Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday (81)

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Playing Hurt centers on two former athletes: Chelsea Keyes, a basketball star whose promising career has been catastrophically snipped short by a horrific accident on the court, and Clint Morgan, an ex-hockey player who gave up his much-loved sport following his own game-related tragedy.

Chelsea meets Clint (who's working as a resort fishing guide) soon after arriving with her family for a summer vacation in Lake of the Woods, Minnesota. Sparks fly, igniting the pages, even though Chelsea has a boyfriend back home in Missouri...and even though Clint has sworn never to put himself in the position to be hurt emotionally again.

Their unlikely romance has the potential to heal their heartache and force Chelsea and Clint to realize just how timidly they've been living - but are they really ready to give themselves completely to one another? How will the weeks spent in another man's arms play into Chelsea's feelings for her boyfriend when she returns home? Will Clint allow himself to fall for a woman who's bound to leave him at the end of her summer vacation? By playing hurt - entering into a romance with already-broken hearts - are they just setting themselves up for the kind of injury from with they could never recover? Will Chelsea and Clint pull away from each other before they have a chance to find out just how beautiful their story could be? [summary from Goodreads]

 I thoroughly enjoyed Holly's debut novel, A Blue So Dark. I love her writing style, which is a soothing blend of the descriptive and the succinct. A Blue So Dark focused more on familial relationships, so I'm excited to see how she will deal with a more classical contemporary romance setup. Plus, there will be sports!

Playing Hurt will be published in paperback by Flux on March 1, 2011.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?


  1. I love the cover, and the book sounds really great. I'm going to go add it to my list right now. And look up her other one. Thanks for the info.

  2. Thanks for the preview. Romance, sports and wilderness - sounds good.

  3. I think this cover is so adorable!

  4. Can't wait to read this one... thanks for posting it!

  5. New follower here, I like your reviews and your header is just too cute :)

  6. This one looks great. I like that it has a sports theme, I might be able to get my reluctant reader niece to pick this one up.


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