Amanda’s Review – Shot on Gold (Play-by-Play #14) by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton delivered another well-written contemporary romance with likeable characters and an engaging story. ~ Amanda, Guilty Pleasures

Will “Mad Dog” Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn’t be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s beautiful, ambitious and driven–everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.

Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she’s competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing’s going to get in her way–until she meets Will. He’s an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.

But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.

Shot on Gold is the 14th book in the Play by Play series and it has everything I like in a sports romance. First, is the winter Olympics and it highlights both figure skating and men’s ice hockey. Second, is a hot romance between two athletes who weren’t looking for love but ended up finding their one love. Will ‘Mad Dog’ Madigan is returning for a second time to win gold and tries to balance his focus on his sport and having fun. Amber Sloane is also returning for the third and last time to have a shot at gold after winning both bronze and silver medals. When Amber’s roommate introduces them, there is instant chemistry and both are interested in pursuing it.

I thought this story had a nice balance between the sports action and the development of a romantic relationship between the two main characters. Knowing that this is her last competition, Amber is going to make the most of it and pushes herself to attend parties, leave the village and make friends with her fellow competitors. And if all goes as planned she might even be able to do a little sexual exploration and take care of a little thing. I liked this character because she was so confident as an ice skater but was a little bit of an introvert, especially around good-looking guys like Will. She was real and her emotions felt real. She couldn’t get any luckier when she met Will. Will is too good to be true and one of my favorite characters in this series. He worked hard and played when he could. He challenged Amber and took her out of her comfort zone. I loved his honesty and his work ethic.

Shot on Gold was an emotional and drama filled story that highlights professional athletes at their best, with a hot and steamy romance. The story was everything and more. She brought the sports action to an exciting conclusion for both Amber and Will which added a little suspense to the ending. The author tied up all the conflicts and a there is a heartfelt ending for Amber and Will. Jaci Burton delivered another well-written contemporary romance with likeable characters and an engaging story. Good news is that you can read this as a stand-alone. If you have kept up with the series you get a few updates from previous characters and they are nice surprises. I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention the cover. Gorgeous! Hats off to Jaci Burton for this wonderful sports series.

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