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Most Valuable Playboy

Written by: Lauren Blakely
Narrated by: Zachary Webber
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
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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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  • Readers Together
  • England
  • 2017-11-17

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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  • Mandymay💄👠👛
  • Newnan G.A
  • 2017-10-01

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..

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 2017-09-07

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!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-16

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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  • Shelley Haase
  • 2017-10-10

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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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • Indiana, USA
  • 2017-09-30

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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  • J and M
  • 2017-09-13

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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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 2017-09-12

FRIENDS TO LOVERS HAS NEVER BEEN SWEETER

You can guarantee a Lauren Blakely book will entertain you, lift your spirits up and leave a big smile on your face because there's something about her characters and her stories that are endearing, heartwarming and compelling.. and she's done it again. Well, her and Zachary Webber whose narration brought life to the likeable characters, a humorous tone when needed and passion when it was finally time for the sexy times.

The Quarterback and the Hometown girl was a spur of the moment ruse meant to deter an overly eager admirer.. but that innocent ruse between life-long friends opened up a pathway where hidden truths and true feelings could travel. Eventually the Quarterback realized what had been in front of him the whole time.. true love, happiness and someomeone that meant even more to him than the game.

Lauren Blakely has a way of writing her stories that are humorous, fun, light, heartwarming, delicious and sweet - usually with loveable commitment-shy single playboy heroes who happily stumble through their lives until 'the one' appears.. and then chemistry and Cupid make them changed contented taken men. In this story, told from Cooper's POV, he and Violet already know everything about each other.. except their true feelings for one another.. feelings that have never been aired - until they blissfully and eventually are. Through planned 'Kodak moment' kisses that initially lit the romance fuse to a heartfelt declaration of love in front of the cameras which finally won the girl.. and all of this particular player's play deliciously played with my senses.

Worth a credit? Yes definitely.. another entertaining listen from Ms. Blakely and I one-click her books as soon as they're released because I know the narration is going to be good and the storyline isn't going to be something heavy, something complicated, something choc full of drama or something sad.. just an easy low angst glide that ends in a HEA.. and a 4/5 star rating.

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  • Sharon Worsham
  • 2017-10-23

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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  • DMS
  • 2018-09-13

Another winner!

Sexy, fun story with likeable characters & great narration. You can never go wrong with a Lauren Blakely book, and with Zachary Webber’s storytelling skills you get audiobook gold!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful