Thursday, February 16, 2017

Playing the Game by Lisa B. Kamps Blog Tour

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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Sports Romance
Triggers: Abandonment, horrible parents

Harlan is struggling. He has a past that most people would shudder at. While I can understand his reasons for looking backwards, for trying to find answers, I thought that it was kind of a slow storyline. While he is an amazing hockey player, he's hit a rut and can't really explain to anyone why that is. The only thing that seems to keep him grounded is remembering Courtney, the girl he fell for hard when they were just in middle school.

Courtney has made something of herself. She is working hard to better her situation. She has loved Harlan for as long as she can remember. She has a mom who supports her unconditionally and a secret that Harlan must never know. However, when Courtney's future is threatened by Harlan, she steps up and allows him back in to her life, if only to test him.

Noah is adorable. I loved how he was able to bridge the gap between Courtney and Harlan. I also love that Harlan stood up for Courtney, no questions, when his father acted ridiculous. (Not that Harlan really had a leg to stand on for that one...) Despite Noah's disability, Harlan shows Courtney that he's here to stay, even though Courtney has her reservations, she allows the bonds to form.

I love how this second chance romance develops. I think that Harlan really had to work for his relationship – it wasn't an easy given. Courtney made him work for every connection and I think that it helped make the story more believable. I can't wait to see where this series goes.

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!

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