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Peek Inside Playing the Part

After publicly self-destructing a year ago, bestselling romance author Piper James has a chance to redeem herself—if she can teach Hollywood’s sexiest action star how to act like he’s in love, that is. Playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like, but if all it takes is channeling their off-screen chemistry, she just might be able to save her career…

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Finalist in the Contemporary Series category of the National Reader’s Choice Awards
The harder they play…the harder they fall.

After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James is now making nice with her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood’s favorite action star how to act like he’s in love. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like.

When a seductive heat ignites between Piper and Mick, she jumps at the chance for a bit of fun between the sheets, but with two stipulations: she¹s kept out of the public eye and things end when she returns to New York. Only Mick keeps changing the rules on her. Tempted by America’s favorite bad boy, Piper is wondering how far she’s willing to bend…


"Robin's latest is a delectable addition to Entangled's best-selling Brazen line.I adored the humor -- Mick and Piper share some slick and charming dialogue -- as well as the freshness of Mick's biracial background and how the author does not allow that detail to dominate the story. And have I mentioned Robin Covington knows her way around a sex scene? Have a cold drink at hand when you check out Playing the Part, 'cause it's a scorcher." --Happy Ever After, USAToday

"PLAYING THE PART blew me away with its great characters, fast pace, and enough heat to warrant more than a few cold showers. Mick and Piper complement each other perfectly and make the reader root for them from Page 1. Robin's writing is tight and engaging and she nailed her characters. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2013 and a perfect representation of the Entangled Brazen line. I highly recommend it." -- NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author, Gina L. Maxwell

"PLAYING THE PART by Robin Covington is a sleek, sexy tale of consuming passion and enduring love. Mick is the hero of every woman's fantasies, and the heat between Mick and Piper burns up the pages! Robin Covington delivers sizzling romance that leaves me begging for more!" --Jo Davis, National bestselling author of SWORN TO PROTECT

"Couldn't put this book down. Strong-willed heroine. To-die-for hero. Sexual chemistry that explodes off the page. Scorchingly good fun." --USA Today Bestselling Author, Nicola Marsh

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667833
Series: Playing Around, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 10, 2013
Page Count: 258
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 01, 2013

Well I have now found myself a new author to look out for. Never having read a book by Robin Covington before, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

Piper James is a romance book author. After going through a very public break-up and losing it by going after her ex-fiance i ...more

By • Lisa • June 14, 2013



"I saw stars there for a moment." well, you are in Hollywood."

Short, sexy and off the charts Hot, get your passports readers we are going to Hollywood. If your in the mood for a quickie (pun completely intended) then this may just hit your quick fix spot. Everything I could hav ...more

By Anne Boleyn's Ghost November 19, 2018

3.5 stars. I'm going against my better judgment by rounding up because the epilogue was cheddar on swiss on gouda on brie levels of cheesy. And I wanted more relationship building instead of copious amounts of sexytimes.

BUT. Playing the Part was fairly delightful. And I'm a sucker for the "publicly ...more

By Tessa June 30, 2013

Robin Covington knocked it out of the park. I loved this book. By the end, I was completely rooting for Piper and Mick's happy ending. This insecure, yet feisty writer and hot Hollywood playboy burn up the pages. Hated when it ended! A definite must read. ...more

By Amy September 27, 2013

I am loving this Brazen series!!! This is my first book by Robin Covington and I really enjoyed it. Short, sexy and super H-O-T, what’s not to love??!

Piper James is a New York Times best selling romance author. After a very public and humiliating break up with her boyfriend, book sales are down and ...more

By Nikki June 12, 2013

Initially, I had a somewhat hard time deciding what to rate this book. I had kind of a bi-polar reading experience with it. One minute, I seriously couldn't put it down. It was definitely a page turner and the story was fabulous! But, the next minute, I found myself losing focus easier than I would ...more

By Sarah June 11, 2013

Romance author Piper has been on shaky ground with her publisher ever since she had a very public meltdown after finding out her famous boyfriend was cheating on her. She has sworn off men and is struggling to find her muse to finish her latest book even though her deadline is looming. Her only hope ...more

Last month, I discovered Robin Covington and her witty, sexy and smart writing. I wondered if all her books were that well-written and after having read PLAYING THE PART, I can tell that this level of writing doesn’t come naturally to many authors, let alone Contemporary Romance authors. Covingt ...more

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Entangled Brazen via NetGalley

I was super excited to read this book since after A night of Southern Comfort I became a fan of Robin Covington. I didn't know what to expect in this book but was pleasantly surprised with how it all turned out.

Mick Blackwell is a gor ...more

By MARQUETTA July 26, 2013

Playing the Part is my first Robin Covington book and it won't be my last. First and foremost, I am so happy that the hero is biracial! I think this is the first biracial character (half black, half white) that I've read in mainstream romance. It makes ZERO sense that romance novels featuring people ...more

By Saly June 23, 2013

Rating 3.5 stars
I've read two books by this author before and didn't really love them but this was by far the best. Since its from the sexy line, it has plenty of sex and for those who like to be warned like I would have wanted to the book has (view spoiler).

The heroine is an author whose life hasn't been ...more

By XxTainaxX June 02, 2013

I can tell you off the bat that there’s definitely a demographic that will not like this book at all: spouses of readers like me. Why? I simply could not put it down! My hubby was definitely on his own for dinner and the laundry could wait one more day as far as I was concerned. Piper and Mick have ...more

By Kimberly May 30, 2013

This book will sizzle your e-reader and leave you asking for more! The on-the-page chemistry starts off hot and only gets better as Mick and Piper move past their preconceived notions and difficult pasts to earn that hard-fought happily ever after. Covington is a master at drawing you in with finely ...more

Kitty‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review


I was absolutely blown away by “Playing the Part”. I was hooked on “Dammit” and did not let go atruegemawarduntil “For the rest of my life.” Ms. Covington wrote such a face-paced, down and dirty boo ...more

By Jaime June 17, 2013

Piper James is a bestselling romance writer who can't seem to get her next story written... almost a year ago she had a very ugly breakup with an up and coming star in hollywood, and she self-destructed causing bad publicity not only for her, but her publisher. In order to mend some of the hard feel ...more

By Pat June 01, 2013

This is the third book I have read by Ms. Covington , and I have to say, it is a heated page turner! By the time I had finished I had so many pages highlighted, I was not sure I could write a review without is my attempt.

Piper James is a best selling author of romance novels, recov ...more

By Nicola May 31, 2013

This was an absolutely fabulous read. Robin Covington never fails in creating characters and journeys that completely captivate you and 'Playing the Part' is no different; with wonderful characters, a great storyline, passion, intensity and a few surprises along the way, it has every single ingredie ...more

By Jenn July 22, 2013

Piper is a novelist whose last Hollywood adaptation went sideways in a spectacular way. Mick, the lead in the newest adaptation of one of her books, is just the sort of man who got her into so much trouble the last time. But the chemistry is so fierce between them that neither can resist. Even thoug ...more

By Reading In Pajamas June 10, 2013

PLAYING THE PART (Entangled Brazen) by Robin Covington
Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

I loved Playing the Part! I have read Robin Covington’s The Boys Are Back In Town Series and I loved them, so I was really excited to get an ARC of Playing t ...more

By pinK June 06, 2013

Immediately upon finishing this story, I was overwhelmed with a giant smile and an immense need to immediately write my review. This story was completely adorable with enough steam to add spice. Piper and Mick are great characters that are easy to love. Mick can be completely arrogant, but has his o ...more

By Risbee June 10, 2013

Playing the Part is exactly what I needed to read today. Right after I finished it, I had a big smile on my face and was just...happy. Because who doesn't enjoy a well-written Happily Ever After?

Robin Covington creates a cast of characters that totally compliment each other. Piper, even with her un ...more

By Becky June 09, 2013

I literally didn't want to put this one down. Even though the ordinary-girl-meets-and-dazzles-a-famous-celebrity troupe is definitely one from the fairy tale realm, this version had more than a touch of believability. For one, Piper isn't exactly an ordinary girl--she's an author who's had more than ...more

By Beate June 14, 2013

I fell in love with Piper and Mick. Though sometimes I wanted to strangle them both. Piper especially. I get that she had a troubled past and a lot of baggage, but come on! When a dream-boat like Mick chases you all over the country, it's time to cut the baggage and hold on as if your life depended ...more

By M. June 11, 2013

Now, I'll be completely honest, when I received this one as an ARC from the publisher, I was a bit apprehensive. I'm not really into books about actors in the limelight and the flashing lights of the paparazzi. But, yes, there is a but.. I can admit when I'm wrong.

This was the first book I've read ...more

By Eryn July 15, 2013

It took me a little while to get into this book. I'm not one who likes the idea of having a relationship just for a fling, so I wasn't pulled into this story like I was with Ms. Covington's previous books. But once the storyline moved on and became more I was able to latch on and enjoy the character ...more

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Robin Covington

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Robin Covington

A USA Today bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets. . .one page at a time. When she's not writing she's collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Chris Evans. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy! Robin's books have won the Golden Leaf Award and finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer�'s Choice, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Awards. She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies.

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