RELEASE DAY BLITZ & Rachel's Review: Playing Dirty by C. L. Parker

Title: Playing Dirty
Series: Monkey Business Trio #1
Author: C. L. Parker
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: May 12, 2015


Cassidy Whalen is as determined as they come. An Irish girl from a small fishing village, she worked hard to pursue her love of American sports and land her dream job as a sports agent with a major agency in LA. Unlike her colleague, Shaw Matthews, who believes you should work smarter, not harder. Although it's assumed Shaw comes from money, he doesn't. What he did inherit was a genetic gift of charisma, and he used it to his advantage, establishing connections at an early age that helped him climb the corporate ladder. He's arrogant and used to getting his way with women, but he's met his match with Cassidy, who's out to prove that anything he can do, she can do better.

When a partnership position with Striker Sports Entertainment is up for grabs, Cassidy and Shaw are in a head-to-head competition to snag the most sought-after athlete in the country. Let the games begin! Playing their sexual strengths against the other's weaknesses leads to an affair that takes the competition . . . to their offices, the co-ed bathroom, the boardroom, the supply closet, the elevator, and anywhere else they're given the opportunity. But before long, they're left wanting much more than to one-up each other in just the boardroom; they want to out-do each other in love, too.

This is my first CL Parker book and it was great. Funny, sexy, hot. I read it voraciously! The characters were a hoot. I loved all the sarcastic and witty banter, all the sexual innuendos and entendre,  and the competition between Shaw and Cassidy.
I am a sucker for a good cliffhanger and I can't decide if this is supposed to be one or not. I know it's part of a series titled Monkey Business, but I don't know if it's all about Shaw and Cassidy or about their company, friends, people we don't yet know...
The main objective of the story was good ole fashioned competition.  Who ever landed this particular sports hero's contract got the position of partner.  And it became an all around knock-down drag out free for all.  It was hilarious!  So easy to read, so entertaining, funny and then sooo sexy.
But when the competition is over, a winner declared...where is the gloating?  The rubbing in? Where the hell is Cassidy?  This is where it kind of lost me.  The objective of the story was met
but relationship wise we are just left in limbo. I wish there would have been a strong cliffhanger (if there's supposed to be one) or an epilogue to end the story if there's not. So the ending kind of fell flat for me. That is what brings this great, funny read down to 4 stars.
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Author Bio

C. L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She’s a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort all her life—which translates to “she just wouldn’t shut the hell up”—it’s no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.

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