Review: Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Book Reviews, Books, Contemporary, Sports
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I just finished this book and can’t wait to tell you what I think…. read the blurb and I will tell you why this book made me cry below!!!


Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

Up-and-coming photographer Judith Ashton is pretty sure she has everything in her life under control. That is, until a blast from the past comes back to taunt her, in the shape of Caleb Steele, her older brother’s best friend–the same man who broke her heart eight years ago. Their chemistry is combustible, but she’s been fooled once by this player, and she’s not going there again.

To pro rugby player Caleb, Judith has always been Kryptonite, but his former playboy lifestyle is the last thing she wants to be involved in, and he can’t blame her. In the midst of her brother’s threats to back off, and the deal of his career sending him far away from her, he knows he’s playing with fire. And this is one game he’s going to lose.

Talking Dirty With the Player by Jackie Ashenden

4.5 Hockeystyxxx

Judith Ashton loved her new sister inlaw but her idea of a fun wedding and anyone else’s was not the same. Who chose to set their wedding up as a live video game with guests playing laser tag? And how was she going to get through the night with the one man she had given her heart to standing up beside her. Getting closer to the sexy as hell Caleb was not her plan. They had once been friends and then more than friends before he broke her teenage heart. She couldn’t let her desires come in to play again no matter how much she wanted just one more chance to win his heart.
Caleb Steele had no qualms shooting Jude in the back. Well in the game anyway. Truthfully hurting her before had been the one regret he still carried with him to this day. But being close to her again and now back in New Zealand, after playing rugby in England, he missed teasing his sweet babycakes. No, she could have been his, but he knew hurting her that morning after they had been together was the best thing to do for them both. Getting her to shoot the charity calendar was not an easy task but somehow even with their history she said yes but on her terms. Terms that both of them had a hard time accepting.
Rugby players! Yummmmmm. There are not enough books with sexy hunky rugby players so when given a chance to review this one I was prepared to tackle whoever I needed to in order to get my hands on it. For fans of romance who are not ‘sportys’ no worries. There is not a lot of technical sports jargon within. (For me I wish that there had been more!) Jude has been hurt by this man before. Although she doesn’t come out and say it I think that he is the only man she let get close enough to her to cause pain or to even touch her. Caleb has his reasons for the pushme-pullyou connection with Jude but it is when he pushes her aside and her subsequent pleas for clarity that this story totally broke me down to a blubbering idiot. I admit I do not always pick up a contemporary read as my first choice but I was more than pleased with this book. Well done!


Title: Talking Dirty With the Player
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Genre: Contemporary Series Romance
Length: 182 pages
Release Date: August 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-176-3
Imprint: Indulgence

  1. authorcassandracarr says:

    Rugby? Oh I need to check this one out!

  2. Zita R says:

    Nice review and the book sounds interesting. This one is going on my TBR, thanks!

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