Monday, January 21, 2019

ARC Review: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Jill Shalvis

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.

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My Review:
Another knockout story by Jill Shalvis.

Caleb finds himself outside Sadies shop one day after he finds a three-legged dog. Sadie and Caleb falling in love almost immediately decide to co-own the puppy with shared custody. The puppy-Lollipop becomes the perfect reason for Sadie and Caleb to finally spend time together.

Sadie has spent her entire life not fitting in. Her family doesn't understand her and the last boyfriend she had set her back on her road to recovery. For the last three years, she's spent her time trying to be who she wants to be. When she met Caleb she didn't think he would be her type. He wears an expensive suit, much like her ex and so she puts him in the untouchable category. When they adopt a puppy together she's forced to look at Caleb as a person and not just a suit.

Caleb has had a very hard life having struggled his entire life with money and health issues. Now years later he has all the money he could ever want and has given jobs to all of his siblings who helped raise him. Struggling with allergies his entire life he never thought he could own a dog. When he comes face to face with the loving Lollipop he knows despite everything he can't turn her away. Especially since the entrance on Lollipop gives him a way to be close to Sadie.

I enjoyed Playing for keeps. I liked how Caleb wasn't afraid of his emotions or of changing and growing. There were times I thought this story was going to take on a completely predictable route and he would break up with Sadie, but this book surprised me with his maturity and how he got Sadie to talk through things.

I liked Sadie a lot. I have to say one of my favorite aspects of this story was how Jill Shalvis wrote Sadie's scenes with her family. It was very subtle, but she was never in the moment when she was with them or talking to them. Her mind was always on literally anything else. I really liked that. It showed her disconnect from the family without saying it throughout every scene. Absolutely amazing.

Overall, Playing for Keeps is an amazing story that isn't predictable and is very fun. I enjoyed the characters and their growth throughout the length of the book. I enjoyed their relationship with each other and with the other characters. They weren't perfect and that's what made this story all the better.

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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.

Author Info
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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