From the back of the book:
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 meats and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.
As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley, even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Her life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.
But when Mick sets his sights to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.
I LOVE MICK!! Everything about him is *almost* perfect. I love the way he immediately puts Tara first and really pays attention to her feelings. One of my favorite parts is when he takes her to the movie premiere. It isn’t about his career or having his picture in the magazines, it is about her having fun and getting to do something unique. Mick does take his career seriously and struggles to find a balance between football and love. That’s why I said he was *almost* perfect – he has some struggles, but he wouldn’t be such a fantastic hero if he didn’t. Tara is a great character too. She is down to earth, but because of her childhood and teenage pregnancy, she doesn’t see herself as someone with who Mick would find something real. I thought her struggle to believe in his love and its consistency was very well done. Tara was written as the type of woman who wouldn’t just blindly leap at the chance to be with a man – even if she loved him. Both characters stayed very consistent to who they were. They both change throughout the book, but it is a natural change. Nathan, Tara’s son, adds so much to the relationship between Mick and Tara. Mick immediately knows how important Nathan is to Tara and respects their bond while trying to form his own with Nathan. Everything about this book is wonderful. I loved the romance and the family aspect of the story. Even though this is an erotic romance, I didn’t feel as if any of the sex scenes were over the top or gratuitous. They all fit the story and were incredibly hot! Ms. Burton really scored a touchdown with THE PERFECT PLAY! (Sorry – I couldn’t help the football pun)
the book girl gives THE PERFECT PLAY a 5/5
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