Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1) by Kendall Ryan

Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)

I've never been so stupid in my entire life. Elise Parrish, my teammate's incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn't get the memo. After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake. She thinks I don't remember that night - but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I...

Details Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)

TitlePlaying for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Sports, Contemporary, Audiobook, Hockey

Reviews Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1)

  • Kendall Ryan
    HOT NEW RELEASE!! A hunky pro hockey stud makes a play for the girl next door in this steamy romance.Now a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestseller!
  • Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    Even though I don't have an athletic bone in my body and rarely watch live sports of any kind, I adore sports romance. I don't know why, but there is just something about the cocky, manwhore athlete that does it for me. LOL That being said, I haven't read one in a while, so I was super excited to dive into this one! I've heard good things about Kendall Ryan, but I've never read anything by her myself, so I went into Playing for Keeps cautiously o...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    5 stars I didn't expect anything less from Kendall Ryan, this was another sexy,fun and sweet read!Elise has loved Justin ever since she followed him around when they were kids. Justin is now a pro hockey player and Elise a teacher.Elise was smart and sassy and Justin is sweet and sexy! Together they have a great dynamic, I like their relationship a lot! It's refreshing and perfect for summer!If you are looking for something fun and sexy to read t...
  • Liz
    4.5 "I know I should see him as nothing more than a disgusting manwhore, or as a second brother to me-but I've never felt anything remotely familial about Justin Brady." Playing for Keeps is a delicious forbidden romance with a spunky heroine and one smoking hot hockey playing hero! Elise Parrish, a cute pre-school teacher, has always been off-limits to hockey star Justin Brady for all of his life. Elise is Justin's best friend's little sister an...
  • chan ☆
    ehhhhhhwas really stuck between a 2 and a 3 star for this one. i've read 1 other kendall ryan book before and had the same issues with this one that i did with the other.she's by NO means a bad writer, it just seems to me that she focuses a lot on quantity (putting out a lot of books really close together) at the sacrifice of deeper storytelling. that isn't mean to be shady, there just... isn't much to her stories that makes them memorable. i fin...
  • Hanne
    Playing For Keeps is the first book of Kendall Ryan’s newest series. I loved it! This book was sweet, sexy, fun and easy. Justin and Elise are very lovable characters. The secondary characters are amazing too! I already look forward to the next book in this Hot Jocks series.Justin is sporty, talented, ambitious, powerful and determined. He’s a professional hockey player. He loves playing hockey. The team has been winning a lot and that’s ho...
  • Melanie (mells_view)
    A sweet yet steamy, best friend’s little sister romance. Justin is a pro hockey player and Elise is the little sister of his teammate/best friend since forever. Elise is much more than that though. She’s always been a friend and more recently the woman he can’t stop thinking about. Elise has always had a crush on Justin, but knows that it will never and should never happen. Until one night changes everything. Well sort of everything.In Play...
  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by author) Justin Brady is a gorgeous 28 yr. old professional hockey player who is the star forward for the Seattle Ice Hawks. He grew up with his best friend Owen who is now his teammate and roommate. Owen and his younger sister Elise have always been like family to him. Recently something had shifted between Justin and Elise. She was all grown up now, and absolutely stunning. Her friendship means everything to him, and h...
  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    These sport jocks these awesome authors dream up, a hockey player in this yummy as heck book, just keep getting better and this series is starting off with a bang This book was loaded. Its sweet, fun, and so very sexy. It's hard not to adore Justin. And of course I love a good brothers best friend trope book, a sexy hockey star, and friends to lovers type book. So, if you want to add one to your list to fit in before summer is over, put this one ...
  • Nana
    Playing for Keeps, is the story of Justin Brady, a professional hokey player, and Elise Parrish, a preschool teacher. Two individuals that have been in each others life since childhood. For years they both hid their feelings toward one another for the sake of their relationship and the feelings of the one common denominator, Owen Parrish. Elise’s brother and Justin’s best friend. They try and walk into a relationship without involving their f...
  • Alaina
    Hockey guys? Sign me up. I won't even hesitate diving into this.Playing for Keeps honestly sounded like a book that I've already read. I'm sure that statement is true but I still highly enjoyed this book. Thankfully it was a super quick audio with a nice little romance. In it, you will meet Justin and Elise. Both are likable characters, have amazing chemistry, and sort of made for each other.However, that's that dreadful hint of being a nonexiste...
  • Cyndi
    Pretty good romance. Gotta warn you though, cause some people really hate this, but after the hero and heroine get together the first time, he hooks up with other women. He said he never took them to his bed, he just 'fooled around' but... So our heroine has had a crush on her brother's best friend most of her life. Like all the rest of the hockey team, they hook up with a different 'puck bunny' each night. One night, after a huge win, her brothe...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4 The Line Got Fuzzy Stars* * * * Spoiler FreeKendall Ryan presents the classic tale of best friend's little sis crushing for what seems forever on her brother's bestie and then everyone grows into the adults they become. Which means...Hot Jocks and Adorable Pre School Teacher. This is a sweet fun read which follows the troupe but never bores. Elise Parrish has been either following Justin or her brother, Owen, since they were practically out of ...
  • ABookLover73
    Five hockey stars for Elise and Justin !!!I love reading Kendall's books because they always make me laugh so much .But this one was different from the other books which I've read this year . After a few office romance books, Kendall surprised us with new hockey series !!! Everyone knows how much I love a good sports romance and if you add brother's best friend and friends to lovers tropes, you know that I will fall in love with that book .And th...
  • Andrea Fleury
    Elise and justinElise and Justin have known each other since they were young kids. Elise has always had a crush on justin. He just never knew it. Now they are adults . Justin and Slides brother are best friends. Own a condo together and are professional hockey player on the same team. Justin loved to sew his wild oats with puck bunnies.. But maybe after looking at Elise in a different way . He will become Friends with benefits.??
  • Jen
    Review to come!
  • Amy
    “When she’s beside me, all my nerve endings light up with a feeling I can’t explain. I feel alive. Raw. On edge.”“It’s never been about winning with her, and I’m not playing a game. All I need is one more shot at redemption, and I’m determined to get it.”“He kisses like he plays hockey–with complete confidence and laser focus.”Playing for Keeps is the first book in the all new exciting Hot Jocks Series from author Kendall ...
  • Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    ***AUDIBLE ORIGINAL REVIEW***4.5 CROWNSKendall does quick and dirty so well, and Playing for Keeps is a great example of that.Justin and Elise are incredibly likable. Their chemistry together is great, and their need to sneak around and keep their relationship a secret provides many comedic moments. The plot is relatively straightforward. Sports conflict with the puck bunnies, older brother best friend conflict - all the things we come to expect ...
  • Meredith
    Gah! I loved this sweet friends-to-lovers story! Kendall Ryan always delivers a story jam packed with feels, passion and a heart-racing romance. This one was quick and light and dirty and fun. Playing For Keeps is a deliciously forbidden, brother’s best friend/best friend’s sister story that was an absolute pleasure to read. I really loved this pairing. Elise Parrish is a kind and beautiful preschool teacher who has always been off-limits to ...
  • Anne OK
    Full review to follow soon.
  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    I didn't even second guess when I found out that Playing For Keeps had two of my favourite tropes: A sports romance and a best friend's sister/brother's best friend.I'd say this book was just plain adorable but then on a flip side this was such a fun steamy read too. Playing for Keeps has the best of both worlds. Gosh! I loved the characters in this book. Justin and Elise are seriously stinking cute!It had just the right amount of 'complication' ...
  • Rochelle
    This book was so great. I first listened to it on Audible and I loved being able to revisit them. Justin and Elise were such a great couple. Their story is a friend to lovers’ romance and I loved it. This is one of my favorite tropes to read. I love watching them finally realize their person has been there the whole time. Justin and Elsie were no exception. Elsie is considered forbidden territory because her brother Owen and Justin are best fri...
  • Book Fanatic
    Playing For Keeps has me hooked on these hockey players.Kendall Ryan is my new addict. She writes stories that give you exactly what the can says.If you were looking for a brothers best friend romance with a few pro hockey players, then that is exactly what you get. Along with a bit of a secretive relationship, this story is crystal clear on what it is and for that reason I enjoyed it.I've read a few brother's best friend romances and there's usu...
  • Rebecca
    I’m a sucker for sports romances, which makes Kendall Ryan’s newest release, Playing for Keeps, exactly the kind of story I love to read and then add to it the fact that Elise and Justin’s story also includes the friends-to-lovers and brother’s best friend romance tropes, and there was no way I was missing this one! The idea of more between Elise and Justin might have been something they both have considered a time or two, especially now ...
  • Xanthi patera
    "I know I should see him as nothing more than a disgusting manwhore, or as a second brother to me-but I've never felt anything remotely familial about Justin Brady."
  • Chris
    I was completely captivated by this friends-to-lovers story between a hot, sexy hockey player and his best friend/teammate/roomie's younger sister. Their story was fun, flirty, and full of moments I could definitely identify with. I started reading and couldn't stop...always a good sign! Sexy Justin came to life in my head immediately. Sensible and sweet Elise was smart, sassy and very likable. They grew up together, but will they grow old togeth...
  • Zoe
    Spicy, sexy, and sweet!Playing for Keeps is a beguiling, frisky, passionate tale that mixes the charming, slightly insecure Elise who may finally get more than just a drunken hookup with her forever crush, and Justin, the cocky, handsome hockey player who may finally discover his best friend’s little sister is more than he ever could have imagined and is definitely worthy of a long time instead of just a good time.The writing style is smooth an...