Chrissy’s Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

Playing Defense (Dallas Demons #5)
written by Aven Ellis
published by Soul Mate Publishing, LLC, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book? 
I did. I read Playing Defense every free chance I had, and as with all of Ms. Ellis’s books, I loved it. I was left with that happy, giddy feeling I always have at the end of her stories.

Playing Defense follows JP Rochat and Reese Brannon through their fast relationship. These characters are young. There were a few times I just wanted them to talk to each other instead of listening to others and not getting the whole story. But that’s the beauty of being the reader, I know what’s happening even when the characters do not. I also wanted more Real.Life.Reese. and hockey. There was quite a bit, but I just wanted more.

Their romance was sweet. I loved their competitiveness. I loved that Reese wasn’t afraid to post her non-healthy treats–Oreos! And I loved seeing what the other characters were up to, especially Harrison and Kylie!


Would I recommend it? Yep! I sure would.




About the book – from Goodreads: After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?



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