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Conor Quinn is the gorgeous guitarist for the popular, yet recently troubled rock band Rogue. And he's made a mistake. A stomach-churning, heart-aching, nothing-will-ever-be-right-again mistake.  

So, what do you do after your mistake - your betrayal - has been revealed? One that's threatened both a lifelong friendship and a music partnership? If you're book-smart but love-dumb Conor, you woo back your ex in an effort to prove you've moved on.  

But when Conor's old schoolmate unexpectedly returns to his world, he gravitates with increasing frequency toward their renewed friendship. Harmless flirting soon turns into real temptation and suddenly Conor's questioning whether his impetuous reunion with his ex means he's missed his chance with the right woman.  

Can Conor make the right decisions and finally stop playing at love?

©2015 Lara Ward Cosio (P)2018 Lara Ward Cosio

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Bittersweet turned into a blissful HEA.

The love story I've been waiting for. I wasn't expecting such a happy outcome for Sophie, Gavin, and Conor. I'm pleasantly surprised that things took a positive turn in this love triangle. Playing at Love is well worth the wait. These characters have been through their fair share of trials and tribulations. I've been anticipating the outcome of the rogue series since I finished tangled up in you. If you don't know who Lara Ward Cosio is? You will keep her on your radar after listening to this series. Lee Brophy does an amazing job narrating. I'm such a fan now. I want to know why Audible doesn't have the rest of the series available? This book is hands down worthy of a credit and more than 5 stars.
I was given a free copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily decided to leave this review.

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Another Masterpiece!!

Lara has done it again!! Her stories are so wonderfully written with such detail it wraps you up and makes you feel the emotions. I'm so so happy that Lee Brophy did the narration for this story too. He is PERFECT for this setting and story and brings so much realness to the atmosphere of the story.

This story stars mainly Conor and his relationship with Collette, Sophie, Gavin and Felicity. The tangled complicated mess he has created since his night with Sophie. You get to see how things unfold with Sophie and Gavin and the heartbreak their highschool friend Felicity has to endure and how everything comes together. Lara does such a fabulous job again bringing all these broken beautiful pieces together to create this world you get wrapped up in. We see the shattered bits of the last book come together and see the real struggle this causes the characters. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY!! I can't wait to see if we have book about Shay next time! I would love to see his story and see him find happiness. Worth a credit!

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Forgiveness

I didn't listen to the first book in this series, but I was able to catch on to what was going on. Ms Cosio has written a wonderfully realistic story of betrayal, growing up, taking responsibility for one's mistakes, trying to make things right, finding love, and forgiveness. There are several twists and turns in the story. Conor wants his best friend back, but has he burned one too many bridges, and will he find the true love that's staring him in the face. This story was very hard to stop listening to it. The narrator did an outstanding job of portraying the emotions that the characters experienced. He held my attention the entire time and was a pleasure to listen to and enjoy. I highly recommend this Audible book.
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I loved to see how they repair their relationships

I enjoyed the story of this second installment more than I enjoyed the first. It deals with the aftermath of Sophie and Conor’s betrayal, and I loved to watched how they repair their relationships. But this book has the same problems as the first one.

The descriptions are too many, too long, too unnecessary, and most of the time badly written. It made me get out of the story. I’m pretty sure if I had read it instead of listening to it, I’d have skipped two dozen paragraphs at least.

And the filler! Why repeating and repeating and repeating again things we already read about? I should have counted how many Sophie’s introspections about her relationship with Conor were into the book, just so you could get a feel of it.

This time, we have many point of views, but you can easily picked out who’s the narrator every chapter. It could have helped, though, if the actual narrator–of the audiobook–had had more various voices for the characters. But, at the same time, since the writer herself hasn’t written their voices differently…

As for the narrator, I suppose I got used to his accents, and it was easier to understand every word.

I’m pretty sure I’ll read the rest of the series–even though this installment could have been the end–because I want to read more about the characters, but it may be in spite of the author…

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So good!

Playing at Love is one audio I have been waiting for. After the ending of Tangled Up in You, I was waiting to see where the love triangle of Conor, Sophie and Gavin would end up! This book took us through it all, but was mostly Conor's story. This poor man can't seem to get his life on track. After his trist with Sophie, he damaged the relationships with his two best friends, and now is set to marry a woman he thinks will be good for him! I love Lara Ward's Cosio's way of writing. It's deeply emotional and evokes many different feelings in the listener. I felt sadness and happiness for Conor, at times major frustration and throughout, I felt hope that he would eventually find his happiness. With the whole band interspersed in the story, we catch up with Shay, Gavin, Sophie and Felicity and get to have Rogue together. I am looking forward to Shay's story to finish out the trilogy and tie up all the loose ends this band has together.

I can't say enough good things about Lee Brophy. He is amazing, his pace is great and the story just flows. He has distinct voices for each character, and the inflections he uses makes you feel the emotions as you listen. He truly does the story justice,

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Playing at Love

What a great continuation of these amazing characters. It was such a pleasure to see Gavin and Conor mend fences as well as Gavin and Sophie find their way back to each other. Conor grew up emotionally in this book and it was micr to see the choice he made in the end. I don’t think he could have made one any better. I am excited to see what comes next with this group.

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Compulsive listen

I was so happy that Lee Brophy was the narrator for Playing at Love. He does such a thorough job and I can feel the story. The voices and tones are great. I love the infliction and feeling that is added to the story just by a single voice. This was definitely a high angst story and Brophy was able to make this a compulsive listen.

I love getting back with the band Rogue. Connor, oh Connor, he can’t seem to make any choices unless they are the wrong ones. He wants nothing but to make up with his best friend, Gavin, that he betrayed. He ruined the best relationship he ever had all over a woman that really meant nothing to him. It wasn’t worth it. He’s hell bent on fixing the situation and proving he’s a changed man. Of course, nothing ever goes as he plans and life blows up in his face and nothing works as he plans. This raw look at human frailty, a this inability to grow up and this costs everything.

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Incredible!

I really enjoyed this story of Rogue Rockstars by Lara Ward Cosio. This is the second in the series that I have listened to and I cannot recommend it high enough. How the author created intriguing and realistic characters is amazing. I loved the truisms that were part of the story. Conner is the main character of this book, yet Collette, Felicity, Gavin and Sophia also have key roles. I thought Lee Brophy performed this book spectacularly with realistic emotions and voices for various characters. Another item that I loved about the book was the unexpected twist that I didn't see coming. Well done to the author. The ending of this book is wonderful!

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Excellent!!

Connors story continues in this book. Once again Lara Ward Cosio has written an amazing story that makes you love these characters even more. Connor thinks he has to leave his heart out of his relationships so he can do the right thing. He’s wrong of course... but how he gets to the truth of that is all part of the excellence of this book!!

Lee Brophy is very good with the accents and the non-accents!!!

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Emotional and Heartfelt

Title: Playing at Love
Author: Lara Ward Cosio
Format: Audio
Narrator: Lee Brophy
Genre: Romance - Rockstar, second-chance
Standalone: Not really - Ready Book 1: Tangled Up in You first
Part of a Series: Book 2 of the Rogue series
POV: Connor/Felicity and Gavin/Sophie mostly
Steam Level: Toasty at time
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I listened to Tangled Up In You a while ago and, at the time, was excited to hear book 2 Playing At Love. Like Gavin and Connor's friendship/bromance these two books are intertwined with the fallout of Tangled Up in You playing out in Playing At Love. It took me a little bit to get back into the story but, once I did, I didn't want to stop listening. I love Lee Brophy's accent, making this Irish band's story more authenticity...and it's easy on the ears. Lara Ward Cosio does a great job in exploring the emotions of anger, hurt, betrayal, jealousy, and, eventually, forgiveness from the events that unfolded in Tangled Up In You. I hope the rest of this series comes out in audio and Lee Brophy continues to narrate them. I can't wait to hear the rest of the guys' stories.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Obsessions. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Cindy
  • 03-27-20

Playing at Love

This storyline was interesting and while it probably could be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you listen to Tangled Up in You first. I liked Conor and was hoping for the best for him even though he had made many mistakes in his relationships and just didn't seem to know what or who he wanted. I feel like Gavin and Sophie's story has a nice and complete ending although I expect to get updates on them as the series continues. I think Lee Brophy did a good job bringing this story to life.
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  • 10-31-19

um, say what now???

Conor and Felicity's story was such a dynamic read. I was drawn in from the beginning. I loved them, hated them, felt sad for them. I just rant thought the gamut of emotions. The narration was well done, the characters were relatable and the writing was done well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wow.


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  • 08-24-19

Conflicting

I enjoyed this book but the storyline was very conflicted. I felt like there was so much angst and emotional baggage. Lee has a great accent and lots of talent

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  • 08-05-19

really enjoyed this story

I loved this book and you have to listen to book one to get the entire gist of this one. This book will pull at your emotions and keep you hooked waiting to see what will happen next. While I don't always like rock star romance this story doesn't focus much on the music but more on the actual characters and those relationships. The narrator did a great job with this story and made it an easy listen.
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  • Mickey
  • 07-02-19

Omg

There is so much happening in this book, granted the majority is focused on Connor and his relationship issues. But we do get to see Gavin and Sophie working through own issues in saving their marriage! There isn’t a huge time lapse in this book as there is in book one, but I absolutely fell in love with this one. You will get hooked on these characters, and their inner dilemma’s, but also enjoy seeing them mature into the characters we all love. As always Lee did an outstanding job with the narrative.
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  • ILoveToRead
  • 06-24-19

Great book!

This is book two in the Rogue Rockstars series. This is a great second book. The storyline kept me hanging on every word and waiting to see what was gonna happen next. Again great narration. If you like rockstars this a book for you.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 06-18-19

Connor

I listened to book one ages ago and have been dying to see what happened next , so I'm so happy I got a chance to listen to this one too , we follow on where book 1 left off but with the focus more on Connor after everything, we still get a glimpse of other band members tho which is great , I love how well this book is written with the banter between everyone it feels like you actually know them rather that just listening to a book , the style of writing and the narrators just pulls you in , I cant wait for the next books to come out in audio , though I know they'll be worth the wait !
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