Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

"Who belongs to the abs my dog is sleeping on?" - Sadie Lane

Playing for Keeps
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7
Publisher: Avon
Published: January 22, 2019
Source: publisher for 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 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.

As I continue to discover the joy that is reading one of Jill Shalvis's romances, I realize more and more just how well she can give readers the perfect mix of small town romance in a big city with enough of sexual tension to have us reaching for a fan. I loved Playing for Keeps. I mean, really... It's got everything. A sexy hero that'll risk his own health to rescue a stray dog. He strives to pay back a debt he feels he owes to his family. He's in love with a woman that has always put him at arm's length. Now that he see's his chance to finally be with her he's all in. Then we have a heroine who is tenacious, intelligent, and so very stubborn. She's been burned in the past so she's obviously nervous to start a relationship. Now that he's shown her a world of possibilities, her heart doesn't stand a chance. And if that wasn't enough, we get an adorable little dog that steals the hearts of everyone.

I loved the hell out of Playing for Keeps. It's a fun romance between two characters that I fell in love with the moment I met them and a dog that I would love to adopt. From Jill's writing to the characters, I was hooked and couldn't put the book down.


She shook her head.

“Look at me. Please?”

It was the damn please that had her opening her eyes. He’d closed the gap so that if she so much as took a breath, they’d be touching.

So she did just that. She took a deep breath, and then their bodies were up against each other, his warm and hard. Everywhere. “What’s happening?” she whispered.

“I believe you’re deciding between kicking me in the nuts and kissing me.” One side of his mouth curved very slightly as he lifted their still joined hands above her head, against the wall.

“But that last part might just be in my dreams.”

“Yes,” she whispered.

“Yes, it’s just in my dreams?”

She meant to say yes again, she really did.

She even opened her mouth to say it, because this was insane, this incredible . . . craving she had for him. It made no sense. Less than no sense, and yet . . .

She went up on tiptoe and touched her mouth to his.

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love pets in romance! They give a sweet dynamic to the story! Lovely review!