Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)
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.Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in an all new stand-alone novel. 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!

Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1) Details

TitlePlaying for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Audiobook, Hockey

Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1) Review

  • Kendall Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    HOT NEW RELEASE!! A hunky pro hockey stud makes a play for the girl next door in this steamy romance.Now a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestseller!
  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I don't have an athletic bone in my  body and rarely watch live sports of any kind, I adore sports romance. I don't know why, but there is just something about the cocky, manwhore athlete that does it for me. LOL That being said, I haven't read one in a while, so I was super excited to dive into this one! I've heard good things about Kendall Ryan, but I've never read anything by her myself, so I went into Playing for Keeps cautiously optimistic. Right away, I thought I was going to e Even though I don't have an athletic bone in my  body and rarely watch live sports of any kind, I adore sports romance. I don't know why, but there is just something about the cocky, manwhore athlete that does it for me. LOL That being said, I haven't read one in a while, so I was super excited to dive into this one! I've heard good things about Kendall Ryan, but I've never read anything by her myself, so I went into Playing for Keeps cautiously optimistic. Right away, I thought I was going to enjoy her writing style, and my assessment proved to be accurate. In fact, I started reading just to sample it before I read it later that night and instead, wound up reading it the whole way through. Elise has had a crush on Justin for years, but he's Elise's brother's best friend and teammate which makes him off limits. Justin has harbored a crush of his own, but he knows it would ruin his relationship with his best friend, Owen, if he ever chose to act on it. Because of how much Elise and Justin love Owen, they've always pushed their feelings aside for him...until one drunken night changes everything. Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan is a light, sweet, hockey romance with a heavy dose of steam. The characters are likable, endearing, and adorable together. Justin and Elise's romance is hot and forbidden, so of course, I loved every minute of it. I don't usually enjoy sweet romances, but this one isn't mushy or gag reflex inducing. It's the kind of story that makes you feel good while reading it and puts a smile on your face at the end. I laughed, teared up, and fell in love with this book and these characters. If you're a sports romance fan, this one's for you!P. S. I'm excited for Owen's book! I have a feeling I may love it even more than this one!
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars I didn't expect anything less from Kendall Ryan, this was another sexy,fun and sweet read!Elise has loved Justin ever since she followed him around when they were kids. Justin is now a pro hockey player and Elise a teacher.Elise was smart and sassy and Justin is sweet and sexy! Together they have a great dynamic, I like their relationship a lot! It's refreshing and perfect for summer!If you are looking for something fun and sexy to read this is the best! I read it in one sitting!     
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    ★4.5★ "I know I should see him as nothing more than a disgusting manwhore, or as a second brother to me-but I've never felt anything remotely familial about Justin Brady." Playing for Keeps is a delicious forbidden romance with a spunky heroine and one smoking hot hockey playing hero! Elise Parrish, a cute pre-school teacher, has always been off-limits to hockey star Justin Brady for all of his life. Elise is Justin's best friend's little sister and even though he knows she is not on the market ★4.5★ "I know I should see him as nothing more than a disgusting manwhore, or as a second brother to me-but I've never felt anything remotely familial about Justin Brady." Playing for Keeps is a delicious forbidden romance with a spunky heroine and one smoking hot hockey playing hero! Elise Parrish, a cute pre-school teacher, has always been off-limits to hockey star Justin Brady for all of his life. Elise is Justin's best friend's little sister and even though he knows she is not on the market (for him) after one drunken night, he simply cannot help but taste a slice of heaven and spend one night with Elise. Although it is complicated, one night between Elise and Justin proves that it will never be enough. After the two cannot stay away from each other, Justin has to find a way to prove that he is worthy of his best friend's little sister! Once Justin has claimed Elise as his own, the stakes are high for these two to find a way! "Suddenly I realize I have no fucking idea what I'm doing here or how this is supposed to go." Told in multiple POV, Playing for Keeps is a sweet romance full of passion, love, and non-stop hockey action! With witty dialogue and a forbidden driven plot, Kendall Ryan has created another deliciously addictive read. "We have each other, and it feels like everything." Overall, Playing for Keeps will appeal to hockey romance fans who enjoy a sweet forbidden romance. With a smoking hot hero and sweet heroine, Kendall Ryan has delivered another fantastic read! ✪ ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review! ✪For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet yet steamy, best friend’s little sister romance. Justin is a pro hockey player and Elise is the little sister of his teammate/best friend since forever. Elise is much more than that though. She’s always been a friend and more recently the woman he can’t stop thinking about. Elise has always had a crush on Justin, but knows that it will never and should never happen. Until one night changes everything. Well sort of everything.In Playing for Keeps Justin and Elise are basically navigating A sweet yet steamy, best friend’s little sister romance. Justin is a pro hockey player and Elise is the little sister of his teammate/best friend since forever. Elise is much more than that though. She’s always been a friend and more recently the woman he can’t stop thinking about. Elise has always had a crush on Justin, but knows that it will never and should never happen. Until one night changes everything. Well sort of everything.In Playing for Keeps Justin and Elise are basically navigating what has changed between them. Mainly by starting a secret, no strings, hook-up relationship. But those never work out how the participants plan, do they?If you’re looking for a sweet and steamy romance that follows a handful of tropes, then you will enjoy Playing for Keeps. It was an easy and somewhat quick read, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!AVAILABLE NOW!!*ARC from BookSprout
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by author) Justin Brady is a gorgeous 28 yr. old professional hockey player who is the star forward for the Seattle Ice Hawks. He grew up with his best friend Owen who is now his teammate and roommate. Owen and his younger sister Elise have always been like family to him. Recently something had shifted between Justin and Elise. She was all grown up now, and absolutely stunning. Her friendship means everything to him, and he can be himself with her. Normally if he wants so 4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by author) Justin Brady is a gorgeous 28 yr. old professional hockey player who is the star forward for the Seattle Ice Hawks. He grew up with his best friend Owen who is now his teammate and roommate. Owen and his younger sister Elise have always been like family to him. Recently something had shifted between Justin and Elise. She was all grown up now, and absolutely stunning. Her friendship means everything to him, and he can be himself with her. Normally if he wants something, he goes after it, but his best friends sister is off limits, that is until one flirty night when things turn physical and things go a little too far. Suddenly their relationship is extremely complicated. He doesn’t do feelings or romance, but he can’t deny he wants Elise to be his in every way. He can’t get her out of his head, and she makes him feel out of control. He desperately wants the one woman he can’t have. Elise Parrish is a 24 yr. old pre-school teacher who has secretly crushed on her brother’s best friend Justin for years. They’ve known each other since they were kids, but in recent years it’s become more difficult to ignore the insane chemistry between them. After one unforgettable night with her dream guy she’s anxious to explore what could be between them. She just can’t let herself fall for him, which is easier said than done when the heart gets involved. -God, there's just something about this man.-His kisses are everything I imagined they would be- hungry, hot, hard.-I've never felt quite so powerful, quite so desirable. He wants me. This sexy, god of a man wants me. The feeling is quickly becoming addictive.-He kisses like he plays hockey- with complete confidence and laser focus. Playing For Keeps (Hot Jocks #1) by Kendall Ryan is an all new standalone friends to lovers, brothers best friend, sports romance. It’s a sexy, fun, forbidden love story full of emotion and sizzle that will keep you wanting more. I really enjoyed this book, and can’t wait for Owen & Becca’s story! ***NOW AVAILABLE***https://amzn.to/2yYLQXX
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  • Hanne
    January 1, 1970
    Playing For Keeps is the first book of Kendall Ryan’s newest series. I loved it! This book was sweet, sexy, fun and easy. Justin and Elise are very lovable characters. The secondary characters are amazing too! I already look forward to the next book in this Hot Jocks series.Justin is sporty, talented, ambitious, powerful and determined. He’s a professional hockey player. He loves playing hockey. The team has been winning a lot and that’s how Justin wants it. Justin has a great friendship with hi Playing For Keeps is the first book of Kendall Ryan’s newest series. I loved it! This book was sweet, sexy, fun and easy. Justin and Elise are very lovable characters. The secondary characters are amazing too! I already look forward to the next book in this Hot Jocks series.Justin is sporty, talented, ambitious, powerful and determined. He’s a professional hockey player. He loves playing hockey. The team has been winning a lot and that’s how Justin wants it. Justin has a great friendship with his teammates. He also has a great friendship with a teammate’s little sister. But Justin wished it was more than a friendship, but she’s definitely off limits.Elise is caring, sweet, smart and determined. Her big brother is a professional hockey player. She’s very close to her brother, so she sees his teammates a lot. Elise is off limits to her brother’s teammates. She has been attracted to Justin, but she never thought he would ever feel the same about her.Justin and Elise spent an unexpected, sexy night together. They both don’t know how the act the next day, but the attraction can no longer be denied. Justin and Elise decide to give it a chance, but with no strings and as a secret. They spend as much as time together as they can. They grow closer and the feelings grow stronger. In the end, they will be a beautiful, hot and strong couple. They fight for each other and for their love.-- My honest review is based on an advanced reader copy of this book. --
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  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    January 1, 1970
    These sport jocks these awesome authors dream up, a hockey player in this yummy as heck book, just keep getting better and this series is starting off with a bang This book was loaded. Its sweet, fun, and so very sexy. It's hard not to adore Justin. And of course I love a good brothers best friend trope book, a sexy hockey star, and friends to lovers type book. So, if you want to add one to your list to fit in before summer is over, put this one on there. Totally worth it.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    Hockey guys? Sign me up. I won't even hesitate diving into this.Playing for Keeps honestly sounded like a book that I've already read. I'm sure that statement is true but I still highly enjoyed this book. Thankfully it was a super quick audio with a nice little romance. In it, you will meet Justin and Elise. Both are likable characters, have amazing chemistry, and sort of made for each other.However, that's that dreadful hint of being a nonexistent relationship due to the damn bro code. I get ho Hockey guys? Sign me up. I won't even hesitate diving into this.Playing for Keeps honestly sounded like a book that I've already read. I'm sure that statement is true but I still highly enjoyed this book. Thankfully it was a super quick audio with a nice little romance. In it, you will meet Justin and Elise. Both are likable characters, have amazing chemistry, and sort of made for each other.However, that's that dreadful hint of being a nonexistent relationship due to the damn bro code. I get how sometimes the whole 'you can't date your best friends little sister' could come into play.. but I wasn't seeing it with this one. Yeah, the guy got upset when he found out that they were fooling around but love is love. It was pretty much obvious to everyone that they were into each other for the long haul and not for some little one night stand. No matter how hard they tried to pull that off.This book had romance, drama, and other kinds of conflicts. I still don't get the whole puck bunny thing but whatever. It was expected and predictable - yet, I liked the book. Maybe it's Kendall's writing.. or maybe I just really needed a quick book to fly through. Who knows?Overall, I'm down to see what the rest of this series will bring.
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty good romance. Gotta warn you though, cause some people really hate this, but after the hero and heroine get together the first time, he hooks up with other women. He said he never took them to his bed, he just 'fooled around' but... So our heroine has had a crush on her brother's best friend most of her life. Like all the rest of the hockey team, they hook up with a different 'puck bunny' each night. One night, after a huge win, her brother and his best friend (who is also his roommate) h Pretty good romance. Gotta warn you though, cause some people really hate this, but after the hero and heroine get together the first time, he hooks up with other women. He said he never took them to his bed, he just 'fooled around' but... So our heroine has had a crush on her brother's best friend most of her life. Like all the rest of the hockey team, they hook up with a different 'puck bunny' each night. One night, after a huge win, her brother and his best friend (who is also his roommate) host a party. Lots of drinking, lots of puck bunnies. Why the brother thought having his little sister there was a good idea, I don't know. At this party our hero begins to feel melancholy and wanting more to his life. He goes into his room to pass out only to discover our heroine has used the bathroom in his room. Things commence and our heroine leaves her virginity with him. The next morning she is really embarrassed and he acts like he doesn't remember anything. But, as the blurb for this book says, he does. Weeks go by and they try to act like nothing happened. She gets a boyfriend, then he dumps her. Now our hero and heroine get back together and try to keep it from her brother. The rest of the story progresses through the building of their relationship and acceptance from their families and friends. Good romance without a lot of angst.
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  • Alina
    January 1, 1970
    Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like the hero is another manwhore and he f**cks around on the heroine after they sleep together...That is a big no from me.
  • Rachael*Caribbean*girl*bibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    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. ⬆ That's from the blurb, what does it mean? Does he go around having sex with countless OW trying to get her out of his head as is typical with these types of romances??? Or did this author deliver some originality on a familiar trope???? I need answers 😭
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  • ABookLover73
    January 1, 1970
    Five hockey stars for Elise and Justin 💕!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I love reading Kendall's books because they always make me laugh so much 😁.But this one was different from the other books which I've read this year 😉. After a few office romance books, Kendall surprised us with new hockey series 😍!!! Everyone knows how much I love a good sports romance and if you add brother's best friend and friends to lovers tropes, you know that I will fall in love with that book 🖤.And that happened with this one 💙!!!"Playing f Five hockey stars for Elise and Justin 💕!!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I love reading Kendall's books because they always make me laugh so much 😁.But this one was different from the other books which I've read this year 😉. After a few office romance books, Kendall surprised us with new hockey series 😍!!! Everyone knows how much I love a good sports romance and if you add brother's best friend and friends to lovers tropes, you know that I will fall in love with that book 🖤.And that happened with this one 💙!!!"Playing for Keeps" is hockey sports romance which will steal your attention once you start reading it and you will not put it down until the end of the book.Elise and Justin have perfect chemistry and their care about each other, which started with their friendship in childhood, is so adorable and sweet.This book was one of my favorite books by Kendall Ryan and I can't wait for Owen's story 😍❤🔥!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Manwhore and virgin Is there just nothing else to write? I don't understand*bangs head on wall*
  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    January 1, 1970
    ***AUDIBLE ORIGINAL REVIEW***4.5 CROWNSKendall does quick and dirty so well, and Playing for Keeps is a great example of that.Justin and Elise are incredibly likable. Their chemistry together is great, and their need to sneak around and keep their relationship a secret provides many comedic moments. The plot is relatively straightforward. Sports conflict with the puck bunnies, older brother best friend conflict - all the things we come to expect from the trope. And while the conflicts are expect ***AUDIBLE ORIGINAL REVIEW***4.5 CROWNSKendall does quick and dirty so well, and Playing for Keeps is a great example of that.Justin and Elise are incredibly likable. Their chemistry together is great, and their need to sneak around and keep their relationship a secret provides many comedic moments. The plot is relatively straightforward. Sports conflict with the puck bunnies, older brother best friend conflict - all the things we come to expect from the trope. And while the conflicts are expected, I thought the were executed well and paced appropriately to allow the reader to get to see them move from lust to love. The ending was cute as heck, and I’m intrigued enough by the next couple to check it out.What I did enjoy immensely was the narrators. Their voices, pacing and inflect put me in auditory heaven. It was one of my favorite audiobooks to listen to. If you want quick and light and sexy and fun. Playing for keeps us perfect! the audiobook just ups the game.
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4 The Line Got Fuzzy Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeKendall Ryan presents the classic tale of best friend's little sis crushing for what seems forever on her brother's bestie and then everyone grows into the adults they become. Which means...Hot Jocks and Adorable Pre School Teacher. This is a sweet fun read which follows the troupe but never bores. Elise Parrish has been either following Justin or her brother, Owen, since they were practically out of diapers...well, she may have been in training pant 4 The Line Got Fuzzy Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeKendall Ryan presents the classic tale of best friend's little sis crushing for what seems forever on her brother's bestie and then everyone grows into the adults they become. Which means...Hot Jocks and Adorable Pre School Teacher. This is a sweet fun read which follows the troupe but never bores. Elise Parrish has been either following Justin or her brother, Owen, since they were practically out of diapers...well, she may have been in training pants and they had graduated to big boy underwear...but you get the picture. These three did a whole bunch of everything together growing up and they felt like family. As the boys became older, though, Elise began to see Justin as more than a big brother. It was her best-kept secret throughout the years. Now Owen and Justin are living their dream; they are part of the NHL. Together they landed on the same team and with all the hard work they have done, they are partying and enjoying the championship they just won. Elise is there to keep her brother and the guys in line like she always has. As Owen's sister, she has seen it all, ushered the puck bunnies out the door the morning afters, and has made sure her brother had his sh!t together for the games or practice after his indulgences. Elise loved her brother and knew he was enjoying these wild times. She had always been there cleaning up the messes. Elise saw what hockey players did and decided not to date or consider any of the teammates or other jocks. Well, that was a little easier said than done because there was one hockey player she would jump through any hoop for...Justin has always been the one for her. She has been pining for him since teen years but nothing was going to happen... Her brother would go nuts and she would not be responsible for Justine and Owen fighting. So when Elise saw Justin alone during this champion celebration, she never thought the two of them would be hanging out, enjoying each other and after drinks...kinda lots of drinks...hooking up. Now the next day was everything you wouldn't want...Justin not remembering any of the deep thoughts he said to her making her feel a connection making this so much more than a hookup... With her having to turn away as if that was ok but dying inside. Yeah, not the thing dreams are made of...Now Justin hadn't forgotten one moment of this blissful experience. It was everything he had fantasized and more...but he had to pretend because it was more than just being with Elise...it had to do with his best friend Owen and teammate. No, he had to try to step away from everything he had ever wanted.But Justin wasn't able to move on...instead he wanted more and wanted to figure out how to have it all...Elise and keep Owen close. Justin never turned away from a challenge and he will not let his desire for Elise go.This was an easy read and Ms. Ryan has more in store for us. All of the books will be stand-alone yet connected. Should be fun. Playing for Keeps(Hot Jocks, #1)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... All the Way (Hot Jocks, #2) Trying to Score (Hot Jocks, #3) Crossing the Line (Hot Jocks, #4) Down and Dirty (Hot Jocks, #5)A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Gah! I loved this sweet friends-to-lovers story! Kendall Ryan always delivers a story jam packed with feels, passion and a heart-racing romance. This one was quick and light and dirty and fun. Playing For Keeps is a deliciously forbidden, brother’s best friend/best friend’s sister story that was an absolute pleasure to read. I really loved this pairing. Elise Parrish is a kind and beautiful preschool teacher who has always been off-limits to the sexy hockey star Justin Brady due to the unwritten Gah! I loved this sweet friends-to-lovers story! Kendall Ryan always delivers a story jam packed with feels, passion and a heart-racing romance. This one was quick and light and dirty and fun. Playing For Keeps is a deliciously forbidden, brother’s best friend/best friend’s sister story that was an absolute pleasure to read. I really loved this pairing. Elise Parrish is a kind and beautiful preschool teacher who has always been off-limits to the sexy hockey star Justin Brady due to the unwritten laws of the bro code. She is Justin's best friend's little sister and because of that, he has always tried to keep his feelings for her in check. But after one drunken night, he simply cannot help himself and takes her to bed. Although there will be complications, it is clear that one night with her will simply not be enough. Justin must now find a way to prove that he is worthy of his best friend's little sister.Kendall Ryan kept me swooning with this sweet and sexy romance. Filled with feels, flirty banter and fiery hot chemistry, I devoured this story with a smile on my face while being left with the fullest of hearts. Playing For Keeps is a perfectly executed friends-to-lovers romance that hit all the marks for me. Once again, Kendall Ryan proves why she's a one-click author for me.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “When she’s beside me, all my nerve endings light up with a feeling I can’t explain. I feel alive. Raw. On edge.”“It’s never been about winning with her, and I’m not playing a game. All I need is one more shot at redemption, and I’m determined to get it.”“He kisses like he plays hockey–with complete confidence and laser focus.”Playing for Keeps is the first book in the all new exciting Hot Jocks Series from author Kendall Ryan. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but on these hot summer days, ther “When she’s beside me, all my nerve endings light up with a feeling I can’t explain. I feel alive. Raw. On edge.”“It’s never been about winning with her, and I’m not playing a game. All I need is one more shot at redemption, and I’m determined to get it.”“He kisses like he plays hockey–with complete confidence and laser focus.”Playing for Keeps is the first book in the all new exciting Hot Jocks Series from author Kendall Ryan. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but on these hot summer days, there is nothing better than curling up with a sexy sports romance and Kendall Ryan more than delivers.Playing for Keeps brings together a few of my favorite tropes and wraps it all together in one fantastic package. So, if you’re a fan of friends to lovers/best friends little sister, then this is the book for you. Playing for Keeps grabbed my attention from the very beginning. From the moment Elise and Justin were introduced, you could just feel the chemistry oozing off of the pages. You see, Elise is Justin’s best friends’ little sister, and that puts her totally off-limits. No matter how much Justin keeps telling himself that, his brain just can’t seem to get the memo. Elise and Justin end up spending an amazing night together, and when morning comes, neither one of them is prepared to face what happens. She thinks he forgot about their special night and he’s letting fear dictate his actions. Will Justin wake up and fight for the woman he never knew he needed? There’s only one way to find out….Playing for Keeps is a fantastic second chance sports romance. From a fun and entertaining story-line, to excellent chemistry and banter that keeps you glued to the pages; this book had it all. I fell in love with Justin and Elise from their very first encounter. They made me laugh and had me swooning like it was nobody’s business. It had just the right amount of sexiness and drama to keep me on my toes. My stomach was filled with butterlfies and I just couldn’t wait to see just how their story would play out.If you’re looking for a second chance romance that has some fantastic hockey, a sexy hero and a female lead with a heart of gold, than look no further, Playing for Keeps is just the book you’ve been waiting for.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to follow soon.
  • Book Fanatic
    January 1, 1970
    Playing For Keeps has me hooked on these hockey players.Kendall Ryan is my new addict. She writes stories that give you exactly what the can says.If you were looking for a brothers best friend romance with a few pro hockey players, then that is exactly what you get. Along with a bit of a secretive relationship, this story is crystal clear on what it is and for that reason I enjoyed it.I've read a few brother's best friend romances and there's usually a lot of angst or emotion built in so it was Playing For Keeps has me hooked on these hockey players.Kendall Ryan is my new addict. She writes stories that give you exactly what the can says.If you were looking for a brothers best friend romance with a few pro hockey players, then that is exactly what you get. Along with a bit of a secretive relationship, this story is crystal clear on what it is and for that reason I enjoyed it.I've read a few brother's best friend romances and there's usually a lot of angst or emotion built in so it was refreshing to read one that didn't have as much drama but things still flowed really well.It was low on drama and high on love and laughs. There were a lot of sweet moments and I enjoyed the gradual journey of how Justin started to become infatuated with Elise. Since Elise has has a huge crush on him pretty much her whole life she wasn't going to be one to say new to this new attention her brother's best friend was giving her.They go through a bit of secretive friends with benefits stint but it's clear with their already close relationship things were bound to move fast away from that territory.I enjoyed every second of it and loved the secondary characters seeing as they felt a lot more real than other stories. With Becca's blunt honesty on a situation and then Justin's buddies having fun playing the field yet still being good friends with was a nice bunch of characters to love.Thank you to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rochelle
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so great. I first listened to it on Audible and I loved being able to revisit them. Justin and Elise were such a great couple. Their story is a friend to lovers’ romance and I loved it. This is one of my favorite tropes to read. I love watching them finally realize their person has been there the whole time. Justin and Elsie were no exception. Elsie is considered forbidden territory because her brother Owen and Justin are best friends. All it took was one drunken night and all that This book was so great. I first listened to it on Audible and I loved being able to revisit them. Justin and Elise were such a great couple. Their story is a friend to lovers’ romance and I loved it. This is one of my favorite tropes to read. I love watching them finally realize their person has been there the whole time. Justin and Elsie were no exception. Elsie is considered forbidden territory because her brother Owen and Justin are best friends. All it took was one drunken night and all that changed. Justin and Elsie were unable to fight the temptation and chemistry that was always between them. This book ticked off all my boxes – sports romance, friends to lovers, great characters and wonderful story. Kendall had done it again and I can’t wait to see what is next in this series.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a sucker for sports romances, which makes Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Playing for Keeps, exactly the kind of story I love to read and then add to it the fact that Elise and Justin’s story also includes the friends-to-lovers and brother’s best friend romance tropes, and there was no way I was missing this one! The idea of more between Elise and Justin might have been something they both have considered a time or two, especially now that Elise has grown up to be quite the stunning beauty, b I’m a sucker for sports romances, which makes Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Playing for Keeps, exactly the kind of story I love to read and then add to it the fact that Elise and Justin’s story also includes the friends-to-lovers and brother’s best friend romance tropes, and there was no way I was missing this one! The idea of more between Elise and Justin might have been something they both have considered a time or two, especially now that Elise has grown up to be quite the stunning beauty, but neither of them would have chosen a drunken night of sex for their first attempt at more. But now that it happened and they can’t take it back, they need to figure out what that means and how they move forward, knowing that they crossed a line that there’s no coming back from. I do have to say that Elise and Justin frustrated me, at times, with both their words and their actions; I wanted them to be honest with themselves and with each other, and while I get why Elise wanted to keep her and Justin’s ‘hook-ups’ secret, the fact that she thought she could do causal with the guy who she’s crushed on since she was young, was never a possibility, regardless of how many times she tried to convince herself it was. Justin’s playboy past was also something that didn’t help because no one around him, even himself, could see him as a one woman kind of guy and that played into both of their insecurities.The forbidden aspect of Elise and Justin’s connection is there due to the fact that Justin is Elise’s brother’s best friend, roommate, and teammate. But I guess it’s not so much as forbidden but more like a really bad idea given the fact that Owen knows exactly who Justin is and what he likes, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want Justin anywhere near his baby sister, but I’m hoping Owen will find out in his and Becca’s story that the heart wants what the heart wants, and even though there’s quite a few obstacles for Elise and Justin to overcome, they’ll find there way, with or without Owen’s blessing.Elise and Justin’s story is a sweet and steamy read that illustrates what happens when feelings get messy and become the game changer that neither saw coming but now plan to play for keeps! 4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
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  • Xanthi patera
    January 1, 1970
    "I know I should see him as nothing more than a disgusting manwhore, or as a second brother to me-but I've never felt anything remotely familial about Justin Brady."
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    I was completely captivated by this friends-to-lovers story between a hot, sexy hockey player and his best friend/teammate/roomie's younger sister. Their story was fun, flirty, and full of moments I could definitely identify with. I started reading and couldn't stop...always a good sign! Sexy Justin came to life in my head immediately. Sensible and sweet Elise was smart, sassy and very likable. They grew up together, but will they grow old together? You won't want to miss this first book in Kend I was completely captivated by this friends-to-lovers story between a hot, sexy hockey player and his best friend/teammate/roomie's younger sister. Their story was fun, flirty, and full of moments I could definitely identify with. I started reading and couldn't stop...always a good sign! Sexy Justin came to life in my head immediately. Sensible and sweet Elise was smart, sassy and very likable. They grew up together, but will they grow old together? You won't want to miss this first book in Kendall Ryan's new Hot Jocks Series. It's a quick, steamy, enjoyable read which will leave you satisfied (it's a standalone) and anxiously awaiting Book 2!
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Spicy, sexy, and sweet!Playing for Keeps is a beguiling, frisky, passionate tale that mixes the charming, slightly insecure Elise who may finally get more than just a drunken hookup with her forever crush, and Justin, the cocky, handsome hockey player who may finally discover his best friend’s little sister is more than he ever could have imagined and is definitely worthy of a long time instead of just a good time.The writing style is smooth and steamy. The characters are playful, spirited, hesi Spicy, sexy, and sweet!Playing for Keeps is a beguiling, frisky, passionate tale that mixes the charming, slightly insecure Elise who may finally get more than just a drunken hookup with her forever crush, and Justin, the cocky, handsome hockey player who may finally discover his best friend’s little sister is more than he ever could have imagined and is definitely worthy of a long time instead of just a good time.The writing style is smooth and steamy. The characters are playful, spirited, hesitant, and endearing. And the plot is a delicious combination of family, friendship, undeniable attraction, smoking chemistry, enticing innuendoes, light drama, swoon-worthy romance, and sporty action.Overall, Playing for Keeps is an enticing, adorable, sizzling start to the Hot Jocks series and I can’t wait to read Owen & Becca’s story, All the Way, when it’s published September 24th.Thank you to Kendall Ryan for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lori DeSisto-Sarat
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute best friend’s little sister romance. That I just couldn’t stop listening to. It was fun flirty slightly quick and a little dirty. Wowed from beginning to end a perfect addition to my audio library.
  • Candyce Kirk
    January 1, 1970
    Hockey romances are my absolute favorite and the author didn't disappoint with Playing for Keeps. Justing and Elise are really fun characters. I loved the balance of romance, friendship and in this case hockey. Add falling for your best friend's sister to the mix and you've got the perfect combination.Elise has always had a crush on Justin, but with him being her brother's best friend, not a chance that was happening. She's a pre-school teacher and loves her job. Elise may have not had much expe Hockey romances are my absolute favorite and the author didn't disappoint with Playing for Keeps. Justing and Elise are really fun characters. I loved the balance of romance, friendship and in this case hockey. Add falling for your best friend's sister to the mix and you've got the perfect combination.Elise has always had a crush on Justin, but with him being her brother's best friend, not a chance that was happening. She's a pre-school teacher and loves her job. Elise may have not had much experience with men or relationships, but after one night with Justin she's hooked. I loved her confidence when it was there. There were a few moments that annoyed me, but I definitely understood her insecurities.Justin is a professional hockey player and is it's known that he doesn't do relationships. His home life wasn't great as a child, so it's hard to believe in love. I loved that he's seen as a player in many ways, but he's actually really sweet. Even though Elise was his best friend's sister, he just couldn't resist. Justin is definitely book boyfriend material though. The chemistry between Elise and Justing could be felt while reading and I loved them together. On top of them figuring out what this fling was to them, their friendship made this so much more. There was lots of humor, romance and just simple gestures that showed the other they cared. Yes, there was a little bit of drama, but it wasn't too much.Playing for Keeps is a fun forbidden romance with humor, romance, steamy moments and characters you can't get enough of! I definitely need more of them soon.
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  • Ddkmc95
    January 1, 1970
    Elise has always had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Justin. Now both are professional hockey players on the same team and she enjoys hanging out with them. She’ll never act on her feelings for Justin...until one night when both are drunk and they sleep together. Too embarrassed to say anything, Elise pretends as if nothing happened...as did Justin. They act like this for a while until they can no longer deny the chemistry. Then a no-strings-friends-w-benies arrangement is born. Both agree Elise has always had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Justin. Now both are professional hockey players on the same team and she enjoys hanging out with them. She’ll never act on her feelings for Justin...until one night when both are drunk and they sleep together. Too embarrassed to say anything, Elise pretends as if nothing happened...as did Justin. They act like this for a while until they can no longer deny the chemistry. Then a no-strings-friends-w-benies arrangement is born. Both agreeing to let the other know if/when feelings begin to surface. Can a renowned player settle for one woman? Will Elise overcome her insecurities and follow her heart?Looking forward to Owen and Becca’s story.
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  • Amanda Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Cute story! Brothers best friend is always a one click for me. Add hockey players in the mix and SCORE FOR ME! I liked how at the very beginning of the book, Justin and Elise drunkenly got together. There was no super slow burn and nothing happened until 65% into the story. I really enjoyed the book and it was a win for me.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Hot with a side of friendship! Ashley @ Carolina Chic's ReadJustin is the bad boy player whose past makes him gun shy for relationships. Elise has know Justin since she was a little kid and he has been her brothers best friend. Elise has been in love with Justin as since she followed him around when they were kids. She is always kicking puck bunnies out of her brother (Owen) and Justin's apartment. Until one night changes everything... I enjoyed this story and narration, I am excited to listen t Hot with a side of friendship! Ashley @ Carolina Chic's ReadJustin is the bad boy player whose past makes him gun shy for relationships. Elise has know Justin since she was a little kid and he has been her brothers best friend. Elise has been in love with Justin as since she followed him around when they were kids. She is always kicking puck bunnies out of her brother (Owen) and Justin's apartment. Until one night changes everything... I enjoyed this story and narration, I am excited to listen to Owen & Becca's story next!!
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