Playing the Game, Derek Backhard
(Book 2 in the Game Series)
Since being drafted by the NHL to play for his home team at age nineteen, Derek Backhard has had everything he's ever dreamed of - unrivaled MVP mentions, countless goals and assists, even being compared to the great one. Holding the power to control his future in the palm of his hands, nothing stood in his way.
Until the unthinkable happened, and everything about his life shifted. Past priorities fell away the moment he held baby Ryder in his arms mere moments after losing his close friend, and Ryder's father, Brad.
After weeks of watching Liz fall apart over the loss of her husband as she struggled to adjust to life as a single parent, Derek vows to give her and Ryder everything they deserve, creating a life he never knew he always wanted.
Rocked to her core by her changing feelings for him, Liz doesn’t know what to do with Derek or his offer. Uncertainty swirls within her as she leans on her lifelong friend during the hard times, but how much of his attention is real, and how much is pity?
Is she strong enough to let him in and let him take care of her, or will she force him away and back into the life she thinks he really wants?
Jess’s 5* Review
So, I have been a fan of Shawnte’s writing style since I read her book falling for Bentley. I am loyal to a fault when it comes to authors that I truly love their work and who are open and friendly with their fans. I had the pleasure of meeting Shawnte this past year at a booking signing and she is completely like the person she is online. She is funny, sarcastic and personable.
I put off reading The Game because I knew when I read it I was going to need the next book immediately…. I kinda wish I hadn’t so long to read the first book because I absolutely LOVED it!!! But at the same time I am so glad I waited because I couldn’t be left on a cliff needing to know what was going to happen next in the book series. What can I say about this book? I fell harder and harder for Derek in this series then I did with him at the end of The Game.
During this book you are able to see gut wrenching heartache turn into the most beautiful blossoming relationship that I have yet to see. Liz and Derek just fit together so perfectly that it almost seems perfectly normal and that they should have been together from the get go. I feel that in this book you not only see characters develop over time but as they age and grow through life’s ups and downs we see the true character’s personality and I love that about this book. I wish that Shawnte could write me more books on just Derek because he is so dreamy!! Great job with this book I absolutely read this book again in a heartbeat.
Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it.
When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.
When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait…who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you’ll always hear her say, “Just after this chapter.” She doesn’t have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new.
Shawnté is technology challenged so with the help of Lacy you can find her anywhere. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.