Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stock Up Saturday


Taking a Shot
Play-by-Play—Book 3
By Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Release Date: March 6, 2012



Jenna Riley is surrounded by sports. One of her brothers is a quarterback in the NFL (Mick Riley, The Perfect Play) and her other brother plays major league baseball (Gavin Riley, Changing the Game), so naturally her entire family loves any and all sports. On top of that, she owns and runs Riley’s, the family’s sports bar where local players and fans come to have a good time. One of those players is Ty Anderson, who plays for the St. Louis Ice, the local NHL team. Ty has been coming in a lot lately and Jenna has noticed his interest. Because her life is so full of sports, she certainly does not want to date anyone involved in sports. But there’s something alluring about the perceptive hockey star that Jenna can’t seem to resist.

Ty Anderson is good at reading people and he gets the impression that there is something more to Jenna Riley that what she shows in public. While she doesn’t resemble the type of girl he normally dates—with her short black hair tipped with purple, multiple piercings and tattoos—Ty wants to know her better. Despite Jenna saying no several times, Ty doesn’t give up...and one night it finally pays off. But Ty may be in for more than he bargained for when he discovers the real Jenna and learns of her hidden dream. Now, all he wants is to help her achieve that dream; and despite her objection to dating sports jocks, maybe find more along the way.

Taking a Shot is the third book in Jaci Burton’s popular Play-by-Play series, which has some of the best covers out there. I love this series featuring hot sexy athletes and strong, independent women...and you don’t have to be a fan of sports to enjoy them. Jenna was introduced in the first book of the series (The Perfect Play) and it was evident to me that there was much more to her character. She is not your typical-looking heroine and I like that about her. And I’m so glad that she got her own story. I was pleasantly surprised by her secret and adored Ty because he was adamant about helping Jenna realize her dream. To me, that is super sexy and makes him an unforgettable hero. The loves scenes are plenty and extremely HOT! I enjoyed visiting the previous couples, Mick and Tara, and Gavin and Liz, and also meeting the hero of the next book in the series, their cousin Cole. If you like super hot contemporary romance, pick up Taking a Shot!

~Andrea

19 comments:

  1. I do love to read stories with athletes. I'm dying to learn Jenna's secret!! I haven't tried any of Jaci's Riley family series. I will have to check them all out. THANKS!

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  2. This series is great, Laurie. The Perfect Play is my favorite so far. If you read them, let me know what you think. :)

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  3. Andrea, I like athletes as heroes. I think I'd like an athlete heroine, though I don't think I've ever read one. This book sounds cool.

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    1. I don't recall ever having read an athlete heroine either, Nancy. It would be interesting!

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  4. I love these books almost as much as the covers! :)

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    1. LOL, PJ! The covers are delicious. ;-)

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  5. Thanks for the review. These are my usual reads, but this sounds interesting. I may just it.

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    1. Thanks, librarypat. If you decide to try them, start with The Perfect Play. :)

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  6. Okay, I've held off reading this series only because my current WIP is about a baseball player and I didn't want to read Changing the Game in case I had any similarities or subconsciously pick up something and use it in mine. I have to hurry up and finish my darn book, though, because this series is really calling to me.

    I LOVE Jaci Burton. I've enjoyed many of her books. She was kind enough to send a copy of The Perfect Play and Changing the Game for my RWA chapter's book basket raffle, so believe me the temptation to read them is even greater. But alas, I have them in baskets ready to go. each with a neat sport themed basket.

    But I have them on my "to read" list, for sure. I agree some of the BEST covers! :)

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    1. Oh, Annie, I hope you get to read them soon. They're super sexy and really good. ;-)

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  7. I haven't read a book by Jaci yet, but I've sure noticed the covers for this series. I do enjoy a romance that includes athletes, so I'm sure I'll eventually read them.

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    1. I don't think anyone can miss those covers, Di. Whew! And the next one is just as delicious. *g*

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  8. I havent read any of Jaci's books yet either but that cover has really convinced me to get started! lol

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  9. Thanks for the review. Helping someone achieve their dream is the best way to show you care for them.

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