Two-fer Review-Taking a Shot (Play by Play #3) by Jaci Burton

ARC Review

If you want to score, you have to get in the game…


Description:
The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she’s stuck running the family’s sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she’s vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty’s insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too…

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty…

Kimber’s Thoughts:
I’ve read several amazing books so far this year and this one was added to that list. It was one of those books I could not put down, gobbled it up in less than a day, and then was crushed when I finished. Taking a Shot centers around Jenna, sister to Mick and Gavin (main characters in the two previous books in the series) and Tyler. Jenna runs the family sports bar, has been around sports/athletes her entire life and has sworn off dating guys who have anything to do with sports. In walks Tyler Anderson, famous hockey star. Tyler’s been hanging around the bar for a few months with his team mates, notices Jenna immediately and sets his sights on her. She thinks he’s cocky, he says he’s confident. She turns him down so many times I lost count but he’s determined to prove her wrong about jocks. I admit, I stayed extremely frustrated with her character and at times wanted to shake her senseless because of the way she treated Ty, but the book is so well written and fast paced it did not drag. I TOTALLY connected with both of them and the emotions were push and pull. As soon as I thought they were on the right track Jenna would pull back. IMO, it kept is interesting, which is why I couldn’t put it down.
Another enjoyable aspect of the book was getting a glimpse of characters from the previous books. The fact that the series revolves around a family is always a plus because we usually get to “re-visit” those characters we love. In this case for me, it was Liz. I liked her more in this book than I did in the previous one. She continues to grow on me. She always says what’s on her mind, no matter what, which is a quality I like in a person. Also, we are lucky enough to read about Mick and Tara’s wedding. They are a nauseatingly sweet couple and having all the girls in on the wedding planning was lots of fun to read too.
I’m from a sports family myself, grew up with two brothers who played sports, so I could relate to Jenna somewhat. I, however never sworn off dating jocks. In fact, that’s about all I dated. I mention this because I am a HUGE fan of sport themed romance books and it’s sad but they are few and far between. I felt the hockey game scenes were written well and descriptive enough I felt like I was at the game, pulling for the ICE. Heck, Jaci could write about jumping rope and I’d be on board.
Jaci Burton owns a sex scene! Between the sexy dirty-talk dialog, the carnal sex scenes, and the electrically charged emotions, it’s no wonder I was riding an emotional high all the way to the last page if not long after. I may still be suffering from the effects this book had on me. PLAY BY PLAY is a MUST READ series if like erotic romance at its best.
Enjoy everyone!
Kimber gives Taking a Shot a solid 5 stars and then some:

DiDi’s Thoughts:
HOLY ZAMBONI!!! TAKING A SHOT IS HOT ENOUGH TO MELT THE POLAR ICE CAPS!

Growing up with two hot shot jocks and in a family that runs a sports bar, has caused Jenna to enforce a “Don’t date athletes” policy. This dating policy makes her love life dismal at best because she now runs the family bar. Jenna does not have a hard time resisting jocks UNTIL uber sexy Tyler Anderson walks in the bar. For months Jenna gives Tyler the same cold shoulder she gives to all the athletes, but he makes her feel anything but cold. Ty is intrigued by Jenna, she is different than the normal women he is attracted to, not only in looks, he senses an inner depth Jenna is hiding, so he sets out to woo her.

When Jenna finally gives in to their attraction the flames burn out of control. Tyler is so totally into Jenna, good gawd is he hot!!! He is sweet, passionate, understanding, funny and not afraid to show his emotions. Tyler is one of my favorite Heroes of 2012, it’s hard to explain, but he’s not really the typical Alpha, he is take charge and dominant, however he also lets Jenna take charge in the bedroom, and take charge she does. Jenna is a strong, feisty, hardheaded heroine, at times I almost didn’t like her….but Tyler keeps at her until she finally lets all her real emotions and desires come to the surface, then I totally “get” her. When she feels comfortable enough to start letting her vulnerability come out, I start rooting for the two of them to have their HEA. One thing I really LOVED about Jenna, she knows what she likes during sex and isn’t afraid to demand it and Ty is just the man to give it to her. =)

Jenna has always been in the shadows of her talented brothers, but Ty discovers she is hiding a talent of her own and pushes her to let her family know. This is an extremely emotional part of the story and I can honestly say I personally can relate to Jenna and how she felt growing up. Ms. Burton does an exceptional job depicting the feelings of a young girl growing up with two very talented brothers.

Jaci Burton, describes the hockey game scenes so vividly, that I could feel the chill of the ice, the roar of the crowd and the bodies hitting the boards.

TAKING A SHOT is an emotional journey with off the charts hot lovin’ and all the Riley’s we have come to love, plus some new sexy characters! Liz is back and you can’t help but love her, her relationship with Gavin has changed her, but some of her old ways are still there. Mick, Tara and Nathan, how I love all three of them. And NATHAN…oh boy…he’s growing into quite young man =) I love Momma and Poppa Riley, their interactions with Jenna when she finally opened up had me crying.

Jaci Burton scores the winning goal with TAKING A SHOT! It is a great addition to her Play by Play series. TAKING A SHOT can be read as a stand alone, but I still recommend reading in order, just so you don’t miss out on the amazing Riley family dynamics.

Now I’m chompin’ at the bit for, Jenna. Mick and Gavin’s, cousin Cole’s story, PLAYING TO WIN. Jaci Burton delivers winning books time after time in her PLAY BY PLAY series!

DiDi gives TAKING A SHOT FIVE STARS and the WINNING GOAL!
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18 thoughts on “Two-fer Review-Taking a Shot (Play by Play #3) by Jaci Burton

  1. I read the first two and loved them , so I’m glad this one got great reviews from the two of you. I also enjoy series where we follow up on what’s happening with previous characters.

  2. I’ve read the first two and CAN’T WAIT for this one to come out. Mick and Gavin were both great but I’m sure Ty will be the one I like the most. The reviews are wonderful and I’ve never been disappointed with Jaci’s books. I too will probably finish this in one day and will be not so patiently waiting for the next one in September. It’s almost as bad as waiting for the next Rough Riders book to come out.

    Thanks for the reviews ladies. But you’ve only made it harder for me to wait until tomorrow! I suggest anyone who hasn’t read this series to start now! It shouldn’t be missed.

    Heather E

  3. I have been wanting this one for a while now. I LOVE hockey and to have it in my erotic romance is an added bonus. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!!
    Mel

  4. I would read this book based on the cover alone. It’s that good. The truth is I already read Jaci’s books and love her.

  5. I cannot freakin’ wait to read this book. Thank you both for such awesome reviews and I’m with everyone else, I’d read it based on the cover alone…wowzers!

  6. I cannot freakin’ wait to read this book. Thank you both for such awesome reviews and I’m with everyone else, I’d read it based on the cover alone…wowzers!

  7. I just started noticing the contemporary romances around a sports theme and I love the idea. And the covers, mmhmm! This series sounds really good.

  8. I cannot wait to read this book.hurry up mailman.lol.This is an awesome series.And the covers are fantastically hot!

  9. That cover is hot!!! Love to read Jaci’s stories. She is on my auto buy list. Can’t wait to read this book. Awesome reviews.

  10. I don’t think I have read any of Jaci’s books yet, although I have seen several that I am interested in. I think I will have to move this series to the top of my list. There is not enough time to read all of the books that I want to read!

    E. Thompson
    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

  11. I LOVE Jaci’s books…and in particular this series! I CAN’T wait to read Taking A Shot! FAB review, girls…you just have me pacing that much more! 😉

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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