Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Date Read: January 19, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: Tasty Book PR
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.
Caleb and Sadie are the focus of this book along with their little dog, Lollipop. The book opens with Caleb and Sadie finding a stray dog in the rain. They both are ready to accept responsibility for the dog and end up deciding to share custody of the pup. Of course, this means that the pair will be seeing a lot of each other as they pass the dog back and forth.
Caleb and Sadie are both great characters. Sadie’s past was rather heartbreaking and her relationship with her family wasn’t great. I think that learning about her past really gave the reader a lot of insight into her personality. She is very independent and refused to ask anyone for help. Caleb is rich and highly intelligent. He is also a very hard worker and quite generous. He is very close to his family but has spent a lot of his life being protected by them.
I loved watching this pair fall in love. I think that they had great chemistry with each other and I enjoyed all of their interactions. Caleb wants to take care of Sadie when he sees that she needs things but that didn’t mean that he thought she wasn’t capable. I liked that they both had to give and take a bit and when they were upset they talked about it.
I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a heartwarming romance with fantastic characters and an adorable dog. I can’t wait to read more from Jill Shalvis!
I received a digital review copy of this book from Tasty Book PR via Book Funnel.
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Book #6 – Hot Winter Nights – My Review
Book #7 – Playing for Keeps – Available January 22, 2019!
About the Author
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.
ooh great communication is always a delight to read in a romance!!!!
Yeah,this one was good
I am so happy you liked it, Nadene!
I have fallen so far behind on this series!! I need to catch up. This one sounds great!!
You can really read them in any order so jump in anywhere!
I am listening to it right now 🙂
I bet the audio is good!
I always like this author and I need to try!
I just love her writing!
I love romances that involve puppies, cats, or any animal for that matter. It makes it even more romantic, somehow. Lol.
I agree completely, Joy!
I love this author and it's a great book. Wonderful review. Anne – Books of My Heart
I am glad you liked this one too, Anne!
Oh I need to read this one! I've been really enjoying this series though I'm a few books behind. I really need to get this whole series and just binge it! I've only read a couple somehow.
I love that you can read this books in any order. I hope you get a chance to read this one soon.
What I love about her books is you easily identify with the characters and they are a great fit any time of the year:)
I completely agree with you. She writes fantastic characters.
I really enjoyed watching these two fall in love too. And Lollipop is officially my favorite canine in this series. Loved her!
Lollipop was fantastic!
Their story sounds right up my alley.
I think you would like it, Sophia Rose!
And a little dog too…Glad you enjoyed it.
sherry @ fundinmental
The dog was adorable, Sherry!
I love that you could enjoy another book in this series and this couple sounds adorable and perfect for each other. I am happy to hear you could love it!