The Playa's Handbook

Players Series (Volume 1)

Brenda Jackson

St. Martin's Paperbacks

There’s not a whole lot happening in Gary, Indiana. That is, until nationally renowned relationship expert Lance Montgomery bursts onto the scene. Twice divorced, Montgomery is now on a mission to perfect the art of being single. His tantalizing book The Playa’s Handbook, is causing quite a stir. His rules include:

• Never give a woman the key to your apartment.
• Playas “have sex”; they don’t “make love.”
• Don’t be afraid not to commit, no matter how hot the sex is.
• A woman can’t use you if you use her first.

One night, while watching a game and drinking beer, three friends, Marcus Lowery, Samuel Gunn, and Phillip McKenna, all admit to having bought Montgomery’s book. Recent divorcés, Phillip and Sam are looking to unleash their hidden playa. And after being a widower for a year, Marcus is ready to cautiously ease back into the dating scene. So they decide to put the rules to the test. . .and end up going on the wildest ride of their lives.


Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1
“This is Rachel Cason, and you're listening to V-103 and Chicago's most titillating late-night talk show, Hot Throb, that's exclusively for mature minds,” the woman said as her opening.
“It seems our guest last night had a lot of men waking up this morning getting the evil eye from their women. Even I have to admit that Dr. Asia Fowler might have plucked hairs off a few brothers’ chests when she got into the real nitty-gritty of her latest book, Sistahs Beware.”
Rachel chuckled. “Our phones have been ringing off the hook with calls


Praise for The Playa's Handbook

“The Madaris clan is back and, as always, it's a welcome return. Jackson always makes the connection between hero and heroine seamless and, even though you know what's coming, it's not forced. The love scenes are beautifully written, and longtime fans will be delighted to see familiar characters again.” –Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“A pure delight.” –Romance in Color

"Sexy, sexy, sexy... You'll cheer on this strong woman and honorable man"—Fresh Fiction

“An entertaining story...Jackson brings back beloved characters from her popular series, and the reunion is exceptionally satisfying.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“A good solid story with fiercely tender and intensely romantic protagonists.”—Single Titles.com

“Jackson is a master at juggling two plots at a time, and Unfinished Business proves no exception. A perfect balance of tension and chemistry is created as Christy and the somewhat domineering Alex battle unknown criminals—as well as their unresolved attraction to each other.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Hot and sexy.”—Romance Reader at HeartTM

“A super-hot hero, a kick-butt heroine and non-stop action! Brenda Jackson writes romance that sizzles and characters you fall in love with.”—Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

The Midnight Hour is a roller-coaster read of passion, intrigue and deceit.”—Sharon Sala, New York Times bestselling author


In the Press

Fiction Review: THE PLAYA'S HANDBOOK by Brenda Jackson / Author . Griffin $13.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-33178-8

Jackson (The Savvy Sistahs ) probes the "playa" mind in this spicy, engaging tale of Chicago singles. Lance Montgomery, an arrogant womanizer and "ren

- Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Brenda Jackson

  • Brenda Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Westmorelands series and, from St. Martin’s Press, Some Like It Hot and Taste of Passion, among others. She was the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today's Bestseller's List and the New York Times Bestseller's List for the series romance genre. Jackson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University, and worked for thirty-seven years in management at a major insurance company. She now divides her time between family, writing and traveling. She has been married for thirty-seven years to her childhood sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons. She lives in the city where she was born, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Brenda Jackson
    Brenda Jackson


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