Playing for Keeps by Emma Hart

July 1, 2013 Review 0

playing for keepsTITLE/AUTHOR: Emma Hart

AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult Romance

PUBLISHED: 24th June 2013

Reviewed By: Joanne

SOURCE: ARC supplied by Author

Purchase Links: Amazon US || Amazon UK || Barnes & Noble || Kobo || iBooks || Smashwords


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes the second book in The Game series, and the story everyone wanted after The Love Game…She’s in love with him. He’s trying not to love her. One night changes everything.

Aston Banks never meant to get close to Megan Harper – not even for that one night. Haunted by a childhood he refuses to face, he knew she could break through every wall he’d ever built and tear them down without even realizing she was doing it.

Betraying Braden by starting a relationship with Aston wasn’t on Megan’s to-do list, but the second she sees a glimpse of someone other than the arrogant ass she’s come to know, she can’t walk away.

Aston’s childhood is worse than Megan ever guessed, but as he tries and fails to push her away, it’s clear her love is stronger than the demons that cling to him every day. And now, because of it, he finally has to deal with what he’s buried deep down.

What he doesn’t want to face. What he’s fought against for so long.

And they have to do it all without Braden finding out.

Keeping a relationship secret has never been harder.


I enjoyed reading the first book in this series, so when I got the chance to read and review the ARC for this one I jumped at it!

This is Megan and Aston’s story, who we have already met in The Love Game.  Aston, who is a love them and leave them type, has his eye on Megan but he has been warned off by Braden (Megan’s best friend and honorary brother). Megan is also attracted to Aston, but knows he is unlikely to act on his attraction thanks to Braden’s inner caveman!

When Braden is away for the weekend, Megan and Aston seize their chance to ‘scratch the itch’ but then they discover that once is not going to be enough and it feels different for both of them. Fearing Braden’s reaction, they decide to keep their budding relationship a secret until they work out where things are going.

Megan quickly realises that there’s more to Aston than she thought, and she see’s a different side to him that no one else does. She sees his vulnerable side and makes it her goal to get him to open up to her.

Aston’s history of sleeping around has been his coping mechanism, to hide his vulnerability and lack of self belief due to the mental scars left behind from his childhood. He has never told anyone about this, but with Megan he finally feels like she is the one to he can confide in.

The secrecy and sneaking around will eventually catch up with them though, and there is the inevitable showdown with Braden when he discovers what’s been going on. I have to say that it didn’t pan out the way I thought it would.

As with other books I’ve read by Emma Hart, this is told from the point of view of both main characters, and I do like this style of writing, I like knowing what each of the MC’s are thinking.

I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t grab me as much as the first book – I liked Megan and Aston, but for me their story lacked the excitement and heartbreak that Maddie and Braden’s story had in The Game.

I would give this 3.5 stars.



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