ARC Review: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

Posted September 4, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 7 Comments

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ARC Review: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton
Playing to Win
by Jaci Burton

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 4, 2012
Series: Play by Play #4
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
 

 

Cole Riley is a bad boy.  Not only because of his reputation with women but also his behavior on the field and with his teammates.  He is now with a new team, back in his hometown, and management needs him to clean up his act.  So they’ve brought in an expert.  Savannah Brooks is the image consultant that will change the fans perception of Cole as well as hopefully get him to play nice with his team.  To do that, she will have to be with him…a lot.

My favorite thing about this book is seeing the change and growth in Cole.  From how he interacted with his teammates, how he isolated himself and was surrounded of empty relationships to a man that wanted what his cousins already had.  A family, a woman that loved him and that he could love, true friends even.

“You have a beautiful mouth, Savannah.”
Her gaze snapped to his.  “What?”
“Your lips.”  He rubbed his thumb over her bottom lip.  “I’ve been thinking about kissing you since the first time we met.”

Cole and Savannah were actually a great couple.  She got him to change and let the good side of him come out.  He got her to let go of her inhibitions and the past that still haunted her.  The sexual tension between them was thick for quite some time since they had been attracted to each other from before he even knew what she was there to do.  And as that took a while to finally develop into something else, Savannah just wove herself in Cole’s life.  Perfect story!

“I think I might take you right here in the hall,” he said, his voice rough and low.  “I don’t think I can wait.”

We also get to see Liz and Gavin’s wedding and I thought that was great.  I loved them as a couple and Liz being Savannah’s friend, she was in this book as a main player in the story.  Seeing her get all flustered about her wedding, then the actual wedding and the honeymoon talk (wish we could’ve been a fly on the wall for that one!), it was very nice and felt like visiting family.

Ms. Burton manages to write stories that are both very sweet and very hot in this series and, although this was not my favorite couple or story, this still had all the charm I’ve come to love and expect from these books.  Definitely not a book to be missed, and not just because of the drool-worthy cover.

*ARC provided by author

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About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

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I love this series and have been looking forward to this one and Coles story.

Cheryl S.
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Cheryl S.

Jaci Burton is amazing! Love this series 😉 Thank you for the review.

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Sophia Rose

I’ll bet the sparks really flew when Savannah had to confront him about his behavior. Sounds good!

Thanks for sharing the review!

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Thanks for sharing the review – can’t wait to read my copy

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Mary Jo, Cole is such a sweet boy while showing that bad boy exterior.

Cheryl S, yes she is!!!

Sophia Rose, sparks definitely flew…constantly.

Maria, hope you enjoy it!!

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