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Lucky Review of SLOW PLAY by Christie Ridgway

Detective Maddox Kelly likes his shirts ironed, his puzzles solved, and his heart locked up tight, until the one-who-got-away returns to town and upends his well-ordered life.
Maddox retains fond memories of Harper Mitchell—or so he tells himself when his dreams of her and how she walked away don’t keep him up all night. But now she’s back, hot and sweet as ever, but he’s not foolish enough to get attached when the free-spirit will surely just leave town again.
A family emergency returns Harper to Sawyer Beach and she intends to keep her head down and her suitcases packed. The tempting lure of that sexy, impossible-to-forget man is hard to ignore, however. Surely one more taste of the fruit of first love won’t break her heart.

Slow Play (7-Stud Club Book 4) by Christie Ridgway
Series: 7-Stud Club #4
Published by Christie Ridgway on August 25, 2020

Genres: 2 Flames- PG Closed Doors, 3 Flames: Rated R, Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance

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I received a complimentary ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review.


SLOW PLAY by Christie Ridgway

Eileen's Thoughts

Detective Maddox Kelly likes his life well-ordered, each piece fitting into a puzzle, each clue leading to a solution. After losing his first love he locked up his heart, but not his memories. When free-spirited Harper Mitchell returns to Sawyer Beach for a visit with her family she doesn’t plan on running into Maddox, but the fates are not so kind; Maddox stopping to help her when her car breaks down as she arrives in town. It seems that everywhere these two go, hang out, or turn, they are encountering each other. Maddox is questioning why he let her go and Harper is questioning why she left since their attraction and chemistry remained. Maddox is determined to keep Harper in Sawyer Beach, Harper’s family is determined to keep her close by, and Harper just wants Maddox to want and love her.


Maddox and Harper are as opposite as can be yet they fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Harper was raised by a single mom, her father gone before her mom knew she was pregnant, and her grandparents on their farm. Her grandparents were hippies and the farm was once a commune. Maddox was raised in town, his father a Mathematics Professor and his mother is the town mayor. Harper’s wanderlust might have been inherited from her father or a myth, but I was surprised that she preferred to live away from her close-knit family, especially after almost dying overseas during a teaching stint in Portugal. This second chance for both Maddox and Harper was one they could not pass up.


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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.


About Christie Ridgway

Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of fifty contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes award-winning, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Christie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in Santa Barbara, and now is married to the sweetheart she met there.

She started off as a technical writer and moved on to computer programming before having two sons and pursuing the dream she’d held since childhood—writing romance novels. Her first book stars a hero who was a former professional surfer and since then she’s written about businessmen, TV stars, soldiers, journalists, vintners, race car drivers, and horror novelists. What her heroes have in common is their resistance to love and their hardest of falls when they finally do find their right woman.

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One response to “Lucky Review of SLOW PLAY by Christie Ridgway

  1. Rita

    I use to read Christie Ridgway earlier books. Not sure way I stopped. This sounds really good. And second chance romance is a favorite for me.

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