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Playing Dirty

(Stargazer #2)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A public relations expert tries to prevent the breakup of a raucous country band and corral their wild—and very sexy—lead singer in book 2 of the Stargazer Series.

As an expert in public relations crisis management—that is, babysitter to the stars—Sarah Seville just spent nine months in Rio trying to keep rock singer Nine Lives out of jail long enough to record his new albu
Mass Market Paperback, 442 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Pocket Books
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Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Two words:
Drama Overload.

There was an overflow of emotions in every page of every chapter! Good God! It was WAY too much and the last couple of chapters which were supposed to be climactic turned into a hectic read. I had a scowl on my face which said just get it over with already during the last 50 pages or so.

From the very first meeting between our hero and heroine, there were sparks, tingles, intense attraction and all that lovey-d
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I haven't had much luck with Jennifer Echols books lately, but I still had hope - AND this is a sequel to Stargazer, which I gave 3 stars to. Sadly, this book was a huge disappointment for me.

First and foremost, I thought this book was too over the top. There was so much drama in this book, and it was one thing after another. Echols stretched the storyline thin, throwing in every trick she could think of, and it just made me weary overall. Nine Lives, Sarah's history, the band's double-life, Que
Mar 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
I may upgrade this to two stars when I'm not so mad about how awful this was. I liked the first book in this series, but this one is just terrible. It's having a major identity crisis: is it a romcom, suspense, drama? None of those things worked, so it just reads as disjointed. Then the female lead, whose name is Sarah (much to my irritation because Sarahs are smarter than this), is colossally terrible at her job which she keeps calling "public relations," but has zero resemblance to what actual ...more
Geri Reads
I loved the premise of Playing Dirty. Sadly, like many of the books I've read lately, this one didn't live up to my expectation. I don't want to go repeat the blurb here since as you can see, it's already pretty extensive.

Well, liked this book. Parts of it were very enjoyable to read, parts of it were not. There were times when it made me laugh, there were times when it made cringe. Hence, my problem with this book overall.It wasn't consistent. There were portions where I was bored to death and
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
A free ebook copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley but this has in no way influenced my review.

I don't know if my review will even be considered legit and unbiased since I never did finish reading the whole thing. I'll start with saying that this book is not bad at all. The problem lies however in the writing itself and the way the story was told.
I finished (okay, kinda finished) the book weeks ago and I only decided to write a feedback now 'cause I was hoping that I'll persuade m
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? I loved it. I was really intrigued by the premise, but I've come across rocker books that had a good premise but then failed to deliver the excitement I was expecting. I am happy to say this isn't one of them. This one more than delivers. First off, I have to say I loved the characters, especially the ones that make up the band - they are one hot mess, but they are so charming and engaging, you can't help but root for them and hope there's a chance everything can ...more

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Playing Dirty is one of those indulgence books I pick up whenever I want something that's purely fun, full of romance and maybe a little naughty. I read this back in November last year when I'd just finished uni and didn't want to think all that much. This book was just what I needed, and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it's outrageously over-the-top.

Sarah Seville works of Stargazer PR as a crisis manager who goes around trying to fix the problems of major music stars. Having barel

Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
How much do I love Jennifer Echols - more and more with each book thats how much

Playing Dirty sustains the dynamic of the Stargazer series by combining an amazing romance with a killer thriller. This time it’s Sarah’s turn in the spotlight.

In Star Crossed, Sarah is the sporty, calm, logical voice of reason to Wendy’s snark. Due to personal tribulations Sarah has undergone a dramatic make-over. That idea that you can fake it til you make it, although she doesn’t lose her fitness freak self as muc
Lucie Paris
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Many secrets. Many lies. So difficult to tell the truth and be heard when one is entangled in all the lies invented!

It is rather amusing to see the information held away from people we love to avoid the worry, to make them suffer, to protect them or not to disappoint them... Lying even with good intensions always led to a disaster. At the end account, secrets gnaw especially the ones that hold them. The truth, even if it hurt, frees by its brutality.

Through a country band and excesses expected i
 Lori (Ficwishes)
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Well, I did it again. I took a gamble on another Jennifer Echols book and lost. I feel like I've been burned by the last few of her books that I've tried to read.

I did not read Stargazer #1 and did not feel lost, so the good thing is that this book can stand on its own. The bad news is that I think I have either just reached a certain age, or have had my fill of bullshit. I did not like this story.

At first glance it seemed up my alley. It's about music, the music industry, and falling in love. H
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

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Stargazer Series by Jennifer Echols

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols
Stargazer # 2

Playing Dirty is the second installment in Jennifer Echols’ Stargazing series. This is one of my favorite authors and I love her Southern books!
Let me start off by saying that I live in Alabama and not too far from this books setting. Ms. Echols nailed Birmingham from the street names to the Vulcan’s ass! This is the closest “big” city to us and in
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a cute, fast read. I have read some of Echols YA (and love it) so I thought I'd try some of her adult contemporary romance. This book is pretty light, but it's pretty funny in places and very sexy. There was a story arc running through it that felt a bit over the top and unnecessary to me, and led to this dramatic event near the end which felt a bit odd when compared to the rest of the book, but it was still an entertaining read.

This is the second book in the Stargazer series--it's a c
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: galley
I couldn't put it down! I was so intrigued with Sarah and Quentin and their story!The connection between Sarah and Quentin can be felt right away and it is hot! When these two were together, there scenes just jumped from the page. I absolutely loved these two together! Very good!! ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2016
DNF 50%.
This is a sequel to Stargazer, which I liked and gave 4 stars. Sadly, this book was a huge disappointment for me. This only thing i actually liked was the messages from Wendy many of the chapters started with. They were all pretty hilarious.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice little palette cleanser before starting my May TBR.
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
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Sarah Seville screwed up royally in Rio with crazy rocker Nine Lives. Sure, she kept him concentrating long enough to record his album, but now he's stuck in prison and when he gets out shit's really going to hit the fan. To save her career, she takes on The Cheatin' Hearts, a country group famous not only for their perverted lyrics, but also for their antics. This group is constantly starting fights and hitting the hospital for over
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve been a big fan of Jennifer Echols’ young adult books for a long time now. Such a Rush is my favorite. I think she writes fantastic contemporary characters with interesting storylines. I was thrilled to learn she was going to begin writing new adult novels. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both of the books in the Stargazer series.

“Sarah got a thrill from figuring out the psychology of famous, creative people and helping them improve their q
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. I enjoyed the first Stargazer book, but not this one. I figured out what was going on with one of the band members immediately, but it took the main character almost the whole book to figure it out. Also, I was annoyed with the manipulating dishonesty that was a constant with pretty much every character. Adults acting like children - annoying. I finished it though, to see what happened. It was a rare miss from Jennifer Echols.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life


It’s been a few days since I finished Playing Dirty, and I’m still not sure how to feel about it. It was my first time reading a book by Jennifer Echols, and while I’m not jumping for joy at the prospect of reading another of her books, I still did enjoy myself while reading Playing Dirty. I wasn’t really impressed with the writing, but I really liked the characters and story.

Well, I didn’t like the characters ALL the time. The first third of the
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars.

This book was quirky, cute and fun, with some "heavy" elements thrown in. I enjoyed this book, I really did - there were lots of things that I liked about it - but, in the end, I just felt that something was a bit lacking. I haven't read the first book in this series, so I might have been missing some background information/details, but I felt that this book could definitely be read as a standalone.

Sarah is a "PR genius" - she's called into bad situations to help save the day when mu
3.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Talk about blurred lines of the mixing work with pleasure variety and you have yourself Playing Dirty.

Sarah, defeated from a demanding PR task in Rio, is in jeopardy of losing her job. Her last hope (God help us all) is Cheatin’ Hearts, a country band known for their fights, swapping bandmates for romance partners, and drug use. All she needs to do is get their album finished, make sure they are on stage for a Fourth of July performance
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Thanks!

I've read two books by this author. The one I loved (The Ex Games) and the other came out below average (Love Story). So I thought I'd give her a chance to win my better opinion.

I was surprised.

First, because I was clearly not expecting a HOT New Adult title. And second, because I ended up loving it! I loved the drama, the characters, the complications. It was so well put together, that I couldn't help it - I just
Ginger at GReadsBooks
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As a long time fan of Jennifer Echols' work, it's no doubt I'll read anything this woman publishes. Earlier this year I was introduced to her debut adult fiction, Star Crossed, the first in this series. She proved to handle the complexity and maturity of said drama, keeping in true fashion with her irresistible characters and engaging storyline. She's done it again with the follow up in this series, solidifying her place in adult romance.

Sarah has just g
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I received this book after I requested it on Netgalley for an honest review.

When I saw that Jennifer Echols wrote this novel, I had to read it. I always enjoy reading her books and Playing Dirty is not different.

If I’m not mistaken, it’s her second adult romance – the books in this series can be read as stand alone books – and let me tell you, it’s a success. While it took me a little while to warm up to the story and the characters, once I did I couldn’t
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
So, I finished this book and got on GR all ready to gush about how much I loved it.... Then I saw all of these low scoring and dnf reviews. And I was confused. Surely we didn't all read the same book, I thought. So I decided to give it a few days to simmer, thinking I would come back when I had let my thoughts settle a bit.

And I still love this book.

Ok, I'll admit that as soon as I realized that the majority of it was going to be set in Alabama, I was pretty happy. I love anything set in my home
Brittany Rehage
I love Echols’ Young Adult novels. Each time I read one, I fall a little bit more in love. So when I got the chance to read one of her Adult novels, I was excited. For the majority of the novel, I felt it was fantastic. The people have dimension and the plot line is interesting. I could see where things were headed, but I still wanted to read more. The last few chapters were a little heavy on the drama for my tastes, but I still enjoyed the novel as a whole.

Sarah has just returned from South Ame
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
So right after I finished reading Star Crossed, I picked up this one, which is part of Echols' Stargazer series. And .... let's just say I wish I'd stopped with Star Crossed.

We met Sarah in Star Crossed; she works with Wendy at a New York PR business, specializing in helping hapless stars. Now she gets her own story, and it is not nearly as entertaining as Wendy's.

Sarah has recently returned from a hellish assignment in South America with music star Nine Lives, who apparently threatened her lif
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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Jennifer Echols is always a go-to author whenever I want a romance filled read. Playing Dirty is no different. We meet Sarah, a publicity agent who desperately needs to nail her next assignment if she wants to keep her job. Sarah's new task is to keep Quentin's  band together, at least until they finish their new album. What Sarah doesn't expect, is that the band is keeping secrets from her, and she can't help but notice how attractive Quentin is. Falling for Qu
Wendy Clark
Feb 22, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I selected this as part of my 5 Romance Novels At Once! super-fun research project hoping to discover new authors to love. This is my first Jennifer Echols.

Intro/Prologue/Ch 1

Not as good as Jill Shalvis, but already funny and I’m still thinking about it several hours later. The hero and heroine haven’t met yet, but it’s already going off in a direction I didn’t expect. The heroine is a PR agent intending to whip a country band into shape and the hero is the lead singer who has been faking their
Nov 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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So I'm finally done with the last class of the last semester of my postgrad program, and thought I'd read a nice, fluffy, romcom-y book to decompress. I chose this new Jennifer Echols release because I remember liking some of her previous books (mostly the YA ones), and with a hot lead singer and a PR hotshot as the main characters, I thought I would like this one for sure. I kept on thinking that for the first couple of c
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more

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