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Score one for the curvy girls.
Harper Nugent might have a little extra junk in her trunk, but her stepbrother calling her out on it is the last straw… When rugby hottie, Dexter Blake, witnesses the insult, he surprises Harper by asking her out. In front of her dumbass brother. Score! Of course, she knows it’s not for reals, but Dex won’t take no for an answer.
Dexter Blake’s life revolves around rugby with one hard and fast rule: no women. Sure, his left hand is getting a workout, but he's focused on his career for now. Then he overhears an asshat reporter belittle the curvy chick he'd been secretly ogling. What's a guy to do but ask her out? It’s just a little revenge against a poser, and then he'll get his head back in the game.
But the date is better than either expected. So is the next one. And the next. And the heat between them…sizzles their clothes right off.
Suddenly, this fake relationship is feeling all too real…
Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book one: Playing By Her Rules
Book two: Playing it Cool
Book three: Playing the Player
"PLAYINGIT COOL by Amy Andrews is a quick and totally adorable read that combined a quirky heroine and a hot man with even hotter chemistry." -Sassafrass Smith, Goodreads
"I really loved this couple together! Their banter was fantastic, full of humor and heat. Their chemistry was on fire, like whoa. And, best of all, there was an excellent man grovel towards the end. Boy, do I LOVE a good grovel.Everything about this book kept me smiling and I'm so glad I read it. I can't wait for more!" - Megan Burton, Goodreads
"I loved this book! The characters are great and I can't wait to read books dealing with the other Sydney Smoke rugby players. Agood, quick read with a happy ending (once the man comes to his senses)." - Denise Wengert, Goodreads
"I love this book! Ten pages in to the book I thought "oh, how I love a fun, sexually charged book", and this book was full of fun and sexiness from first page." - Bente Elin Bendiksen, lovinghotbooks.blogspot.no/
"I liked the fact that both Dex and Harper are so real. Dex is totally committed to rugby and is certainly not the standard womanizing sports hero. Harper is a warm woman, trying to be secure in her body. Their chemistry is sizzling and natural." -Jeannette Koenhein, heanovelthoughts.wordpress.com/blog/
"Two books down in the Sydney SmokeRugby series by author Amy Andrews and another top read it was...Passionate interludes and funny one liners, kept the pages turning." - TalkingBooks Blog
"You have to read this sweet story about Harper and Dexter to see how things end for them. I love how Amy Andrews wrote this one and how she depicted the characters in the story as well. Very well done!" -Melanie Hutchinson, Books Need TLC
"I love, love, loved this novel! Andrews brings the perfect balance of sweet and sassy to her lead character Harper and a sizzleto her love affair with Dex that is impossible to ignore. Playing it Cool? A great name for this book, but definitely not what you do as a reader! In fact,I challenge you not to fall in love with this romance! Playing it Cool is the perfect score for curvy girls everywhere!!" - Lianna Izzo, Goodreads
"I loved the concept of the book and thought that the author did a great job on delivering a pretty great read...Looking forward to read more in thisseries." - Paige Turner, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
"The main characters are so GREAT! Both are likeable and endear the reader to them immediately." - Tijuana Jones, tjlovesbooks.wordpress.com/
From author Amy Andrews comes book two in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series...
Harper Nugent is a big girl. Always has been, always will be. When her douche of a stepbrother insults her in front of rugby star Dexter Blake, she is embarrassed and just wants to get on her way. She is more than a little... ...more
This book was all kinds of awesome. A sexy rugby player who likes his women curvy and appreciates a plump booty? Yesssss! Harper wins even more points for being a gamer. The story is just what I needed. It's sweet, fun, sexy, entertaining, and did I mention sexy? Lol Dexter becomes Harper's knigh... ...more
They were COOL…then they were SMOKING
Group huddle…Ok peeps, it’s come to my attention that we (the reader) are not really appreciating book covers enough. I just read an article and they were talking to the models of Romance covers. Maybe it’s just me (probably), but book covers aren’t necessaril... ...more
When Dexter Blake first spots curvy beauty Harper Nugent chasing after her douche of a step brother on the sidelines of his rugby match, he’s immediately intrigued. When that douche of a step brother then taunts her “fat ass,” Dexter’s just pissed. A split second decision leads the hot r... ...more
4 Not Having to be "On" Stars
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It's Hot, It's Sexy, It's LIVE!!
Everyday people rarely have the pressure of having to worry about how others are accessing their every move. We get to live our lives with the ability to just be...and let things happen, come what may....Those in the public eye c... ...more
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Score One for the Curvy Girls!!!!!!! Amy Andrews has once again set hearts racing and swooning for hot Australian Rugby Players!!!!! A lovable hero with a broken past. Check! A beautiful curvaceous heroine. Check! Hot passionate sex. Chec... ...more
4 - "White wine makes me mouthy." Stars!
Amy Andrews delivers again with the second book in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. Dex and Harper left their own set of scorch marks on my kindle, with the chemistry that blazed hot and hard between them pretty much from the get-go.
I think the author took a... ...more
Playing it Cool was such a good read.
Loved both Dex and Harper, they were perfect for each other.
I enjoyed the relationship unfolding throughout the book, it was a fun and entertaining read.
The chemistry between the characters was smoking and totally believable.
Yeah these... ...more
I’m loving this series and Dex and Harper are a fabulous couple who together crank up the heat.
I have to applaud Amy Andrews for going against the grain and creating a heroine who’s not what is perceived as perfect. But to me that’s exactly what Harper was: I loved her and maybe that’s because I... ...more
I might not be a Rugby fan (Aussie Rules lover here), but I am Australian, and I do love sports romance, and I did ADORE this fabulous book from Amy Andrews. And I think you will too, TBH.
What’s not to love about this book? It was smart and hyper-sexy. It was cute in places, but never OTT sweet.... ...more
I am not usually one to pick up sports related books so I have to say I hesitated before reading this one. I'm so glad that I did because I would've missed a really great read.
This book is definitely full of action and I'm not talking about rugby. With an agreement to hook up, things quickly turn... ...more
4.5 Paint Girl & Dex the Stud Stars
This book came at exactly the right time for me. I had this series on my radar but wasn’t interested in reading the first one, second chance romances just ain’t my thing you know?
Harper Nugent has a lot of junk in her trunk. She is an artist. I liked Harper... ...more
This is a smokingly hot romance with a rugby focussed hero, determined not to be sidetracked from his sporting career goals by anything or anyone . . . until he hears a journalist making obnoxious, derogative comments to the curvy woman he’d been ogling earlier. It turns out that the woman is Har... ...more
I ❤ Dex and Harper!
Dex is a hot rugby player who is NOT and manwhore! He sees Harper on the sidelines of one of his games and is immediately smitten.(can rugby players be smitten?) Harper's stepbrother is insulting her and Dex steps in and asks her on a date to help her save face.
Harper can't be... ...more
Oh Dex, Dex, Dex. I have mixed emotions about Dex. He was so sweet when he wasn't being an jerk. I loved that he wanted to make Harper look good in front of her dick of a stepbrother but the way he treated her when she fell for him made me want to punch him in the nuts. Good thing he realized wha... ...more
Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
I'm really enjoying author Amy Andrews Sydney Smoke series and am learning a bit about Rugby as I read it. Playing It Cool is the second book of this series and I enjoyed quite a bit more than the first book because I actually liked both the c... ...more
What an excellent follow up to the series! This was a very sweet and enjoyable read, albeit a bit short.
There is a good amount of drama and push/pull, however, I would have liked more follow up on the Chuck/Anthea storyline. We never saw Harper grow some lady balls and stand up to the tw... ...more
Ah, Harper and Dex are just. so. hot! That alone is enough for you to drop everything and read now. But in case that's not enough, I'll give a little more.
The summary is spot on here. Curvy Harper is being dissed by her brother when sexy rugby star Dex overhears it, and despite the fac... ...more
Curvy Girls Rock!!
Dexter Blake knows what he likes in a woman and will stop at nothing to get it. When he sees curvy Harper Nugent being insulted by her brother he steps in and asks her out. Dex isn't looking for love, but soon after going on a date with Harper he realizes he wants to spend a lot... ...more
Boy, did this book turn this series around for me! I really loved the story here! Dex seemed a very approachable hero, even when he was acting like a bumbling male! I loved Harper, how she never let anything knock her out of what she enjoyed and while she was down about it sometimes, she was neve... ...more
Harper has no problem being blunt and to the point, “what can I say? Watching you play rugby makes me horny.” I loved this book, Dex really had no idea what can of worms he was opening with Harper and I loved it. ...more
4 Stars - 3 Flames
Super hot, super sexy and did I mention super hot already? Dang. I'm seriously starting to wonder how the heck I missed the first installment to this series. Ok, so I didn't read the first book in this series, and I went into this read pretty unprepared. But I didn't feel like... ...more
Playing it Cool is the second story in Amy Andrew’s sexy sports romance series, Sydney Smoke Rugby which features some of the players on the team. This time, it’s Dexter Blake’s turn, a laid-back charmer who prefers to stay out of the spotlight if he can. Sure, there are lots of pictures out ther... ...more
***4 ‘I have a very bad feeling I might not want to stop’ stars***
The cover was lure because I have a bit of an obsession with rugby (the All Blacks specifically), even though my knowledge of the game is painfully lacking, I still think it’s the most amazing sport out there. The description was t... ...more
WOW, WOW and WOW this is one smoking hot fabulous story. MS Andrews has such a way with words that she had me laughing smiling sighing fanning myself and just really enjoying myself while reading this one.
Harper Nugent is one curvy fun loving artist heroine, she has been put down about her body m... ...more