Review: Playing to Win (The Players #3) by Monica Murphy

Posted August 11, 2023 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review:  Playing to Win (The Players #3) by Monica MurphyPlaying to Win by Monica Murphy
Series: The Players #3
Published by EM Publishing on August 10, 2023
Genres: NA Sports Romance
Pages: 384
Source: the author
Format: E-galley
My Rating: four-half-stars
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Ace Townsend is the biggest player on campus.

The sexy new quarterback on the football team.

I should probably mention he’s also a complete flirt. The life of the party wherever he goes.

Someone I should avoid at all costs.

It’s difficult though, when I’m on the social media crew for the football team and we’re out on the field during practice almost every day, filming them. On the sidelines at games. Hanging out with them at bars. The more I spend time with Ace, the more I’m drawn to him. The attraction is there, but it’s more than that. I actually like him. We have a connection, and he definitely feels it too.

The problem?

I signed a contract when I started on the social media team with a ‘no dating athletes’ clause. They’re strictly off limits. If we get caught together? It’s cause for my immediate termination. I love my new job and don’t want to risk it, but I’m falling for Ace.


We’re all for sneaking around and keeping our growing relationship secret, but it’s starting to wear on us. Ace is determined to win me at all costs, though he doesn’t want to be the reason I lose my job, but…

Maybe the two of us being together is worth the risk.

My Review

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one, as the characters were not ones I would connect with based on how they behaved at first. But I kept going, because I am a big fan of this author, and in the end I wasn’t disappointed. The chemistry between Ace and Ruby really was more than just physical, even if the way that was the start of their relationship turned me off at first. And it was more than that, they seemed to enjoy each other’s company besides just physically. I liked how she kind of became a good luck charm for him in a way at his practices. I like how he really seemed to kind of “fall” first. It’s nice to once in a while see that happen for the guy in the way it did.

The whole contract with the bit about not being able to date the football players sucked, but I’m sure there are things like that. I don’t think it is fair. And especially how she was the one to get in trouble and lose her job, but also Ace didn’t sign anything saying he couldn’t date her, so in that perspective it makes sense. But the ending was perfect. The way the whole big drama about that situation happened, or how the drama wasn’t over the top, the way she reacted was perfect and I loved it. She’s actually a bit more mature in how she handled it compared to the woman in the audiobook I’m listening to now! lol

Another fun addition to this series, that I think is now ending according to the author’s note at the end.

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4 responses to “Review: Playing to Win (The Players #3) by Monica Murphy

    • Lisa Mandina

      I understand when they say you can’t date someone that might be in charge of your job, but people who are at the same level it shouldn’t matter. Oh well, that’s the way it is some places!

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