PLAYING FOR KEEPS (the Game Series) by Emma Hart


I am so excited to write a review for this book.  I read the first book in this series called ‘The Love Game’ and I just fell in love with all of the college kids.  They have such different personalities and Aston was one that left me wondering.  I felt there was something deep in that young man, well now we get to see what is actually going on in that sexy head of his.

Book description from Amazon: 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 realizing 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 haunts 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.

My personal feelings about this book: Although I would have loved to of knocked some sense in Braden’s head a few times, I adore how protective he is of Megan.  Emma Hart hooked me instantly with Aston and Megan.  Aston is the playboy that every mother and father warns their little girl about, is actually a very intelligent and moral character.  Megan is just the perfect old soul who is living in the current world.  On paper you wouldn’t see these two together but the author does a wonderful job proving why they HAVE to be together.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are  “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

“Shakespeare was right.  If there is a devil, he’s definitely on this Earth in vain have I struggled.”

This was Aston’s life, the devils were not in hell, they were in his mother’s life.  The men she brought home would beat and abuse Aston and remind him constantly he would never amount to anything. It broke my heart to hear him talk about how he grew up but he is a survivor and I appreciate that in a book.  Where the victim become the helper to others who are suffering the same fate.

“My feelings will not be repressed.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

“You have what they didn’t.  You have love.  We have love.   Every time you feel that hate, think of me and I’ll give you love. Always.”

Love is exactly what Megan used to begin the healing in Aston. She found her Mr. Darcy and she was going to make sure he knew what love felt like. Emma Hart wrote Megan as a sassy determined young woman, who knew what she wanted and she went after it.  The strength in all of the characters are just fabulous.

Emma Hart did a wonderful job keeping the story going and making it difficult to put down the book.  I was surprised at how the characters reacted when the truth was exposed about Aston and Megan, I think the slight twist in reactions was a good thing.  It made it difficult to predict how it was going to work out, but over all it was wonderful to see once again how love and patience can win over the harshest and dark baggage that some people carry. The love scenes were hot yet tasteful and it filled my need for a good romance, along with some angst and secrets and betrayals…………along with flashbacks from the past.  What more could you want in a book?

Go to any of these links to purchase Playing for Keeps, you won’t regret it.


If you haven’t already read The Love Game, you can purchase it at Amazon:

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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 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.

Find Emma online at:
Twitter: @EmmaHartAuthor

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