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Playing Dirty

Playing Dirty, April 2017
by Taryn Leigh Taylor

Harlequin Blaze
224 pages
ISBN: 0373799667
EAN: 9780373799664
Kindle: B01L79LF7E
Paperback / e-Book
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"Amazingly hot tale of love and hockey!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Playing Dirty
Taryn Leigh Taylor

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted April 17, 2017

Romance Contemporary | Romance Erotica Sensual

PLAYING DIRTY by Taryn Leigh Taylor works as a standalone romance, but readers who enjoy this book might want to go back at some point and read the previous book -- PLAYING TO WIN. When hotshot defenseman Cooper Mead hits on a pretty bartender at the local watering hole, he never dreams that he's meeting someone who will change his life. Lainey Harper is just as complicated and full of secrets as Cooper, and I like how they unexpectedly help change each other's lives for the better. I'm a romance fan and I love hockey, so this tale of love and hockey soothes my soul.

When Lainey and Cooper first meet, she is annoyed by his pick-up attempt yet intrigued, and he is even more attracted by the clever way she rebuffs his advances than her good looks. Taryn Leigh Taylor manages to keep things smoking hot while still delivering a story that is multifaceted and intense. A good chunk of PLAYING DIRTY focuses on the walls that Lainey has put up emotionally, and her struggle to connect on any substantive level with Cooper or her half-brother, and Cooper's teammate, Brett. Over the course of the book, Lainey and readers soon discover that Cooper is more than just a pretty face and to-die-for body. Cooper's struggles with dyslexia and maintaining autonomy when it comes to his career make him a fascinating character to read about. Likewise, Lainey's unresolved issues over her feelings for her late father and her former hockey career, make her a compelling heroine. One thing I really like about PLAYING DIRTY is how Cooper comes to the realization himself about how to set things right in his life, rather than screwing up and being forced to see the error of his ways.

PLAYING DIRTY has the kind of witty verbal foreplay I love, and a sexy character-driven romance. After reading PLAYING DIRTY, I wish the author would write a book about Brett when he's a bit older. I look forward to reading Taryn Leigh Taylor's next book.

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A game they both want to win

Lainey Harper has never been a puck bunny. She wants nothing to do with hockey or hockey players—not after what she's been through. So why can't she resist Cooper Mead?

Portland's newest hockey star, Cooper, is all muscle and charisma. And he's Lainey's worst nightmare. Hooking up with him would bring back memories that Lainey needs to keep buried. And risk the hard-earned anonymity she's sacrificed everything to protect.

When Lainey finally gives in to Cooper's sexy charm, the chemistry's intense—but so is the media exposure. And now Lainey's got even more to lose than her secret—she's got Cooper.

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