Release Date: 01 Feb 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Summary: Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…
For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.
As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.
But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.
Review: When I picked up The Perfect Play I definitely wasn't expecting what I got. I wasn't familiar with Jaci Burton so I assumed the book would be a fluffy contemporary sports romance, something along the lines of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I certainly wasn't expecting a super hot, steamy romance bordering on erotica. I really enjoyed the book though but I was off balance when I first started reading. It was so different from what I was expecting that I had trouble getting into it at first. My advice is to go into reading this book knowing that there's hot sex in nearly every chapter and Burton shares all the yummy and explicit details.
I started reading this book for it's cover. Ladies, you can't possibly convince me that you don't find the cover beyond swoon worthy. I could stare at it all day. I'm so glad that the romance turned out to be just as great as the cover because I honestly didn't even read the summary when I grabbed this book. Mick and Tara were wonderfully flawed characters to read about. Their issues were what really drew me to them because often times in romances either the hero or the heroine are nearly perfect. My only problem with the book arose from a possibly unintentional flaw Burton gave Tara, which drove me absolutely insane. In the beginning of the book Tara kept saying that she loved talking and that she wasn't with Mick just for sex, yet whenever Mick tried to talk with her, Tara would use sex to shut him up. This made her come off as incredibly skanky which was frustrating for me because I never had that opinion during the rest of the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to any 'hotter than usual' romance lovers. I'm not a sports fan but football was integrated so well into the book that I almost wished that I was a fan. I believe that true fans will especially love this book as I'm sure it's a lot of woman's dreams to end up with an insatiable football player. I'm so excited that Burton is writing a sequel. I'm a little nervous because I loved the upcoming hero, Mick's brother, but absolutely loathed the heroine because she was such a bitch in this book.
Thoughts as I Read:
Thoughts as I Read:
- “Don't tell me you buy into those rags.” “Don't tell me all those women you've been hanging out with for the past ten years have been just arm candy and nothing more.” “Okay, you've got me there. But I've never been seriously involved with any of them.” “So you're saying you're a man whore?” Ha! I love how direct and snarky Tara first came off as. I really loved her for it.
- Mick's face was buried in her neck, and it was a serious erogenous zone. If he licked her there, she'd rob a bank for him. When she felt his tongue glide across her throat, she quivered all over. Mick tightened his hold on her, and then the bastard did it again. Umm... swoon! I liked that we never saw Tara starstruck but at the same time saw her under his spell.
- “Yeah, okay, so maybe I should have been listening. Anything else good coming up, Mom?” “Sadly, no. Unless you want to accompany me to a luncheon for the city council. Or maybe a garden party of the Daughters of the American Revolution?” Nathan shook his head. “No, thanks. I'd rather have my legs waxed.” I was really hesitant about Nathan's character at first since romances are usually messy when kids are thrown in but Nathan grew on me quickly.
- “Easier said than done. What happened with Nathan scared me.” “Because he got drunk? Please. Kids do that. They screw up. So did I at that age. So did you.” This really pissed me off. It's all nonchalant yet both Mick and Tara ended up with HUGE issues from drinking.
- He never minded her using him or an actress or model to get a good promo shot, but a kid? Oh, hell no. I really want to read the sequel when it comes out but this scene made me hate Elizabeth.