Friday, June 28, 2013

Release Week Blitz: Playing for Keeps by Emma Hart

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game…

 She's in love with him. 
He's trying not to love her. 
One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realising she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.

**This book can be read as a standalone novel, but reading The Love Game (The Game, #1) beforehand is advised.**

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My Review

Playing for Keeps is a companion novel to Emma Hart’s The Love Game—both are about the same group of friends at UC Berkeley, and both are love stories told through alternating male and female POVs.  In The Love Game, the story really belonged to the female lead, Maddie, who is dealing with a troubled family background.  In Playing for Keeps, it’s the guy, Aston, who’s wrestling with a broken past—and it’s a doozy.  Aston comes from a heartbreaking background of abuse and neglect that’s vividly described through flashbacks, adding a layer of realism and emotional depth to this story.  While there were certainly many sexy and fun scenes, it’s really Aston’s struggles that are at the center of this novel.

As for Megan, the female lead in Playing for Keeps, I loved that she was a strong, self-confident, self-reliant character.  Megan and Aston realize pretty quickly that they’re perfect for each other…the problem is that to everyone else, Aston is no more than the asshole/playboy fa├žade he shows to the world.  And “everyone else” includes Megan’s lifelong best friend Braden, who has a serious protective streak.  Braden got on my nerves SO MUCH in this book!  Of course, Megan and Aston keep their relationship secret for as long as possible, mostly to avoid Braden’s disapproval.  But the truth always comes out eventually…

In a book like this, we know where the characters are going to end up, but the satisfaction comes from watching them get there.  Playing for Keeps might make you cry a few times, but it will leave you feeling happy and hopeful too.

About the Author

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and growing bump, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of juice and writes books.
She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. Emma is currently working too many books to even count - including Playing for Keeps, the companion book to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Love Game. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to when all the ideas come to life.

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  1. This sounds like a great book. I haven't read the first, and I'm weird with novels like that and even if they are companions I feel like I have to read them in order lol! This is a series I would probably really like. Great review!

  2. I like to read in order too.. I hope you try them. Emma is a huge sweetheart!