Playing for Keeps When Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising she knows just which spokesperson to pitch gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling She has followed his career since college and knows

  • Title: Playing for Keeps
  • Author: Kate Donovan
  • ISBN: 9781940846071
  • Page: 252
  • Format: ebook
  • When Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising, she knows just which spokesperson to pitch gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling She has followed his career since college and knows he s perfect for the spot, even though it s common knowledge his famous family doesn t do product endorsements, ever But Erica knows Johnny s weak spot, and she s confidentWhen Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising, she knows just which spokesperson to pitch gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling She has followed his career since college and knows he s perfect for the spot, even though it s common knowledge his famous family doesn t do product endorsements, ever But Erica knows Johnny s weak spot, and she s confident she can use it to gain his trust and seal the deal.Quarterback Johnny Spurling is running out of time His father s health is failing, and there s one last thing he s asked Johnny to do settle down and produce a son, before it s too late Which means Johnny needs a new kind of girlfriend No casual hookups or high maintenance divas When his sister in law claims to have the perfect candidate, he urges her to set up a postseason blind date.Then Johnny meets long haired, long legged Erica and can t resist her outrageous proposal or her So he decides he ll do the commercial and have one final, hot as hell fling before settling down They set the ground rules, then proceed to break every one of them as fun turns to the kind of true romance that just doesn t end with the final touchdown and with luck, never ends at all.About the Author Kate Donovan is a Niners fan, a wife, a mother, a lawyer, and an author She has than twenty books and novels to her credit, publishing in genres including fantasy, historical romance, legal thriller, romantic suspense, and young adult science fiction.

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    1. DNF at 16% - I'm getting worse!I just found the entire premise of this novel to be so ridiculous I couldn't continue reading. Erica McCall works in advertising, she is part of the 'B' stream of advertising people in her firm. After being sexually harassed (or bullied, I can't recall which) she agrees to drop all charges in return for an opportunity to pitch her idea for their client's Superbowl advertisement. I found her idea to be truly terrible but senior management lapped it up even though it [...]

    2. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is an engaging story about a famous quarterback and a fledging advertising executive. Quarterback, Johnny Spurling is talked into attending an ad campaign even though he has a strict rule of never endorsing products. When Erica makes her presentation, Johnny’s immediately smitten with her and he agrees to do the ad campaign so he can get to know her.I like Johnny. He’s a sweet guy, although he does have a big ego. He lives and breathes football and right now his sole focus [...]

    3. I really enjoyed Playing for Keeps by Kate Donovan. It was well written with a mixture of humor, romance, sports and drama to keep you interested and intrigued.I did have a problem with the first initial meeting of the main characters, Johnny and Erica. He was the backbone of her whole campaign push and was supposed to be this stand-up, honorable guy that she was going to build their whole campaign around (Don’t be a douche) and what does he do at their meeting—backs her into the wall of the [...]

    4. I really loved this book. Erica is climbing her way up the ladder of advertising success and navigating all of the twists and turns that come along the way when coworkers start showing jealousy, suspicion after believing her pitch and success for Lager Storm beer come from using her body and accusations to get ahead. But Erica doesn't let this stop her from going after what she is passionate about. And that passion comes in the form of a sexy as sin football QB named Johnny. Johnny is the ultima [...]

    5. Sometimes you just need a cozy romantic book to curl up with and get yourself lost in, and this is definitely one of those books. Kate Donovan’s knack for writing had me engrossed within the first chapter, enticing me to continue reading on. I found myself instantly hooked into the storyline and i didn’t want to put the book down!Erica McCall is a refreshing change for me; she’s a young attractive woman who is entirely focused on putting every ounce of her soul into her career, she’s del [...]

    6. Erica McCall settles a sexual harassment claim at work but getting the big boss to give her a chance to pitch her ad idea for the Lager Storm beer company. Her idea includes using Lancers QB Johnny Spurling, an athlete who doesn't do commercials. The good news is that she gets to make the pitch to Johnny and his agent but the bad news is that she goes completely gaga over him. Having just made the case that she won't use sex to get ahead, she is torn when Johnny indicates that he has gone gag fo [...]

    7. I LOVED this book! It was fun, light and sexy. I could hardly put it down. I loved the instant combustible chemistry between Johnny and Erica, and Bam and Decker the rest of the Triple Threat…let me just say there had better be more books in this series because those boys are going to need happy endings of their own. The football descriptions were great, I even started to wonder if the team was going to make it (hey more drama for the plot right?). This book was well written and either very we [...]

    8. After a dispute at the advertising agency she works for, Erica McCall gets her big breaking, pitching an idea for a Super Bowl add to the A-Team aka her superiors. When she wins, she knows exactly which spokesperson to pitch to, gorgeous NFL Quarterback Johnny Spurling. She's followed his career since college, the only hitch is that the Spurlings never do product endorsements.ever. She knows his weak spot, and exactly how to use it against him to get it to seal the deal. The instant attraction t [...]

    9. *ARC received in exchange for an honest review*I have been reading a lot of very heavy, emotionally charged books lately and I was looking for something light and fun to read. Instead of going to one of the many hundreds of books already waiting for me on my Kindle, I took to NetGalley to see what might be out there for a quick read. Enter, Playing For Keeps.I’m not sure if I’m still coming off the Super Bowl victory of my beloved boys in blue (12th man in the house!), or if I’m caught up [...]

    10. Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewI’m not a huge football fan but I enjoy Kate Donovan’s writing and this cover caught by eye and I’m glad it did. I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy, mixed-up, frustrating yet satisfying love story between a NFL quarterback trying to get his team to the Super Bowl and an advertising newcomer trying to make her mark. Playing For Keeps is a complicated story between two people at different pla [...]

    11. ***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***I believe I am in the minority because I did not thoroughly enjoy this book. The whole thing felt a little contrived for me. The way that Erica handles the situation at work is gutsy but I’m not sure it is very realistic nor was the company’s (HR/owner/boss) response to it. Then there was the pitch to Johnny Spurling, a little speech and a drink in the bar (oh and an off chance he can get into Erica’s pants) makes him change his mind [...]

    12. Johnny is a big a** flirt, "the beer is good. You're tasty." He reached for her hand again. "We'll be discreet, I promise. Caldwell and the a**hole and the mentor guy will never know." He gives the best compliments, "yeah, but you're so God damned pretty." He cupped her chin in his hand and insisted, "I'll do whatever you want, Erica. Anything. We'll make this work, I promise." And he gets upset when he thinks someone hurts his woman, "did he force himself on you?" Johnny rose out of his chair. [...]

    13. Received a copy of the book from Netgalley for an honest review.Unfortunately I did not care for this book. I was excited about it because I love a hot athlete. My problem with the book came not long after it started. I did not like how Erika and Johnny hit it off so quick. Erika just gave in the first time Johnny said, "lets have some fun." Seemed unrealistic to me. I prefer a book with some suspense into the relationship. I felt they were together right from the beginning. I also felt like the [...]

    14. such a wonderful read. Love the way the thoughts from Johnny and Erica are presented. I will say there were times when Erica irritated me and I wanted to slap her upside the head. Johnny loved her anyone could see that and all she could do was doubt, self destruct and put more into something than it was. Both of these two are trying to get past things and prove something. Johnny is trying to show that his nickname as the player isn't about his love life and woman but his playing on the football [...]

    15. 4 StarsContemporary RomanceRelease: January 28, 2014ABOUT THE BOOK:When Erica McCall finally gets her big break in advertising, she knows just which spokesperson to pitch: gorgeous football superstar Johnny Spurling. She has followed his career since college and knows he’s perfect for the spot, even though it’s common knowledge his famous family doesn’t do product endorsements, ever. But Erica knows Johnny’s weak spot, and she’s confident she can use it to gain his trust and seal the d [...]

    16. This is the third book of Kate’s that I have read. I have to say that her books are very engaging. You become fully invested in her characters because each one for sure brings something different to the table. Invoking so many different emotions in you that you feel you are right there in the story with them all. This story revolves around Erica McCall who is an up and coming in the Advertising World. She finally getting her chance to work with the A-team. Several think she took a cheap shot i [...]

    17. Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book!A few months back I read the first book in Kate Donovan's Play Makers series, Play by Play. I enjoyed it, but didn't just fall madly in love with it. Playing for Keeps is a bit different! I loved it. A lot. I had the same problem with our female lead, Erica, that I seem to have with a lot of leading ladies lately. She wouldn't speak up, wouldn't just ask the big questions on her mind. But then she'd make up or it, by doing somethin [...]

    18. Another great book from Kate Donovan. Romantic, sexy, and charming. I really enjoyed it. Plus, look at that cover. Just looking at it makes you want to buy the book. LOL. Erica McCall is an advertising newbie who knows exactly what she wants. Johnny Spurling, the Lancers sexy QB for her Super Bowl Ad. Problem is to convince him that she's the one to help him with his image as a Player (as in team) and not a playa. One look at Erica and Johnny is sunk. The chemistry between them is instantaneous [...]

    19. NOTE: A copy of this book was provided via NetGalley for review.Having read the preceding novella, I had been curious where this first full book in the series would go. And it didn't disappoint. Fans of similar sport themed protagonists will enjoy this.Johnny sees Erica exiting a limo and it's lust at first sight. As it turns out, Erica is there to pitch an ad campaign at him. Their chemistry is instantaneous and combustible. As the storyline moves through the ad campaign and football season, th [...]

    20. So this is interestingI had read the first in this series and was very disappointed to not see Sophie in this book. I was hoping to get a little bit of them in this one. Well, anyhoo I enjoyed this book it is a romance that was not meant to be one. Johnny Spurling is the QB for the Lancers and does not ever do any promotions. Commercials are off limits and is taken to a promo meeting by his manager. If you could guess that the one woman who he was drooling over in the lobby on his way up happens [...]

    21. There are so many wonderful things about Playing for Keeps. Kate made it a light-hearted, sexy read that will keep you on your toes. I'm all for a good book the centers around sports, especially football. Johnny Spurling is part of the triple-threat, one of the best QB's in the NFL. He comes from a family that is all about football. His father is one of the list respected coaches out there. And his brother also plays in the NFL. They are also known for never doing endorsements. That's all about [...]

    22. Contemporary romance with a tinge of woman power. Three chapters into this book, I could not imagine how this was going to turn out happily ever after. But holy crap, it turns out even better than I expected. There are minimal football references in this book. Erica McCall is an extremely likeable, relatable lead character. She has been through the ringer recently. She is coming out more than a little bruised and gun-shy. When she has to convince Johnny Spurling to appear in her very first comme [...]

    23. Erica McCall, Johnny SpurlingThe CharactersI like them both. Erica and Johnny are both driven and know what they want from life. Our secondary characters, Sean Decker and Vince Bannerman, could have stolen the show. I hope to see more of them in the future. The StoryIt was mostly just okay. It had some high points. The tension of Sean and Bammerman's secret (which I still feel let down on). Reading about the games, the will they or won't they win. The surprise plays all of that was great. When i [...]

    24. *ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*I give this book 4 stars. Erica McCall works in advertising and has a chance to come up with a product endorsement. When the big boss loves her idea she requests to set up a meeting with Johnny Spurling.Johnny Spurling is a Quarterback. When his dad ends up in the hospital his only request for his son is to finally settle down. So he tells his dad that he will go out with his sister-in-laws friend who is a school teacher after the Superbow [...]

    25. OH MY!! This book w3as just GREAT! I loved the 2 main characters, and the supporting characters were just as awesome! I hadn't read book 1 in the play makers series, and that was fine, as these books can definitely be read as standalones!I loved the "Triple Threat" and hope Bam & Decker have their own stories to tell!Both Johnny & Erica were characters that you just fall in love with! The quite private NFL quarterback aiming for his team to make the Super Bowl and the quietly confident a [...]

    26. Playing for Keeps by Kate Donovan was an easy, fun read for this non-sports reader. However, this story is less about the sport of football and more about the biases and perception of others. Johnny, star quarterback, and Erica, upcoming ad agent, hit it off early but there are always complications and so it is here too. The story progresses at an evenly pace with the usual bumps in the road. Maybe not much suspense or heart wrenching but it kept my interest all the way through. Isn’t that a s [...]

    27. **ARC provided by NetGalley via Beyond the Page Publishing in exchange for an honest review**Loved this book! Johnny's famous football family wants him to settle down, get married and have a family. With his football team looking to be going all the way, he promises them he will go on a blind date after Super Bowl and marry the schoolteacher his sister-in-law as arranged for him. During the season he meets Erica an advertising executive trying to get him to appear in a beer commercial for the Su [...]

    28. Erica is a low man on the totem pole in her advertising agency. Because of some bad treatment by an advertising exec. she gets a chance to pitch a commercial for the Superbowl. No one thinks she will be able to get Johnny to be in the commercial, but he agrees. Then, he wants to date. BUT because of the bad situation through her agency, Erica thinks it's a bad idea to date him. They see each other secretlyr a while.This was a cute little story. A story of the famous guy who likes the little peon [...]

    29. Received an ARC for review.Oh my, how hot is the Triple Threat. I can't decide which one I like the best. I guess I will pick Johnny since this is his book, but that will probably change if Bam and Deck get their own HEA.Please tell me they will get their own storiesPLEASE!!!This was a great love story with smokin' hot guys and sex. Boy did they do a lot of flying back and forth and here and there. The story did bog down a little for me in the middle, but not for long. The only problem I had wit [...]

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