Playing to Win

Playing to Win

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By (author) Jaci Burton

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 22mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 042524783X
  • ISBN 13: 9780425247839
  • Sales rank: 33,549

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Someone's going to have to let down their guard... Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases--on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn't clean up his act, his career is over--so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He's not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she's not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she's determined to give it her best shot. When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.

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After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, Jaci Burton is thrilled to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, who inspires her to create stories about sexy, stubborn alpha males who don't always do what the heroine wants them to.

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By Alaiel Kreuz 08 Aug 2012 5

This time we are introduced to Cole, who happens to be Mick, Gavin and Jenna's cousin (yes, everything stays in the family and I love it!). Just like them he has a lovely family and is, like all the others main male characters, a sport's man. A football player to be more exactly.
And also happens to be A player, of course. But who could blame him? He has the looks, the money and the time.
But he lacks a very important thing: tact. He is the kind of man that can't control very well his anger and ends answering the media questions in a terrible way, or worst, destroying their cameras or fighting. Which, of course, doesn't help the way the people sees him... And it always ends with him being traded to another team and not having real friends.

But it is here where everything changes: Liz (main character of the second book, Changing the Game) who happens to be his manager introduces him to Savannah, an image consultant that will do her best to improve the way everybody looks at him.
Of course, sparks will explode as soon as they get to know each other. But he is not ready for commitments and Savannah has a few secrets that won't let her be open to love.

Personal opinion:
It's been a while since I had the pleasure to read one of Jaci Burton's book and to be honest... I missed her so much!!! This book has surely score a place between my favorites :]

What I like most about Jaci's characters? They seem very real. The way they act and react, they way they talk and express themselves creates a whole new level of connection. But what makes them so damn special is their flaws. Every single flaw gives shape to the characters and makes them more appealing. You will want to cheer for them or smack them hard when they do something really stupid. But that's the whole point, right? To make them so believable that you think of them as real friends.

And if by any chance you have read the first three books of this series then you will be glad to know that all the other main character have a spot in this book. In my case, I loved to have news about Tara, Liz and Jenna... I honestly wish I could have friends and sisters like them... It would be so much fun!

As for the love story: it was delightful. Not only does Jaci writes hot and steamy sex scenes (she is SO good writing them!) but she also gives deepness to their characters and creates wonderful plots.

My recommendation? As always make sure to have a fan or the AC on so you won't melt after reading the sex scenes or the amazingly sweet, sexy and funny dialogues.

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"Jaci Burton's stories are full of heat and heart." --"New York Times" bestselling author Maya Banks "Guaranteed to be a phenomenal series."--"Joyfully Reviewed " "[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect."--"USA Today "Happy Ever After reviews