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Peek Inside Playing with Trouble

Rugby pro Cole Hauser is ready for some quiet. The plan is perfect—until he discovers he’s roomies with single mom Jane Spencer and her kid. The situation is temporary. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that trouble never felt this good.

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From pro rugby player to...manny?

Australian rugby pro Cole Hauser has had enough of speculations about his future post-injury. So when a football buddy puts his house in America at Cole's disposal, he jumps at the chance for some peace and anonymity. The plan is perfect—until he discovers he's roomies with a woman who knows how to wield a nail gun and her kid. Awesome. Not.

Single mom Jane Spencer is supposed to be spending four weeks alone in the wilds of Colorado rehabbing a house that’ll put her business on the map. Instead, her time is overrun by her four-year-old and a grumpy, too-sexy rugby dude whose only goals are to watch ESPN and brood. Awesome. Not.

When, surprisingly, McHottie offers to get his ass off the couch and help Jane out with Finn, she’s hesitant. But before she knows it, Cole is knee-deep in kid activities during the day and they’re both fighting their simmering attraction at night.

Anything between them can only be temporary - their time together is short and Cole lives on the other side of the planet. It should be easy to say goodbye, right? Wrong. It doesn't take long for them to realize they've borrowed a whole lot of trouble.

But trouble never felt this good.


“In this panty-melting, swoon-worthy romance, written by the wonderful Amy Andrews, there is a great blend of single-parent, life-changes, surprises, and heat! The storyline is wonderful and I love the internal dialogue she adds into the story. Lovely, very enjoyable read!” --Nicole W., Goodreads

From the start, the story was engaging, with strong characters, and a delightful boy that will steal your hearts.” --Yvonne C., Goodreads

“Not only was this a sweet, romantic story with little angst but there were some comedic moments throughout which had me laughing. The chemistry that sizzles between Jane and Cole was hard to ignore and the secondary characters were engaging and fun. “ --Erin L., Goodreads

“Each chapter made me fall more and more in love with both Cole and Jane. Not to mention those steamy love and swoon-worthy! By the end I was rooting for them and felt all the butterflies!” --Adrienne B., Goodreads

“The sweetness and adorable goodness of small town romance. The drama and tension of sports romance. The complicated feels and heartache of single parent romance. And the passion, emotions and swoon of all kinds of romance. Amy Andrews really brings best of all the romance worlds in Playing with Trouble.” --Paramita P., Goodreads

“This story is slow burn, high desire. Tension mixed with support and sweetness.” --Dimaris R., Goodreads

“Ms. Andrews wrote a wonderful, funny, sexy and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a rich tale with characters struggling with changes in their life, sizzling chemistry, humorous conversations, and charming characters giving Cole and Jane a chance at love, happiness, and a future together.” --Eileen W., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781649370181
Release Date: Nov 30, 2020
Page Count: 336
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy, sports romance
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Alison October 31, 2020

What could be nicer than a cute but steamy romance between an injured Australian rugby player and a single mother?

Jane specialises in restoring old houses, she has a fantastic job working on restoring a room in a mansion in Credence ready for a prestigious photo shoot. Then her flaky ex gets a gig w ...more

By Jas November 02, 2020

If you are looking for a low-angst read to sink into, then look no further. This was a drama free story about Cole, an Australian ex-Rugby player, and Jane,an American single mom, who meet when he goes to stay in a buddy’s home that she happens to be renovating with her adorable son in tow. When Jan ...more

By Aud November 01, 2020

Hold onto your Hat as Restoration & Rugby collide in..
"Playing with Trouble" by Amy Andrews
Yes, I loved this story.. well mostly.. I could enjoy a romance story with out the sizzle details.. but I am glad the sizzle did not keep me from reading a really good story. Everyone should be so lucky as to ...more

By Linda November 01, 2020

After being badly injured in a car accident that puts paid his career as a pro rugby player, Cole desperately needs to retreat & lick his wounds away from publicity. When a friend offers a place to recuperate in anonymity, Cole gratefully accepts only to find that there is already someone in residen ...more

By Jane October 30, 2020

Playing with Trouble. Amy Andrews has written a cute flirty story about a single mom and an Australian rugby player who end up sharing a house in Colorado. Cole is recuperating from a career ending accident. Jane is restoring parts of the house, and trying to keep her small son occupied. The attract ...more

By Brittany November 03, 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled for the ARC of this book! All opinions are my own.

Going in, I’ve had many friends recommend Amy Andrews’s books to me for good romance. I’ve bought a few and haven’t had a chance to really dig in, but the premise of this made it a can’t miss for me. A hot, buff ...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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