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Iris Avery is all work and no play. Grad school is her life. So, when a tall, dark, handsome stranger whisks her away for a night of mind-blowing sex...
She tosses his number immediately. Falling for a tattooed god is not a part of her five-year plan. Even if he makes her laugh until her sides split.
Walker Williams is done with love. Only he's still eating, sleeping, dreaming of his night with Iris. When the inexperienced grad student shows up as his 10 o'clock, the tattoo artist makes her an offer she can't refuse.
They'll be friends with benefits. Nothing more. Nothing less.
A casual arrangement is perfect. It keeps her heart safe. It keeps her secrets close. It keeps their walls up.
For three months, they're playing. The rules are simple. No feelings. No strings. No falling in love.
But Walker's never been very good at following rules.
A complete stand-alone. More audiobooks about the men of Inked Hearts available now: Tempting and Pretend You're Mine.
From the author: Playing is a stand-alone friends-with-benefits romance full of heat, humor, and heart. Come see why readers say "[N]o one writes broken bad boys like Crystal Kaswell."
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By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 02-08-18
A STEAMY STRUGGLE TO A SWEET HEA
It’s a brave thing this author has done.. instead of a damaged hero she’s written about Iris, a damaged heroine who is putting her life back together, she’s a Grad Student studying Psychology and is finally making some life goals after getting out of a bad relationship. She meets a strong-willed manwhore hero with an addict sister who keeps losing her way.. the sexual chemistry between them is strong and she quickly agrees to a one night stand.
Tattoo Artist Walker Williams hates commitment, never dates and he’s pretty much a one and done kinda guy.. but, when he has one of those steamy nights with Iris, moving on seems off. The pull between them is strong.. so is the continued attraction, the chemistry and the easy banter so they arrange an exclusive ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement to scratch each other’s sexual itch. Through various rendezvous (in and out of the bedroom) they end up spending more and more time together, getting to know each other, until they become inseparable. But Iris is keeping back a secret - one that she’s sure will destroy them.. oh she tries to come clean a few times but Walker keeps stopping her assuring her whatever it is it doesn’t matter and “the past is in the past”. Well you know how that’s going to end and it doesn’t just rock the boat it capsizes then sinks it.
Worth a credit? Yes, I really enjoyed the dual POV storyline, the vulnerabilities of the characters and the emotional struggles Iris and Walker had to eventually evolve their relationship. I did think there was a wee bit too much sex (gasp horror I know I know) and I found myself fast forwarding a few scenes. The Duet style narration is always my favorite kind and done by Kai and Wen it’s perfect and you really can’t fault it.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Audiobookhoe on 05-14-18
Friends with benefits
I overall super liked this one. It was interesting to read about a girl with a broken past as opposed to the guy having one. Addiction isn't an easy thng to write about and I'm happy this author tackled it. Solid fwb evolving to more romance!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Ruth on 03-04-18
Wonderful story told by wonderful narrators. Wen & Kai bring Crystal's story to life in such a way that you really do lose yourself in it. I found myself reacting out loud... not good when you're on the bus! It's an emotional rollercoaster. Brace yourself!