the one person who knows him better than anyone else.
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.
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.
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
Review by Christine:
Playing The Game by Lisa B. Kamps defiantly sets the bar high for a start to a new series! In this spin off from Lisa’s Baltimore Banner’s series we are now following the York Bombers and Hartland Day who we saw from the last Banner book was sent down to the farm team.
Hartland though he had it all. A great career he loved but something was missing and being sent down to the Bombers, Baltimore’s farm team, wasn’t part of the plan. Something is missing and Hartland can’t seem to find his grove in the game. On a goal drought for too many games to count his team mates are starting to think he’s cursed. Is he cursed or is he just missing a key piece from his past? Courtney Williams doesn’t live a glamours life, living with her mother in the house she grew in. It’s been over three years since she’s seen her high school sweetheart but she’s followed his career. How could she not when she looks into a spitting image of his eyes daily.
Playing The Game is a beautifully written second chance romance with the perfect amount of angst! I couldn’t put this story down once I started it I needed to know Hartland’s secret and oh man did I tear up. Watching Hartland take back his life and stand up for himself was refreshing. I understood Courtney’s reasons for keeping things from Hartland even though – technically it wasn’t her. Her fears and protective nature are strong characteristics I loved in Courtney. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series – it’s off to an amazing start! 5 Stars for Playing The Game by Lisa B. Kamps
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.
Department then did a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bar tending
in east Baltimore, and finally served as the Director of Retail Operations for
a busy Civil War non-profit.
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!