Publication date: November 17th 2013
My rating: 3.5 stars
Laurel will do anything to save her Santorini inn from the powerful Damon family, and that includes manipulating Andrew Damon, the man they’ve sent to get her off the property. Andrew might have a reputation for being irresistible to women, but she won’t have any problem resisting him. This is war, after all, and the Damons drew their weapons first.
Andrew has spent most of his life chasing women and wasting time, but he’s determined to do his duty by his family, even if that means ousting an infuriating (and gorgeous) widow from the inn that legally belongs to the Damons. He doesn’t expect to fall for her. And he definitely doesn’t expect to discover that he’s been played.
Playing the Playboy was the second book in the Heirs of Damon series centering on Andrew, the carefree “playboy” brother of Harrison. It was a light, sweet, and entertaining romance.
Laurel is prepared for an all out war with the Damon’s when they make a claim to her beloved inn in Santorini. She’s willing to use whatever weapon she has, even if it includes seducing Andrew who is set to arrive and meet with her. Laurel doesn’t realize how affected she’d be by his charismatic and sweet personality, and soon realizes why so many women have fallen for him in spite of his reputation.
Andrew is the Damon brother who has skirted most of the family’s business responsibilities, but with Harrison at odds with their uncle, he must step in and do his share. When he meets Laurel he finds she’s not the gold digger woman he thought she was, marrying someone older just for money. He also discovers that Laurel feels she has a legitimate claim to the inn and after getting to know her, Andrew hopes this is true. He hopes at the very least, they can at least work something out, because he’s come to care about her.
Andrew was a sweetheart, trying to make the best to make a bad situation. He truly didn’t have a malicious bone in his body and was quick to make amends when he was in the wrong. My heart went out to Laurel. Her life had been anything but easy, but she wasn’t one to wallow in self-pity, instead she focused on solutions and worked hard for everything she had.
Their romance was touching. The way Andrew steps up to care for Laurel when she needs it, even when they’re at odds couldn’t help but win everyone over.
“I liked rescuing you then. I’ll be happy to dash to the rescue any time you need it.” His words had been teasing, but as he gazed down at her, a wave of deep desire overwhelmed him. He wanted to rescue her, from anything that might threaten her. He wanted…her.
While I don’t think this held the same charm as the first installment, it had a sweet appeal that drew me right in. Noelle Adams creates characters with layers, depth and likeability, making it easy to connect with Laurel and Andrew, and root for their HEA.
*Quote taken from an uncorrected proof and may change in the final copy.
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