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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
3.5 Stars I have grown to expect extraordinarily hot, pushy alp
I have grown to expect extraordinarily hot, pushy alpha males who know how to get down and D-I-R-T-Y while dealing with some pretty heavy emotional turmoil in Jaci Burton's Play by Play series. But Playing to Win, while still a great read with a great hero a...
I have grown to expect extraordinarily hot, pushy alpha males who know how to get down and D-I-R-T-Y while dealing with some pretty heavy emotional turmoil in Jaci Burton's Play by Play series. But Playing to Win, while still a great read with a great hero and heroine, didn't quite pack the same punch that we've had in the other books.
Cole Riley, cousin to Mick, Gavin and Jenna, has just been traded to St. Louis as a last ditch effort to keep him playing. His performance on the field has never been his problem. Instead it's his off ice antics and his unwillingness to engage with his teammates. To help improve his image, the team and Liz (Cole's new agent) hire Savannah Brooks to work with Cole.
Savannah is a Southern Belle who prides herself on her professionalism and being able to turn a player's image around. When she meets Cole, the sexual sparks ignites almost immediately. Savannah is determined to keep things on a professional level because her career is all she has. But the attraction between her and Cole is undeniable and she finds herself unable to resist.
I really liked Cole. He had a hair trigger when it came to his temper and his mouth, but he was also a big enough man to apologize once he'd cooled down and realized he was wrong. He was a man who had an enormous heart, but after getting it torn apart early in his career he keeps it closed off to everyone except his family. He was a man who liked to be in control, but wasn't unwilling to accept that maybe someone else might have a better answer to a situation than him. The fact that he could admit when he was wrong or that someone might have a better idea makes you love him.
Savannah was a tough cookie. She has a horrible childhood and was able to rise above those events to become the successful woman that she is today. Unfortunately, those events also caused Savannah to believe the only thing that will stick around for her is her career. While she enjoys the moments of unprofessionalism she has with Cole, she's convinced he will eventually leave her. What she needs to figure out is how to take someone's word when it comes to matters of her heart.
Cole and Savannah were great together, but there wasn't the same level of emotional upheaval between Cole and Savannah that we've seen in other books in the series. When they were in the bedroom (which didn't happen until almost half way through the book), but Cole didn't seem to have that down and dirty trait his cousins possess (if you've read the series, I'm sure you can guess what all three Riley siblings had in common with their sexual relationships in their perspective books). He was more on the sweeter side and needed that emotional connection when he and Savannah were together.
With football season upon us, if you're looking for a great football story with a HOT tight end, pick up Playing to Win. Despite my expectations, this is still an awesome addition to the Play by Play series. I can't wait to read Cole's sister, Alicia's story next.
posted by shannschoice on September 9, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
I am a fan of this series. Loved the last book with the hockey
posted by azkindlefan on September 12, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2012
Meh. It was ok.
Meh. It was ok. I just didn't connect with the characters or the story with this one like I have with the others in the series. Cole I got. I connected with him. Savannah though, I just did not connect with at all. She didn't come off as tough, independent, and in-charge. Instead she came off as weak, scared, and slightly snotty with a severe case of multiple personality disorder. She was bouncing back and forth so fast that it felt a bit like whip lash and kept me from connecting with the story.
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Posted September 13, 2012
This book is nothing good! Its ok but it was just really a repeat of the same kind of sex over and over they never got upset never much emotion .... bored
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2013
Cole Riley is a bad, bad boy and Savannah has been brought in to
Cole Riley is a bad, bad boy and Savannah has been brought in to change his image…and ends up falling for the hunky football player. Both try to fight it but the chemistry can’t be denied. As Cole slowly changes his image and his relationship with his new teammates, Savannah falls quickly for Cole, and his family. Can she keep the professional and personal sides of Cole separate, or will they continue to intersect, destroying the walls Savannah has carefully built to protect herself and her heart?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really wanted to love this book, but there was just something about it that prevented me from enjoying the story. I found that in this series, the sex scenes often use the same vernacular and it tends to get a little boring after a while. Also the same pro-athlete-bad-boy-I-just-want-to-have-fun-and-not-a-relationship type of main character seems repetitive as well. While I understand that most young men in professional sports are usually playboys, it would be nice for a change in the troupe.
However, despite the previously stated, I really enjoy this series and the large family that is The Rileys. This family just keeps getting bigger, louder, and easier to love. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!
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