Playing Dirty

Playing Dirty When high school golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he d slept with fat girl Ava Spencer to win a bet he broke her heart Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business A

  • Title: Playing Dirty
  • Author: Susan Andersen
  • ISBN: 9780373775897
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When high school golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he d slept with fat girl Ava Spencer to win a bet, he broke her heart Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn t the gullible dreamer she once was and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can t refuse.A documentary film pWhen high school golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he d slept with fat girl Ava Spencer to win a bet, he broke her heart Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn t the gullible dreamer she once was and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can t refuse.A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited And he wants her as his personal concierge She s certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants Like another shot at having her in his bed But Ava doesn t count on Cade s determination Because he s never gotten over her And he s not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red hot future

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    1. Susan Andersen

      I grew up in a household with two brothers, a daddy, and my grandfather Too many men, in other words They diluted M ma s influence by diverting my attention to things like the danger of answering nature s call in the dead of the night I ve got a hint for those of you raised in a less spit and scratch world check before you sit, because chances are that seat is gonna be up And they don t even have the grace to be embarrassed about it According to my sweet baby boy, if you re the minority sex in the household, you oughtta be putting it up for them Sigh.Having brothers was a mixed bag When anybody messed with me they were always quick with an offer to beat them up That was sorta nice, although I personally believe it had to do with the fact that guys just like to fight than with any towering concern for my welfare You might think that s cynical but guess who the target was if no one else was around and they were tired of fighting each other I must ve spent half my childhood locked in the bathroom, screaming, Dad s gonna get you when he gets home I know, I know, nobody likes a stoolie But it was either that or have my block knocked off on a regular basis, and trust me, Daddy was the best deterrent going.A smart woman probably would ve gone away to an all girl school or moved in with some girlfriends at the first opportunity Me, I got married to my high school sweetie And the tradition continues Our only kid who hasn t been a kid for quite some time now is the aforementioned sweet baby boy, and except for an Irish setter we had for eleven years a long time ago, even our pets have all been male I just try to stay afloat whenever I find myself in the deep end of the testosterone pool, and if you don t think that isn t a trial sometimes, I m here to tell you it can be hell Then again, it can also be heaven In fact, it mostly is But listen, don t tell my guys I fessed up to that, okay Trust me, it s difficult enough already, just trying to stay one step ahead of the game.

    308 thoughts on “Playing Dirty”

    1. I just can't with this. Hero took Ava's virginity in high school and then told everyone in school, received $200 for it off a bet with his friends that he couldn't bag the "fat girl?" And she not only ends up forgiving him for this shit, but falling in love with him?Uh-uh, no way. I like to think I have a good imagination, but this is stretching even my considerable powers.This book is too painful for me to read. Ava is humiliated, she lost her virginity to a shitheel, not to mention Andersen tr [...]

    2. Susan Andersen consistently delivers excellent contemporaries with good characters, friends and a little bad-man thrown in and Playing Dirty is no different. It is the third in the Sisterhood Diaries about three friends Poppy, Jane and Ava who are bequeathed the Wolcott estate by Agnes Bell Wolcott. Agnes was there for the girls since the age of 12 when they started having tea at her home. She helped them through heart-breaks, self-involved parents and even gave them direction in life.Ava Spence [...]

    3. I was so hooked on the premise of this story that I kept reading despite not loving the style. The fat girl whose first lover turned out to have been winning a bet and now he’s back in her life wow. How on earth was Andersen going to redeem this jerk and make him a hero? Well, not that well actually -- Cade is given a shallow, slapdash backstory to make him seem less terrible, and honestly I think I would have preferred it if he’d just been a straightforward creep who grew up. Add in a dumb [...]

    4. This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The RomanceaholicExpected Release Date: July 26, 2011Publisher: HarlequinImprint: HQNAuthor’s Website: susanandersen/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Sisterhood DiariesSeries Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level: SteamyOn Netgalley, this book was categorized as “FICTION – ADULT: Other: Coming of Age”. I admit that I didn’t notice that when I requested the book, and probably [...]

    5. Let me get this straight.This book is good.I just dnf-ed this one because I was getting bored with the romance genre. This book is a total brain candy. It's fun, sexy, entertaining and if I wasn't fed up with blushes, butterflies in the stomachs and kisses, I would have totally finished this.But alas, life is a moody bitch. I'm now craving for some back stabbing, fist fights and blood.

    6. Really enjoyed finally reading Ava's story. I enjoyed how she was such a strong person even though she had insecurities. I liked Cade. I especially liked that he had treated her so badly in high school but had not waited the 10 years until this book took place to apologize for his betrayal. He had tried many times over the years. It just took her this long to forgive him. This book was well written, light hearted without being farcical. It moved right along and all made sense. I really wanted to [...]

    7. The whole point of reading this trope (boy done girl wrong and later regrets), is that he is man enough to grovel well.DNF at 50%Cade spends weeks pretending to be Ava's friend in high school in order to seduce her for a bet.He succeeds and she is publicly humiliated in the cafeteria. I did like her character as she gives as good as she gets, but HE KNEW WHAT HE DID TO HER. So she goes on a diet and becomes awesome looking the following year.Years later, he wants to make a docu-drama about her a [...]

    8. Glory hallelujah! Finally there is a book from this series that I love! I had troubles with Cutting Loose and my reread of Bending the Rules was less than stellar, so I was a little wary about Playing Dirty. However, I felt that Ava and Cade's story had the potential to be the best one of the series. There was so much history with them, and while that doesn't always guarantee a winner, I felt that it would work in their favor. And boy did it! I loved the plotline; I could actually feel all the e [...]

    9. Ava was the "fat girl" in high school. She had her two best friends and she really didn't need anyone else. But when her long time nemesis Cade and she are partnered for a project sparks begin to fly between the two. Ava falls for him but he ultimately betrays her and humiliates her basically in front of the entire school. Fast forward thirteen years and Ava is now a gorgeous successful women who had inherited an old mansion with her two best friend from Miss Agnes. Cade is also a success in his [...]

    10. I was very excited to get an advanced copy of this book since I really enjoyed the first 2 books in the Sisterhood Series, I was amazed by the bond between these 3 women. I was also a little leery about how I would feel reading it because being someone who had struggled with weight my whole life and the insecurities that come with that, my heart ached for Ava. What Cade did to her was the most horrible thing you can imagine a high school girl going through and I was absolutely sure I could never [...]

    11. A cute story. My favorite quote "We have uteruses-they give us magic color sense."But I didn't like the ending much. It was too rushed and what's with the labor room thing? They let everybody go inside during child birth now? Even your friends and their husbands too? I didn't even want my hubby near me when I was in labor some years ago. But then, that was just me.Love the cover though. Fully clothed yet very suggestive.

    12. It wasn't until after I requested this book and then received it and started reading it that I realized this is the book that Holly blogged about last year. She blogged about the news the author broke about how it wasn't likely that she'd get to write this book. A few months later, Holly blogged again that things turned for the good and fans of the Sisterhood trilogy books were going to get Ava's book. Holly told me time and time again to read these books but like usual, I didn't.It didn't stop [...]

    13. I can't tell you how excited I was to finally read this book. I've been waiting years for it to be released. Thankfully it lived up to my expectations. What Cade did to Ava in high school was pretty unforgivable. High school is such an emotional, trying time anyway - and Ava constantly felt fat and out of step with everyone else. Her mother really fed into that. So his betrayal was even more devastatinguse for the first time in her life, she actually felt beautiful. To know it was nothing more t [...]

    14. Cade and Ava have known each other all of their lives, and truth be told Cade has always had a serious crush on Ava, but a lousy way of showing it. He’d put spiders on her, and look up her skirt and then the ultimate betrayal; he slept with her, the ‘fat girl’ to win a $200 bet and humiliated her in front of the whole school. 13 years later after this life altering betrayal finds Cade and Ava working together. Cade is a Hollywood documentary producer and Ava a personal concierge. Cade offe [...]

    15. The prologue starts out with big promise- the heart of the story. Ava is a chubby beauty, a senior in high school, a confident and witty girl. She has had a HATE relationship with Cade since she was 8 years old. Even though he would put spiders on her, pour drinks down the front of her pretty dresses, or step on her feet while dancing, she never let him get the better of her. She always put him in his place quickly and never would back down. Well things changed later senior year when she worked [...]

    16. Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries #3) by Susan AndersonRomantic ContemporaryPaperbackJuly 26, 2011HQN BooksAva Spencer was humiliated and heartbroken when Cade Gallari announced in a crowded lunchroom that he had slept with her on a bet. Now, ten years later, Ava is a bombshell with a successful concierge business. When Cade contacts her with a proposition; he wants her house and services for one month, Ava agrees with one stipulation. This is business only. She isn’t the same naive girl he kn [...]

    17. I love this book, love, love, love it! Did I mention that I really love this book yet? I have to admit that I am not quite finished yet (8 pages left to go), but I am trying to extend my joy of reading this book a bit by 'saving' these last few pages while I can. I feel like I've been reunited with some close and wonderful friends, and I really don't want to say goodbye to them yet. I think Susan Andersen has done such an amazing job in creating a wonderful friendship between Ava, Jane and Poppy [...]

    18. Cute finish to the Sisterhood Diaries trilogy. I was a tad bit annoyed with the product placement. I am now very aware that Andersen is a Mac person. Sheesh.I liked how Cade always came back to Ava. He had been trying for 12 years to apologize. I understand how Ava was hesitant to trust him when he said he loved her. He scarred her pretty bad in high school. And I liked that even though he was upset at her lack of trust he said he knew he wouldn't be able to walk away.The side plot of finding th [...]

    19. This is a great read. I quickly moved it to the top of my TBR pile after Susan gave an interview on my blog. I couldn't wait to read it and once I started it, I couldn't put it down.

    20. 2 StarsOh God I'm so behind on my reviews and I haven't been doing any reading at all lately. Maybe it's for the best - I can deliver a more concise and streamlined review because only the cleanest and strongest impressions of this book still exist for me. It's just your run of the mill romance novel with a second rate "who stole the family jewels" mystery with a superficial, sugary icing exterior of "hey kids let's put on a show". In the case of this book, the “show within the show” framewo [...]

    21. 4.5/5 (B+)I am soooo happy that Ms Andersen got to write this book and we, readers, got to read it!! Playing Dirty was definitively an enjoyable read with great characters and totally worth the wait :)The best part of Playing Dirty was definitively the H/H. Ms Andersen was able to come up with characters that were smart, likable and real :) I can't tell how much I enjoyed Ava. She's strong and determined, she knows how to deal with people, is good at her job and enjoys it and has great friends f [...]

    22. Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerSource: we received an e-ARC of the book through NetGalley for review purposes.If you are a fan of contemporary romance then you must be familiar with Susan Andersen’s books. Because her latest books have been a bit of a hit and miss for me I wasn’t aware that this book was the last one of a trilogy but the synopsis was so interesting that I just wanted to read it. I’m glad I did.After realizing that Playing Dirty was part of a series the first [...]

    23. Yummy Bite of Brain CandyThirteen years ago Ava Spencer was a senior in high school, overweight, and despite her two best friends, not one of the popular girls in school. Dating the wildly popular and sinfully gorgeous Cade Gallari was like a dream. She gave him her heart and her virginity. Then at lunch the day after that momentous event, in front of a jeering crowd, Ava watched in growing horror as Cade's best friend stood up, peeled off two hundred dollars from his wallet, and loudly proclaim [...]

    24. This was the book we were all afraid would never see the light of day. After Cutting Loose and Bending the Rules came out, for some stupid reason, HQN originally thought BFF #3, Ava, didn't need her story told. Thankfully, between readers clamoring for it and Susan herself fighting for it, we won. So I felt a special sort of specialness and vindication upon being able to buy this book. Not to mention a feeling of coming home -- Jane, Poppy, and Ava had made me feel like one of them (even as an o [...]

    25. PLAYING DIRTY: Jackass to Hero in 10 Yearsfangswandsandfairydust/201August 30, 2016PLAYING DIRTY: Jackass to Hero in 10 YearsPLAYING DIRTY: Jackass to Hero in 10 Years 0by fangswandsfairy • Book Review Fiction, contemporary romance • Tags: body image, Diaries, high school, inheritance, sisterhood, steamy, thriller Playing DirtyPlaying Dirty coverBook 3 in the Sisterhood Diaries seriesAuthor Susan AndersenNarrated by Emily DurantePublished by Tantor MediaPublication date Jun 28, 2016Running t [...]

    26. Ava Spencer has always thought of herself as the "fat girl" and no matter how much weight she loses, the feelings of inadequacy remain and flare-up occasionally. She's having one of those flare-ups now courtesy of "Buttface" Cade Gallari, the boy who crushed her heart in high school by accepting a bet to sleep with the "fat girl". Cade's back in town now to make a documentary using Ava's mansion and hiring Ava to be the production's concierge and hoping to finally make amends. As Ava learns more [...]

    27. I received this eARC from netgalley for my honest opinion and review.I have not read a Susan Anderson book in quite some time so i was happy to try this new book out. I've enjoyed many of her previous books so i was hoping for more of the same good reading. Here's the blurb.When high school golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he’d slept with “fat girl” Ava Spencer to win a bet, he broke her heart. Now a decade older and a head-turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn’t the g [...]

    28. Full review to come.The following review will be posted on my Smitten with REading blog on release dayJuly 26, 2011.My Review:They have a lot of history between them and the majority of it has played out in a highly contentious way. Cade found himself in elementary school being drawn to Ava's infectious laughter and joy in life, so he reacted in the way that most little boys do tormenting her. In turn, she called him "Buttface Gallari." This type of interaction continued through high school unti [...]

    29. At the end of senior year it finally happened. Ava Spencer finally lost her virginity, and to none other than handsome, bad boy Cade Gallari. She was so happy, until she heard it was all a bet; he was offered two hundred bucks to sleep with, "the fat girl." The bastard jerk didn't like her at all. Years later, Cade is back from LA and he wants to film a documentary in Miss Agnes, and the girls really need the money. They reluctantly agree and Ava is asked to play concierge for the film crew. For [...]

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