Playing With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Posted July 31, 2015 by Allura in Book Review / 0 Comments

Playing With Trouble by Chanel CleetonPlaying With Trouble by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Capital Confessions #2
on July 21, 2015
Pages: 267
Format: eARC
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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?

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



Well, Chanel Cleeton has done it again. She was able to captivate me from beginning to end! After reading Flirting With Scandal in May, I was eager to continue this series and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.


In Flirting With Scandal we met Jackie, the tenacious, illegitimate daughter of Senator Reynolds. This time we get to know her older sister, Blair. Blair was set to be one of the most powerful political wives in D.C. until she caught her fiance cheating on her with another man….on their wedding day. Blair left the wedding and has been dealing with the backlash from the media and her parents ever since. She decides to enroll in law school to appease her parents and get her life back on track. However, Graydon Canter throws a wrench in her plans. He’s arrogant, abrasive, and extremely good looking…and he’s also her professor.


When we met Blair in Flirting with Scandal I instantly knew I would like her. She had no qualms about accepting Jackie into her life, despite her father’s infidelity, which was really admirable. I also respected that she was able to handle the cheating scandal with her fiance, Thom, with such grace. I know a lot of that probably had to do with her social upbringing but I think she had every right to be bitter. The more we get to know Blair, the more we see that she isn’t always this calm and collected politician’s daughter. Her layers are peeled back one by one, and we get to see a young woman who’s spent her entire life being what her parent’s wanted her to be instead of who she truly is. I loved that we got to watch Blair figure out who and what she wants in life.


I really love forbidden romances. The secret, lingering looks and the “accidental” touches created such great sexual tension between Blair and Gray. It was so fun watching these two fight their attraction and then eventually give in. The slow burning romances are the best. I also really expected Gray to be the “controlling” one in the relationship but it was Blair always pushing Gray to his limits. I love a woman who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants!


Gray was a lot different than I expected. He grew up poor and built his dream life, only to have it come crashing down around him when the pressure was too great. Now instead of practicing law, he’s taken a job as a professor where most of the 1L’s are terrified of him.When Gray and Blair are forced to work together on the pro bono committee, we get to see more of Gray, beyond the intense, overbearing professor. He’s a lot less arrogant than we are first led to believe and a lot more guarded. He was also so, so sweet which was very unexpected coming from someone who was so prickly in the beginning.


The political intrigue in this book mostly revolved around Capital Confessions’ fixation with the Reynolds family and the blog’s systematic attack of Senator Reynolds. I think Kate’s story will focus a lot on the repercussions of the Capital Confessions’ blog and shed light on why Senator Reynolds is such a bad guy! I cannot WAIT.


This book was one giant tease wrapped in a bow. Between Blair and Gray’s forbidden romance, the mystery surrounding Kate, and Capital Confessions’ sabotage of Senator Reynolds, I was left reeling! I cannot wait for Kate’s book, Falling for Danger, to release! I need answers, especially after the sneak peak at the end of Playing With Trouble!



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