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The Final Score (Play-by-Play #13)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,612 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Contact, a star quarterback is torn between his love of the game--and the woman who may be the love of his life.

Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He's been drafted as quarterback for his dad's former team, and his future is bright. When h
Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Berkley Books
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3.5 And The Fun Continues Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
You want a sports romance... then you have to read Jaci Burton. She was one of the first authors I read who did this type of romance... and I was hooked. Her Play by Play series didn't disappoint... and it especially didn't hurt that the covers were worth the price of the books!

This time she has done the cool trick of having the second generation of main characters from the past... falling in love.

They are good friends... and they are now in
Mindy Lou's Book Review
The Final Score is live! There's a giveaway for 7 books in the series along with custom made koozies and a cooler! Link below...

3.5 Stars!

Nathan and Mia have been friends since college. They had one night of drunken sex, but Mia didn't want to lose his friendship and put limits on no more sex. Nathan wants more, but he also cares about keeping Mia as his best friend so he accepted her terms. That doesn't stop him from constantly flirting with her.

3 years
DNF @ 40%

I have to start off by saying this is a me and me alone problem.

Maybe it's because my experience with this series is limited but I could not get into this. Everything seemed Sports Romance formulaic and I never connected with either MC.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

The Final Score was the thirteenth book in the Play-by-Play series by Jaci Burton.

Nathan Riley was the son of Tara and Mick Riley from The Perfect Play, book one. We met him as a freshman in high school. Fast forward to present day and he had been drafted by the San Francisco Sabers NFL team and was approaching his first season as the starting quarterback. His father, Mick, had just retired and turned the reins over to Nathan. He was gorgeous, talented, fun loving and every girl’s dream but foot
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a strong sports romance series, you should check out Play-by-Play.

Nathan and Mia were already really good friends. Mia moves to the same city as Nathan and their longtime friendship starts to ignite with a sexual chemistry, that much to Mia’s dismay, they cannot ignore.

I enjoyed Mia’s and Nathan’s story but found the flow of the story was slowed down by sex talk.

Fun, passionate and full of sexual chemistry, we get a front row seat to the evolution of Mia’s and Nathan’s rel
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (live 1/11/18)

Oh this one made me happy. I loved Nathan and Mia.

The Gist: Nathan and Mia are finally living in the same town. Both of their careers are taking off-- he's a newly named quarterback for his team and she's opening up a PR business. And, well, they maybe both need a release now and again and are eyeing each other something fierce.

Things I loved.

Mia was charming. She's a list maker/planner addict, a new busi
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
Jaci Burton never disappoints with contemporary romances! Even though she has written so many romance novels, they never feel repetitive or boring. The Final Score had plenty of humor, steamy moments, and swoons. Those elements combined with lovable characters made for one memorable book!

The two main characters were both well-written characters. Nathan was a talented football player who never was arrogant, cocky, or narcissistic about his talents. For being so well known, Nathan never let it go
Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A of all, I had no idea this series had gotten up to 13 volumes! Geez o Pete! I read the first years ago and didn't keep up, apparently.

Second, I had to stop this one for one of the dumbest reasons imaginable: bad sequel math.

In the first book, Mick Riley is 30. He's been a superstar football player for long enough to be weary of it. He meets what's her face and Nathan when Nathan is 14.

In this book, Mick is 37 and has just now retired as a starting quarterback. Which makes Nathan 20/21. Excep
Maria Rose
Though the title of Jaci Burton’s new romance The Final Score might imply otherwise, it isn’t the final volume of her multi-sport contemporary romance Play by Play series. It is, however, a check-in of sorts for fans, with the couple getting their happy ever after being recent college graduates and relatives of previous reader favorites. I read some of the initial books in the series (Taking a Shot is a personal favorite; I bought the audiobook to go along with my digital copy because I enjoyed ...more
Oh My God!! I love that this finishing with Nathan and Mia I can't even think of something more perfect. I can't wait <38
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Play by Play series by Jaci Burton has always been a little hit or miss for me. Sometimes I love the stories and characters and sometimes they fall flat. The Final Score was a combination of both those things. I LOVED Nathan and was so excited to see him all grown up and falling in love. I liked his story arc as well. But at the same time I didn’t like Mia or her story arc. It’s weird. I’m kind of split down the middle on this one. Also after finishing reading, I’m still super confused about ...more
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

3.5 stars
The Final Score by Jaci Burton is the latest in the Play-by-Play series and it was a highly anticipated story for this reviewer. When I heard that the hero and heroine were going to be Nathan Riley, the adopted son of Mick Riley from book 1, with the youngest sister of the Cassidy brothers, Mia, of books 9-12, I was intrigued and excited about this prospect. Here are two young people who come from high profile sports families, who become good friends in college, and had one night of sex
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
Best friends to lovers is always a fun trope. Add in some smexy times, a little conflict, and of course, FOOTBALL, and you have a cute and sexy piece of escapism. I was happy to see Nathan Riley get his own story. We first met him as an awkward 15-year-old in book one-The Perfect Play– when his mother and Mick Riley, star quarterback of the Sabers, started dating and eventually married. Ten years later, Mick is retiring and Nathan is taking over as the quarterback for the Sabers. My my how times ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
I've been ITCHING to get this story.  This is the culmination of two sports legacy families joining and about characters we've come to love.  Nathan is the adoptive son of the first hero in this series, Mick Riley, who is now retiring and Nathan is taking over the quarterback position on his team.  Throughout the years, his friendship with Mia Cassidy has been strong.  Best friends through college, only tainted by that one night stand they had then after which Mia friend-zoned him again because ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
THE FINAL SCORE: Like to Love with a Sports Dynasty!

I found this story fun as two friends make a foray into “more than friends.”
It’s so different from the hate to love ; instead the obstacle is “like,” that is, “friendship” — or the fear of its loss. What does this tell us about the human condition? That sex is fraught with emotional issues that change us? I don’t know what it means, but I am pretty sure the point of this particualr trope is to have us lo
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley****

The Play by Play series are some of my favorite books. Sports romance is fun, and Jaci Burton writes them so well.

Nathan and Mia felt a little different to me than other stores in the series, and I think it was the idea that time had passed, that a character from one of the earlier books was the father of the hero in this. It was a risk for the author, as aging a character that readers enjoy is definitely going to get strong reactions. But, I lik
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book felt so perfunctory. Like the author was checking a box. Fan favorites from different families get together. Sex ensues, people catch feelings and SPORTS. You were told about the connection between characters rather than actually seeing the connection. Burton's last book in the Play by Play series was a bit of disappointment and this one is lackluster. She's a good writer but I think I may be done with the series.

Review copy obtained via Netgalley.

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Take Me Away To A Great Read
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
This feels like PbP is back to how it used to be with the first 6-7 books.
I loved Mia and Nathan's story.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have been much better with an epilogue. I had a hard time warming up to Mia for most of the book.
My Girlfriend's Couch Blog
If you have followed our reviews, then you know that we LOVE the Play-by-Play series by Jaci Burton. I had the privilege to read The Final Score last week and I have to tell you how in love with these characters and this series I am! Jaci never fails me!

In The Final Score we read Nathan Riley & Mia Cassidy’s story. If you have followed this series at all, then you already know their parents! Yes that’s right! Nathan Riley is the son of Mick & Tara Riley (Play-by-Play #1). Mia Cassidy is
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Friendship….a treasure that should never be taken for granted. Nathan and Mia know the value of the close bonds that friendship can bring. A connection that remained throughout their college years, and now their adult years. There is one moment though that made the two question those bonds. A one night stand that left the remnants of that night in the forefront of both of their hearts.

Determined to hang on to the friendship that they have always shared, Mia pushed Nathan back into that corner t
Literati Literature Lovers
This was my first Jaci Burton book. I’m happy I took a chance. Don’t let the number 13 in the series scare you. The Final Score can be read as a standalone. I read it and did not feel like I walked into a story. This book is complete in and of itself. It is a really sweet, sexy, friends-to-lovers romance story. What could be better than falling in love with your best friend?

Nathan and Mia are best friends. They crossed the line once and never again for fear of losing their amazing friendship. Mi
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jeep-diva
Jaci Burton writes very well. The Final Score is my first Burton novel and I enjoyed it. Nathan and Mia are well developed and very likeable. Their relationship is easy and comfortable. I enjoyed their interaction. Their friends and family were a mixed bag and all very interesting. I liked that Mia is incredibly smart, knowledgeable and beyond competent in a field I’m sure is dominated by men. While Nathan is very talented he isn’t full of himself and is still a nice guy. They make a great coupl ...more
 Reading In Pajamas
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review & Giveaway: THE FINAL SCORE (A Play-by-Play Novel Book 13) by Jaci Burton
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars

This installment in the Play by Play series is a true slice of life, not only for Mia and Nathan, but the friends and family around them. I connected with Nathan from the beginning. I liked his humor and easy manner…and of course, his sexiness. I liked Mia as well, but she fr
Tracie Runge
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
4.5 Stars The Final Score is another amazing addition to the Play by Play series. I loved Nathan and Mia, this passionate and sexy friend to lover’s story is wonderfully written and had me engaged through out. I will definitely be recommending this book
Loved this and the only thing lacking was the ending. It was way too rushed at the end and I would have loved an epilogue giving us a little insight into Nathan and Mia's future too. It did have the bonus of updates on both the Riley and Cassidy clans though - a definite plus!
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 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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Other books in the series

Play-by-Play (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)
  • Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2)
  • 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)
  • Straddling the Line (Play by Play, #8)
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“So you're going to live in denial?"

"That's preferable, yes."

"You realize you can't live in denial land forever."

"Why not? It's nice here."

Monique laughed. "You're the most realistic person I've ever known, Mia. And you've never been afraid to face anything head on. So maybe whatever it is you're feeling for Nathan that has you running scared might be love."

Mia wrinkled her nose. "I can't be in love. I don't want to be in love. Love will ruin us."

Monique rolled her eyes. "How will love ruin you?"

"If I thought sex was bad for our friendship? Falling in love could destroy us."

"Sometimes your sense of logic is utterly mind-boggling. Falling in love might be the best thing that could ever happen to you and Nathan.”
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