The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…
The daughter of one of the Senate’s most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.
Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest “Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.
When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?
“He smelled like winter, which was utterly ridiculous and the absolute truth at the same time.”
“You’re not going to make this something tawdry and cheap by pretending you’re some lecherous professor preying on a young, virginal student. I may have been having bad sex, but I’m far from a virgin.”
“It means you’re hot in the kind of way that makes lady parts stand at attention. In a completely wild, unrestrained, sexy sort of way…”
“I wanted her more than I’d ever wanted anyone. It was a gnawing hunger in the pit of my stomach, the feeling that no matter how much I ate, I’d never be full.”
“Do you know that every single time I read a book and some guy rips the heroine’s underwear off, I think to myself that seems too difficult to believe. Like, are they just poor quality or have they been washed too many times, or what? Because I’m twenty-three years old and no one has ever ripped my underwear off. I’m calling BS on the whole thing.”
“And just like that I gave up trying to be the man I thought she deserved and became the man she wanted.”
Playing with Trouble see-sawed between being a fun and humorous read, and a more complicated and emotional laden professor/student romance, with lots of family drama and tension thrown in. Blair is the “good girl” type that works hard at being “beige,” not standing out, pleasing others, and avoiding conflict; yet she just cannot seem to please her political parents, regardless of how hard she tries or sacrifices. A series of epic fails blow-up in her face that spark an epiphany, and brings the world into focus for her. I enjoyed the new and improved model of Blair and wanted those in her life to see and appreciate her as well. I enjoyed the story line, and found the characters to be well nuanced, interesting, and complicated. Ms. Cleeton’s writing held my attention, and was clever as well as entertaining and deliciously steamy. I wish I had started with the first book, Flirting With Scandal, and would most likely enjoy continuing on with the rest of this series.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.
Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.