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Title: Playing for Keeps

Author: Ashley Bostock

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Playing for Keeps

CEO Justin Hollinsworth’s playboy ways have his board of directors in a tizzy. Apparently, him bedding a different beauty every night somehow offends the company’s morality clause. The penalty of which could be sharing his CEO title with his brother. So far, his billionaire status has bought him the upper hand. But time is running out. His only option is to find a wife and pretend to settle down, in hopes of appeasing his uppity board.

Who better to ask than his ex-best friend?

Mercedes Nicholson isn’t a careless business owner. When she fronted money to an associate, she trusted she would be paid back. That was her first mistake. She was fearing it would cost her a lifetime of work to dig herself out of that hole, when Justin came back into her life with an unconventional offer. One that might just save her business.

But Mercedes has a secret it will be impossible to keep hidden. To her, Justin was always more than a friend. He was the boy that stole her heart when she was a gangly eight year old. Now, she’s a grown woman with the desire to do unspeakably naughty things to him. Can she fake a marriage to the only man she’s ever loved? Or will real emotions get in the way of the perfect ruse?

Sky Diva’s Review of Playing for Keeps by Ashley Bostock

Justin & Mercedes grew up together and were so close they knew each other so well. Then the inevitable happened…dating…other people, that is…and their relationship took a downward spiral from there.  

Justin Hollinsworth is a wealthy, confident cough cough cocky, sexy CEO of Hollingsworth Hotels. He knows what he wants and goes after it. His Dad wants to make Justin’s brother Jax Co-CEO in order to take the attention off of Justin’s playboy image. Justin worked so hard to be where he is to just give it up and he will stop at nothing even if that means a fake marriage to change his playboy image. Mercedes Nicholson is an independent majority owner of Platinum Perfections, an event planning company. She is a little too trusting and comes into financial trouble. Can she take the risk of losing her heart again to save her business?

How could they have a fake marriage after all these years?

Justin and Mercedes seem to have this push and pull in their relationship. Can this fake marriage between two old childhood best friends turn their hatred, or should I say, love, into a real romance and second chances into getting it right? Second chances are hard to come by. Will they take it for granted or give it everything they’ve got even though it’s a fake wedding?

I enjoyed reading Playing For Keeps by Ashley Bostock. This contemporary romance book is number 8 in a series, Irresistible Billionaires. This was my first book by this author. I felt like I missed a few introductions of some minor characters, but not to worry…overall, I felt you could read it as a stand-alone. I enjoyed how Ashley told the story of Justin and Mercedes with flashbacks to when they were younger. Justin and Mercedes have this fake marriage that turns steamy. So, if language and steamy scenes are your things, then this book is for you. 

What you are left with after reading this book…hmm that life is short and it can change so quickly. That we are all striving for our best, but deep down we all have insecurities. Justin is a successful CEO who strives for his Dad’s approval. It shows that you can be good at many things, but in the back of our minds, we all have our own insecurities where we don’t always feel that we measure up.

I give this book 4 out of 5 propellers.


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About Ashley

Ashley Bostock

Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and her animals. She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three.

Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in 2013. She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.

She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.

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