Playing for Keeps - Kendall Ryan

Playing for Keeps

By Kendall Ryan

  • Release Date: 2019-08-13
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 353 Ratings


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'll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips....

And now I've spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I'm starting to understand she's the only girl I'll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won't be easily convinced.

That's okay, because I'm good under pressure, and this time, I'm playing for keeps.

Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in an all new stand-alone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!


  • Loved it!!

    By Turtle9100
    Honestly the first book I’ve read fully and it kept my attention the whole time and really only thought about it when I wasn’t reading it. I had to know what happened next. Thank you for this book!!
  • Playing for Keeps

    By Happy G-
    Awesome reads!
  • Playing For Keeps

    By 4bu2
    Once again Kendall has scored a hat trick this hockey romance is off the charts. It grabs you from the first moment you meet the handsome broody Justin and his over the top room mate Owen the over protective brother of sexy sweet Elise. These three have grown up together and Elise has had a crush on Justin since she was nine. Justin has been drawn to her since she was in high school. Elise has always been off limits. This is their story as two old friends reconnect and maneuver the their ever changing relationship and learn that neither of them can be friends with benefits. A five star romcom that will leave you begging for more. Bring on Owen’s story. Bravo Kendall once again you pulled every heartstring !
  • I want my money back

    By straighttalker198
    Not worth the price! The book was only fair and lacked all juicy details. There was like 2 times that the author wrote dirty explicit encounters. The book wasn’t as thorough as i hoped.
  • Sweet, charming and adorable read!

    By Virna Thompson
    I originally listed to the Audible Original of Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan and loved it! So when I had the opportunity to read it, I jumped on the chance! This is an older brother’s best friend romance with all kinds of feels! Justin Brady has been friends Owen and Elise Parish forever. As best friends with Owen, his little sister was always a fixture in their lives. But now they are grown and there isn’t anything little about Elise. But bro code dictates he stay as far away from her as he can. But a night of celebrating leads to an unforgettable night together they both try desperately to forget. Elise and Justin have tried to deny the attraction they feel for each other, so much so, they never expected the other to feel the same way. But when things come to a head, can they keep things fun and light? I loved Justin. He was a truly a good guy who did not think he deserved Elise. He was such a caring and strong man. Elise grew up around hockey and hockey players all her life. She saw the good in Justin, even when he did not see it. She was very likeable, sweet and considerate. I absolutely loved Justin and Elise’s story in Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan. A sweet and delightful older brother’s best friend romance with light angst and a whole lot of charm. I definitely recommend either listening or reading this charming read! Loved it! Happy reading!
  • 3stars

    By Evieo17
    This was a good read. Both Justin and Elise frustrates me and I so wanted to smack them but I’m glad they got over their issues.
  • Hockey romance fun

    By Fa2sdh
    SPORTS ROMANCE, FRIENDS TO LOVERS, BEST FRIEND'S SISTER, SECRET ROMANCE. This books hits all the popular tropes with a characters that make you pull for the win. Justin is a professional hockey player. He has enjoyed the fruits of his labor but now is tired of the puck bunnies and jersey chasers. He wants something real. It can't be Elise. she is his childhood friend, his best friend's sister and definitely off limits. One night proved him right or maybe wrong Elise has had feelings for Justin since forever. After their night together, things did not turn out like she had hoped. Can these two work it out to get a HEA? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    By tkkgo1
    I love this type of book! Especially when they have known each other a long time, and he knows he is supposed to stay away from his best friend’s sister. Justin is the perfect broody man, but he was always thinking of her and always put her first. They started this relationship that was supposed to be casual. They were funny though and sweet. I fell for these characters in the first chapter! I can’t wait for more!
  • Stunningly sweet with awesome heat!

    By Ashel05
    This story was sooooo good!!!!! Justin, hockey Pro who is bored with the status quo, struggles with believing he's lovable due to his parents constant bickering over him during his childhood. Elena, sister to Justin's best Friemd Owen... she's an awesome human and the unofficial wrangler for the hockey team they're on. She's also had a crush on Justin since she was in middle school. Sparks fly when they 'collide'. Highly recommend!! It was awesome!
  • 5 Goal Stars!!!

    By Crystal's Book World
    Another "Goal" for Kendall Ryan! I really fallen for this new series. Playing for Keeps was witty, funny, and smokin' hot! The forbidden romance trope will have you craving for what you cannot have. Elise and Justin hit that spot! I loved this story and cannot wait for more to come from this new series! I mean come on, who does not like a bunch of hunks falling for the right girl :)