Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Review: Playing For Keeps [The Game #2] by Emma Hart


Title: Playing For Keeps
Author: Emma Hart
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Genre: Romance
Series: The Game #2
Source: Bookbridgr
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 9th October 2014

Tell Me About It
Books one and two in the New York Times bestselling THE GAME series, together in one delicious package...

PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper - not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he'd ever built and tear them down without even realizing she was doing it.

Starting a relationship with Aston wasn't on Megan's to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she's come to know, she can't walk away.
My Thoughts
I was extremely eager to make a start on Playing For Keeps after finishing The Love Game. I could not wait to meet Aston and Megan again, and get into their heads. It's pretty clear once we start the book that the sparks will fly quickly for this couple, and fly they do, as well as burning  hot. But with Braden an ever constant presence it's not only hard for Aston and Megan to act on these sparks, but also makes them feel guilty for even thinking of going behind Braden's back.

Playing For Keeps was just as good as the previous book, and I really like how it can be read both as a stand alone without you feel like you are missing out, but also as a next in series.

As Playing For Keeps progresses we get to see some of Aston's past through flashbacks, and his past wasn't exactly a bed of roses. Seeing what he experienced really broke my heart, but it explains so much about his 'hump them and dump them' attitude and why he is fighting his feelings towards Megan so hard. Megan also has her own issues, she knows what she feels for Aston, but doesn't want to upset her best friend Braden, and is worried that by being together, Braden will take it out on Aston....or more likely Aston's face.

Playing For Keeps was an entertaining, and an emotional read. I loved how non judgmental Megan is of Ashton's background, how she is supportive of him, and helps him through a lot of tough times.
Just because someone's past and upbringing is fucked up doesn't mean the person is, Aston.
But I also felt sorry for Ashton, going through what he has, but proud of what he has achieved and plans to achieve.  Ashton and Megan make a perfect couple, but one you would not initially put together, and I am looking forward to catching up with them if they make guest appearances in the next books in this series.

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