Playing For Keeps by Ranee S. Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Contemporary LDS Romance
Book Description: 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 thoughts; This was a fun book to read. It is cleverly written. The conversations between Ty and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing.
In the beginning of the book the focus is on Ty trying to get Anthony's attention. She "meets" him when she purposely enrolls in a football coaching class he is in. Her spunky personality and knowledge of football at first intrigue him. It doesn't take long before the interest becomes a little more personal.
She has a game plan to get to know him, but it doesn't take long to learn that sometimes game plans need to be thrown out and spontaneity is the best course of action.
There were some very positive messages laid out in this fun book. The first is the importance of being yourself. Don't try to be someone you think everyone else wants you to be
The book also looks at stalking. It's pretty scary how much information is out there on the internet. Ty has to deal with the situation of a football groupy targeting her when she becomes close to the team. She also does a little bit of stalking of her own. It's a great lesson to think about what you put out there and what you look up about other people.
Often we put people in a box and label them without knowing them first. We assume that they will react in a certain way. We assume that they don't have interests and talents outside of what we know. This book also looked at that situation and how people can surprise us. Don't judge, don't assume.
This book is targeted towards the LDS reading market. The book is set on the BYU campus and does have religious elements. The story is cute and clean.
About the Author (taken from Goodreads) : 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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