June 16, 2019

Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

Avon Books | January 2019 | 384 pgs
Source: Library


This is the seventh book of A Heartbreaker Bay series but each installment works as a stand-alone, too.

The book opens with our two leading protagonists co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm. Sadie Lane is a tattoo artist who work two jobs to make ends meet. Caleb Parker is a venture capitalist who has learned the hard way of climbing up the corporate ladder. Sadie and Caleb have seen each other around since their workplace is nearby but they rarely talk though they've a few common friends. Sadie doesn't believe in love after being burned from her previous relationship three years ago, while Caleb's focus is on his business. Plus, his three over-protective sisters drive him crazy through their tight scrutiny of his past or potential girlfriends. So when the two meet up close for the first time, love is the last thing on their mind. However, as they co-owned the dog thereafter, which they later named her Lollipop, they couldn't help seeing more of each other and each meeting brings them closer and enable them to see the other's vulnerable side. It didn't take long for Caleb to have his wall comes crumbling down but for Sadie, it's another matter since she has so many things and issues on her plate. How and what'd Caleb do to break down that strong wall she's built? 

This is such a romantic story about two different people finding each other. Plus, there're so many things to like about this book. For starters, there's Lollipop. She's adorable and made me want to hug her tighter after reading her sad, pathetic days before Caleb and Sadie. Then, there's Caleb. He has personality and charisma, though perhaps he doesn't notice the latter since he was a victim to bullies and was so insecure when he was a boy. I loved reading about his past and seeing how he's changed with the help of his mentor. Finally, there's Sadie and although I liked her strong spirit and her independency, they're times she frustrated me due to her insecurities and her sense of inferiority. 

Anyway, it is satisfying reading how they overcome their own inner obstacles and accepting each other. I think my favourite of all is reading the dialogues because they can be so witty. Jill Shalvis is one of my favourite romance authors and I'd recommend her books anytime should you're in need of a romance fix. 



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8 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read this one, glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Naida - I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did when you get to it, Naida.

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  2. I don't usually read romance, but this one intrigues me. Or maybe a tattoo artist a dog named Lollipop is what drives my interest! :)

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    1. Jenclair - I rarely come across a character who's a tattoo artist so this definitely intrigue me. Plus, I just can't turn down a Jill Shalvis book. :)

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  3. It's the dog Lollipop that makes me want to read this one. :) Oh, and I finally read that book No Exit. I thought it was very suspenseful, and I liked Darby's perseverance and fight, but the very end caught me by surprise. What did you think of how the author made you think she died, and then did that twist at the end?

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    1. Lark - Lollipop is a cutie; you'll love her if you do read this. :)

      I think the plot was clever and the writing was good in No Exit. The author definitely know his way in captivating his readers by incorporating lots of non-stop actions. I can't wait to read your review of this book!

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  4. Caleb and Sadie sound like interesting characters, and I love that there's a rescue dog! ♥

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    1. Diana - The characters is what I loved most about this book. :)

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