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How the Playboy Got Serious (The McKenna Brothers #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Riley McKenna has led a charmed life—until now! Cut off from the family trust fund, he's out on his ear and fending for himself.When he applies for a job at Stace Kettering's diner, she's not impressed by his blue eyes and easy smile. She has a strict zero-tolerance policy toward pampered playboys, having learned her lesson once already!

Riley thinks Stace will fall for him
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Harlequin (first published August 1st 2012)
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Riley is the youngest of the three brothers and has been very good at just having a good time. He's employed at the family business, but doesn't actually do anything there. He spends his time partying and avoiding responsibility. Finally, his grandmother has enough and tells him it's time for him to grow up. So she cuts off his funds and tells him to go find a real job. He ends up at Stace's diner, where he has been a customer, and is hired as a waiter by the cook/owner. He figur ...more
Julie Barrett
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How the Playboy Got Serious, Shirley Jump
Stace Kettering is overworked and they don't have another server just yet.
Riley McKenna is a playboy and is the grandson of the mega media company and he's been told no more hand outs. He's worked in every job at the family business and still just wants to date women and do nothing else.
She was only at the diner to work, save money and provide for her nephew Jeremy.
He was only there to prove to his grandmother that he could do this job and be good at it,
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story is sure to steal your heart! Taken from my review at

Riley McKenna and his two brothers lost their parents at a young age and were brought up by their grandparents. Now his brother Finn is married with a child and another on the way, while his other brother Brody is a doctor and is taking his talents overseas to help the disadvantaged. Meanwhile, Riley works for his grandparents’ company, McKenna Media, and goofs off most of the day while still drawing a paycheck. A
Charlotte Mcfall
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'How the Playboy Got Serious' is the second installment of the McKenna Trilogy,
I have got to say that I loved this book from the get go. Riley McKenna is the youngest sibling of the three brothers. He drifts from girlfriend to girlfriend and only does the minimum am amount of work he possibly can and still gets a paycheck at the end of it. Until his Grandmother who owns Mckenna Media and his employer.
By sacking him it makes him finally stand on his own two feet. I laughed out loud where he is b
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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In 'How the Playboy Got Serious' the author takes two very different people and pushes them both into the deep end of life and love.

Partying, drinking, woman and going to work when he feels like and most importantly never getting serious is the perfect life of Riley, but what happens when he is left to fend for himself?

Stace works hard to earn her keep and build a life for herself,but she never ever has any fun.

From the beginning of the book the story
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another of those stories where the wealthy son gets cut off from his family because all he is doing is causing a problem for himself and his family. Riley is a playboy, he likes his women his drinking and his friends. But now he has nothing, and has to pay rent to stay at the family home. So he goes out searching for a job, and he gets one working in a diner. This is the story of how Riley grows up, of how he sees that you just cant cut work. Because when you do someone has to pick up y ...more
Hsiau Wei
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This book carries the issue of commitment message and it tell the story of Stace and Riley. Riley is from a well to do family and used to being able to have all the things that he ever wanted and commitment to one is not something that he have in his book. Stace struggling to meet end needs what more when her younger sister dump her child to her. When Riley being fired and cut from his monthly allowance and was told to earn his own living by his grandmother, he ended up waitressing at the diner ...more
Aurelia Rowl
This is the second book in The McKenna Brothers series and straightaway, I preferred it to the first book in the series.

Immediately, you bond with Riley and although he is a bit of a playboy, you can't help loving him and wanting to get to know him. He is going some through emotional changes and doing his best to ignore it but he gets a real wake-up call from the two leading ladies in this book, Stace and Grandma.

I raced through this book and then charged onto the third. Well worth a read...
Lorelei Frank
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
laugh out loud story of a rich boy who gets cut off from family money until he learns the value of work and earning money. rich boy learns lesson about responsibility and expectations from others before he realizes how unaware he was of the working stiffs and his treatment towards them. As he goes about trying to show one young woman that he can be dependalbe he falls in love and will do anything to be worthy of her. I love this story.
"Riley McKenna is used to having it all, money, women, whatever job suits his fancy until he gets bored. When his Grandmother decides to cut him off in order for him to learn the hard way about commitment and responsibilities."

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Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance
Recommended to Krystal by: Walmart
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Ugh now I want a McKenna boy. Great love story. I really enjoyed it. A little too short though. Wish it was longer and maybe throw in a steamy scene? Yes please. It got a little hot once, but then was killed off. Needs more steam to really light my fire haha

But if you want to read a great love story, I recommend this one :)

Another great find thanks to Walmart!
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Miniseries: The McKenna Brothers
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Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Um i are they are a serious to this book and if so can you tell me the chronological order of the serious thank you!!
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Miniseries: The McKenna Brothers
Category: Classic Romance
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and fun

Grandma is amazing. I really enjoyed her character and would have loved to see more of her. The underlying story involving Jeremy and his mom(and its effect on Stace) was incredibly real. I was really blown away by the way real issues provided the background for this love story.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

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