Playing Defense - Aven Ellis

#Review: Playing Defense by Aven Ellis @AvenEllis


After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak.

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame.

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP?

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . .

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?


JP and Reese briefly appear in On Thin Ice, and straight away I thought what a wonderful couple they would make and what a sweet story they could have. So when I received this advanced copy and realised this was their story I was over the moon as they hadn’t left my thoughts since last winter when I read Holly and Matt’s story.

Reese is a sports model but she’s fun and quirky and loves her food, especially if Oreo’s are involved. I’ve never eaten an Oreo in my life but she was making me crave them the way she talks about them in this book! Great commitment to your favourite food Reese.

JP is just the most adorable and sexy character I’ve read of Aven’s yet. He’s Swiss, which may have something to do with it, I mean the accent alone…right? But he’s super intelligent, knows what he wants and is very sensual and caring. He’s the all round good guy but fun and sweet with it. Honestly he is absolutely the kind of guy you want seducing you, lucky Reese.

They’ve both got reasons to be hesitant, good reasons. JP has been thrown in the friend zone so many times it’s a surprise he doesn’t have whiplash and Reese hates how relationships always end in heartbreak, her heartbreak. But as we know with Aven Ellis novels there is no stopping the inevitability of true love and these two falling in love has been one of my favourite all time love stories.

A huge thanks to Aven Ellis and Soul Mate Publishing for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.


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TitlePlaying Defense
Series: Dallas Demons #5
Author: Aven Ellis
Genre: Romance | Contemporary | Sports | Sports Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication Date: 27 September 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 238
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

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