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To Win Her Smile

(Players #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  37 reviews
When sultry British Baroness Piper Darrow falls on desperate times, she needs a diversion—and cash. As a talented photographer, she jumps at the chance to travel to the U.S. for a Manhattan Marauders football event. But she gets more than she bargained for when buff quarterback Wyatt Hunter’s errant pass lands…in her face. And when it results in Wyatt’s comeback of a ...more
Published July 18th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Desperate times call for desperate measures…but the British stiff upper lip makes it difficult for the Baroness Piper Darrow to allow anyone too close to the reality that is her life. Beautiful, titled, rich in ways that define a person, yet

Baroness Piper Darrow needs money and needs it desperately before she loses everything important to her. So, when she's offered the chance to take some photos for the Manhattan Marauders, she accepts the opportunity. However, it means spending time in Wyatt Hunter's company, the charming and handsome star player for the Marauders. Will she give into the strong chemistry that bounces between them, or will things that happened in her past keep her from getting involved with Wyatt?

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Their romance is a beautiful story and if you’re into sports you’re going to absolutely love this book! To Win her Smile is a charming tale of romance in the world of sports!
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crowne-m, netgalley
The ending was a wee bit cheesy (ok massively cheesy), but otherwise it was a nice story.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Judy C
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story. Piper was down in her luck and took a job as a photographer to work a special event for the Manhattan Marauders. Little does she know. It isn't going to be easy as her it's not a quick job especially when she gets hit in her nose buy their quarterback Wyatt Hunter. I loved the main characters and all the secondary ones. Football is my favorite sport so this book wasn't just about their love story to me. I road to the championship!!!
India Caedmon
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*FTC Disclaimer: Ireceived a copy of To Win Her Smile from Mackenzie Crowne in exchange for an honest review.I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!

Review originally published at NDP Book Review.

Call me India Jones because I’ve got me a whip-o-LUV! Is it bad that I am obsessed with Mackenzie Crowne? Probably. Is it dangerous that I think her characters are real? Wait, they’re not real?

Let me tell you THIS: you want Wyatt
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Thank you to Net-Galley, the publisher and author for the ARC. This is my thoughts and only my thoughts on the story. NO form of payment was received.

I have read all but one of the books in this series, and I will be reading it. This one is my favorite. I love Wyatt and Piper. Both are dealing with things caused by family in life that they wish they didn't have to. Pipers is a bitch of a cousin causing her grief and for Wyatt it is his dad, running to be POTUS.

The chemistry between these two
Jackie Wright
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
MacKenzie Crowne is a new author to me but she won't be new for very long, I loved this book and I need to read the previous books in the Players series.
British Baroness Piper Darrow is having a hard time, her inherited estate needs money and if she is going to keep it in her families name she needs a lot of money and fast so when she gets the chance to go to the US as a photographer to take take some pictures at the Manhattan Marauders Football Game she jumps at it but what she
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 3.75 Stars *****

Can be read as a standalone.

A baroness doing everything she can to keep her estate afloat meets a superstitious quarterback with a notorious reputation.

I found To Win Her Smile a bit cheesy, but overall it had its cute moments. One thing I didn't really care for was Wyatt constantly finding her accent sexy. It was repetitive, and the story was also predictable.

I definitely enjoyed the other books in the series more, but I'm glad I got a chance to read this.

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Kaylee Nizza
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!!! Another fantastic read by MacKenzie Crowne. I had been waiting for Wyatt's story and finally got to read it. *sighs* The chemistry between Wyatt and Pipper is off the Charts Hot. This book is so heartfelt. Once you start reading you won't be able to put the book down. I highly recommend reading this book. Thank you Netgalley.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This was a sweet romance sports read and I enjoyed it a lot. The characters were enjoyable and the storyline was great. I even enjoyed all of the secondary characters. Piper knows what its like to have someone accuse her of using another person and feeling helpless to stop the rumors. The last thing she wants is to get involved with someone else but Wyatt Hunter is hard to resist. I enjoyed reading how their relationship
Heather andrews
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

From page one I fell in love with Wyatt, he had some interesting quirks, “well, there you go. I broke your nose.” She mentally shook her head at the satisfaction in his tone as if he were actually pleased to have his culpability confirmed." Piper can sure shock Wyatt at times, "he straightened with a jolt. “Hold on. Are you screwing with my head? You’re willing to show up at the games?” I loved this book, Wyatt is definitely my favorite man out of the series.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This was the first book I’ve read by Mackenzie Crowne and oh my goodness did I love it!

Her witty writing style sucked me right into Piper and Wyatt’s story.

Wyatt is a professional quarterback in the NFL and has these quirky superstitions that you may find other professional athletes having. Except instead of having a lucky rabbit’s foot, he has lucky women. Or in this case he finds Piper to be the team’s lucky charm.

Piper Darrow, Baroness of Delaney, finds herself at the tail end of a
Isha Coleman
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Win Her Smile is rich in laughter, strong in character and full of heart. Any story where the titular character has the ingenuity to not wait to be rescued but work toward their own salvation is aces with me. It's always a added bonus to discover a heroine as relatable and spirited as Piper. She bucked the odds by seeking a life filled with happiness. Wyatt, may be a jock but he's no fool. When the heart speaks he listens and that made him a winner in my book. Ms. Crowne continues to bring ...more
Bette Hansen
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It had a ton of great characters and the story was fun and easy with a great flow to it. Angus is now one of my all time favorite characters! I really enjoyed how the relationship between Wyatt and Piper developed and how kind and caring Wyatt was when he found out about Piper's issues. Just an all round feel good story that left me smiling and happy. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Romantic Reads and Such
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wyatt has perfected the charming rascal face that he shows the world and for the most part he’s found a way to live a life that he wants. But all is not perfect in his world. Piper knows what it is like to have the world turn on you but she’s got moxie and is willing to work for what she holds dear. It can’t be easy for either of them living in such scrutiny, but at least it is something that they can both understand. And best of all, both of them have a great support system in their friends and ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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. Thank you! The expected publication date is July 18th, 2017.

This is the 5th in the Players series and while I believe I had read most, I do not think I have read all. This can be read as a stand alone. While characters from the previous installments are present, it is not necessary to have their whole back story to enjoy
C bond
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book, a fun read. a re read
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, galley-arc
4 stars
Cathy Geha
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
To Win Her Smile by MacKenzie Crowne
Players #5

Do you believe in luck? Some, especially those that are sports minded and like to win, do believe and either have a routine or a charm or something they adhere to religiously – Wyatt Hunter is just such a man. When Wyatt’s football pass hits Piper Darrow on the sidelines changing their game from a loss to a win he is willing to stake money and more on getting her to attend the rest of the games. Piper, in need of money, has mixed feelings about the
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author would like an honest review.

4 stars

I love football, American football, it is my favorite sport and I try to read all these books because they always end up better than I can imagine. This book was just as good as I thought. I loved the little twist of the football player falling for a baroness, but not knowing. It was kinda of neat listening to her accent all the way through this book. On top of that she has a lot of stuff going on in this book and so it was not all about him. It was
Lynn Brooks
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

A sexy pro baller plus a touch of British royalty equals the sassy ride of a lifetime! We recognize most of the supporting cast from previous books in the Players series, and enjoy jumping into their mix again. Lots of chemistry between characters and family turmoil abounds! Really fun and feisty read!

British Baroness Piper Darrow is undercover in Manhattan taking the opportunity to visit an old friend and take part in a charity event at the same time. She never expects to meet the
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was asked by the author for an honest review.

I would like to have given To Win Her Smile 4.5 stars.

This is the first book I've read by Mackenzie Crowne. You don't need to have read any of the other books in the Players series to enjoy To Win Her Smile.

It was a cute story. I liked how strong of a character Piper was and how she made tough decisions with integrity. I would have liked the ending to be a little less smooth considering the event that led up to it and the amount of time it took to
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
To Win Her Smile, Mackenzie Crowne

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance,

I didn't realise this was book five in a series, but its one of those where each story is a stand alone, and connected by the characters so I was able to keep up OK ;-)

I really enjoyed this read, loved Piper, understood her desire to keep the family estate intact, it sounds a wonderful place and there's so much family history attached.
Times are tough though, and she's facing a fierce financial deadline, so
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
to win her smile, is the fifth book in the gridiron players series. quarterback wyatt hunter has no idea how things will change when he decides the woman he inadvertently hit with a football on the sidelines is his new lucky charm.

piper darrow has plenty of reasons to avoid a professional athlete, her ex saddled her with the label of the gold-digging baroness, and her land-rich, cash-poor inheritance helped lend credence to his claims. the last thing she wants in her life is another jock,
Christina Montminy
Loved it! This series just keeps getting better with each new book. I really enjoyed the dialogue of Piper. & her family's scottish phrases & profanity, it's a nice change from the everyday Americanized slang. Both the characters of Wyatt & Piper were strong but caring, with a very steamy side, especially for Piper when she refuses to give up on a promise made even though she was devastated by the person she made the promise to.. We see the softer side of Wyatt when his young niece ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Baroness Piper Darrow has never wanted for anything in life. When her father passed away three years ago, she discovered he was treating her by using credit and as part of his will, she now owes 300,000 to her nasty self centered cousin. Piper desperately needs cash to pay off this debt but she refuses to sell her ancestral home. When a opportunity presents itself to photograph the Manhattan Marauders, Piper gets the attention of their star quarterback. Wyatt Hunter has his sights set on winning ...more
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Piper is the best match for Wyatt. She doesn't take his crap. Her determination to keep her family's land. Wyatt, oh how I love his quirks! Piper is this season's lucky charm and he needs her to make it to the Super Bowl. I always knew he was a tender heart underneath his determination. Their attraction is undeniable and will make your ereader overheat!
I love the lastest book in the Player Series by Mackenzie Crowne! She always has the perfect mix of humor, love and drama. If you enjoy sports
Debra Jones
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Win Her Smile is a heart-warming, and all around fantastic book!!! I absolutely loved it! This book is very well written and the story tugged at my heart strings. Piper and Wyatt's story held my interest from the very first page until I reached the end.I want a Wyatt!!! This is definitely a book that I will be re-reading and will be recommending to others!
Mackenzie Crowne has knocked it out of the ballpark with this book!!
Book Gannet
So far I’ve been really loving this series, set around the friendships and romances of an American Football team, so I was intrigued at the prospect of a British Baroness joining the cast. But, alas, as a Brit, I found her hit-and-miss Britishness really distracting.

I won’t go into all the in and outs of why, though I often wondered why when all of them talk with Scottish accents (apart from her friend whose slang seemed to know no boundaries as it rampaged around the country) the manor wasn’t
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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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