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Playing the Game [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Queen
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $3.99

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Book Description

From USA Today best selling author Stephanie Queen
2013 International Digital Award Winner for Best Contemporary Novel

The Snap on the Story
Superstar athlete Barry Dennis, needs to get knocked down a peg or two and Roxanne Monet thinks she is the woman to do it–
If she can keep herself out of jail after being accused of murdering her wealthy husband...

Since her disastrous marriage ended, Roxanne has sworn off serious relationships with men. Right now she has more important things to worry about, like being flat broke with no job and accusations of murder hanging over her head.
But when she meets the elite athlete Barry Dennis and he challenges her to a game of seduction, she decides to play ball. But the game turns serious and she unintentionally exposes the legend to be a flawed man.

Barry Dennis realizes too late that he picked the wrong woman to play games with when he decided to flirt with the enigmatic Roxanne. Being the best takes all he has. He can’t afford to let anything or anyone interfere with his first and only priority--Basketball. But as the attraction between him and Roxy heats up, he finds himself losing sight of his life’s game plan.

While the sports world’s microscope is trained on Barry’s game and the media hounds Roxanne about her husband’s mysterious death, the stakes are ratcheted up even higher when Barry’s young daughter, Lindy is injured. Roxanne gives Lindy the attention she needs while Barry struggles to cope with the demands of his new priorities.

Can Roxanne rely on Barry to do more than play ball? She takes the risk and gives him the last thing she owns--her heart.

4.5 Star Review--Romantic Times Book Review - Playing the Game
"Reading Queen is an absolutely scrumptious experience. Readers will fall in love, get heated, laugh and have an energizing adventure. The story has sublime settings, smooth writing that melds into a well-developed plot and characters who come alive like Pop Rocks and carbonated beverages."

Praise for Stephanie Queen's THE THROWBACKS:
4.5 Stars Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Boston comes vividly alive in the first of Queen’s Scotland Yard Exchange Program series. Grace is an engaging heroine with charm, humor and sass. Resplendent in rich detail, laugh-out-loud moments, a fast-paced plot and spellbinding characters, The Throwbacks is a stellar not-to-be-missed standout!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BUD1VC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Romantic March 4, 2012
By Aroke
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett and Rhett, Updated 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great read from Stephanie Queen February 25, 2012
By stella
Format:Kindle Edition
"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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it. April 16, 2012
By Chancie
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Depth and Suspence May 26, 2012
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I enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a fairly "light-weight" boy meets girl and falls in love, but I found it unexpectedly intense. I found that I had to put the book down several times because I could not handle what the outcome might be for the next issue that Roxy or Barry was coming up against. They had several major issues that had to be overcome and I had to brace myself to be strong enough to move with them through their storms.
I give credit to the author that this book is interesting. It's basically about 2 shallow people playing games in life. When they have to face the negativity of real life, they have to decide if, and how, to face it. They have their individual issues and their relationship with each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down May 17, 2012
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This was the first book I've read by this author. I truly loved it! Enjoyed the story of Barry & Roxy & the "game they play". Roxy is a strong woman, who doesn't let alot get her down considering she's dealing with the ex-mother-in-law from hell. You will enjoy this story & finding out if Barry & Roxy can overcome the obsticles in their way. A great read & I highly recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the game
This was . A great book to read. I am passing it along for my reading group to read.
Published 3 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down.
It was a twister and turner and sometimes didn't go where you anticipated. I couldn't get anything else done until I had finished this book - loved it!!
Published 10 months ago by Shannon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars romance
this book was a fast read enjoyed how these two got together, had there problems on the way, loved how she related to his little girl and how the girl related back to Roxanne, I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by carolynn66
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic romance
Loved this book...I love the two strong leads and how they butted heads. The plot was filled with twists that kept me guessing. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alicia Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Game--Intriguing
Stephanie Queen

When a new book begins with an erect nipple scene the only way to go is up! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Winona Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Game, and the characters are great at playing it
Roxanne is beautiful, successful in her career, adored by most. She had it all except a husband she passionately loved. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jo Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars IDA Winner well-deserved
The cover drew me first, then the story. When I received this book to review and saw that the hero was an NBA player, I thought it had my name written on it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kathy Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful surprise
Playing the game was a exciting read of twist and turns.

The characters were full of personality that jumped off the page and into my mind easily. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters!
Loved the characters. Ms. Queen's writing brought them to life vividly and I really felt for them. The plot continued to move and had me guessing all the while!
Published 18 months ago by Laurel ODonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the game
I really enjoy this book did not want to put it down I will recommend this book to any one a great read
Published 22 months ago by christinr
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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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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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