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Straddling the Line (A Play-by-Play Novel) Paperback – July 1, 2014
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“[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect….However, [it] isn't just about hot sex. Burton offers plenty of emotion and conflict in a memorable relationship-driven story.”—USA Today
“One of the strongest sports romance series available.”—Dear Author
“Ms. Burton has a way of writing intense scenes that are both sensual and raw….Plenty of romance, sexy men, hot steamy loving, and humor.”—Smexy Books
“The characters are incredible. They are human and complex and real and perfect.”—Night Owl Reviews
“Holy smokes! I am pretty sure I saw steam rising from every page.”—Fresh Fiction
“Hot, hot, hot!...Romance at its best! Highly recommended! Very steamy.”—Coffee Table Reviews
“As usual, Jaci Burton delivers flawed but endearing characters, a strong romance, and an engaging plot all wrapped up in one sexy package.”—Romance Novel News
“Burton knocks it out of the park…With snappy back-and-forth dialogue as well as hot, sweaty, and utterly engaging bedroom play, readers will not be able to race through this book fast enough!”—RT Book Reviews
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Haven had a crush on Trevor when they were in college while she tutored him. Her Dad and Mom were dorm parents to pretty much all of Jaci's main men it seems and they all loved, respected and had great relationships with them even after they graduated. When her Dad died the year before Haven took it very hard and was having trouble moving on. She was working as a sports reporter but kind of wavering if that is what she really wanted. Havens Mom called Trevor and asked if he could help her in some way. Trevor plays both Football and baseball professionally so he works it with Havens network to do an exclusive on him. He is hoping this will get her back on track of following her dreams by keeping her busy and focused. She comes to stay with him while she puts the piece together.
Ok, so this was my problem....when they first meet up again there is zero spark. The crush was one sided in college, although from her reaction to this supposedly hot athlete you would never know! He has known her all these years, was at her fathers funeral the year before.....but nothing was ever mentioned that there was an attraction on his side before. It was like they were asleep when they met again, kind of woke up and stayed tired through the rest of the book. I don't know I just did not click with these two. Haven seemed laid back to the point she was almost lathargic...Trevor who was supposed or be confident and self assured came off confused and a little full of himself. When they did finally get together, it just seemed kind of calculated and convenient no passion at all.
If you did not know Trevor before you sure did now....there was so much of her interviewing him and others in the story.Read more ›
Straddling The Line is number eight in Jaci Burton’s racy sports theme romance series-Play by Play. Originally built around the popular and sports orientated Riley family, the series has spun off the family and is now divulging into relatives of the Riley’s and various friends and teammates. While I enjoy the fact the series is continuing, I feel it has never quite gotten back to the same level it had when it was based solely on the Riley family. Since Playing To Win, I’ve noticed Burton’s books have undergone a transformation. Softer edges and less volatile characters blunt the edge this series used to possess.
I’ve felt the series has become repetitive in its undertaking. We are seeing the same story, right down to almost identical scenes. The only difference seems to be different names and careers. The conflicts are weaker and resolve almost instantaneously. Stilted formal dialogue, formulaic love scenes, and low key emotional reactions from the protagonists had me longing for the earlier books. There is no surprise or anticipation in the last few books I’ve read which was a huge selling point for me in the beginning. We were never 100% sure our couple would make it. Now, there is no doubt they will end up together and the story merely maps out how they get there. Unfortunately, the story isn’t all that interesting.
Trevor and Haven are personable characters whose interaction is comfortable and almost 100% conflict free. They are extremely similar in their character makeup. Intelligent, loyal, and witty with a lack of the usual deep seated emotional baggage that often sparks the tension and must have misunderstandings in these romances.Read more ›
Haven has finally gotten the plum job she wants but she's having problems functioning because she's still grieving her beloved father's death.
Trevor gives Haven an all access pass to do his bio. But there is one well guarded secret he's holding on. Once their relationship heats up that secret is revealed.
Trevor realizes that he loves Haven and has to decide if trust Haven enough to help him come to terms with that secret.
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This book has so many view points and emotional drama it was hard to grasp the foundation. We have 2 characters that are going through separate things but somehow end up together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reese
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5
I really enjoyed Straddling the Line. I don't know how Jaci Burton does it. Read more
My two favorite things sports and romance! This is not the same old same old poor girl finds Rick guy, with a conflict tossed in the middle abs happy ever after! Read morePublished 4 months ago by MissyD111
This was the first book i read of jaci burtons. I didn't know it wad a whole series. When i found out it was I was so excited. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kathryn Dunaway
This one didn't start off too good for me. Not so much the writing or the storyline, but the heroine Haven. (Which I guess would be the writing in a way. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cheri