Friday, March 21, 2014

Play by Play series by Jaci Burton

As I finished a book yesterday, I realized that on the blog I'm writing about books at the end of a series or a book within a series, never starting from the beginning. So today, I thought it would be best to start with the first in a long and great series...the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. The book I just finished was "Melting the Ice" and it was just as wonderful as the other books in Burton's series.

Book one in the Play by Play series is "The Perfect Play" and it is the perfect mix of sexy, funny, and witty that I often go back to read it over and over again when I'm in the middle of a book hangover. The series first focuses on Mick and then the next book goes to his brother then sister and so on in the family. By book seven we're on a friend of the family but it's still just as good and within the play by play universe.

What first drew me to the series was the I'm sure you might have guessed. I'm always willing to give a book a try if there's football in it. But what has me coming back over and over again are many things. The strong female characters. Strong bonds of family or friendships. Very sexy scenes that are so not like 50, meaning fun and sexy but not reading and thinking, "what the holy hell happened here?" The good and healthy relationships developed even with missteps and drama.  Finally, the love that develops between the two characters, something that looks and feels real. Who doesn't like a good love story that would hold true in the real world...if you took out the super talented/professional player featured.

If you're looking for your next sexy series that features a fun and witty storyline with a dash of drama then this is the series to try! Read below for more on book one.

"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." (Description from

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