Room. I'm really hoping this series continues. I want Valerie to get her happily ever after.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
OMG! Loved it! Thought this was going to set my iPad on fire! These two have some sizzling heat. Such an excellent story. Loved learning the history between Lincoln Quinn and Em Newman. Excellent development with a fantastic build. The story moves fast, entertaining with a romance too hot to handle. So much tension between the two, I loved watching the spar and the subtle changes as they open up and things progress. Laughter, tears and OMG the sexual chemistry was scorching. Amy Andrews I Love You and Your Entertaining & Sexy Stories. Highly Recommended! Don’t miss this one! 
I voluntarily requested a copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for Lincoln's story since he was introduced in Playing By Her Rules. Every time he was present I was chuckling at his statements and constant need for the ladies to be around. Linc has had his eye on Em since he met her. Em wants absolutely nothing to do with him since he is 100% her type; the guy who is only in it for a good time and doesn't stick around. Em is a hopeless romantic and Linc is definitely not. He typically doesn't date but he makes an exception for Em since there is something that draws him to her. I love Linc. He's funny and even though he has a history of getting around, he meets all of Em's stipulations for their relationship. Em is smart woman, who walked back her initial resistance to Linc to just go with the flow and see what happens. The frustrating thing about this book is that this group doesn't seem to learn from their past mistakes. I hope this group gets it together in the next book. *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "You have a lot of balls" Stars! Amy Andrews, returns to the Sydney Smoke Rugby series with book three, and the affable Lincoln Quinn’s story. If you have read the previous two books, you will know that Linc is known as being somewhat the ladies’ man, a label he wears with quite a bit of pride, and I must admit I do have a particular soft spot for the reformed bad-boy trope. "There aint’ nothing that can keep this groin down." For the most part Amy delivered up a story that worked in that regard. The opening chapter left me with a little concern as to how the story would play out with Em because a relationship built on a bet is one that starts on a slippery slope in my opinion. "I believe in rugby and money and sex. There’s honesty in those things. They’re not things that involve feelings and airy fairy promises. They’re things you can control, and they don’t pretend to be something they’re not." But as the book progresses, you quickly start to see that, that part of the story has very little relevance to the relationship that grows between Linc and Em, and is used more as a catalyst to jump-start their story. And when it is bought to the fore, the author turned it on its head rather than turn it into unnecessary drama, which I really liked too. "Guys like you don’t stay." As they get to know each other on a deeper level (as well as having plenty of dirty-hawt sexy-times), you also see that there are a lot of similarities between them and their upbringings that they keep away from the public eye with their larger than life personalities. It doesn’t take long for them both too see past the façade the other projects to the true person they are with though, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the story as well. He’d opened up to her, shown her his hurts and his scars, and the beliefs that sprung from them. After the inevitable clash of wills, everything was wrapped up pretty quickly in this one, no huge drama’s played out and nothing was overdone, which for me is a massive plus, so much so that at this point in the series, this is my favourite book from it (so far), and I cannot wait to see which Sydney Smoke player is next to meet his romantic match! ** This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book..
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three stars? Three and a half stars? can't decide. Harper's best friend Em is a teacher. After a spate of bad news boyfriends where she was picking out wedding china while they were legging it out the door she has sworn off men. Four months of abstinence have helped her get a perspective although the delicious Lincoln Quinn, her best friend's fiancee Dex's team mate sorely tests her resolve. Lincoln loves women, rugby and gambling - not necessarily in that order. He fancies Harper's bubbly best friend Em but she won't give him the time of day, thinks he's too much of a player. When his team mates lay bets on how quickly he could get the frosty Em into bed at a poker game he isn't interested, but then his competitive interests come to the fore. This started off really well for me. Em was feisty and fighting against her natural instincts, while Linc was learning how to actually get to know a woman and think about what she wanted - outside the bedroom. But then just over half way through I started to feel like this was more of a erotic novella than a novel. Not a lot seemed to happen (except sex in unexpected places), there was no angst, no development, and every chapter seemed to start "one month later ...". I didn't even see any conflict until 87% into the book! Although I am not a rugby fan, nor do I understand any of the jargon, this didn't even have much rugby in it - more of the WAGs watching from the stands. So overall, this series has been a mixed bag for me. I detested the first book [book:Playing by Her Rules|30639529], mainly because I thought the hero was a tool; I adored the second book [book:Playing It Cool|31559311], perhaps because the hero was SUCH a great guy but this one I was a bit meh. Maybe this book suffered in comparison to Rosalind James' Escape to New Zealand series (about New Zealand All Blacks rugby players finding love) which I have binge-read over the past few weeks. Anyway, Amy Andrews is still an auto-buy for me (or auto-request), but this was just pleasant enough. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
DebraMenard155 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I really enjoyed reading this book, good storyline and likeable characters,I will definitely recommend this book to my friends.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
I’d enjoyed other stories in this series but was wary of this one as the main male character is Lincoln Quinn (aka Linc), a self confessed manwhore and betting man. When the first chapter has him agreeing to something which made him seem a self-opinionated, disrespectful jerk, well, it seemed my caution had been justified. Then, however, Amy Andrews steps in and weaves her word magic and turns the story all around and he becomes the adorable, admirable reformed rake! Phew!! High school science teacher, Em Newman, has had enough of jerks, especially sporting ones, so really doesn’t want to fall for any of the Sydney Smoke Rugby players, even though her best friend, Harper, has married one of them. She certainly doesn’t want to have anything to do with Linc – she’s heard all about his manwhore reputation! However, Linc falls hard for Em and is determined to win her over – and he’s difficult to resist! There are plenty of problems ahead, challenges to be met and tough loving advice to be given (by Harper to Em) as well as Em’s full name to be revealed! This is an extremely hot and steamy romance with a strong male lead brought to earth and rocketed skyward by love. The storyline is engaging and there are plenty of twists and turns to enable the author to impose her own stamp on the proceedings. It involves many of the characters from the earlier books in the series – ‘Playing By Her Rules’ and ‘Playing it Cool’ – and it is great to see how their relationships continue to develop. Despite this, I believe it can still be read as a standalone. I love the glossary at the end of the book, where the author defines many Aussie terms in her own inimitable way! If you like your romances hot and steamy with a hunky male lead finding love changes his attitudes and behaviour, you’ll probably love this. Many thanks to the publishers who gifted me a copy of this book through NetGalley without any obligations. This is my honest review after choosing to read it!
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! This is a very sexy romance between Em and Linc. Linc is a player and never gives a woman more than a night. Em always picks the wrong guy and has stopped dating while she gets over her most recent broken heart. Too bad that Linc is so hot that he could make her forget her own name. ... This is a very hot and sexy novel that fans of the genre will love (it is among the spicier of this author's work). While this is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
ARC Review: Playing the Player (Sydney Smoke Rugby) by Amy Andrews Why am I so addicted to this group of loud mouth, clueless, athletes? It's like watching a replay. You know what's going to happen, but have a hard time looking away. Playing the Player was a temptation that I wouldn't have missed. These big bad men always end up losing their hearts but the treasure they gain makes it all worthwhile. Em brought Linc to his knees and he never saw it coming.