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About the Author
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
- ASIN : B07JQMFNKH
- Publication date : August 13, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1326 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 390 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Elise and Justin had the banter thing down born from a long friendship, and I couldn’t get enough of their witty, easy relationship. Elise has buried her long-held feelings for Justin, and he’s done the same, hiding them behind a playboy pro athlete persona. But Justin had reached the point in his life where he was looking for something more meaningful, something real, and he found that something in Elise. Once the chemistry between them started simmering, their attraction couldn’t be denied. The relationship build-up was seriously sweet, and I was rooting for this couple the whole way through. But they did have their challenges to overcome in the form of Elise’s big brother, Owen, as well as Justin’s relationship hang-ups. This couple had a solid foundation of friendship to fall back on, though, and because of that they were effortlessly playful, overwhelmingly passionate and so naturally paired.
Playing for Keeps was a fabulous start to an exciting and promising new hockey-themed sports romance series from Kendall Ryan. Full of heart-tugging emotion, Elise and Justin’s irresistibly sexy, forbidden romance pulled me in from page one, and I devoured it in a day. Kendall Ryan’s Playing for Keeps gets 5 smooches from me!
Justin: A jock who considers himself unlovable and incapable of loving someone else. He’s also dipped his stick into many holes. ;)
Elise: Justin's best friend’s little sister and strictly off-limits. Oh, and she is a virgin.
After a night of drinking, Elise and Justin have sex. They agreed to a FWB relationship with 3 basic rules. 1.) No falling in love. 2.) Any feelings other than friendship emerge and the horizontal fun times are over. 3.) Owen (Elise’s brother) can’t find out.
Justin dumps Else cause he has fallen for her and doesn’t think he’s good enough for her. He thinks he will eventually break her heart.
Elise tells Justin he is a good man. Boom, they are back together.
At first, Owen is upset about their relationship status but eventually embraces them as a couple.
See, nothing really new.
Her brother's best friend was a big part of her life growing up. She crushed on him hard. Now they are all grown up. One drunken night leaves them falling into bed together. But the next morning she is freaking out. She is all about avoiding him from now on since he seems to be unable to remember their night together. Her long time crush just crushed her.
Justin has his own secret. He is not supposed to feel anything toward his best friend's sister except some sisterly love. His feelings are anything but. He's so tired of the one-night-only puck bunnies. It's time to get what he wants.
Maybe they can both have a little of what they want...a no strings arrangement with an incredible connection that they can't resist. They'll just break it off if either catches feelings.
Justin is open and honest. I loved that about him. He did not hold back when it came to his attraction for Elise. Their relationship grew from no strings to so much more. The connection they shared was nothing they could walk away from. Justin delivers on the swoon and the romance. You will be totally smitten. The banter between them was filled with some laugh-out-loud moments.
A sweet and sexy story with great characters that had depth. You are going to love it!
For as much as I love Justin and Elise, I also loved Owen, Becca, Teddy and Sara. All of them were a great group of friends and teammates and it was great to meet all of them in this book. Justin and Elise were perfect for each other and I was so happy that Justin realized his feelings off Elise was more than just sex and that he really loved having her as his friend too and missed that just as much when he would be away from her because of hockey.
I am so excited for the next two books in this series. I couldn’t put this one down and I know that will be the same with the next books.
Top reviews from other countries
I absolutely love Justin & Elise 😍 talk about match made in heaven 🥰
I felt so bad for Justin, you’d think he was a typical playboy hockey star but the dude genuinely didn’t think he was or could be loved so naturally he didn’t think he could love, I hate when the lads sleep around and stuff and then it’s like oh they fall in love and the lass is okay with their past behaviour like this is the dude she’s always crushed on and she’s had to listen and witness his indiscretions but damn I don’t blame him tbh feeling the way he did 🙈
I can’t believe he let her think he didn’t remember though 🤦🏼♀️ and I loved that he thought he could just sleep with her without falling for her 😏 same as her like girl there was no way you weren’t falling even more, their chemistry was ridiculously hot 🔥
I was texting my friend like I hate Owen and these guys are putting me off the other books been such whore bags 😂 did I go on to read Owen’s book? Of course I did 😏 because I’m obviously a sucker for hating playboy men but loving when they get smacked in the face with love 🤷🏼♀️
Teddy & Sara we’re giving me sexual tension kinda vibes in this book.
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦’𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵? 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥, 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘰-𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯? - can’t beat a lil bromance and it would be pot calling the kettle black after his own book 😜
𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐣𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 😂
Elise has been around the hockey world for most of her life. Her brother Owen is also a professional ice hockey player and Justin is his best friend on the same team. She is fully aware of Justin's reputation with the ladies. But she has always loved him from childhood and now she wants him and to have him notice her as an adult.
Then the night of their championship win party, both Justin and Elise become intoxicated and end up in his bed. And although they have a memorable night Justin pleads amnesia. In fact when he sees the expression on Elise's face the next morning, he pretends he was so drunk he could no remember what happened and what they did. Is this true? Does she believe him?
Well, if you want to know you will have to read this intriguing book and find out.
Truly dull. I do wonder if it were aimed at teenagers rather than adults.