Review: Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

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4 Stars

Playing Dirty was actually the story in this trilogy I was looking forward to the most. We kind of get hints in the previous two books about what Ava’s issue is with Cade and what he did to her as kids. It’s pretty heartbreaking, actually, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to like him because of it. I love the idea that these two have had something all through their childhood though.

Ava is this sexy, curvaceous bombshell of a woman. I loved that she isn’t your typical size 2 female. And Cade is a guy who’s worked through a lot of crap in his life, and he’s now ready to make things right. Their chemistry together is totally off the charts! I loved how they would try to out-tease each other. It was TONS of fun! While it was fun, it had really emotional moments too though, especially when we’re taken back into their past.

I read from a lot of people on Goodreads who’d read the first two books that Playing Dirty almost didn’t get published! That would have been a shame because I think this is my favorite of the three. I think I’ll look into reading more books from Susan Andersen soon.

Book Info

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen
Series: Sisterhood Diaries #3
Published by HQN
Pub Date: July 26th 2011
Pages: 336
Format: eBook | Source: Library
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

When high school golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he’d slept with “fat girl” Ava Spencer to win a bet, he broke her heart. Now a decade older and a head-turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn’t the gullible dreamer she once was—and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can’t refuse.

A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited. And he wants her as his personal concierge. She’s certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants. Like another shot at having her in his bed. But Ava doesn’t count on Cade’s determination. Because he’s never gotten over her. And he’s not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red-hot future…



About Susan Andersen

Susan’s first novel, Shadow Dance, hit shelves in 1989. She reached bestseller lists with her book Baby, I’m Yours, which went on to be named one of Romance Writers of America’s Top 10 Favorite Books of 1998 and also won the Romantic Times magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance of 1998. Susan has gone on to have her books appear repeatedly on the New York Times extended list and be selected three years in a row as one of the 10 novels named Editor’s Choice in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Today she continues to write stories where the guy gets the girl, as long as he’s willing to bend a little.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

2 Responses to “Review: Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen”

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I haven’t read Susan Andersen’s more recent books, but some of her books are my favorite. I particularly LOVE Present Danger. James and Aunie – talk about chemistry. I’ve read that book so many times. I just love it. I will have to catch up on her books. I’m glad you liked this. Do you know why this book almost didn’t get published?

    • Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Thanks, Quinn! I’m going to look up the ones you’ve mentioned. :) Apparently there were some issues between her and the publisher, but after some conversations between them it was resolved and published! :D

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