Playing With Trouble
(An interconnected standalone)
by: Amy Andrews
My goodness I loved this book!! It shouldn’t be shocking because I love Amy Andrews and returning to Credence is one of my favorite things, but Playing With Trouble was jammed packed with fun!!
Finn, Finn, Finn, I fell head over heels in love with the four year old in this book!! He is full of life, full of questions, full of so much joy…oh my heart…I am over the moon for the precocious bundle of energy. He is exactly the medicine Cole needed to heal his downtrodden spirits, while being the glue to bring his mother, Jane, and Cole together in this adorable love story.
When Cole boarded a plane to travel around the world from Australia to the US to escape the scrutiny he was under from his injuries and dying career in rugby, he never imagined finding the balm in a single mother and four year old boy. His life had been his career and he’s never given any thought to a family or a long term relationship, but now that he’s had a moment to slow down and spend time with Finn and Jane, he’s reevaluating some things and being in charge of someone besides of himself, he’s discovering, isn’t quite as bad as he originally thought.
As a single working mother, Jane never gets a free moment to herself, especially when her son has the energy of five children, or at least it seems that way it seems sometimes. When she not only ends up with an unexpected house guest, but her ex flakes on taking their son during her newest house renovation, she is strapped with two extra people. Not that she considers her son a weight, but she didn’t have him factored into her timetable when she quoted the renovation and four year olds aren’t exactly safe all day in a home remodeling project.
When Cole offers to watch Finn while Jane works, as much as she hates imposing on a stranger, Finn loves the idea of hanging out with the huge rugby star, and while it allows her to get her work done safely and during the day (instead of working long into the night while he sleeps), it now allows Jane time to get to know her unexpected house guest who is watching her son and staring in her dreams, so it is a win-win.
While it’s a slow burn for them to really get to know one another, while it appears easier when Finn is around, you see they have an easy camaraderie when they talk about their careers or spend time together. No matter when it is, that underlying passion is always brewing between them and once they do give in it it explodes between them.
Some of the best moments to enjoy in this book are when Cole is Finn’s manny, especially during the rugby clinic. I was laughing so hard, I seriously went back and read those passages again and again just so I could laugh multiple times. Finn is by far one of the best child characters I’ve had the joy of reading in a long time, it’s easy to see why Cole fell in love with both him and Jane so easily.
From pro rugby player to…Manny?
Australian rugby pro Cole Hauser has had enough of speculations about his future post-injury. So when a football buddy puts his house in America at Cole’s disposal, he jumps at the chance for some peace and anonymity. The plan is perfect—until he discovers he’s roomies with a woman who knows how to wield a nail gun and her kid. Awesome. Not.
Single mom Jane Spencer is supposed to be spending four weeks alone in the wilds of Colorado rehabbing a house that’ll put her business on the map. Instead, her time is overrun by her four-year-old and a grumpy, too-sexy rugby dude whose only goals are to watch ESPN and brood. Awesome. Not.
When, surprisingly, McHottie offers to get his ass off the couch and help Jane out with Finn, she’s hesitant. But before she knows it, Cole is knee-deep in kid activities during the day and they’re both fighting their simmering attraction at night.
Anything between them can only be temporary – their time together is short and Cole lives on the other side of the planet. It should be easy to say goodbye, right? Wrong. It doesn’t take long for them to realize they’ve borrowed a whole lot of trouble.
But trouble never felt this good.