FICTION
Playing for Keeps
Avon. (Heartbreaker Bay, Bk. 7). Feb. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780062741882. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062741868.CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarWhen tattoo artist Sadie Lane and venture capitalist Caleb Parker rescue a starving, shivering dog one cold rainy night, they end up "co-petting" the dog (apparently the latest craze). Now, they both want to adopt Lollipop, so sharing the responsibility is the only option. With Sadie's fierce independence and distrust of gorgeous "gazillionaire suits" and Caleb's outward confidence and flirty charm, sparks fly from the start—only to turn incendiary despite Sadie's best intentions. Familiar characters reappear and the famous fountain once again does its matchmaking job in a story that brings two perfect-for-each-other people together.
VERDICT Total opposites bond over a three-legged dog and find they have much more in common. A heart-melting, laugh-out-loud sexy romp that adds another delightful chapter to Shalvis's San Francisco-set series. Shalvis (Hot Winter Nights) lives in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.

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