Audiobook Review: Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 that memo.

After our team won the championship game, and plenty of alcohol, our flirting turned physical and I took her to bed.

I knew it was wrong to punch her V-card, but when I mess up, I’m apparently a go big or go home kind of guy.

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 six months trying to get her out of my head. Which has been futile, because 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.

Playing for Keeps

Unruly Hockey Players!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💛🖤💜💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍🥰

The heroine(s): Elise Parrish – she grew up tagging along with her brother and his best friend Justin. She hangs out with Owen and Justin and their teammates after their pro hockey team wins the national championship. Elise has had a crush on Justin since she was young.

The Hero: Justin Brady – 28 year old professional hockey player, Justin lives for hockey but is getting tired of partying and puck bunnies. He has been used by his parents, women and about everyone he has known. He likes to keep busy, so is not a fan of the off-season.

The Story: Owen Parrish has always told his friends and teammates, including Justin, not to touch his sister and Justin has gone along with it despite his attraction to Elise. However one night after a few too many drinks they spend a sizzling night together.

The story is told in dual POV with dual narrators, which I like. Jason Clarke does the narration of Justin’s chapters and he is one of my favorite narrators. He has a deep smoky voice which I love for any romantic hero. Virginia Rose does the narration of Elise’s chapters and does a fine job. I do like other female narrators better, but I have no clue why. Personal preference most likely.

The problem I have with books like this is the fact that they start up a friends with benefits type arrangement. Elise makes Justin promise that if either of them start to catch feelings they will tell the other and stop right away. Though she is lying to both him and herself, since she has had a crush on him for years. If those aren’t feelings than I don’t know what are.


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