Playing with Forever

Playing with Forever

by Amy Andrews
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Playing with Forever by Amy Andrews

Country boy, Ryder Davis has the world at his feet. A stellar rugby career, a winning way with women and a beach view that keeps him in blue sky and bikini babes. He's living the dream. The last thing he needs is a Great Dane called Tiny destroying his feng shui.

Dog whisperer, Juliet Morgan is about to start living her dream and she's counting down the days. In two months she'll finally be moving to Italy and no man's going to stop her this time. Not even a rugby superstar with a badly behaved pooch.

But when Ryder skids into the animal shelter looking for help Juliet agrees to assist him with his canine issues. Pretty soon they're assisting each other out of their clothes and tumbling headlong into a sex thing with an expiry date.

Neither of them expected it to become more. But when for now starts to feel like forever Juliet hits the panic button. Ryder knows he has to play the long game and let her walk away. After all it's not over until the final hooter sounds and all's fair in love and rugby.

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ISBN-13: 9781976150920
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2017
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 773,511
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Playing with Forever 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! Playing with Forever by Amy Andrews is the fourth story in her steamy and fun Sydney Smoke Rugby series. This time it’s Ryder Davis who finds himself falling in love – except the woman of his dreams has dreams of her own that don’t include him. When Ryder’s friend (and his coach’s daughter) Valerie comes to him for a favor, he can’t say no. Even though it involves house sitting a very large, very naughty dog named Tiny. Desperate for some help in controlling him, he makes his way to an animal shelter with obedience classes and meets Juliet Morgan. Juliet has a temporary position at the shelter, with plans to leave for Italy in two months. It was something she and her mom were supposed to do together, but when her mom got sick with cancer she made Juliet promise to go someday on her own. It’s been five years, and a failed relationship in between that derailed her plans to go right after the funeral, and this time, she won’t be swayed. The attraction between her and Ryder is mutual and she’s up front with what she’s willing to give of herself until she leaves. A sex only, friends with benefits fling is all that’s on the table, to which Ryder happily agrees. But when Ryder finds himself wanting more, will it be so easy for Juliet to leave him behind after all? As far as I’m concerned, this author writes some of the hottest sex scenes around. Like, steam up your mirror, serious heat. The chemistry between Ryder and Juliet is smoking hot, and it’s a no brainer that Ryder would take Juliet up on her offer of hot sex, even with an end date. They have a lot of fun together (not just in the bedroom) and the more the get to know each other, the more Ryder realizes that Juliet might be ‘the one’ for him. But Juliet is firm in her decision not to fall for any man, even if he is handsome, and kind, and funny and generous. Her trip to Italy is non-negotiable. The conflict is therefore pretty predictable but still entertaining to see how they are going to work things out in what seems like an impossible situation. At some points Juliet’s insistence on keeping things casual is a bit over the top which frustrates Ryder but doesn’t stop him from wanting to be with her. The dog sitting aspect adds for some humor, as does the classic teammate interactions with Ryder’s rugby mates. Since some of them have already found partners in previous books, they are quick to tease Ryder about Juliet. Plus, we get some great on field action scenes as Ryder’s team goes through some wins and losses. Juliet’s determination borders on stubborn denial of the truth and in the end she’s the one who gets to do the big grovel, a fitting turnaround from the way it usually plays out. It’s a fun, sexy, laugh out loud romance, and another great story in the series!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 stars Sometimes you just need an easy, fast paced read with likable characters and hot sexy times and I have to say, this totally fit the bill! Totally entertaining and hot! I'm going to keep this short and sweet... I liked both characters. Juliet and Ryder had a lust at first site thing going on and I thought it was flirty and sweet and I enjoyed the start of their relationship. Throw in a crazy dog and it just upped the entertainment value. Juliet is a woman on a mission wanting to go to Italy so it was fun watching them navigate this building relationship when there was an end date. There's a bit of conflict and emotion mixed in to round it all out making it a solid story. I liked what we learned about them, not super deep but enough to get your invested. I enjoyed the overall story. The second half flowed much better than the first. It took me until about 20% for everything to click for me. I liked their interactions and their playfulness and when they finally opened up a bit and realized their feelings. Nothing is overly in depth, pretty surface stuff but enjoyable non the less. Great ending and awesome happily ever after. I'm pretty neutral about the secondary characters, they were an entertaining element added but it was a bit confusing who was who. I could tell there was a fun camaraderie with the men though so I kind of got it. The writing was good. I loved that it was dual POV. The take away is that it was super entertaining and hot and it made for a great afternoon read. :-) Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Rubys_books More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way. This series keeps getting better and better with each and every book that comes out and I can't help but fall in love with Sydney Smoke's players. It was nice to read a book where the roles were flipped, where the woman wanted a no-strings attached fling, while the man is leaning towards a proper relationship, I found that very refreshing. I also loved how Andrews at one point goes to show how comfortable two people can get with each other, that it's only really a matter of perspective, really. Ryder and Juliet have very different perspectives when it comes to how they view their relationship, and it's really interesting to read about that. I liked Ryder. He was very funny and very sexy, and I liked that he was honest about how he felt about Juliet even though she wanted none of those pesky emotions. I also loved what he did for Tiny. He's such a good man just for taking care of Tiny as if that dog was his. I also liked that he admitted he needed help in managing Tiny, which is not something that most people even think about when getting a dog. Juliet's story was pretty heartbreaking, really. I do understand why she didn't want a real relationship, although throughout the book it was pretty obvious she was lying to herself the whole time by not giving the proper title to what she and Ryder had. That was the thing I struggled with the most, the fact that ultimately she wasn't being honest with herself and with Ryder. At the same time, I liked that she was open and honest about what she wanted from the start, she didn't lie about her intentions. Before I finish this review, let me talk a little bit about Tiny. The book starts with Ryder being emotionally conned into taking care of Tiny, and it is incredibly funny to see how he struggled with that dog. On one hand, I laughed like a lunatic, because it is funny, especially when Ryder took Tiny for his first walk and the first morning together. On the other hand, I cringed a little bit, because it was like I was reading about my dog at times (the walking part). I felt super happy to see that Andrews did a fantastic job into working dog training into the situation, which let's be honest, is something that not a lot of people think about when getting a dog. So yay for dog training. The book was fast paced, it was funny, and it ended almost too fast. I am in love with this series, and I can't wait for book 5, because I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a book 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Andrews as always writes another Sure Thing to make you feel warm and fuzzy around the heart area. I just love her!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a freaking hot book for Ryder and Juliet! They hit it off immediately, in more ways than one. I thought it was great and hilarious how she kept him on his toes. It was pretty cool that she turned the tables on him by being like a guy - love them and leave them type. Ryder liked it at first but it was pretty sweet how he realized he felt more before she did. Definitely refreshing on this role reversal. But the story was made right by the end with their lightbulb moments and love declarations. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Sydney Smoke! Each book has been light, entertaining, and fun to read. My favorite thing about this book is that it's the opposite of most romance. The lady isn't looking for strings in the relationship and the guy is all in. Juliet is moving to Italy in six weeks and isn't going to let anything, especially a man, get in her way of fulfilling her dream. She's already done that once. When she meets Ryder, she's willing to teach his temporary dog obedience and have a friends with benefits relationship until she leaves. Ryder, a star player for the Sydney Smoke, doesn't have any trouble with the ladies but isn't as opposed to relationships as some of the members of his team. When the coach's daughter coaxes him into taking care of a friend's dog, he turns to the shelter down the street for help with this monster of a dog. Ryder has six weeks to be with Juliet and maybe convince her that they could work even after she moves to Italy. I loved that Ryder was trying to do basically anything to be with Juliet, from suppressing his feelings to thinking of ways to make it work after she moves. Never once was the suggestion that she shouldn't go and live out her and her mother's dream. Juliet was strong and fiercely independent but her refusal to see how Ryder was different from her ex got old as the story progressed. I hope there's more Smoke coming!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this 4th book in the series. I liked #1, but loved #2 & #3. I didn't love this quite as much as 2, and 3, but it was still great, sexy fun! Ryder Davis is a cowboy through and through. He grew up on a farm and only moved to the big city to realize his dreams of playing rugby professionally. He can't wait to get back to his family's land, once his playing days are over. He's a pro athlete, so he enjoys all the benefits that entails, including plenty of hot, willing women. He's never been inclined to settle down before, though he isn't against the idea as some of his teammates are. He just hasn't found the right girl. When he gets talked into dog-sitting a huge Great Dane puppy, who only seems to like, and listen to, women, he realizes he needs some major help. Before Tiny destroys his entire house. Juliet Morgan works temporarily at the local animal shelter, and teaches puppy preschool classes. Her job is only temporary because she's finally realizing her dream, and moving to Italy in 2 months. Her mom raised her alone, and she was obsessed with Italy. She even named her daughter Juliet! But, sadly, her mom never got to Italy before she died, and Juliet is going to go no matter what. She might have let her ex knock her off her course, and use her, and her money, for the better part of 5 years, but no man is going to hold her back again. She meets Ryder at the shelter when he comes in for help with Tiny, and though she's attracted, she doesn't want to get involved. Ryder and Juliet's chemistry was STRONG, and it was more than either of them could fight. They both agree to a no-strings fling, since Juliet will be halfway across the world in 2 months. But, when Ryder starts realizing he is having a change of heart, it complicates everything, big time. I liked their banter, and their interactions with the giant dog were hilarious too. Tiny was a total flirt, and was such a funny side character. More character than pet, for sure! As always, I loved getting glimpses of Ryder's teammates, who we've met in prior books. It's nice to see how things are going for them. I liked Juliet, but she really ticked me off sometimes with how adamant she was about keeping things between them simply about sex. I get that she was protecting her heart, but every time she got irate about something stupid like a toothbrush at his place, I wanted to slap her face. I also got ticked at Ryder for not being honest, and just taking what he could get. I get that he is a dude after all, and even once feelings get involved, he's not going to turn down a sure thing, but I was a bit disappointed in him. They were so perfect together, and I was just constantly waiting for them to realize it too! After 4 books, the Aussie lingo isn't nearly as jarring for me as it was the first time, and the author always includes a glossary in the back, in case you get lost! I really enjoyed this story, and I've been so happy with this series overall. I really hope there's even more to come!
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
What a hot and fun story this is! I loved Ryder, Juliet and the infamous Tiny! Tiny is the star of this show! He's a ladies man for sure. The dog lends a lot of humor to the story in all the right places. Ryder gets roped into "babysitting" Tiny by the coaches daughter, Val. He's a soccer player and a good one, but at heart he's still a country boy. Juliet works at the local animal shelter biding her time until she leaves for Italy in 2 months fulfilling a long time wish and she's got a few other goals in mind. Ryder and Juliet meet when Tiny walks Ryder right into her and she wraps both of them around her little finger. Juliet gives Tiny obedience lessons... she gives Ryder a few as well. A little discipline never hurt right? Ahem... yes well these two are hot and heavy and the chemistry is off the charts. Ryder has never felt about a woman the way he feels about her. She's, well, she's a little different. I'm going to leave it at that. There were times I didn't like her very much for probably the same reasons we don't like some men in books we read. Ryder was 100% in, which for someone so well known and a national sports figure and underwear model too..... is unusual. I loved the way he pulled her into his world and the things they did together were great. Juliet seemed to hold back a little, but when it came to the bedroom, car, wall, etc she was all in. Interesting twists and wow can Amy ever write the steam. Grab the fan and ice down! It's smoking. Amy always writes a great story and this one is right up there at the top!! It's a must read. 4.5 stars **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
There is just something fantastic about these Sidney Smoke hunks and the women who steal their hearts. I’ve been waiting to get to see Ryder in action for a very long time, and Playing With Forever didn’t disappoint at all. His nice-guy, country-boy charm, alphaness in the bedroom (and various other locations) and his caring and funny personality along with that totally hot bod made him one of my favorite heroes of late. The fact that he is the one pushing for the relationship throughout the story was just the cherry on top. This story starts when he gets saddled with a ginormous Great Dane called Tiny, who then proceeds to destroy his living room and act like the puppy antichrist. This is how he arrives at the shelter where Juliet works and signs up for puppy-preschool classes. Juliet and Ryder have insta-chemistry which they, in turn, proceed to act on in full force. Repeatedly. In various positions and locations. I mean, these two together are crazy hot and they just can’t keep their hands off each other. While I completely loved Ryder and I will be forever devoted to him (more like until I start my next book, but you know what I mean) I struggled a little bit with Juliet. Having been burned in the past, she’s bound and determined not to make the same mistake again. She was nice, caring, funny and not afraid to just be herself, all things I love in my heroines. My issue with her was with her absurd bouts of ridiculousness whenever anything close to actual feelings would come up. They do start a “time-restricted-just-sex-no-emotions” type of affair, but it quickly becomes clear to both that things are not as black and white as they’d like. But she kept stubbornly denying this and blowing up whenever she felt like her dream was “threatened”. She wouldn’t even acknowledge that Ryder was nothing like her ex. This drove me batshirt crazy, and if she were an actual person I would have gone and beach slapped her… then I’d steal Ryder from her, but that’s neither here nor there. Whenever Juliet relaxed and let their natural chemistry flow I loved them together, and she does eventually get her shirt together. I still adored everything (else) about Playing With Forever and I can’t wait to know which of the rugby hunks will go down next… though I’m still confused about the league and union stuff. I guess I’ll just have to go hunt an Aussie rugby hunk for real! *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Ryder Davis was anticipating quiet times to make sure his ankle problem would be taken care of, but that’s when the coach’s daughter rang his doorbell and begs him to take care of a dog for a short while. A gigantic Great Dane. Just for a few days, she said. Tiny is very well-behaved, she said. What choice did Ryder have? How could he refuse his coach’s daughter? And, well, in a matter of hours, Ryder is waiting at the Animal Rescue Centre, begging for help, namely dog obedience classes for Tiny. And a gorgeous, blonde angel answers his call: Juliet Morgan. The Sydney Smoke Rugby series is nothing short of amazing, and within a couple of pages and knowing Amy Andrews, I knew PLAYING WITH FOREVER would be spectacular. I was laughing myself silly at the dog’s antics, or rather Ryder’s woes. Juliet doesn’t know a thing about rugby nor that Ryder is a star, and they click right away. Juliet is all for a little no-commitment sex with a handsome chap, which will be a fun distraction for the two months before she leaves for Italy. My darlings, I cannot recall two characters who have such blistering chemistry! It’s a wonder I did not see sparks coming out of my ereader! There is a lot of sex in PLAYING WITH FOREVER; incandescent, sizzling, jaw-dropping sex, that is fun, joyful and playful. I am know to skip lines here and there when it comes to sex scenes, but not when it comes to Ms. Andrews, and certainly not with this book. This woman writes sex scenes as if she invented them! Also, I would not advise reading this book in public, because, well, do it at your own risk. But there is also so much more than mind-blowing sex in PLAYING WITH FOREVER. I loved Ryder and Juliet; they are free, young, sympathetic, genuine, and just adorable. Ryder is definitely a candidate for book boyfriend of the year. There is the expected fabulous banter between the Smoke teammates, and the exchanges between Ryder and Juliet are just as wonderful. Amy Andrews is a supremely talented writer, so witty, bawdy, and clever, and I think her writing has never been better: casually elegant and delightfully naughty, she makes it all look so effortless. I’m already giddy at the thought – if I can still count properly – that there should be two more books in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Ryder Davis was anticipating quiet times to make sure his ankle problem would be taken care of, but that’s when the coach’s daughter rang his doorbell and begs him to take care of a dog for a short while. A gigantic Great Dane. Just for a few days, she said. Tiny is very well-behaved, she said. What choice did Ryder have? How could he refuse his coach’s daughter? And, well, in a matter of hours, Ryder is waiting at the Animal Rescue Centre, begging for help, namely dog obedience classes for Tiny. And a gorgeous, blonde angel answers his call: Juliet Morgan. The Sydney Smoke Rugby series is nothing short of amazing, and within a couple of pages and knowing Amy Andrews, I knew PLAYING WITH FOREVER would be spectacular. I was laughing myself silly at the dog’s antics, or rather Ryder’s woes. Juliet doesn’t know a thing about rugby nor that Ryder is a star, and they click right away. Juliet is all for a little no-commitment sex with a handsome chap, which will be a fun distraction for the two months before she leaves for Italy. My darlings, I cannot recall two characters who have such blistering chemistry! It’s a wonder I did not see sparks coming out of my ereader! There is a lot of sex in PLAYING WITH FOREVER; incandescent, sizzling, jaw-dropping sex, that is fun, joyful and playful. I am know to skip lines here and there when it comes to sex scenes, but not when it comes to Ms. Andrews, and certainly not with this book. This woman writes sex scenes as if she invented them! Also, I would not advise reading this book in public, because, well, do it at your own risk. But there is also so much more than mind-blowing sex in PLAYING WITH FOREVER. I loved Ryder and Juliet; they are free, young, sympathetic, genuine, and just adorable. Ryder is definitely a candidate for book boyfriend of the year. There is the expected fabulous banter between the Smoke teammates, and the exchanges between Ryder and Juliet are just as wonderful. Amy Andrews is a supremely talented writer, so witty, bawdy, and clever, and I think her writing has never been better: casually elegant and delightfully naughty, she makes it all look so effortless. I’m already giddy at the thought – if I can still count properly – that there should be two more books in this series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Sizzling attraction flares the moment their eyes meet for the first time ... and takes us on a wild ride of passionate encounters, tender moments and dreams of somehow there being a happily ever after for them! I adored Ryder from the start. He's a fun-loving guy, but has such a kind heart. Juliet on the other-hand, I would have liked to have smacked a few times. :) I enjoyed them together, but I wanted her to appreciate what was in front of her eyes more. Loved the book! Sydney Smoke Rugby player Ryder Davis is living the life. He had to leave his beloved family farm in the outback to do it, but he's loving living on the beach and playing the best rugby of his life with his bunch of rowdy pals! What he's not ready for is having a huge dog with a mind of his own thrust upon him ... he needs help, fast! Juliet Morgan happens to be at the desk of his local animal rescue when he pops in to see if they have any tips on how he can stop this dog from tearing his house apart one room at a time. She's gorgeous and returns his sexy flirting with welcoming smiles and promises of a good time twinkling in her eyes. She's not out for anything but a good time right now because no relationship is going to hold her back from living her dream when she moves to Italy in a couple of months!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic sexy fun read! A hot rugby player, a beast of a dog named Tiny that stole the story, and the sexy little dog trainer that stole both their hearts made for one great story. Ryder and Juliet had great chemistry and the two characters worked amazingly well together. Once I started this one I couldn't put it down. And with the others in this series, the Aussie glossary that is included is almost as much fun as the story itself. Definitely a book I'm recommending.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
WOW! Steamy – HOT – Wonderful – A True Delight! Ryder Davis is a rugby player – but oh so much more! He is a cowboy, a brother, a son, a friend, a people person, dominant on and off the filled and skilled in both arenas, too. He knows what he wants and he wants… Juliet Morgan – she is into fine arts BUT working temporarily at a dog shelter when he walks in and is blown away by everything about her. He signs up for a puppy training class hoping it will assist him in dealing with the dog sitting he is doing BUT he also hopes it will get him closer to Juliet. …and BOY did he get closer to Juliet! I loved the way Ryder and Juliet talked, teased, tantalized and tormented one another only to then completely satisfy one another without any inhibitions. Two strong characters that knew what they wanted and were more than able to verbalize their needs…Whew! Juliet is leaving in eight weeks for Italy. Ryder is busy playing Rugby. With an expiration date on their relationship it can only be physical – right? BUT what if you meet the right person at the wrong time? Do you stick with your dreams or create new ones? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking for more books by this author. Her writing resonates with me. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the ARC – this is my honest review.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
DNF at 63%. I tried twice to read this book but it just didn't work for me, not even a cute dog could keep my interest and I'm not sure why. Amy's Sydney Smoke series has been a bit hit and miss for me - two I loved and two I didn't like at all, sadly this falls into the latter category. Ryder Davis is an Australian rugby player for the Sydney Smokes. Rich, good-looking and a national hero he has no problems attracting women. When the coach's daughter calls in a favour he is stuck dog-sitting the world's largest, and worst-trained, puppy. Juliet Morgan is temping at the Dog Centre until she can afford to fulfill her dreams of living in Italy, just like she promised her mother before she died. When a hot guy arrives looking for dog obedience classes she is happy to assist, but she won't let him derail her dreams of travelling, been there and done that before. And honestly, that's all I've got at nearly two-thirds through the book Juliet and Ryder have progressed to a short-term friends with benefits arrangement and that's about it. My gripe would be too much sex and just not enough plot. Actually, I've just realised that this is published by Entangled Brazen - the cover made me suspicious - that makes soooo much sense because that is my general complaint about the entire imprint. So my bad for complaining about what is more a feature of the publisher. Anyway, I couldn't see this going anywhere so I gave up. I still love Amy Andrews' writing but I will definitely check the publishing imprint before I request. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but it was kind of mixed bag for me. It felt like the first half of the book was all sex and very little story. I've literally read erotica books with less sex than was in this novel. After the halfway point, the book developed a bit more substance with it's plot. I've loved every prior book in this series and normally love the author's work, but for me, I'd give this one 3.5 stars (thus rounding up to 4). Having said that, fans of the author and this series will want to read this novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
It seems rare to find books where the Hero is all in and the heroine is the one resisting. Because of that, I usually enjoy these stories more. I loved that even though Ryder never really saw him self settling down with one woman for long, he recognized that Juliet was different. I loved this quote that Ryder explains to Juliet as to how he knows he loves her. "When you've been with a lot of women, you know when one is different, Juliet." It's not exactly romantic but it gets the point across. Unfortunately, Juliet has trust issues due to a past boyfriend using her, causing her to set her dreams aside for him. She doesn't want to make the same mistake twice, so Ryder had his work cut out for him to convince her he was different. On a side note, I love when an author has a dog in a story that is just as good as a side character. This has been a great series and I look forward to more. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The dog is the star and the romance plays a close second in this immensely entertaining, laughably tempting, hard to put down romance. The sports star with the sexy physique and his pick of women is brought down to size by a mischievous pooch and a slip of a woman with big dreams and a talent for dog whispering. Playing With Forever is every woman's dream. To find a guy that may not be perfect, but is willing to take a chance all in the name of love.