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Playing At Love

(Rogue #2)

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Conor Quinn and Gavin McManus are mired deep in the wreckage of a betrayal that has damaged their friendship, ended Gavin’s marriage, and threatens to break up their band.

Conor’s shaken by the mess he’s made and no longer trusts his heart. Book smart but love dumb, he decides acting with more calculation in matters of the heart is
Published (first published October 29th 2015)
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The life of a rockstar, glamor, glitz, celebrity, and the world at your fingertips, at least while the spotlight shines. Behind the band Rogue, when the lights go down and the last cheer has faded is the human turmoil that is played out in a million ways around the world. Come backstage and enter the reality of the lives of the band Rogue in Lara Ward Cosio’s Playing at Love where flawed and damaged people stumble through the intricacies of love, betrayal and raw human emotions.

Conor and Gavin h
Kathy Aronoff
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always judged books by how fast I want to read them, most that I love I devour as fast asI can to get to the end. Not so with this book. I fell in love with this one, that I took my time savoring it, I did not want it to end and was in no rush to get there. The concept was in my opinion so different that I was in awe how topics that can be eye rollers and cliched were handled by this author. Gavin, Conor, Sofie - wow. I can not wait for more from Lara Ward Cosio. I read this on Kindle Unl ...more
This is an excellent, well-written story about the band, Rogue, and the various trials and tribulations the members endure. Gavin and Conor are best friends until Conor betrays Gavin in the worst possible way. There is plenty of love, jealousy and betrayal to go around! Sophie, Felicity and even Collette are all well-developed characters that keep the story moving along.
Paula White
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing at Love
By Lara Ward Cosio

Conor Quinn is the hottie guitarist for the Irish rock band- Rogue. Trying to right the wrongs of the affair between him and his best friend (and band mates)'s wife, he rushes into an engagement with his supermodel ex-girlfriend, Colette. When a girl he shares a past with, Felicity, returns to town an old flame is quickly reignited causing him to second guess everything. Will he make the right choice or destroy everyone's lives again?

Gavin McManus, lead vocal for
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an enjoyable read, with interesting characters that kept my attention. The book involves the world of a renowned rock band but the author let's you in on the real people they actually are and the trouble and struggles they have in their love lives. The characters are likable and complex and I found myself thinking about the book between reads and wondering what would happen next! I loved Lara Cosio's writing style and her ability to portray the emotion, and conflict that the charac ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fine Wine. You know how you want to take your time to make sure you get everything that it has to offer and then some. That’s what this book was for me. Being a rock romance fanatic this book is ranking up there with being one of the top reads. I haven’t read this author before so I had set this book on the back burner for a bit and now realize what a mistake that was. This author knows how to write so that you are actually feeling that you are on the same journey as the books characters. She gi ...more
Vanessa Tomason
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story line that is perfect for those who want to read more than just YA novel; a desire for well written, clearly developed characters with a can't-put-the-book-down storyline. Lara Ward Cosio's "Playing At Love: A Rogue Series Novel" created a world that made me fall in love with the characters and their lives that molded them. From the longtime loves and married couple (Gavin and Sophie) encountering struggles along the way, to the wild to tame Conor, who is simply trying to figure o ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a way of making the characters feel realistic, down to earth and relatable even though many of the characters are members of a famous rock band and super models. The dialogue is is excellent, conveying emotion quite well. Cosio has a great eye to details that create the luscious atmosphere throughout the book. It's a book that takes you on worldly adventures and gives good insight on what it's like to be in a famous rock band while nurturing both fr ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast-moving romp through the glamorous world of rock musicians and high fashion, and the hearts and minds of the 30-somethings who inhabit it. It's a story about love and loss, friendship damaged by betrayal and ultimately redemption. The author has created in-depth characters that you'll come to love and want to follow through other books in the series. I read it once, then sat right down and read it again!
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock
Loving this series so far!
Sasha Marshall
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous 2nd book in the Rogue Series!

It takes a lot for a book to resonate with me. I found this book to be so realistic and heart breaking. It really shows the pitfalls if the music industry and how tortured artists can fall down the rabbit hole. I was really rooting for Connor in this book, but Ms. Cosio brought back another character and had me second guessing everything I thought I wanted for these characters. Bravo on this book. I'm waiting for Shays book!
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another 5 Electrified Guitars for Playing at Love

Another stunning success for Lara Ward Cosio! Book 2 of the Rogue series crossed even deeper emotional topography for me (yeah, there were tears involved. KA - you are going to owe me at least a case of tissue one of these days!) and was absolutely nothing like I expected from having read the summary, a few reviews and a teaser or excerpt or two. I say that with not a bit of disappointment - this sophomore effort showed growth after an absolutely
Heather Bass
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book to this rockin series Rogue. This is not a stand alone. You need to read the first book Tangled up in you because if you don't you will be totally lost. This book continues from the last book. Only a few months go by and everything changes. This author grabbed me on the first page. It only took me one day to read this beautiful story.

This story is about the lead guitarist of the band Rogue Conor Quinn. He and his best friend Gavin grew up together and they also started t
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT! An excellent and dynamic follow-up to the first book (Tangled Up In You), this follows Conor Quinn on his journey to his HEA.

On his way Conor becomes engaged, for the second time, to the model Colette. He is trying to move on after Sophie. He isn't very happy though and feels lackadaisical about her. Colette is a very shallow woman and craves public adoration which takes its toll on their relationship.

Felicity, his high school lover, is back in Dublin after her 10 year marriage ends. C
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hot damn, WOW! Playing at Love, where do I begin? Everyone in this book felt so real I felt their flawed yet beautiful heart beats. Conor's story is exquisitely told by the author and I got emotion sickness from the amazing rollercoaster ride of feelings I experienced for not just this sexy rock star, but every one in this book. I loved the steamy interludes and romance, they literally left me breathless. I wish this review could be more coherent but I am swooning over Lara's words. I feel like ...more
Kim  Brewing
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book one was a slow burn for me, but this one was combustible! There was so much happening with Rogue. They were back working on a new album and best friends Gavin and Conor were trying to get past what had happened in the first book. Shay was finding himself more mediator then ever. Will Gavin be able to win Sophie back? Does Sophie want to return? Will Gavin and Collette go all the way or will Fee being back in town throw a wrench in their plans? Throw on your pj's, grab a cuppa and sit back a ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed this book.
Playing At Love is the second book in the Rogue series and continues the story of Gavin, Sophie and Connor as they deal with the impact of the events of Book 1. Now sometimes with a series book 2 never quite lives up to expectations but not this one. I was right there with them as Gavin and Sophie try to rebuild their marriage and still maintain the relationships needed for the band to succeed. We get Connors love story in this book but has he found his HEA? Book
Lara Cosio
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Dawn Yacovetta
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing the first book in the series, I was dying to know what happened next for Gavin and Sophia. That's why I bought the box set.

But oh, how much I wanted Conor's love story. I knew he had a recovery to make after all that went down in the first book. And I knew he'd continue to make mistake after mistake because some people are just destined to go through the ringer before finding any kind of real happiness. But this was such an explosive love story from so many different angles, and
Coralee Corrigan
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beyond amazing read. Loving the is series so far
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read!

This was a continuation of Tangled Up In You, it finished the story in a fascinating and satisfactory way. The writing was extremely good and the characters are very likable,even the ones you hate! The book had a fast pace,good flow and I recommend it to anyone who loves Rock Star Romance!
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in The Rogue Series picks up right where Book 1 ends. But this story focuses on Conor, Colette and Felicity . Gavin and Sofie's story continues in this book. The soap opera continues ....
Roxs Reads
Playing at Love is an amazing story of 4 lifelong friends and the trials they endure through their rise to fame as an Irish rock band. The story contains all the glitz, glamour and glory you would expect any rock band to encounter as well as the terrible temptations of drugs, alcohol, and lust. When a book keeps me mesmerised and the characters call out my name to come read with them, the book earns 5 stars from me – thus Playing at Love gets those 5 shiny starts from me.

The book focuses on Con
Samantha Rae
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Playing at Love (Rogue Series Book #2)
By Lara Ward Cosio
5 Star Review

Playing at Love, Book #2 by Lara Ward Cosio is a 5 star book. This story has an Irish band named Rogue as its background. The characters are members of the band, and have been lifelong friends. This is can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the first book because there are references to things that happened in that story. The way this story is told it almost reads like a biography with a voice reading sections and
I have not immersed myself so deeply in the characters of a story in a long time. I felt like I was right there with them as part of the group watching and feeling the heartbreak and redemption. And there was redemption with forgiveness although the struggle to trust remained an honest part of the healing process.

I love that love conquered all, but so did friendship. True friendship and a brotherhood that can't be lost even after the greatest of betrayals. The punishing lyrics were brutal, but s
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Playing at love: A Rogue Series novel, book 2
By Lara Ward Cosio
5/5 Stars

This is the Second book in “Rogue Series.” This is the conclusion of “ Tangled up in you”. So in order to fully understand the dynamics of this book, I believe you must read them in proper order.
I must admit that, I highly enjoyed this book!! Probably much more than the first one actually. It grabbed my attention from the get go and sucked me in fiercely. And honestly…. I had quite the time putting down and “adulting”. B
Candida Hopper
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing at Love by Lara Ward Cosio is the second book in the Rogue series. It was an awesome book! This book can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the first in the series so you can delve that much deeper into the inner circle of these profound relationships that have been forged.
The men of the band Rogue are not only dealing with fame and the long hours of recording and touring, but they also have to make time for their personal lives as well. Gavin ( the lead singer) and
Robin Rankin
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Playing At Love is the second book in the Rouge Series. This one follows Sophie and Gavin, but more importantly is the fact that this is Conor’s story.

Conor Quinn the guitarist of Rouge has had a rough couple of years and it is all coming to a head. He has been in love with Sophie since high school but she has always been Gavin’s girl. He has been dating a former friend of Sophie’s, Colette on and off for about three years now and are engaged to be married. She is young and loves to play games a
Krystal gaston
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Playing at love by Lara Ward Casio is a well written story about the characters Gavin and Conor and self discovery. Gavin wants to win back Sophie, his ex, he refuses to believe that they are completely over and he wants to win her back. Conor could have anything he wanted he has almost everything he could ever want accept the one person he let go so that he could fulfill his dream of stardom with Gavin. Can Gavin and Conor win-back their lives and still maintain being musicians and friends..
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Lara Ward Cosio is the author of the Rogue Series - books that feature complex, flawed, and ultimately redeemable rockers, and the women they love. When not writing, Lara can be found chasing her daughters around the house or at the beach, always with music on in the background.

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