Monday, June 17, 2024

Playing The Field by Grayson Long: Book Review

 **ARC received for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Book cover for Playing the Field

The Book

Kate and Malcolm. Best friends. Work Buddies. Confidants. They have nothing in common. She's a free spirit with hot pink tennis shoes. He's a grump who prefers afternoons in his vegetable garden. Yet, somehow, someway, they have been attached at the hip for five years.

And now, after years of swearing off men, Kate has decided she's ready to date again. Whether it's her gal pal's looming nuptials, or the annoying pit of loneliness she feels eating her nightly pint of ice cream, she isn't sure. She just knows it's time to get back out there and find her person, and she is a firm believer that the universe will make it clear who she is meant to be with.

Malcolm, on the other hand, as much as he hates to admit it, has been in love with his quirky, extroverted bestie since the moment he met her. And now is his chance to move from just friends to more. With a plan, orchestrated by their meddling friends, he will up his charm and be what the ladies call swoony while they take their athletes to camp. A week with Kate, at the beach, seems perfect, right?

Well when reservations are messed up, ex-boyfriends show up, concussions and unintentional kissing happen, it starts to seem that the universe does actually have a plan. And it's quite possible the universe wants Kate to choose Malcolm. What's a girl to do when her older, insanely attractive best friend starts to be the only person she pictures a life with? Will she accept they can be more than just friends or will she keep playing the field?

The Author

Grayson is an up and coming author, with a heart for sweet stories filled with hope and humor. Her debut Thinking Out Loud is the first of many to come in her author journey. When she isn't writing, she can be found working as a Registered Nurse or spending time with her husband and daughter. You can find more information about Grayson on Instagram @authorglong or

Book Review

Playing the Field is the second book in The Glendale Series. While characters from the first book do make an appearance, I think this could be enjoyed just fine as a standalone as well. That said, the first book was great and definitely a must read as well. 

Oh my goodness, what a meet cute! Right from the start, I was drawn into this story with that rather unique and hilarious first introduction. I loved how Kate invited herself into Malcolm's life (and his truck) and how their friendship grew from there. They had such a great friendship, and when she decides she's ready to start dating again, he decides it's time to make her see him as an option... and I loved it! The chemistry was so good! It was definitely a slow burn... but with all the tension and almost moments, the payoff was so worth it! Truly a prime example of how a friends to more romance should be! As much as I loved these two, the side characters also helped to take the story to the next level. Kate's grandma was hilarious, and I once again adored the staff and students at the high school where they both worked that added so much to the story! 

Like the previous book in the series, I love that this one also had great mental health representation, this time with his PTSD from combat. As a military wife, I definitely think this is such an important topic, and one that was handled very well in this story.

Playing the Field is a closed-door romance with kisses only. It does have a good amount of minor language throughout the story. 

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