Playing To Win – Karen Frances
Genres: Romance, Sports
Release Day: March 29, 2017
Read: March 6, 2017
My Rating: 5
POV: Told in first-person dual perspectives
Not a Standalone – book one ended in a cliffhanger
Series: A Beautiful Game: #1 Playing The Game; #2 Playing To Win
Fletcher Adams, international football star, finally seems to have made the changes in his life that he desperately needed. The past is firmly behind him, where it belongs. He’s settled back in Scotland and enjoying his football career more than ever. Now, he’s focused on Playing to Win, and not just any end of season trophy. No, the trophy he wants more than anything is Jessica.
Jessica Taylor, once again, has to rebuild her life after her ex-boyfriend attacked her, and deal with the aftermath of his death. Her focus is on regaining her strength and determination, and with help and support from Fletcher, she’s certain to find light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Not everything goes to plan for the young couple, and it’s not long before Jessica thinks it’s a bad idea to make plans for the future. After all, the last plans she had for her life were cruelly snatched away. Fletcher has to prove to Jessica that he has changed from his wild days as a player off the field. Is love going to be enough to keep them together, or will they allow the past to come between them?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Day: March 29, 2017
Fletcher and Jessica (Jess)…….
Playing To Win is book two in the A Beautiful Game series. This was also the second book I read by Karen Frances. This author has made me a huge fan! Her writing is incredible; I am in awe. In this book, I experienced every emotion. I do mean that quite literally. There are many ups and downs, downs and ups. In fact, I was on an emotional roller coaster.
I assume you have read book one if you are looking to read Playing To Win. If you haven’t, you should because there was an agonizing cliffhanger and this book picks up right where we left off.
Jess has been trying to heal from a physical and emotional trauma. It is when Fletcher can’t be by her side because he is at an out-of-town football game, that Jess will deal with another horrific incident. When Fletcher does get to her side; he stays there. Fletcher helps her through all the emotional and physical pain. I absolutely am in love with Fletcher Adams! In addition to Jess’s own disheartening issues, Fletcher will discover he is in need of some healing of his own. There are situations that arise that only add to the angst and anxiety of this story. Their journey to a HEA is not easy. In fact, it’s like falling from a cliff, climbing back up only to fall again and again. They went through hell and deserved nothing less than the perfect ending.
Jess and Fletcher unconditionally love each other deeply. Truth is, Fletcher can’t see straight for how intense his feelings are for Jess. He will do anything and everything, and does, to protect her and make her happy.
Jess is a strong heroine despite what she has had to suffer. Some might assume (me included) that she would justifiably be a weak woman due to all the emotional and horrific situations she has gone through. But Jess refused to let the dark side win. She would not let the tragedy of her recent past destroy her. There were many times throughout the book when things became too much for her, but she always bounced back even stronger. I respected Jess very much!
There are so many more things I want to say about this book but I find myself with a lack for proper words. My own emotions were scattered and my heart was breaking right along side of Fletcher and Jess. I will tell you that I thought this book was a fantastic follow up and well worth the wait. Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a fan of cliffhangers. That is saying lightly. So that cliffhanger moment that I nearly threw my Kindle across the room, was made up for with this fantastic book.
I couldn’t be happier with how every issue turned out. Fletcher is at the top of my book boyfriend list and I don’t see him being displaced any time soon.
I highly, highly recommend that you add this and book one Playing The Game to you TBRs; you will not be sorry. I found this series to be steady to fast-paced. I remained fully engaged from the first page and was rewarded with many of the ‘feels’ that we look for in the perfect book, many times over.
The epilogue was amazing! Oh. My. Gosh! I could not be happier about how Fletcher and Jess’s story turned out!
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this novel. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*