The Problem with Playboys by Karen Booth

Posted June 27, 2022 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Owned or Purchased, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

He needs her help. She needs to keep her hands off her hot new client in the first Little Black Book of Secrets!

Parker was not a guy she was supposed to touch.


Celebrity publicist Chloe Burnett keeps her work and personal life strictly separate—until sports agent Parker Sullivan needs her help. His client has been targeted by Little Black Book, a vicious gossip account.

If she’s going to win this social media battle, she needs to resist distractions from Parker the playboy, who is off-limits for so many reasons.

But a business trip to Miami leads to her breaking her rules with a guy who might break her heart. And then she’s caught in Little Black Book’s crosshairs herself…

Titles in the Little Black Book of Secrets series (trilogy) include — The Problem with Playboys —♥— Black Tie Bachelor Bid —♥— How to Fake a Wedding Date —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  The Problem with Playboys
Series:  Little Black Book of Secrets #1
Author:  Karen Booth
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published:  January 25, 2022
Publisher:  Harlequin Desire
My Rating:  4.5 stars

The Problem with Playboys begins the Little Black Book of Secrets trilogy with a sizzling story with touches of suspense woven into the main love story, an arc that will continue throughout the series – and is my curiosity ever heightened to know who Little Black Book of Secrets is, and why in the world are they doing this?  That answer won’t come until the final book, but that background story is woven throughout and kept my attention on this series.

Parker is a sports agent whose client has had a run-in with the vicious gossip account Little Black Book of Secrets.  He needs to clear up misconceptions about his client and fast before his entire career in sports goes down the drain.  The answer comes in the form of lovely, sexy Chloe who is an expert at dealing with media personality cleanups.  The last thing Parker needed was to find himself attracted to the woman who he had to work so closely with in order to help his client.  But best intentions… right?

We have a circle of three close friends who will have their lives crossed in one way or another by this vicious gossip account.  There is a mystery in the background of the romance of trying to figure out why and who is behind this.  In many ways, I enjoyed trying to understand the mystery almost as much as I loved Parker and Chloe together.  Their banter, the insta-sizzle, and the problems that drew them closer were realistic in today’s world where everyone has a camera and access to social media platforms.  Their push towards and pull away from each other throughout their romance was fun to watch, both are fighting a losing battle where their emotions are concerned yet it was an enjoyable situation to watch them handle.  The secondary characters bring this story alive and some will find their way into future stories.

I had fun here.  The Problem with Playboys is a solid romance full of all the elements that I enjoy most.  Plus a mystery to solve, that was a bonus.  I’ve read this entire trilogy now and would suggest trying to read them in order if at all possible.  They could be stand-alone reads but the flow is so much smoother if you know what went on before, in my opinion.  No matter how you read them the Little Black Book of Secrets trilogy is well worth the time to dive right into… you’ll enjoy yourself in this world, and isn’t that the whole point?

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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