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Thursday, January 11, 2018

4 stars-- The Final Score (Play-by-Play #13) by Jaci Burton

I've been reading on the Play-by-Play series for years now and, oh, I still love it. This one was kinda fun in that the hero is the kid of the couple from book one. But now he's all grown up and, whew, a sexy quarterback that's way too cute for his own good.

This first quote, yall.

It's his birthday part and, well, he's got some ideas...

He looked around. "Dammit. Too crowded in here."

"Too crowded for what?"

"For me to kiss you."

"Nathan." She said his name with a laugh. "Are you drunk?"

"Maybe a little. But you look really nice, and you smell sweet."

He moved closer to her. "And I want to spread your legs and eat your pussy and make you come."
 And this was just too dang cute. 
"So I'd like you to be with me, Mia. Just me. Try me out for a while. I know you'll like me."

She laughed. "I'm not seeing anyone else, Nathan, and have no intention of doing so. And I already like you."
And a giggle... 
"No, you strip, and I'll start the bath. I'm supposed to be catering to you, remember?"

"I don't remember that conversation at all, but I'm not going to object." She stood in front of him and pulled her top off.

He stared.

"Shouldn't you be running my bath?"

"Oh. Right. Yeah. I'll get on that."

Oh this one made me happy. I loved Nathan and Mia.
The Gist: Nathan and Mia are finally living in the same town. Both of their careers are taking off-- he's a newly named quarterback for his team and she's opening up a PR business. And, well, they maybe both need a release now and again and are eyeing each other something fierce. 
Things I loved.
  • Mia was charming. She's a list maker/planner addict, a new businesswoman, ambitious, organized, caring, and a family girl. 
  • Nathan's a good guy, loving, has a cheeky cocky confidence. It's hard not to smile around him. And I loved that he was a mix of confidence and nerves when it came to his new position on his team. 
  • I loved their relationship and that they'd been friends for years. The ease and teasing that comes from that. The bond. The awkwardness when things start to change and they aren't quite sure how they feel about it. They were just sweet. And the sex was seriously hot! Yeah, these two rubbed along real nice. 
  • Desk Sex! I loved it!! Usually it gives me anxiety because they're all *woosh* and all the thing fly off the desk onto the floor.
And I'm all OMG WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!!! The pens! The planner! If you bent a page...no orgasm for you!
But Burton, yeah, she's a fellow planner junkie and... the hero gently moved the pens to the side of the desk. And carefully moved the planner aside, too. And there's no bent pages or broken pens and I'm all okay yall go get yours you're good to go. And it was perfect. #PlannerGirlAnxiety #NoPensWereHarmed #ItsAllOkay #ThatPlannerHasSeenThingsTho
  • Family! So often it seems dysfunctional family dynamic is fallen back on so it's incredibly refreshing to see involved families that love and support each other, tease and have healthy bonds. I just adore that and that both had big loving families.
All in all, The Final Score left me one smiling reader-girl. I really enjoyed pretty much everything about these two as they attempted a little friends with benefits action and blundered...completely.  


Note: Ahhh the title! It would have been an amazing title for the very last book of the series, right? #MyBiggestIssue
Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget.

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza.

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.

Amazon | Goodreads | Burton on HCBS
*covers link to Amazon


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