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Playing House

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  30 reviews
She's a work in progress . . .

Bailey Meredith has had it. As an assistant at a prestigious interior design firm, she’s tired of making coffee and filing invoices. She’ll do just about anything to get out from under the paperwork and into the field for real experience. Then she sees an ad for a job that seems too good to be true. 

He's a fixer upper . . .

Wilder Aldrich knew
Published March 21st 2017
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Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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My husband and I are in the process of building a house right now and to say he’s obsessed with HGTV is putting it mildly. He always has it on when we’re home and though I didn’t see the appeal of these types of shows at first, they’ve admittedly grown on me. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a whole remodel or renovation being completed in thirty minutes, even if I know it’s unrealistic. Getting to see behind the scenes of a home i
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Dear Reader,

When Bailey Meredith accepts a job as assistant interior designer on a TV home make over show,she looks forward to having the opportunity to create and see some of her ideas come to fruition.

Wilder and Waverley,the stars of said show, parents of adorable Virginia,seem like the perfect partners,the ideal foils to each other's contrasting personalities.

However,appearances can be deceptive,and when sparks fly between Bailey and Wilder, the superficial package marketed to TV audien
Dawn West
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Is that a hammer in your tool belt or are you just happy to see me?

You'll have to forgive me for the dumb jokes. I'm running on little sleep because I stayed up late to finish this book!

Bailey is stuck in a job that is going nowhere and isn't putting her design aspirations to good use. Looking for something that will give her a chance to show her talent, she applies for a job with a mysterious employer. After a few rounds of phone call
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Playing House... What an exceptional name for this story!! For my first story by Laura Chapman this was a cute story. I loved the playfulness between the characters as their relationships built throughout the story. It's not always pretty or easy, but when love sparks there isn't any stopping it!!! I look forward to reading more books by Laura Chapman, more of this story-line could be a great series too. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours for an honest bl
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review: 4/5

What a cute book! This one was a fast read, and as an avid watcher of HGTV, I loved it.

Bailey is an errand runner in a large firm. She longs to use her designing degree and put her talents to work, when her dream job basically lands in her lap. It's working on a realty series in Austin, TX, a show that fixes up houses.

Wilder is the co-host of the show and instantly there is a connection between the two of them. That's all I'm going to say about the plot because I don't want to give
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute story and characters I liked made for an over all good book.
Caroline Fardig
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by author Laura Chapman!

For fans of HGTV shows, this book is perfect. It’s like being able to go behind the scenes to find out what really goes on with the supercouples after the cameras quit rolling.

I loved Bailey and the gang. This story had you rooting for the good guys and hating the "bad" guys. Some parts got a little steamy—but in a good way. I thought it was artfully done. There were several black moments where I thought, “This situation is unfixable.” Yet (without giv
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

Bailey Meredith is ready to quit her job as long as she can find another position where she'll at least -- be able to show off her design skills, instead of being the one to make coffee and file invoices. When the perfect job comes along, giving her an opportunity to work on a home improvement show with Wilder Aldrich, there's no way she'll turn it down. However, working alongside Wilder proves difficult, because of the strong chemistry bouncing between them. Will she be able to resist temptatio
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me awake reading until all hours of the night - it's been awhile since that has happened, but I am so glad that I did! A fellow "book nerd" sent me this book and while it was on the TBR list, I figured that she loved it so much that I would move it to the top of my list, and I am SO glad that I did!! This book was funny, it was engaging, it made the reader laugh, cry and fume with anger at times, but it was lighthearted and it was just plan FUN! I loved the characters, the plot, t ...more
Erica (sand_between_pages)
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I'm not normally a fan of rom-com (in books, I love it in movies) but I really enjoyed this story.
First, it was cool reading a behind-the-scenes of what happens on design shows; I'm a fan of Property Brothers and various other HGTV house-fixer stories, so I liked that element of the story. Second, the characters were all likable. The protagonist is a strong female that doesn't act like a moron around men which is always nice to read. Wilder, the man in the book, is also likeable and nearly perf
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a really fun read. Bailey wants to advance her career as an interior designer and ends up being the successful candidate as a design assistant for a television home improvement/design show. The show's co-hosts are Wilder and Waverly - two loving parent to a little girl named Virginia. As she works away on the show, Bailey discovers that not everything is as it seems, and that television can make people believe anything. Laura Chapman has created characters that were very easy to re ...more
Lori Dunn
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and sexy

This is the second book I've read by Laura Chapman and I really love her style. Her hero is good looking and sexy but funny, goofy at times a bit insecure and a little nerdy. The female lead in this story is a strong character with her head on straight and seemingly willing to speak up for herself and what she wants. With the story set within a tv show its hard to tell where reality steps in. This is a romantic comedy that gives you just a bit of suspense in that you don't quite know
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book! The connection between Bailey and Wilder - Bailey's family drama - Wilder's love for his daughter - the thrill of remodeling old houses - the turmoil of reality TV! I was Team Bailey from the beginning! As you read, you become part of the story and can feel the emotions between the characters. Wilder is totally swoon-worthy! I got a Chip and Joanna Gaines vibe between Wilder and Bailey - such great chemistry. Such a feel-good read that warms your heart and giv ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing House... What an exceptional name for this story!! For my first story by Laura Chapman this was a cute story. I loved the playfulness between the characters as their relationships built throughout the story. It's not always pretty or easy, but when love sparks there isn't any stopping it!!! I look forward to reading more books by Laura Chapman, more of this story-line could be a great series too. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via Tasty Book Tours for an honest b
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Chapman's Queen of the League fantasy football series & decided to try her latest novel. Once I find an author I like, I like to read them all. I was not disappointed. Playing House's behind-the-scenes look at a network design show was so fun and realistic I found myself wishing I could binge watch the episodes in real life. No such luck, since Playing House and the DN Network are both inventions of Laura Chapman's fertile imagination. Definitely recommend this one! ...more
Bette Stanek
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. This is definitely one to be put on your beach/summer reading list. It’s cute, quick, quirky, and entertaining. The main characters are believable and very likable, even though I wanted to bash Wilder over the head a few times. Bailey has some issues that stem from her childhood. Wilder had a fantastic childhood but has definite issues in adulthood. Watching them overcome them was fun!
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute book and i love design shows so it was cool to get a feel for what it's like in a behind the scenes on these types of shows. However, a lot of this book felt way too fantasy for me, i didn't feel like real people would act or talk the way the characters in this book do. In the end though, i was happy with how everything turned out. ...more
InD'tale Magazine

A thoroughly enjoyable read that will make readers smile and feel good!

Read full review in the 2017 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay read

Hmm an okay read but to be honest didn’t flow as well as it could have and I didn’t really take to many of the characters. Read it but wouldn’t go looking for the next one.
Stephanie Smith
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book!

I really enjoyed the story line of this book! It was different and kept me engaged! I really like Chapman's writing style! She really brought these characters to life!
I love renovation shows, so when I saw the blurb for this book, I knew I would love it. The concept was great and I can’t believe I hadn’t read anything similar before. It seems like such great idea with how popular reno shows are. I loved that it demonstrated that there is a lot of editing before the show hits the screens. Even when it’s reality television, it is still heavily edited. This definitely added an element of truth to the story.

The characters had to be my favourite thing about the bo
Susan (The Book Bag)
I have read all of Laura's previous books so how could I not read this one? I know even before I start one of her books that it is going to be a fun read and that I'm going to love the world she takes me to. Playing House is wonderful story, just like her other ones, but this one has a much different feel to it.

With Playing House, Laura has taken her writing to a whole new level. This book is more complicated and evolved, the characters have more depth and seemed more real to me. I felt like I c
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am such a huge fan of second chances and those reality tv shows so this new one by Laura Chapman just piqued my interest with Playing House. We have Wilder Aldrich who beneath the city clothes he is still a Texas country boy just wanting to make people happy. Then we have Bailey who wants to have her dreams come true and be a designer not feeling her full potential. I loved how Laura Chapman brought these two together and then have Waverly in the picture creating a tale that we never expected ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love how Bailey Meredith is more than content to be on her own; and thought that the setting of the book was pleasantly different. I got an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Baca Buku
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reread
First read rating: 4
Second read: 2.5
This book wasn't as good as I thought it was when I first read it two years ago.
[More to come when I read through my notes]
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Laura Chapman takes readers behind the scenes of a popular home improvement/design show, Playing House with Wilder and Waverly, which airs on the fictional television channel Design Network (DN). Local designer Bailey Meredith, cautious by nature, decides to take a risk and accept the offer to join the DN crew for their months-long project in Austin, Texas. When Bailey weighed the pros and cons of the temporary career move, she certainly never expected her heart to be what she would be ri ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

I’m not nearly as skilled as I’d like to be with a hammer, and have no clue how to decorate, but I love home improvement shows. Which is why the premise of Playing House appealed to me as much as it did. Yet, as often is the case with anything you read by Laura Chapman, there’s more to it than that. So much more.

When it comes to the small screen, we’re only privy to the scenes that are given the green light. How much of it is rea
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Readers,

You should really just buy this book and read it! I love it and that's enough of a review for you to do as I suggest and read it!! Please !!

Love, Elle

Hmm, Yea I guess that's not going to work! If only it were that easy. I love Laura's books. It's really that simple, I love some more than others but her writing just gets me. Or do I just get her writing? I don't know really but what I do know is that Playing House is adorably amazing and hit me in my interest. I'm decorating challe
Tracie Banister
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For someone who's as obsessed with watching HGTV as I am (I think I've seen every episode of Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, Love It or List It, and Fixer Upper at least three times!), this book is the perfect read. Unlike me, heroine Bailey Meredith is not a fan of home improvement shows, but her talent isn't being utilized at the interior design firm where she works. So, when she's offered a job as assistant to the lead designer on the uber-popular show, Playing House, she knows it's too good ...more
Susan Csoke
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bailey Meredith is an Interior Designer living in Dallas. Bored with her present job which makes her feel inferior, she branches out and lands the perfect job where her designs will be noticed on a popular television show. Staying with her older sister Paige she begins her new adventure. Not only does she love her new job, she is slowly falling for her new boss- Wilder- who is married to Waverly and they share a daughter. But there are extenuating circumstances that will keep you guessing. THANK ...more
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Laura Chapman is the author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies, including Playing House, The Marrying Type, the Queen of the League series, and other stories. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley.

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