Playing The Game
Lisa B. Kamps
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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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I generously received this ARC from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review...
Playing the Game is the first book in Lisa B. Kamps brand-new York Bombers series releasing February 14! This my first book from this author and I can't even begin to describe how much I truly adored Harland and Courtney's epic love story.
Harland Day has officially hit rock bottom... Being downgraded to the York Bombers was a hard hit for him, but he has to be willing to fight in order to back to where he was before. Courtney Williams' has never had fame or fortune. The only thing she ever really wanted was Harland, and she had him - until she didn't. Years ago after discovering that she was pregnant he immediately denied that it was his and the two part ways. After parting ways neither of them ever expected to see each other again until he's back home.
Since I don't want to give away the surprise in this story this is all I am going to say about the plot, but I will say that you are going to LOVE this beautifully written book! I loved this book so much that I am already "stalking" Lisa B. Kamps page for news on the next release in the York Bombers series! <3
Playing The Game (York Bombers #1) by Lisa B. Kamps
Lisa B. Kamps is off to a tremendous start with PLAYING THE GAME the first book from the York Bombers series. The Bombers are the AHL team of Kamps NHL Baltimore Banners series team. I love that she started this series. There is a whole different level of emotion at an AHL level. Harland Day had been recently sent down from the Banners. He has lost his edge and is struggling to get it back. Once he returned to his hometown in York, he cannot stop thinking about his ex-girlfriend, Courtney Williams and discovers some secrets that have been kept from him. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.
I loved this story. I appreciated how it started out with the prologue. It really set the mood for the book. Harland and Courtney are amazing and complex characters with a long history. They are both believable and have multiple issues to overcome. They had a horrible break up and that left them both scarred. Harland had a rough childhood. It is understandable how he hoped his dad was looking out for him. Courtney rightfully has trust issues. I love that this couple gets a second chance. I enjoyed the story about how they originally met. I love how Harland accepts and treats Noah.
The hockey aspect in the story was well represented. It depicted Harland’s struggles on the ice. I enjoyed his team mates. He has some good friends who are trying to look out for him.
PLAYING THE GAME is another amazing book by Lisa B. Kamps. She continues to write skillful plots that are exciting and heartfelt. I’m looking forward to her next story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Great Start to Spin Off Series
Playing the Game is the first book in the York City Bombers series. This is a new series involving a hockey farm team for the Baltimore Banners. As with the author's other books, the action is hot and steamy, so definitely 18+. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. If you read the Baltimore Banners series, you are already familiar with the main character Harland and his implosion and demotion. Now we get his story and find out why all that happened. The author did a good job of giving depth, thoughts, and emotions to these characters. As a hockey fan, I always like the hockey action, but like how this book also highlighted that off the ice the players are real people with issues just like the rest of us. I look forward to reading more of this series.