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Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns. Don't let the fact that I'm the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I'm only a player on the field. I've kept my pants zipped all season long - and it is long - because nothing's more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the team owner's recently widowed and handsy-as-hell sister, who's dead set on winning more than a date with me. Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary. She's my best friend's sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie, and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash.

After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don't even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd, and then announce that she's my girlfriend. Which would be fine, except my agent tells me we've got to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. Violet takes one for the team and pretends to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport, and I want it to go into overtime. The problem is - I've been riding the bench for years. How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she's most valuable to his heart?

©2017 Lauren Blakely (P)2017 Lauren Blakely Books

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Friends to lovers story 💏

Cooper is ready to be auctioned off to help raise money for charity until the woman placing the highest bid is the owner of his team's sister, Maxine. As Cooper tries to figure out how to escape this situation because Maxine could affect whether he is traded... Cooper's best friends little sister Violet, starts bidding to save him.
And just to keep Maxine at bay, Cooper announces that Violet is his girlfriend. Afterwards Cooper wants Violet to keep "pretending" to help his football contract re-negotiations.Violet also wants to keep up the charade to benefit her salon.

With both of them thinking the other has no real feelings or attraction to the other, they're sure to pull this charade off 😄
Plus Cooper has a superstition about abstaining​ from sex to win the Supper Bowl.That should be enough to keep things platonic right? These two fight the inevitable until a heated kiss sends sparks flying and puts Cooper's vow of chastity in jeopardy.

This fake romance gets really hot and sexy as the two play along. Lauren Blakely really knows how to do steamy with a happy ending 😍
And when it comes to narration.. Only the best will do on a Blakely book!! Zachary Webber's performance is seductive music to my ears. So if you're wondering if this 5 star💫 romance was worth the credit?? Ohh yeah, it was..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Another Touchdown for Lauren Blakely!

Just when I think Lauren Blakely can’t write anything more entertaining than the book before, she comes out with another amazing book. Her writing is so easy to get lost in, she builds a world for you to dive into and that you never want to leave. I wanted to go hang out with Cooper and Violet. Lauren’s writing always hits me with all the feels, I laughed, man, so many laughs in this book. I also shed a few tears… I couldn’t help it. It had sweet moments too. I just can’t believe it took me so long to finally get my ears on this one. Note to self: Don’t make LB’s characters wait.


This book is fantastic! It’s a fake romance but it’s also a sports romance. The combination of the two is genius. It works so well. As a football (yes, I do mean American Football) fan I loved the sports aspect of the story, I really enjoyed the fact that the sport wasn’t an afterthought, it played a part in the story, it’s not just a sports romance because the character happens to be a football player. I love that it's all told from Cooper's POV.

I loved these characters. All of them. I’m looking forward to stories from a few of Cooper’s teammates in the future… I hope. Pretty please!
Violet was awesome! I just loved her so much. She was smart and funny. Independent and feisty. She was also sweet and able to hold her own in a room full of football players. Vi had such a big heart. I wanna be her friend.
Cooper… swoon! Ok, so I am completely in love with Cooper. He was a sweetheart. His heart was nearly always in the right place and he had so much love to give, whether it be to Vi, or his time at the hospital, he was such a good guy. He was also funny and charming, and a damn fine football player. Sure, I wanted to slap him upside the head a time or two, but mainly I just wanted to hug him… among other erm, fun activities lol.

I just adored the progression of Cooper and Violet’s relationship. Watching them go from friends that may have had an inappropriate thought or two, to realising they were in love. It was beautiful. The sexual tension between the characters was palpable and gave the story an edge. I really enjoy that Lauren never fills her books with unnecessary sex scenes, they always make sense to the story and the same happens with this book, it’s about half-way, maybe more before anything sexual happens and then the way it was done was utter perfection and I loved it, and of course, once the sexy times start your earphones are at risk of melting.

This book is performed superbly by Zachary Webber. He’s always so entertaining and this book was no different. Zachary’s performance was wonderful, he hits the comedic moments so perfectly, I can’t help but laugh out loud and his delivery of the emotional parts of the story are so heartfelt, I even got a little emotional myself. I really don’t think there is an emotion he cannot deliver on. Let’s not forget the sexy times, sheesh, talk about panty-melting. The production was smooth, with no issues at all, I really enjoyed the cheering sound effects at the beginning and end of the book.

Side-note: The audiobook also contains a sample chapter from Joy Ride, narrated by Sebastian York. If you haven’t met Max Summers yet (WTF? Where have you been?) this is the perfect opportunity to hear SebYo’s awesomeness and get a taste of the story.

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Sweet, sexy read!

5 Crazy Ass Must Read/Listen Stars!!!!!

I needed this. I so needed this kind of book after the past few crazy angst-ridden reads I've read as of late. This was cute, sweet, funny, wicked adorable, and oh, so panty-melting.
I loved Cooper. He had me right from the beginning with the Prologue. His interactions with his buddies had me laughing out loud.
Violet was a little tougher nut to crack. It's hard to get a sense of a character when it's just a single POV and when it's just the male's POV, the female tends to be a little two dimensional. Lauren Blakely remedied that by including the text strings between Violet and Holly giving us more insight to Violet's character. This may have gotten a lower rating if that wasn't included. I just couldn't connect her in the beginning.
Despite that, I did thoroughly enjoy this sweet, sexy read and I can't wait to Jones' story next. Crazy Ass Stalking has commenced!

Audible Update:
Zachary Webber has snuck up on me and has become one of my absolute favorite narrators. His voice was perfect for Cooper. He really knows how to capture my attention and bring the story to life.

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 09-07-17

A love story that left my heart happy!

Another fun romantic book by Lauren Blakely! This story made my heart smile and my insides a little mushy! It was a very sweet friends to lovers story with NO drama!!! I love how Lauren Blakley can give us a beautiful romance without the need for the unnecessary drama added just for excitement.

Cooper is a great character for me because he is rich and well known but he doesn't act it! He didn't use his money to impress her and the money didn't change who he was. He still hung out with his friends, focused on his love for football and was a complete momma's boy in the best way!
Violet might be my favorite character! She is strong and confident. She stuck to her feelings, never trying to hide behind them or had insecurities! With her business, her family and her love life she always seemed to do what felt right and didn't really play "games". She knew who she was, what she felt and she didn't try to fight it! These too had great chemistry and I think that stems from the years they have known each other. I love friends to lovers because the love is not instantaneous and it is so easy to feel the love between the characters because you know it's not just physical attraction after all those years! Although I will say this book was light on sex but the few scenes it had were very hot!

The narration was spot on as always! You can sure tell the author is an audiobook listener, it shows in her casting choices! Zachary Webber has a great voice and perfect tone for a laid back good guy!

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Great book !

Another great story from Lauren. And she made the right choice in choosing Zachary Weber to narrate ! He did an amazing job with this great story !

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This is one player I would love to meet

As football season kicks off, I have to say I loved Cooper and Violet's story. Lauren Blakely has an incredible ability to get into the inner-workings of a male's mind. She completely has perfected this in her story Most Valuable Playboy. It is a fantastic read that is filled with humor and combustible chemistry, with just the perfect amount of angst. I could not get enough of this story. When I did have to put it down, it never was far from my mind, as I had to know how it would end.

There are several tropes throughout this story line: best friend's little sister, fake-fiance, and friends to lovers. All of which make for an incredible read. Lauren's ability to create sizzling scenes is like none other. There were many times I laughed out loud as well as felt the exact emotion each character experienced.

Zachary Webber does a fantastic job with the narration of this book. He only enhances Lauren's work as an incredibly talented author. Zachary brings the story to life and kept me completely engaged. I can't wait to hear more from both of these artists in the future!

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Another winner!

I just adore Lauren Blakely’s books! This audiobook was about a NFL football quarterback following a superstition with his fellow players. He vowed “no sex” until they secured a spot in the playoffs. Attending a charity event for the local children’s hospital he’s to be one of the players auctioned in a bachelor auction. Unfortunately, the team owners daughter (a barracuda!) is going to be bidding on him and will be expecting more than just a date, which would jinx their season. So he makes a deal with the sister of his best friend to bid on him and win (he will supply the money). After she wins the auction, the newswoman covering the auction makes the assumption that they were already a couple, so they just kiss and smile. This sets off a lot of lying and dating they hadn’t planned on and before you know it he starts to see her as more than a fake girlfriend. Narration was excellent.

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Fun listen

This book had such funny and fun parts to it. I think the auction scene might have been my favorite. Zachery really pulled the funny out of that scene. The characters were likable. It was just a really easy and entertaining listen. I found Cooper to be adorably clueless when it came to his own feelings about Violet. I mean, how could he have such feelings for her and be so clueless about it!? Men! But, he was so super sweet and down to earth. And I really like Violet's character as well. Full of some laugh out loud moments, this is a quick and easy fun listen.

While I am also a Sebastian York fan, I also like variety. I thought Zachery Webber did great! And, I hope we can continue to enjoy both of their wonderful narrations. There's room in my earbuds for both.

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Yummy Zachary Webber!

I love this book. Sweet and sexy! Can't wait for the next one. Zachary Webber could read me the phonebook and I would orgasm just from his voice alone! Keep reading Zachary! Love listening!!!!

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Love this author

I havent read or heard an audio book by this author that I haven't liked. can't wait for Jones story I loved Cooper and Vi together.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 09-12-17

A completely feel good friends to lovers

An honest to goodness, feel good, happy go lucky romance told from the hot sexy NFL quarterback’s viewpoint, and guess what? Cooper Armstrong might be a player on the football field but he's definitely not a player when it comes to girls, in fact he's quite the opposite, he's agreed to keep his snake in his pants for the whole season. Violet Pierson is not only his best friend, she's also his best friend’s sister, totally off limits. When they agree to have a fake relationship guaranteed to benefit both of them, they get more than they bargained for. A completely enjoyable feel good friends to lovers romance with wonderful characters, some sexy moments and a good few laughs. Zachery Webber nailed it as Cooper.


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  • Heavenly Good Books
  • 10-04-17

OMG! Another amazing story!

I loved this story. I think it's my favourite so far that I had the pleasure to listen to. Zachary Webber killed it with this narration. It was just perfect. And the best part is that the story is told from Male POV which I am fan off lately.

I love friends to lovers books but they can be a bit cliche, but here Lauren avoided it perfectly. Love love love it!

Can I get my own Cooper please?

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  • V Nerd
  • 09-17-17

Friends to Lovers

Any additional comments?

Another great read by Me Blakely.<br/><br/>Only one POV in this one, and it is read by the always fabulous Zachary Webber.<br/><br/>I thought I would have like to have heard the POV from the other MC Violet, but actually it really works well not having it.<br/><br/>Also glad that Cooper wasn't a douche.<br/><br/>I love friends to lovers stories, and this one hits all of the right buttons.<br/>

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 09-16-17

Zachary &amp; Lauren are a winning team!

I wasn't expecting Cooper to be as great a guy as he was, maybe because of the reputation / or the title he had been given, but I fell in love with him ( I should never have doubted).
More importantly, and with all of Lauren's books, I also fall in love with the female lead-in this case Violet. She was the supporting lead who shone, got her character and personality across even though the story is told through Cooper's voice.

Sports romances are not my go to reads, I do tend to shy away from them, especially when I know little or nothing about the sport as in this case, but it isn't all about the game, and what is about the game and the team is enough for anyone to follow along.

Great chemistry, characters and having read the book and listened on audible, I can say Zachary Webber is an absolute dream as Cooper! The perfect laid back attitude, I expected, as always, he really brought the characters to life and was the perfect fit for this particular character.

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 09-13-17

A sporty friends to lovers

4.5 stars

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY was fun from beginning to end. A slower burn heat was the theme in this sports-orientated friends to lovers story. What started as a pretend girlfriend situation developed into the sweetest journey to something deeper. Of course, this is not a new trope, it's something I've read similar types of books before, but I can honestly say I was thrilled as the hours ticked by on this audio.

The title made me think I'd be encountering a jerk, but Cooper was far from this. He was a guy who was focused on becoming an indispensable quarterback to his team. Cooper turned to Violet to get out of a tight corner but their close quarters revealed Vi in a new light. The chemistry builds more gradually than some of Lauren Blakely's quick, hot reads and I loved that aspect of bubbling feelings and gradual touches. The friendship between these two shone beautifully and Violet was very likeable.

The narration, single male POV, hit every button for me. Zachery Webber did a fantastic job on bringing Cooper and the story to life. Although it was single POV, he naturally worked the dialogue and Vi's dialogue into the story seamlessly. Highly recommended for a quick, hot read with nice depth.

A copy of this audiobook was provided by the author in return for a honest review.

Reviewed for Jo&amp;IsaLoveBooks Blog.

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  • Lara
  • 10-31-17

Not for me

I keep trying Lauren Blakely blooks and 1/5 times I like one. This one just wasn’t for me. I found myself uninterested in the storyline quite early on.

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  • Cas
  • 09-20-17

Wow

This author manages to keep you reading from the first till the last word. Loved these characters. She whom has loved him for a very long time. He whom has loved her without being aware. Till they are thrown together to help each other out. It's then that he realises he has loved her all along. A great story. Loved the narration.