- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Silhouette Books (Oct 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373218346
- ISBN-13: 978-0373218349
- Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,874,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
As Dale and Joanna start seeing each other, they begin to fall in love. However, she feels his carefree attitude is too much like her ex while he mistrusts women after a terrible childhood and the betrayal of his ex. Still with neither wanting anything permanent love forces both to reconsider if he can only trust her with his heart.
Fans of contemporary romance between two wounded protagonists will want to read Karen Templeton's fine PLAYING FOR KEEPS. The story line will delight sub-genre fans, as the lead duo is a nice pair who deserve happiness and can achieve this in the arms of the other. The problems suffered by one of the children add depth and serious parenting issues to the mix, but also takes away from the prime theme though it's intended to provide a dilemma to the romance. Still this is a solid tale that will provide pleasure to the audience.
To Joanna, Dale seems to be going through the Peter Pan syndrome, and he may be sexy as sin, but she does not need another child. Dale is not one to take no for an answer though, and with an assortment of unlikely allies, he manages to work past her defenses and into her heart. He was only looking for a fun affair, but what he finds is much more.
***** Dale is worth putting on the list of all time keeper heroes, and this book is one that also makes the keeper list. Real life is filled with romance, as you will see after reading it. Laughter and tears combined with feel good characters to tell a winning and warm story. *****
Karen's talent and skill at creating compelling characters, sparkling dialogue, and realistic scenes, makes PLAYING FOR KEEPS a must read for her legion of fans.
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