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Peek Inside Talking Dirty With the Player

Photographer Judith Ashton has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother's best friend—the same man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she's not going there again.

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It’s all how you play the game…

Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother’s best friend–the same man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she’s not going there again.

To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been Kryptonite, but his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in, and he can’t blame her. In the midst of her brother’s threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he’s playing with fire. And this is one game he’s going to lose.



"Talking Dirty with the Player is a brilliant, witty, charming romance with heart, heat and depth---I couldn't have asked for more! " --TBQ's Book Palace

"When I picked up Talking Dirty with the Player I wasn't sure what to expect--would I get a cute story? A sexy one? A funny one? An annoying one? Thankfully, it was all of that (minus the "annoying"!) and more! I'm a huge fan of great wit and banter in my romance novels, and Jackie Ashenden provided plenty of that, which in turn made me a very happy reader." -- The Book Queen, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661763
Series: Talking Dirty, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 12, 2013
Page Count: 182
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fling, older brother's best friend, unrequited love

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By The_Book_Queen August 15, 2013

When I picked up Talking Dirty with the Player I wasn't sure what to expect--would I get a cute story? A sexy one? A funny one? An annoying one? Thankfully, it was all of that (minus the "annoying"!) and more! I'm a huge fan of great wit and banter in my romance novels, and Jackie Ashenden provided ...more

By Jessica December 19, 2015

Talking Dirty With The Player was an enjoyable read. I just love Jackie's writing and I fell in love with Caleb and Judith. Their chemistry was coming off the pages and there was nice tension built up throughout the book. A must read for Jackie fans and fans of this series. ...more

By Dede August 10, 2013

Talking Dirty With the Player is the most beautiful romance book that i`ve read this year. Unfortunately I dind`t read the fist book of the series.
Caleb Steel is a rugby player,the must famous,sexy,and million player.A long time ago,aprox.8 years ago,when he was just a boy has a love story.Despide e ...more

By Danielle August 12, 2013

What a fun read! I can always count on Entangled publishing to pick great authors to publish. Talking Dirty with the Player was fun and witty but there were still those moments when my heart would ache. The love story between Judith and Caleb was so relatable. I think most of us can think of a time ...more

By Meagan August 21, 2013

Okay so I completely and utterly loved this book!!!! If I could I would list out the entire book. Again I think I marked every page in this book to come back too because I loved EVERY second of it. This book had everything in it for me and had so much realism in it that it could pretty much happen t ...more

By Becky August 11, 2013

Full review is posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

Talking Dirty with the Player is book two in the series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. (Warning: you’ll probably want to read book one, though. I know I do—and fortunately, I picked it up when the Indulgence line was on sale last mon ...more

By Casey April 13, 2016

Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Talking Dirty with the Player is the second book in Jackie Ashenden's Talking Dirty Series. I didn't know that this was the second book until after I had already started reading this story. Luckily, these books can be read as stand alone and I did ...more

By Sapphyria August 18, 2013

Due to overlapping characters, this series is best read in order.

Judith Ashton (Jude) is a popular photographer with her own studio. When her brother, Joseph, CEO of Aston Tech (star of Book One) asks her to consider taking on a job with his best friend Caleb, she can hardly do anything but say no. ...more

By MaggieReadsRom August 13, 2013

My rating: 4,5 of 5 stars - Awesome Read

My Review:
TALKING DIRTY WITH THE PLAYER has the brother best friend/best friend's sister romance trope! WOOHOO! This alone would make me want to rush to buy and read this book. But the fact that I loved the first book in this series and that t ...more

By Chu September 02, 2013

Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Once upon a time... eight years ago...

She thought... he thought...


Include a big brother in the picture and some commitment issues - it didn't end very well.

Judith and Caleb had a past that both of them don't try to acknowledge. To them, past sh ...more

By Stephanie August 19, 2013

What do you get when you have two damaged souls that have amazing chemistry? You get the story of Judith and Caleb with all the pain that goes along with opening your heart up when you really don't want to trust it to anyone at all.

Judith is over Caleb. No, really she is... I mean sure they had one ...more

By Karen October 25, 2015

This is the second story in a trilogy of interrelated, but standalone, stories about three relationships. That is, characters, scenes, and events from this story appear in the two other stories.

This story opens at the wedding reception of Christie and Joseph from Talking Dirty with the CEO and conc ...more

By Melody August 10, 2013

Rating 4.5Stars

Posted on What I'm Reading

So yesterday I finished Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden, which is the second book in Talking Dirty books. I must say that this one was a bit more steamier than Talking Dirty With the CEO. Let just I was shocked, but in the good way.

Well, in t ...more

By Kathleen September 29, 2013

Talking Dirty With The Player is a sassy second chance love story set in Auckland, New Zealand, that follows the journey of Judith Dalton and Caleb Steele as they come to terms with their long-denied feelings for each other. Eight years ago Judith and Caleb spent the night together, she gave him her ...more

By Fiona August 14, 2013

I read this book without seeing the cover. Which is probably just as well as most electronic equipment does not deal well with drool. The hero is Caleb "Abs of" Steele, a rugby player nearing retirement and starting to think, reluctantly, about life after football.
Judith, Jude, is a photographer an ...more

By MsChris1161 October 11, 2013

This was a great read about a couple who have known each other most of their lives, but as friends. Caleb is a very sexy international professional rugby star who is well known for also being a major player off the field. Judith is a photographer, but more importantly the younger sister of his long- ...more

By Tana August 17, 2013

Talking Dirty With the Player (Talking Dirty #2) by Jackie Ashenden

I received Talking Dirty with the Player by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read anything written by Jackie Ashenden before this and I will say I have already added the first book in the series to my ...more

By Cafebiblioart August 12, 2013

Honestly? I loved it! I was a bit hard to get into it, but once in, it was impossible to get out.

I loved the plot very much, it was quite complex for a book for its size. This is book is not very short, I would call it moderate size – aprox. 210 pages.

The story is well written, easy to read and quit ...more

By Nicola August 10, 2013

This book is as delicious as the stunning sight gracing the cover; if you liked Naughtygirl and Studman in 'Talking Dirty with the CEO', you will love Abs of Steele and Babycakes.

If you haven't, I'd recommend reading the first book as Joseph and Christie feature heavily; Judith is his younger sister ...more

By Sharon August 18, 2013

Talking Dirty with the Player is the first book I read by Jackie Ashenden and I love it!

Talking Dirty With the Player is a about Judith Ashton who is an up and coming photographer who believes her life is under control. In comes Caleb Steele Judith's older brother's best friend to stir up old feeli ...more

By Michelle August 12, 2013

Caleb and Judith's story was a lot of fun to read. They are both at the top of their game when it comes to witty comebacks! I can't even say how many times I laughed while reading this book. One of my favorite interactions between the two came early in the book (pg 7).
"See, this is what I've missed ...more

By Patricia October 13, 2013

I received the ARC in exchange for my honest review... Here it is:
Funny, hilarious, quick read ... I like Jude and Caleb... They had a wild night long ago and now see each other again and of course.. Sparks ignite between them. There were a lot of things I liked... I found him charming and adorable, ...more

By Evelyn August 11, 2013

I laughed my ass off at Talking Dirty With The CEO so I was excited to receive an ARC of this. If you haven't read that book check out the first chapter and I guarantee you'll want to finish it.

This book was a little different. This book was more angst ridden. You've got 2 different angles in this o ...more

By Donna August 06, 2013

Pro rugby player Caleb Steele is attending the wedding of his friend Joseph Ashton and Christie St. John who we met in Talking Dirty with the CEO (Talking Dirty #1) and he has a favor to ask of Joseph’s sister photographer Judith Ashton. Caleb and Judith have a past. She has known him all her life i ...more

By Jasmyn August 14, 2013

I loved the characters in this book. They were so well written and a little different than what you usually see in a romance. On the outside, Caleb is everything you expect from a famous athlete/play boy but inside he's just a big softie. It's too bad Judith doesn't ever see that side until it's alm ...more

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Jackie Ashenden

About the author

Jackie Ashenden

Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart - writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

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