Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis (Book Review)

Playing for Keeps



Playing for Keeps
Heartbreaker Bay #7

5 out of 5 stars

Emotionally gripping and heart-poundingly realistic, Playing for Keeps, is the seventh book in author Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series, and it is a must read for contemporary romance fans. It’s powerful and uplifting, and it feels profoundly personal to the characters involved in it.

Caleb is a smart, wealthy businessman who makes his living knowing what to do and when to do it, but he doesn’t quite know what to make of a cautious, guarded woman like Sadie. Not at first, at least. And Sadie? She isn’t at all sure she wants anything to do with Caleb…until the night he melts her heart by showing her a little piece of his.

With themes of family, faith, hope, love, and physical and mental health, this book takes its readers on an adventure through the minds and hearts of its characters. Filled with fun, sass, heart, emotion, and romance, this is a story that not only stays with you, but makes you question the power of the past, the influence of family, and the strength and courage it takes to overcome our greatest fears and admit our greatest weaknesses.

A brilliant and beautiful read. Absolutely loved it!

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Author: Jill Shalvis

Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7

Imprint: Avon Books

Genre: Romance | Contemporary

Publication: Jan. 22, 2019

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 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.

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About Jill Shavis

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

Connect with Jill


Facebook: @JillShalvis

Twitter: @JillShalvis





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Deanna | OkieDreams

Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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