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Review: Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks #1) by Kendall Ryan

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Hot Jocks, Book 1

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: August 13th

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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“When she’s beside me, all my nerve endings light up with a feeling I can’t explain. I feel alive. Raw. On edge.”

“It’s never been about winning with her, and I’m not playing a game. All I need is one more shot at redemption, and I’m determined to get it.”

“He kisses like he plays hockey–with complete confidence and laser focus.”

Playing for Keeps is the first book in the all new exciting Hot Jocks Series from author Kendall Ryan. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but on these hot summer days, there is nothing better than curling up with a sexy sports romance and Kendall Ryan more than delivers.

Playing for Keeps brings together a few of my favorite tropes and wraps it all together in one fantastic package. So, if you’re a fan of friends to lovers/best friends little sister, then this is the book for you. Playing for Keeps grabbed my attention from the very beginning. From the moment Elise and Justin were introduced, you could just feel the chemistry oozing off of the pages. You see, Elise is Justin’s best friends’ little sister, and that puts her totally off-limits. No matter how much Justin keeps telling himself that, his brain just can’t seem to get the memo. Elise and Justin end up spending an amazing night together, and when morning comes, neither one of them is prepared to face what happens. She thinks he forgot about their special night and he’s letting fear dictate his actions. Will Justin wake up and fight for the woman he never knew he needed? There’s only one way to find out….

Playing for Keeps is a fantastic second chance sports romance. From a fun and entertaining story-line, to excellent chemistry and banter that keeps you glued to the pages; this book had it all. I fell in love with Justin and Elise from their very first encounter. They made me laugh and had me swooning like it was nobody’s business. It had just the right amount of sexiness and drama to keep me on my toes. My stomach was filled with butterlfies and I just couldn’t wait to see just how their story would play out.

If you’re looking for a second chance romance that has some fantastic hockey, a sexy hero and a female lead with a heart of gold, than look no further, Playing for Keeps is just the book you’ve been waiting for.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

About Kendall Ryan


A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
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 USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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