The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln...

Title:The Perfect Play
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ISBN:0425238814
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Trade Paperback
Number of Pages:324 pages

The Perfect Play Reviews

  • Shawna
    May 15, 2010

    5 stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

    :

    I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitome of cover

    ness! Seriously, call a doctor quick 'cause I think I've swallowed my tongue.

    :

    I think a review for this book is about the equivalent of crotchless panties or raspberry sauce on chocolate cake...totally unnecessary. I mean with a tongue swallowing, eyes bulging cover like this, who really gives a @%*$ what the sto

    5 stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

    :

    I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitome of cover

    ness! Seriously, call a doctor quick 'cause I think I've swallowed my tongue.

    :

    I think a review for this book is about the equivalent of crotchless panties or raspberry sauce on chocolate cake...totally unnecessary. I mean with a tongue swallowing, eyes bulging cover like this, who really gives a @%*$ what the story is, right? Well, the even better news is that it’s actually a great erotic romance with a too “perfect”, too sexy, to die for hero that can only be found in Romancelandia. And yes, the sex is as satisfying and as smokin’ HOT as the cover! 5 studtastic stars!

  • Auntee
    May 15, 2010

    Just in time for the upcoming Super Bowl is Jaci Burton's smokin' hot new release,

    . And what a

    sports romance it is! Starting with the gorgeous cover...

    (C'mon, how can you resist that cover model?)

    Things just get better after that. The story has an almost Cinderella-like feel to it. Mick Riley (30) is Mr. Tall (6 1/2 feet), Dark (black hair, blue-eyed) and Sexy (killer physique); a millionaire superstar quarterback for the San Francisco Sabers. Mick's a hard working ath

    Just in time for the upcoming Super Bowl is Jaci Burton's smokin' hot new release,

    . And what a

    sports romance it is! Starting with the gorgeous cover...

    (C'mon, how can you resist that cover model?)

    Things just get better after that. The story has an almost Cinderella-like feel to it. Mick Riley (30) is Mr. Tall (6 1/2 feet), Dark (black hair, blue-eyed) and Sexy (killer physique); a millionaire superstar quarterback for the San Francisco Sabers. Mick's a hard working athlete, but has never had to work for female companionship. Women flock to him, starlets, supermodels...you name it. His female sports agent (a real obnoxious, beautiful, power-hungry redhead named Elizabeth) wants nothing more than to see Mick on a red carpet escorting the hottest actress, or at some charity event with a beautiful model on his arm. Anything to get him into the spotlight so he can make more money on endorsements. Of course these dates never amount to much for Mick...there's no connection beyond the easy sexual conquest, and Mick is getting a bit bored with them if he's honest with himself. One day after a hard off-season workout at the team's facility, he spots a pretty blonde with killer legs wandering around lost looking for the Sabers team offices. After a brief but friendly conversation where Mick directs her where to go, he realizes that the beautiful-in-a-natural-way blonde intrigues him. Enough that he would like to pursue her. And isn't that a first? Mick never has to pursue

    .

    Tara Lincoln is a 30-ish, hard-working, fiercely independent single mother of a 14 year-old-son, who owns her own event planning business. Tara's worked hard to overcome her crummy childhood, and her newly established business (The Right Touch) is about to take off. She's not looking for a relationship--men have let her down in the past--she's all about securing the future for her son Nathan and making sure that he doesn't make the same mistakes in his life that she did in hers. But when she meets Mick Riley at the summer team party that her company has planned, she's tempted. Oh, so tempted...He's charming, funny, interesting, and drop-dead

    ! And he seems interested in

    . Why is that when he could have any woman he wanted?

    Well, I'll say no more. Mick and Tara embark on a relationship, and what a hot, sexy ride it is! Jaci Burton fills the story with plenty of detail, so you know where the characters are coming from and you can understand their actions. There's

    of juicy hot sex, of course, and there's plenty of wining and dining of (the initially reluctant) Tara by Mick. Tara is introduced to a world that is very foreign to her, one of red carpet events, vacations to exotic beaches (oh, was that a

    escape), and flights to St. Louis to hang out with Mick's wonderful, loving family, and to watch his professional baseball player brother in action. All the time they spend with each other brings them closer together, yet Tara is constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop, it seems. She knows they come from different worlds, and wonders how once the NFL season starts, if their relationship can last. Do they really have more of a relationship than the "I've-got-to-have-him/her" hot sex? Does Mick want more than just a hot summer fling? And what about her business? Will it start to suffer if she's all wrapped up in Mick? And how about Nathan? Is she shortchanging him if she continues to see Mick? Shouldn't her first priority be her son?

    I have to say I adored Mick. Yes, he had a bit of a womanizing past, put I figured that's just par for the course for a professional athlete. He wasn't perfect (he had a 'secret' that he kept hidden and worried about revealing it to Tara), but he was real. He had a big heart, was great with Tara's son (that alone should've sealed the deal), and was a fantastic, giving lover. He was close to his family, super rich, and gorgeous--what woman

    want him?

    Tara had a bit of a 'this-can't-be-happening-to-me" attitude going on, and who couldn't blame her. She wavered between going all out and giving herself to Mick (and she had no problem on that end--the lady knew what she wanted!) and let the chips fall where they may, to "should-I-protect-my-heart" before it's too late? I could understand her feelings, since Mick had never been in a long-term relationship and she didn't know if he was capable of love. But she did tend to frustrate me a bit. I wanted her to trust Mick and believe in a future with him.

    I really enjoyed this story. It had all the elements that I'm looking for in an erotic romance. Besides the extremely hot and well-written love scenes, there was a

    here--one that took up three quarters of the book. Plenty of detail, a fast pace with no boring parts, lots of background on the characters and their families, interesting supporting characters, funny dialogue,

    dialogue, a bit of drama and some angst, a revealing look into the life of a celebrity, and most importantly, likable characters that you can root for.

    If I had one tiny quibble, and this doesn't usually bother me, it was this: Whenever Tara and Mick were intimate, it was always "F*** me, Mick!" Never

    did Tara say "Make love to me Mick."

    But in no way did this mess with my appreciation of the story.

    Fans of (erotic) sports romance, Jaci Burton scored a touchdown with this one. As for the next story in the series (

    ), about Mick's brother and his agent Elizabeth...I dunno, she's going to have to do some creative writing to get me to like that barracuda. She's already dropped some hints that Elizabeth

    have a heart beneath that tough shark veneer, but is it enough to make her character likable? I guess we'll have to wait and see. For

    ? I'll award the extra point and give it

    .

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  • Julie James
    Dec 26, 2010

    This says it all: I have a ten week-old baby who wakes up every three hours, so sleep is a hot commodity right now. Yet I stayed up late to finish this book because I so wanted to see Mick and Tara get their happy ending. Loved the characters, particularly the hero, who is protective and alpha without being overbearing or angst-y. And it's quite a hot read!

  • Molly Harper
    Mar 27, 2011

    I will admit I bought this book because of the cover.

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    May 23, 2011

    What an overrated book. Nothing about the story was new or interesting to me. The sex scenes were hot, but if you want to read a hot sex scene, it's just as easy to pick up an erotica, which I'd rather do to be honest.

    The story aggravated me on so many levels. It felt like I had fallen into a manufactured after-school special on the dangers of alcohol. I have a teen son and I'm telling you now, he would never be caught dead saying this :

    What an overrated book. Nothing about the story was new or interesting to me. The sex scenes were hot, but if you want to read a hot sex scene, it's just as easy to pick up an erotica, which I'd rather do to be honest.

    The story aggravated me on so many levels. It felt like I had fallen into a manufactured after-school special on the dangers of alcohol. I have a teen son and I'm telling you now, he would never be caught dead saying this :

    . It doesn't matter if those are/would be his motives for drinking, he would

    say those words out loud, and I'm guessing most teenagers wouldn't either.

    Also, since when is the "announcement" of someone admitting to be an alcoholic such an earth-shattering moment? I almost expected to hear the faint sounds of a

    movie in the background. Now, if the guy had admitted he was a raging alcoholic who couldn't stop taking out his anger on people - that might have been another story. But to see a woman get so emotionally worked up because the guy she's dating admitted he partied too much in high school and now he chooses to abstain because he realized he was drinking way too much back then? Give me a

    break.

    Please let me disclaimer that I am not taking alcoholism lightly. I have experienced the downfalls of it first hand, as I'm sure many of us have through close friends and family members. This disease can wreck lives. Maybe because I know how much it can wreck lives, I was very disappointed in how ridiculous this particular version of alcoholism seemed like a silly plot device.

    This is the woman's reaction when she figures out why "Mick" has refused her offers of a drink over the past few weeks.

    Really? A gut punch? A bit melodramatic, I'd say. Now, if she had immediately fessed up to having past issues with people drinking in her life, I would have said...

    Oh, but we have to understand because this woman did have her own

    seedy past, and she gave us her own words of

    wisdom. Here's her gem from earlier in the book :

    Now, I know where the kid gets his lingo from. Apparently, mother and son watched one too many

    movies together.

    Last complaint. I'm thoroughly sick of every "single mother" story being about a woman who is emotionally unavailable. I'm tired of so many single mom stories painting this bleak picture of someone who has sacrificed 100% for her kids and won't date because their child comes first in every single area of their life. Yet, the person is sad and hollow on the inside, just subconsciously waiting for a man to come and set them free.

    Usually single moms (again, been there, done that, got the t-shirt) don't date because they don't have a sitter, they're too busy with work, or they don't have the time to go somewhere to meet men. It's not because we

    want to date, or automatically assume that any guy who tries to get close to us is a dead end. I dated here and there when I was a single mom, and was wise enough to keep my dating life separate from my home life until I was seriously involved with someone. I'm guessing most moms are sensible enough to do the same thing.

    In closing, this book was so not my thing. Why the 2 stars instead of 1? I actually did enjoy a couple of the sex scenes. It wasn't a total fail...

  • Mo
    Jun 12, 2013

    3.5. I suppose I should bump it up to four for the cover cos that is serioulsy HOT. Loved Mick and his family. Tara was a bit harder to like - why was she trying so hard NOT to have a relationship with him. OK, she was a single mother of a teenage son but she was entitled to a life and happiness too. Don't know the first thing about American Football but I wouldn't mind being down the dressing room after a game ....

  • Catarina
    Apr 25, 2014

    Tara is a single mother, who got pregnant when she was just a teenager and manage to raise her son alone and create her own business. She’s happy alone, or so she thinks.

    Enters Mick, famous American Football player, they met at a party she organized and he is immediately taken aback by her. And for the first time he finds himself wanting to pursue a woman. But between being a single mother, his public life and secrets buried in the past, this will probably be the hardest game

    Tara is a single mother, who got pregnant when she was just a teenager and manage to raise her son alone and create her own business. She’s happy alone, or so she thinks.

    Enters Mick, famous American Football player, they met at a party she organized and he is immediately taken aback by her. And for the first time he finds himself wanting to pursue a woman. But between being a single mother, his public life and secrets buried in the past, this will probably be the hardest game Mick ever had to play.

    If you want to read a quick, romantic and very steamy book, this a good choice. It wasn’t an unforgettable book and the writing style was sometimes confusing, not to mention that for a book whose plot as a single mother with a teenage son, there wasn’t that much of the son. Nonetheless, it was entertaining and a good series for when you need a “heavy-book-break”.

    3,5 Stars

    Tara was probably one of the most immature heroines I’ve ever seen. She created drama for no reason at all and saw the bad in everything. For someone who was tried to pass as a strong woman who raised her son alone, she could be worse than a child sometimes. Mick was okay. He was sweet, and sexy and a good guy, but for someone who used to a player (in the non-literal sense of the word) he certainly became a good guy pretty much instantaneously. I really didn’t like Liz, so I don’t know if I want to read the next book, considering is about her.

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  • Didi
    Jan 01, 2015

    2 STARS

    As far as sports romance goes, this was very OKAY. One Night With A Quarterback for example, or even better, The Hook Up by Kristen Callahan, a fave of mine for 2014, were fantastic. This lacked so much for me. First off, I felt there was too much sex. I didn't feel an emotional connection between the hero and heroine till maybe the last 5%. It seemed their relationship was based on sex and hardly more, though I knew they were getting close.

    Tara was overly judgmental of Mick when she had

    2 STARS

    As far as sports romance goes, this was very OKAY. One Night With A Quarterback for example, or even better, The Hook Up by Kristen Callahan, a fave of mine for 2014, were fantastic. This lacked so much for me. First off, I felt there was too much sex. I didn't feel an emotional connection between the hero and heroine till maybe the last 5%. It seemed their relationship was based on sex and hardly more, though I knew they were getting close.

    Tara was overly judgmental of Mick when she had no reason to be. I understood she was scared and weary, but it was OTT. The scene towards the end at the carnival is a great example. She judged the situation so harshly it was comical when to anyone else it was obvious Mick was oblivious.

    I know I'm being hard on Tara, but if I don't like the heroine it pretty much ruins the book for me. She didn't want her heart broken again? Sure. But that happened what,

    . News flash, Tara: EVERYONE gets their heart broken as a teenager! Had she felt unworthy or afraid of love because of her upbringing it would have been more believable. In the end, it seemed Tara was looking for a reason to leave Mick.

    Another of my irritations with Tara was her oddly out of place, take charge attitude in the bedroom. It'd been a long time since she was with anyone, doing anything, but all of a sudden with Mick she became this other woman. My problem wasn't her taking charge but how unlikely that would be considering her lack of experience. She kept declaring when she was going to come, how close she was to coming, how what Mick was doing would make her come, how she wanted to come...it was just out of place and too much. It also blemished Mick's alpha vibe when I would have preferred him to take charge in the bedroom especially with someone who hadn't been with a man in ages.

    Anyways, this was disappointing and dragged in some places. I started skimming then skipping the sex scenes because once you've read one, you've read them all in this book. The only thing I did like was seeing Mick, the bonafide playboy fall for an average woman and that woman, having had a hard time with life, getting a jackpot in Mick. There was some sweetness and Mick's treatment of Nathan was admirable, therefore this book wasn't a complete bust, so 2 stars.


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