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Playing the Game

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Playing the Game: About more than a ball

Can a woman bring down a legend by distracting him from his game?

Since her disastrous marriage ended, Roxanne Monet has sworn off serious relationships with men. She has more important things to worry about, like no money, no job and accusations of murdering her wealthy husband. But when she meets superstar Barry Dennis and he chall
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published February 20th 2012
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Anne OK
With “Playing the Game” you’ll find a winning sports-themed romance with an extra bounce! It scores extra points for its fast-paced storyline filled with a touch of well-written mystery, family tragedy, and a whole lot of sizzling chemistry between two flawed and extremely strong-willed characters.

Roxanne Monet was a hit with me from the first. After the death of her husband, she faces financial ruin and the possibility of being charged with murder. She’s a multi-faceted personality and nobody h
Jo Smith
Playing the Game, and the characters are great at playing it, September 21, 2013
By Jo Smith
This review is from: Playing the Game (Kindle Edition)
Roxanne is beautiful, successful in her career, adored by most. She had it all except a husband she passionately loved. Oh, she had a husband she liked and was rich beyond dreams. She didn't think she needed passion to make a good marriage since he was wildly in love with her. But when she found she was wrong and filed for divorcee her life became a
I try to read an author I've never read before at least a few times a month. Stephanie Queen was my pick recently and I truly enjoyed her writing style, the characters, the plot and the romance. I was fascinated by Roxanne. She's flirty, passionate and materialistic in many ways, but there was so much more to her. Barry is a celebrity basketball player with no room for anything other than the game. While the story could have been predictable it was instead compelling and fascinating. The author ...more
This is a really good romance verging on chilit. Queen obviously did research into the subjects she used in her story and I admire that in an author. If their we're errors in the information they aren't any I think the average reader will notice. Roxanne and Daniel were neither looking for a long term relationship so their romance starts as little more than sex. They both have plenty of baggage and things only get more complicated as the story progresses. There are moments when you have to wonde ...more
Lady Lioness
I believed I added this to my TBR because the hero is a big-shot basketball player and I like sport romances. I know I started reading it on my e-reader because the cover confused me and I thought it was a sci-fic type romance.

I'm tempted not to rate this one because this was not my cup of tea. There was a lot of angst and flawed characters. Both the hero and heroine came off as majorly selfish. I rather want Jane L of Dear Author to read this now, just to get her take on the last courtroom sce
Cocktails and Books
This book was sooo much more than I thought it was going to be with very complex characters and a storyline that keeps you interested up until the very last page.

Roxanne Monet is trying to redefine herself after the death of her husband. Problem is, her mother-in-law is convinced she's a money grubbing, gold digging killer and has made it her personal mission to prove Roxanne killed her son. While Roxanne deals with that, she also has to deal with the fact that she is broke, recently fired from
Nancy Silk
I definitely like the theme of this story: a recent widow faced with an overbearing mother-in-law, who wants Roxanne to not inherit her dead husband's wealth, but wants her accused of murdering her son. Roxanne demands she is innocent, but her current life reflects no sadness of her husband's death. Roxanne, also called Roxie, is not a character one can like easily. She comes on to a famous basketball player, Barry, who has life's treasures out of balance. Barry is arrogant, used to doing things ...more
Toni (U.A.C.)
What I liked about this book:

The plot, it was really good. A heroine who bends over backwards to make sure injured children not only get the care they need but to bring the smile and hope back into their lives. Heroine is also fighting a charge of murdering her husband filed by her in-laws who have a vengeance to see she pays for his death, no matter what. Throw in a sick kid who has a rich and handsome daddy that needs her to bring them the healing that they all need to live happily ever after
Leslie Mcfarland
Playing the game was a exciting read of twist and turns.

The characters were full of personality that jumped off the page and into my mind easily. Barry with his devotion and tunnel vision to his career of basketball made him a strong male character. Roxanne's devotion to the children at the hospital brought warmth to her character where the sexual manipulation she used to get men to donate to her cause made her a bit wicked. The other characters, the best friends, doctor, housekeeper and the evi
InD'tale Magazine
Getting your mind in the game, or interest in this book, will be extremely easy and excitingly enjoyable!

Read full review in the 2012 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
It started out a little slow but towards the end; I couldn't put it down. I am happy I finished this book.
Good summer read. Provocative but has a good love story. A lot of back and forth with the characters and sensual. The main characters include a divorced professional ball player who suddenly finds himself responsible for his young daughter after the loss of his ex-wife and a young woman who finds herself accused of the death of her husband by his grieving mother. Two good stories weaved together by a tumultuous relationship between he two characters.
I really couldn't put it down... I kept reading and reading and reading and reading, I couldn't wait til the end to see what was going to happen! But it took a while to get there because there was a lot of "back and forth" and I had to go back a couple of times because i got lost, but I REALLY LIKED THE STORY. All that said, I would read more from Ms. Queen... and have her in my favorites, waiting for a new book!
I struggled my way through this book. I kept wanting to read what would happen next, but then I'd get sick of the "game" Rox and Barry would play. I also didn't care for the way Rox pretty much used everyone in her life. I finished the book but already deleted from my device; no way I'd read it again.
Better than I ever anticipated. Roller coaster story and romance kept me intrigued all the way through. Could have used a bit more sexual detail, but the chemistry was undeniable.
Surprising little EBook filled with love, hate intrigue and sex. A death and a vindictive mother-in-law is also thrown into the mix.
I really liked the book. I turned out to be more than just a romance book.
Sherry Burney
Nice book but a little long and drawn out.
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