Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
I'm starting out with the fact that I seriously can't believe I'm giving a Jaci Burton book a 1 star review. I freaking love this series. It's one of my comfort series. But Unexpected Rush did not mesh well with me at all.
The quick of it is that Harmony has just broken up with her boyfriend and she's set her eyes on her brothers best friend and teammate, Barrett. She's had a bit of a crush on him since she was a kid and she's ready to make things happen. ...more
Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton
Book Eleven of the Play-By-Play series
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.
All the Right Moves
For Barret ...more
“What do you say we christen this nice new house the proper way?”
“I’d rather not make an appointment with you for sex, Harmony. How about I make you come instead?”
The chemistry between the two main characters was great.
“Maybe Barrett’s just not the one for you.”
“Oh, he was the one, Mama. I love him. That’s why this hurts so much.”
I would have liked a better storyline. I can't really explain it but I fe ...more
And, of course, they are smart and articulate as well. Handsome, talented, well, you get the picture. It’s not all about the physical though there is a whole lot of that as well! This is a good description of the players on the Tampa Hawks football team, and never more appropriate than for Barrett Cassidy. Barrett is on defense when he is on the field and he has to use every one of those finely-honed skills off the field when Harmony Evans starts looking his way.
I didn't like Harmony at all. She was a hypocrite and a cartoon of what a strong woman is. Barrett was slightly better, but too one-dimensional as well.
The change of change the older brother had was not believable at all. Anyways, I hope the next book in the series is about Flynn.
Reread August 2017 - making my way through the whole series again. Still don't like Harmony. ...more
So this one fell flat for me. I know, it's totally my kind of book but it just lacked something...something important.
Both characters were just okay. I got the man code thing that was holding Barrett back and I liked that he held to his guns for a while too. I liked that Harmony went after what she wanted despite the resistance. But neither of them felt real to me. Maybe it ...more
This is the eleventh book in the Play by Play series and each one is a stand-alone, although all of the characters are loosely connected. This is a charming and sexy story about Barrett Cassidy, an NFL football player. He plays defense for the Tampa Hawks and he finds himself constantly thinking about Harmony, his teammate’s younger sister. Barrett is well aware of the unwritten guy code about staying away from your friend’s sisters and he ...more
Play by Play, #11
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Rating: 3.5 Stars
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy for an honest review.
Unexpected Rush is a hot fast paced read. Jaci has a way of making a couple have combustible chemistry. This book was fun, sexy, and sweet. I loved that Harmony knew what she wanted in a man and she is also confident enough in herself to say what she likes. Barrett is strong, sexy and oh so not like m ...more
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.
So basically Unexpected Rush is a best friend’s younger sibling romance. Barrett is best friends with Harmony’s brother and like all younger sisters, Harmony had a crush on Barrett when they were teens. Now that they’re all grown up the crush has turned into a full blown attraction that Harmony wants to explore but Barrett doesn’t because of the unspok ...more
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
This story is about the best friend's sister (BFS) rule. But, it's also about misplaced, out of control, anger. Harmony's brother is the best friend of the guy Harmony has been attracted to forever. Barret has always been attracted, but you don't mess with your best friend's sister. W ...more
Unexpected Rush is book 11 in the Play by Play Series. It’s a forbidden romance story involving Barrett and Harmony. Harmony’s brother, Drake and Berrett are not only best friends, but they play on the same pro football team. It’s unwritten guy rule you never date your friend’s sister, but they finally give in to their attraction and the sparks fly.
As with most stories with this plot, they are a bit predictable. This was no exception. The o ...more
I have no desire to see how this unfolds. May be time for me to say goodbye to this series. It's losing steam with each book. ...more
As you all know, I'm a huge fan of this series. When a new book comes out I jump at the chance to dive back in and get reacquainted with the guys and girls I have come to care for and love. UNEXPECTED RUSH for some reason wasn't calling to me as much as the others have been. Which was strange because I have this love for the Cassidy family! When I picked it up and started reading it, though, I really liked the beginning. Barrett Cassidy and his best friend's little sister... count me in! But...more
As you all know, I’m a huge fan of this series. When a new book comes out I jump at the chance to dive back in and get reacquainted with the guys and girls I have come to care for and love. UNEXPECTED RUSH for some reason wasn’t calling to me as much as the others have been. Which was strange because I have this love for the Cassidy family! When I picked it up and started reading it, though, I really liked the beginning. Barrett Cassidy and his best friend’s little sister… count me ...more
Harmony has just been dumped by her boyfriend of 3 months but she isn't heartbroken. She is confused on why she can't find a good guy who is worthy of her. Trying to gain some insight of the male mind she asks her brothers best friend and teammate Barrett that maybe they should date but Barrett isn't going to let that happen.
Barrett has been noticing Harmony for awhile now but he isn't about to go there with her. He doesn't want to ruin his friend ship with her brother and he definitely does ...more
I admit I was worried about Barrett’s book because in previous book ...more
Getting dumped is never fun. For Harmony, it was another slap in the face that she definitely would have rather avoided. Deciding ...more
spoilery, I guess, up to 25%
I do like Barrett a lot, and I could see totally falling in love with him, but I cannot stand Harmony. I find her behavior really disturbing. It doesn't matte someone's reason for telling you no, they don't even need a reason, it doesn't matter if you think it's stup ...more
I don't know what happened! I usually get a solid 4 stars from a Play by Play book, but this one just didn't live up to the rest of the series. I feel like the series is reverting back to book 1 standards.
The Perfect Play had a decent story, but it was a lot of sex with some story. As I progressed through the series, it seemed as though Burton moved further from that erotica line and closer to the erotic romance line. This book felt like it was creeping back to the erotica side ...more
It was here that things sort of soured for me. I hated how Barrett then started a relationship with Harmony, but wanted to keep things secret. Harmony deserved more than to be a dirty little secret,especially as hard as sh ...more
3 Secrets will always blow up in your face stars!
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group
It's not a secret that sports romance are one of my guilty pleasures, and the Play by Play series was one of my first sport romance series that got me hooked on this genre. But at times I think this series may be done. Sure there are more characters that could be explored but its becoming too predictable, too repetitive, and a bit unforgettable making it done. I read this book a ...more