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Playing House

(Sydney Smoke Rugby #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.

Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced
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Published February 12th 2018 by Entangled: Brazen
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Amy Andrews has so far hit the spot with this series and although not my favourite, #5 is as hot as a summers day Down Under.

description A single, twenty-six-year-old woman still living with her parents on a cattle station in outer woop woop like some Jane Austen heroine.”

Eleanor Davis isn’t your everyday heroine and with a love of the times past, she was seemingly born in the wrong century. And although she’s held onto her virginity waiting for her Mr. Darcy, she’s come to the conclusion that
Claire Robinson
3.5 - "Never underestimate your vagina!" Stars!

Playing House, gives us the fifth book in Amy Andrews enjoyable Sydney Smoke Rugby series. Bodie Webb is next up to get the girl, and I have to say I quite liked the way he went about it!

"There are two things I do really well… One is tackle, the second is giving head. Trust me, you don’t want to be on the receiving end of the first, but you do want to be on the receiving end of the second…"

This was a very quick read, I went in without even reading
‘Playing House’ did kind of fall flat for me with the stereotypes that Amy Andrews played with here—the virgin and the supposed ‘accidental’ manwhore who used to be a committed boyfriend but was cheated on—but I’m writing this review with the understanding that this imprint is more to do with smexy times than anything else. Much of Bodie/Nell’s interactions were unsurprisingly, sex-based, so their time in between the sheets were prioritised over the harder and difficult issues that crop up in ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, 2018
Eleanor was born in the wrong century. From the victorian clothes, the literature, the dashing men, to the time when being a virgin was coveted. She comes from a family that are tall, lean and beautiful while she's short, curvaceous and daydreaming about another time in history. The last thing she expected was for Bodie Webb to take notice of her.

Bodie has no idea the woman who caught his notice is none other than his best friend and teammates younger sister Nell. All he sees is a woman who's
Loved this!

Eleanor Davis's brother Ryder plays for the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she is hiding behind a plant at his engagement party when one of his super-hot team-mates, Bodie Webb catches her eye and tries to seduce her.

Eleanor (Nell to her family) is a 26 year old virgin, someone who loves Victoriana more than modern day clothes and manners, but she has decided that virginity is a pesky thing and she wants rid - if only she can pluck up the courage. Of course she knows that Brodie would run
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
This has a ton of steamy off the charts sexy times in it but also a lot of heart.

Eleanor hadn’t planned to lose her virginity at her brother’s engagement party, certainly not to his rugby superstar best friend Bodie and definitely not end up pregnant after the one and only night of debauchery she willing dived into. But she did and it’s happening.

Bodie didnt know Eleanor was Nell, his mates little sister but even after finding out the truth, he still can’t deny he wants Eleanor in his
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don’t waste your time reading this, just get this amazing book! Or for a play-by-play, look down below.

I dislike stories about virgins: Eleanor Davis is a virgin. I don’t go looking for “older brother’s little sister” stories either; maybe because I don’t have a brother. When reading the blurb, one gets a good idea of what the “surprise” is, which is not my favourite trope either. Why choose to read PLAYING HOUSE? Because I adore Amy Andrews, the Sidney Smoke Rugby series is brilliant, and I
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What a delightful book Playing House was. It was full of surprises and two of the most lovable people that will make you smile throughout the story. Amy Andrews did a beautiful job of bringing two totally different people together showing that opposites do attract.

Eleanor was a delight to read. She was a quirky, 26 year old virgin in a sea of the “beautiful” people. She loved the 19th century and was looking for her own Mr. Darcy to sweep her off of her feet. There is no way any one of the
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series, MS Andrews has a way with words that is magical, she knows how to write steamy and fun and moving and fabulous. This is Bodie’s story, tough rugby player and Eleanor (Nell) farm girl and specialist seamstress, two very different people that see each other across a room and bang instant attraction sit back and enjoy this one.

Eleanor is a quiet twenty six year old female living on the farm and dreaming of life in the nineteenth century, she loves Austen and Heyer and
Eleanor is the quirky sister, she prefers to make gowns that would be a match for any Jane Austin character. When she shows up at her brothers engagement party she meets Bodie who she has a one night stand with. He wants more but when he finds out she is his best friend's sister he hesitates. However when she discovers she is pregnant everything changes. Bodie has wanted to be in Eleanor's life since the day he met her but it is an uphill battle trying to prove to Eleanor he is in their ...more
This is the fifth story in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series by this talented author. When one of the team players returns home to celebrate his engagement, his younger sister Eleanor is surprised when one of his team mates comes over to talk to her. The attraction is mutual - and highly unusual for the usually staid Eleanor. Eleanor is the quiet one in the family, the one who is enthralled by everything Victorian, from stories to clothing and even etiquette. She's always said she would save her ...more
Maria Rose
Playing House by Amy Andrews is the latest sexy romance in her Sydney Smoke Rugby series. It’s a ‘one night stand becomes more’ trope story, with a Sydney Smoke player and a quirky down home heroine getting a chance to fling caution to the winds, then having to deal with the unexpected consequences.

Eleanor Davis, sister of Sydney Smoke player Ryder, has a growing online business designing and sewing historical fashions. If it makes her a bit of an odd woman out in the Australian Outback, so be
4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A shy, quirky heroine who prefers books to parties. A sexy-as-hell hero with a sweet side. A scorching one night stand that becomes so much more. Put those three ingredients together and you’ve got a recipe for a highly entertaining romance. And when you add in Amy Andrews’s fast-paced style and signature humor then it’s clear to see why I couldn’t resist Playing House .

Eleanor is such a fun heroine. She grew up on a steady diet of Jane Austen and
Elizabeth Neal
Bodie, a rugby player, loves his life. His best friend, Ryder, is his teammate, he loves his job, and after a bad breakup the year before is enjoying, maybe a little too much, being single again. When he travels to Ryder's hometown for his engagement party, his eyes land on a woman that immediately intrigues him.

Eleanor (Nell) is used to being different...from her beautiful sisters, from others with more "normal" hobbies and interests, and because she's a virgin at 26. The last she can change
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed the Sydney Smoke series and this one is no exception! Amy Andrews does quirky-sexy so well, and her rugby boys, oh my yes! This story also packs some agonizing heart ache (TW if required in spoiler tags below), as Amy also does so well. Beautiful story, looking forward to the next installments in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series!

TW spoiler (this occurs late in the book, and is non-violent): (view spoiler)
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good sports romance. Best friend's little sister. She's a 26 yr old virgin who wears vintage clothes. He's a hottie who plays rugby.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best friend's little sister is my very favorite trope, so I was very excited to read this one. I've really enjoyed this whole series so far.

Bodie "Spidey" Webb is a pro rugby player for the Sydney Smoke. He grew up in a very wealthy family, and his dad wants him to enter the family business at some point. Bodie has no plans to ever do that. He loves the game too much, and he loves his team. In fact, his best friend Ryder Davis is one of his teammates, and that's what brings him to the middle of
Ivy Deluca
Eleanor Davis is a twenty six year old virgin. And guess what? She doesn’t want to be. She may love the Victorian era and adores making historically accurate clothing for commission, but she’s tired of waiting for the one. The man who is going to sweep her off her feet in his frock coat and Darcy-isms. The man who does not exist in Bungindally, her small town in the Australian countryside. Then she meets Bodie Webb during her brother’s engagement party, and she decides that he’s the one to help ...more

So far, I've enjoyed most of my forays into this series, and this should have been one that I would enjoy as well, but it actually fell a bit flat for me. Thankfully, it was a shorter read, but I was rather disappointed in it.

I loved how
Sofia Lazaridou
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
What kind of sister spends only two pages talking to her brother? Eleanor that's who. The story begins at her brother's engagement party and she never goes to talk to him. Later she only talks to him to convince him that been with Bodie is a good idea. They were related just to fit in the "in love with brother's best friend" genre. Bodie spends more time with Ryder than she does and I found that annoying. Eleanor is not even mentioned by name in Ryder's book and now she get's her own? I would ...more
Cathy Geha
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Playing House by Amy Gamet
Sydney Smoke Rugby #5

Amy Gamet is becoming one of my go-to authors. Every book I have read by her has been wonderful making me only want to read more of whatever she decides to write. This book delivered again…in all the ways that I was hoping it would ;)

Quirky, immersed in the 19th century and the odd duck in her family and community Eleanor Davis is ready to leave her virginity behind. When Bodie Webb, rugby player and friend of her brother, introduces himself to her
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
With some of my favorite tropes, how could I resist this book? Eleanor loves the 19th century and made her hobby into a small business. She is into Jane Austen (O, Mr Darcy!) and Georgette Heyer and thinks she has been born too late. Even when she loves modern hygiene and the right to vote.

At 26 she is still a virgin and when she attends her brother's engagement party (Ryder from the last book) she is approached by Bodie, her brother's best friend. They have a hot night together after which
Standalone/Cliffhanger: Standalone
Ages of H and h: Eleanor is 26 and Bodie is similarly aged
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: (view spoiler)
Was There Descriptive Sex: (view spoiler)
Descriptive Sex &/Or Drama Between H/h With OW/OM: (view spoiler)
>>If So, Before or After H/h Hookup: (view spoiler)
Contains Cheating: (view spoiler)
Amount of Sex In The Book: (view spoiler)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, sports-romance
I have enjoyed every book in the Sydney Smoke series but Eleanor and Bodie are by far my favorite!! Each of these books read as standalones but this series gets better with every book.

Eleanor is obsessed with all things Victorian and is more comfortable blending into the background than being the center of attention like her brother, Ryder. Bodie is a trust fund baby and talented rugby player who was burned by his ex-girlfriend. When Bodie sees Eleanor across the room at Ryder's engagement
Talking Books
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Be still my thudding heart <3. I adored Eleanor and Bodie’s characters in Ms Andrews latest instalment in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, Playing House. Lots of heart, emotion and scorching attraction between the characters with a bit of drama thrown in to the story, just to keep the reader breathing that little bit heavier. From the start I was glued to the pages and could not put the book down. My fave read in the series yet and a story I did not want to finish for all the right reasons :D.
Christina Montminy
I enjoy Amy Andrews’ writing, her stories always have a poignant tale to them . Playing House is sweet, sexy, laugh out loud funny & sad. In this story of lust, love & loss we see how a wall flower blossoms with the attention of the sexy jock. We see how life changes even when all precautions are taken & we see how it all changes when having to deal with loss. We see how the love of the one, can bring back to life everything that the loss took away. I truly enjoyed this book & ...more
Thuy Taylor
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story. I've always like opposites attract romances. This was charming. I liked it quite a bit.

Bodie and Eleanor were definitely opposites. He was an athlete, a rugby player. Eleanor was a virgin, quiet, shy, quirky, totally into the whole Victorian era type life. Her career is sewing period pieces etc. Bodie and her meet at her brothers engagement party, Bodie doesn't know, who she is, which is his best friends sister. They end up in bed together. Complications arise, but
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Is there anything sexier than a hot, huge, rugby player being all sweet and cuddly? Well, Playing House will give you the opportunity to see for yourself, and it’s not one you should pass up.

I’ve loved this group of boisterous, rough, sexy beasts of the Sydney Smoke team since the very beginning. Each time one of these guys falls, they do it big and they do it in style: fucking up royally and then having to fight for their girl with all their might.

Eleanor is Ryder’s baby sister (from Playing
Heli - So Many Books - So Little Time
4.5 stars. Loved both Eleanor and Bodie and their story.
Barrie Mac
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Amy's creation of Eleanor! Eleanor was like no other modern female I've ever read! She was so unique and wonderful! Eleanor's innocence when it came to men was refreshing and fun to read. Never to disappoint, Amy created a strong hero who wanted to do the right thing and found himself falling in love. I'm not usuallay onboard with instant love but Amy created a beautiful story between two people who have two families against them. Bodie is a very handsome rugby player who finds Eleanor ...more
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Amy is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Aussie author who has written seventy 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

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