Before you get started, you will need to be prepared. I advise the following. A glass of wine, a cold shower and a man on stand-by.
Sex. Sex, sex, sex. Sex.
Ok, now that I got that out of my system... Where should I start?
I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about the idea of Elizabeth being the heroine in this book. I hated her in The Perfect Play and I would have been okay with never seeing her in another book again. So, while I was excited about Jaci Burton's next book in the Play by Play series, I was skeptical about Elizabeth.
Well, from the very first chapter, I got a completely different impression of her. She seemed truly remorseful for what she did to Mick and Tara. Her shields dropped for brief moments and her hard exterior began to chip away. Through the course of the novel, the reader sees Elizabeth transform from a cold, calculating business woman to a caring, compassionate and emotional lover. But despite her allowing Gavin to reveal the most intimate and personal side of her, she still has reservations about her relationship with Gavin.
Of course, Gavin made his brief debut in the first book and I knew instantly that I was going to love him. I'm a baseball fan by nature and I was so excited to see a smoking hot baseball player as the hero in a steamy romance novel, especially since Hunter Pence came to the Phillies. But I digress. Gavin is smoking hot, passionate and insatiable. He knows what he wants and what he wants is Liz. And despite her facade, he can tell that she wants him, too. Once he gets her where he wants her, it doesn't take long to move things along.
Keeping her feelings bottled up creates more problems for Liz than she expects. Gavin's brother is still pissed at her and is convinced that she's out to do the same thing to Gavin. His constant badgering is leaving Gavin with doubts and without her honesty about her feelings, Liz doesn't give him much to contradict Mick.
This book starts out as hot as the last one left off, but Jaci Burton manages to weave a story full of emotion and drama throughout. The characters leap off the pages and come to life as they struggle with the same issues many people have first hand experience with. The passion between Gavin and Liz ignite this story and made me fall in love with both of them. Even after the climax (of the STORY!!!), when all of the issues came out and everything was laid out, I couldn't be mad at the characters. It was well written and I just had to keep rooting for them....more
I have to admit, the cover did me in on this one. It's been on my TBR pile for a while now and I just haven't had a chance to get out toWow. Um, wow.
I have to admit, the cover did me in on this one. It's been on my TBR pile for a while now and I just haven't had a chance to get out to pick up a copy. And there was no way I was sacrificing a cover like that for the sake of my Kindle. No, this was one that I needed on my shelf. And it will stay there.
The story doesn't disappoint. At all. After meeting Tara at an even she organized, Mick knows that he needs to get to know her. She's not the super-models celebrity poaching women he's used to. She's a real woman with a real life. She's down to earth and naturally sexy. Everything about her intrigues him and despite her initially rejecting him, he still pursues her.
Tara is a single mom and small business owner. She's been on her own nearly her entire life and she's made it this far without a man. But when she meets Mick, she quickly realizes that he's the real-life version of every woman's fantasy, including hers. Sexy, strong, successful. He's compassionate and cares about kids, and when he sets his sights on something he wants, he doesn't give up.
This is an intense, emotional and erotic romance that is sure to leave any reader breathless. The passion between Mick and Tara sizzles and the story is real and relatable. Despite Mick's celebrity status, Jaci Burton writes him in a way that makes him tangible, bringing the fantasy of snagging a professional sports star a little closer to reality for her readers. But it's not all fun and football games. The story is full of real-life issues, including teenage drama, alcoholism and emotional neglect. For me, that just made this story more relatable and enjoyable.