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Playing for Keeps

(Playing For #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,075 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Living in LA and dating celebrities wasn't what it was cracked up to be. I found out the hard way many had a lifestyle I wanted no part of.

Then David Taylor forced his way into my life. A sledge hammer breaking down my well crafted walls.

He was gorgeous and sexy and intimidating. I was drawn to him in a way I had never been to anyone or anything. And I knew I couldn't ha
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published August 6th 2015
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one I know

DNF before I break something

"-I glanced at the store entrance as a hulking man walked in.
Holy shit...
My brain-short circuited. My vagina was instantly awake and at full attention."

The heroine is too stupid for words.

She's so contradicting and vapid...I can't.

Not even wasting my words on this.

Just no.
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews

This book will only appeal to those readers like myself who are addicted to OTT alpha males. 
Now I will admit David is by far probably the most obsessed , possessive, jealous and overbearing hero ever. But guess what?
I liked him A LOT. 
He didn't mince words. He said it like it was. He wanted her. He got her. He was going to keep her no matter what. 
For this type of romance to have to have a heroine who deep down wants that bossy jealous guy. She needs to crave being taken c
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
3.5-4 Panty Soaking Hot Stars!

This book was hot! The blurb says it all. If you don't like dominant, extremely possessive, stalkerish, very alpha males then you definitely won't like this one. This is a fog up your glasses steamy read.


David Taylor is the epitome of alpha male and the moment he laid eyes on Austin he had to have her. The chemistry between these two was more than I could bear at times. Austin fought her attraction to David as long as she could, but eventually she falls under his c
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crazy-rich
Hotness rating: 4 Stars
Story rating: 1 Star
Overall rating: 2.5 Stars

When I saw that this book was about a possessive Alpha male I was thinking, Hell yeah! I love me some Alpha hotness. But then I met the Hero...

David Taylor was not the Hero for me! Nope, I wanted to kick him in the balls repeatedly for being such a douche. I admit that I love when Heroes are really possessive and pushy, to an extent. But not when Heroes are crazy stalkers. David sees Austin in a grocery store and when she wasn't
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
5 Sizziling stars !

This book was Pure SEX,SEX,SEX...But GODDAMN ! It was HOT,HOT,HOT !! O_O
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok

I am kinda disappointed with this one...

fuck yeah, I love ALPHAs, dominant, even assholery manner works sometimes...

BUT this guy seemed to be crossing that thin line between an ALPHA and a CAVEMAN...

well, It didn't work for was annoying as hell...and the limited span of his words...
including these treasures:

"...who owns this pussy?
Who owns you?
you're mine...
this sweet pussy is mine...
I'll fuck you into submission..."

ok, I get'll fuck her....fuck her... you'll fuck your way to h
J.C. Grant
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book by a fluke. My muse for this book is relatively unknown. Anyway long story short, with so little information about him this story developed.

David Taylor is a serious Alpha male that had me squirming in my seat.
He is sexy, possessive, jealous, sensitive and sweet. Emotionally damaged and so lovable. And I can't seem to shake him. Which is why I started a follow up book to this one.

I fell in love with David and I hope you will too.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
2 wasn't a fan stars


ARGH! I hate writing these reviews, I really do. I know all of the blood, sweat, and tears authors put into these books and I feel like I am basically stepping on all of that by expressing my opinion.

That being said, a lot of things in this book didn't work for me...

1. The hero and heroine had the worst case of insta-lust I have ever seen. This leads me to believe one thing- both characters are clearly unhinged.
2. It takes 7 pages fo
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow...just wow!
I devoured this book! It is 3am and I am not at all tired! I loved every minute of reading this! It was exactly what I needed to get me out of a two week book slump.

It was more sex with a book wrapped around it, but who cares. It was HOT! David is a f'ing champ..and I do mean a champion at f'ing! He is crazy obsessed and possessive. But he is also insecure and sweet. A combination that really worked for me. I just wanted to give him the family he always wanted. Forget Austin, I wi
4.0-4.25 RATING- I fully admit, this book is a total guilty pleasure and my rating is based more on how much I liked the story and the crazy hero than perhaps the quality of the read.

A couple things worth noting. The editing was pretty shitty. Numerous misspelled words, missing words, etc (the author should definitely fix this!!) and I wish it had been written with dual POV. I'd love to know what was going through David's mind! The heroine also got on my nerves a bit but overall, the story work
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Smuttastic 4.5 stars!!

Erotic low-angst romance between jock H and wannabe actress h. Book is superhot, sex scenes are creative while also having a sense of intimacy and love. H is superobsessed , its a case of insta-love, he's a pretty amazing guy - dominant and stalkerish at most times and submissive and vulnerable in love at intimate moments. h had issues and was distant, the H did most of the work in the relationship. h didn't deserve H or his honest unwavering devotion, but by second half ev
DNF at 15%

Cannot connect to this story and there is no Heroes POV which sucks! so far heroine got on my nerves by idealizing the Heroes hotness! How many times do i need to hear about his physical attributes?
I want to give this 4 stars (because of the hotness level and the psychotic dude but ehh then it's not fair for my other 4 stars rating awesome books with amazing storyline and characters!!!)

This was recommended by a friend, Isabella because I'm a greedy bitch who does not know how to keep her hands off her pants for OTT possessive jealousy alpha male.

Andddd....this book did deliver that. Like, OTT POSSESSIVE JEALOUS STALKER ALPHA MALE with a dash of scorching hot steamy scenes! I am still surpr
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I hated it the first time I read it because it got on my nerves. But I've read it twice since so I think it warrants five stars.

She was so petty, I felt proud. He was desperate for her attention. Their fights go in circles and there's hot sex. It's a pretty juvenile relationship but I ended up loving it. It's like she vindicated all those doormat heroines. PLUS, she's done everything - the hero isn't her first in any way (even anal!) IM SO HAPPY.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am having an internal fight over what the rating should be. It's probably 3.5 stars but I liked it enough to round it up to 4.

Set up: David Taylor is a hot, tall, muscled up retired baseball player who upon setting eyes on the heroine, Austin, immediately tries to pick her up in the middle of the grocery store. He's relentless. Even though Austin has a visceral and primal reaction to David, she pretends to be aloof and ignores and rejects him multiple times. Again, he's relentless (I don't th
Jen ❥
This is a really difficult review to write, and I have a feeling that readers of this story will either love it or hate it; not many will be middle ground. I read a scathing review of this book which included very valid criticisms, but they were from a reader who took things literally and not from a Romancelandia perspective. If you're a fan of the Fifty Shades, Up in the Air, or This Man trilogies, my guess is you'll probably enjoy this book. There are elements of all three series embedded in t ...more
Michelle Krystel
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off I start off by saying this is one of the dirtyist and hottest books I've read lately it's that good JC Grant doll amazing job doll I loved it and I couldn't put it down in read it in two days that's how good it was! It's definitely 5 stars women amazing job!!! David is like every girls dream guy, he's smoking hot and that's putting it mildly, he's hot an a amazing body I mean he has fucking 8 pack!!! He's a professional baseball player he's rich! He's sweet kind. Caring. Alpha., demand ...more

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Would I read more by this author/or in this series? Maybe, but not for now.
Rating: -3 stars


I've heard a lot of talk about this one and by nature I'm a very curious person, so of course I had to go check it out. I know the author warns in the blurb that this is an erotic story but did
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to seton by: CJP
Genre: erotic romance serial
Cliffy? No, HFN (kinda abrupt)

30 yr old retired baseball player sees 27 yr old temp/wannabe actress at a grocery store and pursues her relentlessly.

This seems to be a debut novel, another in the line of cray-cray obsessed stalker hero bks, ala This Man. The writing is simplistic, the bk seriously needed copy-editing (normally I wouldnt continue reading something so eye-raping), and most of the scenes consisted of rough, raunchy sex; but I ain't mad at it. :-)
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love an OTT alpha male as much as the next girl and David Taylor is definitely an alpha with a capital A. I mean, he openly admits to stalking Austin, which almost came off as creepy but for some reason completely endeared him to me. Who doesn't love a hero that knows exactly what he wants and goes after it no holds barred?!

Austin, on the other hand, got on my nerves a few times with the way she acted but after learning why she was the way she was I had no choice but to forgive her. I mean, we
Oredeen (honest reviews)
It ended far to early for me, not abruptly but not quite satisfying either. Two tortured souls find solace in each other in a very fast and deep love. This books is an erotica so let's get to the important stuff. The sex. DAMN. It is like that man was on a mission to extract all the orgasms from her body as if they were a plague, can you say yes please.

Review on the reread, so I’m subtracting a star for errors. Spelling, grammar, an entire chapter repeated(which I have notified the author about
Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
The H and h didn't have any chemistry. Their first meeting is awkward. The H sees the h again at a club and they immediately have sex. From this point on its nothing but sex, sex, sex for the rest of the story. There is no real plot, just sex scene after sex scene. Yes, the H was super obsessed and possessive but it just didn't work. Plus, the h was named "Austin" which is a man's name. The most disgusting part was when the h was on her period and the H gives her oral and has very descriptive se ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
What was the point of this book? Where's the plot? It's straight up porn complete with a gross "red wings" scene. H is an obsessed, controlling stalker and h is a major commitment phobe that comes across as emotionless. ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
DAVID TAYLOR. Oh my God. My body, my heart, my soul—everything is just so full of this man right now. I am all fired up and blown away. That was seriously one of the hottest and most erotic books I've ever read. And I mean EVER. David Taylor is on his own level of hotness and alpha male possessiveness. And it is way up there. Plus, it's so freaking impossible for you not to want so much more after that kind of ending. I NEED MORE. MORE MORE MORE!!!

Possessive, protective and jealous David is just
I enjoyed this way more than I think I should have.😂 David was insane. I kept waiting to find out that he'd spent some time in an institution. Austin was crazy but she was also aware of it. For 300 pages it's a fast read. Mostly because it had a pattern. David acted like a maniac, Austin ate some food, they had sex*, took a shower and then they both acted like maniacs. I laughed way to much.

*As soon as Austin starts talking about her vagina like it's an old friend, a sex scene that will last at
Amber- Leave Me Alone I’m Reading
So, I liked this book, but didn’t love it. Since it’s only the first book in a trilogy, we still have far to go. I’m hoping to see a lot of character growth throughout the next two books. David is hot as hell, but he is driving me up a wall with his insecurities. He is over-the-top possessive, which is hot and annoying at the same time. Austin behaves like a teenager, so she definitely has some growing up to do. She also has her own issues to overcome. It’ll be interesting to see how this all tu ...more
Louise BookbestiesUK
Oct 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2015, 1-star
Wow.....I thought I'd read some shit in my time......but this was the shittest of the shit!!

The guy is a fucking crackpot.....absolute stalker!!

She's an absolute walkover! Total doormat!

The story itself.....there isn't one.....

And I can see where it's going a mile away!!

Quite possibly the worst book I have ever read.....and I didn't even finish it!
Sharron E.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Very hot read but not much else going on!!!
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J.C.Grant was born and raised in Oklahoma City. Currently living in LA with her rescue dogs.
Writes Erotica.
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