Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely
on September 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Friends-to-Lovers, Humor, Sports Romance
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the author in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A brand new sexy and fun sports romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely!
Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.
Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the owner’s handsy-as-hell sister who seems dead set on winning more than a date with me at the auction.
Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.
She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me the next day that we’ve got to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.
Violet says she’ll take one for the team and pretend to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport. And soon enough, I want this game with her to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.
How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?
*MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!*
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In MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, the NFL starting quarterback Cooper Armstrong needs his best friend’s sister to pretend to be his girlfriend. Violet is willing, but neither one expects their boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage to turn into a full-contact sport so quickly. Find out if their fake play will become the real deal or if they can turn back the clock to when they were just friends in this sexy new standalone sports romance!
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Maxine’s eyes laser in on me, and she slashes an arm through the air. “Five thousand dollars,” she says, jacking the price up by nine hundred and staking her claim. I shudder inside.
The guy’s eyes widen, and he holds up his hands. “I’m out.”
My stomach plummets when the business woman shakes her head.
“Going once?” Sierra asks, scanning the tables, looking for perhaps one last big spender. My eyes scan the crowd, too. Hell, maybe I’ll find an escape hatch. A trapdoor to drop into and disappear like in a magic act. Maybe Trent will learn to read my mind. Trent, I’ll cover you for anything you bid. Just raise that hand, name a price, and save me.
My best friend’s expression is merely curious now as he watches Maxine and Sierra, waiting for the verdict. My opportunity to play yard boy slips through my fingers.
The look in Maxine’s eyes is pure satisfaction as she waits for the final word. She winks at me, as if we have a secret. Holy shit. She thinks I want this. She thinks I want her to win me.
A flash of chestnut brown hair in the back catches my attention. A flurry of silver. It’s Violet, hands in the air, wildly flapping over her head in the middle of the ballroom. She brings her finger to her nose. And she’s tapping it, like fucking Santa Claus coming down the chimney, and Harlan tapping his nose to signal his agent, and all the greatest solutions in the universe at once.
My heart goes crazy.
It hammers in my chest. This is like finding an open receiver a second before you’re sacked.
“Going twice,” Sierra says, trailing off as she waits.
I raise my arm and tap my nose, too. Violet is the only one who knows I need to get out of this jam. She’s the only one I mentioned it to. And she’s the only one now who can save me.
“Ten thousand dollars.”
Holy shit. Violet does not mess around with my money. Her eyes widen, as if she’s surprised she bid that high.
My gaze finds Trent. He’s staring at his sister, slack-jawed.
Sierra’s smile is bright and wide. “Ten thousand dollars. Do we have ten thousand, one hundred?”
The room is hushed. Maxine’s expression is blank. She must be shocked. She probably didn’t expect anyone to vie with her to this extent.
I tap my foot, willing Sierra to close this quickly. Just slam the door shut, please, fucking please.
“Going one. Going twice.”
I say a silent prayer. I cross my fingers. I hope.
Maxine blinks, opens her mouth, and I steel myself for a disgustingly high counter bid.
But there’s only silence. No words come. Violet has shocked her speechless. This type of bid wasn’t in Maxine’s playbook.
Sierra raises her arm. “And a night with the quarterback is sold for ten thousand dollars.”
Talk about a Hail Mary.
Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely is a standalone romance novel from the hero’s POV. Filled with humor, heart and heat, Ms. Blakely scores another touchdown with this fun, childhood friends turned fake boyfriend/girlfriend turned lovers, romance that will have you cheering for the hero as he wins his girl.
Cooper Armstrong has been on the sidelines warming the bench for the last three years for the best player in the NFL. This year though he’s finally in the game as quarterback and so far he’s leading his team towards the playoffs. But first, he has to bring in the dough at the annual team charity event, an event he always came in first, as the Most Valuable Playboy. However, when he realizes the owner’s sister wants to bid on him and she’s looking for more than just an innocent date, Cooper knows he needs to call in reinforcements. Luckily, his childhood friend and best friend’s sister, Violet Pierson is there to save the day.
Soon what starts off as an off as spur of the moment bid at an auction turns into a small white lie of Cooper and Violet pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend while Cooper waits for his contract to be renewed. It should be easy peasy for these life-long friends, but when you throw in growing attraction, one-on-one dates, and superstitious teammates who believe keeping the quarterback chaste during the football season brings luck and you have the makings of a hilariously fun and sexy romance.
I always enjoy Lauren Blakely novels. Her male POV books are funny, romantic, and pure enjoyment. Cooper is a great hero who is not full of himself and cares a lot about his family and friends. I liked his relationship with his teammates and his mom, and even with his agent. He and Violet are so cute together. I like how she keeps telling Cooper jokes and how he realizes he likes her right away and worries about how she feels. Though the novel is mostly in Cooper’s POV, we do get some chapters from Violet’s POV and some texts between her and her brother’s wife, Holly, which was nice cause it helped give us, as readers, a little bit more about Violet.
I also liked the secondary character of Jones and Jillian. They have small scenes with each other but you can definitely see an attraction, so I am so glad that Ms. Blakely will be writing a book about them as well. I can’t wait to read their story.
Overall, Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely is a fun and entertaining novel that should not be missed. I very much recommend and look forward to reading more by Ms. Blakely.
10% of the proceeds from the release day sales along with a portion of pre-orders across all retailers of MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will be given to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Houston Humane Society to help those in need from the natural disaster.
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“Lauren Blakely is a master at writing sexy, engaging stories that draw you in and make you fall in love with her characters. A definite go-to author for me!”
– NYT Bestselling Author Melanie Moreland
“Lauren Blakely never ceases to amaze me with her sense of humor, her talent to write fabulous heroes and heroines and to pull an A game with a male POV. Most Valuable Playboy is a real treasure.
– Becca at Little Read Reading Hood
“The slow burn, the teasing, the kisses, OH THE KISSES!!! MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY exceeded all of my expectations. Lauren Blakely has a knack for making a reader fall for her characters.”
– Jess at Jo and Isa Love Books Blog
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