Playing to Win

Laura Carter
Playing to Win
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Kensington Books
Release Date
February 2018
Book 2 of Brits in Manhattan
Contemporary Romance, Literary Romance, Romantic Comedy

"Carter's writing style is absolutely brilliant." —The Romance Reviews
A high-intensity personal trainer

The secret to Brooks' success as a Manhattan gym owner? Being motivated to disprove everyone who doubted him long ago. He's not about to let a perky newcomer like Izzy tarnish his reputation. Even if watching her lead a salsa class on his premises is fuel for some very unprofessional fantasies . . .

His beautiful British rival

Every time Izzy slams Brooks in her fitness blog, her book sales soar. But when their escalating media feud forces them to be up-close-and-personal for two weeks, she realizes there's much more to Brooks than that incredible body.

And a competition that's got their hearts racing…

Soon Izzy and Brooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to work up a sweat. A passionate workout is easy, but can their rivalry give way to a lasting partnership?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 30, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
48 people found the following review helpful
5 sexy, Latin dancing stars for PLAYING TO WIN!

Gym owner and fitness trainer Brooks Adams is pretty content with his life. Having clawed his way out of poverty for the daughter he had in high school, Brooks is now an upstanding member of the community and a sought after trainer in Manhattan. When he meets fellow fitness trainer from across the pond Izzy Coulthard, it's hate at first sight…for both of them. A mutual dislike soon degrades into name calling and nasty blog posts, until somebody suggests the two publicly swap fitness and diet plans for two weeks to see if the other can hack it. Spending so much quality time together can only lead to very bad things, like murder…or sex.

Ya'll, you've gotta get this book, STAT! PLAYING TO WIN is the second offering in Ms. Carter's fab Brits in Manhattan series, and the push/pull/lust/anger you get from Brooks and Izzy was spectacular! They just rub each other wrong from the word go, making it that much hotter when they finally give in to their attraction. And this book, in true Ms. Carter fashion, is SO funny! Witness:

The music gets going and Izzy tries to incorporate the few steps she has shown me into a routine. I feel like the biggest dick in the world – in a bad way. Seemingly, if it isn't running or team sports, I have two left feet. Try putting two left feet, rigid hips, and no fucking clue what I'm supposed to be doing to a Latin beat. You've got the image. It's like King fucking Kong stopping in the middle of city destruction to do a badly coordinated Riverdance.

I love it so hard! I'm a huge fan of anything Ms. Carter puts out, and can't wait for the next offering in the Brits in Manhattan series featuring Jake!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; mixed condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; no violence/murder.
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