Most Valuable Playboy - Lauren Blakely

Most Valuable Playboy

Artist Lauren Blakely

  • Release Date: 2017-08-28
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 183 Ratings


Faking it never felt so real...

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 at the charity auction.

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. Then my agent tells me we have to keep up the act while he's negotiating my contract. 

What happens next when faking it starts to feel all too real?


  • Touchdown plus the Extra Point

    By ShellyReyn
    "My heart seems to take on a different shape when I'm near her. A new and wholly unfamiliar shape." If I wasn't already a football fan, I'd sure be one now!! Holy Hell Cooper is HOT. I love the way Lauren Blakely writes her stories. Full of feels! There is love, laughter, heartbreak, swooning, and of course pleny of hot-and-heavy panting. Violet and Cooper have known each other since they were kids, always secretly crushing on the other. Up on the auction block at a charity function, and the target of an unrelenting cougar, Cooper needs a savior. Enter Violet and her whopping bid to save the day. And his playboy reputation. But what happens when playing house for the cameras, turns too real? When the rouse is over, will the heart survive? I won an signed ARC of this book in a Facebook giveway, but I would have gobbled this one up anyway, just like I've gobbled up every other book of Lauren's. I was so lucky to be able to read it early!
  • A romantic game!

    By WendyR26
    Once again, Lauren gave a book filled with heat, fun, love, and sweet. I was completely entertained throughout my reading as I got engrossed in Cooper and Violet’s story. These two were magnificent separately and together. I liked their friendship and seeing how everything progressed through the story was fantastic. They were just amazing together. Lauren is great at writing the male POV. I was laughing and giggling at certain parts and swoony and heart-warming at others. I also loved the camaraderie among the football team. These guys were hilarious-full of fun. I hope there is more to come with them. Overall, this was an awesome romantic, entertaining, lighthearted read. I loved every part of it from the characters to the storyline. I have always enjoyed Lauren’s books and I can’t wait for more :) So great!
  • 5 most valuable stars

    By GINVIC1
    I absolutely adore Lauren Blakely's work. And Most Valuable Playboy was no exception. This book was exactly what I needed. A standalone friends to lovers, funny, swoony, sexy, heartfelt, feel good read. I just loved it. It's told in the male pov. And if you know Blakely's writing, her male pov is always spot on and believable. I love that about her writing as well. If you love a good sports romance, friends to lovers read, you need to read Most Valuable Playboy. Cooper & Violet, the quarterback & the hometown girl, will not disappoint. It will leave you with a smile on your face, your heart full, and jonesing for Jones' story, Most Likely To Score, releasing 2018! *ARC provided for honest review *
  • I loved this story! I love football. I love romance. I love Lauren. This is the trifecta for me!

    By Kara Hildebrand
    I learned a long time ago that Lauren Blakely can write any hero. Any romance story. Any subject matter. And every time I read one of her books, I say 'wow, she can write anything.' And she's giving us another football romance to add to her list of goodness. Most Valuable Playboy is Lauren's newest gem. It's a new story, a new set of characters and a fun plot! I'm in love with Lauren's series' and I long to discover how she always puts in little connections throughout all her books. But, I also loved reading these new, fresh, exciting characters. I loved learning things about people we haven't met yet. People I loved from the first page and already want more of. As always, we are entertained with her outstanding writing, humor, sexiness, sarcasm, friendship and just all around fun! I only stopped smiling to fan myself. Cooper is the sexy starting quarterback and Violet owns a salon. They have been friends since they were kids. Violet is Cooper's best friend's sister. There has always been a connection, a mutual caring and respect. They've always laughed together and been there for each other in good and bad. I love a good friends to lovers story and this one is fantastic. There's a sizzling between them from the very start. It's just under the surface ready to overflow as soon as they touch. When a sweet Hail Mary pass by Violet saves Cooper, she just holds on for the ride when he kisses her. Cooper didn't expect the sparks when their lips touched. This is Violet. His friend. His best friend's sister. Sure, she's gorgeous and funny and talented. But she's Violet. Yes, she's Violet. When the kiss turns into a declaration that she's his girlfriend, it turns into the greatest opportunity. A well placed pump fake can make all the difference in the game. And this is a game, right? What happens when the pretend kisses turn into more. When the touches ignite that fire again? Can Cooper do The Drive and get the girl or get sacked in the end zone? I loved this story! I love football. I love romance. I love Lauren. This is the trifecta for me!
  • Awesome!!

    By rlamlt
    Amazing sports romance. Cooper is adorable! Violet is sassy and sweet. Great friends to fake couple to for reals read!!
  • Love this friends to lovers romance!

    By skkgagnon
    I absolutely adored everything about this friends to lovers romance! It is heartwarming, fun & flirty, sweet and very hot & sexy! Cooper and Violet have been close friends since they were kids, always having each others backs. Now as adults, things haven't changed when Violet comes to Coopers rescue during the charity bachelor auction held by Coopers team. She bids an obscene amount to save Cooper from someone Cooper absolutely did not want to be alone with. When put on the spot, Cooper and Violet pretend to be having a relationship. Everyone is so excited for a love story between the sexy new Quarterback and the hometown girl, that they are forced to go along with it. As Cooper and Violet try to come up with answers to questions about their relationship, their answers just may have a shred of truth. Cooper realizes he is so attracted to his sexy friend, and their chemistry is off the charts. But does she feel the same or is she just paying him back for saving her years earlier? They knew so much about each other, and had such history, that they "can't see the forest for the trees". I loved Cooper and Violet, they were so in sync, and perfect for each other. Ms. Blakely expertly weaved a beautiful and intoxicating love story with genuine characters, witty banter and explosive chemistry. It didn't have angst, or a lot of drama, but still had the emotional oomph that I love. This story is the perfect blend of humor, charm, emotion and steam. This book captured my heart and made me feel happy and totally satisfied. This was a great start to this group of friends and I can't wait to read Jones' and Jillians' story in 'Most Likely To Score' next!
  • I'd love to be waiting for Cooper in the end zone!

    By hewie02
    Lauren Blakely constantly impresses me with her natural talent and flawless ability to create seductive contemporary romances. Each time I pick up her latest release, I know it's going to be an exceptional read. Her glossy style is extremely consistent and reliable. No matter what, I can turn to a Lauren Blakely book and be guaranteed a rock-solid novel. Thank you for providing another game winning touchdown with Most Valuable Playboy. I am a HUGE fan of the best-friend's-little-sister trope. You wanna know what's even better? When the sister is also the best friend! I got two of my favorite concepts rolled into one delicious treat. MVP is exactly the type of book I search for and hope to stumble upon. Thankfully Lauren Blakely graciously created this masterpiece for me to obsess over. This whimsical journey is truly fantastic and everything I could hope for! Cooper Armstrong snagged my heart from the start. He's charming, genuine, talented, kind, and gorgeous. As the quarterback of a winning NFL team, he's can have anything he wants whenever he desires. Cooper is the type of man you dream of meeting and I loved every sweet moment. The entire book is from his perspective, which reeled me in even stronger. From his gunslinger throws to his generous charitable donations, Cooper had me swooning all of the place. How can you resist this yummy stud? Oh yeah, you can't! Violet Pierson has known Cooper since she was in first grade. They're very close and have a stellar friendship that's never been tested. When Cooper needs her help, she doesn't hesitate before plunging in head first. Violet is gentle, warm, successful, loving and beautiful. Getting to know her through Cooper's eyes was delightful and I'd gladly be her friend. Violet's demeanor is relaxed and breezy so it's no wonder Cooper enjoys spending time with her. Cooper and Violet's connection is obvious from the get go. Their flirting was always empirical and clinical until the platonic ties are tested. The farce was easy to pull off but denying their true feelings is not. It was a simple plan but there's no denying the electric chemistry and smoldering tension. It ratchets higher and higher the longer their game of pretend lasts. They're both benefitting from their fake relationship so what could possibly go wrong? Lines blur as Violet and Cooper get lost in the make-believe, but it's only temporary. Right? You're going to enjoy finding out. This sensational romance is dripping with all the best goodies. From entertaining football games with the sexy players to tantalizing fun between the sheets, it's nonstop greatness. The energy in this novel was cranked up the entire time and I had so much fun reading! Lauren Blakely once again proved why she's a forever favorite of mine.
  • Swoon!

    By RexyLovesBooks
    Touchdown! Love this sweet, sexy, charming, funny sports romance! Blakely nails it in the guy’s POV as he falls hard for his best friend’s sister! Cooper is confident, sexy and so dang sweet! The football is just the right amount!