After reading Getting Schooled last year, I knew I would want to read more from Emma Chase. When she announced Dean getting his own story in Getting Played, I was very excited! This book didn’t disappoint and I’m excited to tell you what I thought about this book today! There is also a little excerpt, so make sure to check that out as well.
A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing an ARC to read and review.
Getting Played by Emma Chase
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Getting Played, a magnificent new romance by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase.
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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Getting Played is a book I read in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. I loved both Dean and Lainey from the start. I’m also always excited when a main character of a book happens to be a blogger. That’s something I always enjoy and I loved getting a glimpse of what she loved to do.
Dean Walker is a teacher and coah during the school year, but trades his geeky side to be a rock star during the summer. I loved that there was more than one side to him. He loves being with the band, but trading that to be with his students is something he loves. Dean definitely has a place on my really long book boyfriend list. The way he was with his students was amazing and I was grateful that played a part in this story.
Lainey is a strong woman and was able to build a career out of her blogging. That’s amazing and so creative. She’s a single mom to her teenage son and their bond was something that really stood out in this book. Lainey was really there for him and it’s clear he knew that she was there for him. She has a fun family and the descriptions of all of her sisters made me laugh out loud.
Lainey and Dean have chemistry and they’re proof a one night stand can change your life. Getting Played shows us that when things are meant to be, it will happen. A pregnancy on top of everything definitely made this story interesting and gave it many laugh out loud moments. Seeing the sensitive sides of these characters was really heartwarming.
If you’re looking for a feelgood, heartwarming romance that will make you laugh out loud, definitely pick up Getting Played. The main characters are amazing, but the side characters really complete this story. And fans of Getting Schooled will be happy to get a glimpse of the characters we got to know in love in that book!
I find Lainey in the living room—standing on a ladder, with those long, toned legs peeking out from itty bitty cotton black shorts and a power drill in her hand, while Bruce Springsteen sings “I’m Goin’ Down” from a speaker in the corner.
And, dear God—the things I could do to her on that ladder.
Wonderful, filthy things that instantly make my heart pound and my cock throb. She’s the perfect height for me to just walk over there and put my mouth between her legs. I picture it, see it in my mind—the way she’d grip my hair and pant my name, arch her back and writhe against my face . . .
But then I catch sight of the small bump of her stomach, and reality smacks me in the head. I think about the baby—and how making Lainey lose her mind three feet off the ground wouldn’t be the safest option. My protective instinct overrides the desire to get freaky on the ladder.
“Hey, Dean.” She sets the drill on the ledge and picks up a beeping light green rectangle, running it along the wall.
“What are you doing up there?” I ask.
I don’t have a decorative bone in my body, but the room looks good—with light gray walls and navy corduroy covered couches, reclaimed wood tables and a dozen different-sized candles filling the white-washed brick fireplace. It’s clean and simple but warm, the kind of place you’d look forward to coming back to every day.
“I’m going to hang up those boards.” Lainey gestures to three square planks, with ornamental arrows burned black into the wood. “I just want to make sure this stud-finder works.”
“If you’re looking for a stud,” I wink, “I’m standing right in front of you.”
“Ha-ha. I’ll keep that in mind.”
She turns back to the wall, reaching up over her head and stretching onto her tippy toes on the narrow step. I move under the ladder to catch her if she goes ass over end, and a stab of terror slices through me at the thought that Lainey would still be doing this if I wasn’t here. Alone. Without Jason even in the room in case something went terribly wrong.
What the hell is up with that?
“I read that you’re not supposed to reach above your head when you’re pregnant.”
“That’s just an old wives’ tale.”
I wrap my hands around her hips, holding her steady.
“Maybe the old wives knew what they were talking about. Come on, come down.”
Slowly, Lainey lowers her arms and turns in my hands. I lift her off the ladder by her hips, tilting my head back and holding her above me for a moment, before sliding her slowly down. And the feel of her softness rubbing against me, the friction—it’s fantastic.
When her feet are on the ground, I dip my head and our faces are just millimeters apart. Close enough to count the sprinkle of cute, light freckles that dust the bridge of her nose.
“That’s better,” I say softly, taking the stud-finder out of her hands. “I’ll do it.”
“Okay.” Lainey’s tongue peeks out, wetting her bottom lip. “Thanks.”
Like I said . . . fucking killing me.
New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world.
Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
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You can find Emma at https://authoremmachase.com
Getting Played is definitely a book that left a smile on my face. I can’t wait to read more by Emma Chase. What was the last book that left you smiling after finishing the story? Let me know in the comments!