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Playing the Part

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,632 ratings  ·  241 reviews
The harder they play...the harder they fall.

After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James is now making nice with her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood's favorite action star how to act like he's in love. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like. 

When a seductive heat ignites between Piper an
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Published June 10th 2013 by Entangled: Brazen
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

Well I have now found myself a new author to look out for. Never having read a book by Robin Covington before, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.

Piper James is a romance book author. After going through a very public break-up and losing it by going after her ex-fiance in the press, she's trying to keep a low profile. But what do you expect when her famous actor fiance cheats on her?

Focused on her career, she knows she needs to avoid the public eye and another scand
• Lisa •
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brazen-addict


"I saw stars there for a moment." well, you are in Hollywood."

Short, sexy and off the charts Hot, get your passports readers we are going to Hollywood. If your in the mood for a quickie (pun completely intended) then this may just hit your quick fix spot. Everything I could have wanted to waste away a few hours on a Friday night.

So, What's it all about?
Piper is in trouble, firstly she has her publishers breathing down her her neck to provide her next book with a deadline ap
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
It was like living in a damn movie...or a romance novel.

Hello Hollywood! If you are in for a movie star romance, then look no further!

All she had to do to salvage her career was teach the leading man, Mick Blackwell, the sexiest playboy in Hollywood, how to act like he was in love. Piece of cake, right?

It was hot! A bit hotter than the ordinary contemporary romance book. Bring a glass of hot water! And Mick is one hot hero!

Mick was a man-sized portion of death-by-chocolate layer cake, and she
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars. I'm going against my better judgment by rounding up because the epilogue was cheddar on swiss on gouda on brie levels of cheesy. And I wanted more relationship building instead of copious amounts of sexytimes.

BUT. Playing the Part was fairly delightful. And I'm a sucker for the "publicly jilted and humiliated and shamed woman gets revenge by living well and realizing her ex is a sleaze" trope. Since it's 2005 and I'm petty af, my mind kept going there during the story...

(Sorry but it
Tessa Bailey
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Robin Covington knocked it out of the park. I loved this book. By the end, I was completely rooting for Piper and Mick's happy ending. This insecure, yet feisty writer and hot Hollywood playboy burn up the pages. Hated when it ended! A definite must read. ...more
I enjoyed this one, my first read by this author 3.5* and always spoilers ahead

h had a public breakup and meltdown a year previously, she had some hookups after but didn't want to get emotionally attached
H was a Playboy who usually slept with his Co stars but since the last two wanted to get serious he's stopped (ugh) he is still a known Playboy
They work together and things heat up pretty quickly
Lots of dirty filthy sexy times (yum)
I didn't like that he was such a publicity whore but I guess tha
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am loving this Brazen series!!! This is my first book by Robin Covington and I really enjoyed it. Short, sexy and super H-O-T, what’s not to love??!

Piper James is a New York Times best selling romance author. After a very public and humiliating break up with her boyfriend, book sales are down and her career is limping along. In order to make nice with her publisher, she agrees to coach the lead actor in the film adaptation of her latest book. Mick Blackwell is Hollywood’s “it” boy, how hard c
Initially, I had a somewhat hard time deciding what to rate this book. I had kind of a bi-polar reading experience with it. One minute, I seriously couldn't put it down. It was definitely a page turner and the story was fabulous! But, the next minute, I found myself losing focus easier than I would have liked. After some internal debating I've come to the conclusion that the loss of focus has to do with the fact that the Hollywood setting has never really appealed to me. With all that being said ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Romance author Piper has been on shaky ground with her publisher ever since she had a very public meltdown after finding out her famous boyfriend was cheating on her. She has sworn off men and is struggling to find her muse to finish her latest book even though her deadline is looming. Her only hope of getting back into her publisher's good graces is to act as a consultant on the set of the movie adaptation of one of her previous stories. Mick is famous for his action movies but he wants to try ...more

Last month, I discovered Robin Covington and her witty, sexy and smart writing. I wondered if all her books were that well-written and after having read PLAYING THE PART, I can tell that this level of writing doesn’t come naturally to many authors, let alone Contemporary Romance authors. Covington has that voice perfect for Contemporary Romance. PLAYING THE PART is smart, funny and charming – if this were a real man, I’d want to marry him.

Bestselling romance writer Piper James almost had a c
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Entangled Brazen via NetGalley

I was super excited to read this book since after A night of Southern Comfort I became a fan of Robin Covington. I didn't know what to expect in this book but was pleasantly surprised with how it all turned out.

Mick Blackwell is a gorgeous, successful movie star. Who has never been in love and can't relate to his current role

Piper James is a successful writer with a jaded past that was in the spotlight. Piper is called in to help
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Playing the Part is my first Robin Covington book and it won't be my last. First and foremost, I am so happy that the hero is biracial! I think this is the first biracial character (half black, half white) that I've read in mainstream romance. It makes ZERO sense that romance novels featuring people of color or where one of the main characters is of color have to have their own category. This is 2013 people!

Mick is an an action start trying to transition to deeper roles. He's staring in the movi
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 stars
I've read two books by this author before and didn't really love them but this was by far the best. Since its from the sexy line, it has plenty of sex and for those who like to be warned like I would have wanted to the book has (view spoiler).

The heroine is an author whose life hasn't been going well, she found her famous boyfriend cheating on her, so she made a public spectacle, something that turned negatively, affected her publisher and her writing. So
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can tell you off the bat that there’s definitely a demographic that will not like this book at all: spouses of readers like me. Why? I simply could not put it down! My hubby was definitely on his own for dinner and the laundry could wait one more day as far as I was concerned. Piper and Mick have this chemistry that just jumps off the pages. It’s easy to imagine them falling for eachother and we get to experience it all right along with them. The sexy scenes are scorching. I’m STILL fanning my ...more
Kimberly Kincaid
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will sizzle your e-reader and leave you asking for more! The on-the-page chemistry starts off hot and only gets better as Mick and Piper move past their preconceived notions and difficult pasts to earn that hard-fought happily ever after. Covington is a master at drawing you in with finely-wrought tension that lasts throughout, and you'll root for Mick and Piper all the way. This book brings the heat! You won't want to put it down. ...more
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I was absolutely blown away by “Playing the Part”. I was hooked on “Dammit” and did not let go atruegemawarduntil “For the rest of my life.” Ms. Covington wrote such a face-paced, down and dirty book that my head was spinning and jumping for joy with such a well-written story about lust, love, anger, betrayal and forgiveness. With a hot, lead male and a voluptuous female lead, you can’t go wrong
Jaime Arkin
Piper James is a bestselling romance writer who can't seem to get her next story written... almost a year ago she had a very ugly breakup with an up and coming star in hollywood, and she self-destructed causing bad publicity not only for her, but her publisher. In order to mend some of the hard feelings, she has agreed to mentor current hollywood playboy Mick Blackwell. Mick is playing the leading character in the movie version of her book, but he doesn't know what love looks or feels like and i ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I have read by Ms. Covington , and I have to say, it is a heated page turner! By the time I had finished I had so many pages highlighted, I was not sure I could write a review without is my attempt.

Piper James is a best selling author of romance novels, recovering from a very bad, very public break up. Her ex fiancé was a popular actor, caught in a liaison with her best friend. Her career suffered after all the bad publicity generated by her well document
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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3.5 stars

I am a fan of Robin Covington's work. Her Boys are Back in Town series is an auto-buy for me. So, when the opportunity to get an ARC of her latest came up, I couldn't resist. After reading this book, this one thing I know for sure - Robin Covington can write one hell of a sex scene. The story has plenty of them, but they are completely relevant to a story about a Hollywood playboy with no experience with true love. That is wha
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely fabulous read. Robin Covington never fails in creating characters and journeys that completely captivate you and 'Playing the Part' is no different; with wonderful characters, a great storyline, passion, intensity and a few surprises along the way, it has every single ingredient I love in a steamy romance. I devoured it.

Piper James, an author, is having her bestselling romance adapted to the big screen. Strong-willed, feisty, determined and with a messy, very public, brok
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy
Piper is a novelist whose last Hollywood adaptation went sideways in a spectacular way. Mick, the lead in the newest adaptation of one of her books, is just the sort of man who got her into so much trouble the last time. But the chemistry is so fierce between them that neither can resist. Even though Piper tells herself it's just sex, it's just fun, soon enough it evolves beyond that, leaving them both reeling from the consequences.

This book is hot. Let's get that out of the way right off the ba
 Reading In Pajamas
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
PLAYING THE PART (Entangled Brazen) by Robin Covington
Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

I loved Playing the Part! I have read Robin Covington’s The Boys Are Back In Town Series and I loved them, so I was really excited to get an ARC of Playing the Part. I devoured it in a couple hours! Robin Covington knows how to write smoking hot romance! Playing the Part is one of those stories that sticks with the reader and leaves a smile on your face w
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Immediately upon finishing this story, I was overwhelmed with a giant smile and an immense need to immediately write my review. This story was completely adorable with enough steam to add spice. Piper and Mick are great characters that are easy to love. Mick can be completely arrogant, but has his own hidden sweet side. Piper is feisty, but scorned from her past. I actually read this book while I had the flu, and I have to admit, I tried reading several books while I was sick, but this was the o ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Playing the Part is exactly what I needed to read today. Right after I finished it, I had a big smile on my face and was just...happy. Because who doesn't enjoy a well-written Happily Ever After?

Robin Covington creates a cast of characters that totally compliment each other. Piper, even with her understandable issues, has enough gumption to balance out superstar Mick. She doesn't let his ego get in her way and has the guts to stand her ground when needed. It is so nice to see that -- and what I
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
I literally didn't want to put this one down. Even though the ordinary-girl-meets-and-dazzles-a-famous-celebrity troupe is definitely one from the fairy tale realm, this version had more than a touch of believability. For one, Piper isn't exactly an ordinary girl--she's an author who's had more than one of her novels adapted for the big screen, so she's not a complete stranger to the Hollywood scene and has had her own share of fame in her own right. Plus, she had dated an actor before (which en ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Piper and Mick. Though sometimes I wanted to strangle them both. Piper especially. I get that she had a troubled past and a lot of baggage, but come on! When a dream-boat like Mick chases you all over the country, it's time to cut the baggage and hold on as if your life depended on it.

Mick had his issues as well, though his were more of the lack of baggage variety. As in never having been in love before. Even if he really was clueless as to what love looks like, he believed i
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now, I'll be completely honest, when I received this one as an ARC from the publisher, I was a bit apprehensive. I'm not really into books about actors in the limelight and the flashing lights of the paparazzi. But, yes, there is a but.. I can admit when I'm wrong.

This was the first book I've read by this author, and I can assure you it won't be the last. The premise might not have been my most favorite, but the execution and delivery of the story was awesome. The writing was extremely smooth a
Eryn LaPlant
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this book. I'm not one who likes the idea of having a relationship just for a fling, so I wasn't pulled into this story like I was with Ms. Covington's previous books. But once the storyline moved on and became more I was able to latch on and enjoy the characters and plot much more. Piper is a spunky but insecure writer (aren't we all) and Mick (which I was very excited to learn that he was bi-racial, made him that much more beautiful - we need more diversit ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Playing the Part by Robin was an amazing love story. With hero being an actor who wanted more out of his career than action movies and a heroine being a writer needing the spark of inspiration for her long overdue book; the came together strongly.

I was drawn in from the beginning spark of Mick and Piper at the studio. There were no two people who needed a lesson in romance than one who never experienced it and one who got burned when given her all. What one l
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! 5 flames!! I am an avid reader and enjoy a lot of books. But the ones that are fantastic are rare. This book is one of them. The frustrating part is not being able to put into words how good this book is. I actually read it through twice before beginning to review. I LOVED this book. A winning combination of strong, likeable characters mixed with fun, humor, drama, and SIZZLE. Once again Ms. Covington has also created secondary characters that are important to the story and make you want t ...more
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A USAToday and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her books. Her stories burn up the sheets…one page at a time. A biracial Native American author of color, Robin proudly writes diverse romance where everyone gets their happy ever after.

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