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Playing a Player

(Sweet Cravings #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,645 ratings  ·  262 reviews
From Amazon bestselling author Ivy Smoak comes a steamy romantic comedy about unlikely roommates.

My last single friend just got married, leaving me roommate-less. When Rory shows up at my door, I'm more than a little surprised to find out that a guy has answered my ad. Living with a man wasn't exactly what I had in mind. Especially one as handsome as Rory. He's charmin
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published July 2018 (first published November 4th 2015)
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Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***1.5 stars***

I'm really confused right now and not because i'm not sure if I liked this book or not (because i didn't), but because it has so many 4 and 5 stars reviews. I really, really don't get it.

I don't enjoy giving bad reviews but every author experiences this so I'm not going to hold back, but I'll do my best to support my opinion with valid arguments.

The story...
I feel that the author was constantly improvising while writing this book. I feel that the story as a whole was a hot mes
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether to laugh or cry about how bad this book was. Have you ever read a book that the heroine was so pathetic you just wanted to upper cunt her? That was this book. Keira meets Rory. Rory becomes her roommate. He's a total man slut who brings woman after woman home and screws them right in front of her. But of course he's "perfect" and she just "loves" him so much. *insert eye roll* She asks for advice of what guys like from him and basically he just wants a whore, so what does sh ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 you have to play the game in order to win stars. I loved the read. It was fun, sexy, emotional, and hot. Rory's such a stereotypical good-looking guy that I found myself snorting. He plays the game and in order to keep his attention and to make him realize what he feels you have to play him. Kiera's a fun time because she doesn't want to make things awkward but she can't help but be attracted Rory because he's H-O-T!

There's a moment where Connor, one of Rory's very close friends, offers to he
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 12, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF ~48%

Imagine a 90s chick-flick that you may have enjoyed back in the day, but has not aged well with the test of time. Whose heroine's antics you once upon a time might have found amusing but now realize are borderline crazy and obsessive for no apparent reason.

There is absolutely no reason why Kiera should be so fixated on Rory. Like yes, I understand he is supposed to be hot, but according to her, so are both of his friends and they're both way better guys but is she obsessed with them? No
Cary Morton
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
A 2-Star rating, for me, is extremely rare. It means that I finished reading a book, but I didn't like it. Usually, I can tell if I like a book or not by the first chapter, and I will toss the book out if it isn't interesting...but in this case, the book started okay. It seemed like your typical romance, full of longing, misunderstandings, and passionate, steamy sex - which is generally how I like my romances.

And then, somewhere along the line, it all fell apart. The book felt like a made for TV
Carolina Godinho
I was given a ARC in exchange of a honest review.

Keira's last single friend just got married, leaving her roommate-less. When Rory shows up at her door for an interview, she's more than a little surprised to find out that a guy has answered her ad. A super sexy guy.
When I read this blurb I thought that would be a nice book, but it let me down in so many ways that I can´t count.
First of all, Rory is a jerkface, he´s super sweet on the interview and got me fooled together with Keira. Though, I co
To say that this book was just not for me would
be a vast understatement.

The writing was not bad, the premise overdone, but
not bad. The heroine was so immature and silly that
I found absolutely nothing to like about her. Kiera's
acceptance over Rory's hook-ups were just unbelievable.
She was awkward and silly and so unlikeable that I
didn't care that Rory was sleeping with other girls,
in the next room!!! She didn't care so why should I?

Rory, he could have been yummy. He was gorgeous, funny,
Jul 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
My Bookish Delights
Heat Level: Scorching (More sex than plot) (view spoiler)

Spoilers ahead

Yikes. This was an ebook that's been on my kindle for a few years and I'm trying to read the older ones to clear it out a bit. I'm not sure if I would have liked this in 2017, but in 2020 I most definitely did not.

The author's note indicates that she wrote this as a rom-com that was inspired by New Girl and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, a show that I absolutely love and a movie I really
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Dear, sweet Keira is beautiful but awkward. She places an ad for a roommate and enters hot, sexy, Rory. This girl had me laughing so hard with her desperate ways to get Rory to like her. The sex scenes are hot, but the story-line is a little predictable. I am older, so maybe that is why I couldn't tolerate Keira's being so naive and making bad decisions. If I were younger, I could see how this book might be romantic. This book is a good read for a laugh. ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arcs

ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

4 'teasing' stars from

Keira is in search of finding a new roommate but the only
appealing candidate is a guy A HOT SEXY GUY, which is the last thing she wants but she doesn't have any other choice because the other applicants aren't a good fit for her. So she ends up choosing Rory the hot, sexy guy. Extremely interesting things will happen to them as roommates...!!

To begin with, i have to say that i have pretty mixed feel

patrick Lorelli
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Keira, is looking for a new roommate her last one moved out to get married, and that was also her last single friend. The first person who answers her add is a good looking man named Rory. She is attracted to him but does not want him as a roommate. She has a few more interviews but they do not go so well, so now she goes to the restaurant he works at and says yes to him moving in. She is not ready for her emotions and feelings towards him and for his two friends who always seem to be over at th ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it

Story line was just too juvenile for me. Sweet girl likes sexy player. It’s all playing games and nothing more.
Jennifer F
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This will be a hard book to review. I liked the concept, plot line and the steamy hot romance, and even most of the time liked the main characters, and their friends. I didn't like the fact that the main female (Keira) was a whiny, childish, desperate, run away every time there was even a hint of an issue, indecisive character 95% of the time or that the main male (Rory) was such a pushover, although the flow got better after they started the love scenes, it was a very immature read. Had a 50 sh ...more
Lori Fox
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Love and hate.

Rory is the type of man you love to hate. I think Kiera was too easy on Rory. He is a manhole, he even brought home a skank to sleep with right under Kieras nose after sleeping with her. He was very disrespectful bring home bar whores and he knows she can hear them and had them stay until morning to rub her face in it more. I wish Kiera had ended up with Conner. I did not like Rory at all! She was too much of a push over for me to give this book a higher rating.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book months ago as a freebie. It was ridiculously bad. Pissed that I even waisted a few hours on it. Keira was such a weak character. Don't understand girls being attracted to these man sluts and will go three stupid lengths to get their attention. Wasn't even aware her & Rory were even dating before he proposed to her after what a month living together as roommates. I really was hoping she would end up with Connor. ...more
Nirah ❣️
I’m only 30 mins into this book but I know it’s not for me 🥴😕. So, here’s to not reading books I don’t vibe with , DNF @ 31:30
Michelle Austin
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Playing the Player was my first read from Ivy Smoak and I loved it so much I gave it a 5 star rating of hotness. Hot Sex, Mind Games, Hot Alpha

There was one girl who thought I was too sloppy to live with.
Rory leaned forward on the counter “I don’t mind if you’re a little dirty”.

Keira is looking for a new roommate and has setup interviews for the morning after her previous roommates wedding. She is taken by surprise when Rory shows up and turns out to be a hot 6ft tall single man. With the mind
~~~~ARC Provided Via Net Galley~~~~
Title Change Previously The Roomate

Ok so here's the deal.... The cover is absolutely hot but that's pretty much what interested me in this book. I had a super hard time getting into the book and couldn't relate at all. I read to escape everyday life and it usually relaxes me however this read I found myself confused at times and then annoyed and then finally irritated. I wanted to put it down and walk away but because I'm so committed to finishing things I just
Liz ~ Liz's Reading Life
This a sexy book about a single girl that has been watching her friends meet and marry their soul mates. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. But with her latest friend/roommate getting married, she is in need of another roommate. So she puts on ad out and prepares to meet the applicants, hopefully one of them will work out and not leave within a year like the others.

However, the best person for the room is not whom Keira could possibly live with is the last person she wants to say yes to. Ro
PLAYING THE PLAYER was painful to read. This review has some spoilers, so please skip it if you don't want to read them.

The heroine is annoying AF. It just seems to me that Keira and the supporting characters their personalities were based on a bad nineties rom-com that would have gone straight to DVD, but it went straight to TRASH. Keira is so freaking annoying.

She doesn't stand up for herself at all and lets a complete jackass grope her during strip poker. And OF COURSE, there were 'bimbos' at
Judy Miracle
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So before i started this book my dumb self went through the reviews... Yeah I am never doing that again!!!! The blurb had me intrigued the cover seriously had me wanting to know what it was all about and who can pass up a book with a hot picture on the front? (I know I cant) But the reviews were kind of putting me off the book... BUT OMG I'm so glad that I did not chicken out from reading this book based on what others thought was bad because personally I fell in love with it.

Keira is roommate
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Playing A Player by Ivy Smoak is a full-length standalone romance that involves a female/male roommate arrangement, a roommate pact, a hot male player and a steamy tryst or two dozen.

Keira is looking for a roommate - AGAIN. Her friends keep getting married and moving out and she feels like she is just spinning her wheels. When Rory shows up to apply for the roommate position Keira is thrown off by both his good looks and his manner. He steamrolls right over her insistence that she thought Rory w
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Keira finds herself without a roommate after her last one got married and moved out. She has to find one before the rent becomes due again because she can't afford the place by herself. Rory shows up for her first roommate interview and she's immediately smitten with him though reluctant to live with a man. After many horrible interviews she decides to let Rory move in. Rory and his two best friends Comner and Jackson soon ma
Amazeballs Book Addicts
This book is a funny read but it also has lots of steamy scenes too. Keira is looking for a new roommate. Rory comes for an interview. There's just one thing wrong Keira was looking for a female roommate and Rory is male. Rory is super sexy. He is definitely not what Keira wanted for a roommate.

Keira and Rory become roommates. Keira is attracted to Rory. Rory at first seems uninterested and a bit a of a manwhore. They have some great back and forth. Rory is a laid back guy and pretty funny. Wit
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keira is looking for a new roommate but the one candidate she can’t get off of her mind is this super SEXY guy, Rory. She doesn’t want to have a guy roommate but what other choice does she have after all the other applicants are complete duds? Rory moves in, they make a pact to stay strictly friends, but of course we all know where this is going. =P

I absolutely adored this book and I have never read any of Ivy Smoak’s work before, so I was very impressed. This story made me laugh and cringe at
Heather andrews
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keira is just all kinds of entertaining, "I walked over to the boxes and sat down. I pulled the tape off the first one and opened it up. It was full of boxers. I lifted up a pair. A box of condoms was underneath of it. A huge box. Does he buy them in bulk? Who needs this many condoms? Rory cleared his throat. ***t. I threw the boxers down on top of the box of condoms." The bathroom scene and Kiera's reaction made the book, it was priceless:
When Rory emerged I started yelling, even though I knew
Amy~My Book Obsession~
Playing a Player is a great fun, light, and fast read you will enjoy beyond words. It all starts when you think your potential roommate is a girl, due to name, but find out he is one Sex God that can cook!
Keira is freelance writer looking to find a roommate that will stick around for a while (not rush off and get married). What she gets is new friendships and the best sex of her life.
Rory is a carefree and loyal to his friends. He’s looking for a good time both in and out of the sack.
I really
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Ivy Smoak is the international bestselling author of The Hunted series. When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her husband in Delaware.

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“When we were fighting the other night, everything just suddenly clicked. When you asked me if you make me happy. That's all that matters right? I've never been happier. You're it for me, Keira." He put his other hand on my cheek. "And I thought that I'd be scared of making the next step with you too. But I'm not. The only thing I'm scared of is losing you. And when we make this official, that's it. You're the one. And I want to make that step. I'm in love with you. I'm so in love with you, Keira." Oh my God. I put my hand over my mouth. "I don't want another roommate ever again. I want to fall asleep every night with you by my side. And I only want to wake up next to you." "Rory..." "And I know I'd be happiest with you by my side for the rest of my life. Keira, I want you to be my roommate forever." He got down on one knee and pulled a box out of his pocket. I wiped away the tears that had started to fall from my eyes.” 3 likes
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