Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Double Play by Ranee S. Clark

Double Play, by Ranee S. Clark
2016, 208p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Sophie Pope is devastated when she hears the news: her former boyfriend, college football star Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, is engaged to be married. Determined to win him back before he says I do, Sophie hatches a foolproof plan to stop the wedding. But when Rocket's best man, aspiring baseball player David Savage, thwarts her plot, she realizes the game is up. For David, though, it's just beginning . . .

David knows that Sophie is just another pretty face, and he's more than happy to save his best friend from her shallow advances. She's not his type at all, so he's baffled by his response to an awkward encounter with Donovan, another of Sophie's former flames. Despite himself, David feels driven by an inexplicable need to protect her. Pretending to be Sophie's new fiancé leads to unexpected sparks between the pair, and soon they're searching for excuses to spend time together. But when a curveball threatens to send them in opposite directions, will Sophie and David step up to the plate for the possibility of true love?

This is a sequel to Playing for Keeps (you can read more about it and my review here.) I didn't like Sophie in Playing for Keeps so I wasn't sure how I would like reading a book that focused on her. My opinion on her didn't change at first since her main goal was to break up Anthony and Ty. They are engaged so Sophie finds a way to become more involved with them. They see through her so are able to thwart her, which created some funny scenes.

David is Anthony's best friend so he starts to play interference. As he gets to know Sophie better, he sees her in a different light, and starts looking forward to spending time with her. It's not all smooth sailing as there are obstacles for them to overcome.

I must admit, as I got to know Sophie better, she grew on me, too. It always helps to understand where someone is coming from when they are difficult to like. David was more flawed in this book, too, but he was still likable from the beginning and it helped to see Sophie through his eyes.

I personally think you'll get more out of this book if you read Playing for Keeps first. There's quite a bit of background and history between the characters that will help this book make more sense. It's a clean, fun read that kept me turning pages to see if Sophie would get her happy ending!

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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