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Playing by the Count's Rules by Sarah Morgan
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa
It's time to throw away the rule book…
Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily's trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!
Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There's no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart…
It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik's rules? And what's more, can he?
Archeologist Lily Rose believes in love and no matter how many times she gets knocked down, she gets up again. After her latest setback, Lily has determined that it’s time to reevaluate and take stock by looking for a rebound guy who doesn’t check her boxes for perfect mate material. Nik Zervakis is the perfect specimen for Lily, and she sets out to prove to him that she can play his game, too. Nik is thrown by Lily Rose and her offer, but he can’t resist her, either. Knowing that she is the forever type of girl, he just can’t fight the temptation and the offer she presents. Laying down the terms of no HEA, these two soon find that their positions are flipped, but when push comes to shove, will they truly find changing their perspectives will gain them a HEA?
Playing by the Greek’s Rules was an engrossing changeup that kept the pages turning to find out what Lily and Nik did next.
Lily was a breath of fresh air for the same old virginal heroine that populates the novels of today. I found I quite liked her attitude in Playing by the Greek’s Rules. She was determined to keep things non-emotional, and I found that for the most part she did. However, this proved to be a snare for Nik, as he found there was just something about Lily that drew him to her. Nik and Lily looked at life from two different viewpoints, and they seemed to compliment one other without even realizing it in Playing by the Greek’s Rules. From the first moment Nik sees Lily to the HEA, these two kept the story moving as they found things out and learned to look at things a bit from the idealistic side as well as the pessimistic angle in Playing by the Greek’s Rules.
I found Lily presented some great arguments and analogies in her beliefs of never giving up, analogies that seemed to work for Nik as well in Playing by the Greek’s Rules. I also liked that a secondary character admitted to Nik that they wouldn’t change a thing about the past, because it helped them to arrive to their present situation in Playing by the Greek’s Rules and this seemed to work to enable Nik to see the light too. At the end of the day, Playing by the Greek’s Rules had some life lessons that we could all benefit from, and I therefore Joyfully Recommend this tale!