*I received a free copy of Playing for Keeps from Avon via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7
Published by Avon on 22 January 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Playing for Keeps just might be my favorite Heartbreaker Bay story! I loved Sadie and Caleb so much. And Lollipop was the best rescue puppy ever!
Playing for Keeps just worked so very well for me! Sadie and Caleb both wanted nothing to do with a relationship. And they kind of worked the best using sarcasm towards each other. Until that evening when Caleb found an abandoned, three legged dog in the courtyard. And they somehow ended up co-adopting her.
Caleb had been a bit of a mystery up until now, as he was a little on the outskirt of the friend group. In Playing for Keeps, however, he showed just what kind of a man he was. He’s a true hero in many ways. Taking care of other people, helping out wherever he can. As Sadie got to know him, she couldn’t help falling for him. Even when there were obstacles – namely Caleb’s sisters and their background checks – he continued to pursue her when she retreated.
Overall, Playing for Keeps is a feel good story, with multi-layered characters, and a beautiful romance.
“I have this test,” Ivy said and handed Sadie a basket with her two tacos. “No matter how rich or intelligent your are, how you treat an animal tells me all I need to know about you. And look at how he treated your dog.”
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