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Playbook - A Love Story

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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  27 reviews
If only life came with a script.

Anna Jeffries has spent the last thirty-two years blending in, content in her worn-out reading chair—her happy corner of the world—spinning romantic scenarios she’s certain reality can’t deliver. After three years of teaching Shakespeare at UC Berkeley, Anna is working toward full tenure. Her life in the classroom means everything and she
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Published January 24th 2017
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
I love the story where the author gives the main characters little bit of age and wisdom. A Little older and a little wiser but when good things happen you can appreciate them even more.

This book was a surprise to me. I was expecting just another romance novel, but this book started off strong and stayed that way. We are immediately introduced to the main characters and the playful banter between the two brings a lot of interest and fun to this book.

While the characters could have been written w
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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**Playbook generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "She's kind of magical..." Stars

This story is my first of this series and of this author and really enjoyed the angsty, real-life romance of it. With an interesting setting and very intriguing characters, through the third person point of view Tracy Ewens delivers a very sweet budding relationship between two broken yet charismatic characters.

Dane and Annabelle live their lives content with loneli
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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To the Author
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was such a sweet romance and to be honest, after all the erotica and the wham-bam-thank you ma’am that I have read lately, I needed to read this. It was a balm to my brain.

I loved that author chose to have Annabelle teaching Shakespeare at the University of Berkley. Shakespeare is my all time favorite playwright and to see his plays being taught in such a way that the students (even if it is fictional) was awesome.

I also liked the opposites attract theme. A
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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** ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley. **

3.5 stars. Review to come.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received via Net Galley

My friend and I devour these books!

I've loved getting know the Jeffries sisters, Annabelle is a professor of Shakespeare. She's a solid, developed character who finds herself with Dane Sivac, a football coach. They play well off each other. The banter is enjoyable. I laughed a lot. Can't wait to see what happens next.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
[I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review]
I knew it was an adult fiction book, but I was surprised at how much I related to the main character who is, in fact, 15 years older than me. But if I’d want to picture myself 15 years from now, I would be an exact version of Anna.
Check out my book review on my blog: https://painfullyfictional.wordpress....
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It had many of my most favorite things!

*great secondary characters

And to top it off, the story was great. I loved Anna and Dane and watching their development, not only together, but apart. It had a "moment" that really tugs at my heart and is kinda my achilles heel in stories--it gets me every freaking time.

I am now looking forward to going back and starting this series at book one (this is book seven--I'm a little late to the game).

Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, some more than others.. I believe there is one more to go.. Just a simple, but sweet love story.. good characters & concept.. I enjoy the connections of the sisters...
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Playground is a different kind of romance novel. Centered around an English professor at UC Berkely and a football coach, the story is more cerebral than physical. There is a long build up but there is a satisfying payoff. The tension between Matt and Anna reminded me of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan characters in the the film, "You've got Mail." They are from different worlds that at first glance seem to be oposites. They find they have more in common than they thought and the romance grows from there ...more
Lisa  Montgomery
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Annabelle is a teacher of Shakespeare at a college. Dane is the assistant football coach. They have nothing in common, but they are perfect for each other. They have a very "Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet" type of relationship.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!!

I enjoyed this a lot actually
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great adult slow-burn romance.
Terry Peters
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great romance!

Tracy Ewens writes such great love stories! I can't wait to start the next one!! Time to pick which it will be!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful love story!

Playbook is the 7th book in the series A Love Story. While the stories are connected by shared characters, each book does quite well as a standalone. If you love reading series in order as much as I do, you might want to consider starting at the beginning but I don’t think you will be sorry either way.

The name of the series is A Love Story and what a love story this one is. Annabelle (Anna) Jeffries and Dane Sivac are about as different as night and day. She is all
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S. B.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Like everything else I've read by this author, it is beautifully written. The main characters, a football coach and an English professor at a large university, meet through their dedication to helping a student, and try to navigate their way through their differences to make a relationship work.
Having said that, I will confess that the first time I read it I was so annoyed by Anna I couldn't enjoy the story or even buy the plot. I could not for the life of me understan
Becky Burciaga
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read each book in this series, one thing remains consistent with this author's writing, she creates characters that are so uniquely real and relatable, they are captivating. You'll find yourself laughing, nodding in agreement, falling in love, and genuinely just simply enjoying the story because of the uniqueness of her characters.

If there was ever a sweeter couple than Dane and Anna, I have not come across them. There is a certain gentleness that comes across in Dane, Ms Ewens having do
Book Lover
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annabelle is an associate professor of Shakespearean literature at UC Berkley. She walks around in her head most of the time, is a total academic and doesn’t understand the mundane. She has a unique way of teaching that draws students to her class. Her best friend, Cynda, drags her out to do normal social things that she would not do on her own.

Dane is a football coach at the same university. Dane has been in his own cocoon for the last year, focusing on his coaching, buying a house and fixing
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Anna and Dane's story
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book managed to draw out a wide variety of emotions from me. I adored the sweetness of Dane and Anna's chemistry and passion and how even though they were grown adults they still had a childlike quality to their romance. I was frustrated with Anna and her thoughts and insecurities and how she would push Dane away and not stand up for herself. I was outraged at how Anna was treated by the tenure committee and president of the university. I was bewitched by Trey and his story line altogether. ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first time reading this series and I absolutely loved everything about this book. I requested access to this book knowing nothing about the series or author but going only on the blurb. I am so glad that I took a chance. I loved Anna and found her so relatable- her quirkiness, her intelligence, her inner monologues. The well written story, the cast of characters, everything about this book exceeded my expectations. I highly
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A friend and I discovered this author and series just before the 4th book was released. We devoured the first three books and have been counting down for each book since. The characters are all so real and this one doesn't disappoint!

Annabelle Jeffries is an associate professor of Shakespeare and in order to help a struggling student she teams up with football coach Dane Sivac. Both must step out of their comfort zones and that draws then together. I loved the interplay between Anna and Dane. An
Kathleen Crowell
It was okay. Very similar to the last book in the series--possibly because the sisters are so much alike. More of a 2.5 because of the closeness--otherwise I would probably just settle on a solid 3.

Thank you NetGalley for the free copy.
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Tracy Ewens is a recovered theatre major who writes smart contemporary romance from a beautiful piece of Arizona desert. When not working on her next book, she drinks copious amounts of tea, prefers an exit row seat, and reads well past her bedtime.

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“Have you ever played a sport?” Dane asked, attention still on the field. He knew she was there? That startled her a little, and Anna wondered if she’d be perpetually uncomfortable in the presence of Dane Sivac, not that she would let that show. “I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises,” flew off her lips before she had a chance to stop herself.” 0 likes
“Courage is tough stuff. It’s not a commercial or one of those football movies. It’s sweaty palms, Trey. Shaking and about to puke. Courage is ugly and so hard to find when you need it.” 0 likes
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