Feature book: Playing by Her Rules
Playing by Her Rules by Amy Andrews
Matilda Kent really wants to write features at her newspaper. She is currently writing the style column which has some interesting items that she gets to trial (who knew pearls could be used that way!). Her editor then offers her an opportunity to write a series of six features and Matilda is excited to seize the chance. But she has to interview Tanner Stone, the captain of the Sydney Smoke Rugby team, and her former high school sweetheart. In their final year, Tanner betrayed Matilda with the popular girl in school.
Tanner Stone is reluctant to do the interviews even though it is to try to give a better picture of the team. He finds things are looking up when it is Matilda who will be interviewing him. He is proud of her success even though he had to betray her for her to achieve her dream and take the scholarship to Stanford. Tanner wants to find that young girl again, so he proposes a series of dates, which she calls interviews, to show her his other side. Although Tanner tells her she has gone too far with one of the articles. He does show her the class he started in her honour.
Tanner and Matilda frustrate the Twitterverse with their relationship and flirty conversation but everyone has an opinion in the relationship #mustbelove.
Over the years, Matilda has felt very betrayed by Tanner and has not been able to get over it. Then her grandmother tells her to get over it in the most direct manner which jolts Matilda. The last article contains Matilda’s remaining thoughts and a proposal. But Tanner has left his phone in his locker. How he says yes is for you the reader to read the story for yourself.
I really enjoyed this first story in the Sydney Smoke series. While not a sports fan, it is all about the relationship. The chemistry between Matilda and Tanner is evident when they meet face to face for first time in years. I do have to say that I loved Hannah Kent, Matilda’s grandmother. When she sees Tanner for the first time in years, her response is hilarious, ‘Please tell me you are tapping that’, much to Matilda’s horror.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.