Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Playing for Keeps by Alison Packard

Title: Playing for Keeps
Author: Alison Packard
My Rating: B

Genre: Sports Romance 
Series: Feeling the Heat #6
Main Characters: Rick and Amy
Release Date: May 2018
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
He’s riding the bench. She’s living a lie. The game of love is won in extra innings.

Following a terrible tragedy, Rick Taylor is making his comeback to the major leagues… and the dating scene. But years off the roster have left the veteran catcher a little rusty. It’ll take a special woman to heal the heartache of losing his family. But the perfect contender refuses to let him try out…

Single mom Amy Vaughn leads a double life. Between her daytime job and her nightclub gig, she can’t afford to date a famous baseball player… especially when the publicity could bring her dark secret to light. But the handsome catcher’s charms prove too strong to resist.

When old memories and new notoriety threaten to tear them apart, Rick and Amy must learn to drop their defenses, or they’ll miss out on their second chance at love.

My Review:
I've read the majority of the rest of this series and really enjoyed it. While this book didn't quite live up to the rest of the books, it was still a pretty good read. 

This book featured Rick, a catcher, who's making his way back into play after an injury and the death of his wife. He hasn't been involved with a woman since his wife (who was his childhood sweetheart) died...until he meets Amy. Suddenly he's feeling things for a woman that he never expected to feel again.

Amy has had a rough life. Her father died when she was young and that rocked the stability in her life, since her mother was fairly flighty. She got pregnant young and made a LOT of mistakes early in life. But upon moving back to San Francisco, she's been getting her life back on track. 

She doesn't want the attention though from dating a pro baseball player. 

The story line worked for me. There was plenty of conflict to build from. I liked the elements that 9 year old Max brought to the story and liked the friendship between Jade and Amy and the two players. 

Note: midway through the book, I got kind of bored with it and considered dnf'ing it. In the end, I didn't and things got better in the last 25% of the book, but it definitely had a saggy middle to me. There was quite a bit there that could have been cut, but that's my opinion. I skimmed the parts where I was getting bored, but stuck with it...which I'm glad I did because the end definitely picked up.

So, not a completely positive review, but I am happy that I read the book. Overall, it was entertaining to read for a couple of nights and it was fun to go back into this baseball world that Alison Packard has created.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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