Title: Playing for Keeps
Series: Hot Jocks #1
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 13 Aug 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
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.