Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sadie Lane was one of the most heartbreaking characters that Jill Shalvis has ever written about which is fitting for this to be a Heartbreakers Bay Novel. Cutting is something that is psychologically misunderstood by people all the time. Some people feel that it's just a way to.show manipulation but most of the time it's a way to let out pain and anger about a situation. Sadie's family instead of getting her help, they get her the wrong type of help which just reinforces that she can't trust people and causes the cutting to increase. The way that Jill Shalvis handled the issue was well done and handled as if she knew someone who had gone threw it. I'm glad I got to read it ahead of time because I had a client going through something similar at the time and this was a good book to recommend.

Caleb knows he can't rush into anything with Sadie because he senses what she's been through, so he takes it as slow as he needs too. His motto is "one step at time" and he manages to slowly sneak past her defenses but he always feels like he's takes two steps forward and twelve paces back.

I love that Jill always puts animals/dogs in her books because I believe in the healing power of animal therapy. I work in Psychology and bring my puppy (cocker spaniel) to work every day and it's an absolute surprise everytime to see the change in people when a child talks for the first time, the breakthrough of a relationship that was over, and an autistic child that plays with abandon. It's real and unfiltered.

The way that Lollipop comes into Sadie and Caleb's lives and brought them together was priceless and the first step to opening their hearts for something more. Sadie had to look beneath the surface of Caleb and see the heart and Caleb had to do the same. I loved that this dog wasn't perfect but in the imperfection was beauty and soon became the spoiled. If you're looking for lighthearted silliness for an afternoon-this isn't it. This was raw, unfiltered and real-life, but beautiful. I would recommend to everyone. Pictured above is Grace our therapy/ESA we use at our office and she is amazing!!!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

 
Benson Bayou Beauregard is the president of the Bear Bottom Guardians MC, and the grandson of the Sergeant at Arms for the Dixie Wardens MC. He’s a mountain of a man and the warden of a prison, and there’s only one thing that can scare him—being told that he’s the father of a three-year-old little girl. A three-year-old little girl that has no clue who he is. Hell, he only finds out about the little cherub when a woman from child protective services comes by and rocks his world before leaving the girl in his shocked arms. Every single thing he thinks he knows goes up in a cloud of smoke. To make matters worse, the woman that he’s been trying to convince to give him a chance takes one look at the little girl and tells him that he’s just not in the right place to handle both of them. But Bayou was never one to back down from a challenge. He can handle a three-year-old girl that acts exactly like him, and he can more than take on the fiery red-head that sets flame to his blood while he’s at it.

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At first, I didn't think I'd like this book as much as the other books but then I really got into it because it struck me as little different and it took me back to the Freebirds books.  The other books I've been reading from LLV have all been rather predictable and that's not always a bad thing, but it's getting to where I can read them pretty quickly.  I liked that the heroine is a strong role model and she takes no crap.  She more often than not tries to save everyone else. Of course, this book has the LLV suspense and Beau always saves the day but that's okay because he's a beloved character. His daughter is adorable!! This again was an out-of-the-park book for me.

              Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading. Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | BookBub