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Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries #3)

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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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 22, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
I just can't with this. Hero took Ava's virginity in high school and then told everyone in school, received $200 for it off a bet with his friends that he couldn't bag the "fat girl?" And she not only ends up forgiving him for this shit, but falling in love with him?

Uh-uh, no way. I like to think I have a good imagination, but this is stretching even my considerable powers.

This book is too painful for me to read. Ava is humiliated, she lost her virginity to a shitheel, not to mention Andersen tr
Jul 25, 2011 Saly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary books.
Susan Andersen consistently delivers excellent contemporaries with good characters, friends and a little bad-man thrown in and Playing Dirty is no different. It is the third in the Sisterhood Diaries about three friends Poppy, Jane and Ava who are bequeathed the Wolcott estate by Agnes Bell Wolcott. Agnes was there for the girls since the age of 12 when they started having tea at her home. She helped them through heart-breaks, self-involved parents and even gave them direction in life.

Ava Spence
Jun 25, 2011 Steffi rated it really liked it
Bending the Rules was published in 2009, so there are approximately 2 years between book 2 of the Sisterhood Diaries series and Playing Dirty. The wait was worth it!

I've been curious about Ava and Cade's story since reading Bending the Rules , which already hinted at a rather problematic past between the two. Well, it turns out that Cade greatly humiliated and hurt Ava in high school and she isn't in a forgiving mood.

Being a hot-shot producer, Cade is back in town to shoot a documentary about t
I was so hooked on the premise of this story that I kept reading despite not loving the style. The fat girl whose first lover turned out to have been winning a bet.. and now he’s back in her life... wow. How on earth was Andersen going to redeem this jerk and make him a hero?

Well, not that well actually -- Cade is given a shallow, slapdash backstory to make him seem less terrible, and honestly I think I would have preferred it if he’d just been a straightforward creep who grew up. Add in a dumb
Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

Let me get this straight.This book is good.

I just dnf-ed this one because I was getting bored with the romance genre. This book is a total brain candy. It's fun, sexy, entertaining and if I wasn't fed up with blushes, butterflies in the stomachs and kisses, I would have totally finished this.

But alas, life is a moody bitch. I'm now craving for some back stabbing, fist fights and blood.

Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic

Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQN
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Sisterhood Diaries
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

On Netgalley, this book was categorized as “FICTION – ADULT: Other: Coming of Age”. I admit that I didn’t notice that when I requested the book, and pro
Really enjoyed finally reading Ava's story. I enjoyed how she was such a strong person even though she had insecurities. I liked Cade. I especially liked that he had treated her so badly in high school but had not waited the 10 years until this book took place to apologize for his betrayal. He had tried many times over the years. It just took her this long to forgive him. This book was well written, light hearted without being farcical. It moved right along and all made sense. I really wanted to ...more
May 21, 2011 Jae rated it really liked it
A cute story. My favorite quote "We have uteruses-they give us magic color sense."

But I didn't like the ending much. It was too rushed and what's with the labor room thing? They let everybody go inside during child birth now? Even your friends and their husbands too? I didn't even want my hubby near me when I was in labor some years ago. But then, that was just me.

Love the cover though. Fully clothed yet very suggestive.
May 30, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was very excited to get an advanced copy of this book since I really enjoyed the first 2 books in the Sisterhood Series, I was amazed by the bond between these 3 women. I was also a little leery about how I would feel reading it because being someone who had struggled with weight my whole life and the insecurities that come with that, my heart ached for Ava. What Cade did to her was the most horrible thing you can imagine a high school girl going through and I was absolutely sure I could never ...more
Glory hallelujah! Finally there is a book from this series that I love! I had troubles with Cutting Loose and my reread of Bending the Rules was less than stellar, so I was a little wary about Playing Dirty. However, I felt that Ava and Cade's story had the potential to be the best one of the series. There was so much history with them, and while that doesn't always guarantee a winner, I felt that it would work in their favor. And boy did it! I loved the plotline; I could actually feel all the e ...more
I can't tell you how excited I was to finally read this book. I've been waiting years for it to be released. Thankfully it lived up to my expectations.

What Cade did to Ava in high school was pretty unforgivable. High school is such an emotional, trying time anyway - and Ava constantly felt fat and out of step with everyone else. Her mother really fed into that. So his betrayal was even more devastating..because for the first time in her life, she actually felt beautiful. To know it was nothing
Ava was the "fat girl" in high school. She had her two best friends and she really didn't need anyone else. But when her long time nemesis Cade and she are partnered for a project sparks begin to fly between the two. Ava falls for him but he ultimately betrays her and humiliates her basically in front of the entire school. Fast forward thirteen years and Ava is now a gorgeous successful women who had inherited an old mansion with her two best friend from Miss Agnes. Cade is also a success in his ...more
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Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge added it
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It wasn't until after I requested this book and then received it and started reading it that I realized this is the book that Holly blogged about last year. She blogged about the news the author broke about how it wasn't likely that she'd get to write this book. A few months later, Holly blogged again that things turned for the good and fans of the Sisterhood trilogy books were going to get Ava's book. Holly told me time and time again to read these books but like usual, I didn't.

It didn't stop
Jul 16, 2011 Bekah rated it really liked it
Cade and Ava have known each other all of their lives, and truth be told Cade has always had a serious crush on Ava, but a lousy way of showing it. He’d put spiders on her, and look up her skirt and then the ultimate betrayal; he slept with her, the ‘fat girl’ to win a $200 bet and humiliated her in front of the whole school. 13 years later after this life altering betrayal finds Cade and Ava working together. Cade is a Hollywood documentary producer and Ava a personal concierge. Cade offers her ...more
The prologue starts out with big promise- the heart of the story. Ava is a chubby beauty, a senior in high school, a confident and witty girl. She has had a HATE relationship with Cade since she was 8 years old. Even though he would put spiders on her, pour drinks down the front of her pretty dresses, or step on her feet while dancing, she never let him get the better of her. She always put him in his place quickly and never would back down. Well things changed later senior year when she worked ...more
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Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries #3) by Susan Anderson
Romantic Contemporary
July 26, 2011
HQN Books

Ava Spencer was humiliated and heartbroken when Cade Gallari announced in a crowded lunchroom that he had slept with her on a bet. Now, ten years later, Ava is a bombshell with a successful concierge business. When Cade contacts her with a proposition; he wants her house and services for one month, Ava agrees with one stipulation. This is business only. She isn’t the same naive girl he knew
Oct 03, 2011 Jasja rated it it was amazing
I love this book, love, love, love it! Did I mention that I really love this book yet? I have to admit that I am not quite finished yet (8 pages left to go), but I am trying to extend my joy of reading this book a bit by 'saving' these last few pages while I can. I feel like I've been reunited with some close and wonderful friends, and I really don't want to say goodbye to them yet.

I think Susan Andersen has done such an amazing job in creating a wonderful friendship between Ava, Jane and Poppy
Aug 10, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Cute finish to the Sisterhood Diaries trilogy. I was a tad bit annoyed with the product placement. I am now very aware that Andersen is a Mac person. Sheesh.

I liked how Cade always came back to Ava. He had been trying for 12 years to apologize. I understand how Ava was hesitant to trust him when he said he loved her. He scarred her pretty bad in high school. And I liked that even though he was upset at her lack of trust he said he knew he wouldn't be able to walk away.

The side plot of finding th
Linda Sims
Nov 21, 2014 Linda Sims rated it it was ok

I've not read anything by this author before, and this book didn't do anything for me. What sounded like a good angsty read from the blurb turned out to be rather dull and uninteresting. Ava the heroine was totally humiliated by one of the popular boys at high school after she gives up her 'V' card and is then humiliated in the school cafeteria by said boy who admits he had sex with the fat girl for a bet.
When the story starts in the present 13 years on, Cade the guy who did Ava wrong
Jul 08, 2014 JLC rated it liked it

A Nice Solid Romance Read

I admit to being a softie in the gut. I feel so traumatized by some of the newer contemporary romances be released lately. This book was just what I needed for my current mood. (Thanks for the reco LTR!)

It is obvious to me that SA is a polished author. Her technical quality was flawless. Her writing style, as with any author, may be liked by some better than others based on a reader's preference & taste. I personally loved it. SA is definitely an author suited for m
Lucy Monroe
Jul 05, 2012 Lucy Monroe rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. I quickly moved it to the top of my TBR pile after Susan gave an interview on my blog. I couldn't wait to read it and once I started it, I couldn't put it down.
My last review of the night and it's gonna have to be short because I have a migraine trying to descend.

I actually finished this re-read over a month ago and I'm gonna have to go off an increasingly vague memory here so bare with me. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but I love books where the hero actually fucks up in the past, so I can watch him grow as a character. Admittedly, some fuck-ups can't really be sufficiently redeemed but I felt like Ava made Cade go through enough hoops through
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Playing Dirty By Susan Andersen

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
Feb 09, 2014 Lynn rated it really liked it
Loved the heroine.... plus size in the ways of the world but to most 12/14 is a normal size... but back in high school she was heavier and the hero of the story slept with her on a bet for 200 dollars and then betrayed her in public with that tidbit... he was a despicable teenage boy no matter what excuse he gave near the end of the book.

Cade apparently tried every time he saw her to apologize, but I found him to be a butt-head in that department as well. He thought that a sorry please forgive
Jul 14, 2011 Taylor rated it it was amazing
Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen is a fun-filled, heart stopping story about a Sisterhood being completed into a family. This story of Sisterhood continues on with Ava (we as readers have already discovered Jane’s and Poppy’s stories), who is a spunky, self assured woman who can handle anything except for Cade.

Things I Love About Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen:
The different points of view of both Ava and Cade
Ava and Cade’s long and at points painful history
Cade loving challenges
Ava finally accep
Dec 18, 2012 Daphne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, series, romance
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Favorite Quote:

“You can’t disrupt your entire life—hell, my life—this way! We’ve been having a relationship, if you can even call it that, for—what?—ten minutes in the overall scheme of things?”

“We’ve been in a relationship—and make no mistake, baby, we damn well can call it that—since we were eight years old.”

I’ve been waiting for this book for a while. It’s the third in a series and we all know how I LOVE a series. If you read the other two books (Jane’s story in Cutting Loos
Jul 21, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I received this eARC from netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

I have not read a Susan Anderson book in quite some time so i was happy to try this new book out. I've enjoyed many of her previous books so i was hoping for more of the same good reading. Here's the blurb.

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
Aug 26, 2011 Gamatst rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I was waiting for Ava's story to round out the "sisterhood" books. Overall I enjoyed it very much but I did have two major gripes.

The first one being all the brand name dropping, I felt like I was reading one long commercial at times. Do you get paid for product placement in books now?

Then there was Ava's weight. It has played a large roll in all the books and especially in this one. I have no problem with that angle. With all the descriptions of her boobs and booty I was picturing her looking l
Oct 26, 2011 JPerceval rated it it was amazing
This was the book we were all afraid would never see the light of day. After Cutting Loose and Bending the Rules came out, for some stupid reason, HQN originally thought BFF #3, Ava, didn't need her story told. Thankfully, between readers clamoring for it and Susan herself fighting for it, we won. So I felt a special sort of specialness and vindication upon being able to buy this book. Not to mention a feeling of coming home -- Jane, Poppy, and Ava had made me feel like one of them (even as an o ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is the third in the "Sisterhood Diaries" trilogy. I was really looking forward to Ava's story. She, Jane and Poppy are great female characters and the latter two had wonderful romances with yummy heroes. I was disappointed when Susan Andersen announced that this book wouldn't happen, and then thrilled when I found out it would indeed be written!

I thought Ava and Cade were great. She was a good mix of confident and vulnerable, and he came off believably as an up-and-coming producer who trie
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