Never trust a man who gets paid to take off his clothes for a living and then uses it as a pick-up line to get girls in bed with him.
That should’ve been enough for me to call in sick that day.
I’ve worked with male cover models like him before and they’re all the same—smooth-talking, sexy as sin, egotistical know-it-alls who think they’re God’s gift to women—all traits I know to steer clear of.
Assisting authors comes with many perks—reading on the job, using my organizing skills on a daily basis, drinking coffee by the gallons—but Maverick Kingston barges into my life and demands more than I can handle.
When we’re forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he “accidentally” drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he’s offering and proves he’s packing more than abs of steel under his clothes.
Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected.
And playing by the rules will be impossible.
My favorite thing about Kennedy Fox is the growth that I have seen from them throughout their journey. I have read every single book by them and I continue to be amazed at how far they have come!
Falling for the Playboy is part of their Bedtime Reads series, which is a series of books that are meant to be read in one sitting. They are hot, steamy, and quick reads. I love this concept because it is a book that you can pick up when you want something light and can read beginning to end in a few short hours. I loved reading Olivia and Maverick’s story because it was freaking hysterical and just what I needed. It was a story about two people who have a strong dislike for each other being forced on a two week road trip together which included a high maintenance author, a devil dog, planners, wild fangirls, and other shenanigans…nothing could possible go wrong.
Olivia and Maverick were the perfect balance for each other. Olivia is type A and very anal about pretty much everything, and Maverick comes along to mess with her and knock down her carefully organized plans just because he can. Since this is a shorter read, we don’t get as much story, but I still really enjoyed spending time with these two.
The writing was fantastic, I loved the flow of the story, and the chemistry among the characters! I also really enjoyed getting glimpse into the lives that authors and those who work for them lead, and all of the details that go in to running their lives.
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars!
I’ve been a Kennedy Fox fan from the very beginning. I can still remember how I felt when I finished This is War. I was desperate to get my hands on This is Love, and I needed to know what was going to happen with Travis and Viola. Since that day, I’ve desperately been waiting for each new K Fox cover reveal and new release. I was so sad when the Bishop Brothers series wrapped up earlier this year, but excited to see what would happen with the continuation of the Bedtime Reads series.
Falling for the Playboy tells the story of Olivia, a no nonsense assistant and Maverick, a cocky, sexy cover model for the author Olivia works for. Stuck together on a road trip, it’s immediate that Olivia would rather be anywhere else, and Maverick takes the chance to push every button he can find. The dislike for each other was real, but neither could really deny their attraction for the other.
The Bedtime Reads series is a set of three hot and steamy reads, that are not overly long, and are the perfect dose of romance when you’re looking for something light and fun to read. Falling for the Playboy was funny, romantic, and super sexy and I loved it. I’ve been reading some heavier stuff this month, so it was the perfect break I needed from all the angst lately. It kept a smile on my face, and I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with these two “opposites attract” characters, and loved finding out more about what made Maverick and Olivia the people they are. It goes to show just how much events in our lives shape us into the people that we are, and that we need to be cautious of that when we first meet people. This book was the perfect example of how “not to judge a book by it’s cover” per say!
The other thing that I loved to see with this one was the fact that it was about a romance author. A highly demanding, spoiled one, but still it gave us that glimpse into what it takes to plan a book, and how it is on the other side of that signing table at events that we may attend. I also giggled a few times at the authors fans and followers, because I’ll be honest, I’ve been that crazy about a book before!
Falling for the Playboy was the perfect addition to the Bedtime Series and I can’t wait to see what Kennedy Fox has in store for us next!
“Can I turn off this church music?” Maverick asks thirty minutes into our trip. He leans forward and starts messing with the knob.
“It’s nice driving music,” I argue, swatting his hand away.
“You can’t be serious. This shit is gonna put you to sleep and then we’re going to crash and die. You really want that on your conscious?”
The corner of his lips tilt up just the slightest.
“Guess it wouldn’t matter. I’d be dead.” I flash a smug smile right back at him.
“Oh I see how it is. You look all innocent and smart but deep down you have this morbidness to you.”
I shoot him a look. “You’re the morbid one with all your crashing and dying talk.” I turn my music back on. “Now no more talking about it because if I don’t get you to these events on time, Rachel will actually kill me.”
“Why you so scared of her anyway? I could fit her in my pocket. She looks harmless enough.”
Glancing at him, I try to focus on the road and shake my head. “You know she’s anything but harmless.”
He chuckles, shaking his head. “Yeah, you’re right. She’s not a firecracker like you though.”
“I’m not even sure what that means, but you can’t label me when you just met me.”
“Oh, like you haven’t labeled me already?”
“I know your kind. I’ve heard plenty about you to form an opinion,” I tell him with purpose.
“God, you’re so hypocritical. You think you’re the first prissy, stick-up-her-ass assistant I’ve met? Doesn’t mean I know you just like it doesn’t mean you know me.”
He kinda has a point, but I don’t tell him that. His ego is already taking up all the space in the car.
Ignoring his comment, I focus on driving. We’re in heavy traffic and I’m not used to eight lane highways.
“You better get over,” he says.
“I’m trying.” I look over my shoulder, searching for a spot to move into.
“Might wanna try the blinker. I heard it’s a signal for turning or moving over.”
I sigh and put it on. He’s distracting me.
“Stay quiet so I can focus.”
His chuckles are the last thing I hear from him as I attempt to merge across the lanes. Finally, I make it and we coast down the highway in silence until we’re leaving the city.
“When are we stopping for food?” He speaks up for the first time in hours. I look over at him and see he’s sticking his lower lip, making a pouty face. “I’m shriveling to nothing over here.” He slightly lifts his shirt up and pats his ridiculously cut stomach.
His eyes meet mine, and I quickly look away although he saw me staring. Swallowing, I look at the GPS to see how much further until our first stop.
“We have about an hour left,” I tell him. “Think you’ll manage to stay alive for that long?”
He groans, loudly and it makes me laugh. I quickly catch myself and stop.
“You have a nice laugh. It’s a pleasant change from your short fuse and snarl.”
“I don’t snarl!” I argue. “I just like having a plan and sticking to it.”
He noticeably rolls his eyes. “Okay, Miss Priss. Letting your hair down won’t kill ya.”
“No, but your arrogant, self-absorbed attitude just might,” I throw at him, holding back a smirk.
“Well, I think that’s debatable. Most of the women I date think it’s charming.”
A loud snort bursts out of me, and I’m unable to keep in the laughter this time. “I think that says more about who you’re dating than anything. They must be desperate.”
“Damn, what a burn.” He chuckles. “Adding hostile to your personality resume.”
I inhale a deep breath, realizing that was a really mean thing to say. “Okay, sorry. That wasn’t nice. But I’m not taking back what I said about you. You’re arrogant and there’s no denying that”
“Oh well then thanks, I guess.” He smirks. “You say it like being arrogant is a bad thing though. In my profession, I kinda have to be. I’m constantly selling myself to photographers and showing them I’m worthy of being in their magazines and advertisements. If I don’t act confident and prove I’m the best guy for the gig, I’ll lose it to the thousands of other people pursuing the job.”
I think about his words for a minute. “Okay, well I can certainly understand that. But I think you’re just naturally that way.” I shrug, biting down on my lower lip so he doesn’t see right through me. He has every right to be confident, there’s no doubt about that. He’s got it all—the body, the face, the perfect white teeth and smile. His abs are plastered all over Rachel’s covers and book promo graphics. He even has that annoying muscular V that trails from his hips to down below his waistline. Annoyingly sexy. “However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be humble in other aspects of your life.”
“That’s a pretty big accustation for someone you just met. How do you know I’m not? You haven’t been around me long enough to know anything about me. Don’t you think?”
Damn. He’s right. “Fine. Prove me wrong then.”
Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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