Most Valuable Playboy

Most Valuable Playboy

by Lauren Blakely
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LightningCityBookReview 7 months ago
Lauren Blakely breaks out a new American football series with a "faux" NFL. She outfits "Most Valuable Playboy" with main characters who are incredibly sweet and over the moon in love. "Most Valuable Playboy" is a Relationship of Convenience Trope with a Best Friend's Little Sister "kicker". Lauren Blakely sets the story in San Francisco and Sausalito, California with a fictional NFL team the San Francisco Renegades. Cooper is the team's new quarterback who rose from back-up to starter after three years on the bench. Violet is a sweet and kind hairdresser who he's known since they were kids. When the team's owner's sister starts sniffing after Cooper wanting to get in his pants he needs help. Luckily Violet come to his rescue unwittingly bringing the belief that she's Cooper's secret girlfriend. Fortunately this relationship of convenience works out for both of them; until pretend isn't enough. For a change of pace Most Valuable Playboy" is not set in New York City. However it is in Laurent Blakely's typical Male Point of View (except for a couple of chapters). This book is the first installment in a series with the next installment focusing on a Receiver. Violet is a super sweet and gracious Heroine with lots of sass and sexuality. Cooper's a straight up good guy; a humble professional football player, with lots of heart and tons of integrity. The cast of secondary characters are wonderfully colorful and intriguing. "Most Valuable Playboy" is yet another winner in Lauren Blakely's booklist. To read the entire review please visit: http://wp.me/p4XqxF-287 This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
mamalovestoread22 8 months ago
Most Valuable Playboy is one hell of a sexy read that is sure to set your world on fire!! The moment Cooper wandered onto the page I was completely enamored with him, his sexy one liners, caring demeanor, and charming personality lured me in and had me swooning from start to finish!! Violet is one lucky girl!!! This is by far one of BEST first reads that I have had in a long while, it was freaking amazing!!! I am a sucker for stories that revolve around football players and I am happy to report this one checked off all my reading must haves and then some! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two, they left my heart happy and left me anxious for the opportunity to meet more of the Renegades players!! Highly recommend this one, Cooper is sure to steal your heart!!
CindyMeyer 8 months ago
As the season of my favorite sport begins, there couldn’t be better timing for one of my favorite romance authors to release a – you guessed it – football romance. Most Valuable Playboy is Lauren Blakely’s latest male POV story, and this one left me cheering from the sidelines! Can you think of anything more swoon worthy than the quarterback falling for the hometown girl? Cooper is, indeed, the Renegades most valuable playboy, but he’s sworn off his well-earned status this year to focus strictly on football. After three years on the bench, he’s now the team’s starting QB, and Cooper needs to keep his mind on the game if he has any hope of signing a new contract. Violet’s had a crush on her brother’s best friend since they were kids, but she’s never acted on it. Not until she sees Cooper’s panicked look at the prospect of team owner’s sister winning the bid at Children’s Hospital charity auction for a date with the MVP (Most Valuable Playboy). It may not snow in San Francisco, but Violet’s hail Mary bid definitely has a snowball effect. On both of them. I loved every single minute of this story, at times actually laughing out loud at the razzings Cooper and his teammates gave one another and at Cooper’s own hilarious inner-musings. And I absolutely floved the playful banter between Cooper and Violet, especially when it unwittingly turned hot, and even a little… dirty. Oh, and how I love surprise happy endings. No, the HEA wasn’t a surprise – I always count on Lauren for that – but the way she masterfully crafted this story was as beautiful as the way a quarterback masterfully leads his team down the gridiron into the end zone for the… touchdown! Six (it’s football after all) stars!
Fee96 8 months ago
I call DIBS on Cooper! I just wanna lick him all over! I have read and loved Lauren's books for years. I believe every time that this newest release is her best work yet. Let me tell you, Most Valuable Playboy is no exception. This book is a sublime combination of sexy rom-com, delicious angsty build up with a bit of a slow burn for added perfection. Plus one of my absolute favorite tropes - best friends sister! Gah I adore Cooper & Vi. These two characters are everything! Totally relatable, real people. Cooper is a down to earth, sexy, all around good guy. Despite his playboy past and NFL career he is just a genuine, sweet, caring guy who adores his best friend's sister. They met in grade school and were always close. Until one fateful night at a fundraiser that changes everything. Vi is a beautiful, spitfire who jumps in to help a friend out. Saves him from the ultimate auction hell. This instigates their journey of awareness and discovery. Have they always felt this way and never acted on it? Are their feelings reciprocated? Is the attraction one sided? Hello exquisitely, delicious angsty build up of perfection! This culmination is the most supreme torture. Utterly brilliant. Loved every word and didn't want it to end. I even tried to read slow and drag out the climax because I knew it would be epic. Totally obliterated my expectations! I love the supporting characters, Cooper's teammates. My fingers are crossed they each get a book. I loved Trent and Holly too. I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and was in no way obligated to post a review. However I love Lauren Blakely's writing and am happy to share my thoughts. Hope you love Most Valuable Playboy like I do!
AFOX0 8 months ago
The Quarterback and the Hometown Girl I love this romantic comedy of friends to lovers. Violet Pierson rescues her longtime friend at the Renegade’s annual charity auction, Most Valuable Playboy. Cooper can only sigh in relief when Violet passes a “Hail Mary” and finally outbids the one woman who is sure to ruin Cooper’s NFL career if Maxine gets her way. The lusty sister of the owner of the Renegades only has designs on Cooper that includes getting her hands on his body. I laughed so hard as Maxine is described with hands like an octopus. Too funny. Cooper Armstrong is finally the starting quarterback for his team and playing the best football ever. And he wants to keep his winning streak, even going as far as “keeping the snake in its cage." But Violet is his best friend Trent’s sister, and she’s off limits. But with the rescue turned into a ruse of fake relationship, it has Cooper looking at Violet differently. He just never thought he’d fall hard for Violet. I just love these two, they are so perfectly matched, and the witty humor and the banter between them is hilarious. Most Valuable Playboy is a wonderfully funny romantic comedy. It’s entertaining with scintillating dialogue and smexy goodness. The cast of secondary characters really are lots of fun and I can’t wait to find out more. I love Lauren Blakely’s brand of humor, her writing is clever and imaginative, making Most Valuable Playboy a hit. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I received and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
janice1231 8 months ago
A Review of Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely Cooper and Violet - 5+++++ stars Another AMAZING story from Ms. Blakely, taking a foray into the world of football. With all the feelings that you would expect to get from her, she weaves a story about friends that become so much more when Violet comes to Coopers aid and makes the highest bid for him, using his money, to avoid being purchased by the sister of the team owner. Violet has had a major crush on Cooper ever since elementary school and Cooper has had feelings for her since her Prom, but he's always kept those feelings hidden because she is the sister of his best friend. This was a real page-turner and definitely worth the time and money! You will fall in love with this couple. **Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**
Anonymous 8 months ago
The story line was great. Seriously though, it would have been just as good with less graphic sex scenes. The characters were a lot of fun to spend time my down time with.
CrystalsBookWorld 8 months ago
Lauren Blakely makes me laugh the most when it comes to Rom Coms. She has been my favorite author since she wrote her Seductive Nights Series. I was super excited to start reading Most Valuable Playboy. I love a great Sports Romance and when Lauren Blakely gives us one, I know I will be hooked. And she did not disappoint with this book! I really fell for Cooper. I love that he acts tough and tries to pretend he is content on his own. I knew he would eventually break and start seeing Violet for who she is. I always love the game of playing hard to get, but with Violets determination, Cooper never stood a chance. Most Valuable Player has it ALL! You want to laugh...Check. You want a whole lot of sexy...Check. You need a good ol' alpha male that knows how to play the field outside of sports...Check. The angst was there, and so was the drama. The Heat is on when the chemistry with these characters is let loose. You will definitely get hooked on this book. This is not only a must read, but a definite reread soon!
D-does-reviews 8 months ago
This is Lauren's best book EVER! It's a sweet and romantic friends to lovers slash best friends' sister romance that is absolutely perfect in every way. I have to admit I've never been a big football fan but if Cooper played on my team I'd gladly spend every weekend glued to my big screen TV zooming in on what are considered the best buns in the NFL. Cooper has the talent, the brains and the confidence to take his team all the way to the playoffs and I really enjoyed experiencing the game and the story from his point of view. Cooper and Violet have been buddies since they were in grade school which makes her the perfect woman to play his pretend girlfriend for a few weeks until his contract negotiations with the team are complete. With their first fake kiss for the cameras it's obvious that Cooper and Violet are going to be so much more than pretend friends and just wait until the parts in the story where they get to reap the benefits. Oh-my-gawd!! I enjoyed the camaraderie between Cooper and his team mates including the crazy things they do because they believe in repeating rituals so as not to jinx the team. Just when I thought that Lauren couldn't possibly top her last couple's sexy hijinks, this book totally blew me away. These are all the reason why I buy and read every single book that Lauren writes. They are absolute perfection. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Theresa-Martin 8 months ago
Just in time for football season, here comes a great story of a QB, and his best friend's sister. I absolutely loved this friends to lovers tale. As is her M.O., Lauren gives you the sweet with quite a bit of dirty (wink!). Cooper is an all around good guy, but in addition to leading his team hopefully into the playoffs, he's worried about his impending contract end/renewal. He's got family, friends, and teammates depending on him to keep it cool, but Cooper's working overtime to keep everything balanced. When Violet (Cooper's best friend's sister) helps him out at a charity auction, she ends up kind of not denying she's Cooper's girlfriend. Violet has known Cooper since she was in elementary school, and they've been good friends ever since. In order to help her brother's buddy out of a sticky situation, Violet agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend. They both do a great job pretending, until they're not, and that's when the fun starts. No spoilers, but I devoured this story--not surprising w/LB books. The story was happy, funny, so sexy, and there's football! Five stars!!
sm0120 8 months ago
Most Valuable Playboy? How about MVBB? Most Valuable Blakely Boy. Sorry Colin, Chase, and Clay, but you’re going to have to step aside- there’s new player in town and his name is Cooper Armstrong. Gah, I even love his name! (And what’s with me loving all these “C” names in Ms. Blakely’s books?!?) (But don’t worry Brent, you’ll forever be my number one.) Do you ever think you sound like a broken record when it comes to writing reviews? I do, when it comes to my reviews for Lauren Blakely. Maybe if she’d stop writing all these swoony and sweet, sexy and sassy, funny and flirty books that have me fawning and flailing over fictional characters I could mix things up a bit. But nooo, she continues to write these amazing books, leaving me no choice but to try and put together coherent thoughts that generally just leave me gushing and raving over them like a total fangirl. Ok, enough of that, onto the review. Cooper and Violet are childhood friends- that right there is a touchdown in my book. Add in the fact she’s his best friend’s little sister and we’ve got a 2 point conversion! 2 of my favorite tropes all rolled into one fun, sweet, and sexy as hell package, what more could a girl ask for?!? Seriously, Cooper is everything a girl could want- he’s charming, adorable, a complete sweetheart! Throw in the fact that he loves his mom and isn't not afraid to show it…major swoon. Violet is so awesome in her own right. She’s someone you could see yourself being friends with- hanging out, have GNOs, drooling over hot football players. I love when an author makes the heroine just as cool as the hero and Violet is one pretty cool chick. Together, Violet and Cooper have such fantastic chemistry! You could feel it from the first moment they shared the page. And things only got hotter as the book went on. But it's not merely the chemistry that makes these two so good together. It's the friendship they've shared over the years that just makes their relationship even more special, a friendship that made me fall in love with them. Even though their romantic "relationship" started out fake, there was nothing fake about how they truly felt about each other. What a feel good story Most Valuable Playboy is. I think I had a silly smile on my face almost the entire time while reading. When it comes to romantic comedies with a whole lot of heart there really isn't anyone out there better than Lauren Blakely.
KindleKat64 8 months ago
5 Super Bowl Rings for Cooper & Violet!! The amazing queen of the rom-com, Lauren Blakely, has won the super bowl with this one! As has been her niche with these wonderfully sexy books she has been treating us with, Most Valuable Playboy is in Cooper's POV. Lauren write's the male POV with incredible insight into her hero so you will never have a doubt as to what Cooper is feeling, thinking, or what his plans are. I for one love the male POV. I absolutely adore Cooper & Violet. Cooper is driven, gorgeous, charismatic, funny and sweet. He has also been 100% focused on football since he is finally the starting quarterback this season. Violet is adorable, sweet, smart and sexy and Cooper's best friend's sister. She is also one of his best friends. Sometimes pretending can turn real in all the best ways. They have been friends forever, so when Cooper asks Violet to help him out of a jam she doesn't even hesitate at the chance to help. Their chemistry is through the roof! It isn't long before all of those pretend kisses and feelings turn into something so special there is just no way not to give into it and just let it happen and see where it will take them. This book will make you happy, make you smile and make you believe in love. Full of fun, humor, sweetness, surprises and of course steamy heat; this is another incredibly enjoyable must read by this amazing lady.
JacquieLovesBooks 8 months ago
Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely is so much more than a sports romance...Lauren is an absolute GENIUS when it comes to combining humour, angst and panty-melting sexiness! We meet Cooper Armstrong, the new starting quarterback for the Renegades. For years he's been a backup (mostly a bench-warmer) for the now retired former starting quarterback....and they're winning!!! As most professional team players, these guys have their superstitions (not shaving, not washing their game socks...or other undergarments *Ugggghhh*) while on a winning streak...Cooper's is not having sex...with ANYONE...the WHOLE season!!! This, from the guy who's been voted "Best Butt in the NFL" and who also happens to be a TOTAL player with the ladies, especially when it comes to the lady who has the highest bid to win a date with him at the annual players charity auction! We also meet Violet Pierson, who is not just Cooper's longtime friend but she's Cooper's best friend Trent's younger sister! Violet owns a hair salon in San Francisco and she's had a bit of a crush on Cooper for YEARS!!! She'll also do anything for friends...and that includes pretending to be Cooper's "girlfriend" in his time of need! But IS it fake? With the way they kiss (sigh) and the way they can't seem to STOP kissing?! Will they be able to turn off all these unexpected feelings when Cooper no longer needs the protection of having a "girlfriend"? I ADORED this book...I totally fell in love (AND lust) with Cooper and I want Violet as MY bestie! I LOVED the back and forth banter between all the players on the team and Cooper and Violet, which happens to be one of Lauren's trademarks, and she definitely didn't disappoint! That steamy, hot-as-hell first kiss? Yeah, that was just a teaser for sooooo much more! Lauren has not ONLY scored a Touchdown with this one, but she DESERVES the WHOLE enchilada, the SUPERBOWL of Superbowls! I wish I could give it a whole lot more than 5 ⭐'s, making this a MUST READ for me!
ShellyReyn 8 months ago
"My heart seems to take on a different shape when I'm near her. A new and wholly unfamiliar shape." If I wasn't already a football fan, I'd sure be one now!! Holy Hell Cooper is hot!! I love the way Lauren Blakely writes her stories. Full of feels! There is love, laughter, heartbreak, swooning, and of course plenty of hot-and-heavy panting. Violet and Cooper have known each other since they were kids, always secretly crushing on the other. Up on the auction block at a charity function, and the target of an unrelenting cougar, Cooper needs a savior. Enter Violet and her whopping bid to save the day. And his playboy reputation. But, what happens when playing house for the cameras, turns too real? When the rouse is over, will the heart survive? I won a signed ARC of this book in a Facebook giveaway, but I would have gobbled this one up anyway, just like I've gobbled up every other book of Lauren's. I was just lucky enough to be able to read it early!
kgagnon 8 months ago
I absolutely adored everything about this friends to lovers romance! It is heartwarming, fun & flirty, sweet and very hot & sexy! Cooper and Violet have been close friends since they were kids, always having each others backs. Now as adults, things haven't changed when Violet comes to Coopers rescue during the charity bachelor auction held by Coopers team. She bids an obscene amount to save Cooper from someone Cooper absolutely did not want to be alone with. When put on the spot, Cooper and Violet pretend to be having a relationship. Everyone is so excited for a love story between the sexy new Quarterback and the hometown girl, that they are forced to go along with it. As Cooper and Violet try to come up with answers to questions about their relationship, their answers just may have a shred of truth. Cooper realizes he is so attracted to his sexy friend, and their chemistry is off the charts. But does she feel the same or is she just paying him back for saving her years earlier? They knew so much about each other, and had such history, that they "can't see the forest for the trees". I loved Cooper and Violet, they were so in sync, and perfect for each other. Ms. Blakely expertly weaved a beautiful and intoxicating love story with genuine characters, witty banter and explosive chemistry. It didn't have angst, or a lot of drama, but still had the emotional oomph that I love. This story is the perfect blend of humor, charm, emotion and steam. This book captured my heart and made me feel happy and totally satisfied. This was a great start to this group of friends and I can't wait to read Jones' and Jillians' story in 'Most Likely To Score' next!
heater_28 8 months ago
*Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Another winner from Lauren Blakely! You can never go wrong with a witty, swoony, funny, engaging story! Cooper Armstrong has been in the NFL for a few years playing for the Renegades, but he's been riding the pine. He's finally moved into the coveted starting quarterback position and he's also back again to help with one of his favorite events - the bachelor auction to raise money for the children's hospital. What Cooper isn't expecting is the owner of the team's sister to be putting the full court press on trying to lure him into bed. He needs help and he needs it fast! Enter Violet Pierson, who is not only his friend, but the sister of his best friend. He's known her since he was around 7 and she realizes that he needs help and she makes a bid to win him at the auction so he doesn't have to endure a night with the owner's sister. What starts out as a bid that Cooper will ultimately pay, ends up with him telling the entire crowd that they are a couple. When they are asked to kiss on stage, they do so and the sparks that fly are beyond either of their imaginations. Cooper is torn not only because Vi is his best friend's sister, but also because he's sworn off sex and relationships this season to focus on the game. Will the feelings he develops be the one touchdown he wasn't expecting to score? This was such a fun book and I loved the characters; not only Vi and Cooper, but Cooper's teammates too. I also loved that this was told from Cooper's point of view. It's not often you get a book from the male POV and so it was nice to get in his head to see what he was thinking and where he was at. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to see what Jones book brings for us!!
Lashea677 8 months ago
Lauren Blakely is one of the hardest authors to review. She can deliver the goods, like nobodies business, but it's hard to put into words your thoughts without giving too much away. Most Valuable Playboy is another diamond. Whether you love or hate Cooper, the delight comes from getting inside the mind of a semi reformed playboy. He's cocky, famous and clueless when it comes to women. One in particular blows his mind and runs off with his heart. Violet is everything he desires, but never knew he wanted. Life is about to get interestingly complicated in this laugh out loud, irresistible courtship. Ms. Blakely is always a sure bet for an entertaining read.
SaraBetty 6 months ago
Thoroughly Enjoyable!!!!! Just enough of a twist to the story line to keep it interesting and even though you figure out the ending the path to it is worth taking... Just like men in many instanced we had to wait for the light to go on in Coopers head... Wonderful mix of romance, football and characters... Very good... Well written and I have already ordered the next book in the series...
froggy29532DC 7 months ago
Most Valuable Playboy is another winner by Lauren Blakely. It is a fun, hilarious, sweet, and swoon-worthy read. Cooper Armstrong and Violet Pierson are perfect together, it just takes a little push to get them to see that. They have been friends for a long time and she is the sister of his best friend. I loved all of the secondary characters in this book, I especially loved their superstitions and the charities that they supported. If you are a fan of romance, sports, passion, friendship, and fun, then this book is for you. I did not want to put it down but didn't want it to end either. Five most valuable stars for this one!!
Naughty_Book_Blog 8 months ago
This story is strictly told from Cooper's POV, aside from a few text messages between Violet and her friend. They start out on a rather slow-moving path of friends to lovers mixed with fake girlfriend, but ain't nobody faking anything in this relationship! There is some miscommunications and misunderstanding, and perhaps a little bit of denial. It left me a little bit frustrated with them, but once things started to heat up I was downright giddy. Then things got REALLY hot and I was super excited. The best part? They didn't even have to have actual SEX for things to get super hot! Cooper is smack dab in the middle of a winning streak which is apparently dependent on him keeping his pecker in his pants. Or at least out of Violet's lady garden. Sorry, I couldn't resist. (Insert snickers here). While I wanted to smack him upside the head for cockblocking one of my favorite parts of the story, I couldn't even be mad at him because he still made my skin tingle with anticipation and excitement. So, you can just about image the level or thermonuclear when the rules no longer apply. I image it was a lot like what it would feel like to score a touch down while you're on fire. Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to gals when it comes to an entertaining hot & steamy romance. It took me about half the book to get into this story. Not because it was a little bit of a slow burn, but because there was a lot of sports talk and sports details. I don't watch football (or any other sports) so I found myself a little bit bored and rushing past it, but I realize now that those details were essential to making it a good story. A one-click worthy story with enough heat and swoon to leave you begging for more.
gabby2846 8 months ago
4.5 stars!! Lauren Blakely scores another touchdown with Most Valuable Playboy. Charm. Humor. Forbiddance. Male POV. Football. Sexual tension. Cooper Armstrong. Violet Pierson. A bachelor auction… What more could you ask for? This book had it all and I enjoyed every second of it. I'm calling an audible and changing up the order of my favorite Blakey boys because the dreamy and lovable quarterback, Cooper Armstrong, needs to be on that list. When I first learned Lauren Blakely was releasing a full length football romance -we got a glimpse of her sport romance skills with the novella Out of Bounds - I was over the moon excited. Like being drafted by your hometown NFL team excited. Like throwing a 60 yard pass into the end zone to win the game excited. Like winning an MVP award excited. With all this excitement, I am beyond thrilled that Lauren not only met expectations but exceeded them. I mean, of course she did. The women is a pro, an absolute pro, at the friends to lovers/ best friend's sisters/ fake relationship tropes. Each story better than the last. Most Valuable Playboy is equal parts humor, heart, and amazing character chemistry. Cooper and Violet are perfect together. They share a bond that goes much farther than just friendship; even before they enter their faux relationship. The way Violet initially came to Cooper's rescue without being asked because she just knew he needed her proves it. They were so in sync with each other. Their back and forth banter and jokes were easy and fun. I just loved them. The forbidden element gave this story an incredibly sexy and delicious tension. He wanted her. She wanted him. But obligations, hidden feelings and fear stood in their way from going after what they wanted. Goodness! This story is so good. So soooo good. I could not get enough of this book. If you are looking for a book a sweet, charismatic guy to swoon over or a kick-ass, strong and independent female to admire or a fun, captivating story to get lost in, well the queen of the rom-com has just what you need. I simply had the best time reading Most Valuable Playboy. I'm excited to see what more this team has to offer.
AmyBosica 8 months ago
“That looks like a woman who wants to be kissed. Who wants to be touched. Who wants to be taken.” What a fun, fun read! I mean with a fake relationship and friends to lovers story-line, you just can’t go wrong. Told from the male point of view, Most Valuable Playboy follows the story of Violet and Cooper. Cooper is known as the team playboy, but this year, he’s decided that things need to change. He’s taken a vow of celibacy, deciding that he needs to focus more on his game and the sport than what’s in his pants. Soon enough though, Cooper will find out that keeping it in his pants is a lot harder than it seems. When Violet pretends to be Cooper’s girlfriend to help him escape a desperate situation, Cooper’s restraint will be tested. Will Cooper give in to the not so friendly feelings that he has for Violet? Will he be able to prove to Violet that he is a guy worth taking a chance on? There is only one way to find out… Overall, I thought this book was a really enjoyable read. I thought the story-line was a ton of fun. I mean, you have sports, sexy men, a fake relationship and a friends to lovers tale, all mixed in to one exciting read. Cooper and Violet were a ton of fun together. You could spot their connection instantly. I loved that they were friends first and that their connection slowly progressed into something more. One of things that I enjoy most about those fake relationship story-lines is the scorching chemistry and blurred lines, and I gotta tell you these two had in spades. It was a joy to watch Cooper and Violet navigate their way from fake to reality. Most Valuable Playboy was an exciting read from beginning to end. This story is a lot of fun and is incredibly well written. The characters are real and easy to relate to. Cooper and Violet’s story checked all the boxes for a great romance and then some!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 8 months ago
3.75 stars-- MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY by Lauren Blakely is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic romance story line focusing on quarterback Cooper Armstrong, and hair stylist Violet ‘Vi’ Pierson. Told from first person point of view (Cooper Armstrong) with a few pages of text between Vi and her friends, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY follows several romance tropes including friends to lovers, best friend’s little sister, and fake girlfriend. At a recent auction for charity Cooper Armstrong pleads desperation when the team owner’s overly sexed sister makes a play for our leading hero. Hoping to save her brother’s best friend from a fate worse than death Violet Pierson offers up ten thousand dollars for a night with the man she has always loved. What ensues is the media frenzy and building relationship between our leading couple when Cooper reveals his life-long attraction for the girl who is pretending to be his current love. MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a story of romance, friendship and building love. There is very little conflict or outside interference to the couple’s relationship; any problem or fall out is quick to resolve including a potential threat from the owner’s sister. Saying that I felt the lack of controversy, hostility or discordant scenarios was surprising in the face of so many possible threats: a fake girlfriend , best friend’s little sister, and the probability of professional misconduct with the owner’s overly-aggressive sister. The relationship between Vi and Cooper is a friends to lovers attraction; a life-long attraction that Vi knows could crash and burn if the truth were to be revealed The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to several members of the Renegades including team owners, managers, PR staff, agents and players. Jones’ story line is next in MOST LIKLEY TO SCORE. MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a simple and fun read; a happily ever after romantic story line of destined lovers. The premise is entertaining; the romance is provocative; the characters are colorful and dynamic.