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Taking a Shot (A Play-by-Play Novel) Paperback – March 6, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
Book 3 of 11 in the Play by Play Series

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"Jaci Burton's stories are full of heat and heart." ---Maya Banks --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Jaci Burton is the New York Times bestselling author of Changing the Game.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Play-by-Play Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have enjoyed Jaci Burton's books in the past...I really liked the second book in the series, Changing the Game (A Play-by-Play Novel), and thought Elizabeth's character arc was really strong. I have come not to expect much in the way of serious plot or emotional angst in Burton's books, but they're entertaining and sexy, so I preordered Taking a Shot. This book takes a lack of conflict to a new level. Sure...the sex is hot, but the characters are totally uninteresting. The heroine's "problem" with the hero was that he plays sports, and so do her brothers. Meh. That's not a problem. A problem is being hurt by a sports figure in the past or something. In this case, it was honestly that she was secretly into music and not sports. I found myself thinking: What? Who cares? he's attractive and funny and your family loves him, so what is the problem? And that's just the thing. There wasn't a problem. I got to 20 pages from the end and realized that I had never once cared whether these two really ended up together--in part because there was never any doubt that they would.

The sex is hot, so it gets 2 stars, but that's the last time I spend 9.99 on a Burton book.
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Jenna has been surrounded by sports and jocks her entire life (her older brothers are an NFL quarterback and an MLB first baseman). Add in the fact that she is stuck running her family's sports bar instead of pursuing her own dreams, and she has decided to rule out dating all jocks, forever. Unfortunately, her heart hasn't gotten the memo. And when she meets hot hockey player Tyler, she has to keep her growing feelings in check because she can tell this guy could be a game-changer for her.

In the beginning, I really liked both these characters--especially Ty. He was great--he wasn't ruled by his ego and he could be strong without being a cave man. Plus, I like a man who knows what he wants and doesn't play games.
But, for someone who was supposed to be a hard-ass who spoke her mind and "pushed back", Jenna was such a total wuss when it counted, that it pissed me off and my admiration for her took a nosedive.

Truthfully, I didn't know what Ty saw in her--besides the sex. ENDLESS, REPETITIVE sex, just like all the other novels in this series. Seriously, I never thought I'd say this, but, enough with the sex, already!!
How do these people have time to do anything else? How do these girls walk with straight legs? Also, some of the sex scenes could have been cut and pasted from the previous books in the series. When reading sex scenes, and these are decently written, they shouldn't become boring. But there were so many, and they were so similar...I found myself skimming a few.
I would have liked more story, less sex.

In addition, I was disappointed there wasn't better conflict between the characters. Jenna's issues were unrealistic given the dynamics of her family and her supposedly fierce personality.
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Book three of the Play by Play series is probably my least favorite so far. Other reviewers have complained that there is no conflict in this novel. There's very little conflict, I agree, but there doesn't have to be conflict to have a good story. This is more a story showing the evolution of a relationship, not a story of conflict destroying a relationship and having to bring it back together.

All in all, it wasn't a bad story, I just felt like both characters made too big of a deal out of some little things (Jenna doesn't date athletes. Tyler thinks she will judge him for coming from a broken home with a dad who he thinks is a jerk - I kind of wanted more of a story about his dad being a jerk than we got).

Good writing. Steamy scenes. Also, I listened to parts of it through audible and the narrator was once again wonderful.
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I just went into a frenzy and finished this tonight. I so whole heatedly love Jaci Burton WOW Of course I love the Riley family and at the end of Changing the Game I knew Jenna was up and it was going to be with Ty. So this was a little different because Jenna had issues with her career and doing what was right by her family. Sadly none of it was what she really wanted to do. She was so against Ty and anyone having to do with sports and without giving spoilers, we find out why. The difference with Ty is that unlike Tara and Liz he has a Mom who is single and Dad who got remarried 10 years prior so he was in need for family, but not as needy as Liz and Tara.

Lucky for Janna she has Tara and Elizabeth to confide in and both woman really gave support. I think now by book 3 that Elizabeth had redeemed herself. Got to give Mrs Burton credit there, nobody who read the first book thought that Liz was worth redeeming or she had any compassion. So she showed she did and I loved that part of it.

So many funny parts too. Loved and adored Mick and Tara's wedding and well as the planning for Liz and Gavin. Certain times when the girls were together they would talk about the brothers and Jenna would just freak out. That made them all that much more real. The way that she spoke to Liz and Tara was much closer and called them her "sisters". So we saw Jenna evolve and show a whole person with different layers. Especially with the descriptions of her appearance, very rock chick with tattoos.

As for the Riley clan, Jimmy is back to normal and Kathleen is on a mission. The mission is to extract the truth from Jenna and explore the Ty relationship too. In the end you will find out what Jenna's reveal was and the way it plays out was great. This family dynamic is amazing.
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