Playing for Keeps

· Hot Jocks Book 1 · Kendall Ryan
175 reviews

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My teammate's incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn't get that memo.

After our team won the championship, and plenty of alcohol, our flirting turned physical and I took her to bed.

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. Which has been futile, because 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 this series of stand-alone novels. 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! 

175 reviews
Emma Davies
August 13, 2019
Playing for Keeps is an adorable tale of a player meets true love and how it turns his whole world upside down and the right way up 😉 Justin is an amazingly talented hockey player and a PLAYER, all his good looks and fame have sent him on a douche-making path. At the core of his antics is something far more emotional and heart-wrenching stemming from being used as a pawn between his parents and lacking the loving care he should have received as a child. That being said, it doesn’t make his mutt tendencies more acceptable. However, Justin gets a serious wake-up call while not at all in his plans it does alter his outlook and hopes for the future. Elise is a wonderful compassionate person who has a high tolerance for stupidity; which comes in handy with her brother and his friends. Who despite being adults and professional sportsmen are unbelievably immature in their downtime. One such friend is Justin, her brothers BEST friend, and roommate; her brothers oldest friend and also the man of her dreams. Elise has had a major crush on Justin from adolescence but has consoled herself with his friendship. All that alters with one drunken encounter between the pair and a whole lot of errors in the ensuing morning after. As Justin and Elsie navigate the path to their future, Kendall provides a fascinating insight into the other members of the Hot Jocks as well as Elise’s bestie Becca. It is going to be one heck of a series with each of the peripheral characters getting their turn in the spotlight, believe me, they have A LOT of emotional growth to do!!! If Justin is anything to go by the transformation will be spectacular and highly swoon-worthy.
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Heather Fueger
August 13, 2019
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** When you put two of my favorite things together, Kendall Ryan and sports romance, you have a winning combination! Elise Parrish and Justin Brady grew up together and while she is five years younger, that never stopped her from noticing the hunky hockey player. Elise's older brother, Owen, is Justin's best friend and they both play for the same professional hockey team. Elise is a preschool teacher who is very much off-limits to the sexy Justin. When an alcohol fueled evening finds Elise and Justin in bed together, the sparks are instantaneous! While the two vow that it will be limited to just one night, not only because of Owen, but also because Justin doesn't want to be in a relationship, it proves to be harder than expected. The two can't keep their hands off one another! As things progress, Justin has to figure out how to deal with Owen and prove that he is worthy of being with his best friend's little sister. Can he make that happen and make Elise's wish to have him for herself come true? This was a sweet, forbidden romance that will appeal to those who love hockey, a sexy hero and a sweet heroine! I loved it!
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Jennifer Croom
August 13, 2019
Let me start by saying I love sports romance, especially hockey! When I found out one of my favorite authors was doing a hockey series, I immediately asked, "Where do I sign up?!?" I mean, the queen of hot, spicy romance, writing about HOT hockey players? I can't imagine anything better than that! Oh boy, as much as I was looking forward to this book, I totally underestimated how much I was going to enjoy it! Book 1 in the Hot Jocks Series has totally got me hooked! Elise and Justin grew up together. Justin is not only her older brother's best friend and team mate, but one of her best friends too. Elise has had a crush on Justin since school, but she doesn't think he would ever think of her as anything other than a friend. Until one drunken night, things take a turn. When friendship changes to something different, life turns into a minefield, that has to be carefully navigated to come out on the other side in one piece. Elise and Justin are so cute together! Despite Justin's hangups (don't all guys have those, though?), there is an amazing chemistry between them that is both smoothly familiar and explosive. This book is a "brother's best friend" romance kicked up a notch, taken to a whole new level. This is book one in a brand new series, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
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About the author

Hi, I'm Kendall!

I write unputdownable romance. :) 

I live in Texas with my three favorite men--my alpha possessive hubby and our two handsome sons. My books have been featured on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists a combined total of more than 70 times. 

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