Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game

by Jackie Barbosa


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Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she's shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls, asks her back to his hotel room...and then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie's team, and even the hometown hero won't take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.

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ISBN-13: 9781494258986
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Skin in the Game 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty 4.5 out of 5 Licks I really enjoyed this book. For me this is somewhat similar to a friends to lovers story as they knew each other in high school, but they weren't really friends. Angie grew out of her nerdy high school phase into a beautiful woman. I'm not a fan of how much she beats herself up over her past, but I beat myself up pretty hard so I can't complain too much. Cade comes across as a bit pretentious at times, but he tends to check himself when he does. I love that Angie is so into sports. Personally I could care less about sports (although I LOVE reading about sexy sports guys), but I like that Angie is so into it and even though she can dress girly she is just down to earth and doesn't care about what the rest of the world thinks of her. She is thrilled to be coaching high school football-it's exactly where she wants to be. She doesn't have dreams of moving to a big city and striking it rich. She is a small town girl who loves her home. The attraction between the two of them was great. They not only burned up the sheets but they also shared likes and really connected on a mental level too. There was a nice overall flow to the story too. I didn't feel like it really dragged anywhere and once I started reading it I didn't want to but it down. I am assuming this is the start of a series-I'm also crossing my fingers it is because I really want the next story!!!
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I really liked this book!. After I read the synopsis on the publisher's website, I immediately requested an ARC. SKIN IN THE GAME by Jackie Barbosa is a fresh and original sports themed romance with well designed, pragmatic characters. This fast-paced read is engaging and hot. This book is primarily about two people, Angie Peterson and Cade Reynolds. Both Angie and Cade grew up in the small town of Harper Falls, Minnesota. Angie loves her job as a high school math teacher and assistant football coach. She is smart, gorgeous and looks after her widowed father. Cade Reynolds is a very good looking professional football player. Due to an injury, Cade has been out of the game and limelight for a while. He returns to Harper Falls to temporarily coach the football team, while the head coach recuperates from an illness. Angie and Cade meet while getting coffee at Cafe du Coeur. It has been sixteen years since they have last seen each other and now there is an immediate attraction. A hot, emotional relationship develops as their future unfolds and takes form. I highly recommend this book. The small subplot about the risky football play was a bit of a turnoff for me, however, the rest of the story made up for it. The author's writing style flows effortlessly and keeps you captivated. I was gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
Brazen and loaded with heat This is a sexy, hot romance that gets the blood pulsing. Jackie Barbosa does a terrific job of creating a tale about a sinfully hot football player and a sexy, beautiful math teacher. It completely lives up to its Brazen imprint. A great contemporary romance that touches the seductive side of relationships, while delivering witty dialogue with memorable characters.  Angie Peterson is an intelligent, strong woman who’s not only a terrific math teacher but also a fantastic football strategist and coach. She was also the geeky high school teenager with an unrequited crush on the star football player. But her geeky days are behind her. She’s now a confident, determined woman who’s also smokin’ hot.  A smart woman who not only teaches high school math but also helps coach the football team. Cade Reynolds is a famous NFL quarterback who is just as popular today as he was when he was the star of his high school football team. When he finds himself sidelined because of a shoulder injury, he returns to his home town to help his sick football coach by stepping in as a temporary coach for the football team. Little did he know that the assistant coach would be so beautiful or that she’d turn his life upside down. The characters are engaging and likeable, and the story moves smoothly.  It contains all the elements of an entertaining and enjoyable read. The chemistry sizzles, the love scenes are steamy, and the romance toe-curling. If you like your romance with plenty of heat, then you definitely want to read this book.    I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Janna Shay Author of Fair Play
BrittanyMarczak More than 1 year ago
Sexy and sweet sports romance. :)
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, I started Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa. My goal was to finish it last night, alas it wasn't in the cards. However, I finished the story today. I must say that it was one hot read. Come on anytime you add a football player to mix it's going to be hot (let's be honest any athlete).  Other than the hotness, this was a fantastic story. How often to do you find a female football coach at anytime. Practically never, but Ms. Barbosa had Angela Peterson being a football coach for her local high school team. Which is unheard of and especially in a small town like Harper Falls. Yet the girl knows how to call plays and happens to be the perfect person for the head coaching job. Yet there's a couple things standing in her way, one being Cade Reynolds. When Cade and Angela get together man talk about some heat. Seriously, they are scorching hot, but that's not the only reason I like this story. I love how the heroine wasn't always a hot little thing, but she had a ugly duckling background. I love that she carries a piece of her past on her heart which really shapes who she is. Cade, I mean there isn't much to say other than he's a hot football player. I think that's all that needs to be said.  Honestly, I really liked the storyline. I think the author did a fantastic job with the story. I really can't wait to see what the next story will bring from this collection. So, if you are hankering for some football or player, I would suggest checking out Skin in the Game. Just don't forget to turn the fan on. Copy provided by the publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book loved angie and cade would recommend it
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa is a Play Action novel (first in a series?) about Angela Peterson and Cade Reynolds. Cade is an NFL football player who has been out due to injury over the past two years he comes back to his hometown in Minnesota to help coach his old High School football team.Angela is a football strategist genius. She has loved football since she was little and sat on her dads lap every week watching football together. She is not only a mathematics teacher at the high school, but also the head coach of the football team while the regular coach is out on medical league.They run into each other at a coffee shop and so begins their turbulent interactions.I liked this book very much. I don't really care about football either way, but this isn't a romance book about football, it's just a romance book about people and they happen to be all about football.It was nice seeing a female being successful and dominant in an almost completely male role. It also showed the typical jackass responses from small minded sexist co-worker. It wouldn't be believeable if there wasn't at least one jackass. "She wouldn't lie to herself. There was no future here. This could only turn out one way - badly. And she couldn't bring herself to give a damn." "It was the kiss she'd waited for all her life - an exquisite blend of give and take, of hard and soft, of sweet and dirty. Everything she'd ever dreamed a kiss could be, and yet nothing she'd ever imagined in her wildest fantasies."
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
What a great story with strong leading characters. I loved how confident, determined, and relatable Angie was. She was great with her math students, loved by her football players and so sweet with her dad. I enjoyed how she kept Cade on his toes throughout the story and how much he tempted her to let go to do things out of her comfort zone. They were great together - supportive of the other, understanding of the other's position, and physically drawn to each other, neither wanting to be apart. Their story was sweetly written, and made me love the ending. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
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This book is rilly rilly good my dater liks this book and i like this book . My soun has the sereys of all the books . I have the sereys too my dater douse not have the sereys
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Lovers of football and sports romances will absolutely love Skin in the Game, A Play Action Novel, by Jackie Barbosa. Normally, I’m indifferent about a book’s setting, but his book was set in Minnesota, which was timely because I read it during a weekend trip to Wabasha, MN. Angela “Angie” Peterson eats, breathes, and sleeps football. Angie grew up watching football games with her father, Daryl, learning all about the game. I could really relate to Angie’s character since I watched football with my father, starting when I was five years old and learning about the game he loved too much. Along with teaching math, Angela is an assistant coach of the Harper Falls football team. Angie’s life is turned upside down when former high school star Cade Reynolds returns to town, now a famous, but injured, NFL quarterback. Even though he feels like he should know her, Cade doesn’t recognize her and asks her on a date. After her one nightstand with Cade, Angie discovers that he will be the interim head coach while the head coach recovers from an illness. Angie, who has always harbored a crush on Cade, is taken aback by this turn of events. While dealing with sexual harassment from the other assistant coach, Angie is floored when Cade acts offended and then does the same thing to her, which I empathized with. Cade’s NFL career is very important to him, but he fails to realize that Angie values her job just as much. While he’s always been impressed with Angie’s football knowledge, Cade will compliment Angie’s talent and then inadvertently cut her off at the knees, breaking her heart in the process. After being belittled and harassed, Angie puts on her big girl panties, learns how to take chances, and stick ups for herself, which I just loved. On the other hand, Cade is slow to figure what he is doing wrong and what he really needs to do to have a future with Angie. When Cade finally gets it figured out, it is a breathtaking thing to see. Additionally, I adored Angie’s father, Daryl. Blunt and straightforward, Daryl brilliantly states the obvious to Cade, opening Cade’s eyes to his treatment of Angie, making Daryl the perfect dad. Entertaining characters, a well-crafted plot, and crisp writing make Skin in the Game a satisfying summer read. I purchased this book for my personal library.
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Love the sports romance! fun and sweet story.
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LOVE this line of books!
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars:  SKIN IN THE GAME is the first storyline in Jackie Barbosa’s new Play Action contemporary romance series. This is Angela and Cade’s storyline. This is not necessarily a friends to lovers or even a second chance storyline-but a story about two people who met briefly in high school and their lives would be forever changed. Angela is the ‘muse’ to Cade’s football career and the woman who would tackle his heart. The storyline focuses on Cade’s second chance for a career (after a possible career ending injury)-both on and off the field. Returning home to Harper Falls he is immediately attracted to Angela-the one time geeky girl who is now the beautiful assistant coach and math teacher at Harper Falls High. The attraction between the couple is immediate-in fact their sexual relationship begins within a few hours of meeting-only Cade does not remember the beautiful Angela and it will take a few days before his memory of Angela resurfaces. The sexual heat is spicy and the HEA is predictable but it is the in between that pushes the storyline into another direction. The storyline also focuses on sexual discrimination and harassment at the hands of a fellow teacher and coach. Many women suffer the same fate as our heroine-working in a world controlled by men and fearing retribution should their complaints be heard. At times, the situation and her reluctance to take legal action was disheartening but the circumstances and her reasoning are probably experienced by more women than not. The mains characters are likeable and relatable and because of the football backdrop to the story, fans of the sport will recognize the lingo and maneuvers. Skin in the Game is a fast pace, interesting storyline about two people searching for something more in their lives. If you are a fan of football, romance and a HEA, Skin in the Game is the perfect read. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
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Nice easy read.
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JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Skin in the Game is book #1 in Jackie Barbosa’s Play Action Series and this story definitely kicks the series of with a great start! Angela Peterson can’t believe her eyes.  Is that Cade Reynolds she sees sitting in her little hometown coffee shop? The very same Cade Reynolds NFL quarterback who she’d gone to high school with and had the biggest crush of her life on?  What could he be doing back here?  Before she can think of those answers, she finds herself sitting at the table with him and accepting an invitation to dinner…now she’s questioning of she should be upset that he didn’t recognize her from all those years ago.  Guess she really had changed from the awkward, football fanatic teen he’d known back then. Cade Reynolds, after being sidelined with an injury, is back in his hometown and ready to help coach his old high school football team at the request of the coach who’d practically raised him.  It feels good to be back and feels even better to have met the beautiful blond at the coffee shop this morning. He has a nagging feeling he knows her from somewhere but surely he wouldn’t have forgotten a woman like her.  Maybe he can learn more about the sexy high school math teacher over dinner….or room service if he has anything to say about it. Well, the fates certainly have surprises in store for Cade and Angie. When they realize their history and realize they will both be coaching the football team, sparks start to fly.  Their chemistry is undeniable and now, being thrown into a situation where they see each other and work together, they will have to decide if they have something between them worth throwing a pass at.  With emotions, and careers at stake, hopefully it won’t end in a fumble. What a great take on a contemporary romance!  I adored the sporty spin on things!  It was a fresh and interesting story packed with emotions, sexiness and fun.  I really enjoyed Cade and Angie as characters and the chemistry between them was done just right.  She wasn’t a starry-eyed gal mooning over the larger than life sports star Cade has become and Cade wasn’t a self-absorbed jock.  He was humble when needed most and was really a heart-warming hero.  The ending was absolutely perfect and played out like a chick flick and I loved it!  Well done, Jackie! If you’re looking for sweet and sassy with a sporty spin on romance, then definitely pick this book up! Thank you, Ms. Barbosa, for a great read! *I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review