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Playing for Keeps written by Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7
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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.
Hello! This is my very first Jill Shalvis book and it won’t be my last! Sure, I’ve seen The Trouble with Mistletoe but I haven’t really read her books!
Playing for Keeps ticked all my boxes! There is a dog, a tattoo artist, and a geek! But wait! The tattoo artist is the heroine! Also, there is an enemies to lovers trope!
The plot is simple, Caleb and Sadie rescue a dog one rainy night and they decide to “co-parent” the dog. The dog is named Lollipop, by the way, and it’s the bestest name ever!
I initially liked Sadie, but as the story went on, she kind of rubbed me the wrong way. With her reactions and her immaturity, she came off as very annoying. I mean, if not for Caleb and Lollipop, I wouldn’t have finished this book! I understand that Sadie had a really sad backstory and even if she crushed on Caleb a little bit, she was still unlikeable.
On the other hand, I initially didn’t like Caleb because he felt too aloof for me, but he ultimately turned into an amazing and sweet hero! Also, I love his relationship with his sisters!
Playing for Keeps was a fun read for me and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series!
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