Book Reviews

REVIEW: Getting Played by Emma Chase

Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He’s effortlessly talented and intelligent – spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy. 

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down. 

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son’s new math teacher. But that’s nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all – their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they’re about to become parents. Together. 

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won’t be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.

“But we used condoms. We used………”

“A whole box of condoms!” Lainey throws up her hands.

“I know! Apparently, the sperm and egg didn’t get that message.”


It’s time to head back to Lakeside. This time it is for Dean, Garrett’s best friend.

Dean’s a drummer, he is a math teacher and the assistant football coach. Lainey is a single mom and a lifestyle blogger. Her and Dean have a one night stand while he is on tour over the summer and of course, with a one night stand they don’t exchange any information other than first names because there is no chance there will be a repeat……..or so they think.

This is a perfect summer story. I listened to the audiobook and it was amazing. I was completely hooked on Dean and Lainey’s story from the beginning. I couldn’t stop listening. I’m also a sucker for a surprise baby story and this one may be one of my favorites ever! Dean is super super super swoon-worthy. The man is a Rockstar drummer and he has the hot teacher thing going on. Plus, with how he is with Lainey. Super sweet. Lainey is amazing. She is a single mother and just takes life by the horns. I love how she is with her son and how loving she is towards him. I would totally hire her to decorate my home, her ideas are completely fantastic and I love how resourceful she is!

If you’ve read the first book, there is some more Garrett and Callie and you get to see how their relationship has progressed. Dean’s Grams is totally amazing and hilarious. She had me cracking up so many times throughout the story. Lainey’s sisters were also amazing side characters, I loved how different each sister was from one another. Plus, her son, Jason, and all of Dean’s students added so much to the story.

This story is fantastic. It is super sweet, steamy, laugh out loud funny and a MUST READ/MUST LISTEN. Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber did an AMAZING job and bring Lainey and Dean alive.