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review 2017-09-12 00:51
The Final Score (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

The Play-by-Play series of books are the first books I ever read by Jaci Burton so the series has an extra special place in my heart. When you give me a book with both the Riley clan and the Cassidy clan, which are my 2 favorite families from the series, and I know I'm getting a book I won't be able to put down.

 

Seriously, Mia Cassidy and Nathan Riley together has been the story I've wanted since I realized they were at the same college. I absolutely loved that Mia and Nathan were best friends and always went to each other about everything. I even loved they had been together once in college when they had both had a little too much to drink and still remained best friends. I thought it was super sweet that Nathan really was the one that wanted to pursue them being more than just friends first, but was willing to only stay friends if that is all Mia wanted. I loved them as friends every bit as much as I loved them as a couple.

 

I love that while Mia and Nathan had decided to be friends only, once they were in the same city and allowed themselves more time together, they couldn't keep their hands off each other. Seriously super hot times between Mia and Nathan! I have to say that while I loved their smoking hot love scenes, the times the took things slowly and were more gentle with each other, made me sigh just a little and completely fall for them as a couple.

 

Mia Cassidy is such a strong and intelligent female character. She has been working towards her dream of her own company and has had her dream come to fruition. She is an amazing businesswoman who sees the big picture when it comes to media perception and knows how to take care of her clients and friends. She is a bit shortsighted when it comes to matters of the heart though and messes up big time when handling a delicate situation with Nathan. I honestly believe she could only mess up this badly because of how much she loved Nathan, but it didn't change the fact that she was the one to make the mistake.

 

I loved that we got to spend time with so many of both the Rileys and the Cassidys in The Final Score. While I've loved the various other friends that have gotten their books in this series, my love for these 2 families is strong. It was great to see so many of my favorite characters again as we watched Mia and Nathan each figure out their next steps in their careers and their relationship.

 

The Final Score is another winner in the Play-by-Play series from Jaci Burton. I loved ever moment of this story and didn't want to put the book down even to sleep at night. In fact, I kinda wanted to start reading it all over again once I finished reading it the first time. The Final Score is absolutely one of my favorite books in the series and has me chomping at the bit to know where Ms. Burton will take the series next.  

 

 

Rating: 5 stars (A+)

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2017-09-06 02:24
The Final Score (Play-by-Play #13) by Jaci Burton

 

 

 

 

Author: Jaci Burton

Title: The Final Score

Series: Play-by-Play

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Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget. 

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. 

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't judge me for the three stars I gave the book I'd actually give the book four stars but the three stars is because of me. I would have loved this book so much more if I didn't already know who Nathan is.

For readers who have already read the Play by Play series you'll recognize the fact that Nathan Riley is the child of Mick and Tara Riley from book one, while Mia - Nathan's love interest is Mia Cassidy child of Grant and Katrina Cassidy in book nine. That's where I got snagged. I felt so odd reading about Nathan and Mia being intimate because in my mind here I am thinking that even though they're grown up that these are their babies and my mind got stuck on that. I felt like I shouldn't be reading about them, that I shouldn't see this part of their being adults because in my mind I wasn't ready for them to grow up so soon.

That doesn't prevent The Final Score or Nathan from scoring big with little Mia who isn't so little anymore but in my mind I'm still stuck on them being my previous fav's kids. Oy!

Fun. witty and very entertaining I just wasn't ready for our babies to grow up so soon! :)

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-07 23:21
Rules Of Contact
Rules of Contact (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

Title:  Rules of Contact

Author:  Jaci Burton

Publisher: Berkley

Series:  A Play-By-Play Novel Book 12

Reviewed By:   Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"Rules of Contact" by Jaci Burton

 

My Thoughts.....

 

This is my first read by the author and I was very impressed by it.  I loved the hero and heroine...Flynn and Amelia in with their drama, trust issues, emotion, excitement, heartbreaking, humor and wow the chemistry between the two[the hot love scenes were off the chart...hot] all coming together and giving the reader a good read.  In the end seeing  these two get their HEA was quite a wonderful told love story.  

 

Thank you to the author for a copy of your novel for my honest opinion of the read.

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review 2017-01-19 06:05
Reindeer games
Mistletoe Games (A Play-by-Play Anthology) - Jaci Burton

This is books 6.5, 8.5, & 10.5 from the Play By Play series.  These books are holiday stories that go with the rest of the series.  They can be read as standalone novels.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order.

 

We revisit this amazing 5* series with 3 books in this anthology of holiday goodness.  First up is Elizabeth and Gavin and where the Riley family is and how they are spending the holidays together.  Second is Patrick & Stella and whether he can keep her close.  Last is Tori and a vacation full of surprises.

 

These were fun books to get back into this series with a quick read.  I found that the money is worth it just to even read the first story.  All books are spicy and hot!  There is plenty of sparks flying off these pages.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2016-12-26 17:35
Holiday on Ice (Play by Play, #8.5) by Jaci Burton Review
Holiday on Ice - Jaci Burton

Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

 

Review

I haven't yet read a Jaci Burton book that I loved. I want to so if you have a favorite, please let me now.

The hero was a great guy. He was sexy and kind, Very good at what he does and a great friend.

The heroine says she isn't very nice and really she isn't. She is a great dancer. She has a great friends and a sisters. She is very commitment adverse. I admire her career focus and ownership of her sexuality. However, these characters felt false when we learn why she doesn't want a relationship or at least that she needs to spend a great deal of time in therapy for her unexamined reactions based on a pretty long ago jerk behavior by her ex (jerk but not abuse).

And her ex's name made me laugh.

Soooo, I read it all but I never settled in and I wasn't rooting for the couple because I thought given the space of the time of the novella that heroine had a lot of stuff to work out I wanted her to be with the hero.

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