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

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

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by Jaci Burton
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101581490
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
Play-by-Play Series , #4
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
17,181
File size:
823 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“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

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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Playing to Win 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
azkindlefan More than 1 year ago
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.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
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.
Pym More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a lot of depth but cute characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
but the story could be told in more details
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I think I've completely fallen for both Jaci Burton and her Play By Play series. Melting the Ice sucked me in and I knew I was a goner from that moment on. Reading Cole and Savannah's story hasn't lessened my love for the series. In fact, the more I read, the more I want. I enjoyed seeing their relationship play out and blossom. Cole is irresistible and completely won me over by the end. It was a wonderful ride watching Savannah get to him--drawing out this new side of him as he brings out new things in her--and seeing the two of them together. Talk about fan yourself kind of moments. Phew! Playing to Win was completely made of win. Absolutely sexy and has everything a good romance should, making you feel great at the end of it. It's sexy and full of emotion and love. Jaci Burton will never cease to make me want more and more. Bring on the rest of this series! Also... cover? Oh yes. My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love the play by play series. Cole and " peaches" are now part of the growing family.
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TiDubb More than 1 year ago
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!
Lagal More than 1 year ago
Good short read...........
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
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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bananaspecies More than 1 year ago
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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I love the way the author protrays strong woman in this series!