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The Perfect Play

(Play-by-Play #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  34,945 Ratings  ·  1,860 Reviews
Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln
Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Penguin Berkley Heat
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Pam Eller I will NEVER pay that much for a kindle copy of a book. Never. If I am paying that much it better be printed and in my hands. It is ridiculous.
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5 stars – Contemporary/Sports Erotic Romance

Thoughts Before Reading:

OHHH-MYYY-GAWWWD!! I have absolutely zero saliva left after staring at this epitome of cover HOTness! Seriously, call a doctor quick 'cause I think I've swallowed my tongue.

Thoughts After Reading:

I think a review for this book is about the equivalent of crotchless panties or raspberry sauce on chocolate cake...totally unnecessary. I mean with a tongue swallowing, eyes bulging cover like this, who really gives a @%*$ what the sto
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic sports romance
Just in time for the upcoming Super Bowl is Jaci Burton's smokin' hot new release, The Perfect Play. And what a perfect sports romance it is! Starting with the gorgeous cover...


(C'mon, how can you resist that cover model?)

Things just get better after that. The story has an almost Cinderella-like feel to it. Mick Riley (30) is Mr. Tall (6 1/2 feet), Dark (black hair, blue-eyed) and Sexy (killer physique); a millionaire superstar quarterback for the San Francisco Sabers. Mick's a hard working ath
Stacia (the 2010 club)
What an overrated book. Nothing about the story was new or interesting to me. The sex scenes were hot, but if you want to read a hot sex scene, it's just as easy to pick up an erotica, which I'd rather do to be honest.

The story aggravated me on so many levels. It felt like I had fallen into a manufactured after-school special on the dangers of alcohol. I have a teen son and I'm telling you now, he would never be caught dead saying this : I didn't know. I just wanted to be cool like the other gu
Julie James
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This says it all: I have a ten week-old baby who wakes up every three hours, so sleep is a hot commodity right now. Yet I stayed up late to finish this book because I so wanted to see Mick and Tara get their happy ending. Loved the characters, particularly the hero, who is protective and alpha without being overbearing or angst-y. And it's quite a hot read!
Molly Harper
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I will admit I bought this book because of the cover.
3,5 Playing Stars.

Tara is a single mother, who got pregnant when she was just a teenager and manage to raise her son alone and create her own business. She’s happy alone, or so she thinks.
Enters Mick, famous American Football player, they met at a party she organized and he is immediately taken aback by her. And for the first time he finds himself wanting to pursue a woman. But between being a single mother, his public life and secrets buried in the past, this will probably be the hardest game
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

As far as sports romance goes, this was very OKAY. One Night With A Quarterback for example, or even better, The Hook Up by Kristen Callahan, a fave of mine for 2014, were fantastic. This lacked so much for me. First off, I felt there was too much sex. I didn't feel an emotional connection between the hero and heroine till maybe the last 5%. It seemed their relationship was based on sex and hardly more, though I knew they were getting close.
Tara was overly judgmental of Mick when she had
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. I suppose I should bump it up to four for the cover cos that is serioulsy HOT. Loved Mick and his family. Tara was a bit harder to like - why was she trying so hard NOT to have a relationship with him. OK, she was a single mother of a teenage son but she was entitled to a life and happiness too. Don't know the first thing about American Football but I wouldn't mind being down the dressing room after a game ....

Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing

First, let's just take a moment to savor this cover. Jed Hill is among the wonders of nature, and I will never grow tired of staring at his absolutely ripped physique.

Fortunately, the book lives up to the cover. Mick is a star quarterback at the height of his career and his carefully orchestrated fame. Tara is an event planner single mom with a 14-year-old son she gave birth to as a teenager. When the two meet at an event Tara plans, neither of them have any idea where they're going to end
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: Sadly, this kind of fizzled out for me. The beginning sucked me in and had me intruiged, but by the end I was tempted (but didn't) to skim. I got that they had awesome sexual chemistry, but I wanted more than just sex *gasp* --I know. I liked the H. He was great. The h, however, ended up pushing all my buttons -- and definitely not in a good way. She was constantly bringing up other women, even though the H never behaved in any way to deserve that (only hints of a man
*2 stars for plot and 1 star for the cover*

This book was the equivalent of a very hot guy who is dumb as a tack - great to look at but boring to listen to.

The problem with the plot was that there was no conflict. It’s basically the story of two people meet, have tons of sex, fall in love, the end. There were a few very small misunderstandings but nothing that would make you bite your nails thinking that they’re not going to make it. All the problems would have been cleared up if the heroine woul
Srta Books
4,5/5 en realidad.
La historia de amor y los personajes me han gustado mucho. Seguro que pronto leo la segunda parte :)
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Erotic Contemporary Romance Fans


When I see this cover, I think of a few games I could play with Mick.
-Like pin my body parts on his peni…. I mean body.
- A little game of you touch mine and I will touch yours.
-Naked touch football, naked twister, naked wrestling Etc

You get my point this is one hot cover. Those abs would have me saving money, and hand lotion. I would be doing my laundry on those suckers; it is just one freaking HAWT cover. I am not really into muscle
bella ϟ  [ bella farren ]
1.5/5 stars

I was a little underwhelmed with this book, I felt like everything lead to one big cliche and nothing was really very original about this book. Many of the characters were cardboard cutouts with no real personality, especially Tara.

Tara was predictably annoying the entire book, the basis for her character was that she was a single mum working to support her teenage son, but for the majority of the book she was either apologising for her son being a burden or burdening him off to othe
I love The Perfect Play. It's very erotic, emotional, and captivating. The characters are richly developed and the plot, though somewhat cliché, is engaging and fun to read. I really love this book!

The characters are fantastic and realistic.  Mick and Tara, the hero and heroine, are full of flaws and strengths. I easily believed in their struggles, in their triumphs, and in their relationship. There's enormous chemistry between the two, and I simply couldn't get enough them. 

I thoroughly enjoyed
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Aside from this book being uninteresting, I was baffled that two grown-ups were having such simple misunderstandings when they can just text or call each other.

Tara Lincoln was an event planner who was trying to make a name in San Francisco when she landed a huge contract to plan a preseason party for a professional football team. There she met a nice guy Mick Riley and they ended up in bed together. She later finds out that Mick is a quarterback for the professional football team, but they didn
Vero Rinconin
Hay ciertos detalles, esos que se descubrieron poco a poco, que me gustaron mucho, pero sinceramente no disfrute de la lectura del libro, demasiadas escenas de sexo, desde demasiado pronto, para mi a esta historia para ser una historia romántica le faltan muchos sentimientos, para mi es un libro de erótica más que de romántica. Un chasquito lector porque no seguiré leyendo ni a la autora ni la serie :/
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Oh yeah. Jed Hill. I have no saliva left. I can’t stop drooling over this cover. Look at those abs! Those chesticles! Dayum. *gulp*

I will admit, I had pretty high expectations for this book and although the sex certainly lived up to the hawt cover, the story didn’t.

I thought the beginning was engaging enough. Tara Lincoln, an events planner finds herself under the watchful eye of Mick Riley, the star football player who is just pure sex. I loved the beginning and thought they had amaz
Andrea Lujano
Este libro hice que me interesara por el Fútbol Americano, aunque sus menciones no son tan significativas, llamo mi atención y este protagonista es un amor de hombre, con un pasado comun pero que le da un toque significativo e importante dentro de la historia.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
This ended up being, for me, one strange book...
In a way, this is the typical boy meets girl, kind of have one hotshot jocks sport, rich, handsome and altogether a good guy, who suddenly has a change of..."tastes", you might call it...and decides that he's had enough with supermodels and actresses. What he wants now, its a real woman. Good for you, Mick.

Tara is a single working mum, who has placed her romantic life on hold, due to some ghosts of her past, and due to the fact that she
How do I rate this? I think the cover is tainting me because it is the hottest cover ever and because of it I want to say "I really liked it" but, the book wasn't as good. I have read every sports romance I can get my hands on and loved most of them, I would actually call myself a Sports Romance connoisseur. I love the sportsman type, basically man whores with incredible bodies that are easy going and fun loving, but eventually tamed. This book just didn't rank up in my top sport's romance reads ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘ by: Emily
Soooo, let's just say I got disappointed over this book. I knew like 10% into the book, or less, that The Perfect Play wasn't the perfect book for me. I was too bored, too annoyed over the characters' ways of doing things. I kinda wanted to slap Tara Lincoln (30?) for being so....god what's the word? Naive? Stuck in her own mind? I don't know. I understand that her son come first no matter what, but that doesn't mean you can use him as an excuse, woman.
“Ready-made family, huh?”

Mick Riley (3
Alia Ros
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
“Mmmmm, pepperoni. Perfect, indeed.”

So in love ❤


AND I LOVED it actually despite the other reviews I read before finishing the book! So it sorta surprised me when i could read it! Ahhaha guess everyones diff huh ahhah

Really loved it ❤
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cont-romance
Why have I not read any comments about this book before!? Seriously guys, I constantly get recommendations but no one recommended this amazing work of art to me and I want you all to know I'm extremely annoyed by that. So now I'll just have to recommend this book to you all, lol, so you don't wait anymore to go and read this freaking amazing book. I just have no words to express how much I adored it. I had been on a reading crises, rating many books with less than 3 stars and just being unable ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Tara Lincoln is an event planner and owner of The Right Touch. By chance, she lands the summer party of the NFL team the San Francisco Sabers. The party is a complete success and it is here she meets the Sabers' star quarterback, Mick Riley. Mick is usually seen with an actress or model draped across his arm, so Tara is shocked when he takes interest in her. He makes her dance with him, and later invites her up to his hotel room.

Mick is tired of his agent Liz throwing beautiful women his way. He
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MICK...makes me think "OH MICKEY YOUR SO FINE" =)

This book went straight to the top as one of my favorties.

Mick is super sexy, super caring with a secret that made me fall even more in love with him. I fell in love with him when the cover first came out, who wouldn't ;)

Tara - WOW, what a strong woman and the way she grew up and the results were amazing!!! I can relate to most of her feelings and thoughts about Nathan.

I read this book on the coldest night of the year yet and it definitely kept m
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was okay overall. Not good or bad just okay. Honestly I hated Tara's character and that ruined it for me. She was just so irrating in my opinion. She made her son an excuse not to go out with Mick. Her sons a teenager who barely talks to her. I mean she's just annoying. Mick I liked him, he was the one thing in This book that made me not hate it. The overall book, story, plot was boring. Im rating this 2.75 stars.
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 70 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the hap ...more

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Play-by-Play (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)
  • Playing to Win (Play by Play, #4)
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