Review: Playing to Win by Monica Murphy

Series: The Players #3
Monica Murphy
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2023

Ready to fall for the ultimate player? Check out the latest sports romance by New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy…

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.


I have a feeling we’d be so damn good together. Like we have the potential to burn down the world, if she’d just let me show her.

Playing to Win was this wonderful combination of sweet and spicy that I devoured in a sitting. Playing by the Rules brought us brother’s best friend trope. This one introduces us to the youngest Maguire sibling; Ruby. Ace was the backup QB in book two, but this book is his time to shine. He’s now the star QB and the campus playboy. But when these two lay eyes on each other, sparks fly.

He’s my every freaking dream come true. Too bad he’s off limits.

But Ruby just landed a job on the team’s social media and a relationship clause makes anything beyond attraction forbidden.

I absolutely loved Ruby and her ability to go after what she wants. But the star of the book was definitely Ace. Sweet and dirty Ace, who is laser focused on getting this girl and will stop at nothing. I loved how he pursued her. I love their forbidden relationship vibes. But most of all I loved them together.

It feels like an end of an era with this book but it couldn’t have ended on a more perfect couple.


Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance.

A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, son, their goofy dog, and three cats. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. Or reading. Or binge watching something.


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