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Play With Me by Becka Mack: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

When I read Carter and Olivia’s story in Consider Me, I was skeptical about the next book, Play With Me by Becka Mack. Could it measure up? As it turns out, the answer is yes - it can and it did. Plus, it's a perfect example of a brother’s best friend, friends with benefits-to-lovers romance. (Kindle | Paperback)

Now that I’ve finished it, I’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the book for future readers below. I’ve also put together a list of five books like Play With Me for you to check out next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)


What Is Play With Me About?

Jennie Beckett is the younger sister of NHL captain, Carter Beckett, which means she’s essentially off-limits to the men on the team. While Garrett Anderson knows that, it doesn’t mean that he’s immune to the chemistry between them. In fact, it doesn’t take long for the two to go from just friends to secret friends with benefits. It’s supposed to end there. They even created rules to help ensure that was the end of it. But love doesn’t follow rules and the two are about to find that out firsthand.

How Long Does it Take to Read Play With Me?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 8 hours and 52 minutes to read the book Play With Me.


Is Play With Me Spicy?

Yes - Play With Me is spicy! The spicy chapters are chapters 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 24, 27, 28, 35, 37, and 44.


Is Play With Me a Standalone?

No - Play With Me is not technically a standalone. It's the second book in Becka Mack’s Playing For Keeps series. However, given that each book focuses on a different couple, you could manage to read Play With Me as a standalone. Here is the official order of the series:

  1. Consider Me - Carter and Olivia

  2. Play With Me - Garrett and Jennie

  3. Unravel Me - Adam and Rosie


How Old Are Garrett and Jennie? What Is the Age Gap?

In Play With Me, Garrett Anderson is 26 years old and Jennie Beckett is 24 years old. This means there is a 2-year age gap between the two.


Does Play With Me Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Play With Me has a happy ending! After Carter walks in on Garrett and Jennie, he doesn’t speak to either for almost a week. Jennie flies to Toronto for her interview and thinks she should take it in order to get out of her brother’s shadow. She realizes though, she doesn’t want the job, declines, and returns home early. Meanwhile, Garrett and Carter get into a fight after hockey practice. Garrett tells Carter it isn’t just sex, they’re in love.

In the months after, Garrett and Jennie move in together and buy a house up the road from Olivia, Carter, and their new baby, Ireland. On the move-in day, Garrett hides Jennie’s mother’s engagement ring that he plans to use to propose to her in the near future.


5 Books Like Play With Me by Becka Mack

With three major tropes going on in this book, it means that there's no shortage of similar one's out there to choose from. To save you the effort of tracking them down though, I've done it for you. Here are five books like Play With Me to consider making your next read:


A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

1. A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

Every once in a while when looking for similar books, I come across one that's about as similar to a dupe as books get. That's A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting. Just read the description and you'll see how close it is to Play With Me: "When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor who also just so happens to be my captain's younger sister. Now with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, she’s offered me a deal: she'll rehab me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and in return, she'll add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. I just have to keep my hands to myself."


The Score by Elle Kennedy

2. The Score by Elle Kennedy

Like Play With Me, Elle Kennedy's book, The Score, is about a casual sex relationship that turns into something more. While it's technically the third book in the Off-Campus series, like the Playing for Keeps series, each book focuses on a different couple, so that should make it pretty easy to read it as a standalone. Here's what it's about: "Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies' man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love."


Breakaway by Grace Reilly

3. Breakaway by Grace Reilly

Breakaway by Grace Reilly has two of the three tropes from Play With Me - it's a hockey romance and it's about a secret friends-with-benefits relationship. This time though instead of hiding it involving the captain's younger sister, it involves the coach's daughter. So all in all, I have a feeling it will be awfully similar. Here's the description: "As a pro-bound college athlete, I’ve been in a dry spell that feels more like a curse, and the stress is affecting my game. So when Penny Ryder - my coach’s daughter - pulls me into the ice rink closet and lets me have my way with her, things get even more complicated. She wants me to introduce her to all the things she’s been dying to experience, and by looking at her list? We’re kindred spirits in the bedroom. If I say yes, I’ll be relaxed on the ice again—but if her dad finds out about us, I can kiss my dream of being captain goodbye."


Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

4. Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

If there's one book that rivals Play With Me for a friends-with-benefits relationship that's as equally spicy as it is sweet, it's Icebreaker by Hannah Grace. Here's what it's about: "Anastasia has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA and everything is going according to plan when she lands a place on her college's competitive figure skating team. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even the captain of the hockey team - Nate Hawkins. But when Anastasia’s skating partner faces an uncertain future, she turns to Nate to take her shot. Sparks fly, but Anastasia isn’t worried…because she could never like a hockey player, right?"


Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

5. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Last but not least is my personal favorite brother's best friend romance to date - Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey. I'm still thinking about the spicy chapters from this book and it's been months since. I read it. So, if you were a fan of the spice in Play With Me, you'll be happy to know you'll find it in this book as well. Here's a description: "Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. Then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. So, when she proposes that they pretend to date to shock her family and help him land a new job, he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her..."

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