Jan 24

Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis Review


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If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you.

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

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The seventh book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis was a heart-warming and sexy addition to this fantastic contemporary series. Shalvis has perfected the sexy-sweet alpha-hero, and she introduces another one to her readers in Caleb Parker. A bit scarred by his childhood, Caleb has overcome a great deal to become the suit-wearing, billionaire genius that he is today.

Sadie Lane has her own difficult past, and her present isn’t nearly as bright and shiny as Caleb’s. A struggling tattoo artist, Sadie works long hours at two jobs and is barely making ends meet. She’s a bit rough-around-the-edges, and she relies on her sarcastic wit and a tough-girl-exterior to keep people, especially interested men, at bay. She’s run into Caleb, or Suits as she calls him, a few times through mutual friends, and although she’s definitely felt a zing of attraction to him, she has successfully ignored it. But everything starts to change between the two of them the night she finds him in the courtyard in the rain.

That night, Caleb and Sadie work together to rescue a scared, hungry and cold, three-legged little dog that they named Lollipop. They both fall hard for the little pup and wind up in a canine co-parenting situation. With the sparks flying, it wasn’t too long before they gave in to that pull. Between meddling family members and the emotional walls they had to scale, this couple had some struggles to get through that ramped up the feels in this otherwise sweetly romantic, opposites-attract love story. Caleb was so thoughtful and swoon-worthy, and while it may have taken this prickly heroine a little persuading to come around, he was eventually able to convince Sadie that he was playing for keeps.

Jill Shalvis blends heart-tugging emotion, humor and heat into entertaining plots about endearing characters, and I absolutely love her feel-good love stories. Well written, charming and romantic, Playing for Keeps made my heart happy and kept me smiling the whole way through. Four smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo



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