Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...
For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.
As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.
But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.
I don't know why I waited so long to read The Perfect Play other than the fact that I really do not like sports at all. I probably would have kept ignoring this series had I not read another book by Jaci Burton (Hope Flames). I fell in love with Burton's writing style and her characters and like a cat, my curiosity got the better of me.
There were the prerequisite sports related discussions which I'm not ashamed to admit I glossed over with my eyes glazed over (It's like Russian to me). I can say that all those sports conversations makes the world Mick lives in, and his profession more believable. For me it wasn't his profession that made him such an attractive character, it was who author Jaci Burton made him off the field that was impressive. He wasn't a cocky athlete, he was the total opposite, humble and gracious, Mick knew he was good but he didn't expect every one to bow down at his feet and worship him. He's actually a little insecure in his personal life and that's what made him work as a character for me.
Tara was an impressive character. A mother at a young age, she was alone the minute she found out she was pregnant and after years of struggling and making sacrifices she finally has her own business and a stable home for her teenage son. However, Tara is still a woman underneath all of that and I loved that she didn't act like a born again virgin with Mick. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. I love a straight forward, equal opportunity couple. Tara wasn't afraid to enjoy or instigate her intimate moments with Mick.
The storyline was smooth and easy to get into with little to know conflicts for Mick and Tara aside from their own insecurities and one very bitchy, ice cold and manipulative agent. The pace was slow but not boring and Mick's family was interesting to say the least. I'm particularly intrigued by Mick's sister Jenna. She must be a fascinating character, as the only girl with two brothers who are professional athletes.
Final Verdict: The Perfect Play is the closest I will ever get to anything sports related and that's okay by me. Jaci Burton does such a great job making the romance the main focus of The Perfect Play that I'm on my way to buying the rest of the series for my Kindle.