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10 thoughts on “Playing at Love (Perfect Kisses, #1)

  1. Ginger Ginger says:

    I started this book last nightand I finished this book last night It was addicting and I simply could not put it down The characters are engaging and I fell in love with them immediately The author kept giving you a piece of chocolate and not the whole candy bar and so the pages flew byI could completely identify with Tess and the feelings she voiced of I want to but I shouldn't This book brought back memories of when I was falling in love with my husband and the feelings you feel when you cannot wait to see each other again the uncertainty if he'll call again tomorrow and the worry of getting your heart broken againWhat I praise this book for thus the 5 star rating is that this book is classified as romance yet I don't have to read all the raunchy stuff that is sometimes characteristic of this category Don't get me wrong there is PLENTY of steam and oh it's hot but without the gross and unnecessary details My own imagination works just finethank you Ophelia I cannot wait to read Speaking of Loveaka Perfect Kisses #2And a big shout out to Entangled Publishing for coming up with the Bliss line I'm so happy there is finally something that I'm not ashamed of reading in front of my mother Kudos

  2. Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts) Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts) says:

    Second Chances are rare and are gained Second chances happen for a reason and that second chance might be a better start and a better way than the firstTess and Jackson met each other one summer of their teens but on a very important night Jack stood up and left Tess and she still hold that memory up to this very moment After years Jack came back to her life not to be with Tess but to be the new football coach to the school where' she’s the choir teacher Sparks fly instantly then they realize they do know each other and cross paths before Now they’re against each other to save their jobs and also the likes of their students They shouldn’t get involved but there’s this thing about them As their deadline date comes they should both choose what’s important –winning the school thing or falling in love The synopsis easily sold me It really got me curious and besides it’s about second chances and I’m a sucker for that Good thing I reuested this for review and wow I really liked it The concept was great and though it may seem basic to some reading this seems like a breathe of fresh air for meTess' character is genuine and she's pretty much easy to read what you see is what you get It's easy to know when she's happy or when something is bothering her She loves her job and the thrill of teaching and waiting her students perform and in this story that characteristic was potently shown I can't blame her for being skittish when she saw Jack once again because I really do feel the pain and betrayal she felt even after all those yearsJack is one honest and good man I really like how he man up and shown to Tess that what he did during the past was wrong He’s a very responsible man now and a great coach to his teamJack and Tess are meant for each other That's what I though the first moment they stumble once again with each other I love their past story but also the present one where they get to know each other as adults and just hang out I can’t help but feel nostalgic about them The story of their past was pretty sweet for me But I think that’s also the part that was missing for me on this story Though they relate what happened during then I just want to see I want to know how they fall in love and stuffs like that A little detailed flashback story wouldn’t hurt ;The plot line of the story was fast but still much engaging The conflict to the story has a very tight grip on me It really keeps me hanging’ on it I can't help but think of possible things that would happen Since it’s sort of like a competition between Jack and Tess' groups I can’t help but think how they could handle that and since I hate complications my mind also starts working on how these two would solve their problem Things popped into my mind and man None of them was rightIn all it was one enjoyable story The characters are very engaging and interesting The romance was very sweet and the plot line was all too hooking and entertaining to read and even the dialogues and banter between the characters are very funny Things packed up nicely and the second chance did work for both Tess and Jack Well done PS I hosted a Guest Post with the author which tackles behind the scenes of the story Please do check it out hereAdvanced copy kindly provided for reviewBlog Tour deets posted at Reads and Thoughts

  3. Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) says:

    When I saw this new Bliss title I jumped at the chance to read it It has my favorite trope – you guessed it – second chances at love I just can’t resist that one so as I settled into my seat for the flight back from OKC I started gobbling up this book It is a sweet romance with rapid pacing and fun characters Tess loves her job as the show choir teacher at Franklin High She loves mentoring her students and pushing them to be the best they can be When her job is threatened due to budget cuts she is on the defensive The only way to save her show choir is to take first place at Regionals and even then she has to hope that the new football coach Jack meets with failure If Jack can’t win 4 out of 6 games with the beleaguered football team his new position will be going down the toilet Their rivalry is fueled by Jack’s betrayal when they were teenagers As the entire town starts to choose sides Jack and Tess must decide what’s most important – winning or falling in loveI liked Tess and felt that I got to know her and what made her tick She’s appalled to face a ghost from her past and infuriated when Jack’s football team threatens the survival of her show choir program She loves her job and she needs a paycheck to help keep her parents’ home out of foreclosure When Jack comes waltzing back into her life after breaking her heart all those years ago Tess doesn’t want to have anything to do with him She still hasn’t gotten over his betrayal She can’t trust men and something always drives her away from a serious steady relationship Jack has always regretted what he did that summer all those years ago Now he has a chance to make up for it but Tess won’t give him the time of day He’s beyond dismayed to learn that his new dream job may go up in smoke and he can’t believe that his team has to compete with the show choir for survival The added conflict to their relationship kept me engaged in the story Since one of the programs has to go I kept wondering how either protagonist would accept defeat As the competition began to divide the school and eventually the community both Jack and Tess began to see the damage that was being done as pranks between supporters began to get out of hand I enjoyed reading along as they tried to come up with a mutually agreeable solution to the mess they found themselves in As their October deadline approached they each began to uestion what was really important in their lives As they worked through this dilemma it seemed that their relationship would take one step forward and two back but I never felt that the pacing suffered regardless of all of the new road bumps they encounteredPlaying at Love keeps a flirty tone throughout I didn’t feel that Tess and Jack’s past was explored enough but the story kept me entertained through a mechanical delay a late flight crew and a layover at DFW My one nitpick – I felt that it lacked depth and the ending was wrapped up too uickly and too conveniently Still there is a good time to be had by all and I believe that Jack and Tess won’t suander their second chance at a happy ever afterGrade B

  4. Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews says:

    Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews45 StarsI always worry when I read a new to me author if I’ll enjoy her or his work and I’ll admit I’m kind of choosy about who I read However the synopsis of this book sold me on it and I am so glad I asked to review it Ophelia London has written a fantastic romance story filled with lots of steam between two people with a history who are both trying to save their jobsI swear this story could have been ripped from the headlines all across the United States; mismanagement by the school superintendent has left a budget crisis with huge cuts to be made The choices football or show choir glee club I’ll admit even living in Texas I’ve never been a huge football fan but I wholeheartedly support the arts so I found this set up extremely intriguingTess and Jackson shared a summer together as teens but on an important night Jack stood Tess up and she’s never forgotten it When Jack shows up as the new football coach at the school where she’s the choir teacher there’s an immediate attraction and then they realize they’d crossed paths before They are pitted against each other in a race to save their jobs; things get tense heated and they agree they shouldn’t be involved I love how these two rediscovered each other as aduts and took the time to really get to know one another Their attraction simmers and they both have their reasons besides their jobs not to get involved but following an incident they share a kiss that turns in to so much I liked the “new love” feel to this story; wondering when you’ll see the person again will they call are they thinking of you like you are thinking of them the I can’t wait to get my hands on you again feelingI really enjoyed this love story; the characters were complex and interesting the romance was sweet yet steamy and the plot line engaging and entertaining I found myself laughing at the amusing dialog and crying at some of their “confessions” This is an extremely well round and balanced story and I’m hoping that book two Speaking Of Love will feature Tess’ friend MacKenzie Mac as she really needs a happily ever after Well done Ms London

  5. Jennifer (random jendsmit) Jennifer (random jendsmit) says:

    So I really really liked this book I am usually a little iffy about the Bliss books but I always like them I don't know why but I must get amnesia every time I pick a new one up I am always iffy because I know they don't have the steamy sexy stuff in them Don't get me wrong they are AWESOME and always full of steaminess just not the normal stuff I'm used to really loving from Entangled Ok now that I've kind of confused everyone with my ramblings but I will say this this book DOES NOT NEED the extra explicit stuff that I classify as Adult if you know what I mean wink wink I completely LOVED this book The story was so good characters are amazing setting is perfect I think I loved this because of the history between Tess and Jack I loved the story there I always love a second chance romance Don't hate me but it reminds me of an adult version of Glee kind of It isn't centered around the glee club show choir completely it's about their teacher but you meet a few kids And they totally add tot he story My favorite parts of the story were in the pool and at Tess's apartment LOVED ITI don't have a song for you for this book I know unusual right? Since this had so much music in it anyway I couldn't really hear anything specific the whole way throughAnyway final words check out this book I think you'll like it It is a perfect classic contemporary romance story 3

  6. Nancy Nancy says:

    This is a really sweet story about a high school choir director and a football coach I fell in love with the characters right away and had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book in the series

  7. Cindi Cindi says:

    Loved this fun book Great characters and the concept was so much fun I could feel the heat between Tess Jack and was cheering for them all the way up to the end And oh that ending It had me reading with a big happy smile on my face

  8. Sara HarlequinJunkie Sara HarlequinJunkie says:

    Reviewed at HarleuinJunkiecomFirst I have to say that I love the title It’s a wonderful play of words considering the professions of the main characters Tess and Jack met when they were 16 years old He was her first love and the first one to break her heart Now 15 years later they meet again during the first day of class during the faculty meeting She is the show choir teacher and he is the new football coach Unfortunately this will not be a good start to their reunion She cannot forgive him for what he did 15 years before and now they also have to compete against each other to keep their jobs They each have something that’s holding them back from a relationship But can they get past the current competition to keep their jobs and the past mistakes in order to build something new and get their HEA or will their love for their job and their responsibilities to others keep them away from each other? I liked that Jack and Tess had everyday problems and things to deal with As well as the fact that they have lessons to learn in order to be able to have a relationship and their HEA The story line was fun and interesting Recommended Read

  9. Kassiah Kassiah says:

    4 12 starsThis book made me fall in love with Ophelia London I love football and I love second chance romance so I couldn't wait to grab this book I loved Jack swoonyeyes and really liked Tess I loved their history and the sparks that were flying between them Playing at Love was fast paced sweet and fun and I can't wait to read all of Ophelia London's books For reviews and bookish talk visit our blog at Pretty Sassy Cool

  10. Julianne Julianne says:

    This story is a sweet and sexy romance that is clean but not prude I like a little heat but not the trash and Tess and Jack were steamy enough The story kept a good pace and you really want to figure out how they overcome their adversity It's a great weekend read that is relatable and believable no over the top characters that are too much imagination and not enough substance I do wish though that we saw a little of Mac's sassy personalityWill definitely read Ophelia London's next book

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Playing at Love (Perfect Kisses, #1) ❮Reading❯ ➵ Playing at Love (Perfect Kisses, #1) ➭ Author Ophelia London – Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things music her job and sharing that passion with her students But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or musi Show choir teacher Tess Johansson loves three things music her job and sharing that passion with her students But when a school budget crisis forces funding to be pulled from either the sports or music programs she finds herself going head to head with Jack the gorgeous new football coach who broke her heart fifteen years agoJack Playing at PDF/EPUB or Marshall wants two things to be closer to his young daughter and to make his mark as a football coach Taking the new job with the promise that he’d have time to build a solid team gave him both But now he must win the season with a group of boys who aren't anywhere near ready or he’ll lose everything he’s worked so hard for Being pitted against Tess the summer love he never forgot is like being fourth and long with only seconds on the clockOn opposing sides of a fierce battle and with everything at stake Tess and Jack find themselves torn between doing what it takes to win and doing what it takes to be together.