Audio Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton


May Contain Spoilers

The Perfect Play has been on my wishlist for years. When I saw that it is part of Audible’s Romance Package, I clicked the borrow button faster than you can say, “Hell, yea!” About halfway through I realized that this would not be one of my favorite Jaci Burton books.

Tara Lincoln runs an event planning company, and she meets Mick Riley, professional quarterback, at an event she put together for his team. Tara leads a fairly simple life, putting most of her energy into her family and growing her business. When she and Mick have a steamy one night stand, Tara is grateful for the excitement (and the organisms), but quickly tries to put Mick out of her mind. Mick, on the other hand, is smitten. Tara isn’t like the publicity hungry starlets his agent endlessly sets him up with, and he’s not ready to forget her.

There were a couple of things that didn’t gel for me. One was that Tara, a special snowflake, wasn’t like all the other girls. She is different. Her lack of flashy clothes and makeup made her irresistible. Meh. I wasn’t convinced that Mick would have been so smitten after their hot night in a hotel room.

The biggest turn off was Mick’s persistence. Tara told him, in no uncertain terms, that she didn’t want a relationship. He continued to show up at her place of business, and even convinced her co-workers to help him convince their boss (and good friend), that she should give him a chance. Nope. I thought he was stalkerish and creepy at the beginning of the book.

And my last quibble – the lack of sports. When I read a story featuring an athlete, I expect that some of the narrative will be about their sport. The Brooklyn Bruisers series is a great example of balancing the romance with with featured sport. I didn’t find that here, and it was disappointing.

Grade: 3.5 stars

Review copy borrowed using Audible’s Romance Package

About the book:

From the national bestselling author of Riding the Night comes an erotic story about love and the games people play.
The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom.
Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.