Pretty Little Player

Pretty Little Player

by J. Kenner

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BN ID: 2940161806241
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Publication date: 12/17/2018
Series: Blackwell-Lyon , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,580
File size: 406 KB

About the Author

J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” JK has been a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award five times, and a winner once, taking home the RITA trophy for her 2014 novel, Claim Me.

Before diving into writing full time, JK worked as an attorney in Texas and California where she practiced primarily civil, entertainment, and First Amendment law. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

Visit her website at www.jkenner.com to learn more and to connect with JK through social media!

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Pretty Little Player 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 3 months ago
This was a fast quick novella that had me engaged from the start to the finish; in fact I would have loved the story to be longer. I really loved the characters of Cayden Lyon and Gracie Harmon and the secondary characters are just as entertaining. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series. Cayden Lyon is an ex-military man who having been cheated on by his ex-wife isn’t really looking for a relationship. When he gets a new job investigating if Gracie Harmon is cheating on Thomas Peterman he gets more than he bargained for; not all is as it seems. When Cayden manages to meet Gracie accidentally, their attraction is almost instantaneous, even though Cayden initially believes she may be cheating on Thomas. As he delves deeper into Gracie’s life he realises that Thomas has not been honest. As things spice up and danger rears it’s head, neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry that sparks between them. Having been burned in the past, Cayden has to overcome his fears and trust in Gracie’s ability to love him and that they can have a bright future together. The question is can he? I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series.
JWright57 3 months ago
4.5 Stars for Pretty Little Player Book 2 in the Blackwell Lyon Series. This may be book 2 in the series but I do believe it can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone I fell in love with these characters from the moment I met them after all what not to love about a swoon worthy pirate and if you one click this book you will see exactly what I mean !!!!! Cayden Lyon is ex military running his own security firm with his twin brother and best friend they don’t normally take on investigations but something about this case seems personal to Cayden after all his ex wife cheated on him so he understands what Thomas Peterman is feeling and he doesn’t hesitate looking into Gracie Harmon. Gracie Harmon is a beautiful plus size model and when Cayden spots her flirting with the barman in the hotel she is staying it seems she is exactly what he expected a cheating fiancée or is she...... This story has a fair few twists and turns and as this book unfolds we see things are not always as they seem, the characters have depth and are easy to love. The sizzling chemistry between Cayden and Gracie make for some seriously hot moments but it’s also the friendship and loyalty shared between all of the characters in this book that help make this a great read. I loved the reference to Stark Security and I can’t wait to see where Ms Kenner takes us with the next book in this series.
Anonymous 19 days ago
It was amazing and crazy!!!!!!!
18644943 27 days ago
As always J Kenner never disappoints! I love her characters and those stories. I love how they all at some point connect. This is Grace and Cayden story. I enjoyed these two! He had his heart broken and truly never moved passed his hurt! And here comes Grace that changes it all for him! They both fall for each other and I loved how everything between starts and ends. Truly this was a sweet love story! Can’t wait to see what’s to come in this series. Loved them all!
Christine_Miller 3 months ago
From the first time Cayden laid eyes on Gracie, I knew she would be the one that brought his walls tumbling down. I loved watching these two fall for each other. The mystery in this one and how the story evolved, I absolutely loved! Sometimes things aren't what they seem and I loved that Cayden's walls came down when he let Gracie in. Great read!
momof3infl 3 months ago
I'm loving the Blackwell-Lyon security firm! Pretty Little Player finds us back in the world of security and private investigation. Cayden is a partner in the security firm and finds his next job is the sexy-but-possibly cheating on her fiancé Gracie. She may be a job, but is there more to the story, or is the intense chemistry between them getting in the way? I loved the story, it had a pinch of suspense, a lot of steam, and amazing characters. Pretty Little Player is one you don't want to miss!
Arys 3 months ago
Pretty Little Player by J. Kenner is book two in her Blackwell-Lyon Security series. Starring Cayden Lyons, who has been burned by love after his wife cheated on him. Now he does private investigation where he catches two-timing women in the act. When asked by a fiancé to investigate his girlfriend of cheating, Cayden takes the job and soon finds himself investigating, model Gracie Harmon. However, the case is completely turned sideways when he realizes Gracie needs protection. I enjoyed the chemistry and flirtiness between Cayden and Gracie. I also liked the air of mystery and suspense with Gracie's stalker and how it added another element to the story. Overall this was a fun read with twists and turns that make it even more exciting. I very much recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
PennieM 3 months ago
I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put this one down! Cayden has trust issues and they he doesn't know what to do when he finds himself falling for Gracie who he is hired to follow because her fiance wants proof she is cheating. What is he to do when she turns up in his office and wants to hire him because she has a stalker! Turns out he was hired to follow her by her stalker. Oh, such a tangled web. Now he is protecting and falling and oh so jealous and not sure what to do with all those possessive feelings. This may have been a short and sexy read but it was definitely enjoyable and just right. Now to get Connor's story! **Received this ARC for review**
CrystalsBookWorld 3 months ago
Pierce was an absolute favorite and then J. Kenner decided to expand his story and make a series out of it. I cannot be more happier because out of it came Cayden! My own sexy military pirate! Come on ladies, I encourage you all to read Pretty Little Player and meet your next book boyfriend! I loved the story line and more importantly....IT WENT DOWN NOT THE WAY I EXPECTED!!!! OMG how the tables turned on this one. I am in awe with Gracie!!! As a fellow size 14, I related with her and was rooting for her all the way. She has a heart of gold. But don't let that fool you. She will fight back with her claws out if she needs to. Pretty Little Play marks all the spots! Forbidden Romance, A twisted plot, and the unexpected happens! I could not be more enamored with these characters. What an amazing new series J.K. brings us! I think I want one of the men from Blackwell Lyon security on my detail from here on out!
sherrybauer 3 months ago
Cayden and Gracie's story is sexy, hot, and romantic with some suspense and mystery thrown in. This was a quick read for me because I totally enjoyed Cayden and Gracie's story. Cayden is totally gun shy of any kind of relationship and has real trust issues, but meeting Gracie changes everything for him. They meet while Cayden is investigating Gracie, but he soon learns his client isn't being truthful about his relationship with her. Gracie shows him he can trust and love again after a few bumps along the way. I loved the ending and I cannot wait for the next book!
Nurseymegs 3 months ago
Gracie (from Man of the Month series) meets Cayden, partner in security firm Blackwell & Lyon. Cayden is hired to be a PI to scope out Gracie, but what happens when his mark becomes more? Gracie is a friendly sweetheart and model. She also has secrets to why she ran from LA to Austin. Read all the these two as we finally learn Gracie’s secret! Also, special mentions Noah, more Pierce, and the Fix on Sixth gang.
bbarneybooks28 3 months ago
Pretty Little Player…those are the kind of women who Cayden Lyon hates and the ones he looks to expose as a PI. He wholeheartedly agrees with the idea that people reap what they sow, and when it comes to cheaters and liars, especially of the female variety, he’s all about paying them back for their infidelity by getting the goods on them for their husbands, and let me tell you, Cayden’s really good at his job, and the main reason is because his past gives him a vested interest in these kind of cases, continually proving that there are very few single women out there who won’t play with men’s heads and their hearts. But boy is Cayden wrong about Gracie Harmon, which just might be a blessing in disguise because as soon as he sees her, he’s instantly attracted and his desire for Gracie only continues to build as the reality of her situation is revealed and Cayden figures out that she’s the one who actually needs his help, which is exactly what he’s going to give her and along the way, if he can let go of his past and look to a future with the right woman, maybe Cayden will be able to have the life and the wife he’s always wanted. It’s amazing how much drama, romance, and suspense J. Kenner can pack into a novella. There’s definitely no downtime for her characters or her readers because the story moves quickly, exposing truths and exploring Cayden and Gracie’s growing connection. Cayden and Gracie’s story is a quick read - one that has a bit of everything when it comes to the main characteristics of a romance and one that utilizes its setting to not only showcase everything that Austin has to offer but also uses its various locations to amp up the tension and deliver a sultry and seductive environment for everything that goes down in Pretty Little Player! 4 Poison Apples
Abilicious 3 months ago
Whew! I was excited to dive into this read and I couldn't put it down. In this book, Cayden has been hardened due to life. He's seen a lot of things and is not one who believes in happily ever after. I enjoyed the chemistry and immediate pull Cayden and Gracie had with each other. I liked how she made him hope. This was a fast read for me, mainly because I didn't want to walk away from Cayden and Gracie. She's a very sweet girl and she also gave Cayden peace. Their flirting was fun, the sexual tension high and I enjoyed the element of danger that came with them. The reader knows who but not how and I liked how that component worked it's way into the story. This was a great read and I HIGHLY recommend it!
marincheto007 3 months ago
From the moment I read Lovely Little Liar, I was intrigued by the two Lyon brothers. And though I think that ultimately Connor is going to be my favorite, I was super excited to get my hands on Cayden's book as well. And I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed. The story is intriguing and sweet, romantic and a little bit suspenseful. In a few words, it is a lovely short story, perfect to curl up with in your favorite reading spot. As I already mentioned above, I really enjoyed reading Caydon and Gracie's story even though I kind of guessed the plot from the beginning. There were still a few surprises here and there that kept my attention. And it didn't hurt that Caydon was a charmer with a broken heart and demons from his past. And of course, Gracie was the one woman who could put the pieces back together and heal the wound. In short this is a lovely short story, perfect for taking off your mind of a busy day. So be sure to check it out. As for me, I can't wait to get my hands on Connor's story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Embell 3 months ago
This series, like the Man of the Month series, takes place in good old Austin, TX and is an extension of the Stark universe. This was a hard book to put down because it flowed really well and a great story. However, I did find the plot summary provided to reveal a little too much. If it hadn't revealed what it did, I would have gotten more out of the plot twist and given this review five stars. Cayden is a total bad ass (ex military) and Gracie (plus size model) is a take no BS type of girl. He let's his past get in the way, and she has too much respect for herself to bend to his insecurities. I wish we had gotten a little more back story on Cayden's character, but enough is given to understand his character, I just wanted more. Also I would have liked a little more sexy times, but with shorter books from this author, this is the norm, but the foreplay is still top notch.
MaryJoMI 3 months ago
Cayden the cynic believes all relationships will fail. Well, his was incinerated which gives him cause to feel this way. His latest case has him investigating Gracie since her fiancé believes she is cheating. But as he connects with Gracie to find the proof he needs, he doesn’t encounter a woman that fits this mold. Gracie is a confident model but ends up at Cayden’s business needing protection from a stalker. Suddenly, the case has gotten even more intense but as Cayden unravels all the pieces, he doesn’t expect his heart to be a victim. Will Cayden be able to open up to love again? I loved Gracie and how she pushed Cayden’s buttons. She is a breath of fresh air for Cayden and he is the perfect alpha male that Gracie needs to lean on in her current crisis.
JennC2630 3 months ago
This was so cute. Watching Cayden and Gracie get together was so sweet and I loved that he was able to see through the horribleness of his ex. Cayden has been hardened and he's sent by Gracie's fiance to do some intel. The fiance is convinced she's cheating on him. As Cayden actually meets Gracie, he begins to realize that she is far too sweet to be in the same category as his ex. And when she needs his protection, all bets are off. But can Cayden truly get over the damage that his ex did? Is he willing to do that for Gracie? I absolutely loved this read. My only complaint is that it was too short. I really wanted more of them and the whole Blackwell Lyon gang. Longer please!
DebiDG 3 months ago
I loved how the entire book is from Cayden’s point of view. The emotions written into the dialogue are spot on. All the players feel like old friends but this can be read as a complete standalone. The humor, action and romance are all present that what makes this a fantastic read!
szelisk_64 3 months ago
Wow, I really loved this book. Cayden, a navy seal who lost his eye but not his looks will steal your heart. Unfortunately, his past marriage has left him believing there is no happily ever for him. Grace, his current assignment. A beautiful plus size model, who has her own secret. Can Grace save Cayden and pull him out of his past. Amazing book!! You cannot help but fall in love with these characters from the begining. Once I started I could not put it down. A definite MUST read!!!
KindleKat64 3 months ago
Loved Cayden & Gracie's story! And I really love their characters and what they are all about. Great novella but would have loved more time with them. Nice little twist thrown in there too! This may not be a very long read but it is certainly long on chemistry, sweetness and sexiness with some danger to spice things up tossed in the mix. When Cayden is hired to get the dirt on Gracie, it isn't long before he wants to get dirty with her. His ex-wife did quite the number on his trust though so he will not be an easy one to win over for anything long term. Gracie is a model and turns out not to be at all what Cayden expected. And I just love the unexpected.
Anonymous 3 months ago
“Is there a limit to pain when you have a broken heart?” As always Kenner writes another winner. You just get lost in the words and find yourself unable to put the book down. I’ve been enjoying this series and am looking forward to the next installment Sexy Little Sinner. “All you do is run away. No, scratch that. You don’t even start the race.” I love the maturity of the characters. Yet the vulnerability they show is just as endearing. It makes them relatable even though you have celebrity careers and stalkers thrown into the mix. No matter who you are or what you do you have the same basic feelings, insecurities, struggles, hopes and dreams. “We will find him,” I say. “We will catch him. We will stop him.”
Ana94 3 months ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down. J.Kenner is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
ShellyReyn 3 months ago
"Even though I know she's some other man's girl - even though I know that she's a Vivien and not a Mona - every second with Gracie is like a bite from a warm cookie. Sweet and delicious and just a little bit bad for me. And you know what? At this point, I don't even care." I think I'm in love with Cayden Lyon. I just wanted to hug him all the way through this story. So, ladies, I know you're going to feel the same way, so I'm just staking my claim now. Back off. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and claim all the men of Blackwell-Lyon Security! Cayden Lyon has a bleak outlook on love and relationships. I mean, after coming home from deployment only to find your wife with another man, who wouldn't be a little soured? Just to prove his point, he's handled countless PI cases for clients suspecting their significant other is cheating. More often than not, they probably are. But his latest case will put his theories to the test when he has to do more than just observe from a distance or take some incriminating pictures. No, he'll have to get up close and personal with this one. He expects to find out she's just like all the others - just like Vivien. What he doesn't expect is to fall for her in the process. Is Gracie really the cheater his client has painted her to be, or is there more to his story than he's let on? When Gracie's life is threatened, will Cayden be able to protect her? He just found her - he can't lose her now. I loved this story!! My heart broke for Cayden and his jaded outlook on finding a happy ever after. As I said earlier, I just wanted to reach inside the story and hug him. But, that eye patch? Gah! So HOT! I adored Gracie! She's strong and confident, and I loved that she carried a little extra padding. Some of us do too, and it was nice to see the "average" woman depicted, and sexy too! This was a great follow up to Lovely Little Liar and I can't wait to read Connor's story next!!!
BJsBookBlog 3 months ago
4.9 Stars We're back with the Blackwell-Lyon Security guys in Austin. Pierce already found his happy end in the first book and now it's time for the first of the twin boys. Cayden. He doesn't do relationships. Or love. Five years ago, just home from the war, he walked in on his wife having sex with another guy. Cayden kinda hates women now. At least cheating ones. That's why he likes to take on cases where a husband needs proof that his wife is cheating. Enter Gracie. Her fiancé hired Cayden to find out if she's really cheating. He's supposed to seduce her. Poor Cayden is so horribly attracted to Gracie! But he will never be with her because she's with another man and because she's a cheating little player! But is she??? Or is something entirely different going on here???? ══════════════════ Well.... I really loved this story!! It was a very cute and sexy and exciting and mysterious little dramance! I just love those three security guys and Cayden is just sooo sexy with his eye patch! Cayden doesn't want to fall for Gracie ... but he can't help it - she's just so perfect! And poor Gracie - she's falling for him too, but she has some mysterious secrets we're not yet aware of ... ☺ And once we're aware of what's really going on? Things are only going to get more complicated and dangerous!!! Great book! It has everything we need in our romances! Excitement. Sexy guys. Adorable moments. And lots of Austin tourist info. I really love it when I'm in a real place in my books! Can't wait to get Connor and Kerrie's book next! ► PRETTY LITTLE PLAYER was a really exciting & adorable & sexy dramance ! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Cayden - this one is MINE! ☺