Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love-life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh-so easy.
Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.
One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked-up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.
What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.
A stand-alone, contemporary romance.
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There’s nothing like an Emma Chase romantic comedy, and the fact that Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt narrated Getting Played, bringing Lainey Burrows and Dean Walker’s perspectives to life made this story even better because the banter between Lainey and Dean as well as Lainey with her sisters and Dean with his nerdy math students, Lainey’s son included, and his fellow educators were expertly brought to life by the narrators’ voices, making these scenes hilarious and captivating.
Lainey is definitely my kind of heroine. She’s an independent single mom who has a kickass career as a lifestyle blogger, giving tutorials and advice about anything and everything. I love how self-sufficient she is and while, in some ways, she was forced to be once her son’s father didn’t want anything to do with them, it’s clear that she likes doing things on her own, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t mind having someone in her life who would make things just a bit easier for her in all facets of her life.
Lainey’s relationship with her teenage son, Jason, is amazing; they love each other unconditionally and support one another in everything. Their bond is something all parents would want with their kids, and I loved listening to their interactions and the way Jason defends his mom with everything that he is.
Dean is quite the sexy book boyfriend. He’s a teacher and football coach during the school year and a hot as hell drummer during the summer. And while he has quite the playboy reputation in his hometown of Lakeside, it doesn’t mean that he’s incapable of a monogamous relationship, he just needed the right woman to come along and knock him on his ass and Lainey definitely does that and then some, especially when they meet up again in a rather unusual and life altering way.
I absolutely loved EVERY SINGLE THING about this story; the main and secondary characters, the small town setting, the brimming sexual tension between Lainey and Dean, and Dean’s evolvement into exactly the man, lover, and father that Lainey, Jason, and their baby want and need!
5 Poison Apples
About the Author
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.