I received this book for free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: York Bombers #1
Published by BimHaven Press on February 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Harland Day knows what it's like to be on rock bottom: he was there once before, years ago when his mother walked out and left him behind. But he learned how to play the game and survived, crawling his way up with the help of a friend-turned-lover. This time is different: he has nobody to blame but himself for his trip to the bottom. His mouth, his attitude, his crappy play that landed him back in the minors instead of playing pro hockey with the Baltimore Banners. And this time, he doesn't have anyone to help him out, not when his own selfishness killed the most important relationship he ever had.
Courtney Williams' life isn't glamorous or full of fame and fortune but she doesn't need those things to be happy. She of all people knows there are more important things in life. And, for the most part, she's been able to forget what could have been--until Harland gets reassigned to the York Bombers and shows back up in town, full of attitude designed to hide the man underneath. But the arrogant hockey player can't hide from her, the one person who knows him better than anyone else. They had been friends. They had been lovers. And then they had been torn apart by misunderstanding and betrayal.
But some ties are hard to break. Can they look past what had been and move forward to what could be? Or will the sins of the past haunt them even now, all these years later?
Playing The Game is the first book in Lisa B. Kemps new series “York Bombers”. I can honestly say this book starts the series off strong and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the “York Bombers” series.
Playing The Game is centered around Harland, a professional hockey player who was on top of his game only to have fallen from grace and is now playing on the “farm” team. I was immediately intrigued by the way the story began and this sort of unknown factor about why Harland is going through a dry spell in his career.
I really liked that Harland grew from the beginning of the book to the end. I felt like his character overcame every obstacle that was put before him. He struggled through his dry spell and I felt like he came out a better man from it.
I also liked Courtney and I could understand her decision 100% because I had been in her footsteps once upon a time. I loved how she was able to overcome her fears and really let Harland back into her life. I felt like this was a really good second chance romance.
The writing automatically pulled me in and I would not put down my iPad unless it was absolutely necessary. I also loved that she included actual hockey games into the story. Many times while reading a sports romance, the author doesn’t really include games so it was nice to see a couple.
Overall, I personally really enjoyed this. It packed an emotional punch and it was a page-turner. I cannot wait for book 2.
About The Author
Lisa B. Kamps is the author of the best-selling series The Baltimore Banners, featuring “hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players” (USA Today), on and off the ice. Her firefighter series, Firehouse Fourteen, features hot and heroic firefighters who put more than their lives on the line. Her newest hockey series, The York Bombers, launches with PLAYING THE GAME in February, 2017.
In a previous life, she worked as a firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department then did a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bartending in east Baltimore, and finally served as the Director of Retail Operations for a busy Civil War non-profit.
Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly sorta-kinda out of the house), one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count. When she’s not busy writing or chasing animals, she’s cheering loudly for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals–or going through withdrawal and waiting for October to roll back around!