I was excited to request this book for review because I love stories about dogs bringing people together in love. It’s one of my favorite tropes. Playing with Forever by Amy Andrews has all of that (a super cute dog named Tiny) and more!!
Rugby player Ryder Davis meets Juliet Morgan by pure accident. He has been saddled with a dog named Tiny (spoiler: this dog is HUGE. Tiny is a great dane) by his coach’s daughter. He reluctantly agrees to take Tiny in for a short time until a better home can be found (while the real owner is away). Unfortunately, Tiny behaves just great around women but with Ryder, well, he’s like a tank, mowing down anything in his path.
Ryder is kind of pulling his hair out (on their second day together, lol) when he spies an animal services building near his home. And that is where he meets Juliet, dog trainer extraordinaire. There is pretty instant attraction on both of their parts. When Ryder invites Juliet up to his apartment after dog training, well, things get heated.
Unfortunately, Juliet is determined to make her attraction to Ryder just a fling at best. She’s about to leave for Italy and only has a matter of weeks to spend with him. Not the best time to fall in love. Ryder swears he is fine with that. He’s a bit of a player admittedly. But before he quite realizes what is happening, he is falling hard for Juliet.
Playing with Forever scores on all levels for me. I really enjoyed the engaging and humorous relationship growing between Ryder and Juliet. It felt very natural and sweet, despite both of them swearing up and down that they did not want a real relationship. There are several great moments of pure fun between these two. And of course, I’ll admit, the sex was super hot. Amy Andrews (who I don’t read enough of) has a way with words in the boudoir.
As a dog owner myself, I really loved Tiny too! I know sometimes dog antics in romance books can start to border on the cartoonish and kind of annoying but I did not think that was the case with this book. Tiny and Ryder really connected (eventually) and Tiny provided lots of lighthearted moments for Juliet and Ryder. It was sweet without becoming obnoxious.
Amy Andrews doesn’t get enough credit for writing satisfying and sexy contemporary romances. If you haven’t read a book by her yet, this would be a great one to start with. It is book four in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series but it stands alone really well! Mentions of previous characters of course but the focus is definitely on Ryder and Juliet.
And hey, if you happen to like cowboys, there is yet another reason to give this book a try because Ryder has a bit of the country boy cowherd guy in him (in a way sexier way than I just described).
Playing with Forever is a solid choice for any and all romance book budgets!
Title: Playing With Forever
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: September 25th
Country boy, Ryder Davis has the world at his feet. A stellar rugby career, a winning way with women and a beach view that keeps him in blue sky and bikini babes. He’s living the dream. The last thing he needs is a Great Dane called Tiny destroying his feng shui.
Dog whisperer, Juliet Morgan is about to start living her dream and she’s counting down the days. In two months she’ll finally be moving to Italy and no man’s going to stop her this time. Not even a rugby superstar with a badly behaved pooch.
But when Ryder skids into the animal shelter looking for help Juliet agrees to assist him with his canine issues. Pretty soon they’re assisting each other out of their clothes and tumbling headlong into a sex thing with an expiry date.
Neither of them expected it to become more. But when for now starts to feel like forever Juliet hits the panic button. Ryder knows he has to play the long game and let her walk away. After all it’s not over until the final hooter sounds and all’s fair in love and rugby.
Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Playing By Her Rules
Book #2 Playing It Cool
Book #3 Playing the Player
Book #4 Playing With Forever
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About the author:
Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 50+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia, Momentum Publishing, Escape Publishing and Tule. She’s sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acerage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter | Instagram | Author Goodreads | Author on Amazon
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