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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ARC Review: Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton

Format: mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Trevor Shay has it all—a successful football and baseball career, and any woman he wants. But when he finds out his college mentor’s daughter is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid.

Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn’t been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it’s affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs…

Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor’s home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor’s closely guarded secret, one he’s hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it’s Haven’s turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart?

Let me just state the obvious: Jaci Burton's Play by Play series always has some of the HOTTEST covers I've ever seen! They show some smexy man candy while still leaving enough to the imagination. RAWR!

Trevor Shay is a rare find in the sports world: He plays both football and baseball and he excels at both. He has everything a man could want, successful sports careers, money and any woman he wants. While it may seem like he's the very essence of selfish womanizer, Trevor doesn't think twice about dropping everything and allowing his former mentor's daughter into his life in order to help her keep her job as a sportscaster.

Haven Briscoe just landed her dream job as a sportscaster. It's in her blood, but with the recent loss of her father she's feeling lost and very alone. Even then, she can't pass up the opportunity to do a feature story on the private life of Trevor Shay. She thinks spending time with the handsome athlete won't be a problem but she's wrong. There's a strong attraction between the two and even though neither Trevor or Haven is seeing anyone else, Trevor's holding back and keeping secrets.

I don't know what it was about Trevor but ever since he stepped onto the pages a few books ago, I've been so fascinated by him! He just seemed like the ultimate sports hero, and I don't even like sports! That's how good author Jaci Burton is! She can make a non-sports person like me swoon over her heroes and how passionate they are about their careers and of course, their women.

Then there's Haven. If there's one thing I really love is seeing a female character in a male dominated employment field who can actually hold her own and that's what Haven does. Even though she's still reeling from her father's death, her dream job wasn't given to her, she earned it by being a damn good sportscaster. Even through her grief, her instincts as a reporter come through and at times they put her at a crossroads with her personal feelings toward Trevor. It was an interesting conflict to say the least.

The history between Trevor and Haven isn't a very deep one, they did know each other back in college but only briefly and then they went their separate ways. However, it's just enough history to keep drawing them back to each other in a more personal way. Trevor's secret hangs between them though and not only does Haven have no idea, as a reader, I didn't have a clue until about a chapter before Trevor himself blurts it out. That secret, in my opinion made him more real. From the start, Trevor seems so invincible, so indestructible and larger than life that he could seem a bit stale, yet, with this secret of his, I felt more connected to him as a reader.

Final Verdict: Straddling the Line is another hit in Jaci Burton's Play by Play series and one of my favorites. I still can't believe how enamored of this series I am, nor can I believe that Trevor Shay, an athlete for crying out loud, is on my list of Book Boyfriends!

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  1. I love this series too! I'm so excited to see what the big secret is. :D

  2. I've read Melting the Ice and am currently reading Playing to Win. All it took was reading one and I was hooked. :)

  3. I started with Melting the Ice myself and then went back and started reading from the beginning. I stopped at book 4 because I didn't have a lot of time. I need to pick it up again.


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