Rules of Contact (Play-by-Play Series #12)

Rules of Contact (Play-by-Play Series #12)

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In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player who knows how to win on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…
After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.
Flynn can’t get enough of Amelia, and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough yet tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was the easy part. Are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515904991
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Play-by-Play Series , #12
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over seventy books, including the Play-by-Play series and the Hope series. She was awarded the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in 2012. Jaci lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. Visit her at

Tatiana Sokolov narrates a variety of fiction but especially likes saucy romances. She lives in the Midwest with her menagerie of pets.

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Rules of Contact 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Love the family. Hated that it just ended bam its over.. :( I cannot wait for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both Amelia and Flynn had issues from the relationships that caused problems for them. The high heat level, restaurant setting and football settings really worked for me. Though not a football fan, I appreciated the insight into the defense strategies.
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
It was an ok read. I didn't have to force myself through it but it just felt perfunctory, like there was a checklist that had to be worked through. Rules of Contact is the 12th book in Jaci Burton's long running "Play by Play" series and the hero, Flynn Cassidy, is the defensive end for the fictional San Francisco Sabers team and the brother of two previous protagonists. Flynn has opened a restaurant and is banking on its success as he plans to transition to restauranteur after retiring. He has put his hopes for the restaurant onto his new chef, Amelia Lawrence. Amelia is newly divorced and not looking for another commitment. She takes the job for a new opportunity and respects her new boss and his passion for the job. Like I said, it was an ok read. The chemistry between the two characters wasn't flaming. You understood that they liked each other but there was no real driving force that propelled them together. They were there, they somewhat suited, so they entered a relationship. I usually like Burton and the writing was definitely competent but I just didn't feel a connection to the characters. Grade C. Reviewer received copy of book on Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters and story line
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Rules of Contact" is a fun, albeit predictable, romance novel about Flynn and Amelia. Flynn is a well-known football player who has just opened the hottest new restaurant, Ninety-two. He hired the talented Amelia as his head chef. Amelia is just coming off a divorce and is very jaded about love and romance. She wants to focus on doing her job well. Flynn seems to only find women who like him to get closer to the media/get their 15-minutes of fame. He needs someone who, like him, would rather live a quiet life. This appears to be harder to find than you would think. Pretty quickly, Flynn and Amelia have an attraction for each other, but Amelia is reluctant to enter into another relationship- and certainly not one with her boss, as she likes this job and does not want anything to jeopardize it. As far as the overall tone, it's light in between and steamy during the romantic scenes. I found it to be more a book about two restauranteers rather than a sports star. The focus is definitely on the restaurant and there's a lot of food talk. It was enjoyable for someone like me who is not really a big sports person. Overall, it was sweet and a fun romance novel, a great addition to this fun series. Please note that I received an ARC through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit that I have kind of jumped around in the Play by Play series. I kind of pop in when the couple or synopsis grabs my attention. So, when I saw that Rules of Contact focused on a defensive end for the NFL who just opened up a restaurant and his head chef, I knew I had to give this book a go. I liked that even though the leading men all have careers in professional sports, the leading ladies range in all sorts of professions. So, I’m always guaranteed to get some sort of variety with the Play by Play series based off of what the female character does. In Rules of Contact, Amelia is the head chef at his restaurant and it was really entertaining to see her work the kitchen and come up with dishes. Granted, I never knew there would come a time where I would craze seabass so much while reading a book. I think my favorite thing about this story was probably the kitchen and restaurant scenes. Or maybe the chapter where Flynn has to deal with a drunk Amelia and Mia (his sister) while they drunkenly gab on about reality TV shows, tampons, periods, sex, you name it! It was hilarious and poor Flynn was stuck in the car listening to their drunken discussion the whole way home. That was a fun scene that had be chuckling the whole time. However, all those behind-the-scenes at the restaurant were also fun to read. It was great seeing Amelia in her element, cooking up dishes, and Flynn walking around the restaurant chatting with the regulars. Rules of Contact was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t my favorite from the series but I still liked reading about Flynn and Amelia, and daydreaming about all the delicious food she kept making.
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ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I love it when a Jaci Burton book comes out because we get a new cover to drool over. And Flynn’s is especially delicious! He’s tatted up like a bad boy and picks all the wrong kinds of women, but he loves to cook, is smart with his money and works on his family’s ranch when he’s home for the holidays! Good guy and bad boy handsomely blended into a nicely wrapped package :) Amelia is an intelligent and gifted chef. She also likes control of her kitchen and demands nothing but the best in her employees and herself. She’s also extremely gun-shy and has sworn off men. However, the chemistry that flows between Flynn and Amelia is too powerful to deny and the pair end up spending lots of time together. Their passions for cooking heat up the kitchen and their passions for each other heat up every other room in the house! I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to learn more about the eldest Cassidy brother. I also loved the fact that Flynn plays for the same team that my book boyfriend Mick (THE PERFECT PLAY) does! It is always a joy to read about the Riley family. The series has expanded so much and with new characters being introduced, they haven’t been getting much page time. The story is fast-paced, the intimate times are plentiful and hot as hell and the family members are pushy and persistent…and always loving! I definitely recommend RULES OF CONTACT as well as the rest of the series! ***I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 Another great Play by Play story from Ms. Burton. I really enjoyed reading Flynn’s story. Being the oldest of the Cassidy kids he has got to witness both of his younger brothers find love and his little sister Mia, well she never gets to have a boyfriend so that is okay. Flynn wants to find the type of love that his brothers have found. He wants a relationship that mirrors the happiness that his parents have. But Flynn finds himself dating the same type of woman. The type that only cares about his fame and glory. Not Flynn the person, just Flynn the superstar football player. Enter a relationship shy head chef that doesn’t take crap from anyone. Amelia is great. She is a whiz in the kitchen and loves her new job. She really likes her new boss too. But while she likes Flynn she is not willing to cross any lines no matter how attracted she is to him. I liked these two a lot. They got along so well and both had to learn to trust each other on a level that they were both not use too. Just like any relationship they both have to learn the hard way that trust and communication are not easy. But that love is willing to fight for. I can’t wait to see what is next in this series! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: RULES OF CONTACT (A Play-by-Play Novel) by Jaci Burton Publication Date: December 6, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 4 Stars RULES OF CONTACT is the perfect mix of sexy and sweet. I really enjoyed it. I loved Flynn but it took me a while to warm up to Amelia. I liked her by the end of the story though. I enjoyed the storyline and the romance was steamy. RULES OF CONTACT is the twelfth book in Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series but each book is a standalone so you can pick this one up even if you haven’t read the previous releases. I enjoy the entire series though and highly recommend them for readers who enjoy heroes that play sports and hot romance. Go grab a copy of this one. It’s a great romance book to heat up a cold night. *Review copy provided by Pengiun in exchange for an honest review.
julieford More than 1 year ago
I won an ARC of Rules of Contact in a Goodreads contest from Berkley Publishing and I voluntarily agreed to write a review. Rules of Contact is a hot, steamy story filled with laughs, tears and a beautiful love story. Flynn Cassidy is a professional football player who just opened his own restaurant. The women he dates seem more into the spotlight then they are into him. Amelia Lawrence is the head chef in Flynn's restaurant. She is still reeling from her divorce and doesn't want anything to do with relationships. Flynn and Amelia are both attracted to the other and finally give in to the attraction. While enjoying their time together, they grow closer but trust issues threaten to derail their blooming love.
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Incredibly hot, wickedly sexy, and downright steamy! This is a great mix of intense attraction, friendship, family, food, sports, and romance. It is an entertaining story that combines a hunky, muscular, tattooed football player, (need I say more, just look at that cover) with an independent, strong, attractive chef, in a plot filled with smoking chemistry, sporty tidbits, delicious food, and sizzling passion. If you like sporty contemporary romance with a little spice I can’t think anyone else who writes a consistently fun, engaging novel like Jaci Burton. Indulge this holiday season. You won’t be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not disappoint. A good read. A good addition to the series.