by Susan Andersen

HQN, $7.99, 330 pages

Playing Dirty is the third book in Susan Andersen’s Sisterhood Diaries Trilogy. A senior in high school Ava Spencer is horror struck and heartbroken to find that the guy she had given her virginity to, Cade Gallari, had slept with her on a bet. Even worse, Cade announced it to the whole school making Ava a laughing stock. Years later, Ava is now a successful owner of her own concierge business and a head turner to boot. Life is good, until Cade sweeps back into her life determined to win her back.

Playing Dirty starts out strong, pulling the reader in and getting them invested in the characters. Ava, with her insecurities, is easy to relate to, charming in her need to be the best at what she does. Cade is harder to understand. At first you want to hate him but slowly, as he wins Ava’s heart, he wins yours as well. Ms. Anderson has done a fantastic job, writing a novel that draws the reader in and doesn’t let you go until the end.

Rebecca Feuerbacher