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Unexpected Rush

(Play by Play #11)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,211 ratings  ·  279 reviews
For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate, has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can't get involved with his best friend's sister--it's guy code. Harmony ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Berkley
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Anna's Herding Cats

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.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton
Book Eleven of the Play-By-Play series
Publisher: Berkley
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
"The Play-by-Play series just got even hotter!"

Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked reading Play by Play. This was a great romantic read.
“What do you say we christen this nice new house the proper way?”
“Appointment, Barrett.”
“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
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Football players have balls…

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.

Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
The best part of the book was Flynn and Amelia, and that was just a couple of pages.
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.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I adore football in my romance. How can I not love sweaty football players that fall for some lucky girl? Yeah, about that.

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
Cocktails and Books
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

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
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eleven books in and I am still loving this series. I love the Cassidy family and this is Barrett's book. He begins a secret relationship with his best friend Drake's little sister, Harmony. Drake is overprotective where Harmony is concerned and constantly interferes with her love life. Because of this and being afraid of losing his friendship with Drake, Barrett insists on hiding the fact that they are seeing each other. His reasoning is lame and Harmony not having a backbone and going along wit ...more
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Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton
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
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Fans of the Play by Play series won't be disappointed. ...more
Adria's Musings
Dec 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

* 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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
UNEXPECTED RUSH: Sisters Before Misters?

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
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Rhayne's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-rental
DNF'ing at 10% - the characters already have me saying "whaaaat" with a crazy brother who confronts a man who dared to break up with his sister, the books heroine. The heroine thinks she's "hot as hell and super intelligent" o.....kay. The hero, pretty much the brothers side kick.

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.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Play By Play series. I really liked the hot & steamy scenes. I really liked the football scenes. I really liked the ending. This book's story line was okay. Harmony & Barrett's characters were okay. I wish I felt romance between Harmony & Barrett. ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly, this one was kind of boring which was a disappointment. The brother, Drake, pissed me off and the two MCs didn’t have strong enough personalities.
Under the Covers Book Blog

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

Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

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
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

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
Elizabeth H.
Jaci Burton has the hunkiest, sexiest and most stubborn alpha males in her Play-by-Play series. Barrett Cassidy is no exception. Except this time, he’s paired with an equally strong-willed—and stubborn—heroine. Harmony is a strong female who won’t take no for an answer as Barrett hides behind the “guy code,” refusing to go take her out on a date. She finally wears him down and as they both imagined, their chemistry is explosive!

I admit I was worried about Barrett’s book because in previous book
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Playing football is a dream that has come to life for Barrett. The team, their families, and the action all play such a vital role in Barrett’s life. He would do nothing to jeopardize any of it. One of the things Barrett treasures is his friendship with Drake. The two friends share their love of the game along with their parties and interest in catching a woman’s eye.

Getting dumped is never fun. For Harmony, it was another slap in the face that she definitely would have rather avoided. Deciding
Not gonna rate this, I got to around 25% and I am just not feeling it at all. I have read a few Jaci Burton novels that I have enjoyed The Perfect Play Hope Flames but this one is just not working for me.
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
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 2.5 Stars

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
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, romance, e-book
This one was predictable from the start. I did like how Harmony went after Barrett with a goal in mind, to land him. She didn't let him give no for an answer once, or even twice, especially when it was due to her over protective brother, not because he wasn't attracted to her.

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
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I think I'm done with this series. Book 1 was amazing, and the next few books after that were really good, then it just kind of went downhill for me. Once it wasn't about the Riley family anymore I became less into it. The plot of this one was kind of dull, and the dialogue was just ... bad. It had its moments, but for me it was kind of lackluster. Oh well. ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Barrett and Harmony's book! I loved that even though Barrett told Harmony he couldn't get together with her because of the guy code, he totally couldn't stay away from her. Barrett and Harmony had amazing chemistry and I absolutely fell in love with them as a couple. I did think Barrett made a big mistake not being open about this relationship with Harmony in the beginning with her brother, Drake, but also saw the way Drake acted around any of Harmony's dates, so understood Ba ...more
Monique Pearson
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. Any kind of taboo works for me. Best friend's little sister is definitely taboo. I enjoyed both characters and how seamlessly they fit together. Excited to see Flynn's HEA soon! ...more
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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)
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  • Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)
  • 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)
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