Review of Playing With Trouble by Amy Andrews

“MILF hell.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Rugby)

Length: 245 Pages

POV: Third Person


From pro rugby player to…Manny?

Australian rugby pro Cole Hauser has had enough of speculations about his future post-injury. So when a football buddy puts his house in America at Cole’s disposal, he jumps at the chance for some peace and anonymity. The plan is perfect—until he discovers he’s roomies with a woman who knows how to wield a nail gun and her kid. Awesome. Not.

Single mom Jane Spencer is supposed to be spending four weeks alone in the wilds of Colorado rehabbing a house that’ll put her business on the map. Instead, her time is overrun by her four-year-old and a grumpy, too-sexy rugby dude whose only goals are to watch ESPN and brood. Awesome. Not.

When, surprisingly, McHottie offers to get his ass off the couch and help Jane out with Finn, she’s hesitant. But before she knows it, Cole is knee-deep in kid activities during the day and they’re both fighting their simmering attraction at night.

Anything between them can only be temporary – their time together is short and Cole lives on the other side of the planet. It should be easy to say goodbye, right? Wrong. It doesn’t take long for them to realize they’ve borrowed a whole lot of trouble.

But trouble never felt this good.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.*

Jane is a single mom of a 4-year-old boy, whose father isn’t the most reliable. She on the other hand more than makes up for it. She juggles her own restoration/construction business, covers for the visitation her son was supposed to be with his dad, all while restoring a beautiful floor to its natural glory. Oh, and drooling over the other houseguest. She’s great at multitasking.

“He looked like a really wicked angel. The fallen variety. Yup. The man was freaking Lucifer. Great…Satan was sleeping in the room three doors down, and now she was staring.” – This had to be one of my favorite quotes in the entire book.

Cole was in an accident that ended his rugby career and he was at a loss; he didn’t know what he was going to do. His agent was looking into sportscasting in Australia so he could still be close to the rugby spotlight he loved, but until then he was vacationing in the United States, staying at a friend’s house that was supposed to be empty so that he could wallow in his own pity. And that’s exactly what he did at first; sit around drinking beer and watching tv while not worrying about grooming habits. But that house was also occupied by the lovely Jane and her son, and after a few days of his laziness she steered him onto a more positive path. A path that made Cole feel happy for the first time since his accident.

Cole might not have been manny material, but he enjoyed spending time with Finn and it brought a new purpose into his heart. Of course, his mother being a complete MILF was an added bonus. In Playing with Trouble Cole and Jane have every reason to not get involved with each other, but one magnetic reason to say yes. Sometimes you find love in the least expected place, and that’s exactly what happened with these two (three if you count Finn). There’s nothing wrong with a ready-made family and Cole will do whatever he has to to keep this one in his life, even playing nice with the Finn’s dad.

“Kissing Jane was pretty much the best thing he’d ever done with his mouth.” – He may think so in that moment, but I think there are some other things that may rank higher on Jane’s radar as the best! Yummy!

This book is a fantastic mixture of cute and sexy. A great read for everyone, but especially all you single parents out there. It has the struggles of being a single parent, the ex frustrations, dealing with new attractions, and the explosions that happen when you give in to temptations. (Or that may have just been the sound of the swing landing! LOL)

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.



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