Book Review ~ The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)Title: The Perfect Play
Author: Jaci Burton
Series: Play By Play #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Format: E-Book
Release Date: February 1, 2011

Rating: 5/5


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.

First Line: “Sweat dripped down Mick Riley’s face and arms.”


I have been wanting to get my hands on a copy of this book for a while now and so when I finally got tired of waiting I downloaded a copy onto my Barnes and Noble Nook.  Honestly, what first drew me to this book was the cover…Yeah I want me some of that right there!  Where can I find a hot, sweaty football player?!  Once I got started reading I got completely sucked into the story right away.  And OH BOY is this one HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT!  Not only because of hunka hunka burnin’ love Mick either! 😉

The chemistry between Mick and Tara is explosive almost right from the beginning and only continues to build as their relationship grows.  Tara is a very strong leading lady, she’s been dealt some hard knocks pretty from the get go in life and she’s just gotten stronger as a result.  She’s also the kind leading lady who, as much as she is REALLY enjoying the really great mind-blowing sex she’s having with Mick, she puts her son first.  YEAH! For AWESOME single moms!  Mick is our leading man, who despite what Tara sees (perfection) he does in fact have a flaw, to some it’s a pretty big one too.

Liz, Mick’s agent, is written as the villain of the story. In the end I think that she thought her heart was in the right place, even though it was still a pretty low thing to do. Even the queen of ‘cold’ has a soft side…and it comes in the form of Mick’s little brother Gavin.  I think that Jaci did an excellent job of building up to Liz and Gavin’s story and I can hardly wait to start reading that book too!


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