PLAYING FOR KEEPS                          KATE DONOVAN
Posted:  Jan. 30, 2015

Playing for Keeps by Kate DonovanWhen Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising, she knows just which spokesperson to pitch: gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling. She has followed his career since college and knows he’s perfect for the spot, even though it’s common knowledge his famous family doesn’t do product endorsements, ever. But Erica knows Johnny’s weak spot, and she’s confident she can use it to gain his trust and seal the deal.

Quarterback Johnny Spurling is running out of time. His father’s health is failing, and there’s one last thing he’s asked Johnny to do—settle down and produce a son, before it’s too late. Which means Johnny needs a new kind of girlfriend. No more casual hookups or high-maintenance divas. When his sister-in-law claims to have the perfect candidate, he urges her to set up a postseason blind date.

Then Johnny meets long-haired, long-legged Erica and can’t resist her outrageous proposal—or her. So he decides he’ll do the commercial and have one final, hot-as-hell fling before settling down. They set the ground rules, then proceed to break every one of them as fun turns to the kind of true romance that just doesn’t end with the final touchdown—and with luck, never ends at all.

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     This is the third book of Kate’s that I have read.  I have to say that her books are very engaging.  You become fully invested in her characters because each one for sure brings something different to the table.  Invoking so many different emotions in you that you feel you are right there in the story with them all.
     This story revolves around Erica McCall who is an up and coming in the Advertising World.  She finally getting her chance to work with the A-team.  Several think she took a cheap shot in how she got there by filing a formal complaint on Frank Garr for sexual harassment.  She agreed not to file formal charges on him and in turn her bosses are allowing her to be able to pitch an idea she has for a client they have. 
Plus a gag order on all at the meeting which was the owner, Frank and A-team executives. All agreed.
     Yet, Frank had a problem keeping from making crude remarks over and over again.  Her idea was accepted on the condition she could get Johnny Spurling who he and his family never did commercial endorsements, but especially for beer since his mom and brother were killed by drunk drivers.  So due to this commercial to air at the half time of the Super Bowl, not wanting his family to find out and clearing things with the league, the NFL, and the Lancers the team Johnny plays QB for.  Mum was the word.
     Plus when they met with Johnny and his agent Murf, there was a glow of sexual chemistry that bounced off Erica and Johnny.  So, when they chose to have a couple of nights together they knew it would have to be over by Super Bowl.  He had promised his dad he would finally settle down, get married, and start a family.  So, finally agreed to have a blind date with a school teacher after Super Bowl that his sister-in-law would set up.  Or will it happen???
     The ones that stole my heart in this book were “Bam Man” and “Deck.”  I want me a “Deck.”  They were just so funny, sweet, and cute.  I give this book 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.  Follow us at:

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