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Playing With Forever (Sydney Smoke Rugby #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  173 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Country boy, Ryder Davis has the world at his feet. A stellar rugby career, a winning way with women and a beach view that keeps him in blue sky and bikini babes. He’s living the dream.  The last thing he needs is a Great Dane called Tiny destroying his feng shui.  

Dog whisperer, Juliet Morgan is about to start living her dream and she’s counting down the days. In two mont
ebook, 231 pages
Published September 25th 2017 by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars.

If you're looking for a light-hearted entertaining romance with a hefty dose of sexy, you'll not go far wrong with the fourth offering in Amy Andrews' Sydney Smoke Rugby series.


When it comes to mixing men and animals, Amy hits the spot every time and when Ryder Davis is lumped dog-sitting Tiny, a Great Dane with behavioural issues, he rapidly realises he needs help which comes in the form of Juliet Morgan. And it's not just the dog panting when around her.

"The man ticked all of her
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amy Andrews Fans, Rugby, Romance
4.5 Much More Than You Think Stars
* * * * 1/2
Amy Andrews... I bow to you. You have written a very insightful and fun tale with this fourth entry of the Sydney Smoke Rugby series. If you have read the other parts, you may have noticed the progression of crafting and heart Andrews has brought to it.

In this we have everything you could love... Ryder Davis, a man from the Country is living the dream... a Rugby Star, bikini babes, no financial worries, a place with a view to die for and anything he
Claire Robinson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 - "I'm not going to fall in love with you... And you're not going to fall in love with me." Stars!

Amy Andrews returns to the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, with the fourth book; Playing with Forever, giving us Ryder Davis’ story.

I think as a reader you know you are onto a winner when you are crying with laughter after the first couple of pages, and Amy delivered up the perfect balance of humour between Ryder and the Great Dane puppy; Tiny, that he is dog-sitting versus the heat, chemistry and sexy
Stacey is Sassy
Some plans were meant to be...modified.

I think we can all feel like it's the end of the world when plans go awry. Me, I FREAK when my plans change, just ask hubby. I'm getting a little bit better as I get older but it still makes me scowl and look for the closest person to strangle. Now, I might be a wee bit more forgiving of my plans if changing if it was for love...

I know, I'm corny but I really do think you do stupid and crazy stuff for love. I even forgive hubby regularly when he changes his
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review


Playing With Forever by Amy Andrews is a sexy and sweet sophisticated romance. Dogs, rugby, and undeniable chemistry...what more could you ask for. If you have been following with the Sydney Smokes Rugby Series, then you are all aware Amy Andrews has me totally smitten with this series and her sexy rugby players.

Ryder Davis is a country boy at heart. He is enjoying his single bachelor status that is until Tiny disrupts his life. Tiny, ha
5 stars

I loved Playing With Forever by Amy Andrews!
From the first few pages I knew this was going to my kind of read. The storyline was entertaining, the writing is well done, and the characters were a hoot to get to know.

Ryder and Juliet were great characters, I loved their honesty, their passion and I loved how much they gave of themselves to each other. What starts off as some hot sexy times between two consenting adults quickly moves into an area neither are quite ready for, especially Julie
This is the third book of Amy Andrews' that I've read, and I've gotta say, I keep coming back to these Sydney Smoke guys because there's just something about them! They're all smokin' hot (pun totally intended!) athletes, they're Australian (got a soft spot set aside for those Aussies!) and while they might not always know what they want or need in the romance department, once they figure it out, they are gonna go for it without hesitation or games.

Ryder Davis is hands down my favourite Sydney S
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc, sports
It seems rare to find books where the Hero is all in and the heroine is the one resisting. Because of that, I usually enjoy these stories more. I loved that even though Ryder never really saw him self settling down with one woman for long, he recognized that Juliet was different. I loved this quote that Ryder explains to Juliet as to how he knows he loves her. "When you've been with a lot of women, you know when one is different, Juliet." It's not exactly romantic but it gets the point across. ...more
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I LOVED rugby star Ryder Davis !! First off..I know NOTHING about rugby. Not a thing. But it is popular in other parts of the world and it looks crazy to play. So. knowing it is a bunch of huge and smoking men who play it has me hooked. And Ryder Davis made me fall in love with him.

He meets Dog whisperer, Juliet Morgan when he is puppy sitting for a friend of a friend. When he meets Julie... it is something special at first site. She is cautious keeping him a arm's length because she is moving t
Maria Rose
Playing with Forever by Amy Andrews is the fourth story in her steamy and fun Sydney Smoke Rugby series. This time it’s Ryder Davis who finds himself falling in love – except the woman of his dreams has dreams of her own that don’t include him.

When Ryder’s friend (and his coach’s daughter) Valerie comes to him for a favor, he can’t say no. Even though it involves house sitting a very large, very naughty dog named Tiny. Desperate for some help in controlling him, he makes his way to an animal she
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

Amy Andrews delivers the ultimate meet-cute when a hot cowboy/rugby player goes searching for help with the possibly possessed Great Dane he’s dog-sitting. Playing with Forever starts off on a high note as Ryder and Juliet’s initial meeting has all the humor and crackling chemistry I’ve come to expect from Ms. Andrews’s work. What follows is a seriously hot story that’s enjoyable, though not quite as engaging as the first three Sydney Smoke Rugby books
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this 4th book in the series. I liked #1, but loved #2 & #3. I didn't love this quite as much as 2, and 3, but it was still great, sexy fun!

Ryder Davis is a cowboy through and through. He grew up on a farm and only moved to the big city to realize his dreams of playing rugby professionally. He can't wait to get back to his family's land, once his playing days are over. He's a pro athlete, so he enjoys all the benefits that entails, including plenty of hot, willing women. He's
DNF at 63%.

I tried twice to read this book but it just didn't work for me, not even a cute dog could keep my interest and I'm not sure why. Amy's Sydney Smoke series has been a bit hit and miss for me - two I loved and two I didn't like at all, sadly this falls into the latter category.

Ryder Davis is an Australian rugby player for the Sydney Smokes. Rich, good-looking and a national hero he has no problems attracting women. When the coach's daughter calls in a favour he is stuck dog-sitting the
Cathy Geha
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Steamy – HOT – Wonderful – A True Delight!

Ryder Davis is a rugby player – but oh so much more! He is a cowboy, a brother, a son, a friend, a people person, dominant on and off the filled and skilled in both arenas, too. He knows what he wants and he wants…

Juliet Morgan – she is into fine arts BUT working temporarily at a dog shelter when he walks in and is blown away by everything about her. He signs up for a puppy training class hoping it will assist him in dealing with the dog sitting he
It has been a while since I'd read any of the Sydney Smoke series, so I went into this with somewhat fresh eyes. I liked Ryder well enough, but couldn't figure out why Valerie was interfering so much by getting him a dog. I loved Juliet's way with the animals, but really didn't like how adamant she was about going to Italy. It's like "hello? Italy is always going to be may not be!", and I kept shaking my head at her attitude. I loved her turn around at the end though, so I could for ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is just something fantastic about these Sidney Smoke hunks and the women who steal their hearts. I’ve been waiting to get to see Ryder in action for a very long time, and Playing With Forever didn’t disappoint at all.

His nice-guy, country-boy charm, alphaness in the bedroom (and various other locations) and his caring and funny personality along with that totally hot bod made him one of my favorite heroes of late. The fact that he is the one pushing for the relationship throughout the stor
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Isha Coleman
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dog is the star and the romance plays a close second in this immensely entertaining, laughably tempting, hard to put down romance. The sports star with the sexy physique and his pick of women is brought down to size by a mischievous pooch and a slip of a woman with big dreams and a talent for dog whispering. Playing With Forever is every woman's dream. To find a guy that may not be perfect, but is willing to take a chance all in the name of love.
Gretchen  (About That Story)
3.5 stars

Sometimes you just need an easy, fast paced read with likable characters and hot sexy times and I have to say, this totally fit the bill! Totally entertaining and hot!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet... I liked both characters. Juliet and Ryder had a lust at first site thing going on and I thought it was flirty and sweet and I enjoyed the start of their relationship. Throw in a crazy dog and it just upped the entertainment value. Juliet is a woman on a mission wanting to go to Ita
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
Playing with Forever is the fourth book in the Sydney Smoke series by Amy Andrews. All of the books feature strong likable heroines, hot professional athletes, and lots of sex-positive messaging. I’m a fan of this series, and it’s entirely possible to start with this book and work your way backwards if you think this book is for you.

The hero of Playing With Forever is rugby player Ryder Davis. Yes, he’s a handsome and rich professional athlete; but more importantly, he’s a genuinely likable good

Saddled with a dog he doesn't want but is conned into keeping for a few weeks, Ryder Davis finds the dog ignores him whenever he gives the dog a command. Needing help, he turns to Juliet Morgan; a woman that knows how to coax the dog into doing anything she asks. However, it's not long before she goes from helping Ryder with the dog to him helping her out of her clothes and into his bed. But with Juliet's heart set on visiting Italy in two months time for an extended period of time, will he be a
Marieke (Marieke's Books & Books and Tequila)
How do I pick my next read? An important criterion is the author (that’s a no-brainer), but also the blurb plays a major part, especially with new-for-me authors. Playing with Forever is my first book by Amy Andrews, and the blurb made me curious. A rugby player and a Great Dane called Tiny meet Juliet, Dog Whisperer extraordinaire; what can happen?
“You are adorable, aren’t you?” Tiny licked, actually licked, her cleavage,then shot a shiteating grin in Ryder’s direction. If the dog had eyebrows
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ruby's Books

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

This series keeps getting better and better with each and every book that comes out and I can't help but fall in love with Sydney Smoke's players.

It was nice to read a book where the roles were flipped, where the woman wanted a no-strings attached fling, while the man is leaning towards a
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ryder Davis was anticipating quiet times to make sure his ankle problem would be taken care of, but that’s when the coach’s daughter rang his doorbell and begs him to take care of a dog for a short while. A gigantic Great Dane. Just for a few days, she said. Tiny is very well-behaved, she said. What choice did Ryder have? How could he refuse his coach’s daughter? And, well, in a matter of hours, Ryder is waiting at the Animal Rescue Centre, begging for help, namely dog obedience classes for Tiny ...more
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***I received an ARC through Netgalley for an honest review.***
Playing With Forever is about a Rugby player, an adorable dog, and a woman that captures their hearts. Seriously, what's not to love?

I loved how the author described everything. It wasn't overly done but made the story come to life. I could really picture the dogs faces.

Of course, I thought the dog was the best part. A man with a dog just melts your heart. The way Ryder talked to Tiny was incredibly funny. I have never smiled so muc
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2-blog
Humor, set-up, characters, story, and (did I mention?) heat made for an engaging read

Book 4 in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, though characters do carryover through the series, you don't need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.

Hot, hot, hot! Whew! I think this book may have had some of the hottest scenes of any book I've read this year. Which is appropriate, because Juliet is leaving to live in Italy, so she and Ryder agree to keep their relationship all about the heat. But of co
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a hot and fun story this is! I loved Ryder, Juliet and the infamous Tiny! Tiny is the star of this show! He's a ladies man for sure. The dog lends a lot of humor to the story in all the right places.

Ryder gets roped into "babysitting" Tiny by the coaches daughter, Val. He's a soccer player and a good one, but at heart he's still a country boy. Juliet works at the local animal shelter biding her time until she leaves for Italy in 2 months fulfilling a long time wish and she's got a few other
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MS Andrews you have done it again blown me away with your words, your story and your hero, heroine and Tiny, I can always be assured that when I pick up one of your books I know I am going to be one very happy reader by the end.

Ryder Davis country boy rugby player awesome all round bloke loves the ladies and his time with them but is also a helpful gentleman so when his coach’s daughter arrives and asks a big favour (knowing how much he loves dogs) what can he say, so enter Great Dane Tiny into
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Where the hell did you learn to kiss like that, Ryder Davis?”
“We country boys are born knowing how to kiss.”

You know, I kind of half-expected to not love this book, given that I’d just read back-to-back five star reads. And then I opened it and ahhh, I was mesmerized by it.

Surely you understand what high praise that is? It’s not uncommon to find a book lacking when you’re coming down from the high of a great read, much less two great reads. But not Playing With Forever.

Nope, Playing With For
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of cursing and a lot of sex in this book. If those things are going to cause you to leave a bad review, this is not the book for you.

The first part of this story is chock full of humor. I found myself laughing and highlighting so many things as I was reading that I can't even explain it (I would have happily read a book just about Ryder and Tiny oh my gosh), but I was disappointed that the humor seemed to fall off after Ryder and Juliet started to hook up regularly. There was lot
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Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written sixty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets.

Her books bring all the feels from sass, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty-melting heat.

She loves good books and great booze although she'll take mediocre booze if there's nothing else. For many, many years she was a registered nur
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“Tiny.” Juliet’s firm voice brought the dog to an abrupt halt much to Ryder’s immense relief. “Sit.”
The damn dog sat and Ryder threw a dark look in Tiny’s direction until he realised the dog’s head was level with Juliet’s chest. No wonder he’d been so eager to obey.
The dog wasn’t a flirt. He was a pervert.
“Good puppy,” she crooned, cradling his head again, squishing his jowls, Tiny’s wet nose smooshed into her breasts.
Fucks sake! The dog was getting more action than he was.”
“Whatever am I going to do with that monster, Ryder Davis?”
He gave a husky laugh. “I think you could probably just tell it to come now and it would.”
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