The Perfect Play

The Perfect Play
(Play by Play #1)
by Jaci Burton
Published 2011 by Berkley Heat
336 pages. Trade Paperback.
Rating: 5/5

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

Loved this book! I couldn’t get enough of it. I read most of it in one sitting. I’m not sure what it is about the football thing that got me interested, because I’m not really into sports. I just thought it sounded so good. And it didn’t disappoint.

Tara is a great character. She’s responsible and she loves her son more than anything else in the world. She tries so hard to bring him up well, and keep him from making the same mistakes she did. With that in mind, she shuts herself off from men. She puts up a wall to keep someone from coming into their lives and destroying what they have, what she’s spent the past fourteen years building for them. It hasn’t been easy, and she’s so afraid that someone will tear it all down that she barely allows herself to open up to Mick.

Mick isn’t quite what the synopsis makes him out to be. I expected some wild playboy. He’s not a heart breaker. The women that are forced on him by his agent know what they’re doing, and he’s not going to turn away a willing woman. It’s all different when he meets Tara. He’s never wanted anything real with a woman. But he falls for her fast and things get even worse when he meets her son. He loves them both and he wants to be a part of their lives. His agent, however, is not thrilled about the idea.

There’s a little mystery surrounding Mick for a while. He’s holding something back, a part of him that he keeps very private. It had my stomach in knots. I could barely stand not knowing. I liked the way it came out though. I really loved Mick and Tara’s relationship. He’s so sensitive to how Tara feels and how difficult it is for her to open up to him. But he also never gives up on her. He knows what he wants and he does everything he can to get it. This is an erotic romance so there’s a lot of sex, but those scenes still hold that electricity between them that make them such a great couple. Highly recommended to romance lovers.

This book contains profanity and explicit sexual content. 18 and up, please!

Source: Birmingham Public Library. Birmingham, AL.
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  1. Loved this book, too 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it…prepare yourself, because the 2nd one in the series is even BETTER! Review on my blog._yay_ @

  2. Great review, it sounds awesome, I have had it for a while (so I can lick the cover lol!) I willa ctually have to open it up!Suzanne @ Under the Covers


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