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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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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 she... ...more

By Stacey is Sassy September 08, 2016


Her Rules were meant to be played with.

Oh my lordythis 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 Que... ...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... ...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!C... ...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 ba... ...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... ...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 Ta... ...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, he had...

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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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