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Deacon Douglas has it all. A loving home, good looks, a fast track to the major league. But then he makes a mistake. A mistake that would derail most, but not him. He takes the challenge, turns the mistake into another accomplishment. His life it altered – for the better. Saylor Lewis is just a girl. A girl she doesn’t even know. Always the good girl, never rocking the boaDeacon Douglas has it all. A loving home, good looks, a fast track to the major league. But then he makes a mistake. A mistake that would derail most, but not him. He takes the challenge, turns the mistake into another accomplishment. His life it altered – for the better. Saylor Lewis is just a girl. A girl she doesn’t even know. Always the good girl, never rocking the boat, never living for the moment. Until she attends college – out of state. He’s wide open; she’s hidden away. He wants her. She just wants success. She fights. He fights harder. He fights dirty. They each have an endgame . . . will it be each other?...

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playing fate Reviews

  • Leigh Lunsford
    2019-05-14 04:33

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  • ~Dawn~TUG
    2019-05-13 07:44

    Loved this one..I was told I didn't need tissues but i still teared up..TWICE! Lol..even when you don't mean to evoke emotions you do. Well done friend. ❤️I know going into a Leigh Ann Lunsford book I will be a part of something. Usually I am a part of the kleenex as I cry like a big baby, this time I was promised there would be no tears. LIES! (LOL)This author writes in a way that even though you are only a witness to the story you are so connected that their struggles become your own. Their angst is yours, heartache, on and so on. So when things shake down in a way I DON'T WANT THEM TO, I teared up, not gonna lie. This book was full of fun, friendships, lies, and truths that anyone that has lived will relate to. Loved the heart and soul of this story, and can't wait to read more from Ms. Lunsford! Always a hit

  • Coco.V
    2019-05-17 10:58

    💝💝 FREE on Amazon today (12/27/2017)! 💝💝Blurb:Deacon Douglas has it all. A loving home, good looks, a fast track to the major league. But then he makes a mistake. A mistake that would derail most, but not him. He takes the challenge, turns the mistake into another accomplishment. His life it altered – for the better. Saylor Lewis is just a girl. A girl she doesn’t even know. Always the good girl, never rocking the boat, never living for the moment. Until she attends college – out of state. He’s wide open; she’s hidden away. He wants her. She just wants success. She fights. He fights harder. He fights dirty. They each have an endgame . . . will it be each other?

  • Amber
    2019-04-28 02:45

    This was my first ever read by Leigh Anne Lunsford. And I can say with absolute certainty it will NOT be my last. Generally for me when I read a book it takes a couple of chapters for me to really get into it. I would say I was probably hooked and deemed it book crack 5 pages in. Not only do I just love the author's writing style her characters were just so easy for me to love. The story was so good and well written I couldn't stop reading It until I was completely done. Saylor Lewis moves into a rental with two other girls as she gets ready to start college. Her neighbors are a few guys who play college baseball. Deacon Douglas was going to go pro but events in his life caused him to change his path andWay of thinking. The two of them have an instant attraction. Saylor has dealt with a lot of hardshipAnd has some daddy issues as well as she saves all her money because she never wants to owe anyone anything. Deacon also has issues. There are so many things going on in the book. But it's great! I insta loved it lol! There is also a lot of great friendships that grow as well as blossom. These people are great friends and you can tell that they always will be. The funny banter back and forth is great and I even teared up a few times. Great book! 5 stars!

  • Jean
    2019-05-01 06:55

    An Athletic Romance..This story centers around the male lead, Deacon, the choices that he has made.His life quickly changes when the female lead, Saylor enters the picture.He enjoys playing baseball while Saylor enjoys closing herself odd to people.The leads are basically complete opposites and they have to overcome misunderstandings, hurt feelings and heartache.Add in a few decent friends and this book was an entertaining read. I look forward to the next book in the series.Logan McAllister did really well with the narration.Note:"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

  • Three Chicks
    2019-05-21 06:51

    Review by Lisa KaneSaylor Lewis is determined to keep on the straight and narrow. She's just started college and is there on a scholarship. She's rooming with two other girls, Avery and Emmberlee. Living right by them are their closest friends, Deacon, Mason and Caden. Their lives could not be any more different than hers. All have wealthy families and money has never been a concern. Saylor's dad abandoned them, then died shortly after. Her mom struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. From a young age Saylor worked and helped with the bills. Even though her mom just married a man who has money, Saylor is going to make it on her own. She is not his responsibility and would never ask him for money. She has to keep her head in the game and focus on school. No expectations for myself. College Graduate. Succeed. Those are my goals. My endgame. Deacon's life is so different than it was a year ago. He casually hooked up with Adriane, Emberlee's best friend. Things got a little sidetracked she left town and Deacon's life changed forever. But Deacon wouldn't change the hand he was dealt for anything. But he is struggling to keep up with baseball and college at the same time. Along with Mason and Caden they were all destined to play in the pro's but Deacon's priorities changed. He's not sure where baseball fits in to his life right now, but there are things that matter a lot more. But when he sees Saylor he has to admit, he feels some kind of connection. She has a brick was eight feet high surrounding her heart, but he thinks he can scale that wall. He pushes, she pulls away. He doesn't mind the chase-he thinks she's worth it. You are hell-bent on destroying us before letting us try. You're determined to ignore the relationships right in front of you.But Saylor has some misconceptions going on in her head about Deacon and he has no idea why she is so determined to stay away from him. But that's just the beginning of their bumpy road. There are some people who aren't very happy about seeing these two together and they will stir the pot and make trouble any way they can. By the time Saylor finds out the truth will it be too late? Will Deacon forgive her?This is one of those series where the secondary characters are as interesting as the main ones in the story. Good things for us, they will all be getting their own story. Yep, I'm hooked!

  • Heather Bass
    2019-04-27 08:57

    This is the first book I have read from this author and now I am a fan. This is the first book in the Endgame series. This book was a homerun with bases loaded. This is the story about two college students Saylor Lewis and Deacon Douglas and their struggles in finding love. Saylor Lewis has had a really hard life growing up. Her parent's split up when she was just a little girl. When she was just a teenager she finds out that her dad died. Her mom Nina was left with her husband's debt and she had no choice other than to pack and move to Florida with her grandparent's. Time passes and now her mom has found a new husband and she is about to go on a new journey, college. When she gets to her new house that she will be renting she meets her two roommates Emberlee and Avery. Saylor and Avery become friends instantly. Emberlee is not as friendly to her. Later that day she meets three hot baseball players Mason, Caden, and Deacon. The second they meet she feels this attraction to Deacon that she is afraid of. She gets to know the new crew and they keep brining up Deacon's Julie. Saylor now thinks that Deacon now has a girlfriend and she missed her chance. What she finds out is that Julie is not Deacon's girlfriend. Saylor is in shock when she finds out who Julie really is. Will her past close her off from a great relationship or will she give him her heart? Will she be able to deal with his past or will she run like she always has done? Deacon is just trying to love his life and take care of his Julie. He loves baseball and now he is in love with Saylor. He knows there is something between them the first day they meet. He has to play hardball to get Saylor to open up to him but finally he does. He is all excited to bring Saylor into his life until his past comes back to haunt him once again. Will his past come between his future? Will he give up one of his loves for another? Deacon and Saylor are my new favorite college couple I have read so far. I love how they are totally opposite from one another and they make it work. You will laugh out loud and then have tears in your eyes by the end of this book. Also there is some very hot scenes that will make you fan yourself. All the characters will pull at your heart strings even the villains. I can not wait for book two which will be Embereley's story.

  • Lyndsey Fairley
    2019-04-26 05:00

    Well I finally found a Leigh Ann Lunsford book that didn't have me bawling!! Playing Fate was amazing! Saylor has lived a life full of being let down and feeling like the other shoe is going to drop at any moment. Her dad left and then passed away and she watched her mom struggle until she just couldn't fight anymore and they had to move. She vowed she would never depend on anyone ever in her life and never have to owe anybody anything. When she goes off to college, she's thrown into the fire of a group of lifelong friends. She starts to come out of her shell around everyone but Declan. When she finds out about his reason for being busy all the time, will she run or stay? When someone from the group decides to stir the pot and mess things up, maybe for good, will they be able to find their way back to each other or will their friends have to play fate and force a change?Saylor grew up watching her mom struggle working 3 jobs to pay off the bills from her father. and she vowed to never have to owe or depend on anyone every in her life. When her mom remarries years later into a family of money, Saylor is very apprehensive and goes as far as throwing away her college acceptance letter due to funds. When she arrives, she's thrown into a group of lifelong friends and fits right in, once she opens herself up. When she meets Declan, she feels attracted to him and something deeper from the get go. As their relationship progresses, you start to see her walls come down but one small thing will send her running. Saylor was put through an emotional wringer and when she finds out all the truths to things she thought were real, what choices will she make?Declan is a baseball player whose life was changed in high school. His friends being the supportive people they are, put off playing in the majors to go to college together. Trying to be a teenager bit also responsible for someone else, Declan is very spread thin but one look at Saylor and he knows she's different and she could be his forever . When the past comes back thanks to a so called friend, will, he lose everything? I really loved this book. It had heart, laughs, it just felt real. Like I knew all the characters already. Great read and I cannot wait to read the next one!!

  • Helena Rizzuto
    2019-05-01 03:51

    Baseball has and always will be my ultimate favorite sport. I love everything about the game.... The crowds, the buzz of excitement over who's going to win, the food, the drinks, and now I can add something else to this.... Deacon and Saylor! Yes, I know, they're fictional characters but God... The book was so well written you'd think they were real! Deacon is just trying to live his life the best way he can, given his circumstances. With the help of his parents and friends... He's not doing too bad a job. But along comes Saylor.... Saylor never wants to be dependent on anyone. She sets out for college with her independence in hand.... But sometimes fate has a way of changing all that!Deacon and Saylor are my favorite sports couple ever!! They are so freaking opposite eachother that they do make the perfect couple. I love the push and pull they have and it only enhances them as characters. With a set of ragtag friends thrown into the mix, you're guaranteed to be addicted! I'll confess that while this book is a good read, there are some parts that you'll find yourself connecting to on a personal level... Even if you're not into sports! Now don't get upset... There's some serious epic drama and even a villain or two. What story doesn't have it? This book has the greatest storyline and with just the writing you can tell the author researched. The author killed this book and it's certainly her out of the box read. However, it's a book in happy to put on my top 5 read books. So jump in for the exhilarating and often hilarious love story!

  • Michelle Austin
    2019-05-23 04:43

    Playing Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford was a great 5 star read.(Endgame Series #1)This is Deacon and Saylor’s story.Saylor has grown up in a different lifestyle then her friends. They grew up with money and never had a need/want for anything. Saylor has always worked hard for what she has, although her mom has remarried she refuses to ask her step-father for money. Deacon has some things that he is trying to work out. His goal was to play in the pros but he’s not sure what he wants anymore. When he meets Saylor things change for him.When he tries to pursue Saylor she pushes him away and tries to avoid him. She has heard things about Deacon that are causing her doubt in him. Deacon’s persistence does pay off and the sex scenes are very hot. Of course we can’t have a good love story without problems. Will they be able to move forward and make things work?This was a great read about two people finding each other and the struggles they encounter on the road to making it work. Saylor was strong and I loved her sassiness. I really enjoyed the secondary characters, they really added a great element to the story. One big family. Leigh Ann Lunsford pulls you right in with her writing and you won’t want to stop until you're done. Thank you for the great read, I suggest you 1-Click and get started with the “Endgame Series” today.

  • DJ Sakata
    2019-04-23 07:40

    Favorite Quotes:I have clothes that accentuate my figure. I don't know if I like you referring to them as slut clothes. I don't refer to your clothes as burlap sacks.You can officially have my man card. You've ruined me. You're my weakness, and I only hope to be your strength.We have a mission. It could be dangerous. Met with belligerent lovesick minions. You may be called names. You may get *# thrown at you, maybe fists, but Shortstop's won't hurt. If you wish to accept, you will be rewarded by spoiling man nieces and nephews that come from the mating of Deacon and Saylor.Don't forget cramps are better than contractions.You've already started your senior year of high school with a pregnant girlfriend. I think you like scandals.My Review:Between and sometimes within the large sections of angst and melodrama, Ms. Lunford's humor and trademark snark shined. I lived for the clever banter and one-up teasing between this quirky collection of childhood friends and one newcomer, all starting that exciting transitional period of life known as freshman year of college. They were rather lucky to be living off campus in three separate houses. Written from a multiple POV, the storyline alternated between angst, sizzling sensual scenes, and humorous rejoinders, although the percentages would fall much heavier on the side of emotional tension.

  • BethyMac
    2019-05-15 04:32

    Was an enjoyable read, had a lot of angst, at times did get annoyed of the back and forth between them and her constantly pushing him away. I really loved Deacon's character, and i loved how he was with Julie and all that he gave up. I liked Saylor's character but at times the back and forth she played with Deacon started to annoy me. I have to add thought that I would have loved to seen more sports action included, it's what I love most about sports romance, seeing the passion they have for a sport they love, those scenes are what makes a sports romance for me. There was a bit at the end but throughout the book, at times reading it, I could almost forget that he was a baseball player, it was barely mentioned, and I would have loved to see more passion from him towards a sport he loved. Those scenes are what makes a sports romance an really enjoyable one for me. But overall a good read.

  • Renee at Book Happiness
    2019-05-02 05:49

    What an amazing start to this new great series!!! The minute this book landed on my kindle I could not put it down!!!I just fell in love with Deacon and Saylor and of course the whole gang of secondary characters that I hope we get to know a lot better as the series goes on... I just fell in love with Deacon and SaylorI just thought Deacon was the perfect alpha to counter Saylor and her fiestiness!!!I just cant wait for more from this series!!!

  • Debdes1221
    2019-05-13 08:36

    Actually 3.5/3.75 stars. I liked it very much but I felt it skipped time a lot. For example, they would be getting to know each other and then it would be 2 months later and they would be taking about some of the things that happened in those 2 months. Why not just make it part of the story? On the other hand, there where plenty of things that were described well. I was ready was going to give this 4 stars until the end. But I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-15 02:37

    Review to come but I absolutely loved this read, devoured it in one sitting and can't wait for the rest of the series to come!! Don't wait for my review just take my advice and 1 click you won't be disappointed :D

  • Nance
    2019-04-23 08:58

    Review to be written soon...3.5 star rating

  • ❤ AudiobookRomance ❤
    2019-05-06 03:42

    Great start to a new series! I NEED the rest of this series in audio, and I need it NOW!This is the 1st book in the Endgame Series.♥ Story ♥Saylor Lewis wants to make her own way in life so as not to be beholding to anyone. This all stems from childhood issues. The grudges she holds have followed her since age 13. Away at college and living in a shared condo, her resolve is put to the test when she meets the neighbors!Deacon Douglas has her at hello! Although she has him just as hard. Deacon and the his roommates grew up with the girls so they make a little family that tries to welcome in Saylor no matter how much she tries to resist.Love and heat ensues, followed by misunderstandings and misplaced loyalties. I know she is going to be a future heroine and probably has good reasons for being a twat nugget, but for this book I really want to punch Emberlee in the throat, face, lady balls, take your pick!I can't really say more without giving away stuff that is just too good to spoil. Just read/listen to it!♥ Author ♥This is my first read by Leigh Ann Lunsford and I'm hooked! I can’t wait for the rest of this series to come to audio!♥ Narrator(s) ♥Logan McAllister in one word, Yum!Makes Deacon and all the boys sound delicious.Plus, he does all the ladies just as good.(Does that sound dirty, or is it just me?)Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased reviewMore Reviews @

  • Amy Neighbors Senethavilay
    2019-05-01 02:56

    I am excited to have found another author who is able to evoke such passion and emotion in her readers, helping them to connect with the characters as they learn about themselves and journey through the prose that have been woven together.In Playing Fate, readers are introduced to Saylor Lewis, a young woman determined to make it on her own—whose focus is on her college career and the scholarship she has earned. Having watched her mother struggle for years to simply survive, Saylor is determined never to let other determine her path. In fact, keeping to herself has always seems to work well. But now, as she finds herself rooming with a group of girls whose lifestyle is so different from her own, a group of very close-knit friends who seek to make her a part of the group, and money that seems to flow, Saylor must find a way to balance her need for solitude and protection with the need to live. And when one particular boys catches her eye, staying focused and keeping her walls up may prove more difficult than she ever thought. Deacon has always had big dreams. Dreams that would have taken him to the big leagues. But life had other plans for Deacon. So with his best friends willingly sticking by his side and giving up their dream of professional baseball, they are now navigating the college life, baseball, and the demands that growing up and being responsible place upon a person. When Deacon sees Saylor for the first time, there is an instant spark. But does Deacon really have time for a relationship? And with the tension that has built amongst the friend as of late, will Deacon even have a chance. Besides, Saylor seems to have built these walls around her, but Deacon sees something worth pursuing. Will he be able to break through the fears and insecurities Saylor is harboring from her childhood? And will Saylor be able to see past the demands and expectations Deacon has in life?With a storyline that is filled with the push and pull of a relationship, with the misconceptions and perceptions each brings to the table, and as cast of secondary characters that add to the depth of friendship and support shown throughout the story, Leigh Ann Lunsford has given readers a satisfying and romantic story that will captivate readers and have them cheering for Saylor and Deacon, loving their growth and maturity as they navigate the coming of age, and seeking more from the friends who they meet as they enjoy Playing Fate.

  • Donna Doria
    2019-05-08 07:40

    Wow! Saylor found the neighborhood of all neighborhoods to live in while attending college or I should say her mom did! Saylor is a great character that is strong and not going to take anything from anybody!!! She likes her independence. Saylor works hard to protect herself from any sexy men trying their best to capture her heart. She only wants to work hard to finish school and become a successful person that can take care of herself. Saylor finds herself in the middle of people who care greatly for each other and have known each other forever!!! Which could be good and bad. I thought the dialogue between Saylor and Mason was a riot. I think every girl should know someone like that. Saylor had a comeback for every thing Mason said to her and more. He had her back when needed. She developed a good relationship with the other characters as well. Leelee was a bit more difficult as she was a friend with the enemy. Which will become clear as you read the story as to what I mean. Deacon was another great character! He was a young man with a big personality that took on an even bigger responsibility that changed his plan for success! In changing in his future, his friends did the same to show their support. The same group of tight friends that Saylor discovered in her new house! Deacon finds himself putting even more on his plate than he has already but he is up for the challenge. I found this story to be sweet and fun. I think it was written well with a bit of spice. I found the details of the story to be original. The only thing I found confusing was “Julie’s role” but I read enough of the story to realize who she was and how important she was to the characters. Regardless, the author made excellent connections of what was going on in the story! Let me not forget! I loved the sexual tension written into the story. I think the story should get five stars!

  • Reading Momma
    2019-04-29 06:55

    I recently decided I should try audio books. Now, normally I HATE listening to people read and can't focus, but I have an hour commute. Now, that is not a round trip commute, it is one way. I drive an hour one way to school and an hour to get back home. Then when I work or do my internship, I drive another hour one way and then add another hour coming back home. That is a lot of wasted reading time!Playing Fate, was my first real audio book I have ever listened to front to back. I won't lie I have been mulling for a couple of days about my review and with all honesty I give it a 3.5 leaning more to a 4. The story: This story really pulled me in. I loved the secrets involved and how you kept discovering more and more people have more secrets and you want to keep reading and reading. I loved the dynamics between the characters and their relationship. Nothing makes me love a story more than the love you feel between all of the characters. That was my favorite part of this story as well. I also loved the way the characters were real. It wasn't always rainbows and butterflies. That is real life. The only part of this book that was hard for me was that I felt lost more than once. I hit the back button a couple of times to make sure I didn't miss something. The story seemed to be in one place and then jumped to another without any indication. Although annoying, it did not stop me from wanting to continue the story. Oh yeah, it was also super hot! ;)Audio: Now, I wasn't sure what to expect on this side of the story, but was pleasantly surprised. I was entertained and could easily pay attention. Logan McAllister did a very good job, but I believe a female partner would've made it so much more enthralling. Can't blame Mr. McAllister for not being able to drop his voice down super womanly so much. ;)All in all I was pleasantly surprised by this audio book and glad that I am diving into the audio world!Grab a copy:

  • Kaisa
    2019-04-24 08:34

    I think it’s kinda telling, that I already started to my write my review once, but couldn’t remember the name of the book and had only a vague recollection of the author’s name – and then I realised there was an hour left in the book, that it didn’t end when I thought it would. Playing Fate is sort of a college sports romance without much of the college or the sports. Or the romance. I know that sounds callous, but that’s not my intention. The thing is, I’m not sure how to describe this story. It wasn’t bad per se, I’ve read a lot worse from authors who are more well-known or way more hyped up. The writing was mostly good, the premise certainly wasn’t one that’s often used, and the author really managed to write a tight group of friends, who felt realistic for the most part. So why not more enthusiastic review? Honestly, I’m not sure. I really liked the group dynamics, each character was three-dimensional and for once the relationship building felt realistic... but maybe that’s my problem: it was so realistic, the romance felt lacking. It was told to be there, but not really showed. Or the way it was shown didn’t feel like a sweeping romance. It’s a bit unfair to actually complain about this, because so often I complain about the cheesiness or about all the clichés in romance. But at the same time, I wasn’t super happy with Saylor’s behaviour. I understood her, I liked the way she and Deacon worked everything out, but at the same time I’m not a fan of no communication and running... so in a way I’m on the fence: it was refreshing to read about a couple who worked for their relationship instead of just falling into it, but at the same time the "something more" was missing. So all in all I’d say I’m curious to maybe read more from this author, as she seems to have potential, but right now I’ll rate this book somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. I liked it, but it was more okay.

  • Tessa
    2019-04-27 09:00

    I must know more about this circle of friends. From the beginning, we see their bond and loyalty. I will be adding the entire Endgame series to my collection as soon as it is available. Leigh Ann Lunsford took this sports romance to a whole new level. Deacon Douglas is the definition of a star athlete. He has a great family support team, he's super handsome and he's on his way to become a major-league star. But his life takes a turn and now his priorities have changed. Saylor Lewis has decided she's tired of being the person everyone expects her to be. Her relationships suffer because of a decision that was made by the one man she loved as a young girl. She won't give anyone a chance to get close to her heart because she is afraid she will be a disappointment to whoever she loves. Going to college out of state gives Saylor the freedom to explore herself and who she wants to become. Saylor doesn't expect to become part of a circle of friends who have known each other forever. Yet, they welcome Saylor with open arms. Playing Fate is an emotional story whether you've been in a strong family of friends or not. The way they joke, tease, defend, protect and love each other is the absolute best. These friends live their lives and still make time for each other is the way friendships should be.There is more to come in this series and I can't wait, even if it is about Lee Lee. I have a feeling Ms. Lunsford will have me falling in love with her character in no time.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 02:51

    Seriously, it is incredibly hard form words right now! Wow, just wow is about all I am able to form. Leigh Ann Lunsford has done me in with Playing Fate! This absolutely amazingly perfect book unquestionably merits way more than the 5 stars I am able to give! I have always been a sports fan and Lunsford definitely does not disappoint. Our main characters Deacon and Saylor are beyond perfect but they would not be who they are with out their supporting characters!Saylor Lewis AKA Shortstop is our shy heroine who tries to be an independent as possible. She has moved across the country to attend college in Kansas so she can get the education she needs to get ahead in life as her own person. She does not want to live off anyone else after seeing what her mother went through growing up. Although meeting Deacon Douglas has thrown her off her game a little bit. (Winks) Deacon Douglas AKA Double D is our baseball star and hero in this amazing story. Deacon is poised, absolutely GORGEOUS (I have a good imagination), nice, and seems to be slightly unavailable due to other responsibilities. He however is determined to get Saylor to notice him. He knows from the first glance that she will be his end game. Playing Fate drew me in from the start. I am not kidding I have had a book hangover for the past 3 days! I have not been able to form my opinion in a constructive way without just fan girl screaming! I truly hope you take my review to heart and buy this absolutely astonishingly flawless book!!

  • Kayla Bartley
    2019-05-04 07:37

    Playing Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford had me captive from the first page! I seriously could not put it down until I finished! I loved every part of this book and the only part I didn't like was the end, because it was over!! The moment Saylor's dad ups and leaves her and her mom, her life completely changes. She sees her mom struggle working 3 jobs and she vows to never depend on anyone for anything. Off at college, living with her two roommates, Saylor meets three of their close male friends and quickly forms a makeshift family.Enter Deacon! Oh Deacon, how I love thee!! Deacon is one of the three men who live a few houses down and is friends with Saylor's roommates. Saylor and Deacon had instant chemistry that was smoking hot!! However, Saylor is determined to not let anyone too close and Deacon has his hands full trying to varying the weight of the world on his shoulders.I loved watching these two build each other up and teach each other it's okay to find trust in each other and to let the people around you in. The have their past to overcome as well as new obstacles set into place by outside forces. These two truly stole a piece of my heart and I would absolutely re-read this story!!I recommend this to any lover of contemporary romance and I give Playing Fate 5 stars! I loved the character development and I loved the supporting characters just as much as Saylor and Deacon!

  • Kristan Anderson
    2019-05-11 06:51

    Playing Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford was so good. Wow. This story had me hooked from page one, which seems hard to do for me lately. I think the reason is because I completely connected with Saylor. I knew everything she was feeling, as I've been there.Saylor Lewis moved from New Mexico to Florida and now to Kansas for College. Her father left her mother and then died, leaving her with an obscene amount of debt. She found a house with two other girls and realized that the twosome is really five best friend friends living side by side. Though everyone is encouraging her, she is apprehensive of letting herself into Deacons life. This is supposed to be her years of finding herself but seems she's found something else.Deacon Douglas is a baseball player. His focus consists of Julie, school, career. While he wanted to be a professional baseball player, with Julie he's not sure about that anymore. According to Deacon, Saylor is one big walking oxymoron. She's hot and cold, shy and outgoing, and all around confusing. Whatever it is about her, she dominates his every thought. Behind Julie of course.The love between these two so crazy and intense. I loved seeing how Deacon grew. Asking for help is hard when you want to prove you can do it alone. This story felt so real. It was darn close to my college experience and the closeness of small town friends. I am SO excited to finish this series as I've fallen in love with Leigh Ann's writing!

  • Janna Chauvin
    2019-05-14 04:57

    5 star reviewPlaying Fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford is the first book in the Endgame Series. Deacon Douglas “DD” lives the American Dream. He is good looking, rich, and is athletically talented. He is on the fast track to play major league baseball along with his close friends. He has a past mistake that has altered his life for the better, adding the attractive qualities of being well grounded and responsible to an already perfect package. Saylor Lewis is a girl adrift. She is unsure of her place in the world. She is shy, virtually friendless, and feels like she no longer belongs in her own home. She decides to make the risky decision to go to college out of state with the help of her family. She enters the world of Deacon Douglas and his friends through chance and is instantly drawn into a circle of friends unlike any she has ever known. She is uncertain of her place in the group, and while most are welcoming, there is some resentment to her joining them that adds to her feelings. She shares an immediate mutual attraction to Deacon, but her inability to trust and some of his past decisions threaten to keep them apart. I enjoyed this book. It was well written, had witty dialogue and kept me interested throughout. The characters were well developed and the romance between Saylor and Deacon was believable. If you are looking for a good HEA romance, this would be a great choice

  • Jade Lally
    2019-04-24 09:44

    WARNING SPOILERS.....Playing fate by Leigh Ann Lunsford is the first book in the Endgame series, and uses the idea of a single dad trying to juggle a baby, collage, baseball and love.Deacon Douglas has a lot on his plate, more than most 19-year-old college students. But his priority is and always will be Julie. Trying to find a balance in his life, he starts to, unconsciously, push his friends away, but when Saylor Lewis moves in 2 doors down, his world is rocked and he realises something has got to give. Saylor is emotionally broken. Still trying to come to terms with her father’s abandonment and death, she is set on supporting herself, getting through collage and success. She has retreated into herself, but faced with the rowdy group of friends especially the hottie Double D, she is forced to face her fears and let someone in. She may even find answers to some of her questions along the way.Of course things are never that easy, Saylor’s in for some surprises and one whopper of a betrayal. Can she overcome her fears and put herself out there? Is she good enough for the baseball player and his family? Can their love last?Emotions tend to run high in this book, but never fear Mason’s here! In fact, Mace is my favourite character in the story and I can’t wait for him to get his own book! (Hint hint Ms Lunsford)Despite the writing seeming a bit forced at times, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends, however with quite a few sexual scenes this book wouldn’t be suitable for everyone.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-19 08:58

    A solid 3 stars.I wanted to really fall in deep with this book, but I really struggled at times. The storyline was paced so frenetically that I couldn't keep up with the characters. I had to stop and remember that they are in their late teens and not really into adulthood yet... despite the facts in the book to the contrary.I think I struggled with making a connection with the characters because I don't feel their backstories were fleshed out enough, or in the right way for me to really care about them. I did admire Deacon's commitment to Julie... it was unexpected, but other than that, it all seemed so rushed.The lack of real communication netween Deacon and Saylor really threw me for a loop. When obstacles presented themselves, it was no wonder they had a hard time workong things out because they didn't talk to each other. I felt like when Deacon did try to open up to her, he may as well have grunted, since he acted like a caveman. This story wasn't all frustrating, I did care enough to want to see how it all played out until the end. Although, knowing there are future stories in this series, I may have to pass...

  • Brandy Roberts
    2019-04-25 07:59

    I loooooved Playing Fate this would my first read by the author Leigh Ann Lunsford did such an amazing job at portraying charming characters , hilarious , swoon worthy , sexy moments , and a story that will have you hooked from start to finish . Saylor and Deacon have such a strong connection their back and forth is funny but also foreplay . Saylor comes off as a shy heroine who has no back bone but once she gets to know the gang she comes out of her shell . Deacon is just yummy everything about him is just super hot perfect hero . Adored the gang of friends I know I'll be reading more from them in the future .copy provided for honest review ****************************************hero = 10 heroine = 10 secondary characters = 10Chemistry = 10 steam = 9 romance = 10 humor = 8darkness level = 3 enjoyment = 10 angst = 4 action = 3 story line = 10 mystery = 3character development = 10 pacing = 10 Plot = 10 cover = 10 stars = 5 author = 8would I recommend this book = yeswould I re read this book = yeswould I read future books by this author = yes

  • Patty
    2019-05-08 02:50

    Playing Fate....with a title like this, I was not sure what to expect. This is my first Leigh Ann Lunsford book, but will not be my last. This new adult romance gives the ensemble feeling of the TV show friends with some angst, true friendship and love. Saylor moves into the house that has a group of friends that have been together since birth. Each has their own set of baggage, but most bring Saylor into their fold. Deacon, the love interest definitely has his own issues(don't want to give away the plot) and he and Saylor have a special bond right from the start. Their journey to happily ever after is full of angst and trauma along with the problems of the friend group. You keep listening just to find out what is going to happen. The start of a really good series and am looking forward to the next in the series.I love Logan McAllister. He performs this book with ease and comfort, giving a feeling of you being a part of this ensemble cast. You can count on him for a good narration and I hope Leigh Ann continues his with this series.