Straddling the Line (Play-by-Play Series #8)

Straddling the Line (Play-by-Play Series #8)

by Jaci Burton


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Straddling the Line 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Meet Trevor Shay. Well, we’ve met him already in previous books and I personally was anxious to read his book because I could tell there would be some crazy sparks that would fly between him and Haven. Trevor just became my favorite book boyfriend in this series right after Tyler Anderson. He is hot, sweet and just perfect. One thing I was surprised by with this book was the relationship between Trevor and Haven. She always had a crush on him since college and he couldn’t have looked at her twice back then. The daughter of his dorm parents though, they always had a close relationship. But when Haven’s mother manages to put them in a situation of really close proximity, and just as I was expecting, sparks start flying! They get along great right from the start when I thought they would be more at each other’s throats. And I loved that! I also loved Haven. Her easy going attitude, she doesn’t take herself too seriously when is not necessary, she’s playful, she’s caring, she’s independent. She was pretty much the perfect heroine for the perfect hero. Did I say perfect enough? But she really is a cool chick, that immediately warms you up to her. Another great thing about this book is the interrelations with friends. All of our favorite characters, almost, are back. With Trevor playing for two teams we have access to the Rileys again and their women, as well as some of Trevor’s best friends from college and their girls. Haven fits right in with them and that feeling of friendship and family that I love is strong in this book. But what can I say other than I devoured this book in one sitting? Prepare to swoon, drool and sweat. STRADDLING THE LINE is romantic and tender, funny, but also spicy and very sexy. Jaci Burton once again with a winner. Not sure if in Trevor’s case it should be a home run or a touchdown. ;)
Sfakahr More than 1 year ago
Love that the story has a PSA on illiteracy. Was a plus that the main character was hot and confident.
TinaMarieReviews More than 1 year ago
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 I really enjoyed Straddling the Line. I don't know how Jaci Burton does it. This is the 8th book of the Play by Play series, yet every book feels fresh and has new storylines. It just doesn't feel like the same story with a different sport and character names like many do when you get this far into a series. I loved Trevor as a character. He was a bit cocky, but never in an annoying "I am entitled way". It was more like "eh, since I'm so bad*ss at everything I do it's expected of me". But, it was more with the flippant off-handed not trying very hard cocky comments. He made me laugh. It's not often that a character offers so many sides in a book, but I really felt like we got that with Trevor. He was an amazing athlete that excelled at not one, but two sports. He was a genuinely nice guy that would stop at nothing to repay old debts and help out a friend. He was a loving and proud brother. And he was hiding a secret that if came out would be the worse thing in the world to him. Haven broke my heart. Losing her father was so hard for her and she just couldn't seem to bounce back from it. Worse yet she beat herself up because of it and began to question pretty much every choice she made. When Trevor requested her to be the one to tell his professional story she had hoped it would rekindle the drive she once had, but also worried about working with the guy that held her heart so many years before. The one positive she held onto was that Trevor had no idea that she had a mad crush on him back then. Trevor and Haven together was explosive. I truly enjoyed their romance in and out of the bedroom. Trevor was all hot, sexy and sweet. Haven had no problems holding her own with Trevor and his teammates. And when Trevor's secret made itself known it broke my heart for him. I think this kind of thing is hard for anyone to admit to, but when you are used to be the best of the best it has to be even harder. This was a great subject for Ms. Burton to illustrate and for that I thank her.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Usually with the Play by Play series the books are either a hit or miss for me and I’m glad to say that this one was definitely a hit! Haven is in a bad way after her father died. She lost her best friend and has been in a terrible funk ever since. Haven’s mom is worried about her and enlists Trevor to help Haven find purpose again. Trevor decides the best way to help Haven is to get her back to work so he contacts the network Haven works for and requests her to do a bio on his life playing dual sports. Haven (not knowing Trevor is behind it) jumps at the chance her boss gives her to interview Trevor. After all, they’ve known each other a long time and it should be a piece of cake…right? Never mind the fact that she’s had a HUGE crush on Trevor since college. Haven can be professional about it. Or so she hopes. I really enjoyed reading Haven and Trevor’s story. Trevor was Haven’s rock, helping her grieve and start the slow process of moving on. Trevor also gave Haven a lot of steamy sexual healing as well. If Trevor’s charming ways and heart-breaking smile wasn’t enough to make Haven’s knees weak, his dirty talk certainly was! The heat factor was scorching! I loved watching Trevor’s secret come out and how Haven didn’t ridicule him but embraced him. Even while Trevor was pushing her away, Haven remained vigilant and supported him just as Trevor had done for her earlier in the book. The pair complements each other well and I would love to see these guys down the road in a few years and the progress they’ve made. I also loved the description and sports lingo used during both baseball and football seasons. It was very exciting as well as the wonderfully supportive secondary characters. I was so happy to see Tara, Liz and Jenna (Books 1, 2 and 3 series heroines). I miss the Rileys and was so glad to catch a glimpse of them! Another great installment to the series. ***I was gifted an eARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
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krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was actually quite impressed with Straddling the Line. For all the sports fans you get some yummy fantasy and for non sports fans its still just as hot and not overwhelming at all. I really liked the childhood crush hook being instilled in the beginning and woven through the entire story. It really brings the reader into the characters emotional ties and gives them a history that they can really appreciate. Its not common to find that in books these days and I really liked that. The love scenes on top of the character interaction is so out of this world its mind blowing. Every book Jaci writes just gets better and better every time. I really enjoyed reading this book from the first line all the way to the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always likd Jaci,s books, but this one was soooo boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story started out slow something in the middle was off but ended with a bang
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Nice to get some background on past characters. Would have like to see more development regarding the secret that was discovered. Great series of books. Always look forward to the next one in the series!
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bigreaderMF More than 1 year ago
This is another hot read by Jaci Burton. This is the 8th book in the Play by Play series. Meet Trevor and Haven and follow their story and the great chemistry they share. I guarantee you will love this book. If you haven't read this book or the entire Play by Play series yet, I highly recommend that you pick them up. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love the play by play series you will love this one to. Jaci has out done herself once again
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trey is a very talented man. He not only plays one sport professionally but two. He’s a very busy man considering he jumps from baseball season to football season in one year with no breaks. He gets a call from his old college dorm parent who calls in a favor. Her daughter (his college tutor) isn’t handling the passing of her father well and with her being a sports reporter, she should do an interview piece on him to take her mind off of her father. Have I mentioned that Trey is a very private man? However, he’d do anything for his dorm parent and agrees to help out. Only, he doesn’t plan to fall for the sexy reporter who shows up, or her persistence in revealing his skeletons. I LOVED Changing the Game. So I was really excited when I got this book. Even though I haven’t read the other books in the series, each one can be read as a stand alone. However, this one just didn’t work for me. The characters seemed too scripted. There were parts that were just about robotic in both the characters speech and actions. I just found myself not connecting with anything going on because of this. I did like that the author didn’t include a lot of nonsense drama. The problems that these characters face are real. They don’t play cat and mouse, leaving the other person confused on their feelings. I liked that twist at the end that the author gave Trey. It definitely humanized him. This was a nice romance with some erotic highlights to it. However, it wasn’t the best one from the series. The characters came off as fake and that really detracted from the story for me.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Yes, Jaci write some pretty hot stuff and Straddling the Line is no exception. However, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with Trevor and Haven. Seriously, these two were amazing and I absolutely loved them.  They both knew each other back in college and Haven had a crush on Trevor. Of course, she wouldn't admit it cause he was Mr. Hot Stuff back in the day. Now Haven is at a crossroads and doesn't know what to do with herself since her father had passed away. Yes, her mother is worry about her, so she enlisted Trevor's help to get Haven out of her funk. Since Trevor is so clever he decides to let Haven do a full exclusive on an assignment. He never thought he would want Haven more than a friend. So, they end up as bed buddies too.  Anyway, I loved Straddling the Line, because of the storyline. I love how Trevor comes to Haven's rescue, but she also saves him. Yes, they have some hot steamy scenes, but they also have a great emotional connection. I love how Trevor's secret is something that effects a lot of people and his condition is relatable. I adore Haven, because she's floundering in grief which gives her character more depth. Yes, she's a reporter, but you get a sense that she's human too. I don't know how describe this book other than it was AWESOME! I absolutely loved the whole thing. Jaci had me hooked from first page to the last. I had a hard time putting this book down. I'm telling you it's absolutely amazing. I hope that you get a chance to read it. Not just for the hot steamy sex, but for the wonderful story of two people connecting and helping each other overcome their trials.  Copy provided by Penguin via First to Read (Did Purchase)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always love Jaci's books, but I had a hard time with this one. I couldn't get into the two main characters relationship. For me the connection wasn't there that has been in all the other Play by Play series. Don't get me wrong - it's still a good read, just not great, which is what I'm used to from Jaci.
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13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
Not the best in this Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. I just could not feel the connection between the two main characters this time. The writing is great and the storyline was meant to be great but it fell short. I loved the other books in this series and you should read them especially if you want to get an inside look at sports and their players. This one can be missed though.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Trevor's story is as good as the rest. You always are left wanting more after reading one of Jaci Burton's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish this author could write faster as her books always go to the head of the list... Doesn't matter if you like sports or not, her stories are always great... She finds so many ways to make original stories and realistic characters in her offerings... Love scenes are always hot but not over the top like some writers... Her "people" are always folks you would like to know... Just enough of the previous books to keep you "up to date"...
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW:  Trevor Shay maybe a superstar that straddles the line between baseball and football. But there is so much more to this superstar then what he does on the field. So when Trevor is asked to check in on Haven and make sure she is okay he is more than willing to help. But when Haven shows up Trevor gets a little more than he bargained for.  As always Jaci writes a great story wrapped in the sports world. I have loved all of her Play by Play books and Straddling the Line was the same. I loved getting a closer look at Trevor and Haven. We have seen glimpse of them in the past books but it was great to learn all of their secrets.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series and to learn more about Quarterback Cassidy and his clan.  Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional and Hot. Trevor and Haven are very hot together. The story of Haven's grief over her her dad is incredibly touching. So is the story of Trevor's past. The weaving of them together and their chemistry makes this book a masterpiece. Besides all that, the sex scenes are nice an steamy. A truly great book.
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Jaci Burton has done it again!!!  I absolutely love this series. Jaci has made me a sports fan with every one of these installments. I love how each couple has their own unique story of how they got to their HEA.  The common thread being sports.  It's so much fun when the characters from the other books pop in for cameos and we get to see what they are up to. I was so excited for release day on this one I dropped everything to read it and I was not disappointed. Trevor Shay is a football and baseball player and he does both well.  He hasn't really thought about having a girlfriend or wife in the future.  His career is his life, and he holds a secret that he is terrified will get out and ruin the life he has so carefully put together.  He had me from the beginning with his charming and charismatic ways.   Trevor charms everyone he meets.  He is just an all-around good guy that warms my heart.  He decides to help his mentor’s daughter who needs help getting through her grief since her dad passed away.  He comes up with a plan to give her the sports interview a lifetime.  Little does he know he is setting himself up to fall for a girl he thought he knew.  He quickly realizes there is so much more to her then he thought. Haven Briscoe, lost her dad who was her best friend.  She is having a really hard time dealing with the loss.  In walks Trevor Shay to turn her life upside down.   He offers her the chance to interview him, the dual sports superstar for the major sports network she works for.  Haven had a major crush on Trevor back in college  when she tutored him and she thinks she can put that aside and be professional.  But she finds out fast that the attraction is still there and apparently now it’s mutual. Trevor and Haven had such great chemistry.  I really enjoyed reading their journey together.  I really felt the emotion of Haven's loss of her dad, and how she was torn between going on with her life and feeling like she was betraying her dad's memory by being happy without him.  I know the grief of losing a parent and I felt that Jaci Burton  really portrayed that very well in this installment.  The sex scenes were hot and well written as I would expect from this author.  I loved the introduction of a new group of sports hotties the Cassidy brothers and I can't wait to delve into their story.  Great job!!!! - Keep 'em coming Ms. Burton we love 'em.