Playing for Keeps
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 7
By: Jill Shalvis
Avon Books – Jan 22nd, 2019
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 yoga pants, he’s a suit. 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.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40034882-playing-for-keeps
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/169076-heartbreaker-bay
Series Buy Link: http://jillshalvis.com/books/#heartbreaker-series
This is only my 2nd book of Jill’s, the first being the one made into a movie, The Trouble with Mistletoe. Both of which are part of the same series, and both of which I loved. They aren’t the typical steamy over the top romance I usually read, but they both still have their moments and this one had an extra special uniqueness to it. I mean, two characters brought together when they both rescue a dog during a storm. What is not to love about two animal loving people, who share that desire to save and protect.
This story follows Sadie and Caleb. Both in the right place at the right time. Co-rescue a dog together, and from there things just begin to build. I will admit that Sadie was a hard to love character immediately, but with time and more of her past revealed, you see her soften a bit in a way and understand her wall she has up. Caleb is just as vulnerable, but their connection builds throughout the story and as you learn about their pasts, their future becomes clear. They truly are meant to be. I feel the best part of this book was the story of the animals mixed in. Small snippets that foreshadow things and show just how loving animals can be. Mix in a little drama from there, and a sprinkling of angst, and this book takes a few turns in directions you just must hope doesn’t destroy the foundation these two have built.
What a great warm-hearted read that will leave you longing for more.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
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