Synopsis from Goodreads
Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hookups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy.
Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down.
One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together.
What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.
Forget Oktoberfest when you have Swoon-fest within the pages of Getting Played.
Dean and Lainey have one very steamy night in the summer, something Lainey never indulges in but Dean is a pro at. Never expecting to see each other again, and with ni numbers exchanged and no last names; it is little wonder when Lainey discovers a little present leftover from their night together she resigns herself to going it alone. However, fate has other plans in store for the unexpected co-parents.
I admired Lainey so much as well as being a tad envious of her incredible creativity and artistic/DIY talent. Although she has a lot of support from her (large) family, Lainey is fiercely independent not wanting to feel like a burden to anyone. Something that does hold her back on occasion. Although Lainey does seem to be very unfortunate whenever she indulges in a little adult palytime she is the one left with the aftermath. Fertility on steroids with Lainey. However, Lainey is one of those people who view life with almost unwavering optimism. Like I said I completely admired her #girlcrush
Dean might just be the perfect man; drummer in a pretty good band during the summer and hot geek teacher the rest of the year #swoon Unfortunately, there has to be a drawback, and with Dean that comes in the form of his relationship adverse status and how he became a hook-up master. Sadly, Dean’s reputation as a ladies man including cheating is the stumbling block to moving into a monogamous serious relationship.
I was smitten with Dean despite his infamy, the way in which he embraced his parental role and the way in which he adapted to family life added to his appeal. Although there were times when he needed to be shaken for not processing his emotions, then again he is a man and as such unequipped to understand his feelings until they metaphorically bite him 😂
The small town of Lakeside was everything you could hope for in a small town with an especially lively group of senior citizens including Dean’s grandmother – I want to be just like her when I am older. I loved how they all pulled together to help each other and provide support when required.
Getting Played is a real heart warmer and perfect to combat the transition into darker nights 😍