ARC Review: Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 24, 2019 by Annie in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Playing for Keeps
by Jill Shalvis

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 22nd 2019
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #7
Published by Avon
Format: eARC
 

“Some books really impress me with its charm and sexy style whereas some books don’t quite hit home for me. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is one of those books unfortunately.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve been a fan of Jill Shalvis for some time now and have literally read every single book of hers. Her Heartbreaker Bay series for me has been a mix of good and bad. Some books really impress me with its charm and sexy style whereas some books don’t quite hit home for me. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is one of those books unfortunately.

I really wanted to like it, but there was something off about the heroine that didn’t quite make me fall in love with her. Alone, Sadie does not have the usual spark to her. Her internal conflicts were there, but never really carried out and I thought she acted very differently alone than when she was with the hero, Caleb. So it just felt a bit odd to me sometimes.

I really liked the presence of the dog in this book. It was a nice touch to bring them together, but also create a sense of warmth in the series. If you know me, then you know I love dogs, so this was really perfect timing.

I’m hoping Shalvis’ future books work for me. I really love her Lucky Harbor series, but have yet to find something that she has written that is even better. Hopefully, that book/series will come soon.

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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's latest, RUMOR HAS IT, on shelves and ereaders now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold. Also, visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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I’ve actually seen a lot of love for this book so it’s refreshing to see that it isn’t perfect lol I actually own the first four books in this series but have never read them!

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I know lots of people adore this author’s work and I have in the past too. However, I am looking for a bit more variety in her books after having read her for a long time.

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Elizabeth

Sorry this didn’t work out but thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Amy R
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Amy R

Bummer, I haven’t read a lot of book by Ms Shalvis but the ones I’ve read I really enjoyed.

Timitra
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Timitra

Sorry to hear that. Thanks for the review Annie

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Interesting about something being off about the heroine. Most of the reviews I’ve read show a love for the story, but there is always at least a little remark about not caring for her as much as the dog and the hero.
I do want to read this series at some point.
Enjoyed your review, Anne!

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Awesome review Annie! Shared on my socials!😉💖