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Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton


Yeah I just didn’t connect with this one as well as previous books. I just… They were just too perfect ya know?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: February 3, 2015

Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.

Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.

Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance—a man she can count on.

Grant Cassidy has a dream career, he’s a hot shot football star with more money than he knows what to do with, adoring fans and women falling over him left and right but it isn’t until he meets supermodel Katrina Koslova that he realizes what he doesn’t have. Someone to love. Katrina works hard to provide for her family and doesn’t think she has time for anything else but her chemistry with Grant and his insistence that they have a shot at something real gets harder and harder to resist.


Okay so the plot and execution of Quarterback Draw was exactly what I expected from Jaci Burton. It was flirty, freaking hot and funny. That's where the story earned a “2” rating instead of a “1” or the dreaded “DNF”. Yeah, it’s a predictable plot but guess what? Most stories are nowadays but that doesn’t make them any less fun.

Unlike some readers, I actually enjoy a good case of insta-lust, which is totally different to insta-love which I’m not a fan of. Anyway, I would have cried “foul!” If Grant and Katrina hadn’t felt some kind of lust for each other when they first met. I mean come on, they’re half naked, posing for a sultry, sexy photo shoot and apparently they’re both beautiful.

And that’s where Quarterback Draw lost me. Look, they were okay characters but come on, the football star and the supermodel? Not my favorite pairing really. It just sounds too perfect and I really couldn’t feel sorry for Katrina over her past. I mean yeah she had it tough, having to provide for her family but when the whole story comes out it’s like ”Really missy? You think that’s a hard time? Quit yer whining girlie! I really expected more depth from the supermodel than I got. Sure, it wasn’t easy being the head of her family and the way she became the head of her family was sad but it’s not like she spent years working dead end jobs before becoming a model. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Katrina lacked the grit, backbone and toughness that the earlier heroines in this series had.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that Katrina is a supermodel and that’s why I find it hard to relate to a woman who didn’t have to struggle too hard to get where she is when the book starts and that her fortune is made from being physically perfect. The emphasis on her looks took away from who she was as a person.

The same goes for Grant. I mean where were the hurdles? The guy comes from a big, loving family, has a great career, is rich and great looking. Hello? Can I get some flaws on the side with the big, macho, softie? Some realistic ones please? Where were the real challenges for Grant and Katrina? How about the defining traits that made them irresistible? Quarterback Draw didn’t feel like the earlier books in the series for me. I don’t even have to go that far back to the beginning because Straddling the Line was a great read for me. Now there were some real challenges and damn good characters.

Obviously with two such perfect specimens there was going to be a lot of heat and honestly if there hadn’t been that hot chemistry then it would have definitely been unbelievable. Grant was what Katrina needed when it came to intimacy and the two learned to shift their priorities to include others and to also include themselves when it came to happiness.

But there is such thing as being too family oriented. I get that both characters were big on family and all that but this was Grant and Katrina’s story, not Grant, Katrina and their whole families’ story. I wasn’t too fond of Katrina’s siblings but I guess since they’re at that age where they challenge everything they were pretty realistic. I actually liked Grant’s family more though. They were protective without being smothering, warm, and funny.

Final Verdict: Every series has a few books that don’t impress and this was it for me. Let’s hope that the next book doesn’t have such a perfect pairing because I normally enjoy the heck out of Burton’s books.



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