Book Review: Playing Games by Riley Hart (Franklin U #1)

Playing Games

Author: Riley Hart
Series: Franklin U, book 1
Publisher: Independent (August 25, 2022)
Kindle edition, 255 pages
Romance, New Adult Contemporary Romance


Tyson Langley thinks the king in Franklin University Kings is in reference to him. Star lacrosse player and God’s gift to the female and male population, there’s nothing the spoiled jock can’t have.

It’s impossible for us to be in the same room without talking crap to each other. But I also have a secret… As much as I despise Ty, I want him too. I revel in our banter and in never knowing what he’ll say next.

I’ve spent too much time on the wrong side of the law for someone like Ty, though, and if I want to make it through college and escape my past, he’s a distraction I don’t need.

Braxton Walker needs to learn to lighten up. If you search brooding online, his name pops up. He’s the bad boy with a leather jacket and a scowl. We couldn’t be more different.

Finding ways to annoy him is like the longest foreplay session of my life. And when we end up working together, it gets harder to deny how hot he makes me.

What’s a little hooking up between enemies?

We weren’t supposed to become friends or share secrets. We weren’t supposed to understand each other and all the complicated stuff we’re going through.

I’m used to playing games, only the more time I spend with Brax, the less it feels like playing around and the more it becomes something real. Book one in the Franklin U series.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

YESSSS. What a great kick-off to the Franklin U series!! I love a good enemies-to-lovers trope, and Brax and Ty have the BEST banter and heat.

Ty is a lacrosse star jock who loves giving Brax, local bad boy (but also slightly nerdy) bartender, a hard time – but in an extremely flirty way. There is a LOT of trading things like “You know you just want on my dick” back and forth (with varying responses from “you wish” to “yes I do”) and the sexual tension is just… super hot. They start out as enemies (frenemies?) and then frenemies who bang, and slowly but surely they both find that the one person they can really open up to and be real with about their struggles is their f*ck-frenemy. Their connection is so real and strong, whether they (think they) hate each other or are embracing their gross feelings. 😉

The tension and heat and banter are DELICIOUS, and this was everything I wanted from a jock/bad boy enemies to lovers romance. I had previously read one other book by Riley Hart (Boyfriend Goals) and was only sort of meh about it, but after reading Playing Games I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work!

This is the first book in the Franklin U series, which is a series of stand-alones written by different authors all set at the same college. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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