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Talking Dirty With the Player

(Talking Dirty #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  682 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother's best friend...and the man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she's been fooled once by this player, and she's not going the ...more
ebook, 219 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by Entangled: Indulgence
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
It was ok. Caleb's whole "I don't do relationships" and Jude's "I don't do casual" didn't make sense when they got together. He flat out told her he doesn't do relationship and she flat out old him she doesn't do casual. Yet some how in the course of the same conversation they decided having a fling was a good idea???? Huh? Doesn't make sense. It wasn't even like the other was pretending to be ok with the other statement. They disagreed and then ignored it....

When I picked up Talking Dirty with the Player I wasn't sure what to expect--would I get a cute story? A sexy one? A funny one? An annoying one? Thankfully, it was all of that (minus the "annoying"!) and more! I'm a huge fan of great wit and banter in my romance novels, and Jackie Ashenden provided plenty of that, which in turn made me a very happy reader.

And the fun conversations did not only take place between the hero and heroine, but many of the other characters as well. This also made me a
Jessica Frances
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Talking Dirty With The Player was an enjoyable read. I just love Jackie's writing and I fell in love with Caleb and Judith. Their chemistry was coming off the pages and there was nice tension built up throughout the book. A must read for Jackie fans and fans of this series.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Talking Dirty With the Player is the most beautiful romance book that i`ve read this year. Unfortunately I dind`t read the fist book of the series.
Caleb Steel is a rugby player,the must famous,sexy,and million player.A long time ago,aprox.8 years ago,when he was just a boy has a love story.Despide everything that happened that in his life,he feel something for a girl.But not just some girl…the little sister of his best friend.Judith Ashton was the girl who moved him now,and for years.Now she is
Danielle Annett
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I can always count on Entangled publishing to pick great authors to publish. Talking Dirty with the Player was fun and witty but there were still those moments when my heart would ache. The love story between Judith and Caleb was so relatable. I think most of us can think of a time when we were afraid to dive into a relationship head first so we just pushed them away. I really loved the character development within the story, I think the author did wonders with Caleb's character ...more
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Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
While I am not a huge fan of rugby, I have watched a few matches, and I typically follow the World Cup. There is not an overwhelming amount of rugby specific terminology in this book, so even a reader unfamiliar with the sport can still enjoy this book. The author did an incredible job blending entertaining banter with flawless writing. The only hitch was that although the characters were well-developed I was not able to connect with them. While the book does have a satisfying conclusion, I just ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
I liked

I liked the story not as dark as her other newer books. I never warmed up to Judith and I am not sure why. It's a decent storyline. Enjoy
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay so I completely and utterly loved this book!!!! If I could I would list out the entire book. Again I think I marked every page in this book to come back too because I loved EVERY second of it. This book had everything in it for me and had so much realism in it that it could pretty much happen to anyone. It made me laugh, and cry and feel happy and sad and loved and I loved the steamy hawt scenes between Caleb and Judith. Ohhh and I have to say this because I feel like I've been cheated in l ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Full review is posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

Talking Dirty with the Player is book two in the series, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. (Warning: you’ll probably want to read book one, though. I know I do—and fortunately, I picked it up when the Indulgence line was on sale last month.) Judith is Talking Dirty with the CEO‘s Joe’s little sister, and Caleb is his best friend.

I really enjoyed this book. There was a lot of amusing snark flying back and forth between Jude and Cal, i
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Talking Dirty with the Player is the second book in Jackie Ashenden's Talking Dirty Series. I didn't know that this was the second book until after I had already started reading this story. Luckily, these books can be read as stand alone and I didn't have any problems with feeling lost or missing anything. This book does a great job of including the characters from the first book and giving enough back-story that you know everything you need t
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Due to overlapping characters, this series is best read in order.

Judith Ashton (Jude) is a popular photographer with her own studio. When her brother, Joseph, CEO of Aston Tech (star of Book One) asks her to consider taking on a job with his best friend Caleb, she can hardly do anything but say no. Jude's history with Caleb is full of heartache and pain. She can't fathom having to work side-by-side with him while creating a calendar to generate sales for an important charity.

Caleb "abs of" Steel
My rating: 4,5 of 5 stars - Awesome Read

My Review:
TALKING DIRTY WITH THE PLAYER has the brother best friend/best friend's sister romance trope! WOOHOO! This alone would make me want to rush to buy and read this book. But the fact that I loved the first book in this series and that the heroine is the first book’s hero’s sister was just icing on the cake.

Judith is cool and in control, determined not to let Caleb and her attraction to him affect her. She allowed that once and it didn't end we
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Once upon a time... eight years ago...

She thought... he thought...


Include a big brother in the picture and some commitment issues - it didn't end very well.

Judith and Caleb had a past that both of them don't try to acknowledge. To them, past should remain where it should be - right behind them. It would save them from hurt, expectations and heartbreaks. But one look, one touch and the sparks that they try to bury goes like wild fire and bur
Stephanie Collins
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you have two damaged souls that have amazing chemistry? You get the story of Judith and Caleb with all the pain that goes along with opening your heart up when you really don't want to trust it to anyone at all.

Judith is over Caleb. No, really she is... I mean sure they had one amazing night together when she gave him everything she was and then dealt with the fact that he basically threw it back in her face days later. Yeah there is no reason that seeing him should be diffi
Shirley Frances
Judith wants nothing to do with Caleb. One heart broken by the man was enough for her, but apparently her mind and her body have not come to an agreement because she continues to be attracted to the insufferable man. Caleb is a force to be reckon with on and off the field. Handsome and sexy, he grins her way and her body starts tingling. What's more, now that she's decided to work with him on a calendar she knows her days are numbered and that she will succumb to his charm.

Caleb has wanted Judit
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads

3 stars - Combining loving the brother's best friend with second chances - a good read

When you have that cover along with a blurb talking about a rugby player, I'm in. I also really enjoy the falling for the brother's best friend thing. But this one also has a second chance piece to it. I was definitely drawn to it. Oh and it's set in New Zealand! That was fun.

I love Caleb or Cal - his nickname. He's such a great guy. His mom died of cancer and his dad was a jerk alcoholic so he's had a hard row
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second story in a trilogy of interrelated, but standalone, stories about three relationships. That is, characters, scenes, and events from this story appear in the two other stories.

This story opens at the wedding reception of Christie and Joseph from Talking Dirty with the CEO and concerns Judith (Jude) and Caleb. Judith, sister to Joseph, is a photographer. Caleb is a professional rugby player and one of Joseph's best friends. They're both attendants in the wedding party.

Eight year
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The title of this book had me hoping the heroine would put the hero in his place. I was kind of disappointed with the characters and never really warmed up to Caleb. Judith had every right to continue to hold a grudge for how he treated her in the past. I had a hard time getting into the story and never really felt that into it. It was slow to star
Jane Reader
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Talking Dirty with the Player should've been I Don't Trust You Womanizing Rugby Star. It started off promising and then floundered until the last fourth of the novel, which isn't saying much because that last fourth wasn't all that good either.

Judith Ashton is a promising photographer commissioned (read: emotionally blackmailed, but use the term lightly) into shooting a "sexy" calendar for charity. The charity is a favorite of Caleb Steele's, who just happens to be a highly touted (and highly l
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc, romance
Rating 4.5Stars

Posted on What I'm Reading

So yesterday I finished Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden, which is the second book in Talking Dirty books. I must say that this one was a bit more steamier than Talking Dirty With the CEO. Let just I was shocked, but in the good way.

Well, in this story we are dealing with Joseph Ashton's little sister Judith (Jude) and his best friend Caleb Steele. Yes, we all know that this spells disaster. We all know that older brothers will warn off th
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Talking Dirty With The Player is a sassy second chance love story set in Auckland, New Zealand, that follows the journey of Judith Dalton and Caleb Steele as they come to terms with their long-denied feelings for each other. Eight years ago Judith and Caleb spent the night together, she gave him her heart only to have him break it by telling her that he doesn't do relationships, and that his rugby career was more important. Fast forward eight years to Judith's brother Joe's wedding ... Caleb is ...more
Fiona Marsden
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book without seeing the cover. Which is probably just as well as most electronic equipment does not deal well with drool. The hero is Caleb "Abs of" Steele, a rugby player nearing retirement and starting to think, reluctantly, about life after football.
Judith, Jude, is a photographer and has been the responsible one for most of her life since her mother abandoned the family leaving her as the homemaker and primary caregiver to her brother Joseph who has ADHD as her father was distan
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, own, reviewed
This was a great read about a couple who have known each other most of their lives, but as friends. Caleb is a very sexy international professional rugby star who is well known for also being a major player off the field. Judith is a photographer, but more importantly the younger sister of his long-time best friend who has had a crush on him for as long as she was old enough to notice boys. Once she was eighteen that notice was returned resulting in a passionate night between Caleb and Judith th ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Talking Dirty With the Player (Talking Dirty #2) by Jackie Ashenden

I received Talking Dirty with the Player by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read anything written by Jackie Ashenden before this and I will say I have already added the first book in the series to my reading list. I enjoyed Jackie’s writing style, the characters were well developed and I found this story quite exciting, the secondary characters were great and this is probably why I feel the need t
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.

This review also appears on my blog BookishMommy at

This is the book in Jackie Ashenden’s Talking Dirty series. I haven't read the first book, thoughI think I should have. Maybe then I wouldn't have been quite as disappointed.

We have an arrogant jock, and a level-headed control freak photographer. Caleb Steele, also kno
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2015
Talking Dirty with the Player is a brother’s best friend, second chance romance. Eight years ago, Caleb took Jude’s virginity, then promptly dumped her. She’s never gotten over it, and he knows he was an idiot. Now, Caleb needs to hire Jude to shoot the photos for his charity calendar. After a few rough meetings, the two are right back where they started, but now they have a different set of problems than they did as teens.

Second chance romances are tricky, because the characters already know ea
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Honestly? I loved it! I was a bit hard to get into it, but once in, it was impossible to get out.

I loved the plot very much, it was quite complex for a book for its size. This is book is not very short, I would call it moderate size – aprox. 210 pages.

The story is well written, easy to read and quite interesting. What more to desire in a book?

I loved the characters. Jude is really nice, independent and very, very stubborn. I liked seeing her turn back into the confident, carefree girl she used t
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is as delicious as the stunning sight gracing the cover; if you liked Naughtygirl and Studman in 'Talking Dirty with the CEO', you will love Abs of Steele and Babycakes.

If you haven't, I'd recommend reading the first book as Joseph and Christie feature heavily; Judith is his younger sister, Caleb his best friend and to understand Jude it helps to understand Joe. She's feisty, sarcastic and guarded, but with valid reason and it's impossible not to find her endearing. Caleb, well the man
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Talking Dirty with the Player is the first book I read by Jackie Ashenden and I love it!

Talking Dirty With the Player is a about Judith Ashton who is an up and coming photographer who believes her life is under control. In comes Caleb Steele Judith's older brother's best friend to stir up old feelings that never really went away eight years ago. Judith is not sure she wants to go down that path again since she was hurt the first time.

Caleb Steele is famous rugby player who needs Judith help ta
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