Playing Games, Franklin U #1 by Riley Hart

"Okay, I freaking loved this!! My first foray into the soon to be released multi author Franklin U universe and I can wholeheartedly say it was awesome." Jacqueleen the Reading Queen on Playing Games, Franklin U #1

From the blurb:

Tyson Langley thinks the king in Franklin University Kings is in reference to him. Star lacrosse player and God’s gift to the female and male population, there’s nothing the spoiled jock can’t have.

It’s impossible for us to be in the same room without talking crap to each other. But I also have a secret… As much as I despise Ty, I want him too. I revel in our banter and in never knowing what he’ll say next.

I’ve spent too much time on the wrong side of the law for someone like Ty, though, and if I want to make it through college and escape my past, he’s a distraction I don’t need.

Braxton Walker needs to learn to lighten up. If you search brooding online, his name pops up. He’s the bad boy with a leather jacket and a scowl. We couldn’t be more different.

Finding ways to annoy him is like the longest foreplay session of my life. And when we end up working together, it gets harder to deny how hot he makes me.

What’s a little hooking up between enemies?

We weren’t supposed to become friends or share secrets. We weren’t supposed to understand each other and all the complicated stuff we’re going through.

I’m used to playing games, only the more time I spend with Brax, the less it feels like playing around and the more it becomes something real. Book one in the Franklin U series.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Ty and Brax were the most ridiculous enemies I've ever seen. From the beginning the two of them excelled at getting under one another's skin. Well you know what they say, there's a fine line between love and hate.

The cocky banter between these two was forever making me laugh. Never mind how half the time they were talking about how grossly sappy they were being, yet they both loved it. Basically Ty and Brax were in that place where they are technically in a committed relationship, but neither one wants to admit it. I mean talking about feelings? EW! Remember these are college boys we're reading about here, not exactly the most mature of times in one's life.

It was actually adorable how it all played out in the end. Playing Games was pretty low angst all around which made for a happy, enjoyable read. I also loved seeing all the cameos from future MCs in the FU series. It made me even more excited for the rest of the books, which I was already looking forward to. I mean have you seen the line up of authors? It doesn't get much better than that!

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

Playing Games is a fantastic start to the Franklin University series. 

Tyson is a rich, a lacrosse star player who has been given everything he’s ever wanted. But he falls on hard times when his dad leaves his mom, and he can’t fathom why his dad would do what he did. 

Brax is from the wrong side of the tracks , the quintessential bad boy, and works hard to stay afloat. He works at the bar that Tyson and his teammates party hard at. 

These two were so funny at times, seriously laugh out loud moments. They had serious steam and chemistry. They were like two magnets that couldn’t stay apart. Their banter was top notch! 

Overall, a fantastic addition to the Franklin University series. Well written with pacing that hooked me and kept me engaged until the last page, still left me smiling. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Heather's Review:

I couldn't wait to dive into the Franklin University Universe and Riley Hart started off this multi-author series with a bang!  I truly enjoyed the interplay between Tyson and Brax, as well as the opposites attract/enemies to lovers vibe that radiated from Brax especially in the beginning...

Brax has every reason to be grumpy and standoffish with Tyson, and Tyson is almost puppy-like in his interest in Brax, bringing a sunny disposition to the table, even with everything he has going on... The snark level and banter is high in this book, and there is a fair amount of steam, both in public and well...

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other authors bring to the table, and hope they can reach the high standard that Riley Hart has set with Playing Games

Rating: 5 Stars

Playing Games is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription

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