Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Playing the Field by Meghan Quinn

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Rating:  ★★★★ stars
Date published: November 13th, 2013
Publisher: Meghan Quinn
Synopsis: The gang is back and this time there is a wedding to celebrate, except that is the last thing on Molly Meyers’ mind. After losing her fiancé, Luke, two years ago, the last thing on her mind is helping her best friend, Jane Bradley, plan her wedding and celebrate the annoyingly, obnoxious, lovey-dovey relationship Jane has with Braves first baseman, Brady Matthews. 

Austin Lee, rookie outfielder for the Braves finds himself in the middle of a blonde tornado known as Molly. When her fiancé died, he gave her space and time to heal but always admired her from a far. Never in a million years did he think he would be bedding his dream girl and planning a future with her starring as his leading lady. 

Patty O’Neil, abuse victim and Jane’s friend, finds herself struggling to let any man back in her life. Marc Sullivan, Braves catcher and Brady’s best friend, wants to be that man in Patty’s life but is finding it awfully difficult to crack the wall Patty built around herself. Patty wants Marc as a friend but Marc wants more. 

Lucy Reynolds, Austin’s best friend and Molly’s worst enemy never thought she would find the love of her life while sitting in a café, eating Greek food and reading her Kindle but she did. Connor Cartwright luckily came into her life and she couldn't be happier. The only problem is…he is Luke’s brother, something Molly can’t seem to accept. 

"Playing the Field" goes through the lives of the Hot-Lanta gang as they tangle a drama filled web together, screwing each other, lying to one another, and sabotaging each other’s lives. Follow their story as once again the drama unfolds, feelings are hurt, slaps are thrown and Hot-Mess Molly tries to make everyone just as unhappy and miserable as she is.

What I Thought:

Drama!  Boy does this book have a lot of it and it's non-stop!  From the very first page I was reeled in and I did not stop until the last word.  The shock and dismay continued even after I'd finished the book.  Especially as I ruminated on various characters and events.  Meghan Quinn out did herself in Playing the Field.  I wasn't able to guess a single plot twist.

The book starred all of my favorite people from Caught Looking and introduced in depth some new characters.  Austin was briefly mentioned in Caught Looking and so were Patty and Marc.  All three played central roles this time around.  I've got to say I've never read a book where I really disliked some of the main characters.  In this case, it was more than one.  I'm not going to to into depth why, but I will mention them by name.  Austin and Molly.  Wow.  The Molly in this book was not someone I liked let alone pitied.  She was completely different from the Molly in Caught Looking.  And I'll say about Austin is he needs to grow up and be a man.  He needs to take responsibility of his actions and just be a good friend.  He was a let down.  I do have to say they kept the story going at warp speed and interesting.

It was great to see Brady and Jane again.  I was glad to see their relationship was going to new strengths. They were their usual adorable selves.  I was glad to see the introduction of two new ladies into Jane's life, especially as her friends.  Patty and Lucy were great additions to the story.  I liked both of them a lot.  I felt like they came into the story at the right time and added so much to it.

I just realized this series would make a fantastic soap opera.  There is a cast of characters and so much is going on.  Every page brings something new and thrilling.  I can't stand some of the characters, yet I can't bear to stop reading.  I would love to get into Meghan Quinn's mind and see where she gets all her ideas from!  This series is smokin' hot and you're going to want to get into all the action!

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About the Author
meghan quinnWhen I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn't take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn't until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven't turned back since. 

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

​I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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