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Peek Inside Playing By Her Rules

When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once romantically involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion...or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart. She’ll just have to watch that she doesn’t let him do it again....

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Hot rugby star? Check. Ambitious style columnist ex? Check. A six-part feature series neither want to be part of? Check. Check. Check.

Sydney Smoke captain and rugby god Tanner Stone wants to be interviewed about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles, but it may just be his chance for a rematch with his high school sweetheart.

Matilda Kent’s big mouth has landed her an interview with the one man she hoped to never see again—her high school boyfriend who broke her heart. But, with a promotion on the line, she’s prepared to play nice while dishing the dirt on the guy.

An epic war or words leads to a flurry of action both on the field and between the sheets and this time winner takes all.

Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

* Playing By Her Rules
* Playing It Cool
* Playing the Player
* Playing With Forever
* Playing House
* Playing Dirty


"I ADORED this book. A total 5 star read for me. This is the gold standard of what I LOVE in a second chance romance." Eve Recinella, Goodreads.

"This book was like opening a glorious present and getting the best kind of laughter, shocks and smexy characters rolled into one read. What a phenomenal series opener from author Amy Andrews" - Talking Books, Goodreads.

"This is the first Amy Andrews novel I've read, but it will definitely not be the last. Brilliant dynamic between Tilly and Tanner. Witty dialogue on top of a well written story, making it a thoroughly enjoying read! Romance fans should absolutely add this to their must read list." - Megan Shannon, Goodreads.

"This was an awesome book to read. I totally loved it. Their chemistry, the banter between them, the Twitter statuses were just superb. In short it was a perfect read." - Urvashi H, NetGalley reviewer

"Another amazing fun and sexy read from Amy Andrews. And Ms. Andrews, thanks so much for the Aussie-ism glossary!" - Bette H, Goodreads

"Blazingly hot and wonderfully sassy! This is the perfect blend of heart, humor and sex."- Zoe W, What's Better Than Books blog

"One of my favorite romance authors writing a sports romance? The romance gods must have finally heard my prayers!...All in all it was complete perfection." - CL

"The cover alone was enough to have me snapping it up. The fact that it was from a favorite author was only icing on the cake. But this book was so much fun to read that I devoured it in one sitting." - Rachel H, NetGalley reviewer

"Some authors are able to create tangible passion and Ms. Andrews is one of them. I instantly connected with both Tilly and Tanner, and felt their attraction the moment their eyes met for the first time in eight years. They are a hot couple, both in and out of the bedroom." - JLT, Goodreads

"Score!!!! Amy Andrews has scored major points in her newest release Playing By Her Rules. Hot Australian Rugby hero. Check! A sassy heroine. Check! A swoonworthyhero. Check! Hot chemistry. Check! A fun and sweet second chance love story! Check!Twitter Hashtags. Check! Rugby players. Check! Check!" - Michelle,

"This was a fantastic start to what promises to be a great series...Definitely looking forward to the next installment and can happily report that I have myself a brand new Brazen series to stalk" - Lana,

"Playing By Her Rules is sexy, sassy good fun! I love rugby player heroes and second chance romances, so when you combine the two - and throw in author Amy Andrews's signature humor - it's easy to see why this first Sydney Smoke Rugby book was impossible for me to resist." - Kimberly,

"The characters are brilliantly portrayed (now come on, what do you expect with Amy Andrews as the author - they're always brilliantly portrayed!). Their emotive interactions, the score keeping and the breaking down of walls around the heart take the reader through the full gamut of emotions." - Elaine,

"I LOVE A SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE!! Get this book and spend a few hours in a world that Amy created and that I highly recommend with 5 big giant stars!!" - Jeananna,

"This was Freaking Fantastic! I could not put this down from beginning to the end, I was hooked. This is the first story that I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last. I have never been so enthralled by a story and I can not wait to read the rest of Ms. Andrews stories." - Anita, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757073
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 11, 2016
Page Count: 229
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: enemies to lovers, second chance

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 12, 2016


Everyone had parts of their job they hated. It just so happened that today hers had a name: Tanner Stone.

A swoony second chance romance with a hot Aussie Rugby player? Sign me up! What can I say? I'm an easy sell. But after reading and loving Amy's No More Mr. Nice Guy, when I saw ...more

By Stacey is Sassy September 08, 2016


Her Rules were meant to be played with.

Oh my lordy…this book brought back some very fond memories. Way, way back in the day, before I had even laid eyes on hubby, I liked watching Rugby. One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday afternoon was to sit on the hill at Ballymore and watch either Queen ...more

By Eve (Between The Bookends) July 02, 2016

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was a bit afraid going into this one because me and sports heroes don't always get along. A lot of times I find the OTT man-whore gig to be a tad bit much with groupies and OW always in the face of the heroine. Luckly this was NOT the ca ...more

By Michelle July 10, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Score!!!! Amy Andrews has scored major points in her newest release Playing By Her Rules. Hot Australian Rugby hero. Check! A sassy heroine.Check! A swoonworthy hero. Check! Hot chemistry.Check! A fun and sweet second chance love story!Ch ...more

By Claire July 10, 2016

4 - "Sorry... Did I make you wet..?" Stars!

A steady start for Amy Andrews new Sydney Smoke series. We have a team of rugby players, and I would imagine as the series progress each woman to cross their paths will have the potential to make her respective player have a little less control of his balls ...more

By Nicola July 10, 2016

Romance featuring rugby players is like catnip to me. I grew up loving the game, and whilst I can tell you the points scored for a conversion, a try and a dropped-goal, I can also tell you that rugby players have outstanding thighs. And shoulders.


The second-chance trope with redemption is a firm fav ...more

By Alaina August 16, 2018

Super cute second chance at love.

Playing by Her Rules was a highly predictable second chance at romance kind of novel. I still ended up enjoying the crap out of it though. In this book, you will meet Matilda Kent, aka Tilly, and Tanner Stone. Tilly is a style columnist and the ex-girlfriend of Tanne ...more

By Jabberwocky August 11, 2016


Title: Playing by Her Rules
Series: (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1)
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance
Rating: 4-Stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Blog: HERE

Playing by Her Rules (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1) by Amy Andrews (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #1) Playing by Her Rules

Book can be read as a standalone.


Yes, he'd screwed up. Big time. Yes, h

By Irene July 16, 2016

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed Playing By Her Rules.

This was a fun, entertaining and heartfelt second chance love story.
Matilda and Tanner were great characters, they made me laugh, loved their banter, frustrated me, and warmed my heart with their love and admiration for each other.
And their chemistry?? ...more

By Mindy Lou's Book Review July 11, 2016

4.5 Stars!

Playing By Her Rules is a second chance love that had me happy and sad at the same time. I'm sad that they had to waste 8 years. The author did such a good job of the chemistry between these two. The characters completely sucked me in, maybe a little too much because I had a hard time forg ...more

By Catarina November 29, 2016


Rating: 4 Stars.
Steam: Hot.
Sensible Subjects: (view spoiler)
Love Triangle: (view spoiler)
Cheating: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)


By CL July 04, 2016

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Trope: Sport + reconciliation romance

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: A journalist has to do a feature on her crazy hot rugby-playing ex

Review: One of my favourite romance authors writing a sports romance? The romance gods must f ...more

By Janie July 12, 2016

Tanner and Tilly were very much in love in high school. Tanner made a decision that destroyed their relationship and Tilly in the process. He felt like he was doing right by her and in ways he did. He should've handled things differently but he was also an 18 year old guy. 8 years later they are bro ...more

By Izy July 28, 2016

ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating~ 3.75 stars.

This was a very fun, quick book with a good plot and an entertaining couple with great chemistry. 

I really enjoyed the couple together, their banter to their sweet moments and how much the both wanted the best ...more

By Maria Rose July 23, 2016

Playing by her Rules is the first story in Amy Andrews new Sydney Smoke Rugby series. And how appropriate to have this team called the Sydney Smoke because there is no doubt it will smoke up your e-reader with its hot players and hotter romances! This story happens to be a second chance romance (one ...more

By Kimberly July 10, 2016

My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Playing By Her Rules is sexy, sassy good fun! I love rugby player heroes and second chance romances, so when you combine the two – and throw in author Amy Andrews’s signature humor – it’s easy to see why this first ...more

By Renégade ♥ March 15, 2019

4 1/2 stars ...more

Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

One of my pet peeves in romance is a teenage romance that goes bad and 5, 8, 10, 12 years later one of the parties is still angry over it and blames and treats the other person horribly and so for almost 90% of this book, I really wasn't sold on ...more

By Elaine July 10, 2016

This is a thoroughly enjoyable second chance romance where teen lovers meet up again under less than desirable circumstances more than eight years later.

He was her first love, the one she planned her future around - until she saw him kissing her worst enemy . . . Heartbroken she went off from Austr ...more

By Helen July 26, 2016

WOW what a story this one is it had me turning the pages laughing smiling fanning myself with the sexual tension and then the sex. This is a fabulous story so with many emotions for Tilly and Tanner they were first loves but life got in the way and things changed can they re-kindle that first love?

M ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) July 11, 2017

Good premise about a journalist who has to write a series of six feature articles about the captain of the local Rugby team. Liked experiencing each of their perspectives, but I think my fave character was Hannah Kent, Matilda's grandmother. Particularly liked the way social media and hashtags was u ...more

By Megan March 27, 2019

Sexy, funny, romantic and witty. Loved it. ...more

By ♡Tonya♡ September 22, 2016

Who doesn't love a story about a hot Rugby player? 

Tanner and Matilda were high school sweathearts.  Tanner made a very immature decision to insure that Matilda didn't pass up her scholarship,  hurting them both in the process.  Now 8 years later,  they are face to face and Tanner has to face the m ...more

By Kristiej December 15, 2018

I seem to go in cycles in my reading and I've been on quite a sports theme bender; hockey, baseball, soccer and with this one, rugby. This was my first by this author but for sure not my last.

Tanner is quite the skilled professional rugby player which makes him good material for news articles. Matil ...more

By Heather August 03, 2016

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Playing by Her Rules

QueenZany 4 Star Review

Playing by Her Rules
by Amy Andrews

Oh Sweet Baby Jesus!!!
Ruby Player second chance romance!! Fan please!!!!
A hot sizzling story with so much sexual tension. That you think these characters could combust! Boom!!! Yes the book had ev ...more

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Amy Andrews

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Amy Andrews

Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances. She is a USA Today best-seller who writes books featuring lots of sex and kissing. She likes to make her readers tingle, laugh and sigh. She loves good books, frequent travel and great booze although she'll take mediocre booze if there's nothing else. At sixteen she met a guy she knew she was going to marry and she did and they're still living out their HEA! They have two grown kids who've flown the nest but still ring her for advice and recipes. She lives on acreage in a sunny part of Australia with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. Sign-up for her newsletter at:

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