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Playing Dirty (Hqn) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Andersen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When old enemies are thrown together, all bets are off…

Way back in high school, golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he'd slept with "fat girl" Ava Spencer to win a bet. Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn't the gullible dreamer she once was— and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can't refuse.

A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited. And he wants her as his personal concierge. She's certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants. Like another shot at having her in his bed. But Ava doesn't count on Cade's determination. Because he's never gotten over her— and he's not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red–hot future…


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"Guaranteed snap, sizzle and sass!" --New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips



"A sexy feel-good contemporary romance...a winner." --Publishers Weekly on Bending the Rules



"A smart, arousing, spirited escapade that is graced with a gentle mystery, a vulnerable, resilient heroine, and a worthy, wounded hero and served up with empathy and a humorous flair." -Library Journal on Burning Up

About the Author

Susan Andersen is a bestselling author and proud mama of a grown son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of a really long time and her cats Boo and Mojo.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 473 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 037377589X
  • Publisher: HQN Books (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PRO0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemies to Lovers... July 26, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My Review:
They have a lot of history between them and the majority of it has played out in a highly contentious way. Cade found himself in elementary school being drawn to Ava's infectious laughter and joy in life, so he reacted in the way that most little boys do...by tormenting her. In turn, she called him "Buttface Gallari." This type of interaction continued through high school until they found themselves as biology partners for 6 weeks. There was a mutual attraction, but unfortunately in the midst of it all, Cade found out some devastating news and, acting as an immature teen, he acted out in a way that shattered Ava's fragile heart and humiliated her. Now it's 13 years later and they are having to figure out how to get past it all to work together.

What a wonderful book. There is so much emotion between Cade and Ava even if a lot of it is truly bad. Heartbreak and humiliation make up a lot of it, but underlying it all for both of them is an undeniable attraction. Cade is still incredibly drawn to Ava. He has tried to apologize to her many times over the years, but she doesn't even want to discuss it. She would rather ignore the subject, even though there are also huge lingering trust issues for her because of the "incident." They both were left scarred from the events that happened in high school. The question is can either of them work past it all...

I loved both of these characters. They are working so hard to be mature and not to lash out at each other, although that is the automatic reaction for both of them. They can deal with anyone else in the world just fine and pleasantly, but they get together and they react to each other like oil and water.

I liked the overall story line for this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Playing Dirty August 7, 2011
By Jess
Format:Mass Market Paperback
High school. Those two words either bring up fond memories, or terror for most people. Most likely both emotions were experienced to extreme degrees by everyone. Ava Spencer, the overweight young girl was crushed when she found out, along with everyone else in school, that Cade Gallari slept with her on a bet. Someone who she thought was more than a friend betraying her and the truth coming out in the most public of settings, the school lunchroom. You can't not feel for Ava and hate Cade instantly. Even years later I'd still be holding a grudge, but Ava's a lot nicer than I am and when the opportunity to work for Cade and his production company comes up, she's hesitant at first but the paycheck would bring her some financial security and she can't say no.

Cade's back in Seattle after 13 years and as a successful documentary film director, his next movie is featuring Miss Wolcott. The three women let him film in the mansion and while they all still remember the Cade from high school and what he did to Ava, they agree that seeing Miss Wolcott's story brought to life on film can be done right by him. In the middle of filming and Cade and Ava dancing around each other, we have security guard, Tony, trying to find the missing jewels that he knows are hidden in the mansion and he makes finding them his next con.

The storyline between Cade and Ava was simply nice. It took quite a while for Ava to realize that Cade is not the same idiot 18 year old he once was and she learns that he was going through some tough stuff at home when the "bet" with his friends came to be. Not that that at all excuses him for such a cruel thing he pulled, but Ava's nice and ultimately forgiving and they grow closer together as she lets down her guard again with him.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Ava's story! And it doesn't disappoint. July 28, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been waiting so long for Ava's story in this Sisterhood trilogy (Jane in CUTTING LOOSE and Poppy in BENDING THE RULES already had theirs) that I forgot that I was waiting for it and it pleasantly surprised me at Target when I was searching for a different July 26 release.

Jane, Poppy and Ava, in their early 30s now, are BFFs since oh, forever and many years prior to this story had become close to an aging rich woman named Agnes Wolcott, who left her old mansion to the 3 of them. There's backstory to this with a slight mystery about missing diamonds but it's not necessary, however, to have read the first two books to enjoy this one.

Heroine Ava and hero Cade have known each other since childhood and have an unhappy history that goes back to high school. Ava was insecure about her weight at that time but had an unfortunate crush on hunky Cade. Cade gets close to her and eventually takes her virginity, at which point Ava learns it was all just a humiliating (for her) bet on the part of Cade and his friends to see if he could nail the "fat girl".

More than a decade later Cade, a documentary producer now, comes back into her life because he wants to do a documentary on Agnes Wolcott, filming it in the Wolcott mansion now owned by the 3 women. He rents the mansion for the duration of the filming and also hires Ava as concierge, to take care mainly of all the feeding and housing of those involved in the production. So they're thrown together again and we all know what's going to happen. Predictable it may be but it is also enjoyable.

Andersen's writing moves the story forward competently, the 3 women's friendship is fun and realistic, Cade's groveling isn't perhaps "grovely" enough for me but it eventually works for Ava.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Writer
Fun story.......moved along well. Plot was good.
I have read books by this author before, and have always
appreciated her stories.
Published 1 day ago by m bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Light, funny, makes you happy book! I wish I knew what happens next for all of them! More to come someday_hopefully!
Published 2 months ago by coles
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerk to Prince Charming
Susan Andersen wrote another good book in Playing Dirty. I have to say Ava had more forgiveness in her than I would have had, had I been in her shoes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ssmommie75
4.0 out of 5 stars romantic realism
This story was romantic mysterious dramatic erotic all in one! The characters developed nicely the story developed smoothly as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Megan DuPont
5.0 out of 5 stars the first but not the last
I haven't read Ms. Andersen until this book. It appears Ava and Cade's story is part of a series so I'll definitely go to the beginning. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ!!!!
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast, fun and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to all. So grab your copy and get started.
Published 5 months ago by Love to Read!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Cade was Ava's first lover, would he be her last? This book has a love/hate relationship, a mystery that revolves around a secret hiding place and stolen diamonds, a man who has a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Albert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!!
Loved the chemistry between the main characters. I didn't want to put the book down. Even though it was obvious how the love story would end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by imaniva
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan is one of my top 5 authors-great characters, lots of humor and...
Her characters are very likeable even when they are bad. She keeps me on my toes and makes it hard to put down one of her books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Debra Johnsoń
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Ok way to spend some down time. Not my favorite author or story, but wasn't horrible. I find ths author forces the characters a little too much to make them believable, but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by paxaw
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More About the Author

Susan Andersen writes contemporary romantic suspense peopled with hot, edgy men and the women who tame them. She's also known for her sassy, sexy, often humorous novels of opposites attract. Her books have spent many weeks on the USAToday and New York Times bestseller lists, and have twice been included in RWA's Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year. the proud mother of a grown son, she's a native of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and two cats.

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