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Playing Dirty

Bantam. (Monkey Business Trio, Bk. 1). May 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781101882948. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781101882955. EROTICA
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Cassidy Whalen is the youngest woman in the sports management industry to reach such amazing success; snagging Denver "Rocket Man" Rockford for a client would not only put her on the map, it would guarantee her position as partner of Striker Sports Entertainment. The only thing standing in her way is the arrogant, philandering Shaw Matthews, her gorgeous coworker who is the firm's only other major player. Though their relationship has been hostile from the start, this direct competition has both sides set on winning by any means necessary. As the games progress and seduction is introduced as a subversion tactic, Cassidy and Shaw find that something greater than lust might be clouding their professional vision. This snappy, sexy novel moves at breakneck speed, with abundant snark and sports euphemisms. Cassidy and Shaw are worthy opponents in the office and the bedroom. Their fiery and aggressive sexual dynamic will appeal to those who enjoy reading rough sex, as this is a classic tale of "anything you can do, I can do better" enemies-turned-lovers.
VERDICT Parker's (A Million Dirty Secrets; A Million Guilty Pleasures) penchant for dry humor and vivid, voracious sex scenes breathes life into a well-trodden premise.

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