Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Playing For Keeps by Ranee S. Clark

Playing for Keeps, by Ranee S. Clark
2015, 228p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired BYU's star quarterback from afar. This semester, she's determined to step away from the sidelines and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony Rocket Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Anthony, away from the lights of the stadium, Ty realizes that this is no game; she's falling in love . . .

Anthony takes full advantage of his all-star status, holding girls at arm's length for one reason: it keeps him from repeating the same mistakes that once led to a devastating heartbreak. When he meets Ty, his assumption that she's just another pretty face is quickly proven wrong. Though he's completely drawn in by this sweet young woman, her intriguing mix of amusing football know-how, and her quiet selflessness, he will not let himself fall in love. But when faced with the reality of losing the woman he's come to care for despite himself, Anthony's resolve is tested. It's getting harder to keep his head in the game when his heart's on the line.

This was a bit different than what I was expecting and I liked that! TyAnne Daws is excited to meet Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, the BYU quarterback. She is a true fan who has been watching him for many years. When they meet, they become friends quickly and the flirting begins. She enlists the help of her roommate, Rosie, who had gone on two dates with Anthony, to help her get his attention and quickly learns that she might be better off on her own. 

Ty was easy to like right away. I also did like Anthony, even though he was a bit cocky. As the story progressed, I liked him more and more. It was fun to watch their relationship evolve from fun and flirty to something more serious. They had some great conversations and the romance was perfect! It was hard for Anthony to get too serious because he had been burned in the past so he protected his heart by dating lots of different girls. There were also some great side characters: Ty's family, other football players, Anthony's OCD sister and a stalker who created some problems for Ty. 

The story is set at BYU and there were a few religious elements, like talk of going to church, but nothing preachy. This is a fun, clean romance that anyone will enjoy!

During her early years of reading, Ranee S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds.

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