Series: Play by Play #12
Genres: Sports Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: The Final Score, Shot on Gold
Also by this author: The Final Score, Shot on Gold, Hot to the Touch
In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life. A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame… After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again. Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?
This is another new-to-me author. How is I have never read Jaci Burton before? I have no idea. But, Rules of Contact was sent to me via the publisher and I dove in!
I liked the idea of an already established football player diversifying. The story isn’t centered around whether or not he will make it big; he is already well established in the pro league. So, what is a already famous player to do with his free time? Open a restaurant! He hires Amelia as head chef. She has just arrived in San Fran after her divorce and is not looking for a man. Flynn is excellent at finding women who want to use him for the chance to get on TV. Both make terrible choices in the people they date!
This is a low angst story with good banter between Flynn and Amelia, good supporting characters in the other football players and their families, and good steam between the sheets! Tara’s pseudo fix ups added some fun to plot as well. Once Flynn decided he wanted to pursue things with Amelia he really gives her the full court press and I love heroes that go all out like that! Its obvious to Flynn that Amelia has been burned and is a bit hesitant and unsure when it comes to romance. He is willing to push through her hang ups!
So, really, the relationship is kind of the only ‘action’ in this book. It might feel a bit ‘slow’ for some people because of this. If you want a easy read that is light on the drama, this is a great pick! Also, you really can start with number 12 in this series. It won’t make a bit of difference!! Its rare that I can HONESTLY say that!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: famous athlete; boss/employee
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
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- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler