J. S. Scott & Ruth Cardello
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Graham is my brother's best friend. He’s always been my protector and my confidant because he accepts me the way I am—and not many do. I can’t imagine not having him in my life.
Our weekend together was supposed to be a celebration. I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives.
Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham's fiancée going down on my brother.
I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long.
Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from.
Where do we go from here? Do I try to pretend to be his friend again or push him to open up to me and possibly lose him forever?
Sleeping with one of my best friends was not exactly a brilliant idea. It made things complicated, and I didn't do anything that threw my life into chaos. The fiancée her brother Jack, had stolen had been part of my life plan, one more step I was taking to be somebody. Granted, I hadn't been in love with my intended bride, but I didn't really know how to love anybody.
I pushed to achieve more.
I battled my way to the top of the heap in my pro football career..
I'm a total dick, and I don't want Lauren to see the side of me that would trample over anybody to work my way up in the world.
Lauren sees me as a hero, a title I'd never gain with anybody else in my life, so I wanted to keep her sheltered from the hard realities of my life. I wanted her to continue to think I was a nice guy when I was really just the opposite.
We never should have crossed the line of going from friends to lovers.
There's too much Lauren doesn't know about me, and I care enough about her that I don't want her to share my pain and the darkness that never sees daylight inside me.
I want her, but she's a woman I can never have. She's too smart, too sweet, and way too good for a guy like me.
Unfortunately, pushing her away becomes much more difficult than I'd planned...
This is the story of two people that are both struggling for acceptance in a world that can be very judgemental. Lauren is a exceptionally intelligent woman who has struggled all her life to fit in. Graham is a man struggling with his own demons while trying to keep his secrets from the people that love him. This story really touch my heart and brought tears to my eyes at times and it was very insightful and romantic! Also, I really loved how the story was told through the individual POV's of Lauren & Graham, it made the story flow easily.
When you least expect it.
Graham had is life planned out he was going to achieve his goals no matter what and look good doing it. What he didn’t count on was one of his oldest childhood friends betraying him and the other one being the one holding the key to true happiness.
Graham had always. Wen protective of lauren and her extra smart brain but he never realized that protectiveness would one day develop into to something a whole lot more. Lauren has loved graham in one way or another her whole life but now she knew she was truly in love with him. But she was more than smart enough to know she couldn’t force him to see her the way she saw him.
Graham and Lauren are so adorable both navigating their own insecurities and learning how to trust each other and overcome past mistakes. When they finally learn to trust each other fully they both end up with exactly what they need.
A Fantastic Read‼️
I love when two well-known authors get together and write a book. I wasn’t disappointed with J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello writing as both are gifted writers.
Well Played has the making of a movie, a friend who been betrayed by his best friend and fiancé, the sister of the best friend who secretly loves the one betrayed.
Graham an upcoming football star gets the surprise of his life when he goes to visit his best friend. Hurt and vulnerable he turns to his peanut (Lauren) for comfort.
As Graham works through his problems, Lauren has her own insecurities to work through as she is a genius with some social handicaps. As things heat up, Graham runs the other way leaving Lauren to pick up the pieces.
Lauren decides to go a journey of self discovery and is determined live her life. Can she ever forgive Graham for abandoning her?
I enjoyed seeing Lauren grow and Graham come to terms with his own problems. This is a wonderful read full of passion, tears, courage, forgiveness and love and I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
Standalone: Well Played is a stand-alone Read.
Characters: Alpha male and female genius, both searching for answers within their lives.
Writing: Smooth, developed and keeps the reader engaged.
Storyline: Struggles with friendships, relationships and finding their HEA.
5 Koala Paws
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Jan 30, 2018
- Publisher: Golden Unicorn Enterprises Inc
- Seller: Golden Unicorn Enterprises Inc
- Print Length: 215 Pages
- Language: English