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Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler.

Posted February 9, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments


Rowena’s review of Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler.

Main Character: Chelsea Keyes
Love Interest: Clint Morgan
Series: None
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Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

As a graduation present, Chelsea’s dad springs for a three-week summer “boot camp” program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she’s immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who’s haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?

I’ve been wanting to read this book for what seems like forever, since long before the book came out but I haven’t been able to get around to it before now. Ames read and reviewed this book already, you can read her review here and after I read her review, I just knew that I was going to like it.

And I did.

This book follows Chelsea Keyes, star basketball player who’s college plans are nixed when she gets injured during a game. As a graduating gift, her Dad buys her three week vacation to a lake town in Minnesota. He also signs her up for a three week boot camp with Clint Morgan and these days, Chelsea isn’t looking forward to much. Clint Morgan is back for the summer to work at the lake resort where he’s worked at for a long time. He’s a changed man these days because he hasn’t gotten over his ex-girlfriend Rosie. His friends are at a loss as to how to help him and he seems to work too much to keep from falling into a depressed funk.

When Chelsea shows up in Minnesota, his first client for his boot camp, things change. For Chelsea. For Clint. For everyone, really. You see, Chelsea has a boyfriend who’s been totally supportive of her injury and she loves him but her reaction to this new guy is something she wasn’t expecting but not exactly something she can run away from. Clint hasn’t been able to date anyone since Rosie because he’s not over her and he’s not over what happened. He’s being pursued by Kendra, a girl that he practically grew up with but he’s not even a little bit interested in her. Nobody is more surprised than he is at his growing attraction to the girl with the broken hip.

I need to stop reading these kinds of stories because as much as I say I hate infidelity, I keep reading stories about it and loving the heck out of them. Holly Schindler is another author (in a long list of authors) who haas made a liar out of me. I really adored the relationship that blossomed between Clint and Chelsea. They’re both complex characters that are going through complex problems and I found myself unwilling to put this book down. I had to know what was going to happen next.

Schindler did a fabulous job of telling Clint and Chelsea’s story. I was right there with the both of them, in their heads and hurting for them, wanting better for them and fighting the attraction to each other with them. I loved that they were both fumbling through their own lives with their own problems and were able to help each other over the course of Chelsea’s vacation there.

I will say that this book is for a more mature YA audience as there are some pretty steamy scenes in this one but I adored it. My one gripe with this book and it’s not really with the book but with Chelsea. I thought she took way too long to figure out what she was going to do with both guys. All the while that Brandon was pissed off at Chelsea for what she was doing, I was right there with him. Not really pissed off but disappointed but even as I was disappointed, I couldn’t help but want her with Clint. I just wish it wasn’t at the expense of Gabe. Gabe was good to her and didn’t deserve all the cheating business and this is where I was torn because even though I was totally Team Clint, I was disappointed in the way that Chelsea went about that whole thing.

Still, this was a fabulously written story that will keep you turning the pages and sighing all over the hot dang place. It was entertaining, the characters were real and their stories were captivating and I’m definitely going to be reading more by this author. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of contemporary YA stories but there’s steamy love scenes in this book so beware.

..and that’s your scoop!

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Guest Review: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Posted November 23, 2011 by Ames in Reviews | 4 Comments


Main Character
: Chelsea Keyes
Love Interest: Clint Morgan
Series: n/a
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Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college-and everyone’s admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.As a graduation present, Chelsea’s dad springs for a three-week summer “boot camp” program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she’s immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who’s haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain-or finally heal their heartbreak?

I haven’t come across too many contemporary YAs where the heroine is a sports player, so I was waiting eagerly for the library to get their copy. I’m so glad I read it, it was good.

Chelsea Keyes was the star basketball player in her hometown. She had a bright future with plans to attend college on a sports scholarship. She’s going places…or she was, until she fell during a game and broke her hip. Now everything is changed. She’s no longer comfortable in her own body, her relationship with her dad is beyond strained. She still has her amazing boyfriend who stuck with her through everything. But she can’t get over what could have been.

Clint Morgan is an ex-hockey player with a broken heart. He goes to college and works, but doesn’t have much of a life beyond that. He went into a funk when he lost someone close to him tragically. His friends despair of his workaholic ways when he comes up with his latest scheme, a boot camp to get people into shape. Can a girl with a broken hip mend a broken heart?

This book. OMG. Layers and layers and angst and lust and yeah, definitely a book for a more mature audience. But so good!

At the heart of it all is Chelsea and Clint, two very wounded individuals who have these hard, brittle exteriors that no one has been able to crack. When they first meet, they are definitely not what the other expected. And that’s the first crack, I think. Then when Clint tries to push Chelsea to pick up a basketball, her shell cracks a little bit more.

“Show me what you’ve got,” Clint says, casually swinging his arms and clapping his hands once in front of his hips.Doesn’t the moron know that just touching the ball has caused the worst kind of ache to thunder through me? That it’s like touching the warm skin of a man I love while he shakes his head, telling me no? That’s what it’s like for me to hold this basketball. It’s like looking into the eyes of the man I love, who suddenly refused to love me back. You can’t have me.

Then Chelsea pushes back, unknowingly, because Clint is attracted to her. And he hasn’t opened himself up to anyone in a long time. But his growing attraction to Chelsea threatens his sense of self and his flinty exterior cracks a bit more.

Now, I’m going to tell you straight out – Chelsea is on her family’s annual summer vacation when she meets Clint. So her boyfriend who stuck with her through everything is waiting for her back at home. And this is something that Clint and Chelsea both have to come to terms with. I relished the developing relationship between Chelsea and Clint though. If infidelity is a big no-no for you, then steer clear of this book. But if you don’t mind when teenagers make mistakes and learn from them, then things aren’t as bleak as they sound then, are they?

Also enjoyable was the broken relationship between Chelsea and her father. His hopes broke just as much as her hip did. She was his star. Chelsea feels like he’s mad at her for what happened. She couldn’t be more wrong. I liked seeing how they finally came back to understanding each other.

Playing Hurt is not your typical YA romance. I highly recommend it. B+

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Book Watch: Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler.

Posted September 3, 2010 by Rowena in Promotions | 3 Comments

Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

That summer, Chelsea’s dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and “boot camp” trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint’s haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?

I love sports. I love watching sports and messing around in the backyard playing bootleg sports and I love romance novels featured around sports. So when I came across this book while blog hopping (I’m sorry, I can’t for the life of me remember where I saw this first), I did a little in my seat happy dance. This sounds like it’d be a good read and I want to read it.

The book comes out on March 1, 2011 so mark your calendars (cause I know I will) because this looks like it’d be a treat!

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