Playing for Keeps

The Murphy Brothers Book 4

by Joanne Rock

Quarter Moon Press

Contemporary Romance

February 28, 2024

Available in: e-Book

Playing for Keeps
by Joanne Rock

In the competitive world of professional hockey, Axel Rankin hides a dangerous past. When filmmaker Jennifer Hunter arrives at the rink to go behind the scenes with the players, he has nowhere to hide his secrets - or an attraction he can't deny.

The pressure is on Jennifer to make a commercial documentary, her last obstacle to making the film shereallywants to craft. So Jennifer throws herself into the new project, determined it will be a success. So why is the team's star defenseman constantly standing in her way? And why is she so incredibly attracted to the domineering Finn?

Axel Rankin knows he's been living on borrowed time during his NHL career. He sought a reprieve from the old motorcycle club back in Helsinki, and so far his former gang has let him build a new life in peace. But when a sexy filmmaker turns her spotlight on him, Axel knows he can't fly under the radar anymore. Jennifer's docudrama draws attention to him. Worse, it draws attention to her. Soon, he's forced to use all his defensive skills to protect her, battling old enemies to keep her safe.

It's a red-hot situation that's skating out of control, but Axel can't think of a better way to go down in flames!

*an earlier draft of this story previously published by Harlequin as Her Man Advantage.

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Joanne Rock's Bio

Four-time RITA finalist Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The USA Today bestselling author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small-town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly---love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel to gather new ideas.