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Play Hard

(Philadelphia Patriots #1 included)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  19 reviews
PLAY HARD: Three sexy sports romances that bring the heat!

Fastball, by V.K. Sykes:
Book one in the USA Today Bestselling series, The Philadelphia Patriots

Baseball reporter MaddieLeclair has spent years chasing her dream job--covering the Philadelphia Patriots major league baseball team. But in order to make it to the top tier of sports reporting, she needs to score an inter
ebook, 550 pages
Published July 10th 2013 by Hot Nights Publishing
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May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I was surprised with the third book by Jennifer Lyon. I've already read the second book about hockey and weekday it was a pleasant read (same as the baseball from book1 ) I had to skip bits from it cos it was just too many words. overall, if there is nothing on the to-read list then this is a good fill in
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unusually, every story in this set of sports themed stories is very good. All three authors write good plots with characters that draw you in, believable and well thought out story lines, and lots of action. Highly entertaining.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Lettura da piena crisi ormonale e stagionale.
Nel senso che è quel periodo dell'anno in cui le giornate (pur belle, su Udine splende il sole e il cielo è terso) si accorciano e questo mi mette una terrificante tristezza esistenziale addosso. No, va bene lo ammetto, la vera ragione è che sono "quei giorni" del mese, e se potessi vivrei di soli zuccheri e cioccolata. Dato che vivere solo di zuccheri e cioccolata mi piacerebbe ma non si può, i glucidi cerco di captarli dalle mie letture.
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Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, lendable
I had never read any of these authors before, but I like hockey stories, so I downloaded it. I felt "meh" about Fastball, downloaded the related books by Juliana Stone in The Barker Triplets Boxed Set (still cheaper even though I had book one), and can't wait for the third part of the trilogy to come out by Jennifer Lyon. The description is a little misleading on "three full-length books." The third book, The Proposition, is billed as book one of a trilogy. Most trilogies I read have a definite ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I managed to pick this collection up at what I considered to be a steal - $.99. I found it very hard to pass up this deal. Am I glad I didn't pass it up? Yes, I am. Mainly because I need to broaden my horizons with new authors (okay new-to-me authors).

Book 1: V.K. Sykes- I've never heard of this author before. I did finish the story. It was enjoyable enough, I guess. Might have liked it more if it wasn't baseball oriented. I'm not a fan of baseball so it was truly hard to get invested in this s
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. All three stories were terrific, though the third is really a teaser, it isn't fully resolved so you have to go out and get the next in the series. The first two stories were very much about sports players, the romance terrific and the characters endearing. I'd actually love to find the next in both of those series, so I guess this collection did it's job. I enjoyed all three!
Cheryl Pearce
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first book in this series was part of a free book I downloaded, I didn't expect much! This turned out to be a great romance read. Complex characters and plot, really hot sex ( am I allowed to say that?), and characters you care about! I just lost my Dad to cancer and there is a character in the book in the final stages of his fight.Reminded me so much of my Dad and his battle...
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
All three books in this bundle are good. The 3rd book is called The Proposition and was really good. Totally left me wanting for more. Has everything you want in a book, humor, suspense, some really hot scenes. I went and got the whole series soon as I was done. Over coming your fears and finding yourself is a beautiful thing. And is portrayed well.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Only read the first two stories, because I saw a review that mentioned you need to purchase two additional books to get the conclusion for the third. No thanks.

Of the two I did read, I vastly preferred the second.
Bought based on Twitter link @juliana_stone via @season4romance - 99cents - review to come.
Ashley Loos
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great mix of three stories of hard playing men and the women the chose to spend their life with. All involve some sort of sport: baseball, hockey, MMA fighting.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cool collection of sport-themed romance novellas. I especially liked The Proposition, but I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Lyon's.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
Please see individual stories for review.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The firs story was good. The second story I had read before but was still good. I want to read about the other sisters. The third story was hot and I'm looking to the sequels now
Franci Neill
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the set that got me started with the entire sets of each individual book. Wasn't disappointed and would highly recommend.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-themed
book one, meh, book two, read before and loved, book three was fabulous!
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't bring myself to finish this book, I read play hard and have not been able to start the next. It took so long to get into and maybe its because I am don't really care for sports.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great storys

I found these to be great story .even had to get the next parts to the last book. enjoy reading.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 good reads. From mwa (fast ball) to wow (p.1 plus one trilogy).
Def. worth the buy.
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V.K. Sykes is really two people - Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest, in the romance category. Vanessa also writes award-winning, Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her o ...more

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