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Playing for Keeps: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel (Heartbreaker Bay, 7) Paperback – Large Print, January 22, 2019
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“Shalvis never fails to charm readers with her mix of tart humor and sexy romance, which, combined with a cute canine heart-stealer, makes this a winning addition to her popular Heartbreaker Bay series.” -- Booklist
“The novel delivers sweet fun with warmth and joy.” -- Publishers Weekly
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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.
- Publisher : HarperLuxe; Large type / Large print edition (January 22, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006274190X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062741905
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.86 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #292,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Caleb senses the pain & mistrust that is such a huge part of Sadie & knows he has to take it slow. One step at a time, he manages to sneak past her barriers but it’s always one step forward, two back. Sadie begins to open up as she realizes Caleb has a background that’s far from perfect too.
I loved the way rescuing Lollipop not only brought them together but also opened their hearts the first step. Sadie had to realize he wasn’t just the “suits” he wore & has a tender side. They both lowered their guard due to the empathy for the abandoned three legged dog. She was so cute & quickly became very spoiled!! Sadie may not have had a perfect family that understood her but the guys at the tattoo parlor became her big brothers & were always looking out for her. This wasn’t a lighthearted quick read but I felt it really made me think & engaged my sympathy & emotions. I couldn’t put it down!
Pretty, struggling, prickly, I can do it on my own female? Check
Cutie patootie, lost, cold, shivering, three-legged dog? Check
What do you have? The beginning of a wonderful book, Playing for Keeps 7th in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis.
Caleb and Sadie…sigh…both so needy but wanting to go it alone. I loved the way their differences evolved into love and understanding. Both came from overbearing families and both took different roads to become themselves. Coming together, with the help of Lollipop, they realize they’re so much more with each other than without. Arguments, differences of opinion, and then the realization that they’re their perfect match. Loved it!
I’ve been a fan of the down to earth books penned by Jill Shalvis for a long time. She is an ‘auto-buy’ author for me. Her ability to pull emotions out of every day situations is done so well, and her wit and wisdom surrounding life in general, and happily ever after endings specifically, is one of the reasons I love her books.
About the story: Caleb and Sadie Lane do a magnificent dance around each other, with all the Shalvis trademark snark and humor. Both of these characters have heart and depth…even though sometimes it is hard to find in Sadie – or even Caleb for that matter. Caleb rescues and they both adopt a little lost dog…and Sadie names him Lollipop. The dog, too, is hilarious, a big goof, and full of love to give.
I enjoyed reading about Caleb’s younger years and at times, my heart broke for him. He had the love of his family, though, even if they drive him crazy (in present day). Too funny. Sadie’s family is, well, it’s hard to explain. Her journey and story will make you want to hug her, hopefully without her slapping you silly.
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Series: Heartbreaker Bay 7
Caleb and Sadie… whoa! I just loved these two. They had chemistry right from the start! Their story was written well, all the characters are wonderful and honestly everytime Sadie went to Ivy's taco truck, I have to say I was a wee bit jealous.. her tacos sounded so good!
This is still one of my favourite series. I see Ivy's story is due out in September! Looking forward to it.
~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
This is Caleb (woohoo) and Sadie's story, and it was fun, flirty and emotional. I think all of us can connect a little bit with Sadie, and I can tell you now, I just wanted to b!tchslap some of the people in her life for things!
I love their new addition to their lives, and boy did it make me want to get another dog! Though I don't miss the drool and the poop pickups!
I couldn't help but fall for Caleb right from the start, and I need one of my own!
I loved getting bits and bobs of the the crew from Heartbreaker Bay, and little snips of where their lives are at. I think I need to move to San Fran and become their friends.
I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room (or at somebody's head!)
I can't wait to see what Ms Shalvis brings us next.
It's only four star in case someone things the novel story is 5 star, which it is not. Very good but not 5 star