Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps

by Kendall Ryan

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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 series of stand-alone novels. 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!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161180570
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Series: Hot Jocks , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 461
File size: 547 KB

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Playing for Keeps 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 3 months ago
4.5 Star Review Playing For Keeps (Hot Jocks #1)by Kendall Ryan   When ever I pick up a Kendall Ryan book I know I am in for a great read or listen. Playing for Keeps is book 1 in a new series and I for one cannot wait to read them all. I really liked Elise, although I am not sure I would have put up with the behaviour of the men in her life. The behaviour of Justin and his friends, particularly his roommate Owen (who also happens to be Elise’s brother) was immature and off putting at times. However in fairness once Justin realized he had strong feelings for Elise, his party animal ways ceased immediately. The chemistry between Elise Parrish and Justin was lighthearted and yet extremely hot and it really added to my enjoyment of this book. The story was lighthearted and fun and altogether a joy to read. It was also at times, sexy, sweet, romantic and emotional. I like that Kendall Ryan is not afraid to write about characters who have flaws and this just makes them easier to relate too. I cannot wait for the next book in the series which is Owen and Becca’s story.
Anonymous 12 days ago
cute love story read in a day and half
kryptic0206me 15 days ago
Who hasn't had a crush on their brother's best friend, the one that you know you shouldn't pursue for the sake of your brother. Justin and Elise are just that couple.. Their attraction to one another has always been there......the forbidden fruit just dangling there in front of them but always kept out of reach for the sake of friendship. But after a night of drinking lines blur and get crossed and now there's no going back in Justin's mind. He is determined to find a way to have Elise in his life outside the friend-zone. In true Kendall Ryan fashion she delivers a sweet, sexy romance that will deliver a smile to your face and have you looking forward to the next "Hot Jock" in this series. Game on!
Anonymous 17 days ago
I loved Justin and Elise! They had such amazing banter and a great connection that ran deep. Having known each other most of their lives, they had a great backstory to build on. I really enjoyed this story a lot. It had secrets, steam, and some amazing humor! I loved when Justin came to the classroom. It was so sweet and one of my favorite scenes! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 21 days ago
This is a great start to this hockey series. Elise and Justin have know each other forever. Justin and Owen are best friends and teammates and Owen is Elise’s big brother. Rule one, you don’t date your best friends sister. Rule 2 you don’t date a teammates sister. Rules are made to be broken ! Elise is strong and independent and tells it like it is so what her brother thinks isn’t relevant. Justin had a hard life growing up feeling unloved and unworthy because of his parents horrible divorce and the fallout. This story will have you laughing one minute then fanning yourself the next from the hot scenes. I can’t wait to read Owen’s story next! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Linda_RochesterNY 21 days ago
I loved this fun, sexy story! Elise and Owen's forbidden romance begins with one hot night together which they both try to pretend never happened the next day due to confused feelings and lack of communication. What follows is months of awkwardness and longing as they continue the pretense. Elise is the younger sister of Justin's best friend and Owen has made it clear his sister is off limits but after three months of trying to forget, Justin knows Elise is the only girl for him. He just has to convince her to give them a chance. The writing sparkles. I loved the characters who have major chemistry. This sweet, warmhearted love story is a very entertaining read and I loved it. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cheryl-S 21 days ago
4.5 Stars This is book one in the Hot Jocks series and it features super sexy hockey star, Justin and his best friend‘s sister, Elise. These two have known each other since they were children. At 24, she’s a preschool teacher and at 28, he’s a pro hockey player. This is an EXTREMELY sexy and sweet but forbidden, bestfriend's sister romance. You could see the steam rolling off my E-reader! By forbidden, I mean that her brother knows exactly how much of a player Justin is and wants him NOWHERE near his sister! The story line was smooth and the characters were fantastic! I was captivated right away and couldn’t put it down until the end. This author knows how to write her hockey players and I cannot wait to read about the others.
Mossy7000 24 days ago
Always been a fan of good sports romances and this one, certainly didn’t disappoint. Full of sympathetic characters makes it a fun read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 28 days ago
readergrl189 28 days ago
This was a fantastic, fun loving friends-to-lovers story. Elise has always been in love with Justin, her brother's best friend. Justin is a professional hockey player, playboy jaded about love due to a painful past. Playing for Keeps was a great story filled with humor, heartache, angst, passion, romance, friendship, and love. This is a captivating must read, with wonderful characters readers will fall in love with. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Gewizz 3 months ago
This is an exceptional start to a new series. If you like Ms. Ryan's books, this is a must read. Can't WAIT for Owen's story, cause that teaser............O M G.
LMR3 3 months ago
Just Who's "Playing for Keeps" Here... IS IT Him or IS IT Her!?! Maybe It's BOTH, But They're TOO Blind To See! She's LOVED Him ForEver... And Stupidity have HIM Her First TIME! Too BAD they were BOTH Drink'n, Cuz the Morn'n AFTER didn't GO over quite Sooo FINE! There She was... "Playing for Keeps," And though a MisUnderstanding... Thought He didn't Remember IT at ALL! Meanwhile... He's think'n She's Regretted being with HIM, When actually He's ALL IN! YEAH... He's "Playing for Keeps" Alright... With the only ONE He's been wanting for quite a while! Sooo what's IT gonna take... To get these TWO to get ON the Same page! And make them see, They've BOTH been "Playing for Keeps," One-Click "Playing for Keeps" TODAY, & find OUT the Answers to the Twists & Turns in store for these would-be LOVERS! I rarely give Coveted 5 STAR ratings; they're saved for Books/Items that Outshine, Outclass, & Outperform their competition... They've gotta give me something MORE! Kendall Ryan's done just that with "Playing for Keeps;" Kudos, Ms. Ryan, for your Stellar work!! I was granted an ARC of Kendall Ryan's "Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks Book 1)" via B00|{$P®0UT. I recommend this book to others based upon its own recommendations. All opinions expressed within this review are uniquely my own & freely given! Until next time... Happy Reading!
AmberC23 3 months ago
Kendall's new hockey series starts out hot. I really enjoyed this couple. Justin has been in the hockey seen with puck bunnies for awhile now and he is ready for something different. He has an intense attraction to his best friend's sister and one night they give in to their feelings. Of course they both are hesitant to admit their true feelings to each other. Elise is a very attractive woman and the two of them have lots of chemistry and enjoy hanging out together. She appreciates Justin for the person he is and not his paycheck. This is a fun, quick read that explores their relationship and also introduces you to Elise's brother Owen and best friend Becca. They are the next hockey couple up and I can't wait. Enjoy!!!
Cali-Jewel 3 months ago
Really enjoyed this smoking hot summer adventure filled with witty banter, interesting charters, forbidden passion and heart pounding twists.... was a great read from beginning to end and an excellent start to this new series. Looking forward to the next adventure.
jarich43 3 months ago
This is the 1st book I've read written by Kendall Ryan; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the chemistry between the characters. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
DebraDR 3 months ago
This book is an engaging page turner that is action packed with adventure, witty and colourful banter, good friends, and humour. The storyline is well-developed, emotionally deep, well written, and relatable. The ups and downs, fun, and excitement will keep you on the edge of your seat as it take you on one wild ride and keep you engrossed until the end. The characters are strong and loveable; their chemistry is off the charts and the sex scenes are HOT! I Look forward to the next book. Definitely recommended. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
pegasus-one 3 months ago
Justin's best friend is Owen. They grew up together playing hockey and now they play pro hockey on the same team. Owen's sister, Elise, has had a crush on Justin since she was in middle school. They get drunk at a party and end up having sex together, in the morning Justin acts like he doesn't remember what happened. Justin really remembered and he can't stop thinking about her. He thinks he not good enough for her. I really like this book. The story and characters held my interest.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Funny, sexy, and sweet! This is the first book in the Hot Jocks series, and the story of Justin, and Elise. Justin is a pro hockey player, and best friends with Elise's brother. Elise is a school teacher, and has always had a crush on Justin, but when they both have a little too much to drink one night, they end up in bed together. The next morning, when everyone has sobered up, Elise doesn't think Justin remembers, but Justin can't forget. He can't get her out of his head. This was an entertaining read, humorous, steamy, emotional, and a must read. 4.5 Stars I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
nelriv 3 months ago
This is was a best friends brothers little sister. So we meet Justin who is guess what, you know that requirement of romance main characters, Did you guess? No, well you should know a manwhore..anyhoo he has been keeping to himself because he has been getting tired of slutting around, and he has been having some feelings for Elise, his bestfriends little sister. They have a night together and he acts like he does not remember since he does not know what else to do, she is broken hearted, trying to move on. 3 months later after she breaks up with her boyfriend they decide that they will have a friends with benefits arrangement to keep feelings out of it, but we know that that does not stay that way..
Thi 3 months ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Cute. Love all of her books.
FlattLinesNoodle 3 months ago
I think this was my first Kendall Ryan read, and I really enjoyed it. It was two friends giving into mutual crushes, which started with a drunken one-night stand. Considering Justin was casual with his previous relationships and more experienced, he really treated Elise well and was sweetly romantic at times. That's not saying that there was no passion. It was more so because it was kind of a forbidden affair. Fun read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is the first book in a new series. It’s a great start with likeable characters that you want to see get their HEA. Elise and Justin have known each other for years, and she’s been in love with him forever. Justin is living large as a pro hockey player with women at his beck and call. But Justin is starting feel like the same old is getting stale. Maybe he’s ready for a relationship—but he’s got a lot of baggage that makes it unlikely. Too many drinks and a hot night change their path. They have obstacles to overcome and both need to accept the possibility of a future. The characters interactions are entertaining and, with a long history together, they know each other. Attraction is hot and they really bring out the best in each other. Fun read. I’m looking forward to more bad boys in this series. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC).
Anonymous 3 months ago
Funny, sweet and lighthearted read.