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Playing the Game Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1432 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BUD1VC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen

Once upon a time, there was a young story teller in the, queendom. Then she grew up and... er, no... she never actually did grow up. That's not to say she didn't get old, or more old, but not terribly old, more like middle-aged really. Okay, so she was no longer short and cute.
But really, I always did like to make up stories. Still do. Still live in my own little world--where I'm Queen. Of the Queendom. Hence, the name. (Or whence the name?) Oh, what's in a name anyway.
Now I'm sure you're wondering how I manage to live, but I assure you I am quite competent. Except I couldn't get the crown to actually sit on my head in the picture to the left.  Still learning...
Oh, about me. I love cats. I have a girl cat, a princess technically. Named Kitty. No, I'm serious. Long story. No, I don't have time. Or space. 
Okay, so I do not have the inclination. 
More about me. I spend hours, days, weeks, months (you get the picture) sitting at my desk, looking out the window of my castle/bedroom and writing complete fabrications in a romantic whimsical vein. Alright, if you insist, you can call the writing quirky. But I do keep myself amused.
Yes, it's true, and entirely believable, I do have a college degree. I'm not saying when I obtained said degree, however.  Go UConn!
Where do I live (for real) you ask? Among the picturesque lake-filled hills and dales (not sure what a dale is) of New Hampshire (the Granite State) (Live Free or Die) (Tough choice, but there's a lot of tough people around here).
What else do I do besides write presumably fabulous romantic stories with noble heroes and amazing, warm heroines who you want to be just like? As if that's not enough, I sometimes deign to teach, cook for the two gigantic very well-muscled sons and try to make sure Kitty doesn't take over the house while I'm away in the Queendom. (That's no joke.  The cat's a control freak.)
I actually have a very rich non-imaginary life. Right at the moment, however, I can't think for the life of me what else it's all about. Maybe I'll think more about it later and get back to you...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover J on June 1, 2012
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Fans of Gone with the Wind will appreciate this updated telling of Rhett and Scarlett's story, not set in the deep South, but on the streets of Boston and the surrounding area. Roxanne Monet is a woman with a whole lot of problems: she's lost her job, she's broke, her ex-mother-in-law is convinced she's a murderer, and the one thing she is truly passionate about, her volunteer fundraising work for a children's hospital, is in jeopardy. Barry Dennis is a superstar basketball player for the Celtics who can think about only one thing: being the absolute best at what he does. There's no room in his life for anyone else, and that includes his daughter, Lindy. Roxanne and Barry's game of seduction will leave you frustrated and angry at times, yet begging for more. If you want cookie-cutter, quasi-perfect heroines, and noble heroes who do the right thing, this is not your book. Like Rhett and Scarlett, Barry and Roxy are flawed characters with real, serious obstacles to overcome on their personal journeys before they can be together in a meaningful way. The book is all the better because of this. The scenes at the Children's Hospital will move you to tears, I promise. There are twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until the end how these two can possibly resolve their personal problems and the conflict between them, and you'll be so relieved when they do! I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aroke on March 4, 2012
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Once again, Stephanie Queen demonstrates her ability to create quirky and funny characters from opposite sides of the sex fence, place them smack in the middle of the game of life and make them play ball. Although Roxanne and Barry doesn't know it yet, the ultimate prize for winning this game is each other's heart. Follow Roxanne and Barry as they play hard and fast, and ultimately lose to each other in and out of the bedroom in the most romantic ride of their lives. I highly recomment Playing The Game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chancie on April 16, 2012
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Obviously I'm in the minority (at least at the time of writing this) but I just couldn't get into this book. Even books that are just OK for me I typically read straight through, it's taken me 4 days to read like 4 chapters and I've given up. Considering the fact that I can't usually bring myself to STOP reading even "OK" books just to find out what happens, and that I couldn't make myself finish this book should speak volumes. I just can't get into a story where, nothing makes any since logically. I spent most of the time I wasted trying to read this story asking myself "Why is she doing that?", "What difference does if make?", or "Who cares?".

For example, Barry, the basketball star, gets yelled at by his coach for not working out/practicing for ONE weekend(note this isn't like a team practice, just the work out/practice Barry normally does on his own)... What difference does it make? From the intensity of the scene you'd be more likely to think he's an alcoholic who went and had a weekend drinking binge than missing 2 days working out or playing basket ball. I get she was trying to make it clear that this was very out of character for Barry to skip his practice, but still no one is going to get yelled and screamed out for missing ONE weekend of working out. It's just stupid.

Then there's Roxy, wearing her wedding ring because she's totally against getting into another relationship, then she seeks Barry out and basically wants to screw him in the coat locker and ends up spending the whole weekend at his home. Now yes Roxy is technically suppose to be talking to Barry about the interview she's suppose to do with him to get her job back, but she make no effort to say anything about it...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By stella on February 25, 2012
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"Playing the Game is an exciting read! The characters are flirtatious and edgy. They sizzle together! The plot pulls the reader in with them as they resolve deep seated issues about what's important in life. Barry Dennis needs to find out what he's really made of and do more with his life than be the best in sports and Roxy needs to stop playing love games and let herself fall in love for real. The crisis scene in the court room gets extremely intense and the story is extremely satisfying in the end. LOVED it!"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 19, 2012
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This was an enjoyable book with enough twists and turns and interesting characters to keep my attention. I read a lot of action packed espionage/assassin thrillers and sometimes have a need to read something lighter. I got this book on a freebie day and I was nearly put off reading it as I was suspicious of the small number of one paragraph "I liked this book" vanilla 5 star reviews.

Basically this is a romantic novel (longer than I expected) with a bit of suspense and family tragedy added on. It is about 2 flawed and emotionally damaged people who found it difficult to understand and cope with their intense attraction to one another. Roxanne is an A1 TV personality recovering from the apparent suicide of her recently divorced husband and bitter financial and personal disputes with his family. Barry is a professional basketball star, another A1 personality who is so motivated by his commitment to the game that he has little time for his young daughter from a failed marriage.

The intense attraction between them is sometimes steamy, but that is only a small part of the story (the book cover is a bit of a teaser). It is only when both parties are faced with their own personal dramatic emergencies that they start to understand and help one another.

I am not keen on sport and found the basketball coverage and the overwhelming motivation to win both difficult to understand and boring. The excessive media attention to a sports personality's life is also foreign to me. These factors make me give the book a personal 3.5 stars, but as I know others think differently about sport I have given the book 4 stars.

When I need to read something outside my normal genre again I will have a look at Stephanie Queen's other books.
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Thanks, Stella! It's great that authors have a chance to publish directly for readers enjoyment without the intermediary publishing conglomerate telling readers what they want!
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