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    A wonderful love story!

    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** This has been such a great series and I've loved reading the love stories of all the Valentine brothers, but I have to say, I was looking forward to this one knowing what all Troy gave up when his parents passed away. Troy Valentine was a professional baseball player and when the unthinkable happened and his parents passed away tragically, he was the only one of the four brothers in the position to return to Valentine Bay to care for his young sister. That meant giving up his baseball career, but over the years he's found that caring for Mila and returning to Valentine Bay hasn't been too bad. He's currently working construction and flipping houses. Alison Bartholomew was doing the job she always thought she wanted to do in performing on Broadway. But when things go sideways a bit after appearing as a judge on a show, she decides she needs a break. She chooses to fly cross country from New York City to Valentine Bay, on the coast of Oregon, to try to get some perspective. Alison rents a house on the water and the first morning she's there she is woken early by the sawing and pounding coming from the house next door. Going to investigate, she ends up coming face to face with Troy and to say sparks flew immediately is an understatement! As Troy and Alison spend more time together, it's apparent that they have a true connection. Throw in that Troy's sister, Mila, has been a fan of Alison's for years and you have what is either going to be the start of a great love story, or in the end there will be more than two heartbroken people. Will Alison choose to stay in Valentine Bay or will the bright lights of Broadway lure her back? As always, Melanie Shawn did a fantastic job with this story. I was in it from the outset and I was happy to see Troy, and Mila, get their happily ever after!
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    Absolutely 5 Stars!

    Absolutely 5 stars! What a great read. I have been waiting for Troy’s story and this was well worth the wait. Troy and Alison were fantastic characters and worked so well together. I loved that Mila was and still is, even with Alison in the picture, Troy’s 1st priority. Troy is such a responsible and great brother. He gave his career for his sister and you can tell he doesn’t regret it in the least bit. He also stays true to himself and his family. Alison is such a sweet woman that needs a nice man to settle her. Troy is the perfect man for her. I loved how easily she made friends with Troy’s brothers and their significant others. Alison also instantly connected with Mila which was huge for Troy at least. Putting sexy with passion and not just one or the other was a really good way to go. My favorite, besides the couple, was how you showed that Alison could have a career and the man instead of having to pick one over the other. As always did NOT want the story to end!!
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    Wow!! I Loved this Amazing Story

    WOW!!! Oh WOW!! I loved, loved, loved this book!! Troy and Alison’s love story in Playing by Heart book four in the Valentine Bay series by the amazing duo of Melanie Shawn is another must read!! When his parents died Troy gave up everything to come home to Valentine Bay and raise his little sister, Mila. Being the oldest, he puts the needs of everyone else first, forgetting what it’s like to think of him first. Broadway star Alison was badly in need of a break from the high-pressure stress from her theater career along with all the judgment that came with it; so she take a sabbatical and drives across country to regroup. Alison meets the sexy, hot, construction worker Troy on her first morning in Valentine Bay, making her very happy to be far from New York City. Alison is the first woman Troy is attracted to since returning to Valentine Bay. As these two spend time becoming friends and lovers, they discover there is so much more to life than they previously believed. Alison begins to wonder if maybe she could make a life in Valentine Bay instead of on the New York stage. The chemistry between Alison and Troy is off the charts. I love how human, down to earth, and “soft” Alison is, caring about nurturing other artistic types. Troy is very protective of his sister Mila, so the fact that he allows Alison into their lives demonstrates how strong the attraction between them is. Mila is also very encouraging of Mila and her desire to perform. I found it interesting that the first friends Alison made in town were the wives of Troy’s brothers. Troy will need to learn that letting Alison go to perform for others does not mean sh doesn’t love him nor that she won’t return home to him and Mila. Melanie Shawn wrote a wonderfully emotional and moving story filled with sexual chemistry, fun dialogue, and endearing characters that is not to be missed. I highly recommend Just One Kiss to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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    Sweet romance

    Those that have read the previous books, will be happy to know we finally get Troy Valentine’s story. The last of the Valentine brothers to find love and the one that gave up his successful career to take care of his sweet sister Mia. When Broadway star Alison Bartholomew needs a break from the theatre lights and her career, she travels cross-country and rents the house next to the one Troy is restoring. From the moment they meet, there is an attraction, but both are cautious. One is not sure what the future holds, the other one , will do anything to protect a sister. It’s a sweet romance , that flows seamlessly. If you have been a fan of the series, you’ll get a chance to visit with the rest of the Valentine “boys” and their significant others. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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    Thrilling romance

    Love this sweetly thrilling, sexy, fun and emotionally exciting visit back to Valentine Bay.... This journey is filled with longing, passion and heart pounding action. Loved it!!! Was a great way to spend my evening and was very happy with it, Looking forward to my next adventure.
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