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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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Saly
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
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Steffi
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
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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: http://www.susanandersen.com/
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
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willaful
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
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Jae
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.
Holly
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
Jill
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
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Leah
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
Jacqueline
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
Holly
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
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Becca
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
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
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Bekah
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
Splage
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
Paperback
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
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Jasja
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
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Jen
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
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Linda Sims
RATHER SLOW

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
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JLC

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
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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
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Lynn
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
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Taylor
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
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Daphne
Read on Gone Pecan
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
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Lisa
Jul 21, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Gamatst
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
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JPerceval
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
Michelle
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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Nath
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Ashley Deniz
Susan Anderson sure knows how to draw you in. This is the third book in a trilogy about best friends. You get to know Ava is the past two books and learn about her insecurities but this book brings all of that to teh forefront and allows you to see her personal struggles with her weight and how she must work through that in order to find her true love.
In the beginning you are lead to hate the hero, Cade, by the end you are rooting for him to succeed in his business as well as with Ava. So many r
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Sheyla-
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
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