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Friday, March 11, 2011

Review — THE PERFECT PLAY by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


First, let's just take a moment to savor this cover. Jed Hill is among the wonders of nature, and I will never grow tired of staring at his absolutely ripped physique.

Fortunately, the book lives up to the cover. Mick is a star quarterback at the height of his career and his carefully orchestrated fame. Tara is an event planner single mom with a 14-year-old son she gave birth to as a teenager. When the two meet at an event Tara plans, neither of them have any idea where they're going to end up.

Tara doesn't want a parade of men in and out of her life because of the bad example it will set for her son — and because she's never really had any reason to trust men. Her life is her work and her son. (That's something I can relate to!) Mick, on the other hand, is wealthy, famous, a star — but he's sick of the bulimic models and vain starlets his agent has arranged for him to "date."

Although this relationship starts in the bedroom — and it gets off to a sexy start, believe me — it quickly becomes more than just sex. Those of you who love erotic love scenes will enjoy the book, because there is a lot of super-scorching sex in this story. But the emotion isn't lacking either, and by the end you'll be delighted, as I was, when Tara opens herself to the possibility of being with Mick and Mick straightens out his priorities, making a firm decision about what matters most to him in life.

My only quibble with the book is that I wanted an epilogue. I wanted to see Tara have the family and support she's never had before. Given that the next book involves Gavin, Mick's brother, a pro baseball player, I'm guessing we'll get some of that then.

This is the first book I've read on Kindle, so that was an adventure, too.

I recommend this to contemporary romance fans, romantica fans, and those who love sports-star heroes.

I just want to add something... A reader friend e-mailed me to ask about the sexuality in the story. She saw the “romantica” mention and wanted to know whether the love scenes included anal action, which she does not like to read. The answer? Yes, it does. I’m not into that either — call me Little Miss Vanilla if you like — but I found I was able to just skip a few lines and be fine. It's a great story.

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Kriselda Marmolejo said...

I remember reading an excerpt from a Cosmo magazine a while. Maybe they should put one of your books to encourage more women to read your books.

Hi, Kriselda — Oh, how I wish that would happen! I'd give front teeth for that. LOL!

I hope you and your sisters had a happy birthday.

Ronlyn said...

I do see an excerpt of BREAKING POINT in Maya Banks newest KGI novel....

Great review. That was a fun book, huh? Of course I liked it. It involved football...

ChrisS said...

Thanks for the review. This cover caught my eye. Great rating.. I'll have to check it out.

I really enjoyed it, Chris. The hero was so sexy!!!

Mary G said...

I loved this book. What stood out for me is that Tara owned her sexuality, took charge of it. I love everything Jaci has written.

Mary G said...

BTW is it bad I didn't remember the anal sex? I swear I read every word LOL.

Doreen said...

Pamela...have you seen Jed Hill in the 2011 Masculine Calendar? Him along with some very hot male models make up a years worth of lovely eye candy. Check it out.
And I may be reading this book next!

Hi, Ronlyn — Yes, there's an excerpt in there. Except that the excerpt is no longer part of the book. In fact, that plot got dumped. Plus Zac is now spelled Zach. LOL!

My poor editor!

Yes, I figured you'd enjoy it. The football stuff was fun to read, too. I found myself nervous at Mick's games. Wish I could have been in the locker room...

Hi, Mary G — That's very true about Tara. She made adult decisions for herself. If only I could be in the position of having to make those choices. Hmmm... Dinner/sex with hunky football star or continued celibacy... Hmmm... LOL!

As for the anal sex part of it, I guess it depends on why you don't remember it. This is only the second book (?) I've read that contains backdoor action. I'm usually quite careful to avoid it. But I found I was able to just skip it and still love the story.

Hi, Doreen — YES! I saw that calendar. Very hot!!! Thanks for sharing the link so that others can check it out.

Definitely give Jaci’s book a try!

Mary G said...

I think I've become inured to reading about it. While I'm not a fan, some of my fave writers have written it in their books. Their writing is amazing enough to transcend any sqeamishness on my part. I made myself read through it the first few times. Now it doesn't stand out as much when i come across it.

Ronlyn said...

Hey everyone: Pamela's modem died and won't be replaced until ~Wednesday. She's wanting everyone to know she's not ignoring emails or messages on purpose.

Lucy said...

Oh no!! Does that mean we won't be getting MTM!!!? lol

Ronlyn said...

No Lucy, sadly no MTM this week. :-(

Rachel said...

Ronlyn, thanks so much for the update! I was beginning to get worried, I know how much Pamela likes MTM (as much as we do, I expect!) so for her to miss it is very serious! :)

Ronlyn said...

happy to keep everyone in the loop Rachel.
Sadly, the modem she was sent isn't the modem she needs, so now she won't be around until FRIDAY at the earliest. BOO!!
Good news is that I've convinced her to have MTM-mania when she returns. :-) (Honestly, it didn't take much. The suggestion/request may not have been all the way out of my mouth before she agreed. LOL)
AND, I'd be tickled if everyone joined her facebook "fanpage" while she was off line. Facebook has made some changes which is requiring her to make use of the "fanpage" option. She's trying to figure out how to get people over there.
Here's the link. :-)

Ronlyn said...

DA BWAHA voting for Naked Edge is open!

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