Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries, #3)

Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries, #3) Glory hallelujah Finally there is a book from this series that I love I had troubles with Cutting Loose and my reread of Bending the Rules was less than stellar, so I was a little wary about Playing Dirty However, I felt that Ava and Cade s story had the potential to be the best one of the series There was so much history with them, and while that doesn t always guarantee a winner, I felt that it would work in their favor And boy did it I loved the plotline I could actually feel all the emotion, and I could see how Cade and Ava could fall for each other, unlike some people cough Dev falling for Jane cough.I adored all the characters in this book, especially Cade I haven t had trouble with the males of this series like I ve had with the females, but neither Dev and Jase really pulled me in in that Oh my God, he is so great and I love him so much and he s so damn cute way Cade, thoughOh, he totally did I loved him from the beginning Well, maybe not in the prologue because of what he did to Ava, but as soon as the first chapter started I think part of what enabled me to love him from so early on was the fact that it was clear from the beginning that he genuinely regretted and was sincerely sorry for what he did to Ava when they were in high school That certainly doesn t erase the fact that he did it, neither does his explanation why, but the regret and reasoning went a long way toward making me sympathize with him, too, not just Ava And he was a genuinely good guy who loved his job and was so adorable I loved Ava a lot, too I think, of the three women, she s always been my favorite she wasn t as annoyingly judgmental as Jane and not as flamboyant as Poppy She was her own person and, despite her insecurities, was a strong person, and there wasn t really any part of the book where I really disliked her, except for when she crushed my poor Cade s heart, but that s neither here nor there She was pretty awesome Beks, Cade s assistant, was pretty fabulous, too The resident Goth girl with a sense of humor and no filter I liked her from the first moment she was introduced when she ignored Cade while he was complaining about Ava being late I even appreciate the recurring characters a bitin this book The guys Jase, Dev, and Finn were not in it as much, but they were still cuties Poppy was as crazy as ever, especially since she was pregnant and had the baby in the epilogue And, shocking as it may seem, Jane did not annoy me this time around Even she couldn t pop my Cade Happiness Bubble.I was less than impressed with The Villain of the book, Tony the Bad Guy, but I felt that was to be expected as I don t think I ve found a bad guy yet in one of Susan Andersen s books that didn t just make me shake my head in exasperation and frustration Oh Maybe the guy in Burning Up I distinctly remember hating him But, again, that s neither here nor there.So, shocking as it may seem, I actually adored this book One for three I suppose it s not too bad. This is a Quickie Review For the full review, please visit The RomanceaholicExpected Release Date July 26, 2011Publisher HarlequinImprint HQNAuthor s Website Source for This Book NetgalleyPart of a Series Yes, Book 3, Sisterhood DiariesSeries Best Read In Order Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level SteamyOn Netgalley, this book was categorized as FICTION ADULT Other Coming of Age I admit that I didn t notice that when I requested the book, and probably wouldn t have requested it if I had, because I simply don t do chick lit However, I am incredibly glad that I didn t see the category before I requested it, because I would ve missed out on a real gem of a book In short I loved it It was light while still dealing with life issues, steamy without being trashy, and sweet without being saccharine Ava has never fully embraced her curves, despite the fact that she s worked hard to get and maintain her curvy figure of a fit size 12 Cade has never been able to fully make up to her for his cruel prank in high school Throw in her work as a successful concierge, his skill as a producer director of hit documentaries, a little intrigue about some missing diamonds, two friends who would walk through fire for our heroine, and some delicious chemistry, and you ve got a truly enjoyable read.Recommended for fans of realistically sized heroines, righting a wrong that s plagued you since high school, and having BFF s who stick with you through everything A very enthusiastic 4 5 Stars When High School Golden Boy Cade Gallari Publicly Revealed He D Slept With Fat Girl Ava Spencer To Win A Bet, He Broke Her Heart Now A Decade Older And A Head Turner With Her Own Concierge Business, Ava Isn T The Gullible Dreamer She Once Was And She Plans To Prove It When Cade, Hotter Than Ever, Breezes Back Into Town With An Offer She Can T RefuseA Documentary Film Producer, Cade Is Shooting A Movie About The Mysterious Mansion Ava Inherited And He Wants Her As His Personal Concierge She S Certainly Professional Enough To Be At His Beck And Call Without Giving Him Everything He Wants Like Another Shot At Having Her In His Bed But Ava Doesn T Count On Cade S Determination Because He S Never Gotten Over Her And He S Not Above Playing Dirty To Score A Second Chance At A Red Hot Future I was so hooked on the premise of this story that I kept reading despite not loving the style The fat girl whose first lover turned out to have been winning a bet. and now he s back in her life wow How on earth was Andersen going to redeem this jerk and make him a hero Well, not that well actually Cade is given a shallow, slapdash backstory to make him seem less terrible, and honestly I think I would have preferred it if he d just been a straightforward creep who grew up Add in a dumb mystery and the incessantly breezy, slangy style and this was sometimes a chore to finish But I did stay interested by the repercussions of the past on Ava and Cade s relationship, and thought that played out well Ava is a good depiction of a woman working on being happy with herself, but still struggling with insecurities.Although third in a series, this works okay as a standalone I didn t finish the first and didn t start the second. Really enjoyed finally reading Ava s story I enjoyed how she was such a strong person even though she had insecurities I liked Cade I especially liked that he had treated her so badly in high school but had not waited the 10 years until this book took place to apologize for his betrayal He had tried many times over the years It just took her this long to forgive him This book was well written, light hearted without being farcical It moved right along and all made sense I really wanted to watch the documentary when they were done with it Too bad it s make believe A solid end to this enjoyable series. Let me get this straight.This book is good.I just dnf ed this one because I was getting bored with the romance genre This book is a total brain candy It s fun, sexy, entertaining and if I wasn t fed up with blushes, butterflies in the stomachs and kisses, I would have totally finished this.But alas, life is a moody bitch I m now craving for some back stabbing, fist fights and blood. The whole point of reading this trope boy done girl wrong and later regrets , is that he is man enough to grovel well.DNF at 50 de spends weeks pretending to be Ava s friend in high school in order to seduce her for a bet.He succeeds and she is publicly humiliated in the cafeteria I did like her character as she gives as good as she gets, but HE KNEW WHAT HE DID TO HER So she goes on a diet and becomes awesome looking the following year.Years later, he wants to make a docu drama about her and her friends mentor and the mystery of the woman s missing diamonds Apparently the mystery of the diamonds isn t overHe s drawn to her but views his attraction as something like a bad rash that he can just get some cream for to eradicate.Well, he tries several times over the years to apologize, but he never puts any effort into it It waslike something he seemed to want to get off his chest Get the guilt monkey off his back maybe There s absolutely no willingness to make a public gesture, and there s no sense of appreciation for her as a person except that he likes her awesome bod In fact I quit reading half way because he almost does the same damn thing to her again He doesn t want to get his fragile ego hurt, so he lets her believe the worst.This guy couldn t apologize his way out of a paper bag.But hey, I did quit half way, and maybe he redeems himself maybe.Maybe I ll go back and read the rest someday Le doy 2 porque estoy generosa, y porque la parte de bullying no est tan mal llevada como en otros, pero me han sobrado como 100 p ginas de descripciones innecesarias de las ropas y el maravilloso aspecto de todos, es que no hab a nadie ni normal, todos eran como sacados de una revista Y el tema este secundario de las joyas, chorrada que no a ade nada a la historia.Por favor, para la pr xima si la autora quiere ser trasgresora de verdad y con una chica que est gorditade verdadcomo prota, que recuerde que con una talla 12 no lo es, ni de co a. Third book in the series and just as engaging Maybe it was because the girls are kinda normal Ava has some issues from her childhood teenage years I can empathize with two brothers you have to be kind of thick skinned and girls are very conscious about their weight when they are teenagers At least I was especially when those fucking brothers used to call me Hippo All is forgiven now we are good friends. Susan Andersen consistently delivers excellent contemporaries with good characters, friends and a little bad man thrown in and Playing Dirty is no different It is the third in the Sisterhood Diaries about three friends Poppy, Jane and Ava who are bequeathed the Wolcott estate by Agnes Bell Wolcott Agnes was there for the girls since the age of 12 when they started having tea at her home She helped them through heart breaks, self involved parents and even gave them direction in life.Ava Spencer was over weight when she was a kid and the fact the her mother never let off on her didn t help, but she found happiness with the sister hood Cade and she grew up together but he was always pulling pranks on her, but when she loses her virginity to him thinking it is the start of something new, she finds out it was all part of a bet, but even when she is hurt Ava had spine and instead holds her head high and calls him quick draw Now, Ava is a successful jack of all trades, she is an organizer and has contacts all over She is curvy and happy with her figure but her mother s constant efforts to tell her to diet sometimes pull her into self doubt and that same old insecurity.Cade is a documentary filmmaker and wants to make one on Agnes It may give him a big break and the chance to get financing for a film he wants Ava is less than pleased to see him but when he offers her a great price for the estate and her services she can t refuse since she needs the money in the economy Over the years Cade has repeatedly tried to apologize to Ava but she is not interested, she hasn t forgiven him but tells him let us keep the past in the past Suffice to say Jane and Poppy are not happy but Ava says that she is a big girl now and she can handle him and she does, she is totally amazing and such a professional Ava can multitask, she handles her father s birthday party, organizing for the entire production crew, you name it.I liked that Cade knew what a jerk he was and has suffered for that He never gives up trying to make up for that and has changed from the guy he used to be He was attracted to Ava even then but let his family events and need to be cool, hurt Ava He respects her like hell for not taking what he doled out lying down and admires the person she has become.And the best part was that they didn t have the perfect sex experience back in high school, most of the time in romance books the guy is a stud the first time around but Cade agrees his 18 year old self was less than stellar It was good seeing how Ava had come to accept herself with the help of her friends, yes she was human and had doubts sometimes but she was kick ass and knew how to get back at Cade Man when she wears that knock out dress just to get back at Cade for giving her sleepless nights and when she gets her friend to act as her boyfriend when Cade doubts her.Cade, I didn t expect to like him after what he did to Ava but I did He was jerk back then and he worked to make up for it, even accepting the blame when Ava doesn t trust him He had matured and even let Ava know that he found her perfect the way she is, which allows Ava to point blank tell her mother to back off, that her body is the way it is And the best part how Cade falls for her first and tries to convince Ava that is real.The sisterhood books were great and finally they found the Wolcott jewels I loved the way the girls handled the guy who tried to make them hand over the jewels Girl power rocks The book is a great end to the series.Courtesy netgalley

I grew up in a household with two brothers, a daddy, and my grandfather Too many men, in other words They diluted M ma s influence by diverting my attention to things like the danger of answering nature s call in the dead of the night I ve got a hint for those of you raised in a less spit and scratch world check before you sit, because chances are that seat is gonna be up And they don t even

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