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Playing to Win (Play-by-Play Series #4)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

3.5 Stars I have grown to expect extraordinarily hot, pushy alp

3.5 Stars

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...
3.5 Stars

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, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I am a fan of this series. Loved the last book with the hockey

I am a fan of this series. Loved the last book with the hockey player but this book was my least favorite. I normally finish a book I start quickly and this one I am still not done. I have put it down several times and started and finished other books in between. No...
I am a fan of this series. Loved the last book with the hockey player but this book was my least favorite. I normally finish a book I start quickly and this one I am still not done. I have put it down several times and started and finished other books in between. Not the author's best work and sorry I paid over $10.00 for this one.

posted by azkindlefan on September 12, 2012

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book with great characters. Kept me entertained

    Great book with great characters. Kept me entertained

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    I really love this series. Jaci Burton really knows how to suck

    I really love this series. Jaci Burton really knows how to suck you into her books. Cole is such a deep character and Savannah is just the right woman for him.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    I love the play by play seties

    I Love the play by play series. Cole and " peaches" are now part of the growing family.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

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    Seriously, can this series get any better? Why yes, it can. I wa

    Seriously, can this series get any better? Why yes, it can. I was totally engrosseed in this story, such that I read it in one day. Jaci Burton knows how to write hot sexy athletic males! She hits it out the park everytime. The female characters are just as strong. I love the Riley family--just can't get enough of them.

    Cole was a complicated character but you could not help but root for him and hope it got it right. Savannah was perfect for him. I love her take not s*&% attitude.

    I most definitely will continue to read this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Read this series

    Omg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Lexi

    What?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Loved it

    I love the way the author protrays strong woman in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Picture worth a million words

    This is a hot need the fan on full of hot stesmy sex and romance, LOVED IT!!!! Didn't want
    It to end!!!!!! If you loved fifty shades you will love this!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Play-by-play

    I love, love, loved these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Love the Series

    As a "sports nut" I love Ms. Burton's series on high profile sports stars and their "private" lives... She weaves a good tale and her characters all seem to come to life in my mind... If I have one complaint it would be that the graphic sex scense sometimes take away from the intimacy of the moment... I think when two people are very much in love the scenes could be a bit more delicately handled... Other than that I enjoy each story very much...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Kev ill be the person whose bout o get

    Lynch.ed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Chris

    Gtg. Oh Brother Where Art Thou GOOGLE IT

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Love the whole Play-by-Play Series.

    Love the whole Play-by-Play Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Lissy

    She smiled. "Yeah."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Hey john

    Hey(;

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    John to Lissy

    You here?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    To pondkit

    Want to play . Are you a boy or girl

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Amazing

    ## First and foremost let me say that Jaci Burton is freaking brilliant. I have yet to read something of hers I don't love! This series is fabulous. So very fun and sexy. The hero and heroine had a great connection. Cole was absolutely....drool worthy. And the family dynamics were fun and humorous. Not to mention the sex was totally hot. Definitely worth reading and I'm so looking forward to Alicia's story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    very satisfied

    The book I purchased was in the condition as promise and it arrived in a timely manner. I have all of the Play-by Play Seris and I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Posted September 26, 2012

    Yummy Read!

    Another juicy story in the Play-by-Play Series. The book was enjoyable and made for an evening of fun. Her characters are fun and engaging and the book has the right amount of spice to it, if you know what I mean. Can't wait for the next in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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