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    Amazing

    Another amazing fun and sexy read from Amy Andrews. And Ms. Andrews thanks so much for the Aussie-ism glossary!! I must admit that as sports crazy as I am I just don't get rugby. I do however have an appreciation for the fine men who play the sport and I can picture Tanner Stone out there in all his deliciousness. The quick wit and sass of Matilda made this an amusing fun read! As teenagers Matilda Kent and Tanner Stone were each other's first everything. Certain they are meant to be together forever, Matilda plans on declining a scholarship that will take her away for 3 years. That is until the day Tanner breaks her heart by cheating on her. Now eight years later he's at the top of his rugby career and she is the budding journalist sent to interview him. Sparks fly from that very first meeting and even though she claims to hate him, Tanner knows he will do anything to get her back. He plans on explaining everything that happened on that explosive day hoping Matilda will understand. Will she or will that be the end of his dreams? This is a book I highly recommend, it's perfect for a lazy day read!
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    Australian rules!

    Matilda Kent aspires to be a feature writer in a newspaper, unfortunately she’s been stuck writing a fashion column when an opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, it’s to do a 6-part interview with the man who broke her heart eight years before: Tanner Stone, rugby hero. Matilda doesn’t have much choice if she wants to achieve her career goal, so she’ll do it, and maybe finally get her revenge on the man who cheated on her. Tanner, while being a golden boy, doesn’t like to give interviews, but because of some rugby players have tarnished the image of the game a bit, his coach orders him to do the interviews. When he learns the journalist will be Matilda, he decides it’s the time to rekindle their romance. Amy Andrews is one of my favourite contemporary romance authors, and part of her appeal, as far as I’m concerned, is that she chooses to remain enthusiastically Australian. PLAYING BY HER RULES is a rather standard second chance romance, but what makes it special is Ms. Andrews always superlative writing. Her style is breezy yet elegant, and her vocabulary is both playful and eloquent, and always clever. The author’s descriptions of the game of rugby, of the sights, of the characters are laser-sharp – as is the Ms. Andrews’ sense of humour. The secondary characters are also terrific, especially Matilda’s grandmother Hannah. The banter between Tanner and his footy teammates is wonderful, and here lies my major problem with the book: Tanner spoke the same way to Matilda, and that stopped me from liking him. Matilda doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, although in my opinion what might have been fun at eighteen becomes rather childish at 26, but then again she didn’t seem to mind, so who am I to argue. Still, I had a problem connecting with Tanner and Matilda for that reason; his sort of humour is not one I particularly enjoy, at least not when you’re talking romance. On the other hand, the sexual chemistry was definitely there, and sparks were nearly coming off my Kindle! There was of course the obligatory misunderstanding – in this case more of an untold – and surprisingly, upon its resolution is where Ms. Andrews merited an extra star because it was resolved intelligently and convincingly, which is very seldom the case in this type of trope. Although I didn’t feel invested in Matilda and Tanner’s romance, I really liked the book because of Amy Andrews’ stellar writing, and I will be looking forward to anything she writes because few authors do sexy contemporary romance as well as she does. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    Rules were made to be broken

    I have zero shame when I say I needed to read this book based on the cover. Hot, tatted up rugby men. Yeah, no need to slow down when clicking on this one. Read the blurb and learn it's a second chance romance...and you've got me swooning. Playing By Her Rules is sexy and rife with tension, lust, and unresolved anger. Which means it's a powder keg! The Sydney Smoke definitely have me intrigued or at least the ones I've met. I look forward to watching them fall and fall hard.
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    Second Chance at Love

    Matilda and Tanner’s second chance love story in Playing by Her Rules by Amy Andrews was truly a fun and enjoyable read. Matilda landed an assignment she didn’t really want a six-part interview with her high school boyfriend, who broke her heart, and is now an elusive sports idol. Tanner avoids being interviewed by anyone in the media, wanting to avoid publicity and just play his best as he captains the Sydney Smoke rugby team. When he realizes that it is Matilda interviewing him he thinks that maybe this will give him a second chance with his high school sweetheart. Matilda plans to spill all the dirt on Tanner, especially since she believes he cheated on her. Instead she discovers he’s not what or who she expected. He has established numerous charities to give back to the community. Matilda also learns that he hurt her so she wouldn’t give up her scholarship to Sanford and a journalism career when she wanted to give it all up and follow him and his rugby career. Tanner is definitely hero material. He’s kind, passionate, caring, and loving. He never forgot her. In fact, one of the charities her established was “Matilda’s Muse”, a writing program for girls, involving local authors to assist those girls. Matilda was raised by her Gran, a real hippie-type, who taught her how to stand for herself. Tanner set the standard for all other men Matilda encountered and Tanner felt Matilda set the standard for the women he met. I loved how these two used twitter to communicate with each other, allowing their followers a peek inside their courtship. This second chance for Matilda and Tanner is finally that chance at achieving the love and marriage they weren’t ready for in high school. Ms. Andrews wrote a wonderful, sexy and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, fun twitter posts and endearing characters giving Matilda and Tanner a chance at finally having the future together, that they always wanted. I highly recommend Playing by Her Rules to other readers.
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    second chance

    In this book, we see the captain of Sidney smokes Tanner has his second chance with his high school sweetheart Matilda. Matilda is given an opportunity to start writing bigger stories for her newspaper but she has to write about Tanner, her ex-boyfriend with whom she had a really bad breakup. Because of him, she doesn't believe any man since and has bad luck when it comes to a relationship so she sees this opportunity for stepping up in her career and to have a little revenge. Tanner sees this opportunity to have the One that gets away back and is willing to prove to Matilda that he is changed. So the story was an ok but it felt a lack in originality, I read similar story just different plot. I really liked Tanner he was a guy on the spot with a right set of mind. Matilda was because of her insecurities a bit unlikable but I was glad that she opened her eyes. I really loved how the attraction between them escalates and later explodes. The end is cute and they have their HEA. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly

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