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It's the perfect arrangement. The cocky playboy makes her come. She holds onto her secrets.

Iris Avery is all work and no play. Grad school is her life. So, when a tall, dark, handsome stranger whisks her away for a night of mind-blowing sex... 

She tosses his number immediately. Falling for a tattooed god is not a part of her five-year plan. Even if he makes her laugh until her sides split. 

Walker Williams is done with love. Only he's still eating, sleeping, dreaming of his night with Iris. When the inexperienced grad student shows up as his 10 o'clock, the tattoo artist makes her an offer she can't refuse. 

They'll be friends with benefits. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

A casual arrangement is perfect. It keeps her heart safe. It keeps her secrets close. It keeps their walls up. 

For three months, they're playing. The rules are simple. No feelings. No strings. No falling in love. 

But Walker's never been very good at following rules. 

A complete stand-alone. More audiobooks about the men of Inked Hearts available now: Tempting and Pretend You're Mine.

From the author: Playing is a stand-alone friends-with-benefits romance full of heat, humor, and heart. Come see why readers say "[N]o one writes broken bad boys like Crystal Kaswell."  

©2018 Primrose Press LLC (P)2018 Primrose Press LLC

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Loved it!!

Wonderful story told by wonderful narrators. Wen & Kai bring Crystal's story to life in such a way that you really do lose yourself in it. I found myself reacting out loud... not good when you're on the bus! It's an emotional rollercoaster. Brace yourself!

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 08-02-18

A STEAMY STRUGGLE TO A SWEET HEA

It’s a brave thing this author has done.. instead of a damaged hero she’s written about Iris, a damaged heroine who is putting her life back together, she’s a Grad Student studying Psychology and is finally making some life goals after getting out of a bad relationship. She meets a strong-willed manwhore hero with an addict sister who keeps losing her way.. the sexual chemistry between them is strong and she quickly agrees to a one night stand.

Tattoo Artist Walker Williams hates commitment, never dates and he’s pretty much a one and done kinda guy.. but, when he has one of those steamy nights with Iris, moving on seems off. The pull between them is strong.. so is the continued attraction, the chemistry and the easy banter so they arrange an exclusive ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement to scratch each other’s sexual itch. Through various rendezvous (in and out of the bedroom) they end up spending more and more time together, getting to know each other, until they become inseparable. But Iris is keeping back a secret - one that she’s sure will destroy them.. oh she tries to come clean a few times but Walker keeps stopping her assuring her whatever it is it doesn’t matter and “the past is in the past”. Well you know how that’s going to end and it doesn’t just rock the boat it capsizes then sinks it.

Worth a credit? Yes, I really enjoyed the dual POV storyline, the vulnerabilities of the characters and the emotional struggles Iris and Walker had to eventually evolve their relationship. I did think there was a wee bit too much sex (gasp horror I know I know) and I found myself fast forwarding a few scenes. The Duet style narration is always my favorite kind and done by Kai and Wen it’s perfect and you really can’t fault it.

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  • 14-05-18

Friends with benefits

I overall super liked this one. It was interesting to read about a girl with a broken past as opposed to the guy having one. Addiction isn't an easy thng to write about and I'm happy this author tackled it. Solid fwb evolving to more romance!

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  • 14-06-18

Rock Heart!<br />

Not just the hero's have struggles. So do the heroines, it makes them stronger! The narrative by Ross/Kenicott made the listening feel as if you were really a part of the story.

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  • Steph
  • 29-03-18

Loved it!

I really enjoy listening to the voices of Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross. Such a good story which addresses some heavy issues.

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  • Jennifer
  • 05-03-18

Another great Crystal Kaswell story!

Playing is another great story by Crystal Kaswell. This book revolves around Walker and Iris and their relationship. Along the way we get to know them as people and want them to overcome the hurdles that are put in their way. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author in this series.

The narrators did a fantastic job.

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  • Bel
  • 17-02-18

Another great couple

Walker is a tatoo artist, happy to spend his nights with random women leaving all feelings and emotions aside. Then he meets Iris and they agree to start a friends with benefits hook up with no strings attached. This works out great until they begin spending all their time together and realise that they are now basically in a relationship.

Iris is hiding a secret from Walker that will change his perception of her, but is their new found bond enough to weather this storm? Another fantastic dual POV narration that kept me excited the whole way through. The sexual chemistry was off the charts Hot! Loved it. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this audio book and this is my honest review.

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  • Leigh Smith
  • 13-02-18

Wow Playing killed me

Walker is a hot sexy Tattoo artist meets Iris at a party and the connection they have is so strong! Iris is a recovering addict who has lived a hard time trying to deal with staying sober and now that she is falling for Walker she feels you needs to come clean! Will walker be able to look past her past and will he be able love her for her? Wen and Kai killed the audio! Can’t wait for the next book to come out!

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  • missy
  • 11-02-18

Five stars isn't enough

Five stars isn't enough. Loved. With their pasts, Iris and Walker are the best match for each other. The best matches to be the best people with each other. I loved their relationship and banter. And the end *spoiler ish* his tattoo, awe! loved, loved, loved!

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  • Jamie Smith
  • 10-02-18

HOT! HOT! HOT!

I received an ARC and this is my honest review. Walker and Iris’s story is deep and so amazing. I love how Crystal makes you feel everything along with the characters. You feel their pain, happiness and love through her writing. They struggle like everyone in life trying to find themselves and find their place. Kai and Wen step the characters up with their vocals creating a whole new experience from just reading the book. A Must Listen!