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Check out the latest installment of Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreak Bay series!!PFKhi res copy

Two people who are oil and water come together to rescue an abandoned dog in a storm. When they both want to adopt the dog, they agree to joint custody. Little did they know it would change everything… 

Playing for Keeps, a stand-alone Heartbreaker Bay romance, by New York Times and USA Today best selling author Jill Shalvis is live!

If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s yoga pants, he’s a suit. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you.

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

Where to start with this one.  This wasn’t my favorite novel by Jill.  Unfortunately I had lots of issues with this one.  The story line is really cute.  I mean two people rescue a three legged dog and co-parent it.  What’s not to love??  Both characters are great on their own and getting to know them better was a good bit of the story and was entertaining.  Jill deals with some hard issues in this one; Bullying and Cutting.  If those bother you, I’d probably skip this one.  If not you might have a better perspective on these two than I did.

The story:  two people are drawn together by a three legged dog and decide to co-parent it.  However, one is rich and one is ultra poor.  So the rich one decides to foot all the costs and the poor one decides to teach how to be a good pet parent.  Of course Caleb does not listen to a word Sadie says and soon the dog is sleeping in bed with him.  They are two people who have seen and overcome some hard things in their life.  Caleb understands Sadies decisions because of lack of money; he was there once.  Sadie understands his two sides, the one with the tattoos overcoming his bullying since she too has a few tattoos doing the same thing, and his dressed-armored up side, just like her work life.

For the last part–Ratings.  Overall I think Jill decided to take on some tough subjects, but tried to make them too mainstream and so it left a lot of true emotion out of the story so lots of people would be able to think about the issues without giving themselves trigger warnings. So don’t hate me for telling a few thoughts below.

So, although it seems like there would be a lot to discover in this relationship, I felt wanting by the end.  Caleb never revealed to Sadie any truly traumatic stories that would make us or her understand how much the bullying affected him, or why he trusts very few people in his life.  On the other hand Sadie shows all of herself and her family to him.  He also wants this relationship way more than Sadie seemed to.  She was the one with things that needed help to get over, but Caleb kind of got over all his issues on his own.  Also, I feel like the relationship with Sadie’s family was a little off.  The scenes with them don’t quite fit the descriptions of what should be happening.  Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this one and am only giving it a 3 of 5 rating.  Sorry Jill, I love many of your other novels.  I’m still a faithful fan.  Just because I don’t like one doesn’t mean I don’t like all.

3 of 5 Propellers

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.

Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see NYTimes Bestselling author Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately.