The Perfect Play

Paperback | February 1, 2011

byJaci Burton

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From the national bestselling author of Riding the Night comes an erotic story about love and the games people play.

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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From the national bestselling author of Riding the Night comes an erotic story about love and the games people play. 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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425238814

ISBN - 13:9780425238813

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from HOT! I really enjoyed this book. I loved the troupe of a single mom who started her own business and is raising a son all on her own. And in walks this knight in shining armor, or a sexy star quarterback, wanting to sweep her off her feet! And an evil witch, Mitch’s agent, determined to get Tara and her son out of the picture. I also LOVED the fact that Mitch took Nathan, Tara’s son, under his wing and wanted to be there for him. Nathan gets himself in trouble and Mitch can see Nathan going down a path similar to the one Mitch did in high school. He man’s up, stands in and becomes the male role model Nathan desperately needs. I love men who steps in to raise and love children who aren’t theirs. A must read for anyone who loves sexy jocks, smokin’ hot sex scenes, and a determined mother willing to take a chance on love.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty basic I didn't mind this book, but I didn't love it. The characters were great, and Mick was a stand up guy throughout. There wasn't much to the story, at all. There was a lot of sex, sometimes pretty graphic, which was fine, but for whatever reason it just wasn't very "hot". I think the author didn't build any tension and the romance lack a certain steam-factor. I'm not sure that I'll read further in the "Play by Play" series, but the book does set up Mick's brother Gavin for the next novel.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The perfect play Great story!! I loved the characters and there reasoning defently worth another read!!
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sizzling Warning: 18+. Well this novel is not for the faint of heart. Because Mick Riley he will make you faint. He knows what he wants and he gets it. I guess he knows everything except his feelings, but he figures that out fast. Tara…well she tries to take on the world. Mick teaches Tara how to relax and what family can really be like. I have to admit that I’m always sceptical about reading these types of books but thankfully there was a lot of dialogue, and an actual story line. Although don’t get me wrong sometimes the sexual aspect of the story felt like it fit in other times it just seemed awkward. I have no clue if that is because I’m not use to reading these types of novels, or it was just plain awkward. I guess that would be up to you to find out. Good: Mick: Awesome guy. All around good guy, and doesn’t mislead. There are no games with Mick other than football; otherwise he is very straightforward. Tara: her independent personality with the trait of putting the world on her shoulders is shockingly familiar. And her perseverance through what she went through is kind of awesome. Bad: Like I said, sometimes things were just awkward. But, that could just be the genre. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing was well done, and the story was one that I rather enjoyed. I wasn’t confused nor was I confused with the over use of sports jargon because there wasn’t any. Although I cannot say the characters were realistic their determinations and abilities to mask their emotions are something right out of the real world. The only aspect of the writing, other than some sexual scenes, that was awkward was near the end the point of view changed momentarily to Mick’s brother Gavin. Kind of out of the blue, however it was an opening for the second novel. View more of my review and others at my blog:
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WoW The cover is a bonus... But the novel it self was great even had to compliment the author 3 twitter lol i recommend if your going to get it make sure to get the set couldn't put the book down...
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Perfect, But Still Pretty Good 3.5 Stars As the star quarterback for the San Fransisco Sabers, Mick Riley is well accustom to having beautiful women fall at his feet. Although Mick is by no means starved for female attention, he is tired of being with women who are only interested in his money and fame. When Mick first meets Tara outside the team's locker room, he instantly attracted to her. Mick sees in Tara a women who is "normal" and completely opposite to the actresses and models his agent Liz usually sets him up with. While the pair only have a brief conversation, Mick decides he wants to get to know Tara better. Tara Lincoln is a an event planner and owner of The Right Touch. Although her business is relatively new, she manages to land the job of planning the Sabers summer party. Tara knows that this party will make or break her business, so she is committed to making sure everything goes off without a hitch. During the party, Tara is approached by Mick and is stunned that he is so interested in talking to her since she usually sees him on the front page of gossip rags with the newest Hollywood it-girl. While Tara and Mick soon find out that they have great chemistry both in and out of the bedroom. Tara is hesitant to enter into a relationship with Mick because she is a single mom, raising a teenage boy. With her first priority being her son, Nathan, she isn't used to making time for herself. Mick, however, knows that he wants more than just a one night stand, so he makes it his mission to convince Tara that they are good matter how difficult that may be. First of all, let me just say that this cover is smoking hot! Jaci Burton even wrote that this is the best cover she has ever had and I couldn't agree more. Kudos to the Berkley Art Department! Also, if you are wondering, the cover model is Jed Hill. Google him, you will not be disappointed... I found the beginning of the book a tad unbelievable. Although Mick and Tara first meet on page four, by page ten Tara admits that she likes being with him. During this time, Mick constantly refers to Tara as being "normal" and "real" and assumes she is not after his fame or money. I'm sorry, but there is no way that Mick or Tara would know all of this after just meeting. Mick also comes off as being very pushy in his pursuit of Tara. He just assumes that Tara would naturally want to be with him. And when Mick invites her up to his hotel room to talk, they quickly fall into bed. Really? That wasn't Mick's intention from the start? Although I hard time getting into the book, I did like the rest of the novel. After the frenzy of the first few chapters, Burton does a good job in flushing out the characters different personalities and vulnerabilities. I enjoyed Tara's personal conflict in dealing with her growing feelings for Mick. Her first priority is Nathan and although she likes being with Mick, she doesn't let their relationship impede on her sons well being. She remains steadfast in her role as a single mother throughout the book, constantly worrying about how different events will affect Nathan. While Tara does eventually learn to accept new people into her life, she stays true to her character from beginning to end. I also really enjoyed getting to know more bout Mick and his past. We learn that depite his fame, fortune, and good looks, life hasn't always been easy for Mick. Like Tara, he deals with the consequences of his past decisions everyday. I also enjoyed the scene where Mick, Tara, and Nathan travel to St. Louis to meets Mick's family. Tara gets to see a different side of Mick that is not privy to the spotlight. It really tugs at the heart strings. The one thing I don't have any problems with is the sex scenes between Tara and Mick. Jaci Burton is certainly a master at her craft when it comes to the lovin'. The scene on the private island...wooh, I had to fan myself a bit after that one. Despite a shaky start, I ended up really enjoying this book. Tara and Mick are both well-rounded and dynamic characters who stay true to themselves. I'm next book in the series is called Changing the Game and features Mick's yummy baseball player brother Gavin and their sports agent Liz. Changing the Game is out August 2, 2011.
Date published: 2011-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good So who knew a book about a football player and event planner would turn out to be very interesting, this is the first book in the Play By Play series and this is also the first book I have read by Jaci Burton and I really enjoyed it. I thought the concept was really good and I also really liked the characters as well. So ya I really liked the book and I'm happy that even though this was an erotica romance that it didn't come off overwhelming and that there was an actual storyline happening. Check it out. :0)
Date published: 2011-02-03