Re-Release Blitz: Playing for Keeps (The Game #2) by Emma Hart +Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

TITLE: Playing for Keeps, The Game #2 
RELEASE DATE: February 13th 2014 (originally June 24th, 2013) 
AUTHOR: Emma Hart 
HOSTED BY: The Book Lovers 
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**Re-released with new content and fully edited.** 

A USA Today bestseller! From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game...

She's in love with him. 

He's trying not to love her. 

One night changes everything.

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. 

Betraying Braden by 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. Aston's childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it's clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. 

And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he's buried deep down. What he doesn't want to face. What he's fought against for so long. And they have to do it all without Braden finding out. 

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.


Someone grabs my arm and spins me into the wall. Their mouth covers mine, swallowing my shriek, and their swift movements thwart my attempt at kneeing them in the balls. “You’re not being attacked,” Aston mutters lowly against my mouth. “Unless you want it.” I open my eyes to his in the dim light of the hallway. “You’re a pig, you know that?” “Yet you’re here.” “Apparently.” I drop my eyes. He cups the side of my head, threading his fingers through my hair, and tugs my face upward. His lips touch mine again, soft but forceful, and I slide my hands up his arms to grip his collar. I hold his face against mine, parting my lips for his probing mouth, and push my body into his. He flicks his tongue against mine, before biting on my bottom lip and sweeping it across it. Tremors fall down my spine, and he reaches around to slot his key into the door, breaking the kiss. He shoves it open, his hands trailing down my back, and I let him pull me into his room. He slams the door at the same time he yanks my body against his, his breath fanning across my lips. My eyes drop to his mouth and close as he dips his head to kiss me again. This time it’s firmer, more needing, and my fingers creep below his polo shirt and onto his hot skin. I spread my fingers out, my thumbs brushing the solid muscle on his stomach, and he releases me to pull his shirt over his head. I run my bottom lip between my teeth and run my eyes down his torso. He’s perfect, beautifully so. His skins stretches over each pack of muscle, the shadows in the indents between them like a light engraving on his skin. I step forward and touch my mouth to his chest, and he cups the back of my head. He kisses my earlobe, running his lips down my neck, and my trembling hands reach up between us. What am I doing? “Megan?” I open my mouth to speak but no words come out. Instead I swallow, stepping back. His hands fall away from me and hang limply at his sides. “I …” I swallow again, trying to control the crazy buzzing in the back of my mind. “This … This can’t happen.”

❥My Review:

I really liked The Love Game, the first book in the series, but Playing For Keeps really squeezed my heart. Playing for Keeps is all about Megan and Aston. Hopefully you've read The Love Game first and have already been introduced to this colorful group of friends. Aston is the cocky, womanizer who never fails to lead a girl upstairs at the Friday night parties. Megan is the girl who always watches him walk away. She has conflicting feelings for Aston, and can't act on them due to her extremely protective best friend Braden. Braden is also best friends with Aston, so Aston is well aware of the off-limits rule set upon Megan. One night while Braden is out of town, the two are unable to resist the pull any longer.

This second book in the series definitely has a different feel to it than the first. It was much more about Aston overcoming his past which contained a dark and traumatic moments. I really enjoyed seeing Megan playing such a major role in his healing. She was a strong female and she was there to help him through it all. Despite Aston's demons, she never even thought of giving up on him. I loved how she made him see how amazing he was. She was his rock. Even though helping him was the priority, he also made her feel incredible. 

The relationship between Aston and his Gramps was also a sweet addition. The relationship was believable and quite beautiful. I most definitely cried like a baby during their conversations. Every word was emotional and heartfelt. 

This series is adorable, sexy, and emotional. I recommend you pick up The Game series if you haven't already! 

*An eARC copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

My Rating: 4.5 Kisses

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