Play Me by Diane Alberts (Take a Chance #3)

Play Me (Take a Chance, #3)

Even the best-laid plans can go awry.
Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.

Source: ARC from Entangled Publishing for an honest review

Characters

I just realized that I usually start with the woman, but today, I want to start with the hero.  Garrett is in love with his best friend’s sister and has been since high school.  He’s been secretly meeting with her to have drinks, thinking that they’re friends and nothing more, but he can’t seem to help himself with her. Then one night, Kiersten makes a move on him and she ends up PREGNANT. Oops.

Kiersten is just trying to scratch an itch and if it happens to be with someone who made her cheating ex-fiance jealous, all the better. Kiersten knows that Garrett has a thing for her, and she’s attracted to him, but she just cannot get past being thrown over by her ex for his secretary.  She thinks she’s somehow not worthy or just not the type of person who can find romantic love.  Kiersten does have plenty of love to go around, as witnessed by her becoming mother to her late sister’s son, who she’s raised since he was a baby, and she loves her brother and sister, but she thinks she’ll just have to live without that great love that her sister has with her husband. But now she has a baby on the way and it looks like Garrett is making a move to become a permanent piece of her family puzzle.

Overall Thoughts:

It was a sweet romance.  I loved Garrett.  He was so head over heels for Kiersten that even his best friend, her brother, would call him on it and tell him he needed to move on.  Garrett was at turns hopeful and dejected around Kiersten because she made all the decisions.  If it was up to him, he would have married her immediately upon learning that she was pregnant with his child, but Kiersten had her wall firmly in place and had no intention of ever letting Garrett, or any man, breach it.  I really felt for him because I just couldn’t get behind Kiersten’s issues.  Her distrust of Garrett was misguided, especially since she’d known him practically all her life and knew the kind of man he was.  But all in all, I did like the book and I want to read the other two books that came before it (hopefully there is a little more exposition of Kiersten’s family dynamics).  The sex scenes were fantastic and really made the book better in my opinion.  I thought it was a sports romance book, as I mentioned on twitter, because of the basketball on the cover, but Garrett is a basketball coach and that’s the extent of that. I wanted to read it straight through and put off doing my homework and it was totally worth it.

3.5/5

daph

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