If only life came with a script.
Anna Jeffries has spent the last thirty-two years blending in, content inher worn-out reading chair-her happy corner of the world-spinning romantic scenarios she's certain reality can't deliver. After three years of teaching Shakespeare at UC Berkeley, Anna is working toward full tenure. Her life in the classroom means everything and she can't imagine wanting more... until she does.
Dane Sivac is in his second year as the wide receiver coach, and with new talent on the team this year, he's beginning to think his future may hold a permanent position with Cal-as permanent as any coach can hope for. When his star receiver begins struggling on and off the field, the sports psychologist asks Dane for help. For Dane, emotions are best ignored, but his player's seemingly uptight Shakespeare professor is driving Dane nuts... until she's not.
Invested in the future of a student athlete they've both come to care about, Dane and Anna are forced to work together. The attraction is undeniable, but opposing teams rarely get along. Right as Dane makes the type of romantic gesture Anna has only known in fiction, her career is threatened and she is reminded, playbook or not, she was never good at games.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Playground is a different kind of romance novel. Centered around an English professor at UC Berkely and a football coach, the story is more cerebral than physical. There is a long build up but there is a satisfying payoff. The tension between Matt and Anna reminded me of the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan characters in the the film, "You've got Mail." They are from different worlds that at first glance seem to be oposites. They find they have more in common than they thought and the romance grows from there. The book lacked the strong sensual component of most popular romance novels, but the interaction between the characters helped to make up some of that. I was able to identify with Anna, which helped me to connect to the novel. While not my favorite, Playbook was a good read.
Playbook is the first book I have read by Tracy Ewens and I am a new fan of her work. This story pairs Anna the Shakespearean professor with Dane the football coach together. They meet when a football player is flunking her class and Dane is sent in to talk to Anna. Opposites attract and soon Dane and Anna are friends that are helping their mutual student succeed both on and off the field. Their friendship quickly turn into romance and soon one can't imagine life without the other. Anna and Dane's romance is complicated by both of their pasts and her tenure committee. Playbook stole my heart and was the perfect blend of sports and romance. This story is the seventh in the series but I was able enjoy it without have read the rest of the series. (I do plan on reading the first books). I was given a free copy for an honest review.