Playing Deep (Miami Piranhas Book 5) by Beth Bolden; Narrated by Darcy Stark

Saved the Best for Last

From the Playing Deep blurb:

Kenyon Ellis knows getting involved with Julian Anderson is an enormous mistake—but from the very first night, he finds him annoying, intriguing and ultimately, irresistible.

One, Kenyon is a player, and Julian is a reporter, so hooking up with him, no matter how spectacular the nights are, is a terrible idea.

Two, he’s falling for him, even if Julian continues to be prickly and impossible. But every time Julian’s walls shift, Kenyon sees the real man behind the attitude, and he only wants more.

Three, between the Piranhas and the charity work he’s committed to, Kenyon really doesn’t have the time for a relationship—but a relationship with Julian turns out to be exactly what he wants.

Maybe even exactly what he needs.

But when Julian starts calling out his performance on the field, the last thing Kenyon expects is to feel betrayed. But is it betrayal? Or does Julian simply see something in Kenyon he’s lost along the way?

The answer leads him not only to love, but to the biggest crossroads of his life.

The fifth and final Miami Piranhas book.

Lesetiger's review:

Beth Bolden has created a great series with the Piranhas series that has gotten better with each installment and in my opinion, the last book was the best.

I haven't seen much of Kenyon, who is the subject of this book, in the previous volumes. No wonder, because in addition to playing football, he is involved in a charitable organization.

Kenyon meets Julian in a bar and things get heated. But Kenyon doesn't know that Julian is a sports reporter and Julian doesn't recognize Kenyon. This comes as a shock the next day, but the two can't keep their hands off each other.

They are well aware of the risk they are taking. And the more they meet, the more it feels like a relationship, but the two are very good at fooling both themselves and each other.

Julian and Kenyon couldn't be more different. Their childhoods were very opposite and now they are on opposite sides, but they share a love of football.

Once you get to know Julian better, you understand him, but it takes a while and it was very frustrating.
I really liked Kenyon, he's likeable and the chemistry between them is palpable. But sometimes I would have liked to shake them both because they didn't see what was right in front of them.

The story was told in an entertaining way, it got emotional at times and I sometimes wanted to give Julian a hug. The ending was wonderful, I loved it. But I regret that this series has now come to an end. I was very happy to see beloved characters from the previous volumes here again.

As always, Darcy Stark did a fantastic job reading the audiobook. I loved the voices he chose for the male protagonists. I didn't quite like the choice of voice for Julian's boss, but that wasn't too bad as his performance was very entertaining and a pleasure to listen to.

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