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Risky Game

(Out of Bounds #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,280 ratings  ·  92 reviews
In the next sizzling sports romance from the author of Foolish Games, Brody is at the top of his game… until Shannon changes the rules.

Baltimore Blaze tight end Brody Janik is a natural-born football star. At twenty-seven, his record-breaking athletic performance and his cover-boy good looks have turned him into a household name. But Brody’s hiding a major secret behind h
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Berkley
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May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, smut, sports
“It’s going to be hard to keep this under wraps,”

Shay stuffed herself into a cubby inside the Blaze’s locker room, hoping she will overhear a juicy secret she can sell to the blogger who runs the site “The Girlfriend’s Guide to the NFL”. And she does discover a juicy secret, one that belongs to a certain Mr. Brody Janik. She can definitely use the money, it’s just that her action puts her possible future career and her internship at risk. Not that the internship is one that she wanted but sh
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of sports romance
My favorite of the series so far, and I'll tell you why: Through 90% of the book, the hero, Baltimore Blaze football star Brody Janik, was a decent guy. No asshat behavior until near the end of the book...which is the opposite of the heroes in the previous 2 books. In the first 2 books of the series, I had problems liking the heroes because they were jerks until near the end of the book. So Brody was a welcome change.

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The book blurb explains the plot pretty thoroughly. Brody's got a m
Anne OK
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I love when the “not-so-perfect- girl” steam rolls the “perfect guy”! And my-oh-my does Shannon Everett play the game well. She’s such a great character all the way around. She could be the Energizer Bunny's twin. That girl has so much spunk and vitality – she makes me admire the heck out of her! And she’s smart and strong when it would be so easy for her to throw up her hands and run screaming into the hills. She’s just delightful and makes this story a real charmer. And she’s keeping a very im ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Risky Game was all kinds of sports romance perfection! Yall know I love my sports romance and, damn me, this was just an awesome combo of the two. I was in a total reader girl *swoon* over Brody and Shay as desperation, survival and a risky secret bring the two together and romance begins to bloom. I mean. Loved it.

The quick of it is that Brody is hiding a medical issue from his football team and in a twist of fate a snooping Shay overhears and a slight case of blackmail ensues as Shay--who is i
Christi Snow
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Definitely the best book of the series! I loved this story and the emotions between Shay and Brody. I love how unlikely of a couple they are and my heart just hurt for Shay as that was repeatedly pointed out during the book.

Shay and Brody are brought together by an anonymous evil blogger who likes to stir things up by sharing the latest in rumors and gossip among the NFL members. Shay interns with the Blaze as she's earning her PhD in nutrition. It's an intern job so it doesn't pay, b
Sue "DavinciKittie" Brown-Moore
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*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Even though this is book three in the series, you can easily pick it up and dive in without being too confused. There are a fairly large amount of characters contributing to the story who were introduced in the past two books but Risky Game mainly focuses on Brody and Shay.

Something that I really liked in this book, which is a ni
Moon Love
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! I'm a huge fan of Tracy K. Solheim's Out of Bounds series. I love the game of football and love reading about the fictional lives of the players. I especially enjoy how Tracy pairs each player with real women. They aren't cookie-cutter gorgeous and perfect, each has pasts and issues they have to face. Every one of Tracy's books has been wonderful and I've looked forward to each with barely controlled eagerness. When I found out book 3 would be the infamous Brody's book, I couldn't hel ...more
Risky Game (Out Of Bounds #3)
Tracy Solheim

I won this book through a contest at Goodreads and in return I promised my honest review.

This book was great! I can't wait to go back and read the other 2 in this series. It is a part of a series and yes, in some instances it would have helped if I read those first but this still can be a stand alone book. What's not to love about football and those hunky athletes?!
The book was well written, with great characters, a mighty fine plot, and lots of steamy,
Cocktails and Books
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Risky Game is the third story in the Out of Bounds series by Tracy Solheim, and tells the story of golden boy wide received Brody Janik and awkward Shannon “Shay” Everett. Shay is currently working on her PhD, with an unpaid internship with the Blaze, and her willingness to spy on the Blaze players for a gossip blogger leads her right into Brody’s hands when he discovers her snooping in the locker room. Her discovery of his potential career ending health condition will lead to an uneasy alliance ...more
SOS Aloha
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss... That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all. – Brad Pitt

Football star Brody Janik shares many attributes with Brad Pitt – he is sexy, he is driven, and and he has a big family. Instead of Brady’s six children, Brody has three sisters whom he adores. He is at the height of his athletic career and yet he hides a secret … a secret Shannon “Shay” Everett overhears in the locker room. She could use the cash that this se
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
“I don’t know who convinced you that you’re not beautiful, but they were wrong, Shannon. You are an incredibly desirable woman.”

Risky Game, book three in the Out of Bounds series, is a sports romance that had me laughing, frustrated, and then (finally!) satisfied by the HEA ending.

I really enjoyed Tracy Solheim’s writing style. The story flowed smoothly from scene to scene, the dialogue was interesting and snappy, and the characters were very well thought out. The bit of mystery to the plot was
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Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love me a good jock romance. Football players, hockey players and fighters are my favorites. This is the third book in this series, each book centers around different characters so it's not necessary to read the first two to understand what's going on in this book.

I loved this opposites attract story. Hotshot tight-end Brody Janik has a problem and Shay Everet,brainy PhD candidate, knows about a big secret that could ruin his career. When information starts leaking from the locker room to a m
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been eagerly anticipating Brody Janik's story, and it was worth the wait! As a beta reader for Tracy Solheim, I indulged myself with an advanced copy over the holidays. Brody Janik is lovable and hunky...and a good guy, to boot. He has enough of a temper and edge to make him interesting though. And Shannon "Shay" Everett is a great heroine. She's smart, clever, hard-working, and not known for her beauty, though you know she is easy on the eyes! Fun to read a romance that is a bit unlikely. ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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There are some people who it seems can skirt the rules and never get caught, and then there are others who get in trouble even for thinking about coloring outside the lines. Shay is one of those people.
Book Reading Gals
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Title: Risky Game

Series: Out of Bounds #3

Author: Tracy Solheim

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Sports Romance

Blurb: In the next sizzling sports romance from the author of Foolish Games, Brody is at the top of his game… until Shannon changes the rules.

Baltimore Blaze tight end Brody Janik is a natural-born football star. At twenty-seven, his record-breaking athletic performance and his cover-boy good looks have turned him into a household name. But Brody’s hiding a major secret behind his charming p
Holly Price
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
There's a gossip blogger looking for dirt on the boys from the NFL. The dirtier the better.

Shannon, everybody calls me 'Shay', Everett is a PhD student currently working (one of her many jobs) as an unpaid intern for the Baltimore Blaze. She was supposed to be working with the training staff on nutritional coaching for team, but ended up spending most of her time in food service. When she gets an offer to get paid by the blogger for dirt on the team, she sneaks into the locker room and overhear

Brody Janik has a secret. A secret that could possibly prevent him from continuing his career of a professional football player. The only person who knows this secret besides his trainer is the one of the teams interns, Shay Everett. Shay makes a deal with Brody to keep his secret if he lets her use him and his illness for her thesis paper. A deal is struck and I’m sure you can guess where this is going.

Both Brody and Shay don’t believe in love. Sure, Shay finds the star football player beaut
Kathy Martin
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed RISKY GAME. I liked that the characters were so well drawn that I felt like I could meet them around any corner. It also helped my enjoyment that this was a sports romances. I love romances between professional athletes and the women who are just right for them.

It doesn't seem the NFL star Brody Janik and PHD candidate Shay Everett would have much in common. He's a golden boy from a privileged background leading what seems to be a charmed life. Shay is from a much more difficul
Nov 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit of suspense and conspiracy in the football world, a strong, no nonsense nutritionist intern in financial trouble and a happy go lucky football star all make for a sizzling sports romance in Risky Game.

Risky Game is the third book in the Out of Bounds series. This one would work out of order or standalone thought it will be noticeable that it is connected to a series.

Brody Janik, football star, is at the top of his game on and off the field. Or so everyone thinks. Due to a health issue just
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Firstreads.

I had already read the first two books in the Out of Bounds series and liked them, when I got lucky and won Risky Game.

I think that this third installment of the series has been my favorite so far (hint, hint, I'm hoping this isn't the last in the series!). I remembered the introduction of Brody in the prior book and was looking forward to seeing what was in store for him. I loved the storyline that the author developed. While I never b
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and, Brody's story was worth the wait!!!! Another great story!! I loved Shay and I loved her and Brody's story. It was sweet, funny and a wild ride, every twist and turn was a great read. The characters were lovable and flawed, which makes them real. It was so easy to get invested in them and sooooo hard to put down. I didn't want to stop until I had finished the whole book. If you met Brody in the previous book you already love him and if you didn't yo ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
There's not many books that keep me up to midnight but Risky Game did.

Brody and Shay had just the right chemistry.....even though Shay was the opposite of Brody's type. Although I thought Brody was heavy handed in the way he blackmailed Shay into keeping his secret and helping him.

I do have to admit that Brody had trust issues and you really couldn't blame him. Shay was super woman....she tired me out with her schedule. It was fun to see two opposites fall in love.

It was fun to catch up with th
Susan Stringham
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of Risky Game and loved it! The book is more than the relationship story of Brody and Shannon, there's a situation that's thread throughout the book and although I'm usually good at guessing "who done it", I was surprised this time! Ms. Solheim does a beautiful job of developing all of her characters (whether they are main or minor)and yikes, how she can describe the heat! I highly recommend this book following another player of the Baltimore Blaze and his unexpected r ...more
Deborah Greenberg
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Deborah by: the author
Loved the first two books in the series and feel so lucky to have gotten an advance copy of Brody's story as a beta reader for Tracy Solheim. I LOVED IT! Even more enticing than the first two books of the series because I already know and care about the characters from those stories. The chemistry between Shay and Brody (as well as the other couples) was HOT HOT HOT! Couldn't put it down and then again didn't want it to end. Once again great writing and intriguing characters and plot(s). Such a ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book that wraps up in the last two pages drives me crazy. I felt Shay was stronger than portrayed as she accepted Brody's apology and just took him back. That all being said, I really liked both characters. Their flaws were believable and 'issues' understandable. I didn't love book one in this series but after reading this one, I'm going to go back and read book two. I would recommend this to those that love those sports romances.

**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tracy-solheim
Right off the bat, I fell in love with Brody and Shay. He is a complicated football player with trust issues. She is the poor girl in the final stages of getting her Ph.D. and has worked for everything she has. They eventually fall in love with each other and everyone knows it but them. Takes him a long time to figure it out. They do get their HEA. I think this has been my favorite in this series as they are so vivid you feel you right there with them. I sure hope Tracy will add another great bo ...more
Bernadette Long
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This was a great book that I enjoyed reading very much (even with all of the sports and football references). I was reminded of early Susan Elizabeth Philips while I read this. I also had a hard time putting the book down and finished reading it within one day!

I received a copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
Jami Dutcher
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I love mixing romance and sports. Risky Game tells a great story of a football player that is pre-diabetic so along with a great romance and great sports it is also teaching that with proper nutrition and diet you can prevent going from pre-diabetic to diabetic. I loved that aspect of the story. Tracy Solheim tells a great romance with great characters that you fall in love with, they feel like friends. I can't wait to read her next sports romance. ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Risky Game, and it's my favorite of the three "Game" books! I love Brody and was so happy to get to know him better. I love the way Ms. Solheim interweaves the stories of the Blaze family and it's great to revisit friends from her other books. I'm dying to know who's behind the blog...please don't leave me hanging for too long! Another great effort in time for the beach! ...more
Allison Baker
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is Tracy Solheim's 3rd book. Each one of them have been great, but this one is definitely my favorite! Make sure you have plenty of time to read because you won't want to put this one down! A definite one day read!!! ...more
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Tracy Solheim writes books with shirtless men on the cover. Some of them are actually best-sellers. The books, not the men. When she's not writing, she's practicing her curling. . . bottles of wine, that is. She's been known to cook dinner but no more than two nights in a row. Most days, she'd rather be reading, which to her is just necessary research. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her ...more

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