Jul 20 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Playing with Trouble (July 21, 2015)

Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton 
Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions #2)
Intermix / July 21, 2015 / $2.99 digital

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?

Growing up in a political family, Blair Reynolds of Chanel Cleeton's Playing with Trouble has been carefully groomed to be poised, ladylike, and above all else to stay away from scandal. However, between recently finding out she has another sister (a love child her age from her father) and catching her high school sweetheart fiance sleeping with someone else on their wedding day, Blair is unfortunately front row and center of scandal right now. She concludes that a change is in order and decides to go to law school. 

Here is where things get really interesting because one of her professors, Graydon Canter, is distractingly attractive, young, and calls on her in every. single. class. He also happens to be the faculty in charge of the community outreach program Blair signed up for, so it appears they are going to be spending an awful lot of time together. In Chanel Cleeton’s Playing with Trouble we have a secret romance, and it is delicious for so many reasons.

Gray was a young hotshot lawyer in Chicago who came from nothing but quickly rose to local fame thanks to some lucrative payouts and no small amount of hard work bringing in billables to his firm. However, his youth and drive mixed with stress, an addictive personality, and insane amounts of money helped create a monster with a penchant for drugs and women. Not surprisingly this didn’t go over well with his ice queen wife.

After a divorce and rehab, he was given a second chance by a small law school in DC. As soon as he walked in and he saw Blair Reynolds, Gray knew he was in trouble because there was no way he could stay away from her. There was a fire lurking under her cool exterior and when he called on her in class he could see it brimming under the surface. He wanted her. Badly. However, sleeping with a student was the opposite action of someone on a redemption tour.

Considering the fact that Gray was Blair’s professor, a bit older than her, and came from a non-connected family, there is no way that they should have had any common ground. However, sometimes the heart knows first and the head follows afterward. Chanel Cleeton made it easy for us to believe that Gray and Blair could connect beyond a physical level, especially as they worked together on their community outreach projects at a local school. Blair’s natural gifts of organization and compassion mixed with Gray’s empathy and similar personal experience to these children’s lives bring them together in a very smart way.

The key here is the way Cleeton makes us see them through each other’s eyes, and we see them as more than the forbidden fruit that they are.

The heat that these two generated was so delicious. Some of their stolen kisses were hotter than full love scenes in other books. The sexual tension that is constantly building between these two promises a hot time indeed, and boy does it deliver. Gray is an alpha male, but Blair gives as good as she gets and the reader reaps the benefit. One of the best scenes in the book is when Blair arrives to their outreach school and finds Gray in the gym wearing shorts and a tank top, previously hidden tattoos on display, playing basketball with some of the boys. Blair’s tongue basically rolls out of her mouth and across the gymnasium. Later on Gray catches her showing the girls some gymnastics moves and basically does the same thing. Now Gray and Blair need to see if they are just using each other as diversions from their tedious lives, or if their budding romance has the potential for more despite the possible fallout.

*Read a First Look Review of Flirting with Scandal (Book 1 of the Capital Confessions series) by Chanel Cleeton.


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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.


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