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Taking a Shot

(Play by Play #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  17,996 ratings  ·  931 reviews
If you want to score, you have to get in the game... The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall fo ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Berkley Heat (first published January 1st 2012)
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4-4 ½ stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

Thoughts Before Reading

OH HOLY &%@^*#$!!!! I’m feeling very parched and suddenly thirsting for a sexy, salty, sweaty Studtastic man chest!!!! And looking oh so HOT in unbuttoned, perfectly fitted, crotch-hugging, low-slung faded denim jeans, too?! *Be still my male fantasy lovin’ heart!*

Thoughts After Reading

I loved the first two books in the series, particularly The Perfect Play, and although I enjoyed this, it didn’t quite live up to tho
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; fans of erotic sports romances
Recommended to Auntee by: Catherine
I just love this series. Give me a hot, erotic sports romance with a feisty heroine, a sexy, swoon-worthy hero, plenty of spicy dialogue, some terrific female bonding moments, the return of characters from the previous books, and most of all...a decent story, and I'm going to be all over it!

In this third book of Jaci Burton's Play By Play series, youngest Riley sibling Jenna gets the HEA she is not looking for. Jenna's the bartender/manager of her family's St. Louis sports bar, taking over for h
Julie James
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED it!!! The previous book I'd read was a book club book that bored me, and TAKING A SHOT was such a breath of fresh air after that. I think Ty is my favorite of Jaci Burton's heroes, and that says a lot because I love her heroes. It was fun, hot (really hot!), and just a great book to sink into at the end of a hectic day.
The Anxious Bookaholic
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I just LOVE all the Play by Play covers, they’re so lickable.*wipes off computer screen*
And isn't that Jed Hill? I am in love all ready.! I swear the guy is too hot for his own good!
Jun 17, 2011 marked it as to-read
Oh-my-THUD...who is Jaci BRIBING in Berkely's cover art department?!?!?
Very enjoyable and I absolutely LOVED it!! In my opinion, the best book in the series. I understand that quite a few reviews have expressed their annoyance or dislike for Jenna, but once she explained herself, I was on board with her feelings. I had my issues with her too, but as I continued to read and the big picture presented itself, it made sense and I gave her my sympathy. She never once laid blame on Ty for anything and always reprimanded herself when her actions towards him were unaccepta ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cont-romance
I'm so sorry because I really wanted to like this book but I just didn't. It took me forever to finish it and I just couldn't concentrate on the read for longer than a couple of hours. I'm not sure what it was, I didn't have a problem with neither of the characters nor did I actually hated anything I read... I guess it was that I just never clicked with any of them and the plot never really grabbed me.

Jenna Riley was the only one that frustrated me a bit and only because she used to be a charact
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sportmen, romance
This was some incredible sex on ice, and I mean literally
Not really sure, i would try it though...LOL
But good read, anyway :D
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This one takes the cake in being the worst of the series. I cannot for the life of me, figure out why the female protagonist acts like she's an immature teenager for most of the entire book.

I cannot deal with her idiotic aversion to singing...yes...because she was rejected once. Good. God. I can't believe this kind of stupid plot device was accepted. So she got kicked out of the band ONCE and she gave up singing - didn't even decide to fight for her passion. Am I supposed to believe that a tough
Toni Aleo
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked it! it was a good book, really strong male lead, and I even liked Jenna sometimes. She was a little annoying but thats okay cause Ty made up for it. The only complaint I have is that this book is not lendable. For 10$, it should be. Just saying.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
So… after reading Taking a Shot I think I might “take a break” from this series. While I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, Taking a Shot felt like the exact same story again but with less likeable characters. I mean this is a contemporary romance series so it should be expected that the stories would be somewhat formulaic but this was just too identical plot wise and it got a little distracting.

I think the thing that pulled me out of connecting to the story was that Jenna was an
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I Loved it - definately worth it's 5 star rating....A well written good story with lots of graphic sex making it a very hot read :)
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy, adult, own, fav-erotic, erotic

Love Burton, Play by Play is a HOT series. Burton does not shy away from modern cuss words and her writing is sexy as hell. Definitely give this series a try.
Sam (AMNReader)
Jul 07, 2017 marked it as quitting-series
Shelves: sports

DNF at 40%

It's OFFICIAL>>This book feels like a replica of the prior two with minor details changed (and actually the beginning felt fresh, Ty felt really different)

I got through the last one because of the sexy times. I quit this one partially due to the overuse of the word sexy. Go figure.

It's a total shame that this felt like it was borrowed from Burton's prior work because
I like Ty’s brand of alpha more than anything about this book. He’s so confident, he doesn’t flip when he sees Jenna pi
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did you see this cover..
I loved Ty...
Long story short just here adding already read books..long time ago...

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

This review was posted at Under The Covers

If you thought this book only had a hot cover then you can think again. Jaci's Play by Play series has been blessed by the cover fairy but it also has some of the most perfect men in fiction history! There just isn't a thing wrong with them!!!

As the books before him, Ty is one hot male specimen as well as an all around nice, sweet guy. And he knows exactly how to make a woman happy. In and out of bed. *purrrrrr*

He's a big deal hockey player but
P.A. Lupton
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok

I’m really disappointed with this book. I was irritated with the heroine all the way through the novel right up until the last 1%. If I heard her say “I don’t date guys who like or play sports” one more time I was going to strangle her. You might as well say I don’t date guys with a penis. I haven’t met many who don’t like or play sports. Besides, am I the only one who finds that superficial? Here you have a great guy with a great job who is good to you, but you’re going to hold something he lov
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Jenna Riley is running her family’s sports bar now that her dad is home resting after a health scare. She’s been surrounded by sports her whole life. She enjoyed playing sports, following her brother’s success in their professional sports careers and now she’s running a sports bar. The last thing she wants is to date a guy whose life revolves around sports. Or so she thinks. It’s hockey season and the Ice are in a playoff run, led by Tyler Anderson, who k
Smut Junkie
Oh, Jaci Burton, how you get my heart racing and falling in love with fictional characters!
It is a well known fact that I adore this series...honestly, this series got me started on my contemporary 'smut' kick, if I recall...

So this one is Jenna's story....Jenna is Mick and Gavin's sister. She is the know every family has one. So, while her brothers played sports and became professional athletes poor Jenna didn't have the courage to vocalize her dreams and desires and is instead stu
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I know a lot of people like these books. They have some off the charts sexy heroes and downright steamy scenes

But this didn't work for me on a couple of levels. They start out already knowing one another, and you know from the beginning of the book that Ty wants more than just one night. So he has to convince Jenna to give him a chance. Yes, give the good looking hockey stud a shot. (pun intended) Anyways, her reasons for not wanting him come across as a wee bit contrived and there was never an
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Purchased last night and read about 8 Chapters...had to stop myself!!!
I didn't want to miss any of Ty's yummy goodness to sleepy eyes, but could not stop myself from starting this book. Ty is just so sweet and charming...and Jenna with her piercings and tat's is just not. I really like her personality though...

Having a father and 2 brothers totally addicted to sports/watching sports/talking sports, I choose a man who wasn't a sports fan...then what happens??? I have a son who eats, sleeps and br
Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~

Am loving this series. And this one didn't disappoint. In Taking a Shot we got Jenna (Mick and Gavin's sister) and Ty's story. Jenna, well i love hearing the sister story in family series, even though her stubbornness annoyed me, i loved it at the same time. Ty, well i wanna go watch me an ice hockey game and find me a Ty. He was so sweet and so hot! Did i mention he's hot?!?! I loved it. They both had a great background story of what was stopping them moving forward and for me when Jenna got to
TAKING A SHOT, the third book in this more-than-sexy-times, oops it's erotica, sports romance series, had the most potential in an otherwise mostly frustrating series of books. I was completely, and delightfully, surprised by how much I enjoyed the first 30%. Which made the complete lack of follow through, the merry go round of annoying bullshit to then endure for the last 70%, wasting all that good potential, really frustrating.

But. I said I would finish the first three books, thereby completin
3 stars.

Meh. Another "skimmer" from Jaci Burton. Ty was hot and perfect. Jenna was annoying with her constant pushing him away and to-ing and fro-ing. The sex was awesome as is usual for a JB book.

Still though, quite corny and ordinary. Give me an SEP sports romance any day.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nothing like a hot contemporary read! Loved it!
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DiDi's Thoughts:

Growing up with two hot shot jocks and in a family that runs a sports bar, has caused Jenna to enforce a "Don't date athletes" policy. This dating policy makes her love life dismal at best because she now runs the family bar. Jenna does not have a hard time resisting jocks UNTIL uber sexy Tyler Anderson walks in the bar. For months Jenna gives Tyler the same cold s
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I pre-ordered this for my kindle about 9 pm - and it came to my kindle about 10 pm - so of course I stayed up a couple of hours to start it :)
Then put of all chores and things this morning until I was able to finish it :)

I've always loved hockey - I've never been to a professional game - I've been to a high school one, once - and have seen a game on TV a couple of times... but I’ve never really gotten to know the sport as well as I would have liked to since my dad and brother were more Football
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Favorite Quote: “Ugh. When had she become that woman?”

Taking A Shot is the third book in Jaci Burton’s hot and oh so steamy Play By Play series that revolves around the Riley family. Before I start this review, let’s take a minute to genuflect at the cover shall we? *happy sigh* Seriously, have you ever seen anything so beautifully lickable in your life? .

Jenna Riley has grown up in a family dominated by sports. She has lived, breathed
Amanda The Book Slayer
3.5 Stars. I loved most of it and hated some of it. So here this books sits, right in the middle leaning towards a higher rating.

Warning: This review is sarcastic and has many gifs that will take a while to load. Proceed at your own risk of enjoyment.

Let's begin!

First off, I have to say that all of Jaci Burton's covers are awesome.
Seriously, I just want to hang them on my wall. Okay I really would not do it, but the thought has crossed my mind a time or two.

Second, I love hockey! Any conta
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

The Play by Play series never suffers from bad book covers, does it? I'm not a hockey fan but skates have never looked sexier. Too bad the sexiness of the cover isn't wholly portrayed in the book.

When I read Taking A Shot, I went into it expecting the hotness, sexiness and emotional drama that was a integral part of the first two books of the series. But instead of being interested in Ty and Jenna's story-line, I found myself annoyed and at times, bored.

Jenna has been surrounded by spor
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 85 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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Play by Play (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)
  • Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)
  • 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)
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