About the Book
Playing For Keeps
by Jill Shalvis
SeriesThe Heartbreaker Bay Series
Publication DateJanuary 22, 2019
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I kept picturing Sadie as Rosa from Brooklyn99. So now that you’ve got that mental picture in your head, we can continue with the review!
I love a good enemies to lovers romance, and Sadie and Caleb sure have that great antagonistic spark that can only be born from the friction of great attraction. There’s not really any reason WHY they should so deeply dislike each other though, and really the “enemies” dynamic of their relationship seems to be all surface. I’m curious if they have more run-ins in the other books in this series that help build up that dynamic more. While I’ve read some of the other books in the series, I’ve read them in a completely random order and there are just SO MANY CHARACTERS, I can’t keep track of them all.
Playing for Keeps does have my most favorite element of a romance novel, and that’s plotlines and development outside of the romance relationship between the lead characters. Sadie has some personal growing to do, learning not to self-sabotage or to run from her fears, as well as working on her relationship with her family. And then Caleb also has his own personal journey to go through, learning to have a good work-life balance and that he doesn’t need to keep making up for his vulnerable past.
The Sadie and Caleb interactions are also super amazing. Their chemistry is great, and I love how constantly surprised Sadie is by him. Caleb is basically perfect – sexy, brilliant, endlessly patient, but with a rough and dirty edge, and then he’s a little emotionally distant and damaged and disconnected just so he’s not TOO perfect. And everytime Sadie pushes him away, expecting him to push back and he just backs off… *heart shattering sound effects* I smiled so much reading this book, but I also moaned aloud in pain a few times.
Playing for Keeps is the seventh book in the Heartbreaker Bay series, and can be read as a stand-alone. I don’t think there are any major spoilers for earlier books (other than who ends up with who, because as book 7 there are of course 6 other couples in the series, most of whom show up as side characters in this book). Given how heavily Ivy featured in this book, I’m going to guess that the next book in the series, Wrapped Up In Your, will be about her – which I am so there for!
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