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Playing for Keeps (Cricket Creek Series #1)

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

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    Playing For Keeps is a heartwarming story

    Playing For Keeps (A Cricket Creek Novel) by LuAnn McLane is just simply delightful.

    Olivia Lawson is a highly respected teacher in Cricket Creek, KY. She loves putting her energy in the community theater in town. Foremost she loves to act and secondly Olivia wants to help her friend Madison's play to be successful. Olivia isn't to happy with her friend for hiring soap opera actor and former baseball star as her leading man. Olivia still holds a grudge against the home town hero that didn't know she was alive in high school.

    Noah Falcon's soap gig came to a crashing end when his character was killed off. He comes home to Cricket Creek to get his bearings back on track. Noah missed the sense of belonging that he got there and is more then willing to help the ailing town get back on its feet too. But first he has to get back into Olivia's good graces. He knows his acting skills need to come up several notches and convinces Olivia that she can whip him into shape.

    Olivia and Noah's characters in the play are former lovers looking for that second chance at love. Spending so much time together the chemistry they need for the play spills over into real life. Olivia and Noah's connection is funny and all out sexy. They both discover there is more to each other then just what you see at first look. They both know the play won't go on forever and what will happen when Noah's former life wants him back?

    Playing For Keeps is a perfect blend of southern flair with smoking hot romance. You find yourself not only routing for Olivia and Noah but her friend Madison's romance as well. Also the city of Cricket Creek finds a tender spot in your heart and you want it to flourish. I am eager to read the next story in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    This Cricket Creek contemporary romance is a fun tale

    Former Major League baseball pitcher Noah Falcon turned actor has been fired from the soap opera he performed on. Decided a respite is in order Noah goes back to his old Kentucky home after two decades away.

    Olivia Lawson attended Cricket Creek High School with Noah; she never forgot that the star athlete ignored the bookworm except when she tutored him. He does not want to ignore her now as he thinks the schoolteacher is beautiful and her voice sexy, but she knows from the tabloids he is a playboy. As their attraction grows, they perform together on stage in a local production where she realizes he cares about the play, the people and the town. The audience can see that love flows between them, but she still she fears his rejection once he goes back to Hollywood.

    This Cricket Creek contemporary romance is a fun tale due to the brisk banter between the lead couple. With a strong secondary cast mostly the townsfolk who encourage the protagonists as they fuss, fight and fall in love, fans will enjoy LuAnn McLane's mantra that "There's no place like home."

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Hooked me on the series

    I loved this town, got hooked and read the whole series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Good story

    Playing for keeps is a good story, but far too much detailed sex.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Not what I hoped

    This book is okay. I feel like this book is caught between two edits. One minute, secondary characters Madison and Jason are deciding whether to go out on their first date. The next, they're sleeping together and have been for weeks, but based on other events with the main characters, only one day should have passed. That's just one example of things that just didn't make sense in the book. The book attempts to be lighthearted and for the most part succeeds, but in some cases some things should have been explored more in depth (i.e. Olivia's reasons for being scared of a relationship with Noah). Overall, okay. However, for a better small town romance series, I suggest you check out Robyn Carr, Barbara Freethy, or Susan Mallery.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    This town will keep you coming back!

    Cricket Creek, Kentucky is a quiet river town which relies on tourism to keep going. But like many other places, the economy has hit hard and people in Cricket Creek Are worried about surviving. Enter Noah Falcon--a favorite son who parlayed his good looks and notoriety on the baseball field into a starring role on a soap opera. But like the town, Noah has hit some bumps in the road. So when he roars back into Cricket Creek in his shiny Corvette, he hopes that the town can help him as much as he wants to help the town. Olivia Lawson has other ideas. A beloved English teacher at the high school, Olivia feeds her need to be on stage with roles in local theater productions, but she has no desire to share the stage with Noah. Remembering how dismissed she felt by him in high school, there is no way Olivia wants to revisit those old feelings. Of course, their hearts have other ideas. Both Noah and Olivia learn that who they were is not necessarily who they are and after a lot of years and a lot of growing up, Olivia and Noah find a way to help the town and each other. This book has the hallmark of any great series...a great setting. I loved how Luanne developed the town itself. The theater, the school, the local bar and diner give the town a strong culture and the characters that populate Cricket Creek will become old friends as the series progresses. Finally, as hero and heroine, Olivia and Noah couldn't be more different which is what made this perfect. He chipped away at her stern exterior and she helped him see how home, and a sense of belonging, can help a wandering heart find comfort. They are charming together--their bickering, their uncertainty about each other and eventually their chemistry is endearing and had me rooting for them. With a wonderful cast of characters firmly in place, I'll look forward to the next Cricket Creek novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Very boring

    This book read like a tenth grader wrote it! The auther explained simple concepts like what 'break a leg' ment. Very poor book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Could not finish

    Sorry to say I could not finish this book. This was the first book I've read by this author and I was hoping to find another favorite author. I agree with another reviewer - writing quality was high school level. If you're looking for a book on the level of Jill Shalvis, unfortunately, this is not it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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