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Rules of Contact

(Play by Play #12)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,803 ratings  ·  238 reviews
In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life. 
A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new rest
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Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley
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Geri Reads
DNF @38%, no rating!

When I started getting active on Goodreads, Jaci Burton was one of the authors whose books I binged on. She was one of the few authors who are writing interconnected standalone sports romance series long before the category became what it is now. So I have a soft spot for her books.

Unfortunately, this was a dud for me. I felt no connection to either Flynn or Amelia. I don't see any chemistry between them . Their romance felt forced, and I couldn't care less if they get togeth
Alex ♈

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Favorite Quote:
“Tell me what you need.”
“An orgasm would be nice.”

The 12th installment in Jaci Burton’s best selling Play By Play series gives readers a sexy, sweet, and humorous romance between two people whose trust has been broken by those they cared about. More laid back than previous books in terms of conflict; food and family are the main ingredients that are used to create this spicy/sweet romance.

Our protagonists,
Karen Mc
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love is not something you go out and look for. Sometimes what you’re looking for is already there. Love finds you, and when it does, ready or not, it’ll be the best thing to ever happen to you.

Love found me sweet and sexy sports story, Rules of Contact, by Jaci Burton. The romance poured off the pages while the heat set them ablaze, both penetrating straight through me. Rules of Contact is a good old-fashioned love story full of sweetness, swoon, and smolder with a forbidden twist.

I fell in ins
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a book by Jaci Burton before, but I have always heard great things about her books. I am so glad that I read Rules of Contact because I now understand the love for Jaci's books! I now want to go back and read all of the books in this series. If you haven't read any books in this series, you can read this as a stand-alone, but I am cautioning you that you will want to go and read all of the previous books ASAP. Also, this book will make you SO HUNGRY! The food Jaci described made ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

No surprise here. Jaci Burton delivers another sweet addition to the Play by Play series. I devoured this book in one sitting, as I usually do with her books, even when I think I need sleep. Who needs sleep really? I was beyond excited to read this one because it features a chef along with our hot athlete. I am a sucker for foodie stories and I was very excited to see this explored in this book. Although I don't think this element was explored as much as I would've liked (I mean... lots of s

Tpagirl Loves Romance
Rules of Contact was the twelfth book in the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. The entire series focuses on professional athletes of various sports.

Flynn Cassidy was the gorgeous defensive end for the Seattle Sabers NFL team. He was also a foodie and a successful restaurant owner, Ninety- Two. Amelia Lawrence was the beautiful and reserved head chef for Ninety- Two. The attraction was always strong but they stayed away from each other for professional reasons, until one day Flynn decided he'd
Rules of Contact (Play by Play #12) by Jaci Burton  
A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…   After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Amanda's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

First you start with a great looking cover. Knowing it’s a Jaci Burton story, you are pretty much guaranteed that there will be a lot of sex and very, very HOT. Add a sexy, handsome athlete looking for love and a woman recently burned from her divorce, and you have the latest in the Play by Play series. Rules of Contact is one great story. Add romance, a strong family connection, and a good story line and you have it all in one.

The eldest o
Nalla Reads
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*ARC received from NetGally for an honest review*

FINALLY, Flynn Cassidy has his day! I will always love the Rileys but the Cassidys quickly won me over the minute Flynn showed up on the page. I have been anticipating his story and eager to see the kind of woman that would get this charming hero's heart. Flynn has shown up in past Play-By-Play novels as he was opening his restaurant, Ninety-Two. Rules of Contact focuses on Flynn as his project opens; fans f
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-rental
3 star read until the end with the ridiculous, random drama that felt 100% tossed in. Like the book HAD to have a relationship dramatic element so let's drop one in right here that was completely unnecessary.

Time to call this series quits for me.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. Oh my goodness, I knew that this was going to be my next read when I saw that cover. While I haven't read every book in this series, I was excited to meet yet another athlete and watch him fall in love.

Flynn Cassidy is used to having the press around, seeing as he's a defensive end for the Sabers. Unfortunately, he's also used to women using him for the cameras and fame and has yet to find someone worth settling down with. Amelia Lawrence does not want to trust a man ag
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Playing for the San Francisco Sabers is a dream come true for Flynn Cassidy. He loves the action in the game, but doesn’t care for the attention he receives due to his ‘celebrity’ status. Now Flynn is branching out and showing his love of food by opening his own restaurant. With an amazing staff that keeps things going in his absence, Flynn just has to concentrate on making his business successful. That spotlight that he loathes so much is helping keep the face of his business in the media. The ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

No surprise here. Jaci Burton delivers another sweet addition to the Play by Play series. I devoured this book in one sitting, as I usually do with her books, even when I think I need sleep. Who needs sleep really? I was beyond excited to read this one because it features a chef along with our hot athlete. I am a sucker for foodie stories and I was very excited to see this explored in this book. Although I don’t think this element was explored as much as I would’ve liked (I mean… lots of sex
Reanell Tisdale
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
5 Ninety-Two stars!

Okay, first off let me say that this cover is MAGNIFICENT! But what's inside is EVEN BETTER! Jaci Burton writes steamy heart felt sports romance like no other! Flynn and Amelia are a couple that I won't soon forget.

Flynn Cassidy is known for playing football, but his passion is split between football and cooking. Which is why he owns a restaurant named Ninety-Two. His head Chef Amelia is the best at her job! And after seeing Flynn struggle with finding women not after the lime
Happily Mary After
I love Jaci Burton's Play by Play series. It is my favorite sports series, so I was crazy excited to read her latest addition - Rules of Contact. Even more exciting, it's the story of the oldest Cassidy brother. If you are a fan of the series, you know the Cassidy brothers as the entire family has been in several of the books.

You get the idea that I had very high expectations for this book?

It pains me to say this, but my expectations might have been too high. I expected to LOVE Rules of Cont
Literati Literature Lovers
Every time one of these gorgeous books lands on my doorstep I can’t help but get a little giddy. If there was ever a series that could be judged solely by its covers, this is it. HOLY SMOKES every single cover is hotness overload! Rules of Contact is number 12 in the Play by Play series but can be read as a complete standalone, and honestly, I really like that about this series. I feel confident recommending each book as a standalone and not feel like I am misleading anyone who decides to read i ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Rules of Contact is the latest sports-related romance in Jaci Buton’s long running “Play by Play” series. Defensive end Flynn is the next in line of the Cassidy family to find love, with the head chef of his new restaurant, Amelia Lawrence. Amelia is recently divorced, and carrying a bruised heart. She watches Flynn fall into relationships with the wrong kinds of women, only for them to quickly fizzle when the hunger for celebrity attention manifests in each woman.

A chance setup at a party throw
Bambi Unbridled

Can you believe that this is my first read from Jaci Burton? I know, I know... what the heck is wrong with me? I have actually had this series on my TBR List for a couple years, but someone told me I needed to read from the beginning and I just haven't had the time to fit 10+ books onto the reading calendar. But I am very happy that I finally took the plunge and started reading about these yummy athletic heroes! Not having read the earlier books, I didn't feel lost. There were other couples popp
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Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes what you are looking for is already here…

I love this football series that seems to age like fine wine – if the wine is sexy and hot! Flynn and Amelia are not strangers to each other or this series and I couldn’t wait to see what these two chemistry-laden characters would get up to…

Bonding over good food and hot loving, the star football player and the ace chef in the kitchen had sparks flying from their very first meal together. They are professionals and keep their distance until they
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaci-burton
I love sports romance and have read every one of the Play-by-Play series by Jaci Burton. It was great to return to the Big C Ranch and the Cassidy clan. It really was like going home. They are a large family with lots of love to go around.

Flynn Cassidy is a defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers and has recently opened his own restaurant, the Ninety-Two. He wanted the restaurant to stand on its own which is why he used his number as the name for it and not his own name. He has hired Amelia L
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Rules of Contact is a sports romance and while I enjoyed it didn't quite hit that spot with me that I look for in a book.

For me personally it lacked a little bit of the butterflies that I like to get with books I read. Flynn and Amelia went from coworkers who didn't initially seem to have any attraction to each other to full on can't get enough of each other. I quite liked Amelia and her personality, I found her to be quirky, bold, and she had a good head on her shoulders. Flynn was just ok for
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Incredibly hot, wickedly sexy, and downright steamy!

This is a great mix of intense attraction, friendship, family, food, sports, and romance.

It is an entertaining story that combines a hunky, muscular, tattooed football player, (need I say more, just look at that cover) with an independent, strong, attractive chef, in a plot filled with smoking chemistry, sporty tidbits, delicious food, and sizzling passion.

If you like sporty contemporary romance with a little spice I can’t think anyone else who
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of Rules of Contact in a Goodreads contest from Berkley Publishing and I voluntarily agreed to write a review.

Rules of Contact is a hot, steamy story filled with laughs, tears and a beautiful love story. Flynn Cassidy is a professional football player who just opened his own restaurant. The women he dates seem more into the spotlight then they are into him. Amelia Lawrence is the head chef in Flynn's restaurant. She is still reeling from her divorce and doesn't want anything to do w
Heather andrews
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Flynn is a smart man and knows when to just back away, "Flynn blinked listening to the conversation between his girlfriend and his sister, turned around and walked out of the room." Flynn really is just the sweetest man, "he cupped her butt and squeezed. “I promise to take very tender care of your very fine ***.” It's quite obvious Flynn always makes the right choice:
He cocked a brow. “Did you seriously just ask me to decide between sex with you and football with my family?”
“I guess I did.”
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cannot get enough of the Cassidy's! I felt like I waited forever for this Cassidy! I loved Flynn's story and how he met Amelia in Barrett's story! The love between Flynn and Amelia not to mention the heat was simply perfect!! And so happy Mick and Tara made an appearance since their story started it all!! ❤️❤️
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this 12th book's story line. I loved the hot & steamy scenes. I loved the food in this story, it sounded delicious. I loved the football scenes in this story. I loved the family scenes in this story. I loved Flynn's character. I loved Amelia's character. My heart broke for Amelia. I loved the ending. Awesome job Ms. Burton. ...more
Aina Shukri

4.5 Star

I can hear the stinging buzz buzz of electricity between these two. The chemistry is off the chart! Plus all the FOODS!! GOD THE FOODSS! Okay, I'm starving right now.
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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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