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Peek Inside Playing House

Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. Two months later, he’s in for an even bigger surprise…

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Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.

Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.

He always did love a challenge…

Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is STANDALONE:
* Playing By Her Rules
* Playing It Cool
* Playing the Player
* Playing With Forever
* Playing House
* Playing Dirty


“While reading PLAYING HOUSE, I laughed, I smiled, I nearly swooned, and I cried! Because as you can deduct from the blurb, the sexfest has consequences, and have tissues at the ready, because at around 78%, I was crying so hard, I had tears running down my nose, I couldn’t stop crying, and I couldn’t stop reading.” –Monique, Fresh Fiction

Playing House by Amy Andrews is a perfect way to pass a lazy Sunday.  It is light, funny, but not superficial. The emotions are real, and the book will bring out the full range in the reader.  Just a warning but you may need tissues at one point (or I may just be a HUGE sook), but it’s a HEA, and I loved every moment of it!” –The word Nred

“This is a wonderful series, and Amy Andrews remains an auto-buy for me! Definitely recommended for any fans of rugby romances!” –Llama Reads Books

Wonderful heartwarming romance! I've really enjoyed Amy Andrews' Sydney Smoke series, and I think Playing House is one of my favorites in the series.” –Rhinda C., Goodreads

“Swept Away! Amy Andrews knows how to bring you Romance that will melt your heart ... and other things. This story was brilliant, beautiful, emotional and sizzling hot. You will simply love it.” –Anita B., NetGalley

“If you love a shy, curvy, wallflower heroine and a brawny hero who embraces all the quirky, romantic, old-fashioned parts of her, this is one you can't miss! It's the perfect blend of historical and contemporary romance – for the reader who has always felt a bit like they were born in the wrong century. I'm all for finding my Mr. Darcy...but I wouldn't mind at all if he were a bit more like Bodie.” –Cris Conquers

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633902
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby, Book 5
Release Date: Feb 12, 2018
Page Count: 250
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, best friend's little sister, older brother's best friend, one night stand

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By Nicola February 11, 2018

3.5 Stars

Amy Andrews has so far hit the spot with this series and although not my favourite, #5 is as hot as a summers day Down Under.

description A single, twenty-six-year-old woman still living with her parents on a cattle station in outer woop woop like some Jane Austen heroine.”

Eleanor Davis isn’t your e ...more

By Kathi September 09, 2020

Inhalt: „Playing for Good“ ist der fünfte Teil der „Hot Sydney Rugby Players“-Reihe. Der neueste Teil der Autorin Amy Andrews ist am29.06.2020 bei be-eBooks by Bastei Lübbe erschienen.
Der erfolgreiche Rugbyspieler der Sydney-Smokes Ryder feiert in seiner Heimat auf dem Land eine große Verlobungsfeie ...more

By Claire February 13, 2018

3.5 - "Never underestimate your vagina!" Stars!

Playing House, gives us the fifth book in Amy Andrews enjoyable Sydney Smoke Rugby series. Bodie Webb is next up to get the girl, and I have to say I quite liked the way he went about it!

"There are two things I do really well… One is tackle, the second ...more

By Mindy Lou's Book Review February 11, 2018

Eleanor was born in the wrong century. From the victorian clothes, the literature, the dashing men, to the time when being a virgin was coveted. She comes from a family that are tall, lean and beautiful while she's short, curvaceous and daydreaming about another time in history. The last thing she e ...more

By Alison February 14, 2018

Loved this!

Eleanor Davis's brother Ryder plays for the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she is hiding behind a plant at his engagement party when one of his super-hot team-mates, Bodie Webb catches her eye and tries to seduce her.

Eleanor (Nell to her family) is a 26 year old virgin, someone who loves Victo ...more

By ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ February 13, 2018

4.5 ⭐️
This has a ton of steamy off the charts sexy times in it but also a lot of heart.

Eleanor hadn’t planned to lose her virginity at her brother’s engagement party, certainly not to his rugby superstar best friend Bodie and definitely not end up pregnant after the one and only night of debauche ...more

By Monique January 30, 2018

Don’t waste your time reading this, just get this amazing book! Or for a play-by-play, look down below.

I dislike stories about virgins: Eleanor Davis is a virgin. I don’t go looking for “older brother’s little sister” stories either; maybe because I don’t have a brother. When reading the blurb, one ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 12, 2018

What a delightful book Playing House was. It was full of surprises and two of the most lovable people that will make you smile throughout the story. Amy Andrews did a beautiful job of bringing two totally different people together showing that opposites do attract.

Eleanor was a delight to read. She ...more

By Helen September 07, 2018

I am loving this series, MS Andrews has a way with words that is magical, she knows how to write steamy and fun and moving and fabulous. This is Bodie’s story, tough rugby player and Eleanor (Nell) farm girl and specialist seamstress, two very different people that see each other across a room and b ...more

By Emily April 03, 2018

Eleanor is the quirky sister, she prefers to make gowns that would be a match for any Jane Austin character. When she shows up at her brothers engagement party she meets Bodie who she has a one night stand with. He wants more but when he finds out she is his best friend's sister he hesitates. Howeve ...more

By Irene February 09, 2018

4 stars ...more

By Elaine February 14, 2018

This is the fifth story in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series by this talented author. When one of the team players returns home to celebrate his engagement, his younger sister Eleanor is surprised when one of his team mates comes over to talk to her. The attraction is mutual - and highly unusual for the ...more

By Maria Rose January 19, 2019

Playing House by Amy Andrews is the latest sexy romance in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. It’s a ‘one night stand becomes more’ trope story, with a Sydney Smoke player and a quirky down home heroine getting a chance to fling caution to the winds, then having to deal with the unexpected consequences. ...more

By NixLapi February 22, 2018

I've really enjoyed the Sydney Smoke series and this one is no exception! Amy Andrews does quirky-sexy so well, and her rugby boys, oh my yes! This story also packs some agonizing heart ache (TW if required in spoiler tags below), as Amy also does so well. Beautiful story, looking forward to the nex ...more

By Kimberly February 11, 2018

4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A shy, quirky heroine who prefers books to parties. A sexy-as-hell hero with a sweet side. A scorching one night stand that becomes so much more. Put those three ingredients together and you’ve got a recipe for a highly entertaining romance. And when you add ...more

By Tami February 02, 2018

Very good sports romance. Best friend's little sister. She's a 26 yr old virgin who wears vintage clothes. He's a hottie who plays rugby.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Penny February 13, 2018

Is there anything sexier than a hot, huge, rugby player being all sweet and cuddly? Well, Playing House will give you the opportunity to see for yourself, and it’s not one you should pass up.

I’ve loved this group of boisterous, rough, sexy beasts of the Sydney Smoke team since the very beginning. Ea ...more

By Megan January 27, 2018

Best friend's little sister is my very favorite trope, so I was very excited to read this one. I've really enjoyed this whole series so far.

Bodie "Spidey" Webb is a pro rugby player for the Sydney Smoke. He grew up in a very wealthy family, and his dad wants him to enter the family business at some ...more

By Ivy February 12, 2018

Eleanor Davis is a twenty six year old virgin. And guess what? She doesn’t want to be. She may love the Victorian era and adores making historically accurate clothing for commission, but she’s tired of waiting for the one. The man who is going to sweep her off her feet in his frock coat and Darcy-is ...more

By Cathy February 11, 2018

Playing House by Amy Gamet
Sydney Smoke Rugby #5

Amy Gamet is becoming one of my go-to authors. Every book I have read by her has been wonderful making me only want to read more of whatever she decides to write. This book delivered again…in all the ways that I was hoping it would ;)

Quirky, immersed i ...more

By Sania August 07, 2019

Standalone/Cliffhanger: Standalone
Ages of H and h: Eleanor is 26 and Bodie is similarly aged
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Descriptive Sex &/Or Drama Between H/h With OW/OM: (view spoiler)
>>If So, Before or After H/h Hookup: (view spoiler)
Contains Cheating: (view spoiler)
Amount of Sex In The Book: (view spoiler) ...more

By Laura February 12, 2018

I have enjoyed every book in the Sydney Smoke series but Eleanor and Bodie are by far my favorite!! Each of these books read as standalones but this series gets better with every book.

Eleanor is obsessed with all things Victorian and is more comfortable blending into the background than being the ce ...more

By Thuy February 06, 2018

This was an interesting story. I've always like opposites attract romances. This was charming. I liked it quite a bit.

Bodie and Eleanor were definitely opposites. He was an athlete, a rugby player. Eleanor was a virgin, quiet, shy, quirky, totally into the whole Victorian era type life. Her career i ...more

By Talking January 27, 2018

Be still my thudding heart <3. i adored eleanor and bodie’s characters in ms andrews latest instalment the sydney smoke rugby series, playing house. lots of heart, emotion scorching attraction between with a bit drama thrown to story, just keep reader breathing ...more

I enjoy Amy Andrews’ writing, her stories always have a poignant tale to them . Playing House is sweet, sexy, laugh out loud funny & sad. In this story of lust, love & loss we see how a wall flower blossoms with the attention of the sexy jock. We see how life changes even when all precautions are ta ...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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