Playing for Keeps: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel

Playing for Keeps: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel

by Jill Shalvis


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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 yoga pants, he’s a suit. 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, Sophie 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062741851
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Series , #7
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 334,802
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Playing for Keeps: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Whilst this is book 7 in the Heartbreaker Bay series it can most certainly be read as a stand alone; this is Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane’s story. Caleb and Sadie are total opposites, in fact they have nothing in common until they both rescue an abandoned dog during a storm. Both have unique characteristics that seem to rub each other the wrong way. That is until Sadie see a more “human” and vulnerable side to Caleb that she wasn’t expecting. Both Caleb and Sadie have been burnt in the past; this story being quite an emotional read at times; my heart just about broke for Sadie. Caleb, who was bullied when he was younger, certainly made up for it as an adult becoming a man others wanted to be. The chemistry and banter between Caleb and Sadie got to me and I found myself smiling more often than not whilst reading this story. I fell hard and fast for Lollipop, the dog they rescued and decide to co-parent. Jill Shalvis writes characters that are human, that have flaws, vulnerabilities and are easy to relate too. There is always a lot of depth to her characters and Playing For Keeps is a good example of that.
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars, rounded Sadie is one of the ‘newbies’ in the Pacific Pier building, working at the spa and in the tattoo shop. Caleb – a part-time partner of Spencer who owns the whole shebang is a force to be reckoned with in his own right. But, being who she is, and more than a little closed-off and hedgehog-prickly, Sadie calls him Suits, in a not so endearing way. But one night with the rain pouring down she spots Caleb tucked in a corner, waiting patiently, looking into the shrubs. Soaking wet, speaking softly and ‘shushing’ her when she calls out to ask what he’s doing, she can hardly believe it when he coaxes out a 3 legged dog, obviously starving and maltreated, but determined to make Caleb her human. Much as Caleb gently coaxed Lollipop into his arms, he works the same magic with Sadie. He’s intrigued by her smart mouth and the shadows she sees in her eyes, but he’s also got a ton of ‘issues’ he doesn’t want to share so he does expect that when she’s ready she’ll do just that. But, he’s so perfectly patient and I’m wondering how he’s not utterly bruised – because despite her claiming to be far more mature than the angry 15 year old she once was – Sadie has a TON of growing up to do, and her ability to run first and think through things later is more than frustrating. In fact, she was running for 90% of the book – funny how it took EVERYONE else in her little group (her boss at the tattoo parlor, her friend Iris with the taco truck, and even her co-pet-parented 3 legged dog Lollipop had more sense when Caleb tripped over his own two feet, or didn’t bare his soul at the first moment. Hey -neither one of them was truly irretrievably broken, and Caleb has done more with his life than navel gaze and act petulant every time family called, but it felt like he was on an endless treadmill of tests – and it would have to take something truly special to make him take all that time. I loved him, debated on slapping her more than once, and wanted to have a dog that needs to hold hands when she goes for a car ride. I thought that perhaps this would be the book that made me think I can’t read another in this series, but nope – there was just enough alpha from Caleb (particularly with Sadie’s parents) to keep me interested in his character and heart, and when Sadie finally got it – after a serious talking to from both Iris and some rando customer mentioning his wife’s romance novel learning – they have a difficult, and not always smooth path on the way to happily ever after. I only hope that Sadie grows up enough to realize what a gem Caleb is – and I can’t help but think his sisters (also known as The Coven) will have more than a fair share of influence on that. I love this series – and while this wasn’t a favorite book in the series – there always has to be one – right? Oh – and did I mention that Caleb always thought he was allergic - like epi-pen level allergic to dogs? Yep – quite a start to a co-pet-parenting moment there. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Playing for Keeps is an outstanding addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. I DEVOURED Jill Shalvis' newest romance. Both Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane are strong, independent characters who are great as individuals and also end up being each other's perfect complement. These two had the best interactions: sweet, sexy, emotional, edgy...basically everything. I enjoyed every moment. I'm hoping for Ivy's story next. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy generously provided by the author.***
ScrapNSign 7 months ago
An enemies to lovers romance with an animal rescue, consider me sold! This book had me captivated right from the start. I'm a sucker for rescue animals, especially when seemingly cold-hearted humans open up to them. The witty banter and undeniable chemistry between Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane makes for a journey you want to go on again and again! Caleb is the focused business man, while Sadie is the laid-back one with a past she wants to keep hidden. Lollipop is the loyal rescue pup along for the ride in this romantic comedy, and you definitely don't want to miss out!
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Shelley Murray 10 months ago
Rating: 3.5 stars 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 You, will be about her - which I am so there for!
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This story was so freaking adorable and fun. Sadie and Caleb's banter was priceless. Throw a cute dog and fun antics into the mix and it was pretty perfect. Playing for Keeps was an entertaining read that was heartfelt and real, from the sweet to the heat I was all in! Sadie and Caleb totally did it for me. I loved learning their histories and seeing their interactions. They were like fire and ice and I loved their playful bickering, it was so fun! There were just so many fun scenes happening as everything unfolded, I couldn't get enough. They both have issues they're working through and I love how the author delved into those and shared something serious in a very understanding way. The writing was pure Jill Shalvis and it was awesome. She's got an inviting way of telling a story that really gets you invested into the characters lives, making you want to be friends with them. There were wonderful descriptions and a great build as everything unfolded. It’s was a great read with the perfect amount of emotion, tension and mild drama mixed in. This was a super fun read that made for a fantastic addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series! I highly recommend it. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Sadie and Caleb’s story in Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis, book seven in her Heartbreaker Bay series. Caleb Parker is a wealthy successful entrepreneur who is very close to his sisters, who all work with him. The Parker family is loyal and protective of each other. Sadie Lane is working two jobs, tattoo artist and in a spa, in order to make ends meet. She appears tough, always needing to have the last, often sarcastic response, as she does not care to open herself to a chance of again getting hurt. She is private, keeping her past to herself, and unlike Caleb, is not close to her family. One stormy, rainy night, Caleb encounters an abandoned three legged dog, trying to catch it. Sadie, who knows Caleb as a businessman who she calls “Suits”, tries to help him with capturing the dog. Together they rescue the dog and decide they both want to keep the dog Lollipop, as Sadie named her. Sadie and Caleb decide co-owning the dog is best, forcing them to work together, and learn how to ask someone else for help. Caleb was an asthmatic and scrawny youngster, often the victim of bullies. One day he met a dojo who helped him learn to protect himself and save his life. As Caleb made his mark in the world he made sure his sisters and mom had all they needed, money-wise, and helped others, like his old dojo, in dire straits. Sadie was a round peg in a family of square holes; she did not fit. Misunderstood by her family she suffered from their over the top concern with her and her differences; losing much of her freedom and confidence. It was not surprising that she wouldn’t let people get close to her. Caleb wanted to help her, take care of her but knew she would resent any interference in her life. On paper Caleb and Sadie were opposites, him rich and she struggling, but they both loved that dog to pieces. As they spent time together, getting to know each other, their attraction grew and became steamy. I loved that Caleb was the first to truly see Sadie, through her walls, through her armor, and started understanding her. Saying that, Caleb and Sadie are experts as sabotaging any relationship they’ve been in and this one has its moments; especially when a major misunderstanding occurs causing trust issues. Like the other residents in Cow Hollow, I was cheering on these two toward a happy ending. Ms. Shalvis wrote a wonderfully sexy, emotional and heartwarming story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with amusing and sexy banter, out loud laughs, sarcasm, and endearing characters not only giving Sadie and Caleb a chance at having a solid, loving future together but also a wonderful network of supportive friends. This book is totally in Jill Shalvis’ voice; I could hear her voice and many of her funny tales as I read this book. I highly recommend Playing for Keeps to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
This book had me snort-laughing at the most inappropriate times – much like all the books I’ve read by Ms. Shalvis. I didn’t think it could happen however Caleb Parker may be shouldering Sawyer Thompson (from a previous JS book) out of the way for the number one position in my heart. Maybe it will end up being a tie! About the story: Caleb and Sadie Lane do a magnificent dance around each other, with all the Shalvis trademark snark and humor. Both of these characters have heart and depth…even though sometimes it is hard to find in Sadie – or even Caleb for that matter. Caleb rescues and they both adopt a little lost dog…and Sadie names him Lollipop. The dog, too, is hilarious, a big goof, and full of love to give. I enjoyed reading about Caleb’s younger years and at times, my heart broke for him. He had the love of his family, though, even if they drive him crazy (in present day). Too funny. Sadie’s family is, well, it’s hard to explain. Her journey and story will make you want to hug her, hopefully without her slapping you silly.
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
I love the Heartbreaker Bay series but have to admit I didn’t feel as invested in Sadie and Caleb’s relationship as much as I have with the previous couples. Which has really baffled me because I was so excited for them to get together especially because of their flirtatious animosity towards each other. However, the tension was short lived and the progression of the rendezvous’s between Sadie and Caleb were sweet, tender and happened naturally. They seemed to fall into an easy pattern as if they had been together years rather than days. Perhaps it was the lack of angst that affected my investment, which if that is the case I am worried I am turning into a cynical and bitter single woman LOL. I will say the real star of Playing for Keeps was the three-legged bundle of cute named Lollipop Sadie and Caleb both fall hard and fast for each other but their main adversary to happily ever after is their own emotional barriers. While Caleb has a few hiccups due to his economic status and the interference of his 4 sisters; it is Sadie who carries the greatest baggage and unfortunately the luggage she carries causes her to self-sabotage even when she really doesn’t want to. Deep-seated scars created in her formative years still weigh heavy on her psyche especially as Sadie feels as if she doesn’t fit anywhere while trying to carve out her own niche. Although it is staring her in the face in the shape of one hot billionaire Sadie has to learn to let go of the past she has buried herself under in order to embrace the beautiful future ahead of her – dog and man included
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for a fair review. Playing For Keeps by Jill Shalvis is the 7th book in her delightful Heartbreaker Bay Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I have enjoyed reading this series and do recommend reading all of the books. Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane have been circling each other for a while now as they have a number of friends in common. Sadie however has sworn off men and relationships altogether for 3 years now and Caleb doesn’t do emotions. In a classic opposites attract story they are forced to spend time in each others company when they rescue a dog together and decide to share custody. Caleb, high powered businessman in suits and Sadie yoga pants wearing tattoo artist discover that perhaps they have more in common than they had assumed and the sparks are hot. Fun read. Publishing Date January 22, 2019. Medium Steam. #PlayingForKeeps #JillShalvis #EdleweissPlus #AvonBooks #HeartbreakerBay
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Playing for Keeps is the 7th in the Heartbreaker Bay series. As always, Ms Shalvis doesn't disappoint. Ms Shalvis is able to tug at the hearts of her readers, making you laugh at her wit, cry at her touching and heartwarming scenes. With the addition of a 3 legged dog, it just doesn't get any better than this. I would definitely recommend this novel and this series to any reader who loves reading romance.
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Janeen More than 1 year ago
HomeMy Books Browse ▾ Community ▾ C.J. Butcher's Reviews > Playing for Keeps Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay, #7) by Jill Shalvis (Goodreads Author) 18595719 C.J. Butcher's review Jan 29, 2019 · edit it was amazing Sadie Lane was one of the most heartbreaking characters that Jill Shalvis has ever written about which is fitting for this to be a Heartbreakers Bay Novel. Cutting is something that is psychologically misunderstood by people all the time. Some people feel that it's just a way manipulation but most of the time it's a way to let out pain and anger about a situation. Sadie's family instead of getting her help, they get her the wrong type of help which just reinforces that she can't trust people and causes the cutting to increase. The way that Jill Shalvis handled the issue was well done and handled as if she knew someone who had gone threw it. I'm glad I got to read it ahead of time because I had a client going through something similar at the time and this was a good book to recommend. Caleb knows he can't rush into anything with Sadie because he senses what she's been through, so he takes it as slow as he needs too. His motto is "one step at time" and he manages to slowly sneak past her defenses but he always feels like he's takes two steps forward and twelve paces back. I love that Jill always puts animals/dogs in her books because I believe in the healing power of animal therapy. I work in Psychology and bring my puppy (cocker spaniel) to work every day and it's an absolute surprise everytime to see the change in people when a child talks for the first time, the breakthrough of a relationship that was over, and an autistic child that plays with abandon. It's real and unfiltered. The way that Lollipop comes into Sadie and Caleb's lives and brought them together was priceless and the first step to opening their hearts for something more. Sadie had to look beneath the surface of Caleb and see the heart and Caleb had to do the same. I loved that this dog wasn't perfect but in the imperfection was beauty and soon became the spoiled. If you're looking for lighthearted silliness for an afternoon-this isn't it. This was raw, unfiltered and real-life, but beautiful. I would recommend to everyone. Pictured above is Grace our therapy/ESA we use at our office and she is amazing!!!
gillek2 More than 1 year ago
Sadie’s true calling is her career as a tattoo artist however she needs to work two jobs just to pay her bills. She is independent and she comes across as brash and sarcastic, but underneath is a woman who is vulnerable and afraid to allow anyone too close. Caleb is a sexy successful businessman who bears no resemblance to the boy he once was. He has been focused on his career and everything including woman come second to that. Caleb and Sadie know each other through mutual friends however they are far from friendly. She uses her sarcasm as her shield, and he can feel her judgment even if she never says a word. Their relationship with each other is about to change when they both come across a stray dog who melts their hearts and they decide to share her. Neither was looking for love or a relationship but as they spend time together the sparks fly. Will they be able to overcome the scars of their pasts so that they can have a future together? This is a sweet and sexy romance that will pull at your heartstrings and is a great addition to this series.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest that this book took me a little bit to get into but once I got into the story I was hooked. Jill does a great job of creating well developed characters that make a story you want to keep on reading to find out what happens to them in the end. In addition to the well developed characters she also does a great job of adding humor to the story so that it isn't just a boring romance story that puts you to sleep. For instance the humor between Sadie, Caleb and their adopted dog Lollipop just made me giggle out loud a number of times and had my dog Oliver staring at me. Lastly, I really think this is Jill's best story yet. This story does not only have the romance, humor, family aspect and cute animals but also has the struggle of a woman trying to open heart to an attractive successful business man. Not just because of the normal stuff but because of serious things that happened during her teenage years. Mrs. Shalvis tackled the issue with facts and details which will make this story feel real and relatable to readers. I can't wait to read more in this series from her. I recommend this book to anyone that reads fiction, romance and comedy.
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"Playing for Keeps" is written by Jill Shalvis, and it is the 7th book in her Heartbreaker Bay series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane. This was a wonderful story to read! Caleb and Sadie have ran in the same circles for some time now, but they always rubbed each other the wrong way even though there has always been that attraction. However, once they both co-rescue an adorable 3-legged dog named Lollipop, they can no longer deny their feelings for one another. Caleb and Sadie are confident and strong-willed. They're opposites. Sadie is a tattoo artist, and Caleb is a very successful mogul. Sadie is having trouble making ends meet, and she doesn't really want people to know or to help out. She has pride. So even though Sadie co-owns Lollipop with Caleb, she does want to split the cost of helping raise Lollipop (i.e. vet bills, food, etc.), and doesn't want Caleb to pay for everything. This becomes an issue when they start dating. With Caleb being wealthy and successful, his sisters vet through who he dates with or without his permission. What happens when Sadie finds out about this? Will they be able to work things out? Will Caleb be able to break past the wall Sadie has built around her heart? One thing I really enjoyed about this story was even though both Caleb and Sadie are strong-willed characters, they both had vulnerability. There were things in their past that made them weary and guarded, but they learned to open up to one another and depend on each other when things got difficult. I enjoyed seeing their friendship grow into something more. Once again, Jill Shalvis hit it out of the ballpark with "Playing for Keeps"! She can do no wrong in my book! Looking forward to the next installment in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Sadie and Caleb's story.
Lala_books More than 1 year ago
Playing for Keeps is the seventh book in Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series but it can be read as a standalone. Never has a Jill Shalvis book disappointed me, but this one is absolutely a new favorit! I loved Sadie and Caleb together. I am not a tattoo-fan myself, but the goal of Sadie's job, to help other people hide scars, got to me. There is so much story behind it. And that we got to know in the book. But I am big fan of love-and-hate stories. And this is a great one of those kinds. Add a dog (a three legged puppy) and I got my perfect recipe for a book. Especially when the hero holds hands with that dog every time when she is afraid in the car. Of course Sadie and Lollipop (the puppy) could not resist him, I could not either. After all their past Caleb has become a successful businessman, but feels some restlessness, Sadie has had a long way behind her but after all she starts to accept herself, her scars, her past – but it is not that easy to accept love, too. Fortunately Caleb is there to help her, to persuade her to believe in love and he is there to catch her when she finally falls. I could not put the book down, just like every time with this series. Love all the characters and I am always happy to meet the others from the previous books. I am looking forward to Ivy's story because I really hope her story is also coming soon. Are you new to Jill Shalvis and her books? Do not hesitate, run and read this one, you won't be dissappointed. Have you read some (all) of her books? In that case I don't need to say much: go, you will love Playing for Keeps.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
So happy to be back at Heartbreaker Bay, with its love-wish-granting fountain, Tina's heavenly muffins, and Jill Shalvis's LOL-inducing banter :) As a bonus, this time we get a three-legged dog, too--Lollipop, who pretty much steals each and every scene that she's in, and picturing Caleb carrying or holding her with any of her shiny patent leather Hello Kitty accoutrements is pretty fatal to the reader's womanly parts, so... (a brief pause, remembering...) Anyway. Like most romance heroes and heroines, Caleb and Sadie have all kinds of baggage in their backstories that are keeping them from wanting to/being able to have romantic entanglements, and as often happens their families play into their problems, both past and present. Ms. Shalvis does her best to give them doozies! Caleb grew up as an asthmatic geeky boy in a family of women, and now tries to take care of his mother and sisters (who apparently mis-read the memo and still think they know better than he does what's good for him--though to be fair, he does seem to have a problem feeding himself, so...) Taking care of people has become a major thing for him, a trait which we (and Sadie) soon find out extends beyond his family, Lollipop, and Sadie. Honestly, the guy's almost too perfect--sweet, thoughtful, brilliant, rich, gorgeous, and ripped--I guess his flaw is...he can't cook? And he made two questionable tattoo choices? Sadie's always felt like the odd one out in her family, which lead to her cutting herself when her life careened out of control. When her family figured out what she was doing, that led to even worse things happening, and now her mother *still* hides sharp objects when she comes over, which obviously is overkill and a half. Just when I got aggravated with Sadie for her (frequently) fairly irrational behavior, a scene would pop up with her mother in it and make it all seem more plausible. It did feel like Sadie had to be talked down from her crazy perch a bit more than should have been necessary (a little more character growth, maybe?) but still, talked down she was, and I'm going to believe that she'll completely get over her over-reactive tendencies in her post-book life. (Because in a continuing series, characters do this, yes? Have post-book lives? Just smile and nod, people. Give me this one. ;)) Neither Caleb nor Sadie were super-connected to the original core series characters, so if you're new to the series this would be an okay place to start without feeling like you've missed something major. The roles that characters from past books play here is pretty small, but those tiny glimpses into post-book life are just what series fans live for, and the ones Ms. Shalvis gives us here will not disappoint. So ready for book #8! :) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Super cute and heartwarming! We've seen them circling each other for awhile now, and in this latest installment of Heartbreaker Bay, Sadie & Caleb finally get up close and personal! Rescuing a dog together makes for an adorable story line and with the past each of them bring to the table, we have a lot of drama to sift through as they work their way towards happily-ever-after. Really enjoyed their story! Sadie Lane has always considered herself a disaster waiting to happen. She never feels like she measures up, so she puts a strong defense up around her heart. She comes off as brash and bold ... when inside, she's always waiting for the next disappointment. She's played hard ball over the attraction she feels for the last year, but rescuing a dog in the middle of a storm with Suits has her defenses weakening. Caleb Parker AKA Suits has worked hard to create the life he currently has, but he too has a past he'd love to outrun. When circumstance puts him in close contact with the woman he's been eyeing for months, he decides to use it to his advantage and try to get under her skin. Co-parenting this adorable dog just might be the best thing that ever happened to their non-relationship!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Playing for Keeps” by Jill Shalvis, Avon Books, January 22.2019 Jill Shalvis, Author of “Playing for Keeps” has written a delightful romantic and entertaining story. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction and Romance. The time-line for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in this story. The author describes her characters as dysfunctional, complex and complicated. What could be better than a storyline about girl meets boy, or boy meets girl and both meet dog? Tattoo-Artist Sadie Lane sees handsome, charismatic and successful Caleb Parker bending over something and talking quietly. Of course, for all of the animal lovers, it is scared dog. Both of them coax it out, and they decide to keep it. Actually just being acquaintances, they decide to co-parent and share the dog. After taking the dog to the vet, Caleb makes sure that the dog has everything she needs to be comfortable. They do send each other proof of life pictures of the dog when it is each one’s turn to have her. Both Sadie and Caleb, have their own secretive pasts. Sadie is barely making ends meet, and has the pressure of her sister’s wedding. Caleb does have support from his sisters who tend to investigate any girl he is seeing for his protection. Caleb comes from a hard background as well, and underneath his hard shell is a kind and giving guy. To protect herself from and emotional pain, Sadie plays hard to get, and has a hard shell as well. I appreciate that the author discusses handicapped pets, emotional problems, family, friendship, communication, love, and hope. I would recommend this enjoyable novel for readers who enjoy this genre. Happy Reading!
LMDH98 More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis is a wonderful storyteller. If you have never read one of her books try one, you will not be disappointed. Her books are contemporary stories that are easy reads with realistic characters and perfect comedic timing. She is the master at creating all the feels. You truly can't stop reading once you pick it up. I have been waiting for Caleb's story since I read Spencer's story and Jill Shalvis did not disappoint me. Who cannot love a three legged dog that chose her humans? Lollipop, from the first, saw through Caleb's suits into the man underneath the armor, she knew that he was her human. Sadie took one look at Lollipop and fell in love she took a little longer to see through Caleb's perfect grooming to the man underneath. Sadie and Caleb were drawn to each other even as Sadie protested. Through sharing Lollipop they were able to finally see each other. Lollipop and Sadie were two of a kind both weary of letting new people in and both had shadowed eyes hinting at the adversity they had faced in their lives. Caleb broke down Sadie's walls through Lollipop with a ton of patience and love. My favorite part had to be when Sadie found out that Caleb holds Lollipops paw while driving to calm her. Who could not fall in love with a man like that. Caleb and Sadie were made for each other and once they made it through all of their miscommunication they found their perfectly imperfect love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Hot Winter Nights I knew I wanted Sadie and "Suits" story. I enjoyed their story a lot. I appreciate that miscommunication was a big part of their conflict, but that they both worked on overcoming it. It's a nice change from miscommunication issues that cause conflict and are never addressed.