Playing Hard by Melanie Scott



Baseball star Oliver Shields has always lived for the game-and now the New York Saints have finally made the play offs. The season isn’t over yet, but meeting gorgeous Amelia Graham seems like a bonus grand slam-until one night of partying threatens to take Oliver out of the game for good…

UNTIL SHE puts his heart in play
All work and no play has always been Amelia’s motto, earning her a coveted job on Wall Street and the freedom she’s always longed for. Oliver is a real player-in more ways than one-and a distraction she doesn’t need, especially when she’s trying to win a chance at her dream assignment at work . When flirtation turns to attraction so fierce neither one of them can say good-bye, will Oliver and Amelia step up to the plate-and give love a chance?



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What a way to be introduced to an author!

Playing Hard is a refreshing take on the sexiness that is a sports romance.

Oliver is a smart guy. He’s been in professional baseball since he turned 17, but he is no dumb jock. Nope, Oliver is well spoken, respectful, hard working, and has a mixture of confidence and humility that makes panties drop. Even in his darkest moments, I still loved this character. I especially loved how he treated Mellie – with respect and honesty.

Mellie is a freaking sweetheart. Her life has not been peaches and cream, but she is not afraid to work hard to attain her dreams. I love that. I hated how much effort she put into to two people that (while I’m sure they cared about her) used her and, on occasion, verbally abused her. she apologized often and only offered vague replies when she would talk about her job. As if it had been ingrained in her that it was boring and no one cared. But Oliver did. *SWOON* How many times have you gotten super-duper excited about something and talk a mile a minute only to stop and apologize for being passionate? Go on, count. I’ll wait… Well, that’s Mellie. And it was sad.

Playing Hard is not just for sports-romance readers, it is for all romance readers.



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