Rules of Contact
Book 12 in the Play by Play series
By Jaci Burton
Narrated by Tatiana Sokolov
Published By Tantor Media
Publication date Dec 6, 2016
Running time 9 hrs 2 min
A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing to do it. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame . . .
After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.
Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?
Jaci Burton writes good, contemporary, steamy, sport fiction. In this case she is adding in another element: foodie mixing up the sports romance sub-genre with the foodie-romance sub-genre.
What I found interesting is that the restaurant, called “Ninety-Two” after Flynn’s jersey, is selling itself as a fine food restaurant but serves a lot of sports bar food like chili as well as some more sophisticated dishes. But, I liked Flynn’s feelings of responisbility towards his employees, friends, team and family. He is the typical eldest child. He is also not a publicity hog but seems to attract women who see him as a ticket to being TV stars.
He wants a woman who wants him and with whom he shares an interest or two.
So, it’s a Girl-Next-Door theme, because Amelia likes the things he does and she craves a family like his (who wouldn’t?).
Here’s my only rub, often Jaci starts of with a built-in conflict: in this case he is looking for a girl who is not looking for the spotlight. But, then it is often that exact thing that comes up and bites the couple in the butt. It telegraphs the crux of the story within the first few pages. There is a communication and trust issue that also goes along with this one though.
This is what we expect from Jaci’s sports romance series. Add in the food and a competent narrator who does male voices well and you get a decent, meat and potatoes kind of book that is often just the thing you want on a trip, vacation or just for fun.