Book We Covet: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Why we covet this book: It sounds like a lovely romance that is more than a romance: two former athletes with a lot of decisions to make and healing to do before they can find happiness. Reading about them in the blurb, I'm hoping for a happy ending for these two.

playinghurtPlaying Hurt by Holly Schindler (out March 1, 2011)
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?

"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here. It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!


  1. Ooooh I've seen this one around, and it sounds awesome! Great pick!

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  2. I love the cover and am totally coveting this book right along with you. I want to read it so freaking bad!

  3. This sounds like a great romance and a real emotional ride. Great pick!

  4. Sounds very interesting. Minnesota setting, sporty characters - all great qualities!


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