E–pub [Playing for Keeps] by Jill Shalvis
Ents However Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites Their attraction to each other is like mixing oil and water Caleb has dealt with some heavy issues in his past but he s taken big strides toward maturation although he still hides behind emotional barriers and his sister s overabundance of caution and extreme protectiveness Sadie on the other hand Well Sadie is still coping with a lot of baggage she can t uite seem to shake off In Sadie the reader sees someone struggling not only with a haunted past but with some bitterness and the immature need to rebel still trying to shock and offend Of all the books in this series to date this one feels a little serious Shalvis always has an uncanny nack for addressing uncomfortable topics while eeping the tone light Her humor always offsets the heaviness in any given situation This time however the whimsy charm humor felt forced and often falls a bit flat Despite that the story is still a very compelling read Sadie s issues would test the patience of Job but so would Caleb s sisters I am glad however that Shalvis addressed a topic rarely explored in romance novels of this caliber Although I found this couple to be of a challenge than most their happily ever after may have been the most rewarding in some ways Perceptions expectations family acceptance and forgiveness are adeptly woven into the story Caleb and Sadie defy all the odds against them and at the end of the day this is what makes this book stand out In all honesty I struggled with this one just a little bit and I can t in one hundred percent honesty tell you this is my absolute favorite book of the series It almost felt a little like the black sheep of the family going off on a different course from the others However I still think the outcome was worth the extra patience this couple seemed to reuire Of course I was as always happy to see this couple and Lollipop get their long overdue happily ever after35 stars 45 Follow Your Heart StarsARC provided by Social Butterfly PR Caleb Parker is a confident charming charismatic gorgeous man living in San Francisco He s a hugely successful well nown venture capitalist who seems to have the midas touch in business He s driven when it comes to his career but never has put much effort into his personal life He doesn t date much or do relationships Then one evening he rescues an abandoned dog with a beautiful woman named Sadie Lane and everything changes They have mutual friends in common so they occasionally ran into each other Every time they crossed paths they seemed to rub each other the wrong way She always was too busy judging him to really see him but he d been fascinated with her since they met She was temptation walking A ridiculously sexy edgy tattoo artist who was also opinionated sarcastic and stubborn They were polar opposites but he still wanted to get to Vocabulario Figurado 2 know her better Sadie Lane is a fiercely independent incredibly private woman who rarely lets anyone get too close She works two jobs and had long ago given up on men and was working on herself She tried toeep her dark parts hidden and built up a tough outer shell to protect her heart Then she suddenly finds herself co parenting a dog with a Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars know it all buttoned up suit named Caleb Parker He was everything she wasn t and completely out of her league He was heartbreakingly beautiful and disarmingly sexy Then to top it all off he was also a dog whisperer She hated how attracted she was to him She had all these preconceived ideas about him that were wrong He was actually a great guy and superind and shockingly could handle her sass without blinking an eye He never could take his eyes off of her He Home Remedies knew what he wanted and he wanted Sadie Come at me babe Give it your best shot Fair warning you might like what you find The gentleness and obvious affection with which he touched her always dissolved the best of her intentions What his body did to hers and how he looked at her She d never experienced anything like it Iept feeling all the little broken pieces of my heart give themselves to you Caleb Sadie are both dangerously attracted to one another and didn t now what to do about all these new feelings Neither particularly liked emotions or commitment Sadie was the first woman who didn t want anything from Caleb She continually pushed him away but he was patient with her She made him feel something he d never felt which was vulnerable He was slowly becoming convinced she was meant to be his but Sadie isn t used to trusting or people loving her for who she is Will either be willing to put their heart on the line for love and risk it allI really enjoyed this story and love this series I ve read 24 books by Jill #Shalvis and the Heartbreaker Bay series is one of my favorites I have been so looking forward to getting Caleb s #and the Heartbreaker Bay series is one of my favorites I have been so looking forward to getting Caleb s and he didn t disappoint It was everything I wanted and A delicious billionaire with a beautiful heart Just loved it NOW AVAILABLE Playing for Keeps was a heartwarming love story where opposites attract With the help of their friends and a dog that uickly stole both of their hearts destiny seemed to be in the air I absolutely adore the Heartbreaker Bay Series and I couldn t wait to read Caleb and Sadie s story While each book can easily be read as a standalone I highly recommend starting back at the beginning You don t want to miss a moment with this group of friends and coworkers He was everything she no longer let herself want Sadie Lane opened her heart up to us from that very first chapter The relationship she had with her mother was heart wrenching and she was jaded towards men But thankfully Sadie was working hard doing something she loved She was building up her clientele as a tattoo artist but to make ends meets she also works at a spa Finances were tight and she was definitely struggling so I found myself sympathetic to her from that very first chapter Not interested said her mouth Her brain though it was telling her a different story He just grinned though it was telling her a different story He just grinned new Dammit She forced her gaze off his body and into his #EYES ONE DARK AND STORMY NIGHT #One dark and stormy night found herself helping Caleb Parker rescue a dog Caleb was someone who had been around Sadie for the last year They Spots Fun with Friends knew mutual people worked near one another but Sadie uickly labeled him Suits She didn t ever stop to think that his past wasn t just a golden spoon Or how hard he worked to get to where he was But when they both ended up rescuing a three legged dog Sadie named Lollipop everything slowly started to change He d taken Lollipop to a pet park He held her hand whenever she got scared Damn The man was dangerous to her heart and soul Which made him the very opposite of perfect I have fallen for every single male Jill Shalvis has created so of course I heart Caleb While he was in the Forbes top 100 and was labeled a billionaire he was so much than that Caleb was the mostind patient compassionate and thoughtful man ever He loved his family deeply and helped to take care of them They were such a huge part of his life And I loved watching how his sisters would meddle in his love life whoops lol But Sadie intrigued Caleb from the beginning and no matter what was thrown at them he fought for them to be together I A Kiss To Change Her Life 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 uite touching her Even though they now shared a dog Sadie still had her walls up high and was closed off As they started to spend time around each other Sadie realized she judged Caleb wrong And while she started to share herself with him it was not always easy You see she lacked faith and jumped to conclusions at times with Caleb It hurt not only them but me too Especially when she wouldn t just take a breath and listen Thankfully Caleb had the most patience ever and thankfully Sadienew how to apologize and step up her game Their road to a HEA was an emotional journey but I ept faith that it would all work out in the end When he was gone she looked at Lollipop Okay maybe I see a tiny bit of why you heart him so much But just a little bit mind you Luckily they both had help from thei. 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. .
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R friends Ivy Rocco and Spence Plus Lollipop Lollipop was so important to this story Not only did she initially bring them together but she helped them She got them to see each other in different ways She helped them grow as friends and slowly into something It didn t even matter that she was really good at interrupting them lol Lollipop added a ton of heart to this story she was the hugest star ever Just don t tell Caleb I said that Okay fine Sadie said I now what I have to do Ivy narrowed her eyes Do you really Sure Ivy shook her head You don t have a clue do you Sadie s eyes filled No she whispered You follow your heart So if you re a fan of Jill Shalvis this series or stories where a ind man an adorable dog and a women who s learning how to love and trust fill the pages then definitely pick up this book This story made me smile so much and this is completely random but I loved Sadie Playing for Keeps is book seven in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis Wow Jill did it again with this one I was in love in the first chapter Not only did I fall in love with these two main characters but also I fell head over heels in love with this little dog Mercedes Alyssa Lane otherwise nown as Sadie Lane is a struggling tattoo artist To make ends meet she also has to work at a day spa so twelve hour days are her norm She works in the Pacific Pier Building and has Neimhaim (Neimhaim, known Caleb for almost a year now They have several mutual friends Whenever they are around each other she feels that there is some sort of a charge between them so she turns it around and treats him with sarcasm anything toeep him at a distance because the last thing she needs is a man in her life especially a man who regularly wears fancy suits and drives expensive cars She s been off of men for three years now and has no interest in changing thatCaleb Parker grew up sickly and bullied But he turned it all around and now turns heads wherever he goes He can t explain the feeling he gets whenever he is around Sadie She clearly wants nothing to do with him but there is that zing between them Then on a cold rainy February San Franciscan night in the court yard of the Pacific Pier Building he sees a little dog cowering in a corner She s scared to death Sadie notices as well and between the two of them they coax the little thing out of her hiding place They both fall instantly in love with this little sweetheart that Sadie names Lollipop So the only thing to do is agree to co parent her You re not an easy woman Sadie I am a handful But that s why you have two hands The sparks fly between Caleb and Sadie and they can no longer resist them But both of these two have built up such walls around themselves that they make it nearly impossible to break through them especially Sadie Her past and the way her mother is broke my heart Caleb seemed like it was a bit easier for him to admit his feelings But his three sisters who love their little brother to pieces get involved and nearly ruin it for him I don t want to ever be the thing that holds someone back You don t hold me back You make life More what More everything So when you have two main characters that both have some past ghosts to overcome two overbearing families and a little special needs dog that wants you to hold her hand what does that all add up to A book that will steal your heart make you smile make you swoon and give you all the butterflies you can handle I want to add in here a couple of secondary characters that won my heart First Ivy who owns the taco truck at the Pacific Pier Building She was Sadie s go to person and she really did come through for her Then there was Kel Caleb s cousin He lives and work IT S ALIVE He wasn t just a billionaire in a suitWhen it comes to love I have been nown to be a little insecure at times For years I saw my hubby with rose coloured glasses To me he s handsome smart caring and sweet I thought every woman in the world would want him for their own We re so different he is sporty and doesn t read WEIRD and survives with little to no sleep Finally after 21 years of marriage the rose coloured glasses have a few smudges on them He s still bloody #awesome but he s not perfect Seeing Sadie fight her insecurities and believe in Caleb s love was something I #but he s not perfect Seeing Sadie fight her insecurities and believe in Caleb s love was something I relate to Her rose coloured glasses needed a few smudges to see him clearlysuit and allIt did not surprise me that Sadie uestioned Caleb s attraction Sadie appears a li Sometimes life circumstances andor an abused drive people apart but utterly adorable puppy with three legs can bring a two unlikely people together In Playing for Keeps Shalvis pens a strong family dynamic that intrudes aggravates and strongly supports the bonds that form between the reader and the connection to the characters In the end Playing For Keeps completely sucked me I loved the how these opposites attracted each other finding a common goal that brought them together I received this ARC copy of Playing for Keeps from Avon Books This is my honest and voluntary review Playing for Keeps is set for publication Jan 22 2019On Sale Date January 22 2019ISBN 9780062741882 0062741888Mass Market 384 pages799 USD 1099 CADFiction Romance ContemporaryOfficial Author Web 4 You Re Web 4 You re StarsWe return to Heartbreaker Bay for the seventh book in the series Playing for Keeps giving us Sadie and Caleb s story Star of the show for me and jelly that held this particular relationship sandwich together was three legged mutt Lollipop aka Poops a lotYou have your superhero armor and I have mineWe have stepped somewhat away from the original crew now and this far along in the series Jill has started giving stories to some of the characters who have been on the periphery of things Caleb as you would expect is your usual Shalvis type of Hero plenty going on up top easy on the eyes in general and an absolute sweetheart when it comes to the new dog and woman in his life He was breaking down her walls one brick at a time or so he hoped but he new he still had a long way to go Although Sadie isn t actually that new in his life they have been skirting around each other in passing for a good twelve months before connecting over a stray animal that in the end leads them into a joint custody arrangement of sorts And it doesn t take Sadie long to realize that Caleb is nothing like her preconceptions of him and he challenges a lot of the things she believes about herself in a good way as well You re a puzzle one I can t seem to solve That doesn t happen often You can t solve a womanClosing herself off from the world and life in general has been standard protocol for her over the years and the issues as to why are pretty deep deeper than you generally find with a Shalvis novel and while handled respectively I hope that the authorpublisher have the foresight to add a trigger warning at the beginning of the released book just so that readers are given the option to decide if they want to follow Sadie s particular story and the issues it covers I new the day I met you Knew whatThat I was going to fall for you and never recoverUnderstandably due to her past and ongoing familial treatment Sadie is what you would class as prickly when it comes to other human beings and the opposite sex so especially when a really nice guy shows her some interest Her first instinct at everything Caleb does is to initially treat him with suspicion and often misjudge his intentions I have to admit although the author as expected gives her readers all the information they need to understand why a character behaves they way they do Sadie was at points a difficult woman to warm tooYou don t scare meThat said I pretty much read this book in one sitting with a nap in between there are parts of the book where I was laughing so hard I had to put my Kindle down to wipe my eyes and the story line is easy to get along with in general Shalvis gives great animal and the entertainment value added from that inclusion lightened up many points of the story where darkness potentially threatened to overwhelm Another good addition to the series and a great start to my 2019 Jill Shalvis reading bingeIt s always been you And it s always going to be youARC generously provided by the author in exchange for the above honest review. 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 That all depends on what they’re each willing to ris. Favorite uotesSadie listened with half her brain the other half wandering offSometimes life really bit a girl on the ass Thankfully she had enough padding there to take the hit So she can be bribed You just fed her a fortune in fancy cuts of meats and cheeses she said Anyone could ve been bribed with that Hell I d have jumped into a stranger danger van for that She dumped me Twice Women should come with instructions What would be the point of that Sadie asked I ve never actually seen a man read any instructions He sighed It s hard to meet the good ones That s because they don t usually freuent the dives you freuent Go to Target The female to male ratio is ten to one and they re already looking for things they don t need Rocco offered his fork with a grape on it She shook her head I don t consume wine in pill form She d long ago taught herself how to take a mental step back from her family and treat them like well entertainment She was no longer part of the circus but just an audience memberMy ReviewEvery time I have finished a Jill Shalvis book I remind myself of the objective to clear my calendar and read the rest of her listings which would take a chunk of time as she has been uite the busy bee Goodreads lists thirty books to her credit I was late to this party but I have every intention be that nightmare type guest that never leaves I am greedy and want them all past current and future works I am totally enad I adore her clever wit and humorous banter as much as her insightful observations and emotive reflections Her writing is so stunningly agile she can have giggle snorting and sniffling on the same page Playing For Keeps was a heart clenching tale yet well balanced with levity swoon worthy romance and sumptuous sensuality I delight her wordplay and worship her altar of used printer cartridges US UK Playing for Keeps brings readers back to Heartbreaker Bay with Sadie Lane and Caleb Parker Sadie is struggling to make ends meet while Caleb is a successful businessman but you now what they say about opposites they attract In the case Sadie and Caleb attract a whole lot of sexual tension hidden under a bunch bickering encounters I have to say if I wasn t already a fan of this series I definitely would be now I just adored this couple and I loved seeing how all of their arguing turned into something That tension uickly turned into something very romantic even as Sadie fought against it not wanting to put her trust into someone else only to end up hurt Caleb was so swoon worthy though as he just waiting for Sadie to accept him and wouldn t let her push him away Bottom line these characters made for one brilliant story Their connection was riveting and had me unable to put this book down once I started Also we had the added bonus of an adorable puppy and you can just never go wrong with a cute puppy in a book ARC Amish Sweethearts kindly provided in exchange for an honest review Title Playing For KeepsSeries Heartbreaker Bay 7Author Jill ShalvisRelease date January 22 2019Cliffhanger noGenre contemporary romance Accidentally on Purpose was my first read in this series and Elle and Archer have remained my favorite couple since then I officially have a new leading couple because Caleb and Sadie unexpectedly swept me off my feet I adore Jill Shalvis humor in her books You can always depend on her to deliver belly laughs and chuckles galore Playing for Keeps didn t skimp on the humor but there was an added depth of emotion in this book because of Sadie s history Inow some readers said that it took them some time to warm up to her because of her standoffish attitude but that wasn t the case for me Even though it took some time to soften her sharp edges I could always identify with where she was coming from and feel for her After the previous book I was really looking forward to seeing these two characters who ve been in the background trading snark finally connect On the surface they seem to be the epitome of two opposites attracting but as we got to now them better we discover their similarities as well Sadie is a tattoopermanent makeup artist with two jobs struggling hard to make ends meet She s tattooed has brightly dyed hair and doesn t let very many people get close to her She has trust issues a mile wide especially when it very many people get close to her She has trust issues a mile wide especially when it to men Yes he was fun flirty and charming but she was highly suspicious of all those things Her idea of fun flirty and charming meant being as sarcastic as possible It d done the trick too scaring men off for yearsSarcasm is her weapon of in deterring any unwanted attention A previous boyfriend caused her to slip into old unhealthy habits and that scared her away from romantic relationships But when she faces off against Caleb he gives back every bit as good as he gets In fact not only was he charming but he seemed to be charmed by her attempts to scare him off It wasn t until a three legged dog named Lollipop came into the euation that they actually began getting to now one another better Jill Shalvis is an animal lover and it really comes through in her writing She often includes pets in her stories but this dog was almost like another main character When Caleb rescues Lollipop off the street they decide to share joint custody so to speak and become doggy parents together As much as she tried to Triple Dare (The Art of Seduction, keep her distance she was upfront and bluntly honest with him from the very beginning Which is one of her personality uirks that probably drew him in even because he has some trust issues of his own I m sorry For hanging up on you But not for the judging Dammit Maybe a little for the judging But I m not going to lie she said I m probably not done judging you I mean I ll try to work on it but it ll be a process His mouth uirked Fair enough Sadie has always been the black sheep of the family out of place and misunderstood by everyone Because of their huge difference in personalities her mother failed to understand her and was completely insensitive to her needs She didn t listen she nagged her to find a man and made her feel as if she was never good enough I couldn t stand how she treated her from the very beginning Caleb had his own family issues with his extremely overprotective sisters While their hearts were in the right place and their actions came from a place of love they often crossed boundaries they shouldn t have This causes some friction between the couple at one point but Caleb doesn t hesitate to set his family straight and make amends I absolutely loved this hero and his sensitivity in giving Sadie time to open up to him He was wonderfully patient and you could tell that he accepted every part of her even her broken pieces She s a complicated woman who doesn t easily let people past her barriers but somehow they were able to find common ground than either could have anticipated Maybe because no one cared to take the time to unravel Sadie and really listen to her before And when he needed someone to carry his burdens she stepped right up Their differences and similarities complimented each other beautifullyHis one flaw was probably being too pushy in trying to help her and not understanding her need to take care of herself At the same time when you care about someone it s understandable that you don t want them to have to struggle when there s something you can do about it With open communication and honesty between them any issues they had were resolved pretty uickly I thoroughly enjoyed this book It had everything I look for in a romance novel in one witty romantic feel good package It s one of those stories that leaves you with a warm glow of happiness after turning the last page I highly recommend this one to everyone even new readers to the series It s a must read Inew the day I met you he said Which was just under a year ago now Knew what she whispered That I was going to fall for you and never recover FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis is a 2019 Avon Publication I m always happy to return to the Heartbreaker Bay series So far each chapter in the series has been a little whimsical and maybe a bit uirky This book begins with a similar tone as the other books in the series with Sadie and Caleb adopting an adorable dog named Lollipop and becoming co pet par. If you’re planning on falling in love When it comes to the confident charismatic Caleb Parker Sadie Lane feels the spark the ind 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 .