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Product Details

  • Series: A Play-by-Play Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Later Printing edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425238814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425238813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the hands of the talented Burton, the characters leap off the page and the romance sparkles as the sex sizzles." ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The chemistry between he and Tara was hot!!
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I loved it a very good story and love the people in it it was such a great book everybody use read it.
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My only complaint about this book is that it ended to abruptly.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Schreiner on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Tara Lincoln is an event planner and owner of The Right Touch. By chance, she lands the summer party of the NFL team the San Francisco Sabers. The party is a complete success and it is here she meets the Sabers star quarterback, Mick Riley. Mick is usually seen with an actress or model draped across his arm, so Tara is shocked when he takes interest in her. He makes her dance with him, and later invites her up to his hotel room.

Mick is tired of his agent Liz throwing beautiful women his way. He wants someone who is not after his money or fame - and when he sees Tara he instinctively knows she is "normal." She interests him and he really just wants to get to know her. Being extremely physically attracted to her doesn't hurt either.

Although they are perfect in bed together, real life always throws in more complications. Tara is a single mom, raising a teenager. It has always just been Tara and Nathan and she is not used to putting herself or anyone else first. Mick is known everywhere, and that fame is hard to deal with. Convincing Tara this is not a casual fling will be tough for Mick to do.

First let's all just stare at the cover for The Perfect Play. Sexy, yes? Jaci Burton has been hit with the cover of all covers. I honestly don't know if I could pass this book up if I saw it sitting on the shelves. *wipes drool*

I had a tough start with this book. Mick and Tara meet right at the start of the book, and they had never met before. By page ten, Tara states:

"The more time she spent with him, the more she liked him. Dammit. Why couldn't he be an arrogant son of a bitch, full of himself and talking of nothing by his career and his stats? It would be so much easier to walk away from him if he was self-absorbed.
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The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Contemporary Romance -Feb. 1st, 2011
4 ½ stars

Jaci Burton has done it again. Fans on contemporary romances with heat will love this latest book. It appears to be the 1st in a series about the popular and athletic Riley family. Sexy and real, this is a book that will satisfy the romantic and has smoldering scenes to keep you warm at night!

Mick Riley is the oldest in the Riley family and a famous quarterback to the SF Sabers. Handsome and charming, he is charismatic and a ladies man. But Mick it tired of all the glamour and just wants a break from all the PR. Football is what he wants to focus on, that is until he gives directions to a lovely blonde after his daily workout. Mick can't get her out of his mind. He likes her personality, and she is actually fun to be with, not work. When he spies her at a party, he is determined to introduce himself.

Tara is an event manager, and tonight she is responsible for the SF Sabers bash. She can't believe she asked the star quarterback for directions and ran away. She is even more shocked when he finds her at the event and asks her to dance. Soon they find themselves in the hotel getting hot and heavy. But Tara knows she isn't his type that is until he tracks her down at her job. Can they even have relationship when they are two totally different people?

I liked Mick's single-minded drive to catch Tara. He is a bit underhanded and sneaky when he involves Tara's co-workers to help him woo her. She never stood a chance. I also liked that he soon wants to meet her son and is eager to learn about Tara.

Both of these characters have a real depth that got me involved in their lives. Plus Mick is pure sex on a stick. I am pretty jealous of Tara.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emanuela PlasticDuck on May 8, 2011
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3.5 stars.

Leave me one minute to contemplate the cover. Again.


*** spoilers alert ***

I was pretty bored for the first third of the book. On the plus side there was Tara, a believable heroine with normal reactions. And the biggest luck, I mean, look at that cover. Ok. Mick, the hero - cover apart - was sweet and unremarkable. On the minus side, it was boring, as I said, because the hero was politely pursuing Tara, trying to convince her to give him a chance and being seduced in the process. Maybe I was in the wrong frame of mind, because I thought that the conflict would revolve around the two different worlds from which Tara and Mick came, which would have been predictable. I'm glad I was wrong. I also think the two had personality transplants while having sex, because I couldn't believe they were so sweet and polite one moment and wordy p0rn dirty talkers the next.

When we finally got to meet the heroine's son, Nathan, it was interesting to see how things changed for the kid after the sport star Mick entered the kid's life, much more than what changed in Tara's life, which is NOTHING. I think Nathan was the smartest character in the book and I loved when he made Tara understand that she was using him as an excuse to stall in her life. The only element of conflict was Mick's agent, Elizabeth, who was a real b!tch.

I must confess that there wasn't enough angst to make this book memorable. Mick has a secret in his life, but he's really nice. Mick's family accepted Tara and Nathan without batting an eye and were supportive and understanding. The characters had a problem in their past, but no characters had a flaw to make them more human. Does Mick's very slightly crooked nose count? With that hot bod? I don't think so.

Look at those abs...
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 60 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn't on deadline, she can usually be found trying to convince her husband to remodel some room or another in their house (she blames HGTV for this). She loves gardening, sports, casinos and getting lost in a great book. She's a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you'll find in all her books.

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