Mar 20, 2012

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Review: Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton (Play by Play #3)

Contemporary Romance
March 6 2012
Trade Paperback
309 pages
Berkley Trade
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Tyler Anderson
Kick Ass Chick – Jenna Riley

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

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…


Taking a Shot is the third book in Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series yet it’s the first one I read.  Nope, I did not feel lost at all even though the characters from the previous books were all over this one.  It was very easy to spot them too:  they were the ones who were sickingly in love – but in a very good way.  The previous books focused on the brothers in the Riley family but this time around we tag along with the lone girl in the family, Jenna.

Jenna runs the family’s sports bar but really, it’s not what she wants to do with her life.  But with her father’s poor health and her brothers’ pro-sports careers, she feels she is the only one who can take care of things on the business end, so she sticks around putting her life pretty much on hold.  She has an “I don’t date guys in sports” rule because she is surrounded by sporty guys all the, but she can’t deny the chemistry between her and Ty, a sexy pro-hockey player.

Jenna was a good character to read but her fear to try to follow her dream and face her family and even to start something with Ty was a bit tiring after a while.  I still liked her, and she did not once play the ‘whoa is me’ card which saved her in my eyes, but really enough is enough.  I was so excited when Ty finally told her what he thought of her fears.  Great pom-pom worthy scene.  But overall Jenna is a fun girl, very loyal and smart and I often found myself smiling over her internal dialogue.

Ty is just…yummers.  He has such a big heart and even though he is attracted to Jenna and doesn’t feel like things should progress further than just in the bedroom (or rink or bar or wherever these two like – this is an erotic novel after all *g*) he never once treats Jenna like a passing fancy or just a piece of a**.  I really respected that.  How he interacts with Jenna’s family is wonderful and the scenes with his family are really well done.  You want to smack his dad – that’s all I’m going to say about that.  All in all, I really liked Ty and can’t think of much about him that I didn’t find yummy.

Yes, this is a hockey book but it’s not crazy hardcore into the sport.  Yes, you do tag along with Ty as he plays a few games and there is some description of what is going on during those moments but it’s not pages and pages worth.  I found Jaci created a nice balance when integrating the sport into the story and she does it without it feeling forced.  And I almost fell off my chair at Ty’s thought about Toronto being a formidable opponent.  Excuse me for a moment while I LOL!  Toronto?  A strong challenger?!  LMAO  I’m sorry if I offend some Leaf fans but really…  *Go Sens Go*

This book was a fun, and very hot, very very hot, read.  I enjoyed the pace and I did really enjoy the hockey aspect of the story.  I found there was some minor repetition in the earlier parts of the book but that quickly dissipated.  And even though Jenna wasn’t my most favorite person, she with Ty is wonderful.  If you like books with lots of heat and a little hockey on the side, I recommend it.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’You could be right.   I just didn’t get enough of him, and he’s on my mind a lot.  It’s not like I care for him.’

‘Right.  You just want more of that hot stuff he’s offering.’

She let out a snort.  ‘Something like that.’

‘So go for it.’

‘If he’s interested.  Remember, I dumped him.’

‘Honey, he has a penis.  He’s interested.’”

Books in the Play by Play series –
The Perfect Play
Changing the Game
Taking a Shot
Playing to Win (September 2012)
Thrown by a Curve (2013)

And p.s.  If you have yet to see the covers for the other books in the series, you really must head over to Goodreads to check them out.  Because really…wow.  😉

  1. I like the stories but I *love* the covers 😉

  2. Great! you answered my question on the first paragraph, this came out today, and I was checking it out, I was afraid to jump in the middle of it, but lucky for me I got great blogs to go and find what I need 🙂
    Thank you.

  3. great review, girly! I read this over the weekend and agreed with pretty much everything you said. smiles….

  4. I’m with Leontine the cover is dreamy!!
    I’m not so sure about this book, if you didn’t like Jenna most probably I won’t like her and liking main character is very important for me…. hummm… (the hummm is me thinking)

  5. Leontine – Yes, the covers are amazing. I almost posted them as part of my review! LOL

    Lup – Can’t wait to read your review! I think you’ll like it. Hopefully the narrator is good for you. 🙂

    Christi – Yay! Another review I get to read soon. 🙂

    Bookaholic Cat – For you?… Maybe, but most likely not. 😉

  6. Nice review, this series is also on my wishlist, because of the yummie covers.

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