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Playing For Keeps

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired BYU's star quarterback from afar. This semester, she's determined to step away from the sidelines and she has the perfect game plan for winning the heart of Anthony Rocket Rogers. When some smart moves land her in one of his classes, she finds herself in the perfect position to make her play. But as she gets to know the real Ant ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications
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Katie W
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having a game plan really helps with a football game and it can't hurt to make one for a potential romance. Just ask TyAnne. She really knows her stuff where football is concerned and when she learns there's an empty seat in a football coaching class at BYU that the star quarterback, Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, is taking, she can't resist signing up and taking a shot at getting to know him.

Ty is completely herself, which is refreshing to Anthony. Her football knowledge catches his attention and her
Jenny Proctor
Read this all in one night and really enjoyed it. Great characters, fun sporty humor. So fun!
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book to read. It is cleverly written. The conversations between Ty and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing.

In the beginning of the book the focus is on Ty trying to get Anthony's attention. She "meets" him when she purposely enrolls in a football coaching class he is in. Her spunky personality and knowledge of football at first intrigue him. It doesn't take long before the interest becomes a little more personal.

She has a game plan to get to know him, but it doesn't take long to
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This book was so much fun! It is the BYU college scene in full force with classes, friends and athletics. It is also an LDS fiction book and there are religious elements and church events and activities mentioned but nothing overbearing.

Ty and Anthony are both fantastic characters. Their personalities really shine through in this book. I love how they both start off playing a sort of game- with themselves and with each other but then things shift and progress and evolve. Ty is so well rounded an
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I had a hard time in the beginning of this book since it started out with Ty's determination to get the guy and Anthony's arrogance and playboy attitude... but the cute banter and chemistry they shared kept me reading and soon the deeper layers of the characters began to be revealed, making me invested in them and their story. The BYU college setting was a perfect backdrop to the euphoria and pleasure of a new relationship as well as the insecurity and fears. Ty struggles with confidence in the ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Playing for Keeps is such a great read! Ranee Clark has a way of writing characters that you connect with right away. I absolutely loved Ty and Anthony, and had a hard time putting this one down. I got to read this one for Ranee a while ago, and I kept forgetting to critique because I was getting so drawn into the story! This is the perfect summer read for my friends who love lds romance and well-written stories.

Here's what it's about:
Football-loving TyAnne Daws has long admired the handsome co
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a bit different than what I was expecting and I liked that! TyAnne Daws is excited to meet Anthony "Rocket" Rogers, the BYU quarterback. She is a true fan who has been watching him for many years. When they meet, they become friends quickly and the flirting begins. She enlists the help of her roommate, Rosie, who had gone on two dates with Anthony, to help her get his attention and quickly learns that she might be better off on her own.

Ty was easy to like right away. I also did like An
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
4.5 - Great book that made me laugh. Lots of fun, great characters and fun storyline. Starting the author's next book ASAP.
Set at BYU but not really religious and not at all preachy.
Content: Clean
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a little conflicted about this book to be honest. I think the author writes really well and it was easy for me to get caught up in the story and really visualize everything well, the story was just lacking somewhat. Also I read Double Play first and I wish I hadn't. I really liked the growth of Sophie in double play and unfortunately here she's portrayed really negative.

Ty bothered me somewhat...I liked her at times but other times I wanted her to be stronger and the obsession with Anthony
Adorable LDS contemporary romance.
I loved this book. I'm a huge BYU football fan so the fact that the whole story is focused around Cougar Nation was such a blast for me.
Tyanne Daws is the daughter of a former BYU football player and along with her three brothers, she loves and lives football. Her favorite player being quarterback Anthony (the Rocket) Rogers. Her dream of someday meeting him finally comes true when she finagles her way into one of his classes at the Y. This is her only shot an
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute, clean story with a lot of football references. I admit, I'm not a huge sports fan, so at first I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to stick with the story. But the in-depth football info slowed down a bit, so I had an idea of what was happening.

I liked our MC's and they seemed pretty realistic. As always, one honest convo would sure clear up a lot of things. But then I guess that would decrease the size of the book. Still, fun and a little more complexity than your standard LDS romanc
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hot quarterback, check. Confident woman, check. Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry. Check, check and check. This was a sweet fun story that also had a touch of seriousness. I was so drawn into this story that I couldn't put it down. This book is a Deseret Book bestseller for both romance and general fiction and it's easy to see why. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, well written college romance! ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tours, 2015
Loved this one! Review posting tomorrow.
Tenielle Honeycutt
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Definitely a keeper. Football, romance a little drama, family friendly. Nice easy read that made me smile and I read it in one day.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Growing up my dad refereed college football, and now he does the instant replay for the Big 12, so football has always been a huge part of my life. I honestly think that is why I liked this book so much, I already had an appreciation for the game, but of course the book itself that had me eagerly turning pages. Playing for Keeps is highly enjoyable. Ty is an amazing girl who I liked from the first page. I loved how she was herself from the start, and even though she took friendly advice from her ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
(Genre:LDS fiction/romance) 3.5 stars. Cute story about a BYU coed who has grown up in a family that lives and breathes football. In fact, she was even named after a famous BYU quarterback, Ty Detmer. Her 2 younger brothers were also named after other former BYU football stars and they all love the game. In her senior year at BYU, Ty manages to get a class with the current quarterback Anthony "Rocket" Roberts. She is so excited to finally meet the football star that she has followed since high s ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, sports, college
This contemporary romance was adorable. Ty is a cute college coed who’s been in love with the star quarterback for ages it seems. Since she knows football better than most men, she feels she’s the perfect fit for Anthony ‘Rocket’ Rogers. Making a game plan to win his attention, she tells herself she’ll be happy with just a few dates with the man of her dreams—since he has a record of dating and dumping girls pretty fast. But when her heart gets involved, she wants to play for keeps; but does he? ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a perfectly delightful book!
I love how Ty makes a "game playbook" for how to get her man :)

You will find fun story lines as you read about Ty's roommate who is trying to help her, the other man who is stalking her and how Anthony tries to keep her at arms length but can't help falling in love with her.

There are also some fun head-pondering questions as Ty tries to figure out what type of girl she is and if she is different enough from the other girls that Ty has dated so that he will keep h
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book, but it sucked me in. I didn't want to put it down! I loved Ty's character. She was so well written! I love that she is such a football geek & can talk shop with the entire team. Her family members are fantastic. They are sarcastic when called for--I especially loved Walsh. Ty manages to get into the same class as Anthony "Rocket" Rogers. She has had a crush on him for years! (Join the club!) She just wants to get a chance to make an impression ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good read. I devoured it and it keep me smiling for days. It's a cute football romance that even taught me a bit about football. All the characters were fun and easy to love from Ty and the Rocket to the more minor characters, like Rocket's mom. Their motivations were believable and the story seemed to weave itself. The only thing that felt a little forced was the creepy guy. He seemed to show up and I felt like the motivation there needed to be a little bit stronger. I would hig ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lds-fiction
BYU football + could you go wrong?
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DARLING book! This one goes in my re-read bookshelf!
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; Christian, LDS faith elements; Series but stand alone read
Ty and Anthony's story, the beginning of this series was a fun read. Cute college setting, with a bit of roommate and college sports drama. It was a fun setting, and clever with Ty's knowledge and love of all things BYU football, and Anthony 'Rocket' Rogers career as a student athlete (from a young age to the present). Two honest, caring, hurting hearts, and genuine feelings made for a cute read. Lots of different threads,
Lydia Peterson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
I loved it!! Ty is such a strong character, I loved her connection to football. It was so nice finding something in common with another girl that loves and understands football. My dad is liked her dad, so it made me like this book even more. I loved Anthony he had such an awesome personality and is totally a guy that I would like to find in the future.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun, modern romance with a football twist. The story is based on BYU campus. I liked the family elements to the story. I hated Dylan and was so glad there was firm resolution in that storyline. I hate anything that perpetuates being a nice girl over being safe. Be mean. Be weird. Be awkward. Keep the freaks away.
Kamala Besendorfer
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Like cheesy smiling, butterflies in your stomach, adorably fabulous book. It was the perfect distraction from reality for a bit. I live in Utah and know BYU so it was easy to understand references and the context of the story. I will be buying this for my Favorites bookshelf.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Super cute and funny. Ty's love for football and the knowledge of it made her the perfect girl for Rocket...err... Anthony. He just didn't know it yet. Lots of teasing, and joking. Ty is a sucker and can't say no to anyone, but luckily someone is always there to save her ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
reads like 1 st draft, needs serious editing to clean up the plot. cute premise.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun, quick read! Loved it!
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