Series: Sydney Smoke Rugby #1
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 184
Published: Entangled Publishing: Brazen, July 11, 2016
In this grudge match, the first to score…
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. Still, there’s no way she can turn down a promotion…or the chance to dish the dirt on the guy who so callously broke her heart.
…could win it all!
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. His Tilly is still in there, though…and he still wants her, now more than ever. All he has to do is charm her into giving him a rematch. And this time, winner takes all!
I have to admit, my knowledge of rugby pretty much consists of-yep, you guessed it- big men in tight shorts. That’s right folks, I was completely clueless getting into this one. It was as if I felt it though, a few days ago I found myself lounging in front of the tv and watching rugby whenever I caught it, and trying to understand. Is it karma? Fate? Whatever it was, I’m glad I found this series because yeah, I’m watching out for the rest.
As much as I can’t say I’m a big fan, though I don’t know why, this was a second chance romance. Matilda and Tanner used to be high school sweethearts, but things happened and they went their own way. Tanner became a rugby star while Matilda followed her dreams all the way to Stanford. When they meet, it’s a bitter reunion, but things heat up quickly. And might I say, sweetly. Tanner was so charming that I’m sure if it was anyone other than Matilda he was trying to woo, this would’ve been a much shorter book. He was funny and honest, I immediately warmed up to him.
While Tanner had me with his sweetness, Matilda had me with her determination and discipline. Maybe it wasn’t shoved at our faces, but she had those qualities. As a woman in journalism, she had to. I admired her talent, and hell yeah, her ability to say no to Tanner’s charms. I could see where she was coming from in the entirety of the book, and I was happy to read she ended up getting what she wanted, both in and out of the bedroom.
A funny and sexy start to a new series, I’ll most definitely be on the lookout for the rest. I’m adding four big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and go see if I can find rugby on tv. You know, purely for the sake of understanding the sport. Watching big men in tight shorts has absolutely nothing to do with it. None.
Sydney Smoke Rugby series:
- Playing By Her Rules
- Playing It Cool