Playing Dirty by C. L. Parker

May 19, 2015 Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Reviews 0 ★★★½

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Playing Dirty by C. L. ParkerPlaying Dirty by C L Parker
Series: Monkey Business Trio #1
Published by Bantam on May 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
For fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard comes the start of an irresistible new erotic romance series in which competition is the ultimate seduction.

Shaw Matthews plays to win, and he intends to snag a coveted partnership at San Diego's hottest sports agency by signing America's top athlete. Only one woman stands in his way: rival agent Cassidy Whalen. But eliminating the competition will be Shaw's pleasure when he concocts an ingenious plan to seduce Cassidy and show the beautiful ballbreaker who's the better man for the job. That is, until Cassidy turns the tables—and their steamy encounters start breaking all the rules.

Cassidy has worked hard to make it in a man's cutthroat arena, and she isn't going down without a fight, not even against the six-two alpha hunk whose rock-hard body awakens desires she's never known before. As Cassidy shares night after night of unending passion with Shaw, the game begins to change. Now Cassidy stands to lose everything—unless a fiery contest of wills can become a winning proposition for two people who keep raising the stakes.

PLAYING DIRTY pits two alpha-personalities against each other in an all-out, no-holds-barred competition to snag the coveted sports representation of superstar Denver “Rocketman” Rockford. Cassidy Walden and Shaw Matthews are the top recruiting agents for a major sports representation firm.  They bitten, clawed, and scraped their way to the top and are now poised to take over the single partnership opening – whoever lands Denver lands the job.

Like any alpha, Cassidy is a competitive, almost-arrogant perfectionist who stops at nothing to get what she wants.  Shaw is her complete male counterpart – equally arrogant, equally competitive, and just as willing to get his hands dirty getting what he wants.  In this respect, I thought these character were TOO alike.  There was little to no balance between them.  They didn’t bring out the other’s good qualities as much as I’ve come to expect from romance and erotica.  Instead, the fighting came across as mean and even childish.

That said, once these two pulled the walls down and let their mutual attraction flow – wow!  The passion, fire, and chemistry almost ignited my e-reader!  I believe the phrase I’m looking for here is “hate-f*ck” – when characters take all that hate and anger and channel it straight into lust. That’s exactly what happened in PLAYING DIRTY.  And over the course of their many love scenes, we learn a little bit about why Cassidy and Shaw act the way they do and get a hint of deeper feelings lingering below the surface.

Shaw and Cassidy’s story is not over!  This novel ended on a cliffhanger that will have you screaming and scrambling to push that “pre-order” button.

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