Playing For Keeps by @JillShavis #Romance #BookReview

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, Sadie 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.


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 for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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My Review

When Sadie Lane sees the man she’s been stubbornly referring to as ‘Suits’ rescuing a scared, malnourished, three-legged dog outside her work she’s forced to reconsider her opinions. It doesn’t help, that he’s insanely handsome, nice, and her new dog’s co-parent.

Caleb Parker might have a genius mind when it comes to astral-physics and investment companies, but Sadie Lane leaves him feeling as tongue-tied as the awkward, lonely youth he once was. So why can’t he stay away?

This is a beautifully written tale of two people who have been unbearably hurt in the past, learning that maybe, with the right person at your back, you don’t have to stand alone.

Favorite Lines

The things that make me different are the things that make me . . .

Playing For Keeps- Jill Shalvis

You know that feeling when you meet someone and your heart skips a beat?”

“Yeah,” Sadie said. “It’s called arrhythmia and you can die from that shit.

Playing For Keeps- Jill Shalvis

Women should come with instructions.”

“What would be the point of that?” Sadie asked. “I’ve never actually seen a man read any instructions.”

Playing For Keeps- Jill Shalvis

Jill is a master at writing tough, alpha heroes with marshmallow hearts and heroines who are damaged but not broken.

I give Playing For Keeps 5+ lovely Kisses- Love Can Heal a Damaged Soul!

bursting with love

9 Replies to “Playing For Keeps by @JillShavis #Romance #BookReview”

  1. Wonderful review Jacquie. I love the sounds of this one, Believe it or not, I have never read a Jill Shalvis book, but it sounds like I should. I love second chance romances and love your description of alpha heroes with marshmallow hearts.

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