Playing for Keeps
Author: Ranee S. Clark
Published: June 1st, 2015
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Paperback: 228 pages
FTC FYI: I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired BYU's star quarterback from afar. This semester, she's determined to step away from the sidelines and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony Rocket Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Anthony, away from the lights of the stadium, Ty realizes that this is no game; she's falling in love . . .
Anthony takes full advantage of his all-star status, holding girls at arm's length for one reason: it keeps him from repeating the same mistakes that once led to a devastating heartbreak. When he meets Ty, his assumption that she's just another pretty face is quickly proven wrong. Though he's completely drawn in by this sweet young woman, her intriguing mix of amusing football know-how, and her quiet selflessness, he will not let himself fall in love. But when faced with the reality of losing the woman he's come to care for despite himself, Anthony's resolve is tested. It's getting harder to keep his head in the game when his heart's on the line.
Growing up my dad refereed college football, and now he does the instant replay for the Big 12, so football has always been a huge part of my life. I honestly think that is why I liked this book so much, I already had an appreciation for the game, but of course the book itself that had me eagerly turning pages. Playing for Keeps is highly enjoyable. Ty is an amazing girl who I liked from the first page. I loved how she was herself from the start, and even though she took friendly advice from her friend, she still kept her head. Ty is the type of girl that shines kindness and radiance, and I loved her relationship with her brothers. Anthony was a mystery to me at first, don't get me wrong, I loved when he was around and how he reacted to Ty. Especially how he would react to how other guys reacted to Ty. I really enjoyed the point of view switches with Anthony and Ty. It was the perfect way to get to know Anthony and his friends (who I loved too.) I loved how Anthony was with them, and especially his sister and family. There were so many fun moments in this book. It is full of amazing kisses, humor, and kindness. GO TEAM!
5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for more from this author! I hear she is working on follow up stories for the other guys in this book. Yay!
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