Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely
on September 1st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Blog Tour Host
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 team owner's recently-widowed and handsy-as-hell sister who's dead set on winning more than a date with me.
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 we have to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract.
Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it 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!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
And we have another winner with Most Valuable Playboy! Fake relationship+Childhood friends+Friends to Lovers= Swoon. I loved the characters, adored their banter, and just about died at the teasing, flirting, and sexy interludes. I’m a happy, happy girl.
Cooper Armstrong is finally the first-string Quarterback on the Renegades, his football team that’s having a winning streak, and he’s 100% focused on staying that way. He and his closest friends on the team made a pack to follow the superstitions they believe is helping them win, and whether he believed in superstitions or not, there’s no harm in doing it. Cooper’s superstitious practice? Staying celibate for the whole season.
When the team’s yearly bachelor auction for charity arrives, Cooper’s previous reputation as ‘Most Valuable Playboy’ has come to bite him in the butt. After having heard of the previous winners’ past experience with Cooper, The Renegades’ owner’s sister wants to bid for him and make the most of every penny she’ll spend on him.
Fortunately for Cooper, hair stylist Violet Pierson, his childhood friend, is there to save the day and bid against the woman, with his permission to use as much of his money it would take to win him over. What started out as a simple cop-out turned into something so much more when they had to pretend to be in a relationship. The night ends with a mind blowing kiss on stage in front of the whole audience.
Instead of ending the ruse that night, they both realize the relationship would benefit them both—Violet’s salon has had a boom in new clients since their ‘relationship’ has gone public, and his manager thinks it would help his reputation for when the team considers renewing his contract.
But what starts out as pretend turns into so much more when they feel the attraction they’ve always ignored when they were younger.
This book made me so happy! It’s a light read with amazing banter and a sizzling slow burn that made me hold on to each page, each word, and each dialogue between Cooper and Violet. Their friendship and the sexual tension between them leaps off the page, having been written so vividly by Ms. Blakely.
We have two lovable characters who are both dedicated to their professions. Cooper is 100% focused on his goals and his team. Violet is admirable in her successful business, confidence, and kind personality. Their chemistry is sizzling, their banter fantastic (it made me grin so much!), and their friendship solid.
And it’s not just the main characters I loved! I’m not even exaggerating when I say I loved every single character in this story. Cooper’s mom, Violet’s sister, Cooper’s teammates, his publicist. They’re all amazing without looking two-dimensional. Although the story is focused on Cooper and Violet’s romance, Ms. Blakely still managed to give life to these characters. I hope she writes more about the other members of the Renegades.
If you enjoy hilarious sports romance with a side of fake relationship and the childhood friends trope, Most Valuable Playboy is for you.
Tropes: Fake Relationship, Childhood Friends, Friends to Lovers, Brother’s Best Friend, Sports—American Football
POV: First Person, Male POV
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The business suit woman raises a hand, offering forty-one hundred.
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.
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