Caleb and Sadie have been dancing around each other for a while. All of their mutual friends are aware it, they’re aware of it, but it takes an abandoned puppy in a rainstorm to make them deal with it. Both fraught with baggage, Playing for Keeps is the story of how two adults can find strength in each other without abandoning themselves. First and foremost, before I get into the plot, I found a few elements of this book to be delightfully surprising. First of all, there is a frank and real treatment of self-harm (happened previously in Sadie’s life, but the repercussions still reverberate). Second, when Caleb and Sadie fight - which happens a few too many times for my enjoyment, but totally keeping with their relationship - they always make up like adults. There are measured conversations, apologies and explanations, and the conflict serves to knit them closer together. By the time we hit the HEA, I was so convinced that they’d work out that I was nearly looking for their wedding registry.
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