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Friday, February 1, 2019

Heartbreaker Bay: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by Jill Shalvis - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, I've the pleasure of joining dozens of other book bloggers in celebrating the recent release of the latest addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series by none other than Jill Shalvis.  I gotta say, I was SO EXCITED when I heard this one was coming out.  I mean, I LOVED the previous titles, and simply couldn't wait to see what was in store for the next potential-couple-to-be in this spicy, yet charming series.  Was I disappointed?  Nope, not in the fact, I was pleasantly surprised, and fell in love with more than the leading man.  Ready or not, here comes today's book of choice....

Heartbreaker Bay, Book 7
Jill Shalvis

About the book...
If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s yoga pants, he’s a suit. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you.

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk. 



She shook her head.
“Look at me. Please?”
It was the damn please that had her opening her eyes. He’d closed the gap so that if she so much as took a breath, they’d be touching.
So she did just that. She took a deep breath, and then their bodies were up against each other, his warm and hard. Everywhere. “What’s happening?” she whispered.
“I believe you’re deciding between kicking me in the nuts and kissing me.” One side of his mouth curved very slightly as he lifted their still joined hands above her head, against the wall.
“But that last part might just be in my dreams.”
“Yes,” she whispered.
“Yes, it’s just in my dreams?”
She meant to say yes again, she really did.
She even opened her mouth to say it, because this was insane, this incredible . . . craving she had for him. It made no sense. Less than no sense, and yet . . .
She went up on tiptoe and touched her mouth to his.


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This story just hit the spot.  It was one of the first Contemporary Romances I've read since the storm-that-shall-not-be-named and it FELT SO GOOD to indulge in Jill Shalvis' work once again.  It was like coming home and catching up with old friends...grant it, incredibly gorgeous, talented, and otherwise well off old friends, but still, not everything has as pretty of a past as its present self presents...a lesson we learn in spades in this story.

Sadie Lane and Caleb are setting off sparks enough to ignite a tent of fireworks from a 1000 feet away, even if one of them is working their hardest to put a damper on those combustible emissions before they have a chance to work their magic.  In this case, it's Sadie putting the brakes on.  Why?  Because...she doesn't think she's worth it, or at least that's what it REALLY boils down to...but the thing is, Caleb is more than what he seems.  I mean sure, he's gorgeous, built, well off, incredibly smart, caring, generous....*sigh*  I think I'm in love...but his world wasn't always so polished, and he's bound and determined to show her the error of her way of thinking.

I gotta say, I loved it so much more than I even thought I would...the characters, their history, their triumphs and failures, their journey, and of course LOLLIPOP!  OMG...the addition of this three-legged rescued furry friend was the cherry on the already irresistible sundae.  You'll ride the highs, and sink with the lows, as these two work out how to get exactly what they want out of life, and love, even when it doesn't look like what they thought they wanted from the start.  My only hang up....the cover.  I know, I know...don't judge a book and all that, and while I totally subscribe to that mantra, I just didn't feel this one as much as the others in the series.  The character representations?  Spot on.  The setting...I get it, but it just didn't hit the spot.  Cie la vie, the story ROCKED, so regardless of your dislike or lust for the imagery, get thyself to your favorite bookstore or online portal stat and grab your copy today!  Oh and yeah, older teen through adult readers only.


About the author...

Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.



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Special thanks to Julie at HarperCollins for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title celebrated its book birthday January 22, 2019, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing...or, you know, you could ENTER TO WIN IT!

That's right!
Thanks to the fabulous publisher, I have a chance for you to WIN THIS VERY TITLE.  To enter, complete the Rafflecopter below!  Easy peasey.  
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Entries accepted through 02/08/19.
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Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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