Book Review, Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Romance, Series, Suspense

Player (Deadliest Lies #4) by Michele Mannon


The things I can do with my tongue.

Roll lies off it with easy grace. Pleasure a woman until she’s crying out the fake name I gave her. Sweet-talk, bullshite, con my targets into believing what I want them to believe—that I’m not a hitman on a mission to kill.

The reporter doesn’t stand a chance. She thinks I’m CIA. A fella in the middle of a black market uranium deal with secrets to reveal. A means to an end. She believes I’m helping her investigate a story, instead of using her to perpetuate my lies . . . playing her.

I’ve got to say, she’s persistent. An honest woman hell-bend on broadcasting the world’s ugly truths.

Problem is I work for a dangerous, underworld organization shrouded in secrecy.

Expose me, and even a smooth-talker like me won’t be able to save her.


This is my second Mannon book from the Deadliest Lies series and it is sexy and engaging. See my review for RogueBy the way, they are all standalone stories and they can be read out of order as I did.

Finn and Clarissa’s first meeting is a pissing contest. Her an investigative reporter. Him an undercover hitman for hire. Both after the same dangerous man. Finn’s disguise leaves a hilariously bad impression on Clarissa and she finds him lacking, so he tricks her to get her out of his hair.  However, he has underestimated Clarissa who doesn’t give up easily and when she sees him again she is flummoxed and undeniably attracted by his physical transformation. So Finn, who normally works best on his own, uncharacteristically makes a deal to pair up to find their man which is just trouble waiting to happen. 

The chemistry between these two is over the top. Their filthy, naughty talk is steamy and raunchy. Add Finn’s Irish brogue and the pillow talk is even more tantalizing. Clarissa is a reporter with heart. A do-gooder who plans to take the bad guys down in memory of someone close to her. She believes in truth and she is falling for the mysterious and elusive Finn McDuff.  Finn plays a part for his job. He lives on lies and kills targets. A reporter is his worst enemy, but he respects the beautiful, sassy, and challenging Clarissa Steele. He’s dead if his boss finds out about her, but he can’t let anything happen to her.

I love Ms. Mannon’s well-developed characters. They are smart and provocative with many LOL moments and brilliant wordplay. The suspense is always engaging and compelling enough to read her books well into the night.  In fact, I can’t wait to pick up the other books in the series.  As I said before, I really really want to read about the stoic boss, Hayden.

If you enjoy fast-paced romantic suspense with strong and cheeky characters, give this book and the series a try. It won’t disappoint.

Thank you to Ms. Mannon for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Player cover

Amazon USAmazon UKamazoncaamazonau


Michele MannonMichele Mannon has been writing romance since her first publication in 2012. A multiple recipient of Romantic Times Magazine’s prestigious TOP PICKS award, Michele’s books always pack a punch, leaving readers laughing out loud or swooning and biting their fingernails at all the appropriate times.

To date, she’s written a contemporary sports romance series and a spicy contemporary/New Adult series with a heavy dose of suspense. Her books have been sold in print, digitally, and on Audible.

Michele lives on a mountain overlooking the Delaware River, where she can be found with a glass of Riesling in her hand and a laptop on her lap. 

Follow Michele on her websitenewsletterBookbubInstagramFacebook, and Goodreads.