Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Taking a Shot (Play-by-Play #3) by Jaci Burton

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...

Type: Erotica, Sports Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5 (lots of yummy goodness, plus a little backdoor action)
Rating: 4-4.5 out of 5

There was a lot of quivering in Taking a Shot. All sorts of yummy bits were set a quivering in all sorts of interesting places. Jenna and Ty? Not fond of beds. At. All. If you're looking for a steamy read with pretty awesome characters and a good romance this is one to pick up. And really if nothing else that cover...definitely worth the purchase price.
"If you aren't inside me in two seconds, I'm going to bite you." 
He lifted his head to look down at her. "I might like that."
These two were such an entertaining couple and the chemistry between them really dripped off the pages. They played off of each other well too with her snarky I-don't-want-another-athlete-in-my-life attitude and his confidence in getting what he wanted. There's not too much to this one outside of their relationship but it's a fun journey watching them figure it all out.

I loved Ty. He falls into the heroes you want to lick category. Badass hockey player, has a grin that'll make your knees weak, likes to take control and still has a little vulnerable spot that makes you love him even more.

And Jenna was a very interesting heroine as well. She's got tats and dyed hair, piercings in all kinds of places that'd make me flinch like hell in real life but were really flipping hot in this case. She's snarky and a little frustrated with her current life but doesn't have the courage to talk with her family about leaving the family business and doing something else. I loved watching her change throughout the book because of Ty and finding her new path.

I really liked her but Ooo she messes up real good when it came to Ty and all I could think was "bitch move aside! If you don't want him I do!!!" with maybe a little added shoving involved. Oy yeah he's hot and I loved everything about the man. Turns out hockey players really work for me ;) Like I said earlier there was a lot of quivering in this one. The sex scenes are hot and abundant. If you've ever been curious about having sex on an ice rink, yeah, you'll find out how. LOL [this is one that never would have crossed my mind- hello! COLD!]

One of the things, outside of Ty and Jenna, that I really enjoyed about the story was the dynamic between Jenna's family and her soon to be sisters-in-law (from the previous books). The women are all so different from the sweet, gentle Tara to Liz who is bold and in your face calling it like is is. I loved all the scenes with the three of them together. You couldn't help but smile over how they all interacted.

If you're looking for a hot, sexy romp with a decent love story to back it up Jaci Burton is a master and she definitely didn't disappoint with Taking a Shot.

What say you? Have you tried the Play by Play series? Read Ty and Jenna's story?
What did you think?


  1. i only read the first book but you made me want to rtead the others and this post just convince me that i shouldn't wait^^

    1. Oooo you should Miki. I liked book one but book 2 is what sold me on the series. I was really surprised by Liz and how much I ended up liking her. And well these can tell I totally fell for them. LOL

      Happy reading!

    2. Great review. I absolutely love the cover but I enjoyed Gavin's story a whole lot more than this one. It might have been all of Jenna's resistance.

    3. Thanks Kristin! Gah such a good cover. It's my favorite in the series.

      I really liked Gavin's story the most too. For some reason this go around the resistance didn't bother me too much though. I would have caved a lot sooner than she did though ;) lol

      Thanks for coming by!

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    1. Mmmhmmm. Have you read her bikers? Those were my first of hers and hooked me good!

  3. Ahhhh, a new book for the "Sports Challenge"! I haven't read any of Jaci's books in a while.
    The cover is HOT! Guess It's time to try one. Should I read in order Anna? Thanks for the great review!

    1. OOoo yeah Pat the whole series would be great for the challenge and they are steeeamy! I don't think they have to be read in order but it couldnt hurt since you do meet the characters in the books before theirs. And really all of them are pretty enjoyable and have damn good covers. Book 2 was my favorite of the 3 I've read but damn if this cover isn't the best of the set ;)

  4. I love you reviews. You can take a book that I normally wouldn't read and make me want to read it. This just went on my list. :)

  5. I have this book - in print! I am definitely bumping it up, this is the best review I've read of it so far. And the cover model, Jason, is so nice! Ok, I don't know him personally, but I've read him in interviews and I just love him <3

    1. I have it in print too! Just could not resist those abs! LOL I'm a shallow, shallow girl and I'm so completely okay with that ;)

      I don't think I've seen any interviews he's done but that's always good to hear! Makes me like it even more!

    2. Ta-daaaaa!!!

    3. OMG I did read that one! Cheese and toast my memory is shot to hell sometimes. I had to go back and read it and damn those girls are special. They're always so funny in their interviews. Oooo and he's a FL boy!

    4. Well, it *was* a while ago lol. Swooooooonnnnn. Hey, you could stalk him. I mean, not that you should. It would be wrong. Yep. Oh so very wrong. And bad. very bad. dirty baaaaadddd. Ahem. um, what was I saying? Crap, I forget.

    5. LOL We'd so get caught and have to do the but, but Liz told us tooo!!!! LOL No stealth mode what so ever here. Hmm. Wonder if he's still in FL. I think it's only 2 or so hours from here. And the con doesn't start until late tomorrow...that's a whole lotta hours to kill tomorrow... ;)

  6. I wanted to buy those books for the covers alone, but I am glad you like the book itself as well Anna :)


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