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Playing for Keeps by Jessica Prince

by | Mar 29, 2021 | Books, Contemporary, New releases, Reading, Recommendations, Reviews, Romance, SmallTown | 0 comments

Playing for Keeps the 10th book in one of my favorite series, Hope Valley, is finally live!
3.5 stars
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Playing for Keeps (Hope Valley book 10)

When it came to the men in her life, Charlotte Belmont was cursed. She’d known losers, cheaters, abusers, and criminals, so it went without saying, she stopped trusting her judgment a long time ago. Then Dalton came into her life; a good, dependable man who made her heart race and her body hot. When she felt herself falling for him, she did the only thing she could think to protect them both . . . she ran like hell.

Dalton Prescott was a protector by nature, so when the woman he’d been tasked to keep safe was almost killed on his watch, he carried that guilt like a weight on his shoulders. What made matters worse was that before everything went south, Dalton had started to care for Charlotte in a way that had nothing to do with his job.

She’s determined to ignore their attraction and keep him at a distance, but he’s playing for keeps and has no intention of losing. However, when ghosts from the past start popping up, bringing with them a whole new threat, Dalton may be the only man who can keep her safe this time.

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Like coming home ..

I can’t belive it’s been 10 books already! Lets hope for 10 more ..

This is Dalton and Charlotte’s story, which had it’s beginning in a previous book, Love to Hate You. Charlotte is plagued with self-doubt and thinks she’s toxic to others, and keeps everyone at arms length. At least she tries to. Despite her best efforts and bad luck, she’s found friends and family in Hope Valley. But in many ways she’s just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Dalton is a protector and alpha male, and just plain wants his Thumbelina. But after so long, he’s starting to wonder if it’s ever gonna happen – despite their intense chemistry.

There is a lot of push and pull, back and forth in this book. But luckily, once it’s on – it’s really on. It’s a good story and I enjoyed reading it. I love going back to Hope Valley and catching up with the people there. But for some reason I just had a hard time getting into this one and connect with the characters. Not really sure why, but in any series there’s gonna be books you absolutely love and books you enjoy – and that’s ok. It’s just one of those things. It’s still a good book and I’d absolutely recommend reading it. 

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