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Peek Inside Playing with the Drummer

For entertainment journalist Lita Matthews, getting the inside scoop on this year's hottest celebrity wedding means her own TV show. Unfortunately, there's one seriously sexy obstacle: rock star Rocky Cardano. Rocky still hasn't forgiven Lita for her regrettable “retribution” after he walked out on their hot hook-up in Mexico four years ago. Now he's determined to do whatever it takes to keep her from her “story”—even if he has to seduce her to the point of distraction! But this time, he won't be able to just walk away...

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Entertainment journalist Lita Matthews is on the verge of making it big. As in her-own-TV-show big. She just needs amazing inside scoop on the year’s hottest celebrity wedding. Instead, her big break is becoming a big nightmare—all thanks to rock star Rocky Cardano. Who apparently hasn’t gotten over what happened between them four years ago…

Rocky is pretty damn familiar with just how far Lita will go for a “scoop.” Hell, their unbelievably hot hook-up in Mexico years ago was the story of a lifetime. Rocky’s learned his lessons. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her from the story—even if he has to seduce her to the point of distraction! But Lita has always had a way of getting under his skin. Only this time, he won’t be able to just walk away…

A trilogy of sexy stories by Ally Blake, Christine Bell, and Robin Covington

Head Over Heels on Facebook

Book one: Resisting The Musician

Book two: Reforming The Rock Star

Book three: Playing with The Drummer


"For sizzling hot romance, Robin Covington is a must read."--Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author

"This book of Lita and Rocky road to love is beautiful. Any book that brings me to tears then smile is always a must read!" --Angela, Goodreads

"Robin Covington hits another one out if the park." --Staci, Goodreads

"Lita and Rocky make beautiful music together." --Nathanie, NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751613
Series: Head Over Heels, Book 3
Release Date: Dec 29, 2014
Page Count: 236
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Mandy December 27, 2014

I love a rockstar romance. There's something so sexy about a man in a band and Rocky Cardano is hot! Rocky and Lita have a history, they had a little fun together a couple years ago but things didn't end so well. I wish I would've read the other books in the series before reading this one though, it ...more

By Jessica August 11, 2015

The first I wanna say is that this book can be read as a standalone, but, if you read all three stories you're going to get a great package about rock-band members and the women who tamed them! :) lol

This was a fantastically scorching hot second chance love story! Lita Matthews and Rocky Cardano ...more

By Emily January 12, 2015

**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although this book is part of a series the story can be read as a stand-a-lone novel.

Both Rocky and Lita hooked up four years ago in Mexico where they had great fun and kinda fell for each ...more

By Irene December 30, 2014

4 stars

Playing With The Drummer was a hot and steamy read, great second chance love story.

Rocky and Lita are both passionate people and seeing them reconnect made for a very good read. From the start you can see they had great chemistry and they truly belonged together.

I'm a big fan of Robin Covingt ...more

By Cocktails and Books January 24, 2015

How much of herself will Lita sacrifice to get the job of her dreams? Will she betray her best friends just for a chance at her own show? Although I can’t say that I would struggle with a decision like this, in my book betraying someone’s trust is wrong no matter how you sugar coat it, I can’t help ...more

By Nicola December 26, 2014

Robin Covington is one of my auto-read authors and Playing with the Drummer is another fabulous addition to her repertoire. She never fails in bringing a man to fall in love with.

Rocky Cardano - drummer with The Rift, we have a brute a man with a vulnerable edge to him. I loved every overbearing, s ...more

By Carla December 29, 2014

I was fortunate enough to be gifted this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book can be read standalone, but I would highly recommend reading the first two of the series, Resisting The Musician by Ally Blake and Reforming the Rock Star by Christine Bell as those stories all work together in ...more

By Shannon December 25, 2014

Playing With the Drummer by Robin Covington IS THE 3RD Book in this series. while it "could " be read as a stand alone I think I would have "Loved it" compared to my "liking it" I just felt I missed out on some of the story and background stuff. But that being said Mrs, Covington did a great job wit ...more

By Patricia December 19, 2014

Rocky and Lita have a past and now they need past it for multiple reasons. The most important reason would be that the passion never really burned out between the two of them. The flame only needed a little spark to burn out of control

Rocky has trust issues and a volatile past yet can't forget a m ...more

By Bette December 12, 2014

Fantastic book!! Rocky is a rock n roll star but he hates the press and avoids them at all costs. Lita is an up and coming journalist with aspirations for her own TV show. They met four years ago and had an amazing weekend that neither has forgotten but their differences were to great to get over. N ...more

By Amanda December 29, 2014

I like the story but wish I had read the other books that came before this one because I kept getting lost. I would recommend reading this series from the beginning so this book will live up to the great book I know it can because Robin Covington is an amazing author. ...more

By Chrissy December 30, 2014

Loved it, this was the first time I read anything from this author. It will not be my last. This book has everything you could want in a book. ...more

By Tammy January 10, 2015

Review to come...... ...more

By Pat December 28, 2014

Rock Stars, drama and betrayal play out in this contemporary novel. Full review to follow on on December 31st. ...more

By Avery December 09, 2014

Let's hear it for hot, alpha drummers with attitude, shall we? ...more

By ItsAboutTheBook February 14, 2015

Review can be read at It's About The Book

4.5 stars

Robin Covington knows how to set up a story–and set it up she did with Playing with the Drummer! The scenes are scorching hot, the setting is gorgeous, and the characters are drawn out and thoroughly engaged with each other and their relationship ...more

By Jen December 23, 2014

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Playing with the Drummer
by Robin Covington is the third and final novel in the multi-authored Head Over Heels series. This is a second chance romance and focuses on rock and roll band The Rift's drumm ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews December 29, 2014

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews


Review copy provided for an honest review

I was really confused (and yes some of my friends will say that it doesn’t take much to make me that way) when I started reading Playing with the Drummer because the characters and setting were some ...more

By Rachel December 27, 2014

Take one brooding, sexy drummer. Add a daughter of Hollywood royalty. Throw in 3 days and nights of no names, no strings, and no worries sex in Mexico. Shake, let sit for four years then open and let loose at a wedding and watch the fun begin.

This is exactly what Robin Covington gives us with the fi ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

This lovers to enemies back to lovers again romance is the story of Rocky and Lita. Meeting as strangers 4 years earlier, they shared an intimate weekend until the reality of their lives - Lita as an entertainment reporter and Rocky as a reclusive media shy rock star killed their passion with a veng ...more

By Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog January 08, 2015


Seventy-two hours of uninhibited lust and passion with a nameless person who sparked your body in all the right ways, sounds almost too go to be true. True enough to rock the foundations of both Rocky and Lita. Until the moment that names come to the faces tha ...more

By Julie December 28, 2014

Having a career in the spotlight is never easy. Something that Lita Matthews knows all too well. As a journalist, Lita knows how hard it can be to break the latest news. Working towards her dream of working as a headliner on a television show, Lita knows that each story she reports could make or bre ...more

By Karen December 25, 2014

Playing with the Drummer by Robin Covington is the 3rd book in the Head over Heels series. It can be read as a stand-alone, however, after reading it, I think it may have been better if I had read the other two books that preceded it. In the beginning, I was hesitant because I thought I would be mis ...more

By Caro December 28, 2014

3.5-4 stars.

Even though this was part of a series and the characters from the other books show up here, I didn’t feel you really need to read the rest of the series to understand this one.

So, we have Rocky and Lita, two people who hooked up years ago and for different reasons went their separate way ...more

By Margaret January 01, 2015

Privacy loving rock star drummer + limelight loving entertainment reporter = one hot read!

I really enjoyed Lita and Rocky’s story. This is the third book in the series and the first one I have read. The author does a great job filling in the blanks as needed, so the only thing I felt like I was miss ...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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