Pretty Little Player

Pretty Little Player

by J. Kenner


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Bedroom games are fine … but I need a woman who won’t play with my heart.

After years in the military, I’ve faced down a lot of things, and there’s not much I shy away from. Except relationships. Because when you catch your wife in bed with another man, that tends to sour even the most hardened man against women.

When I was hired to keep surveillance on a woman with a checkered past, I went into the job anticipating the worst. But what I found was a woman who turned my head. Who made my blood heat and my body burn. A woman who made me feel alive again.

A woman who was nothing like what I expected, but everything I wanted. A woman who, it turned out, needed my protection. And wanted my touch.

And as the world fell out from under us, and everything I thought I knew shifted, there was only one reality I could hold onto—that the more I got to know her, the more I wanted her.

But if I’m going to make her mine, I’ll have to not only keep her safe, I’ll have to prove to her that I’ve conquered my own fears and doubts. That I’m done looking into the past, and that all I want is a future—with her.

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ISBN-13: 9781940673950
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Series: Blackwell-Lyon , #2
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 138,529
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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Pretty Little Player 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
This was a fast quick novella that had me engaged from the start to the finish; in fact I would have loved the story to be longer. I really loved the characters of Cayden Lyon and Gracie Harmon and the secondary characters are just as entertaining. I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series. Cayden Lyon is an ex-military man who having been cheated on by his ex-wife isn’t really looking for a relationship. When he gets a new job investigating if Gracie Harmon is cheating on Thomas Peterman he gets more than he bargained for; not all is as it seems. When Cayden manages to meet Gracie accidentally, their attraction is almost instantaneous, even though Cayden initially believes she may be cheating on Thomas. As he delves deeper into Gracie’s life he realises that Thomas has not been honest. As things spice up and danger rears it’s head, neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry that sparks between them. Having been burned in the past, Cayden has to overcome his fears and trust in Gracie’s ability to love him and that they can have a bright future together. The question is can he? I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for Pretty Little Player Book 2 in the Blackwell Lyon Series. This may be book 2 in the series but I do believe it can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone I fell in love with these characters from the moment I met them after all what not to love about a swoon worthy pirate and if you one click this book you will see exactly what I mean !!!!! Cayden Lyon is ex military running his own security firm with his twin brother and best friend they don’t normally take on investigations but something about this case seems personal to Cayden after all his ex wife cheated on him so he understands what Thomas Peterman is feeling and he doesn’t hesitate looking into Gracie Harmon. Gracie Harmon is a beautiful plus size model and when Cayden spots her flirting with the barman in the hotel she is staying it seems she is exactly what he expected a cheating fiancée or is she...... This story has a fair few twists and turns and as this book unfolds we see things are not always as they seem, the characters have depth and are easy to love. The sizzling chemistry between Cayden and Gracie make for some seriously hot moments but it’s also the friendship and loyalty shared between all of the characters in this book that help make this a great read. I loved the reference to Stark Security and I can’t wait to see where Ms Kenner takes us with the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good
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It was amazing and crazy!!!!!!!
18644943 More than 1 year ago
As always J Kenner never disappoints! I love her characters and those stories. I love how they all at some point connect. This is Grace and Cayden story. I enjoyed these two! He had his heart broken and truly never moved passed his hurt! And here comes Grace that changes it all for him! They both fall for each other and I loved how everything between starts and ends. Truly this was a sweet love story! Can’t wait to see what’s to come in this series. Loved them all!
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
From the first time Cayden laid eyes on Gracie, I knew she would be the one that brought his walls tumbling down. I loved watching these two fall for each other. The mystery in this one and how the story evolved, I absolutely loved! Sometimes things aren't what they seem and I loved that Cayden's walls came down when he let Gracie in. Great read!
momof3infl More than 1 year ago
I'm loving the Blackwell-Lyon security firm! Pretty Little Player finds us back in the world of security and private investigation. Cayden is a partner in the security firm and finds his next job is the sexy-but-possibly cheating on her fiancé Gracie. She may be a job, but is there more to the story, or is the intense chemistry between them getting in the way? I loved the story, it had a pinch of suspense, a lot of steam, and amazing characters. Pretty Little Player is one you don't want to miss!
Arys More than 1 year ago
Pretty Little Player by J. Kenner is book two in her Blackwell-Lyon Security series. Starring Cayden Lyons, who has been burned by love after his wife cheated on him. Now he does private investigation where he catches two-timing women in the act. When asked by a fiancé to investigate his girlfriend of cheating, Cayden takes the job and soon finds himself investigating, model Gracie Harmon. However, the case is completely turned sideways when he realizes Gracie needs protection. I enjoyed the chemistry and flirtiness between Cayden and Gracie. I also liked the air of mystery and suspense with Gracie's stalker and how it added another element to the story. Overall this was a fun read with twists and turns that make it even more exciting. I very much recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
PennieM More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put this one down! Cayden has trust issues and they he doesn't know what to do when he finds himself falling for Gracie who he is hired to follow because her fiance wants proof she is cheating. What is he to do when she turns up in his office and wants to hire him because she has a stalker! Turns out he was hired to follow her by her stalker. Oh, such a tangled web. Now he is protecting and falling and oh so jealous and not sure what to do with all those possessive feelings. This may have been a short and sexy read but it was definitely enjoyable and just right. Now to get Connor's story! **Received this ARC for review**
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Pierce was an absolute favorite and then J. Kenner decided to expand his story and make a series out of it. I cannot be more happier because out of it came Cayden! My own sexy military pirate! Come on ladies, I encourage you all to read Pretty Little Player and meet your next book boyfriend! I loved the story line and more importantly....IT WENT DOWN NOT THE WAY I EXPECTED!!!! OMG how the tables turned on this one. I am in awe with Gracie!!! As a fellow size 14, I related with her and was rooting for her all the way. She has a heart of gold. But don't let that fool you. She will fight back with her claws out if she needs to. Pretty Little Play marks all the spots! Forbidden Romance, A twisted plot, and the unexpected happens! I could not be more enamored with these characters. What an amazing new series J.K. brings us! I think I want one of the men from Blackwell Lyon security on my detail from here on out!
sherrybauer More than 1 year ago
Cayden and Gracie's story is sexy, hot, and romantic with some suspense and mystery thrown in. This was a quick read for me because I totally enjoyed Cayden and Gracie's story. Cayden is totally gun shy of any kind of relationship and has real trust issues, but meeting Gracie changes everything for him. They meet while Cayden is investigating Gracie, but he soon learns his client isn't being truthful about his relationship with her. Gracie shows him he can trust and love again after a few bumps along the way. I loved the ending and I cannot wait for the next book!
Nurseymegs More than 1 year ago
Gracie (from Man of the Month series) meets Cayden, partner in security firm Blackwell & Lyon. Cayden is hired to be a PI to scope out Gracie, but what happens when his mark becomes more? Gracie is a friendly sweetheart and model. She also has secrets to why she ran from LA to Austin. Read all the these two as we finally learn Gracie’s secret! Also, special mentions Noah, more Pierce, and the Fix on Sixth gang.
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
Pretty Little Player…those are the kind of women who Cayden Lyon hates and the ones he looks to expose as a PI. He wholeheartedly agrees with the idea that people reap what they sow, and when it comes to cheaters and liars, especially of the female variety, he’s all about paying them back for their infidelity by getting the goods on them for their husbands, and let me tell you, Cayden’s really good at his job, and the main reason is because his past gives him a vested interest in these kind of cases, continually proving that there are very few single women out there who won’t play with men’s heads and their hearts. But boy is Cayden wrong about Gracie Harmon, which just might be a blessing in disguise because as soon as he sees her, he’s instantly attracted and his desire for Gracie only continues to build as the reality of her situation is revealed and Cayden figures out that she’s the one who actually needs his help, which is exactly what he’s going to give her and along the way, if he can let go of his past and look to a future with the right woman, maybe Cayden will be able to have the life and the wife he’s always wanted. It’s amazing how much drama, romance, and suspense J. Kenner can pack into a novella. There’s definitely no downtime for her characters or her readers because the story moves quickly, exposing truths and exploring Cayden and Gracie’s growing connection. Cayden and Gracie’s story is a quick read - one that has a bit of everything when it comes to the main characteristics of a romance and one that utilizes its setting to not only showcase everything that Austin has to offer but also uses its various locations to amp up the tension and deliver a sultry and seductive environment for everything that goes down in Pretty Little Player! 4 Poison Apples
Abilicious More than 1 year ago
Whew! I was excited to dive into this read and I couldn't put it down. In this book, Cayden has been hardened due to life. He's seen a lot of things and is not one who believes in happily ever after. I enjoyed the chemistry and immediate pull Cayden and Gracie had with each other. I liked how she made him hope. This was a fast read for me, mainly because I didn't want to walk away from Cayden and Gracie. She's a very sweet girl and she also gave Cayden peace. Their flirting was fun, the sexual tension high and I enjoyed the element of danger that came with them. The reader knows who but not how and I liked how that component worked it's way into the story. This was a great read and I HIGHLY recommend it!
marincheto007 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read Lovely Little Liar, I was intrigued by the two Lyon brothers. And though I think that ultimately Connor is going to be my favorite, I was super excited to get my hands on Cayden's book as well. And I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed. The story is intriguing and sweet, romantic and a little bit suspenseful. In a few words, it is a lovely short story, perfect to curl up with in your favorite reading spot. As I already mentioned above, I really enjoyed reading Caydon and Gracie's story even though I kind of guessed the plot from the beginning. There were still a few surprises here and there that kept my attention. And it didn't hurt that Caydon was a charmer with a broken heart and demons from his past. And of course, Gracie was the one woman who could put the pieces back together and heal the wound. In short this is a lovely short story, perfect for taking off your mind of a busy day. So be sure to check it out. As for me, I can't wait to get my hands on Connor's story. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Embell More than 1 year ago
This series, like the Man of the Month series, takes place in good old Austin, TX and is an extension of the Stark universe. This was a hard book to put down because it flowed really well and a great story. However, I did find the plot summary provided to reveal a little too much. If it hadn't revealed what it did, I would have gotten more out of the plot twist and given this review five stars. Cayden is a total bad ass (ex military) and Gracie (plus size model) is a take no BS type of girl. He let's his past get in the way, and she has too much respect for herself to bend to his insecurities. I wish we had gotten a little more back story on Cayden's character, but enough is given to understand his character, I just wanted more. Also I would have liked a little more sexy times, but with shorter books from this author, this is the norm, but the foreplay is still top notch.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Cayden the cynic believes all relationships will fail. Well, his was incinerated which gives him cause to feel this way. His latest case has him investigating Gracie since her fiancé believes she is cheating. But as he connects with Gracie to find the proof he needs, he doesn’t encounter a woman that fits this mold. Gracie is a confident model but ends up at Cayden’s business needing protection from a stalker. Suddenly, the case has gotten even more intense but as Cayden unravels all the pieces, he doesn’t expect his heart to be a victim. Will Cayden be able to open up to love again? I loved Gracie and how she pushed Cayden’s buttons. She is a breath of fresh air for Cayden and he is the perfect alpha male that Gracie needs to lean on in her current crisis.
JennC2630 More than 1 year ago
This was so cute. Watching Cayden and Gracie get together was so sweet and I loved that he was able to see through the horribleness of his ex. Cayden has been hardened and he's sent by Gracie's fiance to do some intel. The fiance is convinced she's cheating on him. As Cayden actually meets Gracie, he begins to realize that she is far too sweet to be in the same category as his ex. And when she needs his protection, all bets are off. But can Cayden truly get over the damage that his ex did? Is he willing to do that for Gracie? I absolutely loved this read. My only complaint is that it was too short. I really wanted more of them and the whole Blackwell Lyon gang. Longer please!
DebiDG More than 1 year ago
I loved how the entire book is from Cayden’s point of view. The emotions written into the dialogue are spot on. All the players feel like old friends but this can be read as a complete standalone. The humor, action and romance are all present that what makes this a fantastic read!
szelisk_64 More than 1 year ago
Wow, I really loved this book. Cayden, a navy seal who lost his eye but not his looks will steal your heart. Unfortunately, his past marriage has left him believing there is no happily ever for him. Grace, his current assignment. A beautiful plus size model, who has her own secret. Can Grace save Cayden and pull him out of his past. Amazing book!! You cannot help but fall in love with these characters from the begining. Once I started I could not put it down. A definite MUST read!!!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Loved Cayden & Gracie's story! And I really love their characters and what they are all about. Great novella but would have loved more time with them. Nice little twist thrown in there too! This may not be a very long read but it is certainly long on chemistry, sweetness and sexiness with some danger to spice things up tossed in the mix. When Cayden is hired to get the dirt on Gracie, it isn't long before he wants to get dirty with her. His ex-wife did quite the number on his trust though so he will not be an easy one to win over for anything long term. Gracie is a model and turns out not to be at all what Cayden expected. And I just love the unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Is there a limit to pain when you have a broken heart?” As always Kenner writes another winner. You just get lost in the words and find yourself unable to put the book down. I’ve been enjoying this series and am looking forward to the next installment Sexy Little Sinner. “All you do is run away. No, scratch that. You don’t even start the race.” I love the maturity of the characters. Yet the vulnerability they show is just as endearing. It makes them relatable even though you have celebrity careers and stalkers thrown into the mix. No matter who you are or what you do you have the same basic feelings, insecurities, struggles, hopes and dreams. “We will find him,” I say. “We will catch him. We will stop him.”
Ana94 More than 1 year ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down. J.Kenner is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.