ARC Book Review – Playing with Trouble

Posted August 12, 2015 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review – Playing with TroublePlaying with Trouble Series: Capital Confessions #2
by Chanel Cleeton
Published by InterMix on July 21, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 267
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies.

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

Playing with Trouble is the second book of the Capital Confessions series by Chanel Cleeton. This was filled with passion and sizzling romance, just what I’ve come to expect from this author. I loved this!


What did I like about Playing with Trouble?


In the first book Flirting with Scandal we met Blair Reynolds just as her world is turned upside down. First she finds her fiancé’ cheating on their wedding day and then she discovers she has a half-sister (the result of her father’s affair). I could not wait for Flirting with Scandal so I can finally know that Blair had her happily ever after ending. I loved that this story wasn’t only a second chance for romance for the main characters, Blair and Gray Canter. But it was also a second chance for them to follow their dreams and to find careers that they loved. Blair has lived in the spotlight thanks to her father’s Senate seat. Her mother groomed her into being the perfect image of a supporting daughter and Blair has had to live with that pressure. But after ending her engagement (which caused more scandal for her father’s re-election) Blair finally takes a step toward controlling her future by enrolling in law school. There she meets the very intimidating and sexy Professor Graydon “Gray” Canter. Gray is a young lawyer who had it all: a successful career, money and a marriage. But after making poor choices he lost it all. Thanks to a friend he is given a second chance by teaching first year law students. The moment Blair and Gray meet their chemistry is explosive. But it’s not only their physical attraction that draws them together. It’s the way they understand each other. They finally met someone who truly sees who they are. The strong connection between her characters, beyond the physical attraction, is something I always enjoy reading from this author.


I also enjoyed the characters of Playing with Trouble. Blair and Gray have both made mistakes and you see them grow as individuals. Blair finally stands up for herself and takes control of her life. Gray learns from the mistakes he made and re-evaluates his life to go for what truly made him happy. I also enjoyed seeing the sisters together. It was good seeing them bond and support one another.


What didn’t I like about Playing with Trouble?


My only complaint is I thought the pace was slow in the beginning of the book. When Blair and Gray first meet there is chemistry but also a lot of sexual tension. The author was slowly building up the moments but for me it felt too repetitive and made the story drag. But once Blair and Gray give in to their attraction the story picks up.


Despite the slow beginning I did enjoy this book. Author Chanel Cleeton writes stories with steamy sex, drama and passion. I love the use of the blog posts from Capital Confessions that are a fun and creative lead into each chapter. I can’t wait to read the next book!



This book meets the COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt #68, a book with a main character is a teacher (Professor Gray Canter).

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: four-half-stars

About Chanel Cleeton

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in Asia.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 New Release Challenge


Nose Graze - WordPress themes and plugins for the creative blogger

Subscribe to our mailing list

2 responses to “ARC Book Review – Playing with Trouble

    • Kathy

      I always like to see character growth. If it’s missing I tend to not get connected to the characters. I hope you enjoy this book!