Playing House (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #5)
Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties. Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.He always did love a challenge…

Playing House (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #5) Details

TitlePlaying House (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2018
PublisherEntangled: Brazen
ISBN-139781640633902
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Sports Romance, Sports and Games, Sports

Playing House (Sydney Smoke Rugby, #5) Review

  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsAmy Andrews has so far hit the spot with this series and although not my favourite, #5 is as hot as a summers day Down Under. A single, twenty-six-year-old woman still living with her parents on a cattle station in outer woop woop like some Jane Austen heroine.” Eleanor Davis isn’t your everyday heroine and with a love of the times past, she was seemingly born in the wrong century. And although she’s held onto her virginity waiting for her Mr. Darcy, she’s come to the conclusion that pe 3.5 StarsAmy Andrews has so far hit the spot with this series and although not my favourite, #5 is as hot as a summers day Down Under. A single, twenty-six-year-old woman still living with her parents on a cattle station in outer woop woop like some Jane Austen heroine.” Eleanor Davis isn’t your everyday heroine and with a love of the times past, she was seemingly born in the wrong century. And although she’s held onto her virginity waiting for her Mr. Darcy, she’s come to the conclusion that perhaps it’s simply time it went. They don’t call me Spidey just because I look hot in a Lycra suit.” Enter Bodie Webb, her brother, Ryder’s best friend and team-mate, who has no idea who she is as she prefers her quiet life in the outback to the city. But when he lays eyes on her at Ryder and Juliet’s engagement party—still completely oblivious to who she is—sparks fly, cherries are popped and seeds are planted. Buttons undone. Petticoats untied. A completely, no-strings-attached, no-need-for-reciprocation-orgasm or two—Call me. I’m your guy.” I really liked this couple together. I loved how Eleanor refused to be defined by today’s “standards” and how smitten Bodie was, and how they both took everything in their stride with regards to their little surprise. There’s no getting away from the fact that a large part of their story is centralised around these two getting to know each other in the biblical sense of the word, but in the latter stages I did appreciate the path Amy took the story adding emotion and value. Looking forward to seeing who she treats us to next.Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - "Never underestimate your vagina!" Stars!Playing House, gives us the fifth book in Amy Andrews enjoyable Sydney Smoke Rugby series. Bodie Webb is next up to get the girl, and I have to say I quite liked the way he went about it!"There are two things I do really well… One is tackle, the second is giving head. Trust me, you don’t want to be on the receiving end of the first, but you do want to be on the receiving end of the second…"This was a very quick read, I went in without even reading t 3.5 - "Never underestimate your vagina!" Stars!Playing House, gives us the fifth book in Amy Andrews enjoyable Sydney Smoke Rugby series. Bodie Webb is next up to get the girl, and I have to say I quite liked the way he went about it!"There are two things I do really well… One is tackle, the second is giving head. Trust me, you don’t want to be on the receiving end of the first, but you do want to be on the receiving end of the second…"This was a very quick read, I went in without even reading the blurb, Amy generally delivers for me, and this series has been particularly successful in that regard. The sexy times are plentiful and pretty much get going from the off, and I liked this couple in a general sense, but what I found a little lacking was the actual connection between them. She was a nineteenth-century wallflower trapped in the age of Tinder. No wonder she was still a virgin… The above, pretty much told me everything I needed to know in the way the story as going to progress, and I was almost spot on in its predictability, the only surprise was how the author chose to introduce the conflict between the couple in the latter stages. That certainly pulled a little emotion from everyone concerned, even this heard hearted reader!"It seems like getting you off with all my clothes on is going to be our thing."No my favourite of the series, but I still pretty much read it in one sitting, and it was great to see how the rest of the Smoke family are getting on as Bodie and Eleanor’s story played out. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Andrews has in store for whatever player is up next."My place is here with you."ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Playing House’ did kind of fall flat for me with the stereotypes that Amy Andrews played with here—the virgin and the supposed ‘accidental’ manwhore who used to be a committed boyfriend but was cheated on—but I’m writing this review with the understanding that this imprint is more to do with smexy times than anything else. Much of Bodie/Nell’s interactions were unsurprisingly, sex-based, so their time in between the sheets were prioritised over the harder and difficult issues that crop up in ro ‘Playing House’ did kind of fall flat for me with the stereotypes that Amy Andrews played with here—the virgin and the supposed ‘accidental’ manwhore who used to be a committed boyfriend but was cheated on—but I’m writing this review with the understanding that this imprint is more to do with smexy times than anything else. Much of Bodie/Nell’s interactions were unsurprisingly, sex-based, so their time in between the sheets were prioritised over the harder and difficult issues that crop up in romance. Andrews’s writing is superlative as always, so if you could adjust your expectations about this imprint, then Andrews definitely delivers, objectively speaking. Nell and Bodie did scorch the sheets via a deception Nell played because she just couldn’t wait any longer to lose her virginity. Personally, I didn’t exactly buy into this pairing somehow—not when it seemed more about animal attraction and lust that apparently overrode every ounce of common sense and worse yet, when Nell simply delayed telling Bodie about the accidental pregnancy because they frustratingly did everything else and got on with sex except to deal with the actual issue at hand. In fact, I found myself skimming the sex scenes and that was when I knew I'd completely missed the point of the Brazen line. I’m afraid that this book isn’t for me—too many bodily functions seemed to have gone into feeding frenzy along with a heroine whom I couldn't sympathise with at all for her dodging and running away—at all, though I probably should have known better going into this particular imprint of Entangled’s. *ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Eleanor was born in the wrong century. From the victorian clothes, the literature, the dashing men, to the time when being a virgin was coveted. She comes from a family that are tall, lean and beautiful while she's short, curvaceous and daydreaming about another time in history. The last thing she expected was for Bodie Webb to take notice of her. Bodie has no idea the woman who caught his notice is none other than his best friend and teammates younger sister Nell. All he sees is a woman who's s Eleanor was born in the wrong century. From the victorian clothes, the literature, the dashing men, to the time when being a virgin was coveted. She comes from a family that are tall, lean and beautiful while she's short, curvaceous and daydreaming about another time in history. The last thing she expected was for Bodie Webb to take notice of her. Bodie has no idea the woman who caught his notice is none other than his best friend and teammates younger sister Nell. All he sees is a woman who's shy, sweet and with all the right curves. Eleanor is a refreshing change from the tall, skinny woman who are usually throwing themselves at him for his status and money. One night won't be enough for him but he gets a rude awakening when he finds out Eleanor is Nell. The number one rule is never mess with a teammates sister.Playing House just might be my favorite of the series. I love when we have quirky characters because its not the norm. I also get a kick out of the handsome, popular jock falling for the wallflower. This book was very sweet and I loved it! ARC provided by NetGalley.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful book Playing House was. It was full of surprises and two of the most lovable people that will make you smile throughout the story. Amy Andrews did a beautiful job of bringing two totally different people together showing that opposites do attract.Eleanor was a delight to read. She was a quirky, 26 year old virgin in a sea of the “beautiful” people. She loved the 19th century and was looking for her own Mr. Darcy to sweep her off of her feet. There is no way any one of the Sydne What a delightful book Playing House was. It was full of surprises and two of the most lovable people that will make you smile throughout the story. Amy Andrews did a beautiful job of bringing two totally different people together showing that opposites do attract.Eleanor was a delight to read. She was a quirky, 26 year old virgin in a sea of the “beautiful” people. She loved the 19th century and was looking for her own Mr. Darcy to sweep her off of her feet. There is no way any one of the Sydney Smoke would even look twice at her. Bodie is enthralled with the beautiful woman standing in the corner looking like a wallflower. There was just something about her. She wasn't here looking at his bank balance, wanting to say that she slept with one of the Smoke. He knew there was something different about her and really wanted to get to know her. But, her line about hypnotizing a lion in the 19th century was one of the cutest thing he ever heard. One beautiful night together ends with a note when she tells him who she really is. Bodie knows he broke the Bro Code but, he had no idea. Now, he can't even look his best friend in the face. What's worse is that he can't stop thinking about her or wanting her. A phone call, a poker night, the truth. Now, Bodie really needs to make some decisions and he hopes that Eleanor goes along with his plan. She may have dropped a bombshell on him but, he couldn't be happier. He now has a reason and a chance to be with the woman he fell in love with. Eleanor needs to decide if she wants to be daring and take a chance on Brodie or run and hide. She has to figure out if he is making these plans out of responsibility or if there is more. She needs to look really close at all the possibilities and problems.I smiled and I cried throughout this story. There were really sweet moments and then the hard ones. But, through it all, Amy Andrews made this a really enjoyable book. She wrote a beautiful woman in Nell and a man who wasn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve in Brodie. And, the ending … dear lord, it was so romantic, so endearing … you couldn't help but be amazed and fall head over heels for this couple.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this!Eleanor Davis's brother Ryder plays for the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she is hiding behind a plant at his engagement party when one of his super-hot team-mates, Bodie Webb catches her eye and tries to seduce her. Eleanor (Nell to her family) is a 26 year old virgin, someone who loves Victoriana more than modern day clothes and manners, but she has decided that virginity is a pesky thing and she wants rid - if only she can pluck up the courage. Of course she knows that Brodie would run Loved this!Eleanor Davis's brother Ryder plays for the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she is hiding behind a plant at his engagement party when one of his super-hot team-mates, Bodie Webb catches her eye and tries to seduce her. Eleanor (Nell to her family) is a 26 year old virgin, someone who loves Victoriana more than modern day clothes and manners, but she has decided that virginity is a pesky thing and she wants rid - if only she can pluck up the courage. Of course she knows that Brodie would run a mile in the opposite direction if he knew she was Ryder's little sister (and a virgin) so she keeps her identity a secret.All my favourite tropes combined. Best friend's little sister? Check. V-card? Check. Accidental pregnancy? Check. Hot sporting hero? Check. Kooky heroine? Check. Knowing that this was an Entangled Brazen imprint in advance prepared me for all the smexy times (and boy do they have a lot of hot raunchy sex, when Eleanor finally gives up that V-card she does it with a bang, phnarr phnarr) but honestly it felt right in the context of the story, two people who have a raunchy one-night stand and can't stop thinking about one another, even though they know it's a bad idea.I loved Eleanor and her quirky, kinky dress sense, I love that Brodie is turned on by Victorian clothing and thinks Eleanor is beautiful when she and her sisters think she is not. I loved everything about this hot, sexy read.So, I thought there was a pattern of liking/disliking these books, like I only like the even-numbered or odd-numbered but nope, I've now loved three out of five, roll on number six!I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.Bumped for release.
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 ⭐This has a ton of steamy off the charts sexy times in it but also a lot of heart. Eleanor hadn’t planned to lose her virginity at her brother’s engagement party, certainly not to his rugby superstar best friend Bodie and definitely not end up pregnant after the one and only night of debauchery she willing dived into. But she did and it’s happening.Bodie didnt know Eleanor was Nell, his mates little sister but even after finding out the truth, he still can’t deny he wants Eleanor in his li 4.5 ⭐️This has a ton of steamy off the charts sexy times in it but also a lot of heart. Eleanor hadn’t planned to lose her virginity at her brother’s engagement party, certainly not to his rugby superstar best friend Bodie and definitely not end up pregnant after the one and only night of debauchery she willing dived into. But she did and it’s happening.Bodie didnt know Eleanor was Nell, his mates little sister but even after finding out the truth, he still can’t deny he wants Eleanor in his life. The surprise of her pregnancy fills him with purpose and gives him a perfect and legitimate reason to keep Eleanor closer to him than ever.I loved Eleanor! I loved her eccentric fashion style and her sweet shyness. I loved that she was a true romantic and an old soul at heart. She prefers lace corsets and ruffled pantaloons like most girls prefer Victoria's Secret and high heels. Even being an introvert didnt stop her love of all things Victorian from spilling out into her real life and she never hid that part of her self. She loved it and she let everyone know it.The fact the Bodie sees all this and falls instantly in love with her made him perfect for her and another amazing book boyfriend for me! Bodie was not your cliched jock. He was so honest and 100% upfront about his intentions and he was amazing with Eleanor right from the get-go that it was a down hill slide into loving his character. I loved how supportive he was and that he could so easily make Eleanor laugh, blush and uninhibited in a matter of seconds. Would I recommend? I loved reading Playing House and would definitely recommend. Its not without some drama and some intense emotional upheaval ...(hearts will be pretty bruised at one point) before it delivers a HEA, but it also has humor and tender moments that will have you falling in love with Eleanor and Bodie’s love story.I knocked ½ a star because Eleanor pulled a crudey move on Bodie towards the end that I didn’t expect from her but it worked out in the end and thankfully wasn’t drawn out (which would have just pissed me off more!) Favorite Line: * * * * * * * * * * She so would have rocked the nineteenth century. If only she didn’t like things such as personal hygiene and voting rights so damn much. ~ Eleanor * * * * * * * * * * Memorable Moments: I loved when Eleanor called out her brother when he objects to her and Bodie being together. * * * * * * * * * * “So if he’s a great bloke, if he’s the best, and he’s good enough to be your best friend, why is it so shocking that I’d like him, that I’d want to be with him?” ~ Eleanor * * * * * * * * * * Bodie’s singular appreciation for pantaloons :) * * * * * * * * * * “Wear those pantaloons.” Her inner thighs quivered in an entirely different kind of jittery. “I’ll be the girl in the foyer with the pantaloons. “And I’ll be the guy with the massive erection.” * * * * * * * * * * And last but not least, the whole Vagazzling bit! And yes, I had to google this. It’s crazy!* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages: Both MCs are 26, h is a virgin.Cheating: None between the MCs but Bodie’s ex cheated on him and that’s why they broke up.OM/OW drama: Not really, Bodie’s ex makes an appearance but he has zero feelings left for her and doesn’t cause any kind of rift between the MCs.Separation: After their one night, there is a 2 and a half month separation, than after there’s another 5 week separation. Both remain celibate.Push/Pull There is some hesitation from the h, she views them as too different, she’s a bookish girl and he’s a famous athlete, she’s a country girl, he’s a city boy. She tries to push but Bodie doesn’t let her get far. Main Pursuer of relationship: Bodie is the main pursuer.Triggers: The h suffers a miscarriage and it’s pretty emotional.HEA/HFN: Ends on a HEA, no epilogue. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Monique Daoust
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t waste your time reading this, just get this amazing book! Or for a play-by-play, look down below.I dislike stories about virgins: Eleanor Davis is a virgin. I don’t go looking for “older brother’s little sister” stories either; maybe because I don’t have a brother. When reading the blurb, one gets a good idea of what the “surprise” is, which is not my favourite trope either. Why choose to read PLAYING HOUSE? Because I adore Amy Andrews, the Sidney Smoke Rugby series is brilliant, and I lov Don’t waste your time reading this, just get this amazing book! Or for a play-by-play, look down below.I dislike stories about virgins: Eleanor Davis is a virgin. I don’t go looking for “older brother’s little sister” stories either; maybe because I don’t have a brother. When reading the blurb, one gets a good idea of what the “surprise” is, which is not my favourite trope either. Why choose to read PLAYING HOUSE? Because I adore Amy Andrews, the Sidney Smoke Rugby series is brilliant, and I loved Bodie – Spidey – from the previous books. And no, you don’t have to read the four dazzling, wonderful, amazing four other books in this series in order to savour PLAYING HOUSE. Ha! I have mentioned something of the sort before, but it needs reiterating: sometimes I wonder if sex hasn’t been invented so that Amy Andrews can write about it because she does it so incredibly well, that she had this blasé reader enthralled. Eleanor has chosen to Bodie Webb to be the one to take her virginity; when she spots him, her girly parts scream: “him, him, him”, and Bodie is smitten with her enchanting, pillowy bosom. And this, my friends, is the prelude to the steamiest, sexiest, sweetest, most wonderful sex scenes ever written. And guess what? Sex scenes bore me as a rule, I often skim them, or skip them entirely, and I was mesmerised by those in PLAYING HOUSE. Amy Andrews is a fabulous writer, but she outdid herself big time with PLAYING HOUSE. PLAYING HOUSE at first seemed to be wall-to-wall sex, and I did not mind one bit, which is an accomplishment in itself, as far as I’m concerned. Bodie and Eleanor are unique characters: Eleanor’s infatuation with the nineteenth century even provides her the means to earn a living; Bodie is far from your typical manwhore, and boy, do these two ever send sparks flying! While reading PLAYING HOUSE, I laughed, I smiled, I nearly swooned, and I cried! Because as you can deduct from the blurb, the sexfest has consequences, and have tissues at the ready, because at around 78%, I was crying so hard, I had tears running down my nose, I couldn’t stop crying, and I couldn’t stop reading; PLAYING HOUSE will not put you to sleep, I can guarantee it. I don’t know how Amy Andrews can top this superlative book, but I know she will; her talent is boundless, as she demonstrated with PLAYING HOUSE. I read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.PLAY-BY-PLAYI never do this, but this is worth it. I am around 30% and it is wonderful, fabulous, glorious, with the best written sex scenes ever written. If you like this series, if you have read even only one book, get this now. Now, I hope it doesn't lose any star on the way, but it really doesn't look that way.Fun little book to read before I go to sleep. At 65%, why am I staying awake way, way past my bedtime? And at 78% I was crying my eyes out, and no way was I going to sleep before I finished PLAYING HOUSE. It is that amazing!
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars
  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth story in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series by this talented author. When one of the team players returns home to celebrate his engagement, his younger sister Eleanor is surprised when one of his team mates comes over to talk to her. The attraction is mutual - and highly unusual for the usually staid Eleanor. Eleanor is the quiet one in the family, the one who is enthralled by everything Victorian, from stories to clothing and even etiquette. She's always said she would save her vir This is the fifth story in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series by this talented author. When one of the team players returns home to celebrate his engagement, his younger sister Eleanor is surprised when one of his team mates comes over to talk to her. The attraction is mutual - and highly unusual for the usually staid Eleanor. Eleanor is the quiet one in the family, the one who is enthralled by everything Victorian, from stories to clothing and even etiquette. She's always said she would save her virginity for the man she'd marry but she can't resist the opportunity to lose it with Bodie - though he doesn't know her brother is his team mate! In fact he would never have broken the bro code if he'd known - or would he?This is a quick but very hot and steamy read. Forget the locker room, there's enough steam whenever these two get together for other folks to wonder if something is on fire! The two may well be opposites in many ways but the development of their relationship is well portrayed and there are plenty of obstacles in the path of their true love to keep the reader enthralled and turning those pages! With a virtuous wallflower and a rugby playing manwhore, the broken bro code and some unexpected new expectations, this is a lovely addition to this hot series.I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A shy, quirky heroine who prefers books to parties. A sexy-as-hell hero with a sweet side. A scorching one night stand that becomes so much more. Put those three ingredients together and you’ve got a recipe for a highly entertaining romance. And when you add in Amy Andrews’s fast-paced style and signature humor then it’s clear to see why I couldn’t resist Playing House .Eleanor is such a fun heroine. She grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen and Georgett 4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin A shy, quirky heroine who prefers books to parties. A sexy-as-hell hero with a sweet side. A scorching one night stand that becomes so much more. Put those three ingredients together and you’ve got a recipe for a highly entertaining romance. And when you add in Amy Andrews’s fast-paced style and signature humor then it’s clear to see why I couldn’t resist Playing House .Eleanor is such a fun heroine. She grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and is in love with the fashion, manners, and romantic ideals of the nineteenth century. She’s also turned her love of Victorian fashion into a profitable business, which I found to be a delight to read about. Eleanor feels like the ugly duckling of her family, but she’s so much more than the kooky wallflower she sees herself as. Bodie is immediately captivated by Eleanor and I loved that he wasn’t just taken with her looks, but showed interest in what she was passionate about. Bodie grew up with a shark of a father and between that and his cheating ex-fiancée, he’s wary of falling for someone who will turn out to simply want him for his trust fund or his status a rugby star. Eleanor is a breath of fresh air to him in many ways and it’s clear from the outset that one night with her will never be enough. I could melt with how sweet Bodie could be. He may have wealth, privilege, and good looks, but he has worked hard to become successful and he’s got a heart of gold. I was rooting for him and Eleanor to become more than simply lovers because they were such likeable characters.Eleanor and Bodie’s story is filled with erotic moments, and it’d be remiss of me not to at least mention how hot Playing House is. But what stood out to me were the quieter moments and if I had one (minor) niggle it’d be I wish there were more of them. Bodie and Eleanor are very different, but they complement one another perfectly. I liked watching them learn about each other. And when the two of them are handed a major surprise, I really liked that they handled life’s curveball fairly well. Their road to happily ever after isn’t smooth sailing. Insecurities, pain, and heartbreak made the story feel more real and may have even had me sniffling at one point. But I knew Ms. Andrews wouldn’t let readers down and the ending of Playing House left me with a smile on my face.FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Elizabeth Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Bodie, a rugby player, loves his life. His best friend, Ryder, is his teammate, he loves his job, and after a bad breakup the year before is enjoying, maybe a little too much, being single again. When he travels to Ryder's hometown for his engagement party, his eyes land on a woman that immediately intrigues him.Eleanor (Nell) is used to being different...from her beautiful sisters, from others with more "normal" hobbies and interests, and because she's a virgin at 26. The last she can change an Bodie, a rugby player, loves his life. His best friend, Ryder, is his teammate, he loves his job, and after a bad breakup the year before is enjoying, maybe a little too much, being single again. When he travels to Ryder's hometown for his engagement party, his eyes land on a woman that immediately intrigues him.Eleanor (Nell) is used to being different...from her beautiful sisters, from others with more "normal" hobbies and interests, and because she's a virgin at 26. The last she can change and decides to do so with the sexy man at the engagement party. However, she knows the guy rule would stop Bodie from being with her, so she withholds a certain fact, but everything else is all her.Bodie and Eleanor, as he knows her by, have an intense chemistry that shows and a real connection that continues to grow the more time they spend together. Bodie finds her quirks adorable and loves that she's comfortable being herself.But soon, Bodie has to return to his regular life which means sayying good-bye to Eleanor. They in no way forget one another and constantly think back to their time together. And when Eleanor visits to share some news, Bodie doesn't hesitate to let her know he's not only all in, but he wants to be, and sees a future with her.Can a relationship between two people who have such different lives work? Will Bodie be happy about the news? What will Nell's family say? Will her brother accept her feelings for Bodie and vice versa? Can Bodie and Nell survive all the obstacles in their path to a HEA?One-click now and follow along as two people meet and instantly experience a connection.**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
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  • NixLapi
    January 1, 1970
    I've really enjoyed the Sydney Smoke series and this one is no exception! Amy Andrews does quirky-sexy so well, and her rugby boys, oh my yes! This story also packs some agonizing heart ache (TW if required in spoiler tags below), as Amy also does so well. Beautiful story, looking forward to the next installments in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series!TW spoiler (this occurs late in the book, and is non-violent): (view spoiler)[ TW for miscarriage (hide spoiler)]
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  • Tami
    January 1, 1970
    Very good sports romance. Best friend's little sister. She's a 26 yr old virgin who wears vintage clothes. He's a hottie who plays rugby.This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Playing House by Amy Andrews is the latest sexy romance in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. It’s a ‘one night stand becomes more’ trope story, with a Sydney Smoke player and a quirky down home heroine getting a chance to fling caution to the winds, then having to deal with the unexpected consequences.Eleanor Davis, sister of Sydney Smoke player Ryder, has a growing online business designing and sewing historical fashions. If it makes her a bit of an odd woman out in the Australian Outback, so be i Playing House by Amy Andrews is the latest sexy romance in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. It’s a ‘one night stand becomes more’ trope story, with a Sydney Smoke player and a quirky down home heroine getting a chance to fling caution to the winds, then having to deal with the unexpected consequences.Eleanor Davis, sister of Sydney Smoke player Ryder, has a growing online business designing and sewing historical fashions. If it makes her a bit of an odd woman out in the Australian Outback, so be it. When Ryder brings his team home to celebrate his engagement, Eleanor hides out on the fringes of the party, like the wallflower she is in real life. She doesn’t expect to catch the eye of Bodie, one of Ryder’s teammates and best friends.Bodie can see the beautiful woman in the shadows trying to blend in with the potted plants and makes it his mission to draw her out. He succeeds brilliantly, resulting in one of the hottest one night stands he’s ever had. He has to go back to Sydney, but Eleanor is not easy to forget and he finds himself developing an urge to study Victorian lingerie and keep an eye on her website too. When Eleanor comes to him a few months later with bigger problems than how to get more website clicks, Bodie is happy to step up and show Eleanor he’s the real deal. Can he convince her to give a relationship with him a try?For more of this review please visit Harlequin Junkie: http://harlequinjunkie.com/review-pla...A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Best friend's little sister is my very favorite trope, so I was very excited to read this one. I've really enjoyed this whole series so far. Bodie "Spidey" Webb is a pro rugby player for the Sydney Smoke. He grew up in a very wealthy family, and his dad wants him to enter the family business at some point. Bodie has no plans to ever do that. He loves the game too much, and he loves his team. In fact, his best friend Ryder Davis is one of his teammates, and that's what brings him to the middle of Best friend's little sister is my very favorite trope, so I was very excited to read this one. I've really enjoyed this whole series so far. Bodie "Spidey" Webb is a pro rugby player for the Sydney Smoke. He grew up in a very wealthy family, and his dad wants him to enter the family business at some point. Bodie has no plans to ever do that. He loves the game too much, and he loves his team. In fact, his best friend Ryder Davis is one of his teammates, and that's what brings him to the middle of nowhere, Australia, where Ryder grew up, for his engagement party. Bodie had a bad breakup about a year ago, and he's been sewing his wild oats ever since. So, he doesn't expect to be laid flat by one look at a wallflower of a woman at Ryder's party. He just knows he has to talk to her. Eleanor "Nell" Davis is Ryder's youngest sister. Her other sisters are all classic beauties, each already married off. She's always been an odd duck, born in the wrong century. She's obsessed with everything Victorian era: the clothes, the manners, the courting. Everything. It's why she's still a virgin at 26. She's been waiting for THE ONE. But, when she sees Bodie at her brother's party she's drawn to him like she's never been to another man. She decides to shake off her virginity once and for all, which can only happen if she doesn't mention to him the small fact that she's Ryder's sister. Her brother calls her Nell, so when she uses her full name to introduce herself, he's none the wiser, and she's not actually lying. They have an amazing night together, but it has unintended consequences, for both of them. Bodie and Eleanor have amazing chemistry and I loved watching them interact. He actually showed interest in the things she loved (especially her Victorian undergarments!), and he makes her feel beautiful and wanted for the first time ever. Bodie loves her quirky personality, and her unusual hobbies, and he's endlessly intrigued by her. I really appreciated the way they were together, and even the reveal to her brother didn't go exactly as I expected, which I liked as well. Though they were different, they were entirely compatible, and I loved watching them both realize how perfect they were together. I always enjoy revisiting all of the other characters from the previous books, as well as the other side characters who've yet to have their own stories. I'm looking forward to Donovan, the single dad's story, as well as the coach's daughter. And Coach Griff too, for that matter! I really hope we get all of their stories before the series comes to a close. This was a very emotional book in many ways, much more so than the others have been. The main characters deal with some tough issues, and while everyone doesn't always handle things perfectly, they find a way to figure it out. I really loved Eleanor as a heroine. She was so unique and I just really enjoyed her outlook. Bodie was also so much more than I gave him credit for. He really didn't shy away from love, though he'd been burned before. They were truly perfect together. I definitely recommend this book, and this series. It's so much more than your typical sports romance series, and I love that. The Aussie-isms are hilariously fun, and I truly appreciate the glossary of terms in the back of the book. I look forward to more stories in this awesome world. ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Megan from Alpha Book Club
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  • Ivy Deluca
    January 1, 1970
    Eleanor Davis is a twenty six year old virgin. And guess what? She doesn’t want to be. She may love the Victorian era and adores making historically accurate clothing for commission, but she’s tired of waiting for the one. The man who is going to sweep her off her feet in his frock coat and Darcy-isms. The man who does not exist in Bungindally, her small town in the Australian countryside. Then she meets Bodie Webb during her brother’s engagement party, and she decides that he’s the one to help Eleanor Davis is a twenty six year old virgin. And guess what? She doesn’t want to be. She may love the Victorian era and adores making historically accurate clothing for commission, but she’s tired of waiting for the one. The man who is going to sweep her off her feet in his frock coat and Darcy-isms. The man who does not exist in Bungindally, her small town in the Australian countryside. Then she meets Bodie Webb during her brother’s engagement party, and she decides that he’s the one to help her out. At least with her virginity. And then, a couple of months later, well, if you’ve read any romance novels, you know the complication that comes into play. That one night stand turns into more. And yes, romance happens.The Good.So, so charming. From the first meet to the final scene, I was charmed by both Eleanor and Bodie. The tone of the story was a lovely blend of Victorian aesthetic with a modern day twist. The sex is great and I think it has alot to do with Eleanor’s choice of lingerie, her prim and proper being turned inside out by Bodie’s dirty talk, but it never loses that sweet undertone that really makes their love scenes pop. Finally, the emotional component is strong. Late in the book there are some truly heartbreaking moments that give that bitter tinge that makes the sweet real and eventually that HEA completely believable.The Bad(ish).I wish there had been a little less obfuscation and some outright lying that Eleanor does to make that first encounter happen. If the genders were reversed, it would have been completely unacceptable and Bodie would have been on my shyte list, for sure. The ending was abrupt, even if it is completely in keeping with the rest of the story for this couple. I wanted a wee bit more and it just cuts off.Everything in Between.It’s the fifth in the series, but it does work as a standalone. I’d read the second book in the series, but didn’t realize that I’d miss a couple of books already, but Eleanor and Bodie’s love story doesn’t really rely on knowing the other couples. This wasn’t bad or good, but the sports aspect is minimal. It’s part of Bodie’s life, but it does not factor into the story very much.I really enjoyed this entry in the Sydney Smoke series. Bodie and Eleanor’s romance just charmed me from the very beginning and I do not hesitate to recommend it.**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**For more reviews, visit
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  • ⚜️Trea
    January 1, 1970
    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! So far, I've enjoyed most of my forays into this series, and this should have been one that I would enjoy as well, but it actually fell a bit flat for me. Thankfully, it was a shorter read, but I was rather disappointed in it.I loved how FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW! So far, I've enjoyed most of my forays into this series, and this should have been one that I would enjoy as well, but it actually fell a bit flat for me. Thankfully, it was a shorter read, but I was rather disappointed in it.I loved how quirky Eleanor was, especially with turning that interest and "quirk" into a profitable business. I thought she was a bit rushed in trying to lose her virginity, but I thought it was plausible. However, I agree with other reviewers that her relationship with Ryder seemed non-existent, and there only to make the book fit into certain tropes.Bodie was a bit harder for me to connect with, because we're given so very little about him. What we are given doesn't make much sense, because it doesn't go into much detail about the situations. I really felt that the book could be expanded here, to give Bodie more depth. However, I really loved his grand gesture at the end of the book!Parts of their relationship made no sense to me. It seemed to be based on deception and secrecy, which is not a good foundation for any relationship. It moved too quickly for my tastes, even tiwht the little surprise that they had. Speaking of which, the surprise situation was not well explained at all! There really needed to be a discussion about the how of it between Bodie and Eleanor. The tragedy that befell them as a couple seemed to be rather brushed aside as well, making it less believable to me. It really touched a nerve, seeing as how I have been in a similar situation.All things considered, while it is a shorter addition to the series, it is a decent enough entry as long as you can overlook certain things with it.
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  • Sofia Lazaridou
    January 1, 1970
    What kind of sister spends only two pages talking to her brother? Eleanor that's who. The story begins at her brother's engagement party and she never goes to talk to him. Later she only talks to him to convince him that been with Bodie is a good idea. They were related just to fit in the "in love with brother's best friend" genre. Bodie spends more time with Ryder than she does and I found that annoying. Eleanor is not even mentioned by name in Ryder's book and now she get's her own? I would ha What kind of sister spends only two pages talking to her brother? Eleanor that's who. The story begins at her brother's engagement party and she never goes to talk to him. Later she only talks to him to convince him that been with Bodie is a good idea. They were related just to fit in the "in love with brother's best friend" genre. Bodie spends more time with Ryder than she does and I found that annoying. Eleanor is not even mentioned by name in Ryder's book and now she get's her own? I would have liked it more if she wasn't related to someone we already knew. For me, the author failed to establish a relationship between the two siblings and it was something that bothered me from the very first page of this book.The second thing that annoyed me was the lack of reaction after the most tragic event in the lives of the main characters. It's barely discussed and I feel like it was only meant to serve as a way to separate the main characters instead of actually meaning something. Don't write something as major as this and then dedicate only one page to the aftermaths. I would have expected something more tragic. These are the reasons I gave the book 2 stars. My initial rating was 3 stars because of the way the tragic event had almost no effect to the characters (heck, I don't even think Ryder was told about it), but I changed it to 2 because I hadn't realized at the time how much the lack of communication between the siblings had bothered me.To be fair though, the book had some good parts. Brodie was a good hero and he was kind. I liked Eleanor's Victorian clothing and her occasional way of speaking. I didn't get the impression that the others found her weird, but I was glad to see that Brodie was so into her with when she was wearing Victorian clothing. I liked how they were playing house and their relationship.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Playing House by Amy GametSydney Smoke Rugby #5Amy Gamet is becoming one of my go-to authors. Every book I have read by her has been wonderful making me only want to read more of whatever she decides to write. This book delivered again…in all the ways that I was hoping it would ;) Quirky, immersed in the 19th century and the odd duck in her family and community Eleanor Davis is ready to leave her virginity behind. When Bodie Webb, rugby player and friend of her brother, introduces himself to her Playing House by Amy GametSydney Smoke Rugby #5Amy Gamet is becoming one of my go-to authors. Every book I have read by her has been wonderful making me only want to read more of whatever she decides to write. This book delivered again…in all the ways that I was hoping it would ;) Quirky, immersed in the 19th century and the odd duck in her family and community Eleanor Davis is ready to leave her virginity behind. When Bodie Webb, rugby player and friend of her brother, introduces himself to her she thinks, “This is the one to do the deed”. Keeping her identity obscured the two have a night to remember – one and done, she thinks – and off he goes, after calling and asking if there might be more. A few months later when she gets in touch the sizzle is still there. She has something to share and that something is big. Bodie, a true gentleman, steps up, asks her to spend time with him and all seems to be going well until…it’s not. How it all works out right created a book I could not put down. I could so relate to Eleanor and the dilemma she thought she was in. I may not have been as shy as she was or from the back of beyond BUT I still could relate. I loved her quirks and her interests and her ability to state what her needs were then go for what she wanted. I found Bodie to be a wonderful book boyfriend that was so much more than a pretty face with a good body he knew how to use well on the pitch and off. His true interest in Eleanor, ability to stand up for her and loving ways were swoon worthy. The way Ryder, Eleanor’s brother and Bodie’s best friend, came to Bodie’s rescue and how Bodie used the information he was given tied this book up in a big shiny bow creating the perfect book for me to read yesterday. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing-Brazen Imprint – This is my honest review.5 Stars
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    With some of my favorite tropes, how could I resist this book? Eleanor loves the 19th century and made her hobby into a small business. She is into Jane Austen (O, Mr Darcy!) and Georgette Heyer and thinks she has been born too late. Even when she loves modern hygiene and the right to vote. At 26 she is still a virgin and when she attends her brother's engagement party (Ryder from the last book) she is approached by Bodie, her brother's best friend. They have a hot night together after which Ele With some of my favorite tropes, how could I resist this book? Eleanor loves the 19th century and made her hobby into a small business. She is into Jane Austen (O, Mr Darcy!) and Georgette Heyer and thinks she has been born too late. Even when she loves modern hygiene and the right to vote. At 26 she is still a virgin and when she attends her brother's engagement party (Ryder from the last book) she is approached by Bodie, her brother's best friend. They have a hot night together after which Eleanor leaves him a note and leaves for home. Until she finds she is pregnant. Even when Bodie and Eleanor decide to give a relationship a try, will Eleanor have to give up all her old-fashioned dreams of a mr Darcy of her own? This is a very entertaining read. I really liked both Bodie and Eleanor. I did think the story could have used a little bit more ... something extra. The sex was hot but I wish there was a bit more romance to convince me of their love. Sometimes Eleanor was too meek for my liking. Loved the big gesture at the end though!3,5 stars. I requested and received an ARC via Netgalley and this is my honest review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed every book in the Sydney Smoke series but Eleanor and Bodie are by far my favorite!! Each of these books read as standalones but this series gets better with every book.Eleanor is obsessed with all things Victorian and is more comfortable blending into the background than being the center of attention like her brother, Ryder. Bodie is a trust fund baby and talented rugby player who was burned by his ex-girlfriend. When Bodie sees Eleanor across the room at Ryder's engagement party I have enjoyed every book in the Sydney Smoke series but Eleanor and Bodie are by far my favorite!! Each of these books read as standalones but this series gets better with every book.Eleanor is obsessed with all things Victorian and is more comfortable blending into the background than being the center of attention like her brother, Ryder. Bodie is a trust fund baby and talented rugby player who was burned by his ex-girlfriend. When Bodie sees Eleanor across the room at Ryder's engagement party, he's captivated immediately. Eleanor throws caution to the wind and decides to take Bodie home but without sharing her virgin status or who she is to Ryder. After their night together leads to a big surprise, they have to navigate family drama and getting to know one another. I loved Bodie and Eleanor so much!! They brought out the best in each other and when they messed up, they tried to make up for it. I laughed so much and, surprisingly, cried more than once. I wasn't expecting the amount of angst in this book but it made me feel so much more connected to these characters than any of the books before it. I love this series and I can't wait to see what comes next.*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
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  • Thuy
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting story. I've always like opposites attract romances. This was charming. I liked it quite a bit.Bodie and Eleanor were definitely opposites. He was an athlete, a rugby player. Eleanor was a virgin, quiet, shy, quirky, totally into the whole Victorian era type life. Her career is sewing period pieces etc. Bodie and her meet at her brothers engagement party, Bodie doesn't know, who she is, which is his best friends sister. They end up in bed together. Complications arise, but This was an interesting story. I've always like opposites attract romances. This was charming. I liked it quite a bit.Bodie and Eleanor were definitely opposites. He was an athlete, a rugby player. Eleanor was a virgin, quiet, shy, quirky, totally into the whole Victorian era type life. Her career is sewing period pieces etc. Bodie and her meet at her brothers engagement party, Bodie doesn't know, who she is, which is his best friends sister. They end up in bed together. Complications arise, but of course they both feel things for each other they've never felt before. I won't spoil it for you, but the storyline is good. I would recommend !bookstagrammer--tweezyreadsI received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Talking Books
    January 1, 1970
    Be still my thudding heart <3. I adored Eleanor and Bodie’s characters in Ms Andrews latest instalment in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, Playing House. Lots of heart, emotion and scorching attraction between the characters with a bit of drama thrown in to the story, just to keep the reader breathing that little bit heavier. From the start I was glued to the pages and could not put the book down. My fave read in the series yet and a story I did not want to finish for all the right reasons :D.R Be still my thudding heart <3. I adored Eleanor and Bodie’s characters in Ms Andrews latest instalment in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, Playing House. Lots of heart, emotion and scorching attraction between the characters with a bit of drama thrown in to the story, just to keep the reader breathing that little bit heavier. From the start I was glued to the pages and could not put the book down. My fave read in the series yet and a story I did not want to finish for all the right reasons :D.Review copy received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
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  • Christina Montminy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Amy Andrews’ writing, her stories always have a poignant tale to them . Playing House is sweet, sexy, laugh out loud funny & sad. In this story of lust, love & loss we see how a wall flower blossoms with the attention of the sexy jock. We see how life changes even when all precautions are taken & we see how it all changes when having to deal with loss. We see how the love of the one, can bring back to life everything that the loss took away. I truly enjoyed this book & de I enjoy Amy Andrews’ writing, her stories always have a poignant tale to them . Playing House is sweet, sexy, laugh out loud funny & sad. In this story of lust, love & loss we see how a wall flower blossoms with the attention of the sexy jock. We see how life changes even when all precautions are taken & we see how it all changes when having to deal with loss. We see how the love of the one, can bring back to life everything that the loss took away. I truly enjoyed this book & definitely recommend it. I received this book from Net Galley for an honest review.
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  • Myst
    January 1, 1970
    Totally enjoyed this! Sad what happens at the end but they get through it. Have to see if there is any other books by this author that peek my interest.This is a voluntary review and I do not get paid for this review.
  • French Press Bookworm Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Kinda loved this one. It was sweet with all kinds of spice. But I seriously loved Eleanor. She was sweet and full of class with a backbone. Trigger warning.Loss of a child in this one. It broke my heart.
  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    Is there anything sexier than a hot, huge, rugby player being all sweet and cuddly? Well, Playing House will give you the opportunity to see for yourself, and it’s not one you should pass up.I’ve loved this group of boisterous, rough, sexy beasts of the Sydney Smoke team since the very beginning. Each time one of these guys falls, they do it big and they do it in style: fucking up royally and then having to fight for their girl with all their might.Eleanor is Ryder’s baby sister (from Playing Wi Is there anything sexier than a hot, huge, rugby player being all sweet and cuddly? Well, Playing House will give you the opportunity to see for yourself, and it’s not one you should pass up.I’ve loved this group of boisterous, rough, sexy beasts of the Sydney Smoke team since the very beginning. Each time one of these guys falls, they do it big and they do it in style: fucking up royally and then having to fight for their girl with all their might.Eleanor is Ryder’s baby sister (from Playing With Forever, the previous installment) and she is an eensy bit socially awkward. She’d as soon melt into the potted plant next to her than go mingle at his brother’s engagement party. Everything changes when Bodie aka her big brother’s best friend, unknowingly starts to flirt with her. Their chemistry and attraction are off the charts and things soon get out of control… and they end up sharing the hottest night ever.Imagine Bodie’s surprise when he wakes up to a note and the realization that not only did he just pop his best friend’s baby sister’s cherry but he had the best time while doing it. Unable to stop thinking about her, but totally forbidden by the bro-code to pursue her, he just goes back home. Incredibly, it wasn’t just the absolute best memories that resulted from their encounter. Two months later they find themselves in a situation neither anticipated.I totally adored Eleanor, she was definitely quirky and funny in her own way. I loved how creative she could be, how she was passionate about anything to do with the 1800’s as well as being a romantic through and through.Bodie was the absolute best. He was the sweetest, most tender guy ever. And at the same time, he was a sexy, alpha decisive piece of muscly man hunk. The way he was with Eleanor from the very beginning turned me into a puddle of goo.I really enjoyed Playing House, though it broke my heart (and while I don’t want to spoil the story this might be a trigger for some so I’m warning about it (view spoiler)[there’s a miscarriage (hide spoiler)] but it also had me smiling like a loon. There’s romance, sexy times a-plenty, Pride-and-Prejudice-isms for every Austen fan, and some mild angst. I can’t wait to see who comes next, though I wouldn’t mind an epilogue in the next one… yeah?*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
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  • Heli - So Many Books - So Little Time
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Loved both Eleanor and Bodie and their story.
  • Bette Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun and sexy book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series. This time we meet Bodie Webb and Ryder's little sister Eleanor. What a fun pair these two are! Bodies a rare breed. A relationship kind of guy but since his last relationship failed spectacularly he's been living the no strings life. Then he meets Eleanor and finds himself wanting more with this woman. Unbelievably she turns out to be the little sister of his rugby team member and best mate. This could get ugly fast or it could turn out Another fun and sexy book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series. This time we meet Bodie Webb and Ryder's little sister Eleanor. What a fun pair these two are! Bodies a rare breed. A relationship kind of guy but since his last relationship failed spectacularly he's been living the no strings life. Then he meets Eleanor and finds himself wanting more with this woman. Unbelievably she turns out to be the little sister of his rugby team member and best mate. This could get ugly fast or it could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. Love this author's writing style with all her Aussie-isms. I definitely recommend this one.
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