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?
Praise: “PLAYING HURT is a delicious, tantalizing love story that will captivate you until the final, satisfying sigh.”–Kristin Walker, author of A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL
I read Holly Schindler’s A Blue So Dark when it was released and fell in love. Schindler’s writing was beautiful and the premise was so unique. I was really excited to read her follow-up. Playing Hurt has a pretty unique plot as well. The main character, Chelsea, is a star basketball player and when she’s injured everything she’s known comes crashing down around her. The book really doesn’t have much to do with sports, though so don’t let that keep you from reading.
Chelsea was an okay character. She definitely had her faults. I didn’t like her boyfriend from the very first scene he was in. I can’t really pinpoint why, maybe he seemed too perfect. I didn’t give the fact that obviously Chelsea is cheating on her boyfriend much thought–it says so right in the description. I guess I thought ‘Oh well, whatever…the other boy will be the one or something’ but that’s really not the case. Chelsea and Clint had a very physical attraction. They had a lot of steamy chemistry that I loved, but I never really felt anything more from them. I might be too much of a romantic but if your going to screw up a relationship I like for it to for love, ya know? (I mean in books, of course) I also didn’t really like the way Chelsea handled the situation later with her boyfriend. I would have liked a little more growth and remorse.
Other than those things I did enjoy the book. It’s outdoorsy, which I always love. The very steamy scenes between Clint and Chelsea did keep me turning pages. Yum! Overall, it was a good, fast read. I’m anxious to see what Holly Schindler has in store for us next.