Playing to Win (Play-by-Play Series #4) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Someone?s going to have to let down their guard?



Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases?on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn?t clean up his act, his career is over?so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He?s not used to being told what to do, especially by some ...
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Playing to Win (Play-by-Play Series #4)

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Overview

Someone’s going to have to let down their guard…



Football star Cole Riley is notorious for doing as he pleases—on the field and off. He parties hard and fights harder, but if he doesn’t clean up his act, his career is over—so Cole reluctantly agrees to work with image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. He’s not used to being told what to do, especially by some (admittedly hot) Southern belle. As for Savannah, she’s not convinced she can transform this cocky (and aggressively sexy) force of nature. But she’s determined to give it her best shot.



When the sparks start to fly, Savannah lays down the ground rules: no personal complications. If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well. But for two people determined to have it all, a hands-off policy can only last so long before one of them yields.
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What People Are Saying

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“Jaci Burton’s stories are full of heat and heart.” —New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks

“Guaranteed to be a phenomenal series.”—Joyfully Reviewed

“[Jaci Burton] delivers the passionate, inventive, sexually explicit love scenes that fans expect.”—USA Today Happy Ever After reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101581490
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Play-by-Play Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 13,717
  • File size: 804 KB

Meet the Author

After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, Jaci Burton is thrilled to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, who inspires her to create stories about sexy, stubborn alpha males who don't always do what the heroine wants them to.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted September 9, 2012

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    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 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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    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. Not the author's best work and sorry I paid over $10.00 for this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2012

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    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Not great

    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 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Cute but not much story line

    Not a lot of depth but cute characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Good....

    but the story could be told in more details

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    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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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Lagal

    Good short read...........

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  • 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?




    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Read this series

    Omg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    H

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Lexi

    What?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Great Addition to the Series!

    This was a fantastic addition to the Play by Play series. The tension between the two lead characters is intense and makes the story great!

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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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