Flashback Friday: The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) by Jaci Burton

Posted January 13, 2017 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Flashback Friday: The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1) by Jaci BurtonThe Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
on February 1, 2011
Genres: Sports Romance, Erotic
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Could love throw this all-star off his game?

For years Mick Riley has enjoyed the fame, fortune - and girls - that come with being a pro athlete. So he's surprised to find he wants more than a one-night stand after a steamy and passionate encounter with confident, beautiful Tara Lincoln.

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 she needs is to be thrust into the spotlight of the jet-set lifestyle of a heartbreaker like Mick Riley. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind...

Kristen’s Review

4 Stars!

I loved The Perfect Play. It’s very erotic, emotional, and captivating. The characters are richly developed and the plot, though somewhat cliché, is engaging and fun to read. I really love this book!

The characters are fantastic and realistic.  Mick and Tara, the hero and heroine, are full of flaws and strengths. I easily believed in their struggles, in their triumphs, and in their relationship. There’s enormous chemistry between the two, and I simply couldn’t get enough them.

I thoroughly enjoyed Tara’s son Nathan. The author captured the essences of a teenage boy. Nathan was delightful and brought many humorous moments to the book.

I especially enjoyed the mother/son dynamic in this book. Tara relationship with Nathan was realistic and poignant. As a single mother, Tara’s insecurity and concerns in raising her 14-year-old son alone brought a vulnerability to her character that made her extremely endearing to me.

Mick was fabulous. I fell head-over-heels in love with him. You can’t get a more determined, hardworking, protective, refreshingly honest, and sexier than all get out hero. He was wonderful to Tara and Nathan and helped Tara see herself as she truly was. A remarkable woman.

I also love Mick’s family. I’m excited we’ll get more of them in the next book. They were interesting, well developed, funny, and easy to love characters. Mick’s mother, Kathleen, was exceptional for a secondary character.

My only compliant, other than Tara sounding like a B-rated porno star during sex scenes, was the ending. It felt abrupt and left the story somewhat hanging. I needed an epilog. Something to give the story more closure.

Other than that, I love this wonderfully written, extremely erotic, and very endearing love story.


About Jaci Burton

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate contemporary romance. She has written over seventy-five novels to date. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is delighted not to be using in her previous life of corporate management. She grew up in Missouri, migrated to California, but has been happily making her home in Oklahoma for the past fifteen years with her husband and dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci was honored with the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award as well as their Reviewers Choice Award. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

Jaci is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Eileen R
Eileen R
3 years 1 month ago

Very good review. Beautiful cover and very good story. I like this series. It is one of my favorites.