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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play
Author: Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #1
Genre: Steamy Romance

(From Goodreads)

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.


Why have I waited so long to read this series? Maybe the hot cover side tracked me all this time because let's face it, that cover is smoking hot!  I kept closing the book just so I could get another peek at that hot body.  I studied it long enough that I even noticed the sweat running down his chest!

I am not a big fan of sports in my romance, but author Jaci Burton really pulled it off in this one.  I didn't feel too overwhelmed with statistics and sport plays in this one.  There was no shoving of the play book down my throat and the players actually seemed like real people.  I loved the character of Mick!  Hot, sexy and athletic all in one glorious package.  I could certainly see that cover model being Mick.  He seemed down to Earth without letting fame go to his head.  Tara was a little annoying at times with her constant reminders of being a single mother and having to give up so much to give her son a better life, but I shelved my feelings on that because the chemistry and attraction between the two made up for it.  Nathan, Tara's teenage son, was actually portrayed as believable.  The side characters were also something I enjoyed reading about.  While I wasn't a fan of Elizabeth, I can't wait to see how her story will unfold with Mick's brother Gavin.

While I felt the beginning of Mick and Tara's romance was rushed and not that convincing, I did like how the relationship developed after their initial meetings.  Their relationship grew with real problems, emotions and turmoil.  I am really looking forward to reading about them again in future books.  A new series for me and one I will keep reading!


Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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Blogger Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

HaHa I do the same thing when reading these books, I constantly find myself staring at the cover. I haven't read this book, I sort of skipped it and went straight for the sexy baseball player (book2).
Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

December 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

This book was okay for me. I like her Carina Press novellas better.

December 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've been wanting to read this forever! I need a copy for the cover alone. Great review!

December 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might have to check this out. I haven't read any romance novels in awhile. Maybe next year - I love romance novels... this year I wanted to branch out a little bit and try different genres and authors and I think I did pretty good this year so far.

December 16, 2012 at 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might have to check this out. I haven't read any romance novels in awhile. Maybe next year - I love romance novels... this year I wanted to branch out a little bit and try different genres and authors and I think I did pretty good this year so far.

December 16, 2012 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I think I had the exact same opinion about this book as you do. I did like the book but the relationship was rushed in the beginning and it took me the rest of the book to really enjoy how things finally slowed down for them.

There were a few likes and dislikes in this one for me and even though I own the second and third book I haven't picked them up, dusted them off in order to read them yet because this one just wasn't everything I was expecting.

Thanks for the great review! I can't wait to possibly hear your thoughts on the rest of the series.

December 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM  

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