Donna Reads: Playing by Her Rules (Sydney Smoke Rugby #1) by Amy Andrews

rulesThe Blurb: When style columnist Matilda Kent accidentally lets slip that she was once involved with the captain of the Sydney Smoke rugby team, she suddenly finds herself elevated to the position she’s always wanted – feature writer. The catch? She’s stuck doing a six-part series on her ex.

Tanner Stone wants to be involved in a feature series about as much as he wants to snap an Achilles. But the thought of seeing Tilly again is a bonus—and has him more worked up than he wants to admit. Only he’s not prepared for how different she is – all cool and professional.

This one took me by surprise. I know diddly-squat about rugby.  I liked that the story was a second chance romance. I also liked Tanner a lot although I didn’t really understand why he did what he did to break them up the first time around. It seemed a little extreme. I couldn’t understand why she had held onto her anger, her hurt and her grudge eight years later until more detail was given and then I found myself more firmly on her side. He had handled things badly. He had good intentions, but he was clueless.

I liked the characters, and I found myself really getting into the story – so much so that I stayed up until early in the morning until I finished it! It was one of those books that I didn’t want to put down and couldn’t wait to get to their happy ending. I like romances, and this one had a nice interplay between the characters. It had adversity, but it wasn’t of the gut-wrenching kind. I’ve never read anything by Ms. Andrews before. I can tell you that this one won’t be my last. I’ve already downloaded the second installment in the series.

Image and Blurb courtesy of Goodreads

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