Playing Games (Franklin U #1) by Riley Hart | Book Review


Tyson Langley thinks the king in Franklin University Kings is in reference to him. Star lacrosse player and God’s gift to the female and male population, there’s nothing the spoiled jock can’t have.

It’s impossible for us to be in the same room without talking crap to each other. But I also have a secret… As much as I despise Ty, I want him too. I revel in our banter and in never knowing what he’ll say next.

I’ve spent too much time on the wrong side of the law for someone like Ty, though, and if I want to make it through college and escape my past, he’s a distraction I don’t need.


Braxton Walker needs to learn to lighten up. If you search brooding online, his name pops up. He’s the bad boy with a leather jacket and a scowl. We couldn’t be more different.

Finding ways to annoy him is like the longest foreplay session of my life. And when we end up working together, it gets harder to deny how hot he makes me.

What’s a little hooking up between enemies?

We weren’t supposed to become friends or share secrets. We weren’t supposed to understand each other and all the complicated stuff we’re going through.

I’m used to playing games, only the more time I spend with Brax, the less it feels like playing around and the more it becomes something real.

How was it?

For some reason I read this, like I’ve been reading all books lately, really fast. I’m not usually a quick reader but that’s what’s been happening and as much as I’ve enjoyed this book, I feel like I need a reread to fully appreciate it so I might adjust this review later on.

Being the first entry in the Franklin University series, Playing Games is a solid start. There’s a level of sexual tension between Brax and Ty that I really liked. It’s simmering and present in pretty all of their interactions. It all makes the pace at which the relationship is moving sensical.

The connection Brax and Ty have is exciting and feels genuine. The steamy moments are made better, once the relationship gets going, because of how real their connection feels. It’s a little bit angsty but Hart has proven to me by now that I can handle whatever level of angst she puts in her books. The story is also quite funny, but with the speed at which I read this, I barely got into the comedy.

However, I really felt for these boys, which is one more reason why I need to revisit this book soon. But it’s releasing today so go ahead and enjoy it.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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