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.
©2011 Jaci Burton (P)2013 Tantor
"In the hands of the talented Burton, the characters leap off the page and the romance sparkles as the sex sizzles." (Romantic Times)
4 1/2 STARS!
Why, oh why did I wait so long to read Jaci Burton's Play by Play series? WHY? The covers . . . *dies* The sex . . . *shudders* It's a double whammy!
I loved Mick and Tara, they were amazing together -- in bed and out! :D The sex was off the charts, of course, but these two had great chemistry outside of the bedroom, and more importantly they had a real connection.
Mick is quite the dreamy hero. Sexy, caring, strong . . . I loved him. *happy sigh*
Tara is also a strong heroine; I really liked her and could easily see having her as a friend.
And Nathan was great, too. I'm not always a fan of children (or, in this case, teens) in romance novels, but I had no issue with Nathan.
All in all, I loved this book and will be coming back for more!
I can't say the narrator was my favorite, but she wasn't bad. I'd put her performance at about average, say 3 1/2 stars.
The story gets a solid 4 1/2 stars.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It's written in 3rd person and periodically switched from Mick and Tara's perspective. The sexual chemistry between Mick and Tara is pretty instant, and Mick moved into Tara's fantasy sphere right away. I mean of course he would fall within the fantasy category right away as a football star with drop-dead, good lucks and a charming personality. The issue is that Tara is a single mom, owns her own event coordinating business, and doesn't have time for a distraction as potent as Mick. Yet, when Mick pushes into her life, wanting more from her than a 1 night stand, well this book took on a rather fabulous turn.
In this book you get football, graphic, but sensitive sex scenes (I mean the sex scenes are thankfully NOT mechanical...they're pretty good), dirty talk during sex (boy, could these two talk dirty to one another!!!), and connecting with family along the way.
I really liked Mick. He was so patient with Tara and was understanding of her concerns. Tara was guarded, but with good reason. I thought her concerns were valid and she always looked after the well-being of her son first. Even though Mick and Tara don't hold back in the bedroom department, the question of whether their relationship can be long-term always hangs in the balance. The relationship was further tested by Liz, Mick's aggressive, lady agent. Now, regarding LIz, I had a problem with her. Right away I knew she was going to be the heroine in the next book simply by the way she was described as gorgeous, polished, having an incredible body, and overall described as a sex goddess each time she had a scene. OMG, it was nauseating...seriously. The descriptions for Liz were over-the-top!!! But, the problem is that Liz is a bitch and I'm really not interested in reading her story with Gavin, Mick's self-absorbed brother.
The main conflict in the book is resolved with some work on Mick's part. I thought Tara had good reason to be upset and to create distance. Yet, I have to say that even though their reunion was great, it was too rushed. All of a sudden, everything in their relationship came together, but way too squished in at the end. Maybe it's just that I'm a greedy reader, I wanted more Mick and Tara time when everything was perfect. If I read the second book, it will only be to get more of Mick and Tara, and tidbits of their HEA because unfortunately their romance did not feel complete.
The narrator, Lucy Malone performed well. Overall very good audiobook!
I loved the Narrator of this book I wouldn't have chosen a better one.
Yes, but probably to only the friends with relationship issues. It may have been a bit boring book, but I feel it had some good lessons on relationships.
Hmm.. Can't decide on a favorite scene..
hmm. Yes. The Kid when he spook up to the mom and acted smart.
hmm. In this book I was hoping for something more, something interesting to happen. all this book was, was about two people getting together and working on their relationship, and the two of them having a lot of sex. To me personally there didn't seem to be much of a plot or a climax to this book, unless you speak about a certain girl trying to break them up. which seemed more like a small hill, or maybe a bit of rising action.
So I believe there could have been more to it, and it certainly wasn't worth the price I payed, but still it had a way to keep you interested until the last page.
If you are looking for a steamy book...this is a decent one.
Voices didn't sound differentiate
Missouri Mom with lots of Opinions! Love to listen to Audio Book Series!
This romantic and funny book takes you on an adventure with football quarterback Mick Riley. I am a huge football fan, so I enjoyed that side of this story.
Mick's love interest, Tara is a strong female character that I could relate to. No matter what the odds, she prevails. I can't say enough positive things about Tara's character.
Although I was not a huge fan of Lucy Malone's narration for this book, it did not take anything away from the story.
I didn't want to stop listening. This is the first book of Jaci Burton's that I have listened to and this story and has left me wanting more. I will be purchasing additional audio's of this series.
This was a really good sports/romance book. I really enjoyed how Mick was taken with Tara and his relationship with her and her son. Some really great steamy scenes.
Audible has been my life saver.
i loved that a high profile figure wants just a normal life. I love that she is strong and independent and didn't waste her time with the father of her child.
This was a listen that made me sad when the time was rounding down!
Call me hopeless because a man falling in love with an "instant family" does something to my heart!
The story is great but the lady reading the story is just awful! She never changed her voice at all and sounded the same no matter who was speaking! I want to get the rest of the books in the series but I will just read them because I cant stand listening to her tell the story.
Great story line and great characters. I loved the chemistry between the H and h. The son was great.
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