Ouch, this was one of those cases where the story was good, the hero was good but the heroine? Not so much. She just frustrated me beyond belief!
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: July 11, 2016
In this grudge match, the first to score…
When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.
…could win it all!
Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!
Tanner and Matilda used to date back in their youth but while Matilda was madly in love with Tanner, he had other ideas and broke her heart. Now years later Tanner is the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team and Matilda is a style columnist for the local newspaper. When she accidently lets it slip that she used to date Tanner, her boss makes her a feature writer with the condition that she do a six part series on Tanner, who by the way hates interviews but when he finds out Matilda will be doing the interviewing he’s completely on board. Tanner hopes that the series of interviews will give him the chance he needs to win Matilda back for good.
Tanner is a really good guy, despite what Matilda thinks, he cares about the people in his life and about his work. I liked his easy charm and consideration for those around him. He wasn’t a pushover but he wasn’t a typical arrogant athlete with a stick up his rear. He had a silly sense of humor too which definitely balances out the pro athlete persona he has to keep up in front of the media. I’m not into athletes but I would definitely make an exception for a guy like Tanner.
Matilda on the other hand, I didn’t really care for. She’s petty, childish, and ran hot and cold with Tanner. She and Tanner were an item when they were 18, eight years have passed since then and she hasn’t managed to move on from what she thinks he did. I found her to be clingy in some parts and flat out mean in others. I wanted to like her but she really didn’t give me anything to like about her. I don’t know why Tanner fell for this girl-child posing as a professional adult. Where Tanner had consideration and kindness towards her, she had rudeness and cruelty. I could maybe give her that she was still mad at him for what happened eight years ago but dang they were KIDS then, it was a first love thing and she held onto her grievances like a dog with a bone. She frustrated me.
Because I didn’t like Matilda I just didn’t feel the romance between her and Tanner. I mean I couldn’t believe such a cool guy (Not perfect) was into a bratty person like Matilda. This was a case of “He deserves better.” There wasn’t much between them once you got past the building sexual tension, even the sex scenes were limited and just not what I expected from the author.
Final Verdict: I’ve read other books by Amy Andrews and enjoyed them but Playing by Her Rules had a heroine that I just could not like and that brought down the whole experience for me. Maybe other readers can see something in Matilda to like but I’ve read the book twice and nope, nothing redeems her either time. I’m ready to move past this book and onto the next one in the series. Hopefully Dexter and Harper can get me back on board with the series.
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