Play by Play

Play by Play

3.3 13
by Kate Donovan
     
 

Former college football star Jake Dublin's wildly popular sports blog also details his personal life. And lately it's all about Sophie, the pretty young woman who just moved into his apartment building. His readers know her only as "Elevator Girl," and they're all rooting for Jake to score.

The blog posts and banter with his followers are all in good fun, and…  See more details below

Overview

Former college football star Jake Dublin's wildly popular sports blog also details his personal life. And lately it's all about Sophie, the pretty young woman who just moved into his apartment building. His readers know her only as "Elevator Girl," and they're all rooting for Jake to score.

The blog posts and banter with his followers are all in good fun, and he fully intends to come clean with the woman he's wooing and wowing. That is, until she confides that she grew up in a house full of jocks and even dated a few. Her verdict? Never again!

Jake knows he needs to confess. But somewhere along the line he fell in love with Sophie and can't stand the thought of losing her. So he procrastinates, and blogs, and digs himself deeper into a hole, until it all leads to a showdown that's so nail-biting, not even the best play-by-play guy could ever have seen it coming.

Editorial Reviews

NetGalley - Janette D.
"What won me over was Kate Donovan's writing . . . she's so funny! A fun, entertaining read that leaves you happy and feeling good."
Ripe for Readers blog - Margreet A.
"A smart, funny and loveable romantic morsel!!"
NetGalley - Rhonda H.
"Absolutely adorable! Just a really feel-good novel--the kind that makes you want to immediately pick up the next Donovan novel and continue reading--addicting!"
NetGalley - Kelly H.
"'Play by Play" was a quick cheerful romance that I truly enjoyed . . . left me wanting more."
Book Queen Blog - Kim E.
"If you like sports and sports talk and you want a light short read that will entertain you, this is the novella to pick up!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148410515
Publisher:
Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
A Play Makers Novella , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
63,733
File size:
390 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Donovan spent her childhood in Ohio and Rhode Island, where she wrote mysteries with pen and paper and stashed them under her bed. Since then, Kate has had 18 novels and 3 novellas published in genres including fantasy, historical romance, legal thriller, romantic suspense, and young adult science fiction. You can visit Kate’s website at www.katedonovan.com.

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Play by Play 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2 - Unsurprising Stars. I think it is always best to keep your expectations manageable when it comes to reading novellas; any author is going to struggle to give the reader any major depth or development to a story or it's characters in a book that is 80 odd pages long. Kate Donovan’s first installment in the Play Makers series sets the scene well, and offers a little cute ‘behind closed doors’ romance on the side. I liked Jake and Sophie ‘Elevator Girl’ pretty well, and the fact that as a reader we know their stories well before either character truly does, made it easy to follow along! Sports-Blogger falls for Sports-Hater! This is a pretty quick read and a sweet story, and I really liked the inclusion of the blog posts to the mix. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Jake and Sophie are a cute couple. You know from the beginning that trouble is in the wind but you cant help but keep reading. I loved the banter between Jake and the people that respond to his blog. Its a good book and nice short read as well
csingh More than 1 year ago
Jake and Sophie are adorable.  They both like each other, although they're both unaware it, and one of them has made his admiration public.  I do think Jake screwed up by not confessing to Sophie about what he did/had done.  I really enjoyed reading the commentary on Jake's blog posts as well as his replies.  I think it was a great idea to include them. There was a twist at the end I didn't see coming and I was very surprised to see book 2 won't pick up where this book left off.  I really can't wait to see if/how Jake will get Sophie to speak to him.  The story is very short and flies by quickly, but you'll be left wanting more just as I was!
Pebbles92 More than 1 year ago
Play by Play by Kate Donovan was a cute little novella that I enjoyed immensely. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire story. An enjoyable plot and great character development allowed me to stay engaged the entire time. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the ending was a bit too neat and tidy. The ending was good, don't get me wrong, but Jake needed to grovel a bit more in my opinion.  ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
It may be short and sweet but it packs a lot of romantic fun into 50 or so pages. Even though you can see the trouble coming from the first chapter, it is still amusing to see Jake get himself into a pickle and then try to get himself out of it. - Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress or Booktrib's website
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
3.5 from me! I couldn’t pass up a chance to read a book about a male blogger. The fact that I don’t like sports has really nothing to do with me wanting to read this book. But with that being said, I was really glad that there wasn’t a lot of sports talk that took place. And the parts where it did were written in a way that I didn’t become completely lost in the conversation. That to me made the book more bearable. On one hand, the story itself was quite amusing. But on the other hand, the story was quite short. I was left wanting more from both the characters and the story itself. It felt like certain parts of the story that were important to the story line were just skimmed over when other htings that weren’t as important had more attention. One thing that I did like about the book is how Sohpie had this idea in her head about the certain guy she wanted. And then she comes to find out, the person she swore she would never be with is who she needed up with. So to me, that made the story even better. Overall if you are looking for a quick read that has its humorous parts, as well as serious parts, you should check this book out.
Tammy_SmutReviewer More than 1 year ago
So, I give this one 3 stars. The story was good and sweet and I got my HEA and no cliffie. That in itself, is a good thing. I had a very hard time connecting to this story and found myself wandering and thinking of skipping because I just wanted to get past the blogging and onto the story. But, you can't, because the blog is so much a part of the story. I liked Jake, I just didn't connect as well as I would've liked. I don't think I will read any more books that is laid out by blogging, comments, etc. And the sports thing just lost me. Not my style. Not the author's fault, just not my style. Good story line, though. *Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun witty read. A sweet jock showing he has a heart for romance. Just loved the witty dialogue made it a very fun read.
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute short story about boy meets girl, boy writes about girl, girl gets mad. But in this cute short story Boy gets Girl in the end. Kate Donovan does awesome making the words flow in such a short amount of words. Jake Dublin is a sports writer and Opinionated Sports Guy blogger....when he meets Sophie of course he does the most natural thing to him...he blogs about the "elevator girl" Time after time he has tried to come clean but Sophie doesn't want a "jock" so he procrastinates. I love how it all came to blows and the steps afterwards. It doesn't seem to be exaggerated at all.
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NaughtyBookSnitch More than 1 year ago
This is not a "Romance" and should be listed as "Young Adult".  Not my cup of sports romance. The cover is really hot and the blurb sounded good. However when I read it I kept waiting for the story and the romance to start.... and then it was over.  My first issue is that the "romance" or lack thereof, stopped at the bedroom door. If you are going to categorize this as a romance and have a half naked guy on the cover, I want to actually read about the characters falling in love and how they feel about each other and I want all the sexy, dirty, details. I want bodies pushed up against doors and groping because they can't control themselves around each other. I want grinding body parts and multiple orgasms. I want to be in bed with the characters and I want to feel what they are feeling. Otherwise, this should have been categorized as a young adult. I would let my 14 year old daughter read this.  Another problem I have is with Sophie. I was fine with her until... until she found out what Jakes real last name was and she was like "oh, its cool. We've only known each other for like a week and I totally don't think you're a creeper or serial killer". But when she finds out he's a sports writer... OH EM GEE! That is betrayal on a nuclear level. This is relationship ending stuff folks! Seriously, get some real issues to be upset about.  Maybe I didn't like it because I was expecting "romance" and got "young adult" instead? Also, let me be clear... I don't hate anything a I read. I can never hate the written word. But I can not like things and I didn't like this for me.  Overall... this short, 85 page novella did not work for me. But that is just my opinion. However, if you are looking for a cute, G rated, young adult, "sports related" romance then you might give this a try. Looks like its $.99 on Amazon right now and I really think this should be a free read. Well anyway, because I want the sexy stuff, I personally wouldn't waist money on this.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Despite the very lusty cover the steam in this book is low. This is fine with me as at its heart this book is a sweet romance about a nice guy and a nice girl finding love with some wit and football thrown in.  I really like the break of man hos and overly feisty ladies.  The book is charming but the opening is rough. I don't care for the hero much as first even though he is funny in his blog posts.  There is just something off putting in how he discusses his past relationships. The book needs to spend a bit less time on sports and thinking about the relationship and  have more couple time to really hold my interest.  Never the less, the concept of the book is fun and I will be on the look out for other books in this series and by this writer. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Play by Play by Kate Donovan rating 5***** This book was provided by the author in exchange for honest literary review. I adored this novella. In fact, once I picked it up I didn't put it down. Sometimes even jocks have a heart. Dublin won me over with the witty blog posts and comments interactive with the readers of his blog. While he loved his sports, he knew when to turn that off and turn the romance on......oh if only this was possible in real life!!!!! Overall a great quick read. The plot flows well, and it holds the readers interest. Editing is superb with no grammatical errors. It is a fun read and the perfect time of year to pick this up since football started last Sunday. HAPPY READING MICHELLE MCQUEEN netgalley