Playing Defense by Aven Ellis

So book 5 in the Dallas Demons series redeemed itself.  Did the book follow the usual 41uqtqCHSGLformula? Yes. But not in the cookie cutter way the previous books have. This one was closer to the first book, in that the story felt fresh and not same thing, different characters.

We first meet Reece in On Thin Ice, where she is Kenley’s intended setup for Matt. She and Holly hit it off and become besties. She and Matt make appearances in this book, although like all the others the books can be read as standalones.

Reece is a fitness model who has really made a name for herself. She supports herself with both modeling jobs and endorsing products on her blog. She and Jean-Pierre (JP), the Swiss member of the hockey team, run into each other at a restaurant several months after meeting at a game. They decide to start a casual, no-commitment relationship and friendship. JP has been burned too many times when he’s gotten serious about the wrong girl. Reece is scarred by her parents’ divorce and doesn’t believe real love exists.

Of course like the others, a bit of communication would have gone a long way but would have also made for a shorter book, and we can’t have that. I think that Reece and JP are my favourite couple in this series. I love how they interact with each other and how much they respect each other. They are a fun couple, too. Instead of being sappy in-love all the time, they laugh and have fun too.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – A strong end to this series

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