PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Hot Jocks, Book 1
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day: August 13th
About the Book
I’ve never been so stupid in my entire life.
Elise Parrish, my teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get the memo.
After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.
She thinks I don’t remember that night – but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips….
And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.
I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.
That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.
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I’m a sucker for sports romances, which makes Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Playing for Keeps, exactly the kind of story I love to read and then add to it the fact that Elise and Justin’s story also includes the friends-to-lovers and brother’s best friend romance tropes, and there was no way I was missing this one!
The idea of more between Elise and Justin might have been something they both have considered a time or two, especially now that Elise has grown up to be quite the stunning beauty, but neither of them would have chosen a drunken night of sex for their first attempt at more. But now that it happened and they can’t take it back, they need to figure out what that means and how they move forward, knowing that they crossed a line that there’s no coming back from.
I do have to say that Elise and Justin frustrated me, at times, with both their words and their actions; I wanted them to be honest with themselves and with each other, and while I get why Elise wanted to keep her and Justin’s ‘hook-ups’ secret, the fact that she thought she could do causal with the guy who she’s crushed on since she was young, was never a possibility, regardless of how many times she tried to convince herself it was. Justin’s playboy past was also something that didn’t help because no one around him, even himself, could see him as a one woman kind of guy and that played into both of their insecurities.
The forbidden aspect of Elise and Justin’s connection is there due to the fact that Justin is Elise’s brother’s best friend, roommate, and teammate. But I guess it’s not so much as forbidden but more like a really bad idea given the fact that Owen knows exactly who Justin is and what he likes, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want Justin anywhere near his baby sister, but I’m hoping Owen will find out in his and Becca’s story that the heart wants what the heart wants, and even though there’s quite a few obstacles for Elise and Justin to overcome, they’ll find there way, with or without Owen’s blessing.
Elise and Justin’s story is a sweet and steamy read that illustrates what happens when feelings get messy and become the game changer that neither saw coming but now plan to play for keeps!
4 Poison Apples
About Kendall Ryan
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times.
Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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