Playing With Forever by Amy Andrews – a Review
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.
Amy Andrews is a new author for me and I’m glad I had the chance to read Playing with Forever. I really enjoyed this one from beginning to end. Ms. Andrews seems to know how to grab the reader’s interest from the first page. Playing with Forever is a fast paced, hot, steamy, sexy, charming and fun story.
I quite enjoyed both of the lead characters in this one. Both Ryder and Juliet are very strong, confident, take charge type characters. Both know what they want out of a relationship and sex and aren’t afraid of showing it. The chemistry between these two is off the charts, and every time they get together they set the pages a blaze. Their romance is fast to get going, but Ms. Andrews never made it feel like it was just thrown together. Even though Ryder and Juliet’s romance started pretty much from the get go in their story, we were still allowed to learn what makes the two tick as individuals, and as a couple. The supporting cast of characters help to propel their romance forward showing us different sides to both characters. Along with their intense and steamy romance, they wind up forming a very strong friendship along the way and aren’t even aware of the fact they are falling in love with one another until it’s almost too late for them.
The timing of the scenes that show us when they realized they’ve fallen in love with each other is spot on and perfect for the final climax of the book. These scenes leave you hanging on the edge of each page wondering if they are going to make it or not. I absolutely loved the scene when Ryder learns that Juliet loves him, it’s so Juliet and fitting how she tells him. It was a cute, yet tender scene. You have to read the book to know what I’m talking about and being one who doesn’t like spoilers, I’m not spoiling anything for you.
Even though Playing with Forever is a very intense and steamy romance, Ms. Andrews manages to lighten things up with some humour and fun involving a Great Dane named Tiny who isn’t very tiny and only seems to respond to the female gender. This leaves poor Ryder frustrated at times and thus Tiny is the reason for Ryder and Juliet’s paths crossing. Their interactions with Tiny are comical at times, but light and refreshing which is makes it a perfect balance against their intense and sexy romance. Playing with Forever is a fun, charming and sexy read, with two lead characters who manage to carry the story with little to no effort. It’s a perfect read for a lazy Sunday afternoon with a you favourite glass of wine and box of chocolates or carton of ice cream.
Until next time, happy reading.
Reviewed by Marcie
Copy provided by Publisher