The Perfect Play

The Perfect Play

3.89 (38,936 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.89 (38,936 ratings by Goodreads)

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New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton presents a story about love and the games people play in the first irrisistible novel in the Play-by-Play series...

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 141 x 209 x 22mm | 295g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0425238814
  • 9780425238813
  • 46,573

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Praise for Jaci Burton's Novels

"Jaci Burton's stories are full of heat and heart."-Maya Banks, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A wild ride."-Lora Leigh, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Jaci Burton delivers a hot read."-Fresh Fiction

"Passionate, inventive, sexually explicit."

"One of the strongest sports romance series available."-Dear Author
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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Hope Novels and the Play-by-Play series. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, which she considers "book research." When she isn't on deadline, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She's a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you'll find in all her books.
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Rating details

38,936 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 34% (13,319)
4 34% (13,155)
3 22% (8,757)
2 6% (2,440)
1 3% (1,265)

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I may have just bought this book because of the cover. I had a moment of weakness and the cover looked like the book had a lot of realism, drama, and a whole lot of tense romance. But I was wrong. The cover said one thing, but the contents of the book said another. The Perfect Play is in fact a well-written book. It had great characters and wonderful dialogue but the plot was missing a whole lot of… well… everything. The book was excessively light. It even made me stop reading once or twice. I eventually got bored of the storyline and I wanted so desperately just to stop reading because well… there was absolutely nothing going on. Don’t get me wrong, I like the whole Playboy Quarterback gets tamed by an independent Event Planner and all that. But come on. There has to be something more than the predictable Playboy gets tamed. I’m a little disappointed at how much forced drama there was. It wasn’t even the type of drama to be shocked about. They literally had a crying fest and it was all because of silly confessions of the past. They even thought they would lose each other over it. Honestly, their ‘secrets’ wasn’t a big deal at all anymore. Bottom line is… the book was okay. It’s a great read for romance lovers because of the tension, characters, dialogue and the cliche plot but I do warn you, do NOT expect to have much going on. Or to cry over anything in the book. Read at your own more
by Najla Qamber
Review By Alaiel Kreuz: There is no way to start this review without fearing that the only thing you are going to really pay attention to is the cover. And I can't blame you, hahaha, I mean, seriously, this cover?! Is PURE HOTNESS. I'm sure I would have bought the book even without hearing the great things about it. But before continuing with the review please, remember to clean the mess your mouth just did by drooling at the screen. Ready? Great, here we go! So, right fromt he start we are set with Mick, one of the biggest stars in the industry of sport and not by coincidence, his manager, the sexy and heartless Elizabeth Darnell knew how to promote him using girls, major events and advertisements. He owned her all the money he had. But he money was not important for him, he was one of the best quarterbacks out there and he played because he loved the game. And not long ago he used to love the girls Elizabeth threw at his arms but not any more. And here is where our female protagonist comes in: Tara Lincoln had being planning the biggest event her small company, The Right Touch, had ever had, an event for the Mick's team "San Francisco Sabers". They had met briefly when she needed directions to find her way to the main office so she could get her contract singed but they didn't get exchange names and the party was the perfect moment. Mick and Tara had a connection, a real connection. They both felt it during the party and they both kept feeling it during the sex. But Tara had a very important person in her life to think about, her 14 years old son Nathan. And she wasn't going to introduce any man in her life for him, meaning: bye-bye, Mick Riley. Why you ask? Well, Mick had a big reputation being a player and there was no way he would want something serious with her. But our hot guy wasn't the kind of man who would give up so easily, he really liked her and what if she had a son? He was good with kids and he was going to prove it. What he didn't expect was that his best friend and former agent, Liz, didn't like his relationship with Tara and the media consequences of it... And now, in a more personal way: Before reading the book go and get a fan, I assure you you will need it. The sex scenes in this book are AWESOME, Jaci doesn't hesitate when it comes to describe feelings, sensations and places... body places. The way the characters talk is hot, the way they make you feel is hot and I promise that if it weren't for Tara I would have jump above him. This book was eroticness itself. I loved the fact that Jaci Burton actually developed Nathan's character. There are lots of books where the sons and daughters only appear once or twice and then are forgotten, but no in this book and I enjoyed that. And it doesn't stop with him, far from it, Mick's family have a role in the story and in the next book ;) Now, please, stop reading and buy the more
by Alaiel Kreuz
OMG! This book is hot! And not only for the cover ;) The Perfect Play is the story of Mick and Tara. Mick is a football star, with a rocking body but a really sweet heart. One night at an event, he met Tara, the cute event planner and instantly likes her. After a hot night at his suite, he ins't ready to let her go, but Tara has other plans. Tara is a single mother, and a successful event planner. She barely has time for herself, between work and her son. But when Mick seems interested in her, she decides to give herself only one night with the hot football star. Tara was a little bit complicated for me. She had so many issues from her past, but at the same time she moved on and now is having a very good life. But she kept pushing away Mick, which I didn't really understand. I mean, Mick is sweet, hot, millionaire and he loves her! Mick at fist seemed to be a casanova, but he's actually a very sweet/good man. He has some secrets from his past, but nothing so bad that I couldn't like him. Also, I loved how good he was with Tara's son. But Mick is HOT stuff on bed. And I mean it. He isn't a good boy when he's with Tara, he's just in flames! Their romance scenes are not for women who might faint... Overall, I really liked The Perfect Play. I'm planning to continue reading this series, and learn what's going to happen with Mick's brothers. As I said before, Tara didn't totally convince me (really girl, Mick has everything!), but I was happy with their more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
When event planner and single mom of a teenage boy Tara Lincoln meets star football player Mick Riley sparks fly. It's about damn time for her to take a chance and enjoy a night with someone as hot as this fine species of a man. Mick spent a fair share of his life indulging in various guilty pleasures - mostly of the womanizing kind. However, these days his priorities aren't the same anymore. Seeing Tara for the first time, he knows she's nothing like the other women his agent frequently attaches to his arm. After a night together in Mick's hotel room Tara goes back to work and being a mom to 14 year old Nathan. A relationship with a hotshot athlete would never work. Get real! Why can't he let it go? The guy is determined to prove to Tara he's worthy of her affections, and Mick knows how to pull out all the stops. Jeeeeeeesus. This book has a once-in-a-lifetime cover. Seriously, I could've stared at it foreverevereverandever. So freaking sexy. I have to admit...there might've been some smooching it involved. To quote Snookie from the MTV show Jersey Shore: "It's a juicehead-gorilla. I wanna smush!" Mick is such a hottie! I had to literally wipe the drool off my mouth. Ever had one of those dreams of randomly running into some eyecandy celebritiy? Well, that's exactly how the story started out, except that in this case the hero's a sports icon. Tara, my girl, why'd you ask him for directions instead of JUMPING HIS BONES? Thank god they met again (obviously - duh). Mick ended up being the one pursuing her, which I liked immensely, because there was no way Tara would've become the aggressor to overcome her self-esteem issues. She believed Mick simply couldn't be interested in dating a working woman with a teenage son and that was that. The plot took a good direction. She realized pretty fast that she misjudged Mick - not to say she didn't fall back into old habits. She had the knowledge buried deep and dated Mr. Denial-at-all-costs instead. I loved that this book had pretty much every kind of sex in it one can think of (okay, that was a lie, but there was a LOT), and at the same time wasn't lacking depth. It had an actual storyline and well developed characters to show off. The physical attraction between hero and heroine set my whole body on fire. Again, Mick is one hot, hot piece of meat. No wonder Tara asked herself where her common sense had gone. I'd have happily thrown it out the window of my own free will. All I thought when she took what she wanted without any second thoughts was "Good for you!". Holy cow, I came undone when he started with the dirty talk - scratch that - I liked him talking dirty, but LOVED that he growled during sex. Insanely erotic. It was cute how irritated he was catching himself chasing a woman after they already had a one-night stand. Poor Mick had to deal with getting the brush-off...probably for the first time ever. As for his personality: there's nothing more appealing than a good looking guy with brains. Mick didn't disappoint in the intelligence department, and showed genuine interest in Tara's son. It just about killed me. He didn't make her feel like there was anything wrong with a young woman like her having a teenage kid. Even better, Mick made an effort to get to know him. Nathan, just like Tara and Mick, played an important role in the book. He wasn't just mentioned and cast aside after one or two appearances. It was great to read about all three of them together. I liked Tara a lot, even though she was bitchy at times. No question about it, she shouldn't have constantly assumed things when it came to Mick and his intentions, but as a mother with responsibilities it had to come to that. I understood why she was so hesitant and a bit jealous when her son hung at Mick's every word. It had always been just Nathan and her. Mick just knew how to rile her up. I had one of those giddy smiles plastered on my face. Their banter was adorable. Oh, and Burton did a fantastic job of introducing the other characters (Lovely parents, hot brother, unique sister, and a handful of a female sports agent). Loved them all or the very least wanted to know more about them. First thing I did after finishing the book was buy the second one in the series. I really needed a steamy, feel-good read and got exactly what I wanted. 5 stars to The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton. Beware of Spoilers! A few of my favourite quotes for those of you who are interested: ° "Good lord he'd looked sexy. Unfortunately, all she could do at the time was ask for directions. Idiot." ° "...California wasn't the only place that had been in a drought for the past several years." ° "I don't know any women who smell like peaches. The shampoo was on sale at Walmart. Yeah, he could seriously like this woman." ° "If that was your version of a Hail Mary pass to finish things with me, sorry - I happen to like kids." ° "...looked downright insulted when he started to explain what each player did [...] know all about baseball, just like I know football Don't make me slap you upside the head with my hotdog." ° "'re in love. And if this is what love does to a guy? I hope to hell it never happens to me, because dude, you are one ******-up son of a bitch."show more
by Saskia
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