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Playing with Her Heart (Caught Up in Love #5)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,345 Ratings  ·  317 Reviews
A standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely...
He's sexy, sophisticated, possessive...and my boss.
I'm trying to resist him, I swear. I'm good at resisting, and at playing pretend too. It's what I do for a living. But as Davis Milo directs me in my first Broadway play, I'm having a harder time pretending that I don't want him to take me. On
Published August 18th 2013 by Smashwords
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Penelope ✘ that awkward girl that doesn't go here ✘

Playing with her Heart is a story of growth for our heroine, Jill McCormick. Landing her first broadway gig, she meets and becomes involved with her director, Davis Milo, who draws out her true self, the self that she has been hiding ever since a horrible tragedy occurred six years ago. Davis teaches her how to let go of the past and of the guilt she has been carrying, allowing her to finally shine, both on and off of broadway.

This was a fun read. It was frustrating first
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥

Aw this was a lovely treat!!! It makes a change that the backdrop of the story is about a broadway show.

Davis is the director and having been burned in the past he promised himself he won't fall for an actress again.

The first rule of directing is you don't fall for an actress

Then we have Jill who is playing the understudy for the show who has been traumatised in the past.

Wow I loved the sexual tension between these two and there was the right amount of saucy scenes.

This is one of those book
Lauren Blakely
Jul 10, 2013 Lauren Blakely rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Jul 10, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There is one thing I am very certain of after finishing Playing With Her Heart....

Lauren Blakely has been holding out on us!

She has a sexy side and she has let it shine through in this book. How you ask? Two words....

Davis Milo.

If you look up alpha male in the dictionary, I have no doubt you would find a picture of Davis Milo. He is a man who knows what he wants and is not afr
Sep 19, 2013 ♥Sharon♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Sexual Tension Filled Stars!

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Playing with her Heart was such a great book. Lauren Blakely definitely knows how to write some pretty steamy stuff!

Jill McCormick has found her nitch in life. She loves to act and be on stage. The theatre has always been her escape. A place she felt safe and free from her past. A place where she felt her happiest.

Something that happened in Jill's past has made falling in love with someone a thing that remains out of her reach. She has placed a lock on her heart an
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
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"Sizzling, sexy, sweet and seductive. A perfect romance for the hopeless romantic. Lauren Blakely NEVER disappoints." - Angie's Dreamy Reads

One of my favorite things about Lauren Blakely books is that I can always count on her to deliver a solid 5 star romance. The woman writes incredibly. They're sexy without being nasty, sweet without being corny and romantic without being cheesy. The characters always crawl into my heart, pull on all the right hea
Jul 19, 2013 Indy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was brilliant! Absolutely loved it! What made it unique was that it created sex appeal without the actual act itself (at the end some lovin' does happen) but more from the energy, dirty talk and sexual tension and connection the two characters have for one another that created physical flames my friends. That is talent to generate the heat without the actual act itself.

The story says it best at one pt:
"It hits me what's happening.
Because he's doing it to me again.
He's fucking me wi
Mar 21, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, faves
If you have read any of Lauren Blakely's other books, you are already familiar with Jill. She is the room mate of Kat in Caught Up in Us, friend to Reeve in Pretending He's Mine, and sister of Chris from Trophy Husband. So it was time for Jill to get her own story.

Because love like that only happens when it's make believe. At least, I've always thought so. Then I met Davis Milo and everything in my life changed. Irrevocably.

Jill just landed her "almost" dream job. She made understudy and chorus
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Feb 21, 2016 Anas Attic Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audiobook
Playing With Her Heart
Adult Contemporary. Interrelated Standalone.
3.75 stars

Playing With Her Heart by Lauren Blakely  is a really hard book for me to review. On one hand, I really enjoy Lauren Blakey's hot dirty talkers and unique and sweet romances. But the narrators in this audiobook, especially the male narrator, completely ruined the book for me. Usually I can power through a crappy narrator and get used to them, they even grow on me. But in this case, Milo, the sexy, dirty talking male

Violet Duke
Jul 15, 2013 Violet Duke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow. This is without a doubt, my favorite of all of Lauren's books. Compelling, almost hypnotic writing that immersed me into the story so deeply, the sizzling hotness you've come to expect from Lauren but at an amazing new level, and wonderful characters that stay with you long after you're done reading. Simply incredible. You're all going to love it.
May 28, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My FAVORITE Lauren Blakely book yet!!!! Mad swoony <3 for this story!
Nov 21, 2014 Tahsin rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

probably the best in the series.
Lucinda Claire
Lauren Blakely is one of my go-to authors when looking for a nice, romantic, sexy read. I recommend her books to friends who want to “try” the genre, because her stories consistently deliver on all fronts – they’re romantic, sexy, a little drama just to keep the pages turning, but with an HEA. Oh, and did I mention sexy? Oh, ya! So I was thrilled to be offered an ARC of “Playing With Her Heart” in exchange for an honest review. Well, let me just say that this time, Lauren Blakely has outdone her ...more
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Fantastically written story that pulled me in. It made me feel happy, it was compelling, and intense. I loved the characters, how they developed and grew. When they were playful with one another it was wonderful and when it was serious it was so emotional. I loved it all!

I think Jill McCormick and Davis Milo are great characters. From the start I’m curious about both of them and their pasts. Davis is drawn to Jill and her to him but they both seem to be in major denial even though the pull they
3.5 stars

Whoa whoa whoa. There is more to Jill McCormick than meets the eye. She seems so carefree but she carries a huge baggage with her, and that kind of affects her relationships (or explains why she lacks one).

Jill and Davis

WHOA. Insta-lust! Davis has the charisma and charm, and it's hard not to fall in lust with him. They have the connection which can only be described as explosive. Major fireworks. Though I do have one issue (view spoiler)
April Wood
Oct 23, 2013 April Wood rated it it was amazing
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Yvette ~ Nose Stuck in a Book
Lauren Blakely’s Playing with Her Heart is the third book in her Caught Up In Us series and, in my opinion, it’s the best one yet. Blakely writes with such vivid detail that it’s easy to picture the story coming to life. The characters are three-dimensional, with detailed backstories that provide insight into their current states of mind. I was captivated by the two protagonists, Jill and Davis, who are two very similar characters, both haunted by their past, which has made them more cautious wh ...more
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Lauren Blakely has done it again with her third book in the Caught Up In Us series, Playing With Her Heart and I have to say is now my favorite. Ms. Blakely has a unique contemporary writing style but in this book she steps outside of the box and made this one edgy, sensual and more emotional. She broached a tough subject that hit especially hard for me and had the tears flowing, however, she mad
All Booked Out
Jul 20, 2013 All Booked Out rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You are in for a Steamy & Emotional Ride!
Davis Milo is the ideal Man! If he was a Biscuit he would be a Cookie, Hard and sometimes a bit tough to break on the outside but take off the top and there is a sweet, soft, lickable centre!

You Will Fall In Love With Jill, I did, she is Wonderful You are routing for her the whole way through, i shed a tear for her, was her cheerleader, and shouted Go Girl when., Well You know When!

Jill is not a sniveller for no reason, she doesn't run or whinge for
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This book is so so so good it needs six, seven, ten stars!

“I want the best on stage for this. I want someone who is fresh and amazing and who is going to blow the audience away. I don’t want a diva. I want the next star. That woman. Jill McCormick. I want to read stories and say in Paybills for years to come that she got her first break, her first Broadway show, when she was cast as Ava in our sho
The Geekery Book Review

I am just going to warn you now, I am STILL a bit (actually a LOT) gushy about this book. I sat down last night to go over my review, touch it up, and make sure I didn't leave any thoughts out it, but what I wound up doing was rereading the book again for the 3rd or 4th time. Yup, after driving for 10 hours to get home from Vegas, I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reacquainting myself with Davis and Jill.

I always enjoy Lauren's style of writing, I love her fun and feisty female characters,
Jul 10, 2013 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing With Her Heart is most definitely one of my favorite books of 2013! I instantly fell in love with this book...Lauren has outdone herself!!!

Jill is an aspiring actress auditioning for her big break on Broadway. Milo is the Director who is looking for the next rising star...little does he know that his heart is about to take center stage and Jill has the staring role! Lauren's writing is always very fun and enjoyable to read, I definitely felt a different edge to the book and I completely
Autumn Review
Aug 04, 2013 Autumn Review rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, review
4.5 stars
PLAYING WITH HER HEART is the perfect example of a great romantic read. I enjoyed every minute reading this book. I've liked Jill since the beginning of this series, so I was thrilled that she finally got her own book.

Up until now, Jill has been the best friend, sister, and actress, but in this book I got to know her more. She's as likable as I knew she would be. She's finally getting her chance to work with a famous director on Broadway. It's also exciting for her because she gets the
Holly - Holly's Hot Reads
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Holly's 5 Star Review

I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I was sent the cover reveal and nearly hyperventilated from all the hotness. Just LOOK at him! How could you not want to read a book that that man graces the cover of? But sexy cover aside (I know it's hard not to think about) this book was truly fantastic and did not disappoint in the slightest.

Told from dual POV, we get inside the minds of Jill and Davis. Jill has dr
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews
Well Hello, Davis Milo! With his dirty-talking mouth, extreme sexiness, but also his sweetness, Lauren brought us the ideal guy in Davis and I adored him and this book! 4.5 steamy, sexy, intense, romantical stars!!!!

“He’s heart-stoppingly handsome, and he has this brooding sense about him whenever I see his pictures. As if he rarely cracks a smile, so when he does you know it must be special...”

Jill McCormick is a talented rising Broadway star and she lands the opportunity of a lifetime when she
Aug 01, 2013 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So it's pretty given that I love anything by Lauren Blakely. ANYTHING. So yeap! Full review soon but here's my blurb! <3

"While it's pretty given that I love anything by Lauren Blakely, she exceeded all of my expectations and then some with PLAYING WITH HER HEART. Lauren Blakely achieved the delicate balance between a scorching hot romance and a heart-stabbing conflict, which left me crying, swooning and most of all, hot all over. Touted as Lauren Blakely's best yet, PLAYING WITH HER HEART tru
So good. Review will be edited.

Of all the books I've read by Lauren Blakely, this one, Playing with her Heart is my favorite. I love Davis Milo and Jill McCormick and the relationship they developed. Even from the start I was rooting for them to get together. Due to past relationships, it took awhile before they started to open up to one other.

I like Davis' caveman tendencies. I found that to be pretty hot.

I like that the storyline didn't feel rushed.

More later.
6 January 2016: $0.00 FREE on Kindle
Diana Reyes
Aug 18, 2013 Diana Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she ...more
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“What is happening here?” Her voice is unsteady as she says a line that’s not in the script.
“You tell me,” I say, and I’m not even sure where my own voice is coming from.
Then she turns around, uncrosses her legs, and mirrors me, kneeling. “You wrote that scene for me, didn’t you?”
I nod. My throat is dry. I can barely speak.
“That day you saw me with Shelby outside the theater, right?”
“Yes.” I swallow. I’m an open book now.
“Did you write it because it makes the show better? Or did you write it for me?”
“Let me see what you look like on my stage with nothing on.” 6 likes
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