Donna Reads: No More Mr. Nice Guy (Naughty or Nice #1) by Amy Andrews

niceguyThe Blurb: Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.

Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be.

And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.

Definitely naughty. Josie Butler is recently out of a boring relationship. Curtis asked her to marry him, but she turned him down because he was just so dull. Josie chose dull and predictable because her mother had been the type to flit from one romance to another. She’s currently staying with her childhood friends, sister and brother veterinarians, Sal and Mack Kennedy. Sal is her best friend. In a drunken night of fun, she and Sal compose a list of all the naughty things that Josie has never done and wants to try. Mack finds the list. Josie has always been off limits. She’s his sister’s best friend. Mack was dumped by his last girlfriend because he was too nice. He decides to help Josie with her list, and at first they keep their naughty adventures a secret from Sal, afraid that she will match-make when they both agreed that this was just rebound sex. Too bad they both fall in love. I enjoy anything written by Amy, and this steamy read was lighthearted and fun.

Donna Reads: Playing It Cool (Sydney Smoke Rugby #2)

coolIn Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews, Dexter Blake is a rugby player who’s only focus is rugby. He’s come from a rough background, and he’s convinced that he has to sacrifice personal relationships until after his playing days end. If he loses focus, he loses his place on the team. Harper Nugent is an artist. She’s six foot tall and curvy all over, a big girl. Her stepbrother is the plastic-faced sports reporter who reports on the rugby team. Dex first meets Harper when he overhears the stepbrother angrily telling her off and calling her fat. Dex thinks she’s beautiful, and he asks her out. What starts out as a get-even-with-the-stepbrother type scheme quickly turns into something else. Dex talks Harper into a few dates, and it quickly goes from a mutual attraction to a full blown can’t keep their hands off of each other good time. The big problem is that Dex continues to focus on rugby, and he tries to compartmentalize Harper into a once in a while thing. Harper goes along with that, content, until the day she realizes she deserves more.

This is the second book in the rugby series, and like the first book I couldn’t seem to put it down. It was a cute story that I hated to see end. I really liked both Dex and Harper. My favorite scenes were when Tanner forced Dex to confront his real feelings, and when Dex finally convinced Harper that he wanted the same thing she did. I do love a happy ending. Nicely done, Amy!



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.

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