Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Playing for Keeps by Ranee` S. Clark

Playing For KeepsPlaying for Keeps
by Ranee` S. Clark
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 228 Pages
June 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications


Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired BYU's star quarterback from afar. This semester, she's determined to step away from the sidelines and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony Rocket Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Anthony, away from the lights of the stadium, Ty realizes that this is no game; she's falling in love . . .

Anthony takes full advantage of his all-star status, holding girls at arm's length for one reason: it keeps him from repeating the same mistakes that once led to a devastating heartbreak. When he meets Ty, his assumption that she's just another pretty face is quickly proven wrong. Though he's completely drawn in by this sweet young woman, her intriguing mix of amusing football know-how, and her quiet selflessness, he will not let himself fall in love. But when faced with the reality of losing the woman he's come to care for despite himself, Anthony's resolve is tested. It's getting harder to keep his head in the game when his heart's on the line.


My Review

This is the first full-length novel I've read from this author and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was cute, sweet, humorous, had a slight edge, and was also romantic (of course). I also loved these characters and the banter between Ty and Anthony. I was hooked from the beginning to the end when a smile was left on my face.

I was expecting just a fun and light romance. The story was definitely sweet and romantic, but there was also so much more going on here. The two characters had some insecurities they had to deal with as well as their faith during different parts. Then there was a suspenseful edge that kept things interesting and added some twists. These were woven through as Ty tried to hang on to Anthony and delve deep enough to get to know the real him and not just the popular star quarterback, and as Anthony tries to resolve his heart to let Ty in. I really liked how the story wasn't taken over by one aspect, but that everything fit together so well. 

Ty and Anthony, as well as some of Anthony's friends and Ty's family had some great conversations. I really loved the banter between Ty and Anthony, but also the camaraderie that existed with Anthony and his friends and both of their families. Those relationships really added to the story. I really loved these characters and that was a huge reason I loved this story so much, besides the fact that it brought out all my emotions and was such an entertaining read.

I pretty much loved Playing for Keeps! I'd recommend it to those who enjoy LDS romance and getting lost in the fears and thrills of first true love. I'm looking forward to seeing what this author writes next.

Content: There was a part where a guy forces himself on a girl, but nothing happens, but I would consider this clean.

Source: I would like to thank Covenant for my complimentary copy for the purposes of this tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Ranee S. Clark

During her early years of reading, Ranee` S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds.

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  1. I like those kind of stories, with friends, family and banter :) Great review !

  2. This was a very cute book. Great Reveiw.


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