The Perfect Play (Play-by-Play Series #1)

The Perfect Play (Play-by-Play Series #1)

by Jaci Burton


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New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton presents a story about love and the games people play in the first irrisistible novel in the Play-by-Play series...

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425238813
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Play-by-Play Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 224,526
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jaci Burton is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Hope Novels and the Play-by-Play series. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, which she considers “book research.” When she isn’t on deadline, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She’s a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you’ll find in all her books.

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The Perfect Play 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 394 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Right Touch event planner Tara Lincoln feels fortunate that she got the gig for the NFL San Francisco Sabers summer party. For the past four months Tara killed herself as she know this gala could be a walk-off winning touchdown or a game costing fumble. The team's star quarterback Mick Riley congratulates her for hosting a fine event. They share a great night together in which she assumes Cinderella goes home to never see Prince Charming ever again. Besides as a single mom she has enough trouble with the male in her life, her troubled teenage son Nathan. However, Mick's trait of never quitting which serves him well in the NFL also has him remain resolute as he wants more than just a one night stand. This is an enjoyable heated football romance starring a superstar athlete and a single working mom. The story line is faster than Bob Hayes ran for a touchdown in and out of the sack. Ironically the "matchmaker" is also the alibi as Tara hides behind her need to project her child from the crap she went through at his age. Readers will enjoy this excellent sports romance as the QB seeks the Perfect Play to win the game of love as he already has her heart. Harriet Klausner
Always-Intrigued More than 1 year ago
Not worth the money. The plot was weak and shallow and where the dialogue was supposed to be witty and humorous it was cliched and flat. Very predictable. Also as a lover of smutty books I didn't even enjoy the sex scenes in this story. They couldn't keep my attention and it was just all sappy talk about deep connections after meeting a half hour before, "making love" and telling one another when they were about to climax. The author tried for a lot with this book it seemed but all I took from it was HORRIBLE football puns and a dream of returned money. If you're looking for a good read, please save your time and hard earned cash and look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the cover so i bought the book . The cover is the only thing this book has going for it. Its boring and stale . Couldn't even force myself to finish it . The story had potential but the author just couldn't pull it off.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Pro football player Mick Riley leads a charmed live. He has a world full of riches and more woman then he can handle. He meets sexy and confident event planner Tara Lincoln and he is willing to commit to this one woman. Mick has his work cut out for him with Tara, she wants nothing to do with the glitz and glamour of Mick's world. Tara Lincoln's world revolves around her teenage son and building her fledgling business. Getting the team summer kick off party for the San Francisco Sabers is just the ticket to help her event planning business grow and to give her and her son a bit more of a cushion in life. Though wildly attracted to quarterback Mick Riley she can't let it go past their one wild night of passion. But Mick always has a well thought out game plan and it ready to put all the right moves on Tara. He just doesn't want her to appreciate the things he has to offer but to value him as a man. Tara has been burned by love before and guards her heart with care. Its going to take a hail Mary pass to get through her defenses. The Perfect Play is just that perfect. It's a smoking hot read as well as an intimate look on how love develops and grows. The sexual chemistry between these two are one of the hottest in print. Their emotional journey is equally as powerful and draws you into these characters. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Jaci Burton exciting read. hot!hot!hot!. The review that gave it a bad rating must think PDA is porn. The story was definitely erotic but its also about having love yes love not porn, sneak up and grab hold of this couple. Very well written would definitely reccomend this to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was good and Hot but I stayed because of the plot. I like the characters - but I will admit at the end I skimmed some of the sex scenes because I cared more about where the characters where going in their relationship than the description yet another sex scene - but I was involved in the story enough to buy the 2nd book and now I want to read the thrid
RedboneDHW More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book. Mrs. Burton gave the steamy scenes that bit of extra flavor thats all her own. I didn't care to much for Tara because she had some hangups that she really just needed to get over. yeah yeah I know it's just a book but hey I love to read :) Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly amazing. The characters were interesting and well developed. My favorite part was that the entire book wasn't filled with conflict. There were a lot of romantic and happy times so it was easy to believe how the two leads could fall for each other. Many times a story is so full of conflict, it's hard to understand how the leads can fall in love. And the sex is hot, hot, hot. FABULOUSLY SEXY !
coleyfl More than 1 year ago
Loved this!! Burton holds nothing back and I absolutely LOVE the sports theme, Whats not to love about a HOT HOT HOT millionaire pro-football playboy falling for a STRONG single mom? Not an oh my god give everything up for him woman. I love Burtons modern raw language. And wow the cover is yum-my.
PashaD More than 1 year ago
I am a Jaci Burton fan and I was captured from the first line of this book. I appreciated how the main characters were developed and had flaws that they worked on through the relationship. A believable story of love, trust, and redemption.
Leticia Porter More than 1 year ago
it touched my heart to the core, but the ending could have been a little better. all in all hot and spicy I give it 2 thumbs up!
Joeygirl More than 1 year ago
This book was one hot ride from the first page till the end. I cannot wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Spicy sex as well as tender romance=Joci Burton's Perfect Play. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
ChristopherStreet More than 1 year ago
A delicious romance about characters that were well written. Mick and Tara delevoped nicely until the end. The plot was capitivating intertwined with the likes of reality. I am looking forward to the next book.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:There is no way to start this review without fearing that the only thing you are going to really pay attention to is the cover. And I can't blame you, hahaha, I mean, seriously, this cover?! Is PURE HOTNESS. I'm sure I would have bought the book even without hearing the great things about it. But before continuing with the review please, remember to clean the mess your mouth just did by drooling at the screen.Ready? Great, here we go! So, right fromt he start we are set with Mick, one of the biggest stars in the industry of sport and not by coincidence, his manager, the sexy and heartless Elizabeth Darnell knew how to promote him using girls, major events and advertisements. He owned her all the money he had. But he money was not important for him, he was one of the best quarterbacks out there and he played because he loved the game. And not long ago he used to love the girls Elizabeth threw at his arms but not any more.And here is where our female protagonist comes in: Tara Lincoln had being planning the biggest event her small company, The Right Touch, had ever had, an event for the Mick's team "San Francisco Sabers". They had met briefly when she needed directions to find her way to the main office so she could get her contract singed but they didn't get exchange names and the party was the perfect moment.Mick and Tara had a connection, a real connection. They both felt it during the party and they both kept feeling it during the sex. But Tara had a very important person in her life to think about, her 14 years old son Nathan. And she wasn't going to introduce any man in her life for him, meaning: bye-bye, Mick Riley.Why you ask? Well, Mick had a big reputation being a player and there was no way he would want something serious with her.But our hot guy wasn't the kind of man who would give up so easily, he really liked her and what if she had a son? He was good with kids and he was going to prove it.What he didn't expect was that his best friend and former agent, Liz, didn't like his relationship with Tara and the media consequences of it...And now, in a more personal way: Before reading the book go and get a fan, I assure you you will need it. The sex scenes in this book are AWESOME, Jaci doesn't hesitate when it comes to describe feelings, sensations and places... body places. The way the characters talk is hot, the way they make you feel is hot and I promise that if it weren't for Tara I would have jump above him. This book was eroticness itself.I loved the fact that Jaci Burton actually developed Nathan's character. There are lots of books where the sons and daughters only appear once or twice and then are forgotten, but no in this book and I enjoyed that.And it doesn't stop with him, far from it, Mick's family have a role in the story and in the next book ;)Now, please, stop reading and buy the book.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Hot and determined quarterback chases reluctant single mother. This is a love story filled with lots of football references/metaphors and several hot sex scenes.Opening Sentence: Sweat dripped down Mick Riley¿s face and arms.The Review:The Perfect Play is just your everyday romance story: Boy meets girl. Boy jumps girl¿s bones. Girl runs from commitment while boy chases. More bone jumping. Girl eventually falls in love with boy. They live happily ever after. Though the story is typical, Jaci Burton masterfully wealds her tale in such a way that even someone that only likes paranormal romance (*cough* me) can enjoy.This is the story of two unlikely people falling in lust with one another. Mick Riley is living the good life being one of NFL¿s top quarterbacks. He has money, fame, and lots and lots of women throwing themselves at his feet. During one of the many parties hosted for his team, he spots a beautiful woman unlike any he has known before. He is drawn to her like a moth to a flame, and boy does he want to burn! Tara Lincoln is a single mother and event planner. Her life is too busy for romance, but when Mick Riley, superstar, offers her a night of wild passion, she finds that she can¿t resist. That doesn¿t mean that she is willing to have it go any further than a one-night-stand, no matter how much Mick would wish it otherwise.Mick seems to be a man with two faces; one is the image his PR lady pushes and one that he has around his family. These two different personas are what drive the wedge between him and Tara. Mick¿s character shows depth and relatability. He is as tenacious on the field as he is off of it. When he decides that he wants Tara, he lets nothing distract him from his goal; making Tara his. Even the sexual scenes reflect the inner resolve on Mick¿s part. But Mick has secrets. Is he willing to let Tara all the way inside his walls or will his past mistakes cost him the most important game of his life?Tara is a little whiny. Usually, we see the man playing hard to get in these situations, not the woman. She constantly looks for excuses to dump Mick even as she thoroughly enjoys his body. She hides behind her son and uses him as a shield against intimacy, which she gets called on a few times throughout the book. As much as I hated her excuses, they were all validated by her past experiences and overt assumptions about Mick¿s character. In every relationship, there is going to come a point where you have to trust your partner and take what they tell you as truth, or the relationship is doomed to end. Throughout the whole book, Tara struggles with trust and commitment while Mick tries everything he can to hold on to what they have together. Can she reconcile what she believes Mick to be with the man she has come to love? Can she put on her big girl pants and take the amazing gift she has been offered?One of the obstacles the couple faces in this book comes in the form of Mick¿s PR manager, Elizabeth Darnell. Liz is in charge of maintaining the playboy persona for Mick no matter what. She rallies against their relationship and causes strife between Mick and Tara on several occasions. Mick, for the most part, doesn¿t see the growing tension between the two women and allows things to get to a breaking point. Mick stands at the crossroads, where he must choose a path between his career and his woman. Will Liz be the catalyst that Tara is looking for to end things with Mick? Will Mick allow Liz to continue running his life for him or will he take hold and run the play himself?Yes, this book is full of hot and steamy sex scenes. Yes, it is also full of football metaphors. Yet, by combining the two, Ms. Burton creates two wonderful and lovable characters that will make you glad you came along for the ride. The road to love is filled with potholes and this story is no exception. This is the beginning of a wonderful new serie
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mick Riley is a professional football quarterback. Tara Lincoln is an event planner. They meet when she plans a party for the football team. They are attracted. First, they think it is just a sexual relationship but it soon becomes more. But both of them have secrets and fears that they have to overcome before they reach their happy ending.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bet I could count on one hand how many bought this book for the fascinating story. To be honest (and I prepare for someone to put a hit out on me), cover model Jed Hill doesn¿t actually do much for me. Don¿t get me wrong, as far as clean-cut beefcake goes, he¿s doing fine. But I¿m not sure I¿d faint if he walked into the room. That said, credit must be given to the most impressive cover of the century. When it comes to contemporary romance with more, ahem, sexified content, Jaci Burton¿s one of the few I can read. Unlike Maya Banks, Burton writes heroines I actually believe are mature enough to have graduated from the sixth grade ¿ so I don¿t spend half the book being squicked out by the naughty stuff being done to the innocent fairy. And unlike Lora Leigh, Burton doesn¿t bother with a whole lot of garbage about souls being touched by way of the heroine¿s arse. This is basically a fairly standard contemporary romance about a football (meaning American football) star and the event organiser heroine he meets and falls for. Even if you¿re not into erotica, there¿s really not a lot here that¿s going to frighten you away. What made me really happy was that while everything was pointing towards this being one of those books where the ugly wallflower who¿s never been kissed because she dresses in housecoats gets the world¿s hottest, richest man (and he loves her for no reason other than to fulfil over the top reader fantasies) ¿ it wasn¿t. I hate those books because ¿ with the notable exception of Lover Eternal ¿ I¿ve never been convinced of the too good to be true hero¿s obsessive adoration. This heroine, Tara, isn¿t some frumpy sixty year old virgin who¿s spent her entire life being bullied by supermodels. She¿s just a normal, fairly attractive, accomplished woman. I believed Mick would want to be with her. I also understood Tara¿s hesitations and the way she didn¿t really believe they could be together. I get that it annoyed some readers, but honestly if Jed Hill approached you and announced he wanted to give you babies, would you take him at face value or would you wonder why he¿s interested in you instead of the orange-tanned, plastic-breasted, Botoxed to the point of paralysis, wart-free Oscar winning actress at the next table? I certainly had my issues with the book, the first of which was that I had no bloody idea what the author was on about with all that sport talk ¿ but then that¿s my fault for not being from America, so I can hardly blame her. What did annoy me was the way Tara and Mick spoke in THOSE scenes. It¿s a common problem I have with books with erotic scenes, because it¿s so difficult to reconcile the family-oriented society do-gooders of 90% of the book with the porn star performers in the bedroom. This one in particular read as so wrong. Tara has a teenaged son, and she and Mick spend a lot of time playing happy families with him. When that¿s not happening, our hero and heroine are sharing plenty of Big Emotional Revelations, and then jumping into the smexin¿. Maybe I¿m a sheltered prude, but honestly, I don¿t like it when we have: ¿I had a horrible childhood. Boo hoo. I¿m so traumatised.¿ Cry, cry, cry. ¿It¿s okay my sweet darling, I love you.¿ Wah, wah, wah. Followed ten seconds later by: ¿F*ck me!¿ ¿No, you f*ck me!¿ ¿Up the butt! HARDER!!¿ ¿Oh yeah baby! I¿m f*cking you!¿ Perhaps I¿m not cool enough, but after drama and tears and declarations of love, maybe the cursing could be given a rest. So, anyway, I actually liked this, and I really didn¿t expect to. It¿s no masterpiece, and even with Jed and his mighty pecs it¿s not making it anywhere near my `Favourites¿ shelf, but it was a whole lot better than the body oil and the wax and the author¿s connections to Lora Leigh would have you believe. The heroine of the next book is horrid, and I¿m not sure I want to read about her, but other than that The Perfect Play was not bad.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bought for Myself (I mean really look at that cover)Overall Rating: 4.25Story Rating: 4.25Character Rating: 4.25Hotness Rating: Off the CHARTS!NOTE: Put on your big girl panties before reading because this is one hot, sexy read. I mean seriously sizzling about every other chapter :)What I Loved: Mick and Tara rocked my socks off (to borrow Ashley's term) as a couple! They truly were sizzling chemistry personified! I think what I liked most was Tara's single parent story. I know plenty of single parent woman that date (or not date as the case may be) just like her. It was a bit refreshing to see a leading lady that rang real and true. I didn't always like her reactions to Mick but it fit with her personality and dating style! I also liked that Mick was flawed, real, down to earth despite his very high profile job!What I Liked (and why i am immediately reading Changing the Game): The whole entire Riley family ROCKED! I can't even begin to understand how Jaci is going to reform a certain character (no spoilers) but I have no doubt she will. I am excited to see Gavin tamed and hoping the third book is about their sister.What I would like to see more of (since I have no complaints): Can we get some short stories and/or books for Tara's friends? They were kind of her family and I really liked those ladies!Why I gave it a 4.25: The Perfect Play was a perfect combination of story, romance, and hotness. The only reason it didn't get a 5 from me is the over use of 2 words I can't stand (c*ck and p*ssy) but honestly that is just a personal thing :) In other words, go out and get the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dialogue was awfu, sex scenes were awful, characters were shallow and lame. Bought the ebook so I can't return it.
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AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I loved this. Such a fantastic story! It was fun and entertaining and super sexy! Mick and Tara were great characters. I really loved Tara and her background story. How strong she was, how giving, and how protective she was. Mick was great too, so sweet and caring. They had great interactions, it could be really playful and I was constantly grinning from ear to ear. I loved them together, how their story built, how all their secrets were learned and everything evolved. It was awesome. The two of them together had great chemistry as well. They were just a really good fit and I enjoyed it all immensely. There were ups and downs and a bit of drama. It all had a good balance. Loved the writing and development. Great characters as well. Mick’s family was great, loved his brother Gavin. I really loved the relationship that was developing between Mick and Nathan. Nathan had a great moment at the end too that got me all teary eyed. Solid from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down. It had everything I love in an awesome story. Really great fun to read! It wasn't super heavy but had a nice amount of emotional moments in it. Super hot. Excellent characters. This so my first Jaci Burton book - I can't wait to read more!
christalvp More than 1 year ago
I enjoy sports romances, and this was a good one. The main characters, Tara and Mick, were great together. They were both truly nice people, and I liked the relationship that developed between them. The chemistry between them was good too. Tara's son, Nathan, as well as Mick's family, added to the story. I enjoyed the storyline and was kept interested all the way through. I liked the way everything played out in the book, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one.