June 14, 2018 3 min to read

Review: Playing for Keeps by Samantha Lind

Category : Reviews

Friends with benefits—it never works. Someone always ends up wanting more.

What happens when both want more, but neither will tell the other?

Richard Murphy has been in the NHL for fifteen years, playing the game he loves. But with retirement looming in the next few years, he’s ready to settle down and start a family. There’s only one woman he wants that with, but she’s put him firmly into the friends—with benefits—category. Can he change her mind and heart, and prove to her he’s playing for keeps?

Madison O’Neal has been a lover of sports since she was young. She and her dad bonded over them, both during and after her mother lost her battle with breast cancer. Her love of sports led to a successful career as a sports agent. As much as she loves her job, what she really wants is a family—and someone to call her own. But the one man she’s head-over-heels in love with has her in the friends—with incredible benefits—category.

Can Madison and Richard find their way through the murky waters of friendship and become the lovers they secretly want to be?

My Review:
Genre: Romance – Friends with Benefits, Sports, Hockey
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 3 of the Indianapolis Eagles series. Each book features a different couple who show up as side characters in the other books. Books are chronological so as the series progresses you see more of the previous couple’s HEA. Fun for readers of the series but not necessary for the story.
POV: Richard and Madison
Steam Level: Toasty

Playing for Keeps is the third book in Samantha Lind’s Indianapolis Eagles series. I read all three and love them all. Samantha Lind has a unique writing style, in that her books are about adults being adults. There’s no angst or drama for the sake of angst and drama. The couples in her books feel like real couples, like they could be your friends. Playing for Keeps continues in this manner. Madison and Richards (aka Murph) have had a long term friends-with-benefits relationship. Both love each other but are afraid to tell the other for fear of ruining their friendship. When Madison decides to start dating, she tells Richard. There’s no hiding, no wishy washy boo hoo bologna that a lot of other books have. Richard then decides that stop being chicken and tell her how he feels, but is respectful enough to not if things get serious between Madison and someone else. Once everything is out in the open it’s like reading a couple doing everyday things: work, dinner, life. Richard and Madison are there for each other when things get rough and communicate when feeling blue. While sexy, the sex just enhanced their relationship. Sex wasn’t used just because, but as a was to express love and support, a way to get closer to each other. If you’re looking for a fun sports romance filled with adults, in adult relationships, acting like adults and communicating in a drama-free environment, then pick up Samantha Lind’s Indianapolis Eagles series. The guys are sweet and sexy, the ladies are sassy and funny, and all characters are smart and mature. Playing for Keeps continues this and is well worth the read.

I received an advanced copy of this book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Madison feels the same damn way about you. Both of you are just too damn chicken shit to tell each other.
  • I’m not just looking for dick. If I was happy with just dick, I wouldn’t need to date, as I have unlimited access to one already.
  • I can’t change the past, so I’m going to focus on the future.
  • Having her in my arms has just become the most important thing I can do today.
  • Like peanut butter and jelly go together, Madison and I just fit, we make sense together, and I’ll do everything in my power to keep it that way.
  • Once again, I find myself jealous of my own damn dog.
  • I lay there, her in my arms, and just breathe her in. This feeling of completeness, like I’ve found my forever, fills me. Madison is my end game.

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