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The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  29,750 Ratings  ·  1,584 Reviews
From the national bestselling author of "Riding the Night" comes an erotic story about love and the games people play.
The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.
Tara played the game
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ebook, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Pam Eller I will NEVER pay that much for a kindle copy of a book. Never. If I am paying that much it better be printed and in my hands. It is ridiculous.

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Shawna
5 stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

Thoughts Before Reading:

OHHH-MYYY-GAWWWD!! I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitome of cover HOTness! Seriously, call a doctor quick 'cause I think I've swallowed my tongue.

Thoughts After Reading:

I think a review for this book is about the equivalent of crotchless panties or raspberry sauce on chocolate cake...totally unnecessary. I mean with a tongue swallowing, eyes bulging cover like this, who really gives a @%*$ what the sto
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Auntee
Jan 29, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic sports romance
Just in time for the upcoming Super Bowl is Jaci Burton's smokin' hot new release, The Perfect Play. And what a perfect sports romance it is! Starting with the gorgeous cover...

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(C'mon, how can you resist that cover model?)

Things just get better after that. The story has an almost Cinderella-like feel to it. Mick Riley (30) is Mr. Tall (6 1/2 feet), Dark (black hair, blue-eyed) and Sexy (killer physique); a millionaire superstar quarterback for the San Francisco Sabers. Mick's a hard working ath
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
What an overrated book. Nothing about the story was new or interesting to me. The sex scenes were hot, but if you want to read a hot sex scene, it's just as easy to pick up an erotica, which I'd rather do to be honest.

The story aggravated me on so many levels. It felt like I had fallen into a manufactured after-school special on the dangers of alcohol. I have a teen son and I'm telling you now, he would never be caught dead saying this : I didn't know. I just wanted to be cool like the other gu
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Julie James
Dec 30, 2010 Julie James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This says it all: I have a ten week-old baby who wakes up every three hours, so sleep is a hot commodity right now. Yet I stayed up late to finish this book because I so wanted to see Mick and Tara get their happy ending. Loved the characters, particularly the hero, who is protective and alpha without being overbearing or angst-y. And it's quite a hot read!
Catarina
3,5 Playing Stars.

Tara is a single mother, who got pregnant when she was just a teenager and manage to raise her son alone and create her own business. She’s happy alone, or so she thinks.
Enters Mick, famous American Football player, they met at a party she organized and he is immediately taken aback by her. And for the first time he finds himself wanting to pursue a woman. But between being a single mother, his public life and secrets buried in the past, this will probably be the hardest game
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Molly Harper
Mar 27, 2011 Molly Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit I bought this book because of the cover.
Mo
Jun 12, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. I suppose I should bump it up to four for the cover cos that is serioulsy HOT. Loved Mick and his family. Tara was a bit harder to like - why was she trying so hard NOT to have a relationship with him. OK, she was a single mother of a teenage son but she was entitled to a life and happiness too. Don't know the first thing about American Football but I wouldn't mind being down the dressing room after a game ....










Didi
2 STARS

As far as sports romance goes, this was very OKAY. One Night With A Quarterback for example, or even better, The Hook Up by Kristen Callahan, a fave of mine for 2014, were fantastic. This lacked so much for me. First off, I felt there was too much sex. I didn't feel an emotional connection between the hero and heroine till maybe the last 5%. It seemed their relationship was based on sex and hardly more, though I knew they were getting close.
Tara was overly judgmental of Mick when she had
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Pamela
Mar 11, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

First, let's just take a moment to savor this cover. Jed Hill is among the wonders of nature, and I will never grow tired of staring at his absolutely ripped physique.

Fortunately, the book lives up to the cover. Mick is a star quarterback at the height of his career and his carefully orchestrated fame. Tara is an event planner single mom with a 14-year-old son she gave birth to as a teenager. When the two meet at an event Tara plans, neither of them have any idea where they're going to end
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D.G.
*2 stars for plot and 1 star for the cover*

This book was the equivalent of a very hot guy who is dumb as a tack - great to look at but boring to listen to.

The problem with the plot was that there was no conflict. It’s basically the story of two people meet, have tons of sex, fall in love, the end. There were a few very small misunderstandings but nothing that would make you bite your nails thinking that they’re not going to make it. All the problems would have been cleared up if the heroine woul
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DarienMoya
Apr 06, 2011 DarienMoya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erotic Contemporary Romance Fans
^^THE WAY ME AND THE GUY ON THE COVER PLAYED IN MY HEAD!^^


3.5

When I see this cover, I think of a few games I could play with Mick.
-Like pin my body parts on his peni…. I mean body.
- A little game of you touch mine and I will touch yours.
-Naked touch football, naked twister, naked wrestling Etc

You get my point this is one hot cover. Those abs would have me saving money, and hand lotion. I would be doing my laundry on those suckers; it is just one freaking HAWT cover. I am not really into muscle
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Kristen
I love The Perfect Play. It's very erotic, emotional, and captivating. The characters are richly developed and the plot, though somewhat cliché, is engaging and fun to read. I really love this book!

The characters are fantastic and realistic. Mick and Tara, the hero and heroine, are full of flaws and strengths. I easily believed in their struggles, in their triumphs, and in their relationship. There's enormous chemistry between the two, and I simply couldn't get enough them.

I thoroughly enjoyed T
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P.Z.
เปนหนังสือทีขาดความคม ... ความคมในทีนีคือเนือเรือง ตัวละคร บทสนทนา ทุกอยางดูเบลอๆ ไมคอยโดดเดน เนือเรืองไหลไปเรือยๆ ไมมีอะไรใหลุน เดาได กเลยไมตืนเตนเทาไร อานจบแลวยังงมหาจุดพีคอยูเลยวามันอยูตรงไหน (คือกอนหนานีอยากอานงานทีอารมณพีคๆหนอย) แตสรุปกคือไมเจอนะ! 555 สิงทีนาสนใจในเรืองนีกคือความสัมพันธระหวางทารากับนาธาน สวนมิคเราวาประเดน alcoholic ไมเหนจะเปนเรืองใหญอะไรเลย เดียวนี celebrity อัพยากันกเยอะนะ เอะ ! รึวาเราจะหัวสมัยใหมไป ฮาๆ

บรรยากาศในเนือเรืองเปนการแขงขันอเมริกันฟุตบอล ซึงเบอรตันไมไดยัดรายละเอ
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Splage
How do I rate this? I think the cover is tainting me because it is the hottest cover ever and because of it I want to say "I really liked it" but, the book wasn't as good. I have read every sports romance I can get my hands on and loved most of them, I would actually call myself a Sports Romance connoisseur. I love the sportsman type, basically man whores with incredible bodies that are easy going and fun loving, but eventually tamed. This book just didn't rank up in my top sport's romance reads ...more
Susana
This ended up being, for me, one strange book...
In a way, this is the typical boy meets girl, kind of book....you have one hotshot jocks sport, rich, handsome and altogether a good guy, who suddenly has a change of..."tastes", you might call it...and decides that he's had enough with supermodels and actresses. What he wants now, its a real woman. Good for you, Mick.

Tara is a single working mum, who has placed her romantic life on hold, due to some ghosts of her past, and due to the fact that she
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 STARS

Oh yeah. Jed Hill. I have no saliva left. I can’t stop drooling over this cover. Look at those abs! Those chesticles! Dayum. *gulp*

I will admit, I had pretty high expectations for this book and although the sex certainly lived up to the hawt cover, the story didn’t.

I thought the beginning was engaging enough. Tara Lincoln, an events planner finds herself under the watchful eye of Mick Riley, the star football player who is just pure sex. I loved the beginning and thought they had amaz
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valee
Jun 11, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
Why have I not read any comments about this book before!? Seriously guys, I constantly get recommendations but no one recommended this amazing work of art to me and I want you all to know I'm extremely annoyed by that. So now I'll just have to recommend this book to you all, lol, so you don't wait anymore to go and read this freaking amazing book. I just have no words to express how much I adored it. I had been on a reading crises, rating many books with less than 3 stars and just being unable ...more
Chryssa
The Kama Sutra of sports romance!

Firstly, I would like to clarify that I love my books being sexy, steamy and H.O.T. as long as there is a plot that leads somewhere...a story with a purpose, maybe a touch of angst and some turmoil to add to the interest! And if the heroes' characters are developped to a point or even show potential, I am not a difficult reader to give all the stars and the moon to rate the story!

A delicious cover lets imaginations run wild but beyond the cover....
Mick Riley, eve
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Mandi Schreiner
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
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Nihawmi
Mar 23, 2014 Nihawmi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kapaktaki kimmiş öğrenelim de kampanya falan başlatıp Biscolata reklamlarına katalım :)) Sırf kapak için okunabiliritesi var :D

3,5.

Mick candır :)
Ingela
Steaming hot, with two lovely protagonists, a good storyline and a good sweet love story.

Like it, 3,5 Stars.


We meet the Event Planner Tara. She has herself raised a now teenage son Nathan and she lives for him and her own buisness. She usually don't have time and energy för more than that. At a party, arranged by her for a national (american) football club, she meets the famous football player Mick. He is a playboy and seducer who often appear in the press with beautiful models and actresses.
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Karla
Feb 18, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very hot, very steamy with a good story. The book flowed nicely. I especially loved the interaction with Tara and her son Nathan, probably because I could relate, it felt so real. I held back on 5 stars, because I felt like the book left me hanging. I realize that Mick's brother Gavin is up next and we'll probably hear more about him and Tara, but I don't know...the end was sort of flat for me. I love an epilogue and I felt that that it needed one. Maybe it's just me. Still a very enjoyable read ...more
Guilty Pleasures
MICK...makes me think "OH MICKEY YOUR SO FINE" =)

This book went straight to the top as one of my favorties.

Mick is super sexy, super caring with a secret that made me fall even more in love with him. I fell in love with him when the cover first came out, who wouldn't ;)

Tara - WOW, what a strong woman and the way she grew up and the results were amazing!!! I can relate to most of her feelings and thoughts about Nathan.

I read this book on the coldest night of the year yet and it definitely kept m
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~E~ Riverina Romantics
3.75 Stars

I have mixed emotions in writing this review because at times I was convinced I loved this book and at others I was “meh”.

So, I will attempt to explain.

Firstly, and probably most importantly to me – HOW HOT IS THIS COVER!!! This is one of, if not the most, sexy cover I have seen in a very, very long time and coming from a marketing background it shits me to tears when an author places a feral image on the cover of their book. I don’t understand how you can go to all the effort and emo
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Lisa Kay
Maybe I was just moody, but I wasn’t too keen on the author telling us the heroine had one set of morals, dreams, and desires and showing us she had another. I know there is the whole “giving in to an irresistible temptation thing,” but still… that part didn’t seem realistic to me. I wanted something more in the character department. However, it was a H.O.T. book. Well, I have to say that, since I was supposed to read it as a “buddy read,” but once I started I couldn’t stop! (Sorry, Sans!) So ...more
Remy Kripton
Oct 12, 2015 Remy Kripton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 football Stars..!!

I had a sudden craving for a sports romance and I didn't have the patience to pick up a Susan.E.P or Rachel.G
so I tried Jaci Burton. And I'm soo glad I did..!!

American football is definitely alien to me. My soul resides in cricket, but I do love any energy packed sports..!! And I gotta say I LOVE Quarterback books...
And Mick Riley definitely did not disappoint me. He was so fresh that it isn't a joke.

He is not a Manwhore.
He is not Egoistic.
He is not Arrogant.

He is Ruthless.
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Jennifer
Nov 18, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Storyline - 3 stars
Hotness Factor - 5+ stars ;)
Mojca
Yes, I admit it, I bought this book for the cover, and the cover alone. Who cares what’s written, when you can drool over the cover, right? Wrong. Because though I went in with very low expectations (I guess with such a cover there will be plenty of wild-monkey sex and virtually no story), it still managed to disappoint me.

I was wrong at least on one account. This book actually had a plot that drew the story forward, and that plot wasn’t at all bad. I loved Mick’s perseverance (and Mick in gener
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Laura
Apr 29, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scorching-hot
Looking at the cover REALLY set some high expectations for me when I was reading this book. I'm sorry to say, it just didn't do it for me and I really, really, REALLY wanted it to.
Number one, and I'm sure this is unbelievable to some, there was too much sex in this. It seemed like every other page was nothing but sex and yes, it was hot, but when there are SO MANY sex scenes, it's hard to make it original each different time. There were even times when I would get to another sex scene and roll
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I made it all the way through!

As a rule, I very much dislike contemporary romance. The guys are usually too perfect, the storyline is usually too cheesy, and the women are usually insecure, petty, or just the opposite- the women are headstrong and "I-don't-need-a-man"-ish (yes I just made that up).

Don't think this book broke that above-mentioned pattern. It didn't. Mick was perfect. Before everyone argues differently, (view spoiler)
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the hap ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Play by Play (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)
  • Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)
  • Playing to Win (Play by Play, #4)
  • Thrown by a Curve (Play by Play, #5)
  • One Sweet Ride (Play by Play, #6)
  • Melting the Ice (Play by Play, #7)
  • Straddling the Line (Play by Play, #8)
  • Quarterback Draw (Play by Play, #9)
  • All Wound Up (Play by Play, #10)
  • Unexpected Rush (Play by Play, #11)

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