Playing for Keeps - Kendall Ryan

Playing for Keeps

By Kendall Ryan

  • Release Date: 2019-08-13
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Size: 505.33 KB
Score: 4.5
From 235 Ratings

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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!

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  • I want my money back

    By straighttalker198
    Not worth the price! The book was only fair and lacked all juicy details. There was like 2 times that the author wrote dirty explicit encounters. The book wasn’t as thorough as i hoped.
  • Sweet, charming and adorable read!

    By Virna Thompson
    I originally listed to the Audible Original of Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan and loved it! So when I had the opportunity to read it, I jumped on the chance! This is an older brother’s best friend romance with all kinds of feels! Justin Brady has been friends Owen and Elise Parish forever. As best friends with Owen, his little sister was always a fixture in their lives. But now they are grown and there isn’t anything little about Elise. But bro code dictates he stay as far away from her as he can. But a night of celebrating leads to an unforgettable night together they both try desperately to forget. Elise and Justin have tried to deny the attraction they feel for each other, so much so, they never expected the other to feel the same way. But when things come to a head, can they keep things fun and light? I loved Justin. He was a truly a good guy who did not think he deserved Elise. He was such a caring and strong man. Elise grew up around hockey and hockey players all her life. She saw the good in Justin, even when he did not see it. She was very likeable, sweet and considerate. I absolutely loved Justin and Elise’s story in Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan. A sweet and delightful older brother’s best friend romance with light angst and a whole lot of charm. I definitely recommend either listening or reading this charming read! Loved it! Happy reading!
  • 3stars

    By Evieo17
    This was a good read. Both Justin and Elise frustrates me and I so wanted to smack them but I’m glad they got over their issues.
  • Hockey romance fun

    By Fa2sdh
    SPORTS ROMANCE, FRIENDS TO LOVERS, BEST FRIEND'S SISTER, SECRET ROMANCE. This books hits all the popular tropes with a characters that make you pull for the win. Justin is a professional hockey player. He has enjoyed the fruits of his labor but now is tired of the puck bunnies and jersey chasers. He wants something real. It can't be Elise. she is his childhood friend, his best friend's sister and definitely off limits. One night proved him right or maybe wrong Elise has had feelings for Justin since forever. After their night together, things did not turn out like she had hoped. Can these two work it out to get a HEA? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    By tkkgo1
    I love this type of book! Especially when they have known each other a long time, and he knows he is supposed to stay away from his best friend’s sister. Justin is the perfect broody man, but he was always thinking of her and always put her first. They started this relationship that was supposed to be casual. They were funny though and sweet. I fell for these characters in the first chapter! I can’t wait for more!
  • Stunningly sweet with awesome heat!

    By Ashel05
    This story was sooooo good!!!!! Justin, hockey Pro who is bored with the status quo, struggles with believing he's lovable due to his parents constant bickering over him during his childhood. Elena, sister to Justin's best Friemd Owen... she's an awesome human and the unofficial wrangler for the hockey team they're on. She's also had a crush on Justin since she was in middle school. Sparks fly when they 'collide'. Highly recommend!! It was awesome!
  • 5 Goal Stars!!!

    By Crystal's Book World
    Another "Goal" for Kendall Ryan! I really fallen for this new series. Playing for Keeps was witty, funny, and smokin' hot! The forbidden romance trope will have you craving for what you cannot have. Elise and Justin hit that spot! I loved this story and cannot wait for more to come from this new series! I mean come on, who does not like a bunch of hunks falling for the right girl :)
  • Great Forbidden Romance

    By rlamlt
    Elise has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Justin, for years. When a drunken night of fun brings them together, is Justin willing to test his friendship with his teammate and best friend. Great forbidden romance. I liked how Justin admitted his flaws and tried to atone. Elise is super sassy and sweet. I liked how she unapologetically owned her sexuality. Great dynamics between Elise’s friends and hockey players. Plenty of feels and heat. Great start to this new series.
  • Fun, Sexy, & Sweet!

    By Astroyic
    This was a great story. A charming hero who’s sexy as sin and a smart, fierce heroine who gives him a run for his money. Filled with characters who live, breathe and jump off the page at you. The mix of sexual tension and emotional decisions will lead to you wanting to read this late into the evening. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, waiting and wanting to get to their HEA! I was gifted with a early copy for a honest opinion.
  • Sexy, fun & flirty with hot hockey players!!

    By mj_toth
    Sexy, fun and flirty best friend’s sister romance. Elise has had a crush on Justin forever but he’s her brother’s best friend and roommate. She believes he never notices her other than as the kid sister that is always hanging around. Justin doesn’t believe he could be in a relationship after the horrible example his parents set for him as a child. He found a second home with Owen’s family but always knew Elise was off limits. After the hockey team’s championship win, Justin finds Elise in his bedroom, well, he finally acts on his feelings. What will happen in the light of day? Will this be just a casual fling? Or could these two find something more? What happens if Owen finds out? Justin has a heart of gold but struggles to know if love is really possible. Elise is the perfect balance for him and hopefully she can get him to realize that love is worth the risk. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.