Tuesday, 14 February 2017


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Playing The Game
York Bombers #1
By: Lisa B. Kamps
Releasing February 14, 2017
BimHaven Press

In Playing the Game (York Bombers #1) by Lisa B. Kamps, Harland Day is struggling with his game as an ice hockey player. Even worse, he's been dumped from the pros and now plays in the minors, and unless he can find a way to improve, he could find himself tossed off the team altogether. He knows one thing that might help, but who knows whether his ex will be able to forgive and forget the horrible way they parted. Can Harland find a way to earn her forgiveness, especially when he discovers the secret she's hiding?

Ever since reading my first book by Ms. Kamps, I have looked forward to every book she's released since and this first book of her newest series starts it off brilliantly. It's a second chance romance about finding forgiveness and having hope that a second shot at happy ever after is possible and encompasses a heroine that finds it difficult to forgive the hero after what he did in the past, a hero struggling to stay focused on the game he loves and the fight the hero has on his hands in winning his ex back after learning her secret. Right from the beginning, this story had me intrigued with what happens in the prologue. How can Harland guarantee the words he says to the heroine?

As for the dialogue, I loved every moment of it whether Harland and Courtney were angry at each other or getting along. Certainly, the heroine has every right to not want to let the hero back into her life after how he treated her when they parted ways in the past. How could he be so blind in believing his father over the woman he loved, especially when he only ended up hurting her with his accusations? However, there were also some light-hearted moments that had me smiling, especially with the young boy Harland gets to know who turns out to be someone very special to him. He'll do anything to make the little boy more comfortable around him, even if it means he has to step out of his comfort zone by figuring out how to communicate with the child better.

Both the main characters entertained me from start to finish with their past history and their growing relationship. Can Harland overcome Courtney's fears and be able to prove that he won't leave her a second time? Courtney is strong, brave and I liked how determined she was to protect herself from hurt again, even though it was palpable that Harland wasn't about to make the mistake of abandoning her again. This time around, he had responsibilities and he was going to make certain he didn't turn out like his father; a man that only thinks about what is best for him and doesn't care who he hurts in the process. While Harland, he's a man desperate for a second chance and I liked all the effort he made to get Courtney to give him one, even though the heroine doesn't make it easy until he gets desperate enough for her to yield to his demands. Furthermore, I liked that he finally stood up for what he wanted and wasn't about to let anyone come between him and Courtney again. Seriously, it was about time.

Overall, Ms. Kamps has penned a fantastic read in this book where the secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main characters did and the romance was nicely-detailed and filled with plenty of spice that illustrated how right these two are for each other. The way this story ended had me smiling, because Harland finally revealed what was keeping him from being unable to stay focused while playing the game he loves and it really helped. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly. Harland made me laugh with how he rocked up to a certain place. Luckily, he doesn't embarrass easily and he had a good reason for the mishap when it came to his clothing. I would recommend Playing the Game by Lisa B. Kamps, if you enjoy sports romances, second chance romances or a story where the hero and heroine are a couple meant to be.


Harland Day 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. 
Courtney 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. 
But some 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 years later?
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Lisa B. Kamps is the author of the best-selling series The Baltimore Banners, 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.
In a previous life, she worked as a firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department then did a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bartending in east Baltimore, and finally served as the Director of Retail Operations for a busy Civil War non-profit.
Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly 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! 




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    1. You're welcome, Lisa. I love your books, especially the Firehouse Fourteen series. But I am looking forward to more of this series too, because those York Bombers men are such players and I can't wait to discover how the heroine they fall for manages to get them to settle down.

    2. Wow! You just made my morning :)!! And yeah, there's plenty of fun-times ahead for those Bombers-boys! PS: if you like the FH14 series, be on the look-out for the next one in a few months with Adam and Beth (yes, the same Beth!).

    3. Yay! Beth's story. I will be on the lookout for news of that upcoming release for sure.

  2. I love the Firehouse Fourteen series too, but this series does sound good. Too bad I'll have to wait till pay day Friday to buy.

    1. If you love the Firehouse Fourteen series, then you'll like this one too, Karen. Happy reading!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing review for PLAYING THE GAME!