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Review: Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

January 24th, 2019 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review
Publication date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: Avon Books
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve been waiting for Caleb’s story since we first met him and he totally won my heart in this book. He’s the perfect mix of bad boy and suave corporate genius not to mention he has a heart of gold. Really he is as perfect as you could want in a boyfriend. Then when you think you couldn’t fall any harder for Caleb he goes and rescues a homeless dog and co-adopts it with the heroine, Sadie. The only slightly frustrating thing for me about Caleb was just how much slack he cut Sadie. I’ll admit while I felt for Sadie I never really got into her character. She was judgmental, over dramatic at times and just got on my nerves. I kept hoping to see her character grow through out the book but I felt like she barely changes and the relationship only works because Caleb gives her so much leeway to stomp all over his feelings.

Despite Sadie’s character I felt Shalvis’s writing, Caleb and Lollipop carry this book and still made it an extremely enjoyable read. Definitely loving this series!

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“Don’t run off,” he said.

“I don’t like it when people tell me what to do.”

“I get that,” he said. “And same. Also, I try very hard to never tell anyone what to do. But I think we need to finish this.”

Another quiver from deep inside her. “I keep telling you, there’s no this.”

“Are you sure?” Very slowly and carefully, clearly giving her plenty of time to get away if she really wanted, he stepped into her, making her extremely aware that she now stood hemmed in between the alley wall and his body, neither quite touching her.

But she wanted him too. She actually ached to close that last inch between them. She didn’t do it. Instead, she lifted her chin. “I could make you an eunuch right now if I wanted.” The threat was minimalized by the fact that she whispered the threat, but suddenly holding onto her temper was difficult. So was talking. “Don’t think I can’t.”

“I have no doubt,” he said, still holding one of her hands. He took the other as well and squeezed gently. “I think you could probably do anything you set your mind to.”

No one had ever said those words to her, not ever, and when she felt the back of her eyes sting unexpectedly, she closed them in self defense.


She shook her head.

“Look at me. Please?”

It was the damn please that had her opening her eyes. Caleb had 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.

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