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Playing to Win: Play by Play, Book 4 | [Jaci Burton]

Playing to Win: Play by Play, Book 4

Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases - on the field and off. 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. When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. 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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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.

©2012 Jaci Burton (P)2013 Tantor

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    Jordy United States 07-29-13
    Jordy United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "It was good but nothing memorable to stand out."

    Playing to Win is the fourth book in Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series, Cole Riley hasn’t been able to find his place with a football teams. After being traded to his 3rd NFL Team, Cole needs to clean up his image. In comes Savannah Brooks, a Georgia Peach who’s an expert at making over an image. Cole doesn't think that there’s anything wrong with his image. If his image is tainted, it’s because of the media, not him. Savannah’s job is to convince Cole to learn how to be less self absorbed and become a team player if he wants to have a long career with the Traders. I really like this series. I felt like something was missing for me in this book. I could not connect with their relationship. I liked Cole and Savannah as individuals but wasn't completely sold on the chemistry and the attraction. What I want between the hero and heroines is hot, sizzling chemistry with a little angst thrown in. There was none of that. Cole and Savannah together was very blah. Cole wasn't happy about having Savannah underfoot, making over his image and I expected more conflict. I wanted passionate, heated arguments. There were arguments but they felt flat. Playing to Win was an ok read. Some parts were boring and I felt that we never found out why Cole closed himself off from people. I'm not sure if I want to give up or continue with the series yet.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 08-01-13
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "LOVE the Series-but pretty disappointed w/This One"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I absolutely LOVE the series and will continue reading if the series continues. However, this book seemed to take forever to get to any action and then it just seemed to stall.

    Time well spent-ehhh. I was so looking forward to this (pre-ordered as soon as available) so my disappointment was amplified-because of my anticipation.

    Will I listen again? Probably-but there are many more above it on my second listen list (especially given narrator).but pretty disappointed with this one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.

    ©2012 Jaci Burton (P)2013 Tantor

    The least interesting aspect to the story was Savannah and her constant picking. Cole is supposed to be a bad, rude, troublemaker however there is not one instance of this behavior after meeting Savannah.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    From the beginning I think I was more focused on the yummy stories than the narrator.

    However, she just grated on me through the entire book-the further I went the worse it got. I picture her to be a NASALLY, older woman. Most of the men sounded the same as well as the women (with the exception of a few pathetic attempts at a southern accent).

    I went back [as the narrator is the same for the entire series] to see if my opinion for this book was too harsh. It isn't, she is consistent.


    Do you think Playing to Win needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily a follow up, but absolutely keep the series going.

    However, I'd recommend a new narrator and get to the hot ["trashy" as this is why I love these books] scenes sooner. It was 4 hours - 1/2 through the book - before we are treated to one.


    Any additional comments?

    While I'm disappointed in this book, I do like the series very much. However, I'm afraid when I listen again I'll be more focused on the narrators performance than the story.

    NOTE: Strong language and sexual content

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-06-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 08-06-13

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    "3.5 STARS GOOD YES BUT JUST NOT GREAT"

    If you've listened to the others in the series then no doubt you'll want to get this, but I didn't think it was as good as the previous 3.

    Yes, it's about a hot handsome hunk that fights women off and it was a contemporary easy going entertaining listen with likeable characters but it wasn't really exciting or pulse pounding, the H/H met worked together, became very attracted to each other, resisted the 'urge' for a while then gave in. There's romance and plenty of sex but I'm sorry to say it felt there was just 'something' missing for it to warrant any addition to the star rating.

    Worth a credit? Well, it was like vanilla ice cream - quite edible and enjoyable but a bit bland - so I'm afraid it's going to be a 50/50 for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-02-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 08-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Not as Hot as Books 1 and 2"

    I miss the original Riley boys.. Jenna... not so much... Cole is meant to be the bad boy but he is just .... I don't know lacking something in his story... I think we need to move on from this. I think I am going to skip until we get to the race car driver...

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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