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To Win Her Heart

(Players #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…
Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max
Paperback, 252 pages
Published (first published April 12th 2016)
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Take one rising country star, one sexy bad boy, add a few secrets, some not so dark, some very painful, shake it up and garnish with a plan that promises to turn up the heat or backfire BIG time and you have To Win Her Heart by Mackenzie
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is April 12th, 2016.

This is the third instalment in the Players series. Although I had read the previous book, I had not read the first. This can be read as a stand alone however reading the others will give a little background on some of the secondary characters.

This story delivers
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely my favorite book of this series so far! I have really liked Max from the beginning and couldn't wait to read his story. And Jessi, oh what to say about her. She is probably one of the coolest heroines I have read in a while. She is so lovable, you just can't help but root for her the whole way through. Max, what to say about Max. He is a hard nut to crack and I couldn't wait until he finally gave into his feelings for Jessi. After running from her because he thinks he is not ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Max is a tough cookie but that didn't mean he wasn't a big ole softie where his woman is concerned, "his heart contracted and he pulled the comforter over her shoulders, then sifted his fingers through the curls spread out on her pillow. “Sleep, baby. I’ll be right here when you wake up.” I enjoyed this book I loved Max.
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jessi and Max are fantastic. I loved the mystery in the story and the way you're kept guessing until the end. Sure, there were options, but I couldn't make up my mind who was the guilty party until it was revealed. Definitely a book I will be picking up and reading again.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In To Win Her Heart, country singer , Jessi Tucker has had it. She feels suffocated by all the restrictions her father has put in to place. Jessi decides that maybe if she had a boyfriend her father would back off so she asks Max Grayson, her cousin’s BFF to be her pretend boyfriend. Max turns her down immediately. Max grew up on the streets and the MMA fighter doesn’t believe he is good enough for Jessi. But when Max learns that Jessi is being stalked by a crazy fan, he quickly changes his ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To Win Her Heart

Girls, the long hot days of summer are fast approaching, and this is one sweltering story you are not going to want to miss. Jessi is desperate for a life of her own. She wants away from her overbearing and controlling father. Now, If she's ever going to have that life, she's going to have to prove to her father she'll be looked after - and protected. The only way she can do that is to find herself a man. Now finding a man isn't hard; in fact she's already found one, and his name
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aaahhh We have reached the story I have been waiting for in this series ~ Max and Jessie. With Jessie wanting to be on her own, she devises a plan to have Max pretend to be her boyrfriend, which would allow her to get out from her fathers strict security. Poor Jess gets turned down flat. I kinda snickered at this, as Max has wanted her for so long and just thank you but no. As it turns out Jessie is in trouble and she really doesn't know the severity of it. After being asked by her father to go ...more
Jessi is used to being in thEvansville spotlight but now with a stalker, migraines, and overbearing family...she needs to be able to make decisions on her own. Max is her opportunity for just that.

He wants no part of her plan but when her dad comes to him with hopes of his help, max will do anything to keep her safe.

Past messes, secret crushes, and secrets are gonna come to light and when it all explodes it will be a fight to stay together.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jessi is a rising country singer with an over bearing family that fears for her safety. However, she has a stalker, so they have every right to be concerned! She's had a crush on her cousin, Tuck's best friend for a while. She comes up with a game plan to get Max (MMA fighter) to be her pretend boyfriend! Brilliant girl!! She'll not only have protection but she'll be around Max!

Max has been crushing on Jessi for years! He's a cage fighter and has skeletons in his closet that he thinks makes him
Judy C
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jessi is tired of her family running her life. She know that her famous life can bring out some cookoos . She thinks everyone is overreacting so she decides to come up with her own plan. This is classic bring in Max her cousins best friend thinking they play a couple and her family will just be okay with that plus he's a fighter so it's a win win. Except she's been in love with hi for years and he's been fight his attraction for her because she was to young and he knows he could never be good ...more
Angel Hatfield
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Jessi Tucker is a Country Music Superstar, but there’s only one thing she’s ever wanted: Max Grayson’s heart. When threatening letters and a meltdown give her an opportunity to finally try to snag him, Jessi jumps at the chance. Little does she know that Max has been avoiding her because he feels the same way and is just too terrified of the little slip of a woman and what she represents.
This was a really good book. I loved all the characters, especially getting to see the characters from
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, net-galley
JaM Review:
5 Stars

Title: To Win Her Heart
Author: Mackenzie Crowne

I received a copy from Net-Galley, the Publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. Jessi Tucker is a country music sensation. She is part of a duo. She is tired of having her family control everything, including her safty via bodyguards, a security team. So she decides to take matters into her own hands. She is going to ask the man she has been in love with to help her.

Max Grayson is rough
Oh Max…I’ve been so excited to read his story since the very first book in the series. I adored him as Gracie’s over-protective best friend and I just knew he was going to be a great leading man to Jessi. Boy was I right. I loved Max with Jessi. He was so protective of her, even to the point that for years he fought his attraction to her. He thought she deserved better when it didn’t matter what he thought because she had been in love with him for years.

Jessi and Max were definitely perfect for
Lynn Brooks
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good! If you haven't started reading the Players Series yet, you need to! This is Book Three, and they just keep getting better! Max and Jessi are so sweet together ... not to mention HOT! :)

Jessi Tucker is Country's music's "It Girl" and is getting really tired of being smothered by her family and friends with constant security following her every move. She isn't concerned in the least with the most recent stalker she has attracted and thinks it's all just par for the course. She decides to
I was rather surprised that this book took the series into a 5 year jump forward, and I didn't really care for the abrupt nature of it!

Jessi and Max were a good couple overall, but the constant age difference comparisons got a bit old at times. The schemes that were cooked up to bring the two of them together were pretty flimsy and unrealistic to me. I did like that this book added in a bit of a sinister suspense twist! However, that twist wasn't worked with much in the book and I felt it was
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
** Contains BIG spoilers but I have them hidden. Only click if you don't mind knowing what's going to happen. I included them because I felt I needed to explain what I didn't like about the book but couldn't without spoiling. **

Country music singer, Jessi Tucker, is getting really fed up with her family treating her like a child and having security around her at all times, so she come up with a plan to ask her brother's best friend, Max to be her pretend boyfriend and be her protection. Max is a
Romantic Reads and Such
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew I’d love this one because Crowne did such fabulous things with the first two books and I was so anxious to see what she would do for the oh-so-sexy Max :) Even though he’s done extremely well for himself, Max still feels unworthy of Jessi for so many reasons – the way he grew up, the things he did surviving on the streets, their age difference, his relationship with her family. Jessi though sees the man he is now and is convinced that nothing he’s done can change how she feels about him. ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This book turned out to be number 3 in a series. I requested the book on NetGalley because of the cover and the description - famous country singer with a crush on best friend of (in this case) cousin.

Jessi is a 25 year old singer and has had a crush on family friend Max Grayson for 5 years. Max is a professional cage fighter and has also pined for Jessi but he refuses to give in because of his past. He thinks he is not good enough for her. When Jessi is fed up with her family's overbearing
Books and Spoons
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I started to read this book while in transit, and it surely kept me entertained and held my interest through the whole story.
The book is number three in a series, my bad, I hadn't read the previous books, this is perfectly fine as a stand alone, but there's a reference made to the previous stories, and I think a reader would benefit from reading them first. And not only that, but I liked the author's voice, the way the story is told, the characters, and the plot, so I would think the previous
Christina Montminy
I really enjoyed this book by Mackenzie Crowne. There hasn't been a book in this series that I haven't enjoyed yet. The story of Max & Jessi is wonderfully written with just the right amount of angst that gets you wondering will they or won't they. Country singer Jessi has a stalker & she's tired of being under her fathers security, she wants to stand on her own & thus comes up with a plan to get what she wants for herself......freedom & Max. Max can handle anything thrown at him ...more
Kelley Schmidt
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story we get to see how the characters of the first two books in this series are doing. However, this book works well as a stand alone without having read the other two. This story is well written with strong, likable characters plus a little mystery and some surprises. I highly recommend this sweet, touching story.

ARC received via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Max and Jessi was everything good! I liked that the heroine was willing to go after what she wanted and that the hero, Max, eventually opened up to receive love. I liked the theme s of this book which included love, familial relationships, forgiveness to one's self and receiving good things and not blocking or sabotaging the good things that are in front of you. There are lots of cute parts in this book!
Book Gannet
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The third installment of the Players series is an enjoyable, easy read that has a lot going on around the edges, but is really just about these two. Jessi is determined and successful, but beginning to feel trapped by her fame and family, while Max is stubborn, also determined and convinced that no matter how successful he is in life, he will never be good enough for Jessi. There are no surprises in this book – not even the stalker – but that suited me perfectly. Sit back, settle in and enjoy ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Oh, Max. I swear I've been wanting this man to have his shot at a much deserved happily-ever-after ever since I first came across him in the first book. He was also somewhat of a mystery and we finally get to know more about him here, and let me tell you, there were surprises with regards to his personal history and background. He comes off as hard-edged, and there's no
Mary Strunk
This is the third book into the series and you may want to read the other books in the series before this one, just because of the characters.

The author did it again with this book and loved the fact that I was hooked in the book. I have to say I believe this book - I favor more over the others.

Jessi Tucker is tired of her family ways when it comes to her. She just wants some freedom and not always have a bodyguard with her. Her father believes that she needs the security when she starts to
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgallery
Fast-paced, interesting and vivid characters, plenty of
suspense with a good blend of romance, adventure,
twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.
The main characters interactions started with distrust
yet there was an undeniable chemistry between them.
Will they learn to trust each other??
Jessi Tucker is a country music star. She has started
having horrible migraine headaches for which she
needs medication. She has insomnia, an overbearing
family, an extreme Nervousness prior to going
Bette Hansen
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome read in this series! We got a preview of Max and Jessi in the prior book and their full story in this one didn't disappoint. These characters grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn't put this one down. Jessi may seem to have it all but the one thing she longs for is freedom. Her overprotective family has put so much security around her she can't move...or breathe. She develops a plan to get the one guy who has ever caught her eye to pretend to be her boyfriend. ...more
Debbie Kolins
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mackenzie-crowne
The third book of the Players series is an enjoyable, easy read that has a lot going on around the edges, but is really just about these two Jessi and Max [Max is a friend of the family]. Jessi has had a crush on Max for a long time. Jessi is determined and successful, but beginning to feel trapped by her fame and family but, Max is stubborn and convinced that he will never be good enough for Jessi. Jessi has a plan to get her family to back off with all the security. The characters are tuff, ...more
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Hi there. My name is Mackenzie Crowne.

I'm a a wife, mother and really young grandmother. Together with my high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian and a blind cat, I call Phoenix home because the southwest feeds my soul. My love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened my resolve to see my stories shared with

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