Playing For Keeps

Book 5: Sexy Men...Savvy Women

Welcome to Sexy Men…Sassy Women

A bestselling author, a medevac pilot, a hotshot lawyer, a bodyguard, a football coach and a children’s book author…all sexy, sensitive men who can be stubborn and infuriating.

A reclusive artist, a CEO, a family court judge, a businesswoman, a college professor and a celebrity food channel host… all successful, smart and sassy women who try to tame the men they love.

In PLAYING FOR KEEPS, the Buckland Bulls professional football team sets up their summer training camp at Beckett College, and former linebacker, Mike “The King” Kingston, now a celebrity coach, upsets Dr. Jacelyn Ross’ academic life.

First he mistakes her for a student where, in reality, she heads the business department. Then he accuses her of being a biased, stuffy teacher. But when he muscles his way into her personal life, and worse, falls for her, Jacelyn experiences a totally different kind of emotion.

Faced with accusations of professional misbehavior, Jacelyn won’t admit she likes the rugged coach and, eventually, that she’s fallen in love with him. Because they can’t avoid contact, tension mounts.

Don’t miss all the books in the Sexy Men…Sassy Women series. While not connected by characters and plot, in all six books, you’ll find the men sexy and women sassy.

  • The Betrayal (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 1)
  • Stay With Me (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 2)
  • Ties that Bind (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 3)
  • The Bodyguard (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 4)
  • Playing for Keeps (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 5)
  • Dancing in the Dark (Sexy Men…Sassy Women Book 6)

Kobo carries two versions for sale: Version 1 | Version 2

A note from Kathryn

Based on the football training camp of the Buffalo Bills at a college in upstate New York (where the author did extensive research), PLAYING FOR KEEPS combines real life conflict with a fictional love story that will knock your socks off.


“The best thing Ms. Shay does is create a strong sensual tension between two people with two very different goals. Congratulations Ms. Shay for a deeply emotional and well thought out story.”

— The Best Reviews

“A great hero…sympathetic as all get out…decent, warmhearted…a good dad…treats the new woman in his life like a princess.”

— The Romance Reader

“Kathryn Shay scored the winning touchdown with this sweet tale of love.”

— The Best Reviews

The Details

Publisher: Kathryn Shay
Published: September 2013
ISBN-13: 9781939501011