Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review: The Perfect Play

The Perfect Play

by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #1
Release date: 1st February, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Pages: 336 (Hardcover bought by me)
Next book: Changing the game

Summary from Goodreads:

NFL quarterback Mick Riley has it all: fame, fortune and his pick of any woman. Well, almost any woman. When he meets-and beds-Tara Lincoln, he realizes that he wants more than a one-night stand. Too bad she has other ideas. Their connection was hot, heavy and heavenly...and she's calling it off.

Tara played the game of love once-and lost big. And even though her steamy night with Mick proved that he's an all-star both on the field and in the bedroom, she just can't risk that kind of pain again. But Mick didn't get to be a star QB by giving up each time he got knocked down. He means to win her heart. And he has the perfect play in mind...

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

There is no way to start this review without fearing that the only thing you are going to really pay attention to is the cover. And I can't blame you, hahaha, I mean, seriously, this cover?! Is PURE HOTNESS. I'm sure I would have bought the book even without hearing the great things about it. But before continuing with the review please, remember to clean the mess your mouth just did by drooling at the screen.

Ready? Great, here we go! So, right fromt the start we are set with Mick, one of the biggest stars in the industry of sport and not by coincidence, his manager, the sexy and heartless Elizabeth Darnell knew how to promote him using girls, major events and advertisements. He owned her all the money he had. But the money was not important for him, he was one of the best quarterbacks out there and he played because he loved the game. And not long ago he used to love the girls Elizabeth threw at his arms every other night, but not any more.

And here is where our female protagonist comes in: Tara Lincoln had being planning the biggest event her small company, The Right Touch, had ever had, an event for Mick's team, "San Francisco Sabers". They had met briefly when she needed directions to find her way to the main office so she could get her contract signed but they didn't exchange names and the party was the perfect moment to emend that.

Mick and Tara had a connection, a real connection. They both felt it during the party and they both kept feeling it during the sex. But Tara had a very important person in her life to think about, her 14 years old son Nathan. And she wasn't going to introduce any man in her life for him, meaning: Bye-bye, Mick Riley.
Why you ask? Well, Mick had a big reputation being a player and there was no way he would want something serious with her.

But our hot guy wasn't the kind of man who would give up so easily, he really liked her and what if she had a son? He was good with kids and he was going to prove it.

What he didn't expect was that his best friend and former agent, Liz, didn't like his relationship with Tara and the media consequences of it...

Personal opinion:
Before reading the book go and get a fan, I assure you you will need it. The sex scenes in this book are AWESOME, Jaci doesn't hesitate when it comes to describe feelings, sensations and places... body places. The way the characters talk is hot, the way they make you feel is hot and I promise that if it weren't for Tara I would have jump above Mick... what a man! This book was eroticness itself.

I loved the fact that Jaci Burton actually developed Nathan's character. There are lots of books where the sons and daughters only appear once or twice and then are forgotten, but no in this book and I enjoyed that. Nathan is a clever boy who knows what to say and when to say it.
And it doesn't stop with him, far from it, Mick's family have a role in the story and in the next book ;)

Now, please, stop reading and buy the book.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I'm waiting to read this book! It's in my TBR pile for my ebooks :D thanks for the review!

  2. I had read this one and liked the story, especially the relationship between Mick and Tara's son.

  3. It's been on my TBR list and I've been wanting to read this series since months ago, but used to hesitate. So I went over some places and reviews to make myself certain. And well, after reading your review, especially after I saw those 5 yummy cheeses, I'd surely buy it right away. ;)

  4. This series have been on my TBR list for quite a while. While not a sports fan in real life, I do like to read about sports players in books. They are usually very competitive and determined to win what they want :)

  5. I've got this book in my TBR pile - I've kinda been waiting til I get the other books in the series, but I keep wanting to get started - glad it got such a good review & it's not just a great cover.


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