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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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Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 25, 2011 Saly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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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...more
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...more
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
Thirteen years ago Ava Spencer, the fat girl and Cade Gallari, the hot guy had a one-nighter where Ava lost her virginity. But unknown to Ava she was bedded by Cade for a bet. A bet to bed the fat girl. Now Cade is a successful documentary maker and he wants to feature the old mansion that Ava owns with her two best friends and a mystery involving lost diamonds and a murder.

I like a story where the heroine is not particularly attractive or talented or rich or whatever. I like to root for the un...more
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.
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...more
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
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
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
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...more

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...more
Book Binge Blog
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...more
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
Book 3
Ava Spencer has her own concierge business. She likes her job and helping people. When Cade Gallari comes back into her life the last thing she thought was that she was going to work for him. But, he makes her an offer she can't refuse.
Back in high school, she was considered the fat girl and Cade was a popular boy. She couldn't believe the attention he was giving her, and she decided that Cade will be her first. Little did she know that it all had been a bet. When she learns the truth duri...more
Cocktails and Books
I was excited to see that we were finally going to get Ava’s story, since I had read the other two books earlier last year. Unfortunately, this one fell short for me.

Ava, labeled as the fat girl, has worked hard to get where she is...not just professionally, but personally as well. Her insecurities about her weight still pop up in the form of her “loving” mother, who like to remind her that she’s be so much better off if she worked harder at losing weight.

Saddled with Miss Agnes Wolcott’s estate...more
This is possibly one of the sweetest and best contemporary romance novels that I’ve ever read. Ava was the “fat girl” in high school who fell in love with Big Man On Campus, Cade Gallari. While there has always been a strong tension in their relationship (beginning at the tender age of nine), over the years it has manifested into arguments and constant name calling, that is until senior year of high school. Long story short, Cade accepts a bet that turns Ava into the butt of a joke (partially ha...more
2 Stars

Oh God I'm so behind on my reviews and I haven't been doing any reading at all lately. Maybe it's for the best - I can deliver a more concise and streamlined review because only the cleanest and strongest impressions of this book still exist for me.

It's just your run of the mill romance novel with a second rate "who stole the family jewels" mystery with a superficial, sugary icing exterior of "hey kids let's put on a show". In the case of this book, the “show within the show” framework i...more
Christi Snow
Full review to come.

The following review will be posted on my Smitten with REading blog on release day...July 26, 2011.

My Review:
They have a lot of history between them and the majority of it has played out in a highly contentious way. Cade found himself in elementary school being drawn to Ava's infectious laughter and joy in life, so he reacted in the way that most little boys tormenting her. In turn, she called him "Buttface Gallari." This type of interaction continued through high sch...more
The third and last book in the Sisterhood Diaries trilogy.

After meeting Ava in the first book Cutting Loose I couldn't wait to get to her story and know what happened with her and Cade. Especially after the little teaser with him in the second book Bending the Rules.

After Cade humiliated her in High School by sleeping with the "fat" girl for a bet, Ava hates him on sight, even more so when she still feels lust for him.
Cade feels badly about what he did, and has tried to apologise for years abou...more
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...more
Ava learned in high school that Cade can't be trusted, that winning is the most important thing to him. He revealed to the school that he had slept with her, the fat girl to win a bet. Now years later, he's back in town. She lost weight and moved on but is she big enough to forgive and forget?

Why I started it: I love betrayal stories, where the hero has lots of ground to recover before the herione can even start to like him.

Why I finished this book: This is a satisfying ending to the Sisterhood...more
Why are so many reviews actually a book report? If I haven't read the book, there's too much information, so why bother to read it. If I have read it, I don't need to read all the details again.

I am disappointed in this book. In general, I like Susan Andersen's books and I buy them when they come out. This one is a waste of money. I could get it from the library and save myself several dollars and the storage room to keep it. It's not a bad book, it's just not good and certainly not on par with...more
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...more
Book: Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen
Published by: Harlequin on 7/26/2011
Received from: Netgalley

It’s hard to forgive and even harder to forget! As a teenager Ava struggles with weight issues and has her heart broken when Cade makes a bet to sleep with the “fat girl”. Years later after becoming a strong controlled woman she encounters Cade again and begins to work with him on a job. Keeping a professional relationship becomes more difficult when their electric chemistry comes buzzing back. This...more
Michelle Martens
I liked the premises of the book. I was curious to see how the author would redeem H or my choice find another guy without all the baggage from high school.

I skimmed the book. There was too much dry info for me or at least info I didn't care about. Frankly the whole thing with the burglar I skimmed. Why did we need to read about him? Why did I need to hear his pov? There was no need except for filler in my opinion.

I was happy Ava was happy and confident woman?! That is what I kept being told b...more
Vicky Skinner
Playing Dirty is the third and final book in the Sisterhood series by Susan Andersen. This one is about Ava, the girl we've always wondered about. In high school, Ava gave her virginity to the boy she thought she could trust: Cade Gallari, but he stomped on her heart. Now, more than ten years later, he's back in her life, this time as her boss, and he's trying to make amends.

I've been a fan of Susan Andersen as long as I can remember. I can't remember the first book I read by her, but when I was...more

I put it down one day around page 100 and three days later realized I didn't care. Neither the storyline nor the characters grabbed me. Maybe I'll return to it someday, but I have too many other things to read at the moment.
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