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@๐—จ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ: ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…. #๐—œ๐˜€๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ #๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ #๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’. ๐— ๐—ฒ: six foot five, two hundred and fifty pounds, collegiate football player. Protected by my pint-sized girlfriend. Comical. Ridiculous. ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ž๐—˜๐—ก. She tackled my heart, but ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ want the rest of me. ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ต๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’Š๐’”...๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ. Gossips ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ drama. Anything to u @๐—จ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ: ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…. #๐—œ๐˜€๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ #๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ #๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’. ๐— ๐—ฒ: six foot five, two hundred and fifty pounds, collegiate football player. Protected by my pint-sized girlfriend. Comical. Ridiculous. ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ž๐—˜๐—ก. She tackled my heart, but ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ want the rest of me. ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ต๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’Š๐’”...๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ. Gossips ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ drama. Anything to up their likes, especially when ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ the story. Enough is ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ข๐—จ๐—š๐—›. I stopped hiding and paid the price...even have the ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด to prove it. Itโ€™s time to control ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ narrative. Iโ€™m taking a page from my boyfriendโ€™s playbook to prove heโ€™s ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต the only one playing for keeps. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is book 3 in the U of J Series and cannot be read as a stand-alone. It picks up right after the epic cliffhanger in GAME CHANGER. Our rainbow-haired sass queen is out to prove her Caveman isnโ€™t the only alpha in their relationship to win their #HEA.


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@๐—จ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ: ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…. #๐—œ๐˜€๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ #๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ #๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’. ๐— ๐—ฒ: six foot five, two hundred and fifty pounds, collegiate football player. Protected by my pint-sized girlfriend. Comical. Ridiculous. ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ž๐—˜๐—ก. She tackled my heart, but ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ want the rest of me. ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ต๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’Š๐’”...๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ. Gossips ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ drama. Anything to u @๐—จ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ: ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ณ๐—ณ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…. #๐—œ๐˜€๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ #๐——๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—™๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ #๐—ž๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’š ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’‚๐’๐’๐’†๐’. ๐— ๐—ฒ: six foot five, two hundred and fifty pounds, collegiate football player. Protected by my pint-sized girlfriend. Comical. Ridiculous. ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ž๐—˜๐—ก. She tackled my heart, but ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ want the rest of me. ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’”๐’๐’ ๐‘ต๐’๐’—๐’‚ ๐’Š๐’”...๐‘ด๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฌ. Gossips ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ drama. Anything to up their likes, especially when ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆโ€™๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ the story. Enough is ๐—˜๐—ก๐—ข๐—จ๐—š๐—›. I stopped hiding and paid the price...even have the ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด to prove it. Itโ€™s time to control ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ narrative. Iโ€™m taking a page from my boyfriendโ€™s playbook to prove heโ€™s ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต the only one playing for keeps. PLAYING FOR KEEPS is book 3 in the U of J Series and cannot be read as a stand-alone. It picks up right after the epic cliffhanger in GAME CHANGER. Our rainbow-haired sass queen is out to prove her Caveman isnโ€™t the only alpha in their relationship to win their #HEA.

30 review for Playing for Keeps

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    Ok I actually need a minute to compose myself here. Since I first picked up Alley's debut novel I have been obsessed with all of her words. I cant read them fast enough, so I dove straight into the first U of J book not realising it was the first of three. And I nearly cried when I did realise that. For a few reasons, the cliff-hanger were brutal, I have no patience. But also I need all of the BTU crew yesterday. Did I mention I have no patience? And now here we are at the end of the third book a Ok I actually need a minute to compose myself here. Since I first picked up Alley's debut novel I have been obsessed with all of her words. I cant read them fast enough, so I dove straight into the first U of J book not realising it was the first of three. And I nearly cried when I did realise that. For a few reasons, the cliff-hanger were brutal, I have no patience. But also I need all of the BTU crew yesterday. Did I mention I have no patience? And now here we are at the end of the third book and I feel stabby. There's no cliff-hanger and I loved the epilogues. I love even more that we are getting more books in the series because these guys are awesome and a spin off series, cause the royals. But I want more Mase and Kay. I don't think I'll ever get enough of them to be honest. I have barely put the book down and I miss them. This is one of those times I wish I was late to the party so I could just binge all the awesomeness we know is coming but have to wait for. So, it didn't play out how I was expecting or how I was kinda hoping but I really freaking loved it. And I'm really looking forward to seeing the rest of the guys get their stories told and seeing Mase and Kay in the future. Even if it does mean a little longer away from our BTU family, but only a little longer please Alley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Here we are, if youโ€™ve survived to the previous books cliffhangers, we can finally read the end of Kayla and Masonโ€™s story. Even if Iโ€™m sure we will see them again in their friendsโ€™ books. Playing For Keeps starts where Game Changer ends so we can take a breath and easily jump again into Mase and Kayโ€™s journey, hoping theyโ€™ll finally find some peace and happiness. I loved the football bits, the sexy moments, the witty shirts, the funny bantering between friends and the ending was absolutely swoon Here we are, if youโ€™ve survived to the previous books cliffhangers, we can finally read the end of Kayla and Masonโ€™s story. Even if Iโ€™m sure we will see them again in their friendsโ€™ books. Playing For Keeps starts where Game Changer ends so we can take a breath and easily jump again into Mase and Kayโ€™s journey, hoping theyโ€™ll finally find some peace and happiness. I loved the football bits, the sexy moments, the witty shirts, the funny bantering between friends and the ending was absolutely swoon worthy. This was the first series written by Alley Ciz Iโ€™ve ever read and she succeded to catch my interest with the first book and to keep my attention throughout the entire series becase there wasnโ€™t any boring moment. I recommend to read it if you are a fan of new adult sports romance. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Athena D.

    โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ 5 STARS This was the perfect ending to the #UofJ series! I loved EVERYTHING about Kay and Mason, and the ride that Alley took me on. Can we give Mrs. Ciz a round of applause for giving us another series to love that is filled with memorable characters, humor and moments that will just give you all the feels. Playing For Keeps by Alley Ciz is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    ABookLover73

    FIVE PLAYING STARS for Kayla and Mason โค๐Ÿ–คโค๐Ÿ–ค!!! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ PERFECT CONCLUSION! Alley has once again proved that she knows how to write a funny, but in some parts heartbreaking book that you won't be able to drop from your hands until the very end. "Playing for Keeps" is a new adult college sports romance with enemies to lovers trope. Kayla and Mason's relationship experienced numerous ups and downs during the three books, but thanks to a deep connection, they managed to overcome everything. If you're lookin FIVE PLAYING STARS for Kayla and Mason โค๐Ÿ–คโค๐Ÿ–ค!!! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ PERFECT CONCLUSION! Alley has once again proved that she knows how to write a funny, but in some parts heartbreaking book that you won't be able to drop from your hands until the very end. "Playing for Keeps" is a new adult college sports romance with enemies to lovers trope. Kayla and Mason's relationship experienced numerous ups and downs during the three books, but thanks to a deep connection, they managed to overcome everything. If you're looking for a college sports romance series and you also love Alley's writing style, then you must read the #UofJ series next!!! Highly recommended!!! P.S. I can't wait for CK and Quinn's book ๐Ÿ˜โค๐Ÿ”ฅ!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I didnโ€™t think Mase could get anymore romantic and caveman-y but my goodness. Between the swoony and super steamy moments I devoured this book in one sitting. โฃ โฃ Can I sign up to be part of their friend/family circle? The love these characters have for one other is a dream. To have such a fierce circle who will be there for you, no matter what, is just incredible; and I think thatโ€™s what makes me love this book even more.โฃ โฃ Kay and Mase definitely are โ€œmedia darlings,โ€ and every single time they k I didnโ€™t think Mase could get anymore romantic and caveman-y but my goodness. Between the swoony and super steamy moments I devoured this book in one sitting. โฃ โฃ Can I sign up to be part of their friend/family circle? The love these characters have for one other is a dream. To have such a fierce circle who will be there for you, no matter what, is just incredible; and I think thatโ€™s what makes me love this book even more.โฃ โฃ Kay and Mase definitely are โ€œmedia darlings,โ€ and every single time they kiss it makes me swoon. These two couldnโ€™t be any more perfect. They fight for each other, protect each other fiercely, rely on each other, soothe each other, and have the sexiest damn moments. โฃ โฃ That ending though... Iโ€™ll take it. I loved it, but Iโ€™m hoping we get a little more in the upcoming book about Quinn and CK, which I am so excited for! โฃ โฃ Thank you @alley.ciz and @wildfiremarketingsolutions for an ARC for my honest review. โฃ โฃ I highly recommend the UofJ series - Looking to Score, Gamechanger and now Playing for Keeps. You will not be disappointed if you love a good sports romance! โฃ โฃ โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโฃ โฃ #bookstagram #books #bookcommunity #romance #sportsromance #footballromance #playingforkeeps #kaysonova #dontmesswiththeflock #comingDec3rd

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clau

    Yep, I shouldn't have wasted my time on this book. The story is kind of ridiculous, with so many characters that don't add anything to it. So, here's what I didn't like about this book/series: -It wasn't necessary to split the story in 3 books. Oh, wait, according to the author's note in the ending, maybe 4 books (I'd like to officially declare that I won't read the forth book, whenever it may be published). -It was kind of crazy how every one of Kayla and Mason's friend would act as if they were f Yep, I shouldn't have wasted my time on this book. The story is kind of ridiculous, with so many characters that don't add anything to it. So, here's what I didn't like about this book/series: -It wasn't necessary to split the story in 3 books. Oh, wait, according to the author's note in the ending, maybe 4 books (I'd like to officially declare that I won't read the forth book, whenever it may be published). -It was kind of crazy how every one of Kayla and Mason's friend would act as if they were family. Specially when Travis starts referring to Kayla as his "sister", when he has only known her for a couple of months. It was just crazy, I mean, who does that? I get that they are the very best friends or whatever, but to consider a person you hardly know a sibling? Seriously? It was weird, honestly. -Too much unnecessary drama. -The "mystery" that is solved in the ending... well, what a lame way to solve stuff. -The blurb suggests that Kayla somehow becomes an empowered woman, willing to do anything to protect her loved ones. Honestly, that wasn't my perception on the book. The girl is basically a victim, and there's always someone there to fix her problems. Her main "empowering" acts are letting Mason post a picture on social media. -Now that I think about it, Mason comes off as rather plain in this book. Huh. -I HATED WHEN MASON AND KAYLA WOULD TALK TO THEIR INNER COACH AND CHEERLEADER. Towards the ending, I started picturing it as a cartoon, and that's something I just wasn't expecting in a college romance. Well, I am rambling, so I will leave this review like this. I will finish by saying this: I don't think I'll be reading another book by Alley Ciz.

  7. 5 out of 5

    queen_of_the_books_18

    Once again Alley Ciz has proven why she is the queen of sports romances. She brings the sass, the sexual tension and characters to die for! If you love sports books that have detailed scenes in, then Alley Ciz is the author for you. Alley left us dangling off a cliff, struggling to hold on at the end of book 2 and when book 3 started I thought great we will finally get some answers. BIG NOPE All we got was heartache and pain for the first few chapters while Mase and Kay were trying to steer thei Once again Alley Ciz has proven why she is the queen of sports romances. She brings the sass, the sexual tension and characters to die for! If you love sports books that have detailed scenes in, then Alley Ciz is the author for you. Alley left us dangling off a cliff, struggling to hold on at the end of book 2 and when book 3 started I thought great we will finally get some answers. BIG NOPE All we got was heartache and pain for the first few chapters while Mase and Kay were trying to steer their way through their chaotic lives at the U of J all while trying to stop all of the outside influences breaking them up. Alley has a reputation for writing amazing secondary characters and she didnโ€™t let us down with this series. I love all of these characters so much. They bring so much to the storyline and I canโ€™t wait to see what Alley will do in the future. If you love new adult sports romances then read the U of J Series and fall in love with Mason Nova and Kayla Dennings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle Spaccamonti

    What an epic conclusion to an amazing series. I live for the drama between book pages!! I absolutely loved the feel and vibe I got from reading this book. I got chills reading it. The football games were intense I literally felt like I was in the stands with Kay and everyone else cheering Mase and the guys on! This book is amazing and so well written. And the love Mase and Kay have is literally why I love books so much! If we could all have a love like theirs!!! I could brag forever about the wa What an epic conclusion to an amazing series. I live for the drama between book pages!! I absolutely loved the feel and vibe I got from reading this book. I got chills reading it. The football games were intense I literally felt like I was in the stands with Kay and everyone else cheering Mase and the guys on! This book is amazing and so well written. And the love Mase and Kay have is literally why I love books so much! If we could all have a love like theirs!!! I could brag forever about the way Alley writes. The friendships, the relationships, the love all of it is perfection!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    hopelesslyinlovewith_books

    I canโ€™t even put into words how in love with Mason I am right now! He is the book boyfriend of all book boyfriends! I loved him in the first two books, even when he was being a dummy, but he was over the top amazing in Playing For Keeps! Kay really broke out of the shell she put herself in after all the drama of her past. She really put Mason first before herself. She just wanted his dreams to come true even if it cost her. She was truly something special this girl. Iโ€™m really looking forward to I canโ€™t even put into words how in love with Mason I am right now! He is the book boyfriend of all book boyfriends! I loved him in the first two books, even when he was being a dummy, but he was over the top amazing in Playing For Keeps! Kay really broke out of the shell she put herself in after all the drama of her past. She really put Mason first before herself. She just wanted his dreams to come true even if it cost her. She was truly something special this girl. Iโ€™m really looking forward to more of these side characters! There are SO many people I want books about! I love that Alley really supports her side characters so your craving their books. You not only fall in love with the couple the books about but you really get to know the friends too. This series gets me in my funny bone hard! I find myself giggling through it all. I canโ€™t wait to see whoโ€™s next on the Alley Ciz book character list. Iโ€™m so excited!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    If you thought you had seen Mase at his most caveman think again. He topped the charts in PFK. There is not a thing that man wonโ€™t do for his Skit. Also, please donโ€™t let the fun-size fool you because Kay is a rider for her man and itโ€™s safe not to test it. Alley Ciz once again brought heat hot enough to burn through my kindle...that one scene in the...where he...where they...holy mother of hotness and sexy times. *fans self* Playing for Keeps has entertainment from A to Z, laughs, sweet dreamy r If you thought you had seen Mase at his most caveman think again. He topped the charts in PFK. There is not a thing that man wonโ€™t do for his Skit. Also, please donโ€™t let the fun-size fool you because Kay is a rider for her man and itโ€™s safe not to test it. Alley Ciz once again brought heat hot enough to burn through my kindle...that one scene in the...where he...where they...holy mother of hotness and sexy times. *fans self* Playing for Keeps has entertainment from A to Z, laughs, sweet dreamy romance, and game days that make you feel like youโ€™re live and center in the stands and not lost in pages of a good book. And of course, Miss Ciz wouldnโ€™t be the evil mistress we know and love if she didnโ€™t leave us wanting more. Iโ€™ll just be here patiently impatiently waiting for 2021 for more to come in the world U of J.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie-Blue Monday Girl Blog

    โ€œBaby,โ€ I coo when she looks away. โ€œYou arenโ€™t normal.โ€ Her tiny body stiffens. โ€œYouโ€โ€”I pinch her chin for her attentionโ€”โ€œare fucking spectacular.โ€ The softest gasp falls from her lips. โ€œDonโ€™t you ever forget it.โ€ An epic finale for this wonderful series, inner coach and cheerleader's happily ever after Wow, I mean I always loved Alley's book, but this series just blew my mind, after so many twists and turns the ending is here and I couldn't be happier about how it all turned out. Kay and Mason Nov โ€œBaby,โ€ I coo when she looks away. โ€œYou arenโ€™t normal.โ€ Her tiny body stiffens. โ€œYouโ€โ€”I pinch her chin for her attentionโ€”โ€œare fucking spectacular.โ€ The softest gasp falls from her lips. โ€œDonโ€™t you ever forget it.โ€ An epic finale for this wonderful series, inner coach and cheerleader's happily ever after Wow, I mean I always loved Alley's book, but this series just blew my mind, after so many twists and turns the ending is here and I couldn't be happier about how it all turned out. Kay and Mason Nova story was something else, unique and one of those stories that stay with you for ever, when people are meant to be together the universe set everything in order for them to be together and this is exactly what happened. After that mind-blowing ending on book 2, I needed to know what was going on and I didn't know how everything would turn out. We get to know a conclusion of how everything ends (for now) for these two, the games, competitions, and future that are at risk...I also loved how the author could've gone with a type of revenge from hate but she didn't, instead, the characters do what they know how to do best, give their 100% to what they love, and show that to the haters..eventually, karma will take care of them lol. HANDS DOWN TO THE U OF J SERIES โ™ฅ๏ธŽK and MASON 4 EVERโ™ฅ๏ธŽ

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Ostrander

    OMG my inner cheerleader is doing backflips like crazy right now full on pom pom mood ---(fyi I didn't even have an inner cheerleader b4 this series!) Mason is totally my new bookboyfriend!!!I Love him & his cavemanness sooo freaking much it's probably unhealthy! The first two books totally had me hooked that I was actually scared for this book but omg Alley did not disappoint (not that I would ever doubt her #MyQueen #BestSportsRomComWriterEVER) I literally read this whole book with such a stupid OMG my inner cheerleader is doing backflips like crazy right now full on pom pom mood ---(fyi I didn't even have an inner cheerleader b4 this series!) Mason is totally my new bookboyfriend!!!I Love him & his cavemanness sooo freaking much it's probably unhealthy! The first two books totally had me hooked that I was actually scared for this book but omg Alley did not disappoint (not that I would ever doubt her #MyQueen #BestSportsRomComWriterEVER) I literally read this whole book with such a stupid biggest smile on my face the whole time ๐Ÿ˜ I'm pretty sure I broke my face! Mase & Kay are soo prefect for eachother & this book embraces that to the extreme ๐Ÿ’• I could honestly keep reading about the 2 of them FOREVER!! The relationship in this series are just so outstanding it's impossible not to love every second of it! I can't wait to read more of this crew!!! 5 stars hands down ( or up in the air with pompoms ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŸ๏ธ๐Ÿˆ)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    3.5 stars Iโ€™m glad I was able to read this 3rd book in series. It started off great and I was all about seeing some revenge and it never happened. There was a lot of repetition in the book and it not going anywhere. Also it was hard for me to keep track of all the characters and their names. I really hope Carter gets his own book. Heโ€™s very mysterious!! ARC provided for honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    โ™กtanazโ™ก

    Yeah shock horror, I'm rating this book 2.5 stars when I've been dying for this book since the second one left us with that awful cliffhanger! I freaking loved the 1st and 2nd books. They were so cute together, Mase was his fun-loving cocky self trying to win Kay's heart and she tried to resist him as much as possible. In the second book they grew so much as a couple and I truly started to fall in love with them both, however, this 3rd book was really disappointing for me. The number of characte Yeah shock horror, I'm rating this book 2.5 stars when I've been dying for this book since the second one left us with that awful cliffhanger! I freaking loved the 1st and 2nd books. They were so cute together, Mase was his fun-loving cocky self trying to win Kay's heart and she tried to resist him as much as possible. In the second book they grew so much as a couple and I truly started to fall in love with them both, however, this 3rd book was really disappointing for me. The number of characters (plus their stupid ass nicknames) really started to annoy me, I just couldn't keep up. I prefer reading their full names so I can keep track of who's who but when you start using initials it gets confusing af. There were too many characters when all I really wanted to focus on was Mase and Kay as a couple. I didn't enjoy the sports aspect of this book, it fully started to drag in the beginning and middle, the story just wasn't going anywhere. (I usually love the sports aspect since I'm a girl who is clueless when it comes to American football/baseball etc, but in this book, I pretty much had to skip all the scenes with football and cheer as it wasn't as interesting as the previous two books). The drama was non-existent I mean they just let Liam get away with the incident and the whole shit with Brantley was pointless and had no proper arc/resolvement. There was no character development in this book, the only thing that kept me going to finish, was the promise of a banging epilogue. But that was also disappointing. I really hate the fact that I'm going to be rating this low because the author is a great writer, but this book just did not do it for me. I was bored, needed more Mase and Kay time (like have they been on a single date? I know they're busy college students but there was no romance, they just fucked, hung out with their friends together, and made silly jokes that did not make sense to my British self lmao) and the epilogue left me totally unsatisfied. Plus the whole Instagram account stuff was stupid too I mean why do a reveal of who is snitching only for it to last like 2 pages???? Where is the plot??? I know Alley said at the end this isn't the end for Mase and Kay, so that leaves me with some semblance of hope that the next book will be better but I'm not sure if I'll be sticking around to reading the next few books about their friends. I didn't connect with a single side character (except for kay's brother E and Bette). I just think I had high expectations, other people definitely loved it looking at the reviews, but this one just wasn't for me :(

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (happy.ending.always)

    Ok I needed Playing for Keeps so badly. After two very amazing but gut wrenching cliffhangers I badly needed answers. And did I surely get them. And holy yes did I love this book so much. And this series, gosh, Kay and Mase are so #couplegoals. These two love each other so much. They might have struggled throughout the series trying to figure each other out, but there love for each other was always there. Kay and Mase, I am not ready to let them go. I know Alley has more UofJ up her sleeve but K Ok I needed Playing for Keeps so badly. After two very amazing but gut wrenching cliffhangers I badly needed answers. And did I surely get them. And holy yes did I love this book so much. And this series, gosh, Kay and Mase are so #couplegoals. These two love each other so much. They might have struggled throughout the series trying to figure each other out, but there love for each other was always there. Kay and Mase, I am not ready to let them go. I know Alley has more UofJ up her sleeve but Kay and Mase have gotten into my soul and I donโ€™t want to let them go. I feel like we just hit the surface with their greatness, there is so much with those two that I need. This book in particular went by too fast. I wanted and needed so much more. I am sure we will defientely see Kay and Mase in those future UofJ stories again, but it is still hard and sad to say goodbye. I didnโ€™t want this book to end. Heck I would even take a crazy cliffhanger again if it meant more Kay and Mase. I think the fact that they put all the drama aside in this book (which we needed to build their relationship to where it is), made me want the closeness they both brought in this story. And by closeness I also mean, Alley Ciz sure brought the steam in this book. Kay and Mase had me blushing reading at certain points, it was great. Kay comes out of her shell the most in this book and I think that is all because of Mason. She wants to be the best version of herself for Mason. She wants to be strong, and a fighter. Little does she know, she is those things already. Kay is one of my all time favorite female characters in a book. She really is a fighter, fiesty but mostly her huge heart and how she cares so much for those she loves. From the nicknames she gives them to the presents she is constantly buying them, to even just being with them. It truly is something so beautiful to read, it hooks you and captivates you. Finally, her love for Mase is beautiful and truly an amazing love story. And holy hotness, Mase is a better man because Kay is in his life. Mason wants to be the best man he can be for her. He will go to war for her and these three books definitely prove that. The love they have for each other is amazing to read. I really am so sad and donโ€™t want them to go or be done. This book was amazing, an absolutely must read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Hawkins

    Shouty Letters lots of IG Handles Lots of gossip girl style IG Posts Lots of amazing ribbing between friends Only Alley can write like this and I absolutely LOVE IT. its Alley as I have come to know her and her amazing books and Characters. With Alley you dont only get the main characters in her books and in this case book 3 of the amazing series U Of J Mace aka Casanova and Kayla aka Skittles, but you get the surrounding friends and families. This is the "everything " to me of Alley's books. This amaz Shouty Letters lots of IG Handles Lots of gossip girl style IG Posts Lots of amazing ribbing between friends Only Alley can write like this and I absolutely LOVE IT. its Alley as I have come to know her and her amazing books and Characters. With Alley you dont only get the main characters in her books and in this case book 3 of the amazing series U Of J Mace aka Casanova and Kayla aka Skittles, but you get the surrounding friends and families. This is the "everything " to me of Alley's books. This amazing ability to make us love all her characters. Book 3 is the culmination of Mace and Kayla and their amazing Love and sexiness they have for each other. The struggle for Kayla to accept Mace's public world into her private life, and Mace's understanding of what that actually is and what it will take for him to prove to her that She is it for him. I love how I have been introduced to this whole new sporting world through Alley and college life. I usually struggle a little with younger Characters and books set in the College Time of a book, but never with Alley. I get so involved that at times I wish i could climb in an become one of the characters, because I want the experience that is going on in what I read. Just the best conclusion to an amazing series. Thank you Alley xx

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle

    The final book in the #UofJ series and it was the perfect way to end it. This picks up right where book 2 left off so I recommend reading the other 2 in the series first. Loved Mason and Kayla. They had some ups and downs in their relationship but who doesnโ€™t. It wouldnโ€™t feel real if there were no issues. Ms. Ciz has a way of creating characters and worlds that seem so real and stay with you long after you swipe the last page and turn off your Kindle. This entire series had me on an emotional r The final book in the #UofJ series and it was the perfect way to end it. This picks up right where book 2 left off so I recommend reading the other 2 in the series first. Loved Mason and Kayla. They had some ups and downs in their relationship but who doesnโ€™t. It wouldnโ€™t feel real if there were no issues. Ms. Ciz has a way of creating characters and worlds that seem so real and stay with you long after you swipe the last page and turn off your Kindle. This entire series had me on an emotional roller coaster, and I was all for it. Canโ€™t wait to see what she has coming next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Woohoo! Finally I got answer that I have so desperately needed since the start of this trilogy and what a brilliant story it is. God I want to spill the beans and scream and shout about this story but I just can't. The book is full of emotions, sarcasm and a motley crew of different people, that make a beautiful family. Just not the conventional kind but a forever kind all the same. Mason and Kayla are a beautiful couple and although the odds are against them at every turn. And the decisions Woohoo! Finally I got answer that I have so desperately needed since the start of this trilogy and what a brilliant story it is. God I want to spill the beans and scream and shout about this story but I just can't. The book is full of emotions, sarcasm and a motley crew of different people, that make a beautiful family. Just not the conventional kind but a forever kind all the same. Mason and Kayla are a beautiful couple and although the odds are against them at every turn. And the decisions that have to be made are about them. They make them together asย  they are a team and as the title says. They are both playing for keeps. As a future without each other I don't feel either one-off them could deal with. I cant really say anymore than I have without the cat getting out of the bag. Just know it was brilliant. And worth the pain of the previous cliffhangers. It all a total recommend from me and I cant wait to see what happens for the rest of the gang in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Gallie

    The perfect ending for the perfect couple. Mase and Kay are #CoupleGoals...their love for one another is soul consuming and NOTHING, nothing could keep them apart. They may be different physically but that didn't stop either of them loving one another, and their family/friends, with everything they have. This friends group is amazing. They have each others backs without question and the fun they have together is everything. I cannot wait for more from this super talented author. The perfect ending for the perfect couple. Mase and Kay are #CoupleGoals...their love for one another is soul consuming and NOTHING, nothing could keep them apart. They may be different physically but that didn't stop either of them loving one another, and their family/friends, with everything they have. This friends group is amazing. They have each others backs without question and the fun they have together is everything. I cannot wait for more from this super talented author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie Jenkins

    Everything Alley put us through, every shouty cap message, every tear, every time we wanted to throw our kindle was totally worth it in the end. Oh donโ€™t worry, you will do that in this book too but Ciz has shown us how incredibly talented of a writer she is throughout this series and proven that the best things are worth waiting and fighting for. I canโ€™t wait for more of this group especially man JT. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon Mase and Kay are back at again, taking on the naysayers and the gossipmongers, and they're proving that their love is the real deal. The pressure's on Mase to declare if he's going to the draft, or play out his last year of college ball. Kay has to decide if she can truly live a life that's sure to be in the public eye, at least some of the time and their whole crew is there to have their backs. Mason is settling into his feelings, not ashamed to admit, very loudly, how much he Amazon Mase and Kay are back at again, taking on the naysayers and the gossipmongers, and they're proving that their love is the real deal. The pressure's on Mase to declare if he's going to the draft, or play out his last year of college ball. Kay has to decide if she can truly live a life that's sure to be in the public eye, at least some of the time and their whole crew is there to have their backs. Mason is settling into his feelings, not ashamed to admit, very loudly, how much he loves his woman. Kay proves that she's as much of a badass as her man when it comes to protection, and they both come to realize just how solid and real their feelings for each other are. Though it ends with an HFN rather than an HEA, there is a note at the end that says there is more to come with Kay and Mase, which is a relief to me because by the end I still wasn't ready to let go of these two and their red hot love. This has been an epic journey for them, full of misunderstandings, drama, chemistry that lights up the jumbotron, and enough love to fill an infinite amount of football stadiums. If you love the rainbow haired sass queen and her caveman casanova, then you really do not want to miss Playing for Keeps. ARC via Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an honest review. Review / Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Cooper

    Playing for Keeps is the thirds book in the U of J series and the last book for Mason and Kay... or is it? I loved this series, one of my favorite series I read this year and Iโ€™m so happy to have had read book 3 after book 2โ€™s cliff hanger. Looking to score and Game Changer are book 1 and 2 in the series and leave off on cliffhangers so definitely read them in order! Mase or Casanova and Kay or Skittles have had some major angst, drama, and action thrown at them but I was here for it all. In Playi Playing for Keeps is the thirds book in the U of J series and the last book for Mason and Kay... or is it? I loved this series, one of my favorite series I read this year and Iโ€™m so happy to have had read book 3 after book 2โ€™s cliff hanger. Looking to score and Game Changer are book 1 and 2 in the series and leave off on cliffhangers so definitely read them in order! Mase or Casanova and Kay or Skittles have had some major angst, drama, and action thrown at them but I was here for it all. In Playing for Keeps we leave off where Game Changer ended, let me tell you that was nerve wracking starting Playing For Keeps not knowing how it was going to go. Iโ€™m not going to leave any spoilers but I will say there is an HEA. Kayla is this sassy, funny t-shirt wearing, and caring character. If sheโ€™s on your side she will protect and defend you to her best ability. I loved that about her, all she wanted was to ensure her loved ones or her tribe was all happy and protected no matter how it affected her. Mase is this charming football Playing god who wants to protect And love Kayla in all ways possible *wink wink*. In Playing for Keeps, their relationship grows even stronger and itโ€™s just perfect how into each other they are. Of course there are some people that donโ€™t like Mase or Kayla or them together but theyโ€™re obviously crazy. The other side characters in this story all deserve their own book, Iโ€™m rooting for some and others I canโ€™t wait to see who they meet. Alley needs to write them, Iโ€™m addicted to these characters and I love this world she made. I definitely recommend reading this book but more this series if you havenโ€™t started it yet if you love sports NA romance with OTT alphas, a sassy heroine, some steamy connections, and a close knit tribe full of family and friends

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lager Lefse Book Blog

    Playing for Keeps was the third book in Alleyโ€™s U of J series! This was the book where I was not looking forward to reading two little words. The End. I have been loving Mason and Kay, so much, I am saddened that this was the end of their story. I am crossing my fingers for more of them in their friendโ€™s books. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ The Crew at U of J, along with their friends and families radiated such a warm familial aura, that it was beautiful to read about. So naturally, I included myself within this group. The Playing for Keeps was the third book in Alleyโ€™s U of J series! This was the book where I was not looking forward to reading two little words. The End. I have been loving Mason and Kay, so much, I am saddened that this was the end of their story. I am crossing my fingers for more of them in their friendโ€™s books. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ The Crew at U of J, along with their friends and families radiated such a warm familial aura, that it was beautiful to read about. So naturally, I included myself within this group. They were my extended family/friends. It was easy to get sucked in and feel like you are one of the crew. Mason is still my side piece husband (shhh, the husband is not aware of this plan yet). His is a true Alpha to the core. He is protective, sensitive to Skittles, has the uncanny ability to anticipate her needs before she knows she needs it. Skittles is adorable, but do not tell her I said that, because she could seriously kick my butt. She strong, feisty and quicky, but downright quick witted! Another completely lovable and beautifully written book by Alley Ciz. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenifer Briggs

    I have fallen completely in love with this series!!! When this book first came on my kindle, I immediately dropped everything -- I couldn't get enough of Mason and Kay and how truly beautiful their relationship is. After two wicked cliffhangers, secrets exposed, hearts broken and healed, some truly HOT moments, I'm sad to see this beloved trilogy come to an end.. for now!๐Ÿ˜‰ This book immediately picks up after that heart stopping cliffhanger in book two, and there is just non-stop action. Mason is I have fallen completely in love with this series!!! When this book first came on my kindle, I immediately dropped everything -- I couldn't get enough of Mason and Kay and how truly beautiful their relationship is. After two wicked cliffhangers, secrets exposed, hearts broken and healed, some truly HOT moments, I'm sad to see this beloved trilogy come to an end.. for now!๐Ÿ˜‰ This book immediately picks up after that heart stopping cliffhanger in book two, and there is just non-stop action. Mason is beyond worried for Kay and the danger she faces as well as how she will react to the media's intense scrutiny over the darling couple. This could have easily been the cause for more drama between Kay and Mase, but they grew so much closer because of everything they went though. This is the most mature we've seen them, and I love how much their love grew for each other -- they are truly soulmates in every single way! Mason is a Caveman through and through, but you'll certainly never question his love or his devotion to his Skittles. The way he loved her brought tears to my eyes (while also melting my kindle) and I was just so torn between wanting to read this as fast as I can, and taking my time to truly immerse myself in all the beauty all these characters possess. I truly felt like I was part of this chaotic, hilarious, passionate family and I just never wanted to stop reading! Mason and Kay have overcome so much in these books, but no matter what they face, they always do it together. All the while falling even more in love with one another! Mason is a total swoonfest, and I loved how fiercely he loves Kay. I can't wait for you to witness the beautiful continuation of their love!! I refuse to spoil anything that happens in this book, but just know all your questions will be answered, and you'll be begging for more of these amazing characters! I can't wait to see more of Mase and Kay in all of their other friends stories! I'm so sad that we are (for now) saying goodbye to these truly amazing people, but I can't wait to see what Alley comes up with next. This is truly a must read series!! **I received an ARC of this book and these are my honest opinions!**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Reierson

    What craziness is this you say, it's over? It can't be! Oh but I'm afraid it is! OR IS IT??? PFK was the perfect ending to this trilogy (but is it the end we wanted to read for Mase and Kay?). Book three picks up right where book two left off it's intense, it's a little nerve racking and it leads up to all the best feels and shares. It's one of the things I loved most about this whole series the raw honesty that makes its presence between this magnetic couple and the friends and those they've bro What craziness is this you say, it's over? It can't be! Oh but I'm afraid it is! OR IS IT??? PFK was the perfect ending to this trilogy (but is it the end we wanted to read for Mase and Kay?). Book three picks up right where book two left off it's intense, it's a little nerve racking and it leads up to all the best feels and shares. It's one of the things I loved most about this whole series the raw honesty that makes its presence between this magnetic couple and the friends and those they've brought together to call their family. Alley Ciz keeps this story moving which I love there is no shortage of hash tags, gossip, and sprinkle all of that with some drama. If you haven't started the series there is no time like the present. Get Reading!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ebonie

    What a perfect ending for this amazing series. The thing about the books ending in cliffhangers (except for this last one!) is that I was chomping at the bit to get the next book, and the wait was HARD. The wait was worth it, though! Mase and Kay are so swoonworthy. Seriously. What I love about Mase is that he protects what's his, even when it could hurt him in the long run. He makes some surprising decisions that literally had me falling over on my bed in shock, but those decisions just solidifie What a perfect ending for this amazing series. The thing about the books ending in cliffhangers (except for this last one!) is that I was chomping at the bit to get the next book, and the wait was HARD. The wait was worth it, though! Mase and Kay are so swoonworthy. Seriously. What I love about Mase is that he protects what's his, even when it could hurt him in the long run. He makes some surprising decisions that literally had me falling over on my bed in shock, but those decisions just solidified his place in my Book Boyfriend Hall of Fame (yes, I have one of those, judge if you must). Kay is small but mighty, and man - that mighty side comes out in this book in SO many ways. Kay is absolutely playing for keeps, and the steps she takes to get out of her comfort zone and show that she's all in made me so happy. She's not the same woman she was when this series started - she's bigger, better, and more amazing. I'll miss this cast of characters but do expect to see them throughout the other books. I'm already having withdrawals and will be rereading this series during my holiday break because I miss U of J. Read this one NOW!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Mason proves once again that Kay was his everything and that anything else in their lives comes a distant second and he will do whatever is necessary to protect her from those trying to destroy the epic love they share. Kayโ€™s strength and resilience shines through as she realizes that anything worth having is worth fighting for and she can be a force to be reckoned with when challenged. The chemistry between them burns stronger, the love between them stronger as they show that with the help of tho Mason proves once again that Kay was his everything and that anything else in their lives comes a distant second and he will do whatever is necessary to protect her from those trying to destroy the epic love they share. Kayโ€™s strength and resilience shines through as she realizes that anything worth having is worth fighting for and she can be a force to be reckoned with when challenged. The chemistry between them burns stronger, the love between them stronger as they show that with the help of those closest to them they can overcome anything.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SCBookAddict

    Playing For Keeps is the third book of Mason and Kay's trilogy. These two have been through it all and yet still persevere. The beginning was hard to connect to at first for me. It starts right where book two left off and it was such a nerve-wracking moment. With it being such a serious situation, it felt weird when Masonโ€™s inner voice was being funny. It just felt weird and conflicting. After that, things got much better. I love these two together and Alley Ciz has created some of her steamiest s Playing For Keeps is the third book of Mason and Kay's trilogy. These two have been through it all and yet still persevere. The beginning was hard to connect to at first for me. It starts right where book two left off and it was such a nerve-wracking moment. With it being such a serious situation, it felt weird when Masonโ€™s inner voice was being funny. It just felt weird and conflicting. After that, things got much better. I love these two together and Alley Ciz has created some of her steamiest scenes with these two.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Krystel

    I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I swear i love nova and kay and there friends and family. Well minus brantley lol. I had a feeling a knew was stabbing kay innthe back with all posts and pictures being leaked and i was right. I love the connection these two have its like they are so in tuned with each other. Abd there chemistry is sizzling hot. I also hsve few other favorites now too like carter, trav, b the lists goes on i am I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I swear i love nova and kay and there friends and family. Well minus brantley lol. I had a feeling a knew was stabbing kay innthe back with all posts and pictures being leaked and i was right. I love the connection these two have its like they are so in tuned with each other. Abd there chemistry is sizzling hot. I also hsve few other favorites now too like carter, trav, b the lists goes on i am loving this series so hard. So excited for whats next!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gem

    What an epic conclusion to an addictive series! Alley Ciz has once again had me captivated from cover to cover. A fantastic read full of drama, humour and off the charts swooniness. Mase is something else! I cannot wait to see more from this amazing cast of characters.

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