Book Nine in the Play-by-Play Series
by Jaci Burton
Penguin/Berkley Trade Feb. 3, 2015
Paperback/E-Book 336 Pages
E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own.
Playing For Keeps
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.
Note: There’s a great excerpt on Jaci’s Website.
This is a feel-good story. The heroine, Katrina, feels a little dumb due to her single-minded focus, but the focus is a defense mechanism due to her father’s infidelity and abandonment, and a coping strategy she used to handle what life threw at her at a young age. To keep it all together she had to be single minded. She also feels brusque and rude, but see above for why.
Super hottie (super hot because his good looks and bedroom skills come with a brain, respect, good manners, generosity and an awesome family full of others just like him), Grant is the perfect guy who knows what he wants and goes out to get it. In his mind it just doesn’t make sense that a chick wouldn’t want him. Okay – it doesn’t make sense in my mind either. Really, even I might be tempted to run off with him.
What is nice is that, well, we know there’s an HEA because of the genre format, so how do we get from determinedly stubborn and determined to remain independent, Katrina to HEA Katrina? There’s a lot of good family stuff that allows Grant to show Katrina something different from what she has experienced. Yes, he kind of charges in and of course she gets scared. But it is a lovely journey; a fantasy of a relationship.
I absolutely loved how Grant includes Katrina’s whole family in their relationship. It gives them all something they have never had.
What is interesting is how each character looks at the relationship from a different point of view. They each get the tables turned so each can understand the other’s issues.
This is really my favorite Jaci Burton. I like that Grant is respectful, and that we hear and feel that respect on the bedroom and out. This one is a winner!
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