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Play by Play

(Play Makers Shorts #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  691 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Former college football star Jake Dublin’s wildly popular sports blog also details his personal life. And lately it’s all about Sophie, the pretty young woman who just moved into his apartment building. His readers know her only as “Elevator Girl,” and they’re all rooting for Jake to score.

The blog posts and banter with his followers are all in good fun, and he fully inten
Kindle Edition, 85 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Beyond the Page
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Claire Robinson
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 - Unsurprising Stars.

I think it is always best to keep your expectations manageable when it comes to reading novellas; any author is going to struggle to give the reader any major depth or development to a story or it's characters in a book that is 80 odd pages long.

Kate Donovan’s first installment in the Play Makers series sets the scene well, and offers a little cute ‘behind closed doors’ romance on the side. I liked Jake and Sophie ‘Elevator Girl’ pretty well, and the fact that as a reader
Crystal~BIG book addict~
3.5 Stars

This was a sweet little novella. Jake meets Sophie in the elevator at their apartment complex. Sophie is just moving in and Jake wants to ask her out. Jake is a sports blogger and starts blogging about their meet in the elevator and Sophie is dubbed Elevator Girl.

Sophie wants nothing to do with any jocks. She has lived with them her whole life and dated some and she has had enough. Once she and Jake start talking and going on runs, she tells him this and therefore he avoids telling her
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)
Sep 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
My reaction when I finished!

Not my cup of sports romance. The cover is really hot and the blurb sounded good. However when I read it I kept waiting for the story and the romance to start.... and then it was over.

My first issue is that the "romance" or lack thereof, stopped at the bedroom door. If you are going to categorize this as a romance and have a half naked guy on the cover, I want to actually read about the characters falling in love and how they feel about each other and I want all the
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure about this one going in. It started off with several “blog entries”, and I saw myself hating this book real fast. However, it is incredibly rare for me to give up on a book this early in the game, so I kept on reading.

After a few “blog entries” the book changed to tell the story from a third person’s point of view, alternating between the two main characters. Every now and then a new “blog entry” pops up, breaking up the pace, and even though it might sound like a bad thing, it act
This was somewhat disappointing yet also a cute short 'in-between' read. Disappointing because 1. The sexy times were very fade to black and with that hot cover I was anticipating much more :( 2. The mc's fell in love after knowing each other a few weeks, which can sometimes be done ok but in this case it was too fast for my liking. Other than those two (mega) issues, it was a cute and funny short romance to read before I start a longer book. I really liked Jake's blog entries! Those were my fav ...more
Lucy Edwards
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
This started off ok but became quite tiresome for me.
The storyline got buried quite a lot with stuff we didn't need to know and tbh I don't like either of the main characters.
He's a jock, she hates jocks, she doesn't know he's a jock, they date, now he has to tell her but obviously doesn't and bla bla bla. I wasn't even curious to know how it panned out. She went from keeping him at arms length to saying they r perfect together after one date! Nope and nope
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a fun, short little read! I really enjoyed when Jake was writing his sports blog and the comments! They had me cracking up at some points! As he runs on about sports and Elevator girl, as he refers to his new neighbor, while he attempts to win her over before she finds out who he is.
I have not read any of the other books in this series but if they are at all as fun as this short novella I will have to check them out!

***This book was provided to me by Netgalley!
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC given by NetGalley for honest review.

Jake Dublin is a sports writer, and ex Notre Dame football player. After getting hurt during a game, he had to pack it in as a football player, but continued to share his love for sports. Jake was married for six years and divorced for two and no girlfriends since his ex wife. Their marriage was so painful that he just couldn't bear going through something like that again. He will always love her, but they both know they shouldn't have gotten married so
**Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I could have sworn I'd read something by Kate Donovan at some point before, but Goodreads tells me no. This is a novella (my Kindle says the story ends on page 65 of 86) that's fairly nicely put together - surprising, as novellas are usually a hard sell for me. It doesn't feel too long, or too short, though I do wish I had gotten to know Sophie, the heroine, a bit better.

For the most part Sophie just came off as
Play by Play (Play Makers #1) Review Former college football star Jake Dublin’s wildly popular sports blog also details his personal life. And lately it’s all about Sophie, the pretty young woman who just moved into his apartment building. His readers know her only as “Elevator Girl,” and they’re all rooting for Jake to score.The blog posts and banter with his followers are all in good fun, and he fully intends to come clean with the woman he’s wooing and wowing. That is, until she confides that ...more
Sep 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Play by Play is about an outspoken, good looking, ex football player turned sports blogger named Jake that meets a new tenant in his building’s elevator.
No woman has been able to turn Jake’s head lately until “elevator girl” comes along. Only problem is, his charm isn’t exactly making her panties melt. What’s a guy to do? He blogs about her!! They eventually become friends, date, fall in love and live happily ever after!
Great story right?? WRONG!! Sometimes something sounds like it's a good id
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it

Play by Play is a short, cute read about a sports writer/columnist/blogger Jake that meets the girl of his dreams in his condo’s elevator. Unfortunately for Jake, he learns that “elevator girl”, AKA Sophie, has a strong aversion to dating sports fans, athletes, etc. Even more unfortunate, he learns this AFTER he becomes enamored of her. He doesn’t want to risk losing her by telling her the truth about this job and his sports loving ways, so he conveniently leaves out telling Sophie the whole tru
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Usually, I stay far, far away from novellas. There are so few authors who can write a satisfying romance in so few pages. Understandably. I mean, there is a lot of ground to cover, from the meet cute to the (supposed) HEA. However, I thought that Donovan did quite a nice job with Play by Play

I'll admit that I am a sucker for sports roms, but there is one thing that they must get right, or else they annoy me the entire way through: sports lingo. The author must be able to speak with language of t
Christi Snow
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review:
This is a very short novella, but I really and truly enjoyed it. It only took around an hour to read and I found myself enchanted by the story and this author's voice.

This is the story of Jake...he's an online blogger who has a sports blog. There are several chapters in the novella that are straight blog posts from his blog...and the comments from his readers. I found that these were my favorite chapters in the book. They were sweet and the chatting among the comments was awesome and d
Sophie James
Jake Dublin

I really loved the concept of seeing part of Jake's story through his blog and his interactions with the people who leave comments there. (view spoiler) Talk about a dream come true. Sophie's happiness with her relationship really shown through which was great after the things she's gone through in the past. Enough
Dawn Parker
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I would rate about 3.5 stars. It is a short book that is fast paced.

Jake is obsessed with a girl that he meets in an elevator in his condo building. Their attraction is instant but he has been out of the dating game for so long he doesn't know how to per sue her. To get advice, he writes about the "elevator girl" in his blogs. His fans help give him the encouragement to take the next step in talking to her.

I really liked Jakes blogs. I thought that they were very witty. :)

It was a cute book.

Nichole ~Bookaholic~
While a little to short, I really enjoyed this one. While the romance was a bit rushed it was still believable. I enjoyed that most of Jake's chapters were blog posts with comments. It was a fun quick read and I hope we get more in this series and hopefully a bit longer.

This book was provided by they Author/Publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.

Margreet Asselbergs
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it

Sure, Jake Dublin is a bit of a jock, or at least he used to be back when he was still actually playing football. After his injury sidelined him, he found a different way to express his a blog. A very popular blog in fact, that allowed him to spout his opinions on all kinds of current sports news and other random flotsam. His readers were always happy to comment or exchange good natured insults with him...... it was all part of the fun.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
This is a cute short read. Blogger, journalist and former college football player Jake Dublin writes about what he knows – football. He also likes to drop in the occasional line about what’s going on in his personal life. Nothing wrong with that, many bloggers do that. Where Jake runs into trouble is when he meets his new neighbor, Elevator Girl aka Sophie James, and decides to not only give his fans something extra; he also decides to be not so honest with Sophie about who he is and what he doe ...more
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 2 out of 5
4.5 Stars

Play by Play is the first book in the Play Makers series by Kate Donovan and it was hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story between a sports blogger and the woman he is trying to gain attention from.

Jake Dublin has gained quite a name for himself through his sports blog. He gives his honest opinion of the game and it's players through witty banter and humor. But, lately he's veered off course a bit. It all started with one little comment about the new
Char (1RadReader59)
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute story about Jake Dublin who writes a sports blog. One day he is riding the elevator at his apartment complex and rides it with one of the newest tenets to the building. It is love at first sight.
He asks if she needs help she says “How sweet of him for asking, but no.” Then, she gets off two floors before him. He is so taken by her beauty and by the instant emotional pull he felt toward her he writes about her on his blog. His followers respond.
Then, he hangs out in the pa
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
3 1/2 stars rounded to 4
I reviewed this at MustReadBooksOrDie with my friend Shelley!

Court: So, first and foremost I must point out that I am an objectifier and I totally judged and chose this book based on the cover. I admit it. I should probably join a support group for my doing this and it not always panning out for me, but by the end of these meager 85 pages I did enjoy this one. Shel: Yes. The cover was a definite pleasure to see.

Court: Jake is funny. Really really funny, and as a blogger
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Play by Play a sweet read for anyone that wants a good light hearted romance.

Jake Dublin is runs a popular sports blog. The blog is very popular as he provides great commentary on what’s going on in all the sports fields. As a former college football player this is away for him to stay in a field he loves though he can’t play anymore because of an injury. One day on his way home in runs into a new tenant he dubs “elevator girl”. He finds are really cute and starts journaling his interactions wit
Sandra (Waiting For Wentworth)
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Play by Play was a super short novella with a really original premise. It only took about an hour to read because I was thoroughly engrossed in the story and I couldn't wait to find out what happened!

Jake is an ex-jock who loves sports so much that he even blogs about it. One day, Jake meets Sophie in the elevator of his apartment building. While Sophie is friendly, she firmly blows off Jake's advances. Jake is perplexed by the cold shoulder and ends up blogging about Sophie, calling her 'eleva
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This was a cute story that was plagued by uneven writing; at times it was eloquent and smart and other times it was cartoonish and unnecessarily juvenile. It is short story and it is more of a sweet romance than steamy one but I did enjoy it.

Jake Dublin is a sports columnist and popular sports blogger. When he meets a woman moving in to his building, he’s immediately intrigued and so he writes a
Debra Taylor
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book. It was a bit short, and sports oriented, but it was easy to read. I liked the characters. I liked the story and how it was told. It was unique and interesting.

Jake, our hero, is a sportswriter and an avid blogger. He meets Sophie in the elevator just as she is moving in to his building. Of course, he comes onto her, but she shoots him down. Sparks are flying though, and they are both intrigued. Jake is intrigued enough to make mention of "Elevator Girl" on his blog. Things
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was like a short story. Had a mixture of what felt like journal (blog posts) along with the story. I enjoyed Jake. He was hot and covered in muscles. He had me laughing a few times. His posts were cute. I loved the way he wrote about Elevator Girl (EG) on his blog. Sophie (EG) was also cute and sweet. She was new to the building and met Jake in an elevator. Their first encounter that started the blogging about EG.

Not much to really say without giving the book away. I thin
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of sports romances and with a cover like that how could I not read this book? I really enjoyed this story, short as it is. A couple of things made it unique - the hero is not a football player, but a sports writer and the entire story is told mostly from his point of view. I really liked getting Jake's POV. His blog posts were cute and his thoughts and interactions with the commenters were quite fun - And that's saying a lot since I usually find reading characters texts and diary/b ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars for this novella

Jake Dublin is a sports writer and a blogger. He loves sports. He is not one of these arm chair quarterbacks though; he has experience to go with his comments. Jake was a star football player for Notre Dame until an injury ended his dreams. Now he is content to write his columns and his blog. Then one day he sees her, Elevator Girl; the most beautiful woman he has ever seen seems to be moving into his building.

I like sports, and I especially enjoy watching football on te
Holly Price
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
Arc given by netgalley for an honest review....,

First and foremost, I'm not crazy into sports, but I am crazy into hot guys on the cover......soooooo I jumped on this one :-)

This was a novella, so (me being the crazy reader I am) steamrolled this one in just a few hours. It might've been difficult, but it was so fast-paced and easy to read. It was cute and funny and interesting and it had me within the first couple pages. Needless to say, I stick with my theory about hot guys on covers giving a
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