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Safe. Loved. Protected. As a single mom, my son was my world. From the moment I gave birth to Anthony when I was just a scared teenager, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything, to make him feel the love I'd never had. And most days, I was pretty sure I succeeded. Life hadn't always been easy. In fact, it pretty much never was. But that was Safe. Loved. Protected. As a single mom, my son was my world. From the moment I gave birth to Anthony when I was just a scared teenager, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything, to make him feel the love I'd never had. And most days, I was pretty sure I succeeded. Life hadn't always been easy. In fact, it pretty much never was. But that was fine. I had Anthony, and he had me. I was determined that he would always feel safe, loved, and cared for, even if that meant I would be alone.... I knew that the only person my son and I could depend on was the person I saw in the mirror. Until the day I met Cole Carson. And everything changed. Passion. Love. Commitment. As the Quarterback of the Los Angeles Legends, football was my world. From the moment I picked up a football as a scrawny preteen, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything to make my dreams come true. And I succeeded. I was considered a legend, on and off the field. Professionally, I was at the top of my game thanks to my passion and love for it. Personally, the closest to a commitment I ever wanted to make was signing the lease on my hook-up apartment, around the corner from my favorite pick-up bar. And that was month-to-month. I wasn't cut out for love, not in the romantic sense ... I knew that my first and only love would be football. Until the minute I saw Julianna Perez. And my world turned upside down. Author's Note: Playing with Attraction was originally written for Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World and released as the novella Daring Attraction. We've revised, rewritten (including changing the POV), revamped, and expanded the story to a full-length novel. It is now book one in our first ever sports series. It was SO FUN revisiting this story and updating it! Cole Carson is one of our FAVORITE heroes, we think he is majorly swoon-worthy and we're so happy that his story is back and better than ever!


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Safe. Loved. Protected. As a single mom, my son was my world. From the moment I gave birth to Anthony when I was just a scared teenager, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything, to make him feel the love I'd never had. And most days, I was pretty sure I succeeded. Life hadn't always been easy. In fact, it pretty much never was. But that was Safe. Loved. Protected. As a single mom, my son was my world. From the moment I gave birth to Anthony when I was just a scared teenager, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything, to make him feel the love I'd never had. And most days, I was pretty sure I succeeded. Life hadn't always been easy. In fact, it pretty much never was. But that was fine. I had Anthony, and he had me. I was determined that he would always feel safe, loved, and cared for, even if that meant I would be alone.... I knew that the only person my son and I could depend on was the person I saw in the mirror. Until the day I met Cole Carson. And everything changed. Passion. Love. Commitment. As the Quarterback of the Los Angeles Legends, football was my world. From the moment I picked up a football as a scrawny preteen, my fate was sealed. I knew that I would do anything; sacrifice anything to make my dreams come true. And I succeeded. I was considered a legend, on and off the field. Professionally, I was at the top of my game thanks to my passion and love for it. Personally, the closest to a commitment I ever wanted to make was signing the lease on my hook-up apartment, around the corner from my favorite pick-up bar. And that was month-to-month. I wasn't cut out for love, not in the romantic sense ... I knew that my first and only love would be football. Until the minute I saw Julianna Perez. And my world turned upside down. Author's Note: Playing with Attraction was originally written for Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World and released as the novella Daring Attraction. We've revised, rewritten (including changing the POV), revamped, and expanded the story to a full-length novel. It is now book one in our first ever sports series. It was SO FUN revisiting this story and updating it! Cole Carson is one of our FAVORITE heroes, we think he is majorly swoon-worthy and we're so happy that his story is back and better than ever!

30 review for Playing With Attraction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    2,5 stars Because the goodreads doesn't allow half points, I cannot give 2,5 stars but it is what this book is: 2,5 stars. However, as it was not 3 for me, I am marking it as 2 and putting the blame on gr ********************************************* I needed something light and fun after an intense read (Black Swan Affair) and this was light and fun, just maybe not enough... I'll tell you why. ********************************************* Cole is an awesome hero. He is a football player, the 2,5 stars Because the goodreads doesn't allow half points, I cannot give 2,5 stars but it is what this book is: 2,5 stars. However, as it was not 3 for me, I am marking it as 2 and putting the blame on gr 😊🙈 ********************************************* I needed something light and fun after an intense read (Black Swan Affair) and this was light and fun, just maybe not enough... I'll tell you why. ********************************************* Cole is an awesome hero. He is a football player, the quarterback of a famous team. He used to have casual hook-ups only and some even may say he was a man-whore until he met the heroine, Julianna. And also for the safety team, let me tell you that at the beginning of the book, he has a scene with another woman. Cole never took the women he hooked up with to his house. He either went to their house or he took them to his "hook-up" apartment that he rented just for this purpose. After meeting the heroine, he gives back the keys of his "hook-up" apartment and never sleeps with anyone else again. He dedicates himself to winning the heart of the woman he has fallen for. ********************************************* Cole really falls in love with Julianna and he does everything possible to earn her trust. However, having been abandoned by everyone else in her life, Juliana’s trust issues are over the top. Even if at some point she agrees to be friends with benefits for a short time, she ends it quickly fearing that he might leave her in the end and then she would be too hurt if she got more attached to him. She was a woman whose shell was too hardened and it was nearly impossible to break it. She has a 10-year-old son and she is 26 years old and she never dated anyone after her son was born. She never trusted anyone so she never let anyone enter their lives. Therefore, the whole book is about Cole trying to make her believe that he is serious about her and he is there to stay. He tries to earn her trust, makes her agree to be friends first, then they become intimate but with every step forward, Julliana takes them two steps back. At first, it was understandable how cautious she was but after a certain point, she was borderline annoying, refusing him all the time thinking that’s the safest way. ********************************************* The book has its funny, hot and emotional moments but there is not much of a plot actually. It’s only the hero’s chase of the heroine, trying to make her see he is in it for good. I really admired his patience. ********************************************* The writing is both good and bad. It is good because it makes you feel but it is also bad because it is mostly comprised of too long inner monologues. The bright side is the monologue parts are also written well. The book made me feel but it was not enough. Because of the lack of dialogues, I didn’t feel their connection as much as I needed to. It wasn’t like I didn’t feel it but I didn’t feel it enough. For example, the heroine says that they sat, watched TV and talked until 02:00 am in the morning, but there is not even one short dialogue of what they talked about. So she says they got closer but we don’t actually see how. The book tells but doesn’t show all the time. However, sometimes there are really good dialogues so it makes me think that the book could have been so much better with more dialogues that show how they got closer and how their connection got stronger. It’s a pity because with all that lacking, now it is only close to “good” but not “good enough". ********************************************* The book of course has a HEA but everything happens in a matter of 12 weeks. Meet, chase, fall in love and get married in 12 weeks! That was too quick for me and the fact that nearly 8 weeks of it were spent separate, that leaves only a few weeks of them being together. Therefore, the whole thing feels a bit unrealistic to me. All in all, it is a mediocre read, you can read and maybe enjoy it or you won't read and won't miss anything...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    Single mum Julianna Perez has had to raise her son Anthony all on her own, after her aunt kicked her out at 16 and her boyfriend washed his hands of them both, and she’s done a kickass job, her 10-year-old is smart, self-assured and a sweetheart. Wary of letting anyone in, her circle is tight, romance is one thing that is never on her mind, that is until she meets LA Legends Quarterback Cole Carson at the football camp her son is attending. Cole never having had or wanted a serious relationship, Single mum Julianna Perez has had to raise her son Anthony all on her own, after her aunt kicked her out at 16 and her boyfriend washed his hands of them both, and she’s done a kickass job, her 10-year-old is smart, self-assured and a sweetheart. Wary of letting anyone in, her circle is tight, romance is one thing that is never on her mind, that is until she meets LA Legends Quarterback Cole Carson at the football camp her son is attending. Cole never having had or wanted a serious relationship, finds himself entranced by Julianna – defo insta-love/lust for him. I have to say the scene at the start with Cole and his (view spoiler)[one-night stand just didn’t feel necessary. (hide spoiler)] I really liked Cole's relationship with Anthony, and wish the author had given us a tad more when it came to scenes between the two. When I saw this book, I did a mental bounce, and really looked forward to delving into it and it did make for a comfy and light read, but honestly, I wanted more oomph to the plot and way more heat between the main characters

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rhodes

    Find a comfy seat, charge your Kindle, clear your schedule, and prepare to be mesmerized as you read this book. I absolutely loved this book. I have never been disappointed in a Melanie Shawn book. Cole is a quarterback who is a bit of a player. I didn’t like his ways in the first few pages, but Melanie Shawn turned him around quickly. Julianna is a single mother whose back story will tear you to pieces. I felt so badly for her. She is a strong character who just doesn’t want to let anyone in Find a comfy seat, charge your Kindle, clear your schedule, and prepare to be mesmerized as you read this book. I absolutely loved this book. I have never been disappointed in a Melanie Shawn book. Cole is a quarterback who is a bit of a player. I didn’t like his ways in the first few pages, but Melanie Shawn turned him around quickly. Julianna is a single mother whose back story will tear you to pieces. I felt so badly for her. She is a strong character who just doesn’t want to let anyone in enough to let her down. Within the first few sentences about Julianna, I was a fan. I loved how she wasn’t impressed (outwardly) with Cole, but on the inside, she was shaking. She knocked him on his butt by not bowing to his charms. She really is attracted to him, but she has a son to think about. This is all new to both characters and both have some learning to do. You will feel like you are right there cheering them on as you read. I seriously couldn’t put the book down. And I laughed out loud at this quote. “he was hornier than a desperate housewife watching “Magic Mike”. “ I read a lot of books by a lot of wonderful authors. I have to say that Melanie Shawn would rank right up there in my top author list. I feel happy as I read. There are some moments in the book where I wanted to shake Julianna, but I was never worried for a minute. This duo can spin a tale and cause you to lose hours while loving every minute of the book. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. Dual point of view and no cliffhanger.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky Claxon

    What do you do when you are a single mother and have done everything on your own for the last ten years? Julianna feels like the only one she can trust is herself. I can understand her feelings since her ten year old’s father signed over his rights when Julianna was 16 and in the hospital with the baby. Oh and her mother had given her to her aunt to raise and now the aunt kicks her out of the house because she had a baby. I think that Julianna had a hard time raising her son, but she may have What do you do when you are a single mother and have done everything on your own for the last ten years? Julianna feels like the only one she can trust is herself. I can understand her feelings since her ten year old’s father signed over his rights when Julianna was 16 and in the hospital with the baby. Oh and her mother had given her to her aunt to raise and now the aunt kicks her out of the house because she had a baby. I think that Julianna had a hard time raising her son, but she may have the best man for her when she meets Cole. Cole is a Legend’s quarterback and a lover of women. But once he meets Julianna his womanizing days may be over. Julianna’s son Anthony loves football and Julianna relents to let him go to a football camp where his hero Cole will be helping out. I thought it was great how Cole fell in love with Anthony, Julianna’s son. I know he felt like the two were kindred spirits. I enjoyed watching Cole try to knock down Julianna’s walls. Julianna had a wonderful neighbor that I had a few laughs over. This is a good book that I encourage you to read. I was given a copy of the book and voluntarily wrote a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I loved this book so much. It is such a great story that I devoured it! It is a well written book with such a sweet happy ending. I smiled the whole way through. I am really excited to see where this series is going to go. Juliana does not do relationships after the only one she had had left her jaded and with a son. She meets Cole at a football clinic her son was attending. The rest was history!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Moore

    What a great start to a new series!! Cole was so swoon worthy and a great role model for Anthony. Love how Cole made Julianna loosen up and enjoy life. Was a hot, sweet, feel good read. Looking forward to Sam and Josie's story next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Anderson

    Playing With Attraction Lots of heat from this single mom, Julianna and LA Legends quarterback, Cole. Anthony was a great bonus. Love stories with children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I loved reading Julianna and Cole’s love story in Playing With Attraction, book one in the Playing the Game series, written by the amazing sister duo of Melanie Shawn. In this story we meet single mom Julianna Perez and Los Angeles Legends quarterback Cole Carson. Cole is also known to be a player with the women. Julianna has survived a more than difficult life. Her mother left her at an aunt’s when Julianna was young. Then at age sixteen, when Julianna was pregnant, her aunt kicked her out and I loved reading Julianna and Cole’s love story in Playing With Attraction, book one in the Playing the Game series, written by the amazing sister duo of Melanie Shawn. In this story we meet single mom Julianna Perez and Los Angeles Legends quarterback Cole Carson. Cole is also known to be a player with the women. Julianna has survived a more than difficult life. Her mother left her at an aunt’s when Julianna was young. Then at age sixteen, when Julianna was pregnant, her aunt kicked her out and after her son was born the baby’s father, with his parents, legally signed away his parental rights. Alone, people helped direct her to a home for single moms, gain her GED diploma, and finish a degree to be a Medical Assistant. She scraps by living in an apartment that she can barely afford with her salary as a Medical Assistant in a doctor’s office, transcribing medical records at night and occasionally working for a catering company. Julianna’s son, Anthony, is ten years old and has been awarded an opportunity to attend a Youth Football Training and Camp. It is at these training sessions that Cole sees Julianna and falls for her. Cole cleans up his act – no more one-night girls, no more hook-up apartment, and no more party boy. Cole has tunnel vision with Julianna and Anthony being the prizes at the end. Julianna hasn’t dated since her son was born. Despite being pursued by numerous men, she turns them down. Cole asks his mom, who was once also a single mom, what sort of things she wanted or needed when he was growing up. Cole inserts himself into Julianna, and Anthony’s life, not allowing for her to turn him down. He uses the let’s be “friends” card. The chemistry between the two characters is off the charts. Julianna gives them three nights together, while Anthony is away at camp. Cole encourages her to let go and share her fantasies with him, which he tries to fulfill in that short time. The love and passion these two share is amazing. Julianna cannot believe that Cole would love her or stay with her, as no one else ever did. She must learn how to trust others and let go of only her being able to take care of her family. Melanie Shawn wrote a wonderful and sexy story that is definitely not to be missed. I enjoyed how this story evolved around the characters and how Julianna learned to trust and Cole learned how to love. I also loved the way Melanie Shawn showed the growth of these two characters. This sister team provided a tale rich with off the chart sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and fantastic characters giving Julianna and Cole a chance for happiness, love and an unexpected future together. I highly recommend Playing With Attraction to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Roberts

    Julianna is a single mother of a 10-year-old named Anthony. Anthony’s father signed away his rights to Anthony the day he was born making Julianna a 16-year-old girl raising a baby by herself. Life has been tough for Julianna, but she is more than happy to have Anthony by her side every day. Julianna lives for Anthony and would do anything for him. So, when Anthony gets chosen by his 5th grade teacher to go to a new program starting up to teach football to young boys she doesn’t hesitate to Julianna is a single mother of a 10-year-old named Anthony. Anthony’s father signed away his rights to Anthony the day he was born making Julianna a 16-year-old girl raising a baby by herself. Life has been tough for Julianna, but she is more than happy to have Anthony by her side every day. Julianna lives for Anthony and would do anything for him. So, when Anthony gets chosen by his 5th grade teacher to go to a new program starting up to teach football to young boys she doesn’t hesitate to allow him to join the program. Julianna never thought allowing her son to play football would change her life forever, nor did she realize she would find love that she never thought she would have. Cole Carson is a playboy that has his private home for himself and a bachelor apartment for the women he takes home most nights. An everyday woman and a child is not something on Cole’s radar, not now or in the near future. But that all goes out the window the moment he meets Julianna. Cole can’t stop thinking about the beautiful mom of Anthony, that he has come to really like, so when Anthony leaves his bag at the stadium, Cole feels it’s the perfect time to go drop off the bag and hope to get to spend some time with Julianna. Over the course of a few weeks, Cole hangs out with Julianna and Anthony most nights. He is no longer interested in taking women to his bed, he is interested in taking only one woman to his bed. But with Julianna having a tough time though her life and worried that starting anything with Cole will influence Anthony in a not so positive way, she can’t give in to his charms or the attraction they have for each other. But what happens when Anthony goes away to attend a five-day camp? Sex, romance, sex, and even more sex? However, the deal is only for the remaining 3 nights of freedom Julianna has before Anthony comes back from camp. What happens at the end of the 3 days, when Julianna and Cole are supposed to go back to acting like nothing happened between them? Can they remain friends? Can they live each day without the other? Or will Julianna and Cole find a happiness that neither of them expected?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Julianna Perez, a single mother of a 10 year old son, allows her son to go to a football clinic, even though she doesn’t want to let her child play a contact sport. While there, she meets Cole Carson, the quarterback of the Los Angeles Legends. Cole has a reputation for being a playboy and Julianna hasn’t dated anyone since she was 16 and had her son. The moment that Cole meets Julianna, his days of being a playboy end. He doesn’t want anyone else. Julianna doesn’t want to be in a relationship Julianna Perez, a single mother of a 10 year old son, allows her son to go to a football clinic, even though she doesn’t want to let her child play a contact sport. While there, she meets Cole Carson, the quarterback of the Los Angeles Legends. Cole has a reputation for being a playboy and Julianna hasn’t dated anyone since she was 16 and had her son. The moment that Cole meets Julianna, his days of being a playboy end. He doesn’t want anyone else. Julianna doesn’t want to be in a relationship because she doesn’t want her son to feel the same abandonment issues that she felt while she was growing up with people just leaving her behind like she doesn’t matter. Julianna and Cole become friends first since Julianna doesn’t want to risk a relationship that could crush her son’s hopes seeing as how Cole is his idol. Julianna slowly allows Cole into her life and Cole takes whatever time she allows. Both of these characters are down to earth people (even the famous quarterback) which makes the story more relatable. The single mother not wanting to upset her son’s life by taking risks with allowing him to get attached to an adult male that she is interested in. Cole falls in an instant and his entire world seems to change on a dime. This was a great story to read for me. Another recommended Melanie Shawn book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    This story about Julianna Pérez and Cole Carson is one that will touch your hearts. Julianna is a young woman who had a baby boy when she was sixteen and left without anyone to help. She has become the best mom to precocious ten year old Anthony. Cole is a famous quarterback ,known as a playboy and one who is starting to realize his ways are getting old. When Anthony gets a scholarship not only for a 6 weeks football camp, but also for a weeklong sleepover camp, Julianna will do anything to make This story about Julianna Pérez and Cole Carson is one that will touch your hearts. Julianna is a young woman who had a baby boy when she was sixteen and left without anyone to help. She has become the best mom to precocious ten year old Anthony. Cole is a famous quarterback ,known as a playboy and one who is starting to realize his ways are getting old. When Anthony gets a scholarship not only for a 6 weeks football camp, but also for a weeklong sleepover camp, Julianna will do anything to make Anthony happy, even if she’s scared to death he’ll get hurt. Cole and Julianna meet at the camp, and it’s obvious that the attraction is instantaneous. But Julianna has no desire or time for a relationship, least of all with someone like Cole. Cole is determined to win Julianna over . But Julianna is scared. Fear is a powerful feeling . Fear not only that she can get hurt, but also Anthony. This story has it all. At times funny, at others sweet, with some very sexy moments thrown into the mix. It’s a story about self-discovery, and taking chances in life because in the end, you might discover that if you find someone who “gets” you, your life will be richer and wonderful. Another winner by these talented authors. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha

    Another great read from Melanie Shawn! This book just had all the feels for me! Julianna is a single mother who literally has worked her way up from nothing all while caring for her son, and makes sure that her son never has gone without. She’s extremely guarded and jaded from her experiences and does nothing to risk or rock the boat in her life. Structure is key for her. But that’s all thrown away when she meets Cole, a professional football player, and he sets his sights on her. While Cole Another great read from Melanie Shawn! This book just had all the feels for me! Julianna is a single mother who literally has worked her way up from nothing all while caring for her son, and makes sure that her son never has gone without. She’s extremely guarded and jaded from her experiences and does nothing to risk or rock the boat in her life. Structure is key for her. But that’s all thrown away when she meets Cole, a professional football player, and he sets his sights on her. While Cole starts out as the stereotypical womanizer in the beginning, it’s funny to see him change his whole life based on meeting someone and not even having a conversation with her. While it did help him change for the better, it’s a little unrealistic, but that is the best part of books. A combination of the couple working through their own respective issues together really made the book great, and Julianna’s son is the icing on top helping push them together and to what’s right for the both of them. I can’t say enough nice things about this book or this author, it seems that they can’t write anything bad in my eyes! Can’t wait for the next book, especially because with the teaser at the end of this one! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Babb

    Definitely 5 stars !! The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is WOW !! It had to be hands down one of the best books I have ever read. From the first sentence this book drew me in and would not let go. It was romantic, funny, hot and sexy all rolled into one. The characters in this book were incredible. From the main characters Cole and Julianna to Julianna son Anthony, to Cole’s mom Hillary, and Julianna next door neighbour Megan. Each of these characters helped make the Definitely 5 stars !! The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is WOW !! It had to be hands down one of the best books I have ever read. From the first sentence this book drew me in and would not let go. It was romantic, funny, hot and sexy all rolled into one. The characters in this book were incredible. From the main characters Cole and Julianna to Julianna son Anthony, to Cole’s mom Hillary, and Julianna next door neighbour Megan. Each of these characters helped make the book amazing. Anthony, Hillary and Megan all played a role in helping the main characters figure out what we as readers already new. Cole was sexy, hot and a very stubborn. He was also a charming and patient man. Julianna was beautiful, strong and a good mom. She was also infuriating at times but that helped make the book more interesting and to push Cole to step up his game. I loved how you learned about Cole and Julianna’s past because it was what shaped them into who they are in the book. I am not sure what else to say because I would not want to spoil the book for you. I would definitely recommend you pick this one up because it will not disappoint you in the least. Arc provided by author for honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kei

    Well, I was okay for the first about 50% of the book. I didn't love it, because it felt like the book consisted of 20% actual inactions and actions and 80% thought narrative waxing poetic about each other and past interactions, and about their instant attraction and how sexy they find each other...and it was repetitive, over-emphasised, and annoying. But otherwise I thought there were some good thoughts and directions, and characters seemed interesting. When I just reach half-way through though... Well, I was okay for the first about 50% of the book. I didn't love it, because it felt like the book consisted of 20% actual inactions and actions and 80% thought narrative waxing poetic about each other and past interactions, and about their instant attraction and how sexy they find each other...and it was repetitive, over-emphasised, and annoying. But otherwise I thought there were some good thoughts and directions, and characters seemed interesting. When I just reach half-way through though... Suddenly, the heroine reached the peak of idiocy of her decision meaning, the hero agreed to play alone with her idiotic plan, and I just couldn't stand the tone of the book anymore. I hated how the heroine suddenly begun to sound with all her 'No. Just because.' and saying things she didn't purposefully. It all felt like cheap mleh drama with people constantly lying to themselves and each other, and the sexual scenes were smeared with all these game-playing and insincerity and I honestly just skipped last 40% of the book because it all suddenly turned very off-putting and headache-inducing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Free arc for honest review LA Legend starting QB, Cole Carson was a man-whore. Maybe he earned that right, but that’s what he was, until he met single mom Julianna Perez. Young single mom Julianna just wanted what was best for her son Anthony. That included trying to keep him from playing tackle football, but Anthony won a scholarship to a youth camp sponsored by the LA Legends, and against Julianna’s “mom radar”, she let Anthony participate. The first day at camp, Julianna and Anthony ran into Free arc for honest review LA Legend starting QB, Cole Carson was a man-whore. Maybe he earned that right, but that’s what he was, until he met single mom Julianna Perez. Young single mom Julianna just wanted what was best for her son Anthony. That included trying to keep him from playing tackle football, but Anthony won a scholarship to a youth camp sponsored by the LA Legends, and against Julianna’s “mom radar”, she let Anthony participate. The first day at camp, Julianna and Anthony ran into Cole at the practice. For Cole, the moms were suppose to be off limits, but Cole felt a deep attraction to Julianna and an affection for Anth. Although Julianna fought the attraction, she lost. While Anthony was on a five-day camp experience, she decided to let loose and get her “freak on”. Although Julianna had set a time limit on the “relationship”, her feelings for Cole were getting stronger. I enjoyed this book and the chemistry a lot, but I felt there were a lot of tears, and I would have liked to have seen Julianna be a tad stronger. Thanks for the read ladies!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Playing with Attraction is the first book in the Playing the Game series. A brand new series by Melanie Shawn! I really snjoyed this story and the characters within and can already not wait for the next novel in the series! Juilanna Perez is a single mom. In her mid-twenties she lives for her son. Works three jobs to pay the bills and has no real social life whatsoever. When her son gsts a scholarship to the LA Legends football came for youth maybe her world will be turned upside down. Cole Playing with Attraction is the first book in the Playing the Game series. A brand new series by Melanie Shawn! I really snjoyed this story and the characters within and can already not wait for the next novel in the series! Juilanna Perez is a single mom. In her mid-twenties she lives for her son. Works three jobs to pay the bills and has no real social life whatsoever. When her son gsts a scholarship to the LA Legends football came for youth maybe her world will be turned upside down. Cole Carson is the starting QB for the LA Legends. He loves football, loves life for himself, and hooks up whenever he can. But can just the sight of a woman make him change his ways? Cole is kind, caring, and very protective of people he loves. Julianna is as independent as they come, hard-working, and it is hard to earn her trust. Can these two opposites make it together? Can they find a middle ground that works between their worlds? This book was fun and I absolutely loved the ending! I cannot wait for the next in this series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alison Davies

    Damn!! Cole.... is.... HOT!!! The quarterback for Miami thunder, is used to having a different woman every night and it works for him.... Until he meets Julianna, a single mum that adores her son and works three jobs to give him everything he needs... She finds it hard to trust, when at 16 the love of her life walks out on her when he finds out she's pregnant, then stomps on her heart.... For that reason, she can't let anyone in to let the past repeat itself..Cole falls head over heels for her Damn!! Cole.... is.... HOT!!! The quarterback for Miami thunder, is used to having a different woman every night and it works for him.... Until he meets Julianna, a single mum that adores her son and works three jobs to give him everything he needs... She finds it hard to trust, when at 16 the love of her life walks out on her when he finds out she's pregnant, then stomps on her heart.... For that reason, she can't let anyone in to let the past repeat itself..Cole falls head over heels for her but she thinks he's a player and her first and only priority is her son.. Can Cole prove to her that he's the man for her?? The passion between Cole and Julianna, takes your breath away... Yet again Melanie and Shawna have gone and done it again, another amazing book from them... Everytime I think their books can't possibly get any better, they prove me wrong... If you haven't read the rest of their books, what the heck have you been doing???

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina Buchberger Oase

    I didn’t want this story to end! Julianna and Cole’s relationship was one that dreams are made of. From the moment Cole met Julianna he felt a zing and she felt a stirring. Cole was a typical playboy and even had a playhouse to take his playmates. Once he met Julianna he gave back the keys and knew he was never returning. He knew deep down that she was the other half of him. Julianna is a young single mom who based on her life didn’t trust anyone to take care of anything in her life except for I didn’t want this story to end! Julianna and Cole’s relationship was one that dreams are made of. From the moment Cole met Julianna he felt a zing and she felt a stirring. Cole was a typical playboy and even had a playhouse to take his playmates. Once he met Julianna he gave back the keys and knew he was never returning. He knew deep down that she was the other half of him. Julianna is a young single mom who based on her life didn’t trust anyone to take care of anything in her life except for her. She was willing to allow herself have an emotional and physical “vacation” while her son was away. Once he came back it was back to reality. The only problem, her heart wasn’t in agreement. Cole doesn’t take no for an answer and does everything in his power to get his goal. Including getting information from her son on her favorites and uses that knowledge. I loved reading this love story!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Loved this book! Julianna was determined not to be let down by love again. Ever since Anthony, her son, was born, it was just the two of them. There was no reason to bring a guy in & mess it all up. Or so she thought. Until she met Cole. As the quarterback for a pro football team, Cole was used to women falling all over him. He had to admit being bored with his life lately. He just wasn’t looking for anything serious. He was told to help with the first day of a kids training program & Loved this book! Julianna was determined not to be let down by love again. Ever since Anthony, her son, was born, it was just the two of them. There was no reason to bring a guy in & mess it all up. Or so she thought. Until she met Cole. As the quarterback for a pro football team, Cole was used to women falling all over him. He had to admit being bored with his life lately. He just wasn’t looking for anything serious. He was told to help with the first day of a kids training program & met Anthony. He couldn’t get Julianna off his mind from the first time he saw her. He really couldn’t get over her telling him no. Could he get her to give him a chance? I really enjoyed these two! Julianna was hiding from love because she was afraid to get hurt & abandoned again. Cole wanted more & for the first time, his reputation was hurting his chances. Anthony was a great addition to the story & really added to it. This was another great story!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Argie

    The book was sooo good. Finding herself a mom at 16 is not half as bad as the father of her son relinquishing his rights the same dad. Juliana Perez has had a difficult life, with a mother who left her at her aunts to being a single mom who has to do it on her own because the only family she had left kicked her out. Juliana is SUPERMOM, as I feel most single moms are. Not only has she raised an amazing son but she has sacrificed her life for her son. Enter Cole, playboy quarterback, sons hero, The book was sooo good. Finding herself a mom at 16 is not half as bad as the father of her son relinquishing his rights the same dad. Juliana Perez has had a difficult life, with a mother who left her at her aunts to being a single mom who has to do it on her own because the only family she had left kicked her out. Juliana is SUPERMOM, as I feel most single moms are. Not only has she raised an amazing son but she has sacrificed her life for her son. Enter Cole, playboy quarterback, sons hero, and delicious looking man. The second Cole and Juliana lock eyes Cole falls hard! What is a single mother to do when the sexiest man she has ever met is also the only man that lights her up inside. These two have such amazing sparks. I love how Cole knows immediately that Juliana is the game changer and does whatever he can to show Juliana. Such an amazing book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Cook

    Hot! Hot! Hot! What a great start to the Playing the game series. If the rest of the series is as hot we’re in for a sizzling series! Julianna is a struggling single mother raising a 10 year old boy. Colt is a professional quarterback who has grown tied with single life. From the very first moment they meet sparks fly but Julianna has a son to think of and shies away from starting anything. This is a hot HEA Romance with steamy, sizzling love scenes that was an easy read and will have you cheering Hot! Hot! Hot! What a great start to the Playing the game series. If the rest of the series is as hot we’re in for a sizzling series! Julianna is a struggling single mother raising a 10 year old boy. Colt is a professional quarterback who has grown tied with single life. From the very first moment they meet sparks fly but Julianna has a son to think of and shies away from starting anything. This is a hot HEA Romance with steamy, sizzling love scenes that was an easy read and will have you cheering for Julianna and Cole. Once I started reading I found it hard to put down, I just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen with Julianna and Cole. Playing with Attraction is book 1 in the Playing the Game series and is a stand alone book. I received an ARC of Playing with Attraction and this is my voluntary honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Julianna is a young single mom who has had to raise her son Anthony all on her own! She is constantly juggling too many things but her son alway comes first. She has her world turned upside down when she meets LA Legends Quarterback Cole at a football camp her son is participating in. Cole is a legendary player who never gets attached to any of the many women he has dated. But suddenly he finds himself mesmerized by Julianna and fascinated by Anthony. I literally could not put this book down Julianna is a young single mom who has had to raise her son Anthony all on her own! She is constantly juggling too many things but her son alway comes first. She has her world turned upside down when she meets LA Legends Quarterback Cole at a football camp her son is participating in. Cole is a legendary player who never gets attached to any of the many women he has dated. But suddenly he finds himself mesmerized by Julianna and fascinated by Anthony. I literally could not put this book down until I finished. Melanie Shawn is always a must read for me and I was thrilled when they decided to write a series around sports - spots plus romance is my favorite! I enjoyed everything about this one and thought Cole's relationship with Anthony added something extra to the story and really showed Cole's true character. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Urvashi

    Cole Carson is the is the starting quarterback of the LA Legends, rich and a player on and off the field. He is pretty content with his life, though he is getting tired of the meaningless hookups. Then his world tilts on its axis when he first lays eyes on Juliana at a football program for kids. Juliana is a single mom to a ten year old boy, working 2 sometimes 3 jobs to make ends meet and give a stable life to her son. And though she feels a strong connection to Cole, she doesn’t want to give Cole Carson is the is the starting quarterback of the LA Legends, rich and a player on and off the field. He is pretty content with his life, though he is getting tired of the meaningless hookups. Then his world tilts on its axis when he first lays eyes on Juliana at a football program for kids. Juliana is a single mom to a ten year old boy, working 2 sometimes 3 jobs to make ends meet and give a stable life to her son. And though she feels a strong connection to Cole, she doesn’t want to give anyone else a chance to let her down again. Playing with attraction is an entertaining read, that has it all, few funny moments, hot chemistry,and some cute and sweet moments. Cole is a swoon worthy hero and I loved his single minded focus in trying to convince Juliana to give them a chance. A book that had me hooked and rooting for an HEA right from the start.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stella Thompson

    A good first book in a new series! This is a new book starting a new series. This is the story of Cole and Julianna (and her son Anthony). Julianna is a reluctant participant, but the instant attraction she felt for Cole (and vice versa) could not be stopped. And Anthony is such a sweetheart! I enjoyed this book, although I found myself wanting to tell Julianna to toughen up! Being a person who cries easily (and I’m an empathetic crier), I found he tears were over the top, and I started trying A good first book in a new series! This is a new book starting a new series. This is the story of Cole and Julianna (and her son Anthony). Julianna is a reluctant participant, but the instant attraction she felt for Cole (and vice versa) could not be stopped. And Anthony is such a sweetheart! I enjoyed this book, although I found myself wanting to tell Julianna to toughen up! Being a person who cries easily (and I’m an empathetic crier), I found he tears were over the top, and I started trying to skim those sections. However, this is a strong first book in a new series! I received an ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane McConnell

    I like Julianna! Julianna Perez has been the sole support of her 10-year-old son since her ex-boyfriend and his parents signed over custody of Anthony the day he was born when she was sixteen. Julianna had a lot of strikes against her but she was going to be the best mother possible to him. But thing started to change when Anthony got a scholarship to the LA Legends youth football camp and they met quarterback Cole Carson who was helping at the camp for the day. Cole had a reputation of being a I like Julianna! Julianna Perez has been the sole support of her 10-year-old son since her ex-boyfriend and his parents signed over custody of Anthony the day he was born when she was sixteen. Julianna had a lot of strikes against her but she was going to be the best mother possible to him. But thing started to change when Anthony got a scholarship to the LA Legends youth football camp and they met quarterback Cole Carson who was helping at the camp for the day. Cole had a reputation of being a playboy but when he met Julianna and Anthony, he knew that his life was going to change. Playing With Attraction was originally written as Daring Attraction but totally redone and reissued. I knew I had read it before and I enjoyed reading it as a longer story and a different POV.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Pierce

    Loving this new series by Melanie Shawn, Playing the Game. This book was great with Julianna and her son Anthony and of course, Cole. I really enjoyed watching these two decide whether to take a chance or not and keeping Anthony at the center of everything. I appreciated all the little things that Cole did for Julianna and our supporting cast of characters made this story even better. I will have to say, I’ll never be able to hear the song ‘Poison’ by Bell Biv Devoe and not think of this book, Loving this new series by Melanie Shawn, Playing the Game. This book was great with Julianna and her son Anthony and of course, Cole. I really enjoyed watching these two decide whether to take a chance or not and keeping Anthony at the center of everything. I appreciated all the little things that Cole did for Julianna and our supporting cast of characters made this story even better. I will have to say, I’ll never be able to hear the song ‘Poison’ by Bell Biv Devoe and not think of this book, perfect. I also liked Julianna’s ‘attitude of gratitude’ perspective, something to definitely keep in mind. My favorite line of this book, I had a teammate. A soul mate. A forever-mate. Really, great story. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series next Spring.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debra Brzoska

    Cole Carson is the star quarterback for the LA Legends. When single mom Julianna Perez bring her 10 year old son, Anthony to the Legends Youth football camp, sparks fly between the two. Julianna has been hurt by almost everyone in her young life so she has built huge walls and shut herself off from men to protect herself & her young son. Cole is so determined to show a Julianna that they should be together that he is willing to do anything to break down the giant walls she has put up. I Cole Carson is the star quarterback for the LA Legends. When single mom Julianna Perez bring her 10 year old son, Anthony to the Legends Youth football camp, sparks fly between the two. Julianna has been hurt by almost everyone in her young life so she has built huge walls and shut herself off from men to protect herself & her young son. Cole is so determined to show a Julianna that they should be together that he is willing to do anything to break down the giant walls she has put up. I remember reading this originally as a Kindle World novella from the Dare to Love universe, but the ladies added some really sexy content and expanded the story line to create this amazing story. I highly recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Paige Turner

    Playing With Attraction is a great way to start a new series. The storyline of a player and sports figure falling for a single mom isn't anything new but the authors do a great job with the attraction between Julianna and Cole . Julianne's entire world is her son. She puts him first with everything but when Cole walks into their life she starts to think of her self as a women first. Cole couldn't be any sweeter. He charmed her , her friends and co-workers. He fell for Anthony too. The story is a Playing With Attraction is a great way to start a new series. The storyline of a player and sports figure falling for a single mom isn't anything new but the authors do a great job with the attraction between Julianna and Cole . Julianne's entire world is her son. She puts him first with everything but when Cole walks into their life she starts to think of her self as a women first. Cole couldn't be any sweeter. He charmed her , her friends and co-workers. He fell for Anthony too. The story is a quick fun read that contained minimal drama. There were a few storylines that I would have liked to see a conclusion to but it didn't diminish my like for this book. I received a copy of this book for a honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Warren

    Always love this author's characters so new series, definitely giving it a try! Loved Cole, Julianna and not forgetting Anthony's story. The guy with the career, money, fame, reputation with the ladies, a bed post with notches it's lucky to be still standing? A coach at her son's summer football camp, Cole turns Juliannas single mum world inside out plus to his total surprise she turns his world upside down - all good but not without pain. Can they make it, will the fear take a backseat, having Always love this author's characters so new series, definitely giving it a try! Loved Cole, Julianna and not forgetting Anthony's story. The guy with the career, money, fame, reputation with the ladies, a bed post with notches it's lucky to be still standing? A coach at her son's summer football camp, Cole turns Juliannas single mum world inside out plus to his total surprise she turns his world upside down - all good but not without pain. Can they make it, will the fear take a backseat, having it all wasn't something Julianna ever dreamed off she wasn't that person or could she be? Brilliantly written, steamy scenes, heart string playing love story, I laughed, sighed, cried - highly recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Quarterback strategy for winning the and single mom. Score! A big win for the kickoff of a new series! Great job Melanie Shawn! Believable characters in a realistic setting. Not everyone in Julianna’s position as a young single mom would have the inner strength, drive and desire to succeed for herself and her child. Cole’s private lifestyle with women is single guy one night stand legendary, but his determination to succeed in football is equally impressive. He puts those skills to good use in Quarterback strategy for winning the and single mom. Score! A big win for the kickoff of a new series! Great job Melanie Shawn! Believable characters in a realistic setting. Not everyone in Julianna’s position as a young single mom would have the inner strength, drive and desire to succeed for herself and her child. Cole’s private lifestyle with women is single guy one night stand legendary, but his determination to succeed in football is equally impressive. He puts those skills to good use in attempting to win the girl. Cole’s mother brings insight to raising a child as a single mom, even a generation later. I am looking forward to more sport stories!

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