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Playing for Keeps (A Pillow Talk Novel Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Perry
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Book Description

Over 5 million readers have already fallen head over heels for Kate's novels. Slip this one under your pillow...

A Pillow Talk Novel

Since her mother's death more than fifteen years before, Grace Connors has been the matriarch of her family. She's put her own dreams on hold to raise her younger sisters and keep her ex-marine father in line.

So when her sister Nell decides to get married, it's on Grace to make it a wedding their mother would have been proud of. It can't be hard to organize a party, right?

But then everything falls apart, including her budding romance with her sexy best friend Pete. Caught in the crossfire with the enemy at her back, will Grace be able to fix it all before she becomes a casualty of love?

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Product Details

  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Rising Enterprises, Inc (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089H8AQ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Engagement June 20, 2012
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This is the second book I've read by author Kate Perry, and I'm just as impressed with this novel as I was with Return to You. Perry's strengths lie in her ability to tell a story and fantastic dialog. Storywise, the plot is believable without being predictable, which is what makes the story good- the characters are real people in real situations, allowing the reader to become immersed in the story. As for dialog, this is where the author's remarkable talent shines- it's more like eavesdropping on intimate conversations rather than reading words on a page. I'm happy to say that Kate Perry is now on my "must read" list. Excellent.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had Potential But Tanked October 28, 2012
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I'm going to approach this from a 'Pro and Con' angle.

Reasons to like this book:
1) George the dog...and Pete was okay

Reasons I did not enjoy this book:
1) Gracie (main character) is a doormat with a martyr complex
2) Gracie's family is selfish and irritating
3) Very slow beginning
4) Nell (extremely selfish middle sister)
5) The ex Marine father is portrayed as an offensive stereotype, e.g.- non communicative except when angry...which seems like most of the time
6) The story reads like a 16 year old's idea of what 'grown up life' is like
7) Riley (milquetoast fiance of Nell)
8) Gracie's trampy best friend, Celeste
9) Gracie's tramp-in-training little sister, Chloe
10) The story amps up about the same time Gracie starts wearing pants "...with a lot of pockets on the sides" and tank tops with no bra. Unfortunately, from then on we are 'treated' to an unnecessary amount of sex scenes and descriptions of the state of Gracie's nipples. This made me long for the slow beginning
11) The use of the term 'hooked up' - spare me, PLEASE
12) Again, Nell
13) Pot smoking, 'vegetarian' future in-laws who sleep in the backyard and steal pork products (Ummm, yeah...they have the munchies so of course they're gonna swipe your food)
14) Wendall - another Marine stereotype, e.g.- dumb as a box of rocks
15) Once more...Nell
16) When Gracie isn't having sex she's thinking about it...which gives us yet another opportunity to hear about her nipples, just in case we've forgotten she has them
17) The Big Misunderstanding - which actually wasn't very big...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had a hard time finishing book August 21, 2012
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I have read Kate Perry before and loved her books. This book I had a harder time enjoying. I had to force myself to keep reading. The entire book is written in the 3rd person from the main character's Grace POV. The plot was a fairly good plot but I found the dialouge extremely boring. For a good part of the first half of the book you are just going through day to day of Grace's life. Her mother passed away and she has basically raised her family including her dad. The middle sister Nell is getting married and now expects Grace to plan the wedding. Nell is a very unlikable character, one of the most selfish ones I have read in a long time. The whole family basically uses Grace as their doormat. I have read similar stories like this before but this was jut flat out boring.

There was a little love interest with Grace's best friend Pete, and even that she put her family first and wanted to hide their relationship. Towards the last 30% of the book I finally started to enjoy it. The ending was pretty good and I am glad I finished it but I can't give a great recommendation. I certainly will read a Kate Perry book again but not this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional Much? December 8, 2012
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The main character and her family bugged me to no end because her family was selfish and she was a EFFING PUSHOVER, I HATE PUSHOVERS! This made me feel angry by the end and I damn near tossed my computer across the room....UGH!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars She's a doormat covered in mud and dog poo April 20, 2013
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I love the Laurel Heights series by this author so I decided to give another of her books a read. Completely disappointed. Our main character, Grace, spends 95% of the book being a doormat. She has no back bone Her sister, Nell, was so annoying I was hoping the dog would eat her and put me out of my misery. How anyone would want to marry that after she acts the way she acts is beyond me. The last half chapter was the only good part about it. Pete, who's incredible, was only in it for what felt like 10 pages. The other (again, what felt like) 500 pages were Grace getting walked all over and Nell throwing a temper tantrum any 3 year old would be proud of. I had to make myself finish the story.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable! Love Kate Perry! September 6, 2012
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As with all of Kate Perrys books that I've read so far, this one is an adorable, steamy, dreamy live story. I downloaded it because it was free but it's even worth the $3 too! Download, read & enjoy! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is Ms. Perry's worst novel yet. The main character is spineless doormat with a serious martyr complex and her family members are quite possibly the most selfish and unbelievably inconsiderate people. I think far too many comments for this book are misleading so I felt the need to post this review to back up everything DeeDee Brown said. She absolutely hit the nail on the head with this book.

With all that said, I do generally like Ms. Perry's books and have read all of the Laurel Heights/Summerhill books. It was because I loved those books that I decided to try this one. For what it's worth, I also read Playing Doctor, which I thought was not up to par with her other books, but I was able to finish it. I made it about two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through Playing for Keeps and cannot bring myself to continue reading. It is absolutely terrible.
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Kate has tangoed at midnight with a man in blue furry chaps, dueled with flaming swords in the desert, and strutted on bar tops across the world and back. She's been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, had her butt pinched in Florence, and been serenaded in New Orleans. But she found Happy Ever After in San Francisco with her Magic Man.

Kate's the bestselling author of the Laurel Heights Novels and Summerhill series, plus a few other books thrown in. She's been translated into several languages and is quite proud to say she's big in Slovenia. All her books are about strong, independent women who just want love.

Most days, you can find Kate in her favorite café, working on her latest novel. Sometimes she's wearing a tutu. She may or may not have a jeweled dagger strapped to her thigh...

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