Shaw Matthews plays to win, and he intends to snag a coveted partnership at San Diego's hottest sports agency by signing America's top athlete. Only one woman stands in his way: rival agent Cassidy Whalen. But eliminating the competition will be Shaw's pleasure when he concocts an ingenious plan to seduce Cassidy and show the beautiful ballbreaker who's the better man for the job. That is, until Cassidy turns the tables - and their steamy encounters start breaking all the rules . . .
A couple of weeks ago I received ‘Playing Dirty’ the first book in the Monkey Business Trio Series. This is my first C.L. Parker book, and I was really interested in reading this one after I read the book description.
In ‘Playing Dirty’ we meet rivals Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews. Cassidy and Shaw both work for a sport agency and are competing to get a partnership by signing America’s top athlete to their office, and they seriously hate each other. Not only are they competing, but they have disliked each other from the moment they met. Cassidy is a hardworking, control freak woman who really doesn’t take no for an answer. Shaw is a sexy, woman addicted and arrogant man who is comfortable in letting people think the worst of him.
Although Cassidy and Shaw would never admit it to each other, there is some real intense attraction going on between the two of them. And to get America’s top athlete to sign to their office, they really need to play dirty.
I had some really high expectations about this book. This is always a difficult thing because if you start reading with so much expectations, a little ‘bad’ thing can easily be a major disappointment. But still, expectations were high for me and I started reading with a lot of enthusiasm.
From the moment you start reading ‘Playing Dirty’, it becomes clear that Cassidy and Shaw are not going to be your average erotic romance novel characters. They seriously hate each other without any real reason other than they are both good in their jobs and are very arrogant.
Especially the beginning of this book didn’t really work for me. There were a lot of childish conversations between the two coworkers and I really wished they would just grow up. I also just didn’t really get why they didn’t like each other, other than being jealous of one another.
Soon though, the characters began feeling a certain attraction for each other and not long after the hot and sexy scenes started.
Halfway through I began liking this book more and more. The characters grew on me and I especially began liking their moments in the pub. It was really fun to find out more about potential new characters and friends of Cassidy and Shaw.
In the end this was a fun read but I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. I suppose I just didn’t really get the story. And then there is the way this book ended in a cliffhanger.. I really don’t need to read another book about Cassidy and Shaw, and was really hoping to read a book about one of the other characters instead. But who knows, maybe I’ll give it another shot.. I am curious how Cassidy and Shaw’s story will end!!
About the Author:
C.L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She's a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort all her life - which translates to 'she just wouldn't shut the hell up' - it's no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there's no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.
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I received this book in exchange for my honest review from the Little, Brown Book Group.