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Peek Inside Playing the Player

Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through the resolve of uptight, but oh-so-sexy high school teacher, Em Newman, he’s more than up for the challenge. And Em is definitely that! Still, winning her over will be so very satisfying. Little does he guess that she’ll turn the tables on him, leaving him questioning everything he ever knew about love.

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All bets are off.

After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.

Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.

Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.

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


“Amy Andrews is a brilliant author who deserves five star reviews for her emotionally epic book. This is a MUST read if you're a hopeless romantic like me...I mean it... read this... you won't regret it...Throw in some seriously hot sex scenes that trump Fifty Shades of Grey ANYDAY and you have yourself this little nugget of golden goodness.” - Amanda Barrow, Amanda’s Book Reviews

Wowza, think I need to cool down after some of the scorching scenes in this book!... Playing the Player is a fun and sexy romance between two people emotionally hurt by love in their pasts.” - Lucia, Lucia’s Book Reviews

4 Stars: “Playing the Player is fun and sexy but still packs enough of an emotional punch to make it a very satisfying romance.” - Janet Reads Books,

““Any chance we get to love someone, even if it’s only for a little while, isn’t wasted time.” I love that line. That line made the whole book—and the element that wasn't quite sitting right—work for me. Because love isn't wasted. At least, not for Linc and Em. But I can explain that the above quote—along with all those things I am grateful for—made Playing the Player a very fun and funny, very fresh and very fast read. It also made me anticipate more from these Rugby boys, and Ms. Andrews, in the future.” - Beth Cranford, Panda and Boodle

“I really loved the development of Linc and Em's relationship. It was fun, and sexy, and believable. These 2 people really fit each other, more than they could have known at the start, and it was lovely to watch it unfold.” - Megan Burton, Goodreads

“This was a sweet, steamy, fast read even though I don't understand the first thing about rugby...This was my first Sydney Smoke book but it definitely won't be my last.” - Leslie Cooper, Goodreads

“What started out as fun and flirty ended up to be full of love. Playing the Player was a good addition to this series. The rugby boys are sweet and full of surprises.” - Paige Turner, Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

“I completely adore the Sidney Smoke Rugby series by Amy Andrews and Playing the Player is the third of the series...I really enjoyed this book because it was funny, hot, and captivating. I both adored Em and Linc, but especially loved them together. I can easily give this novel 5 stars and I really hope there will be more from this series!” - Angela Kinney, Goodreads

“As an Aussie reading an Aussie author's work that's set in Australia, it's a bit of a game of hit and miss. There’s a fine line between OTT…true blue, she’ll be right mate and how we really are. Amy Andrews nails it. It’s real, and still manages to be extremely humorous.” - Stacey Bain, Stacey is Sassy

“"Playing the Player" is a great, quick read. If I had to sum it up in one word I'd call it "Authentic". The characters and setting are believably metropolitan Australian...This was the first Amy Andrews story I've read - but it won't be the last!” - Sarah B, Sarah Reads

“Amy Andrews has taken two characters and given them the right story; sizzling, sexy and low-drama, which isn't entirely unpredictable, but completely favourite in the Sydney Smoke series to date.” - Nicola Armstrong, Goodreads

“...PLAYING THE PLAYER was an extremely fun read. Between the sexy banter, the insane amount of chemistry between Em and Linc, and the trouble that Linc went through to guess Em's given name (it's worse than you can possibly imagine), I zipped through this one in one sitting.” - Sassafrass Smith, Sassafrass Book Likes

“Loved this!!  Linc was one of those characters in the prior books that I didn't really care for but I must say Amy Andrews wrote a story that changed my mind about him...I definitely enjoyed this one and would recommend to everyone.” - Bette Hansen, Goodreads


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757912
Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby, Book 3
Release Date: Jan 30, 2017
Page Count: 207
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, bet/dare/wager

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By Claire February 05, 2017

4.5 - "You have a lot of balls" Stars!

Amy Andrews, returns to the Sydney Smoke Rugby series with book three, and the affable Lincoln Quinn’s story.

If you have read the previous two books, you will know th...

By Stacey is Sassy February 07, 2017


Too easy is no fun…make them work for it.

As an Aussie reading an Aussie author's work that's set in Australia, it's a bit of a game of hit and miss. There’s a fine line between OTT…true blue, she’ll be right mate and how we really are. Amy Andrews nails it. It’s real and still, manages to be extremely humoro...

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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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