Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay Series #7)

Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay Series #7)

by Jill Shalvis

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ISBN-13: 9780062741868
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Series: Heartbreaker Bay Series , #7
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 40
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Playing for Keeps: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
book_junkee less than 1 minute ago
I’m here for a Jill Shalvis book and this series has been a favorite. I love love love Sadie and Caleb. They’re more alike than they think and their chemistry is off the charts. Of course I loved seeing the other characters and Caleb’s sisters. However, the scene stealer was definitely Lollipop. Plot wise, it was good. There’s a lot of push and pull and a few overdramatic scenes, but for the most part, they communicate well. I loved that the angst parts didn’t last too long and the ending was quite satisfying. Overall, it was a quick and fun read. I can’t wait to see who gets the next story. FYI: there are talks {and a scene} of cutting and being institutionalized. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
nku 2 hours ago
Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay, #7) by Jill Shalvis I don't know how you do it Jill ...but I fall harder with each book. Thank you so much for letting me preview and review this. Caleb Parker (rich ...handsome...funny...sweet ..don't tell him I said that) Sadie (tattoo artist.. she never felt like she fit in her family..dark past..also funny, caring and shielded) Heartbreaker Bay is where we all would like to live and fall in love... It was fun touching base will some of our old friends and getting updated on their lives...This book has all the feels..tears happy and sad, laughter, secrets, hot steamy sex, lets not forget lollipop and of course a very HEA. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Whimsical Great world building Easy-to-read Entertaining Wonderful characters Steamy Romantic Page-turner Funny Happily Ever After Witty
Anonymous 2 hours ago
Playing for Keeps is an outstanding addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series. I DEVOURED Jill Shalvis' newest romance. Both Caleb Parker and Sadie Lane are strong, independent characters who are great as individuals and also end up being each other's perfect complement. These two had the best interactions: sweet, sexy, emotional, edgy...basically everything. I enjoyed every moment. I'm hoping for Ivy's story next. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy generously provided by the author.***
caroldh4 2 hours ago
Playing for Keeps is book seven in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. Wow, Jill did it again with this one. I was in love in the first chapter. Not only did I fall in love with these two main characters, but also, I fell head over heels in love with this little dog. Mercedes Alyssa Lane, otherwise known as Sadie Lane is a struggling tattoo artist. To make ends meet, she also has to work at a day spa, so twelve hour days are her norm. She works in the Pacific Pier Building and has known Caleb for almost a year now. They have several mutual friends. Whenever they are around each other, she feels that there is some sort of a charge between them, so she turns it around and treats him with sarcasm, anything to keep him at a distance, because the last thing she needs is a man in her life, especially a man who regularly wears fancy suits and drives expensive cars. She’s been off of men for three years now and has no interest in changing that. Caleb Parker grew up sickly and bullied. But he turned it all around and now turns heads wherever he goes. He can’t explain the feeling he gets whenever he is around Sadie. She clearly wants nothing to do with him but there is that zing between them. Then, on a cold, rainy, February San Franciscan night, in the court yard of the Pacific Pier Building, he sees a little dog cowering in a corner. She’s scared to death. Sadie notices as well and between the two of them, they coax the little thing out of her hiding place. They both fall instantly in love with this little sweetheart that Sadie names Lollipop. So the only thing to do is agree to co-parent her. “You’re not an easy woman, Sadie.” “I am a handful. But that’s why you have two hands.” The sparks fly between Caleb and Sadie and they can no longer resist them. But both of these two have built up such walls around themselves that they make it nearly impossible to break through them, especially Sadie. Her past and the way her mother is broke my heart. Caleb seemed like it was a bit easier for him to admit his feelings. But his three sisters who love their little brother to pieces, get involved and nearly ruin it for him. “I don’t want to ever be the thing that holds someone back.” “You don’t hold me back. You make life more.” “More what?” “More everything.” So, when you have two main characters that both have some past ghosts to overcome, two overbearing families, and a little special needs dog that wants you to hold her hand, what does that all add up to? A book that will steal your heart, make you smile, make you swoon, and give you all the butterflies you can handle. I want to add in here a couple of secondary characters that won my heart. First, Ivy, who owns the taco truck at the Pacific Pier Building. She was Sadie’s go to person and she really did come through for her. Then there was Kel, Caleb’s cousin. He lives and works in Idaho and seems like he is a bit of a cowboy. We all know I have a thing for cowboys! It seems like there might be a story there! One I am hoping with all my fingers and toes crossed, that Jill is going to explore in the near future. So, yes, I loved this book. But I might possibly say that with every Jill Shalvis review. But I mean it every time. If you haven’t started this series, you are truly missing out! Each book can be read as a stand alone but they do have recurring characters. Every book will win your heart and make you smile.
cordee 3 hours ago
Jill Shalvis is hands down one of my top favorites and PLAYING FOR KEEPS is just another reason why I love her so much. She always puts a serious note into her books although they seem light-hearted with Jill's sense of humor generously sprinkled between the pages. And those themes make me think. Seriously think. Sadie is the square block that wanted to fit into a round hole when she was a teenager. She didn't fit. Not with her family. Not with her friends. Then she stopped trying and accepted that she's the one not going with the flow but that acceptance came with blood and tears so it is only understandable that Sadie created a wall around herself. A wall with barbwire. Admittedly, it takes getting used to her. She's abrasive for a long while and even after Caleb and Sadie become close she's quick to judge and condemn. Did I like her? Let me say this: I wasn't her biggest fan in the beginning but when her history came to light I could nothing but empathize with her. Sadie was a resilient and resourceful young woman, prickly, yes, but her bruised heart healed under Caleb's care and patience and I fell in love with her along the way. I think the reason why Sadie resonated with me is because she represents a type of woman most of us are familiar with. Her insecurities were deep-seated, and don't we all have those? The ones that rattle us and make us shut down? Caleb is the charismatic, genius-level-IQ, and a little mysterious entrepreneur I was intrigued by in the previous books and let me tell you - he did not disappoint. He, too, has the penchant to retreat emotionally, making himself vulnerable is a thing of the past. No wonder though, he was a scrawny, a little sickly, poor boy, bullied and antagonized but he grew into a force to be reckoned with. Rich, powerful and enigmatic and deeply private. What people don't know though is that he also has become a caring, thoughtful man, protective about the people in his orbit. My most favorite interactions in PLAYING FOR KEEPS were Caleb and Lollipop, the three-legged rescue dog. He was adorable with her, being gentle with her because she was a scared, neglected, abused dog, holding her paw in the car because she was afraid. By these actions alone you get a sense what kind of man Caleb is. He showed the same gentleness and thoughtfulness with Sadie, which resembled Lollipop's demeanor in a way. She, too, retreated when she was scared but Caleb's endless patience, inert kindness and sweetness achieved what therapists couldn't. He broke down Sadie's walls and earned her trust. Their connection wasn't easy because they always challenged each other and it never would be but that didn't make it any less solid. The one person who drove me batty whenever we got a dose of her was Sadie's mom. What a horrible excuse of a mother. Sadie's inability to trust, her general disposition which, yes, wasn't the cheery kind, was ridiculed in a way. God, I despised her. It made so much sense that Sadie had become the way she was. On Caleb's side were four sisters who were nosy, meddling and a little high-handed. I can't say I liked them a lot but eventually they grew on me. This seventh installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series hits all the spots. Heart-warming, witty but with a serious side note about a troubled young woman and an enigmatic man, it also has a little dose of angst and push-and-pull. This author has become a fixture on my reading list and I always get giddy when I read a new story by her.
ytcruz 4 hours ago
Wow, another excellent story by this talented author. We are back at the Pacific Pier Courtyard and this time the story belongs to Sadie Lane, and Caleb Parker/Suits. She is a tattoo artist and he’s a billionaire. Both share friends in Heartbreaker Bay. When Caleb sees Sadie rescuing a homeless dog during a rain shower, he helps her and they end up co-parenting the dog. Their friendship and relationship begins to evolve. Though seemingly very different people, each has had a tough childhood . While Caleb starts opening up to her, Sadie fears her secrets will destroy whatever it is they have. But overcoming her past, and finding someone who truly gets her and accepts her, scares Sadie even more. While the plot is engaging and the characters complex, it’s the underlying story that got to me most. Sadie’s story could be describing any teenager nowadays . A girl that doesn’t fit her family expectations, whose actions are asking for help and in turn is treated like a freak. Heartwrenching . This is another heartbreaking but also heartwarming story in this series. Have your hankies ready, because you’ll need them. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
BJsBookBlog 6 hours ago
Finally Caleb's book. And Sadies's of course! ☺ Sadie is working at the day spa and at the tattoo shop in our beloved building. And Caleb. He's a bit mysterious. He sold some apps and made a massive amount of money, and now he's got a huge venture capital comany that he's running with his sisters. Sadie and Caleb have always rubbed each other the wrong way. They're friends with the same people, so they see each other a lot. But it's always weird. But which is - obvious to the reader - their huge attraction. It takes those two - and their new dog - a long while until they realize that there could be something very good and serious between them.... But the reader has an amazing time watching them fall for each other!!! ════════════════ Ugh! I just love Jill Shalvis stories. This series is sooo adorable! Such a beautiful city. This amazing building with all its unique residents. Just perfect. This was another sweet and sexy and heartbreaking love story. Both Sadie and Caleb - and their new mega adorable dog - have been through a lot in their lives. But now they're finally all about to find their ever after place in life. I adored the story. I hope this series never ends!!!! ► PLAYING FOR KEEPS was such an adorable and sweet and sexy romance! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Caleb - this one is MINE!
Lashea677 9 hours ago
Forget the feels. I fell hopelessly in love. Shalvis has her target in sight and never misses her mark. Playing for Keeps turns heartbreak into a sweet temptation. The gentle giant and the closed off temptress finally meet their match. It comes in the form of an adorable dog searching for a place to call home. Caleb and Sadie have much to overcome. Past hurts, present pain and foolish pride keep rearing their ugly heads, but Lollipop is there to soften the blow in time. Playing for Keeps is a journey of hope. This wounded trio turn the sweetest heartache into an unforgettable fresh start.
TBR_Book_Blog 10 hours ago
This might be my most favorite Heartbreaker Bay novel yet! Sorry, Willa and Keane, #2 is still good. Caleb is everything! He's cocky but sweet, kind but demanding. I think with 4 sisters, he has to have strength to deal with that every day. And how he falls for Lollipop is just so much! There's something about a man rescuing an animal that just does things - fans self. Sadie is another character you want to leap into the book and hug her - and smack her. Sadie is "broken" although I don't think I would call her that; she's a work in progress. She's had some rough times in her life, from her family to the guy she was dating. I think their commonalities are what drove Caleb, Sadie and Lollipop together. They all needed each other, even if they didn't plan for it or expect it. Definitely a re-read!!