Review: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Kendall Ryan

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Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan
Series: Hot Jocks, book 1
Genre: friends-to-lovers, sports romance
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Rating: ★★★★✰

Playing for Keeps is a charming, funny, and steamy hockey romance and just an outright entertaining read!

Justin and Elise are absolutely adorable. Their chemistry together was evident from the very beginning of the book and transformed into a passionate and forbidden romance that neither one was expecting. Even though the plot was somewhat predictable with the ‘off limits’ aspect of their relationship and Justin’s manwhore-ish behaviors of a typical hockey star, I still found the story to be very satisfying. The book does have its moments of drama and heartache woven into the storyline, which I think benefits the overall outcome and connects the readers more emotionally with the characters.

Playing for Keeps is sweet and exciting, topped off with perfectly placed comedic elements that makes this story a fun reading experience. Kendall Ryan scored with this swoony friends-to-lovers romance, and the next book in the series will no doubt be just as enjoyable!

4 Stars!


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I’ve never been so stupid in my entire life.

Elise Parrish, my teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get the memo.

After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.

She thinks I don’t remember that night – but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips….

And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.

That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.

Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in an all new stand-alone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!

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