Monday, April 21, 2014

ARC book review: Surprisingly (Playing For Hearts #5) by Debra Kayn

Available April 21, 2014
Ebook provided by publisher through netgalley 

Bruce Coldwell, world-class pro bass fisherman, walks into his friend Crista Johnson’s apartment and instantly falls in lust with Crista’s supermodel neighbor. The two weeks of vacation with his best friend will give him the perfect opportunity to dally with the bombshell. Now all he has to do is convince Crista to hook them up.

Excited to have her friend Bruce stay with her, Crista Johnson plans out their whole staycation. But, when he asks her to set him up with a woman she’s trying to un-friend from her life, Crista knows he’s asking the impossible. Janelle is a piranha and only sleeps with other woman’s husbands, and boyfriends, and lives to one up other women. 

When Bruce suggests Crista poses as his lover to create the perfect bait, Bruce finds out he might’ve reeled in the wrong fish … um, woman. Hook, line, and sinker!

This is the last in the Playing for Hearts series. I have only read a couple of them so I feel they can all be read as stand alone books. In this one we have professional fisherman Bruce Coldwell and athlete Crista Johnson. Bruce and Crista have been best friends for a long time and when he comes for to stay for 2 weeks she's got plans for what they can do. This all gets blown to bits when he asks her to hook him up with her bitchy gorgeous supermodel next door neighbor. She's been tolerating Janelle her neighbor for the past 2 years she's lived there even though the woman is constantly putting her down and blatantly goes after every married or taken man she sees. After several attempts at setting Bruce up with Janelle and her blowing hot and cold he starts to change his mind about Janelle especially after he sees how she treats Crista.  Suddenly he's seeing a different Crista one he never let himself think about before.  This is a quick paced read. Bruce and Crista have to find their way through this new level in their relationship. Risking their friendship for the possibility of something more. New territory for both but also Crista has some insecurities about herself she has to work through. It was fun to see Bruce have to slow down and really think about what he's doing with Crista and for Crista to really figure out she's worth it and can compete with any woman out there for the man she loves. This book also has a wrap up with all the character from the previous book. That can be a bit confusing if you have not read the other books but didn't bother me.  I never knew fishing could be so sexy!! 

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