Review: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

The Perfect Play (Play-by-Play Series #1)The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238813
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: Purchased


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.

My Thoughts:

Holy HOT and steamy!  The Perfect Play totally lived up to its amazing cover.  I have wanted to read this series for a long time but could never remember who the author was when I was actually at the bookstore.  I am so glad I happened across it on an end cap because I loved the writing style of Jaci Burton and the characters in this story!

This was your typical contemporary romance taken to a whole new level.  Mick Riley is the quarterback for a NFL team and Tara Lincoln is an up and coming event planner who is lucky enough to get the business of planning the party for Mick’s team.  After a tough workout, Mick finds the lost Tara near the locker room and sends her off in the correct direction, however he just cannot get her out of his mind.  Lucky for Mick, he seems her at the party and and tries to sweep her offer her feet, there is just something different about her.  After a night of passion, Mick tries to peruse more but Tara keeps putting up roadblocks.  In her mind, how can this man who can have anyone he wants be interested in her, not to mention she need to focus on her teenage son and her business. Not to mention Mick is just perfect.  Little does Tara know that Mick has a few skeletons in this closest and he has not problem with Tara having a son.  It was a fun ride watching them get to know each other and seeing just how their relationship would grow. 

The plot line in this book was very strong.  I liked that while Mick seemed so perfect there were things that happened along the way that made him a real man and not quite so perfect and it was not just the biggest thing.  Tara was a bit whiny but I began to understand her better the further the story developed and she gained some confidence and trust in Mick.  I also enjoyed the fact that Tara’s son is not just a bump in the story he play a huge part in the story development.  Okay, now that I have gotten through all of that the sexual tension and chemistry in this story were outstanding and written very strong.  I cannot wait to check out more from Jacki Burton.

My Rating

5 Penguins

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Review: Pink by Lili Wilkinson

PinkDetails:  Pink by Lili Wilkinson

        • Pub. Date: February 2011
        • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
        • Format: Hardcover , 310pp
        • Sales Rank: 254,939
        • Age Range: Young Adult

Pink Synopsis:

Ava has a secret. She is tired of her ultracool attitude, ultra-radical politics, and ultrablack clothing. She’s ready to try something new—she’s even ready to besomeone new. Someone who fits in, someone with a gorgeous boyfriend, someone who wears pink.

Transferring to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence is the perfect chance to try on a new identity. But just in case things don’t work out, Ava is hiding her new interests from her parents, and especially from her old girlfriend.

Secrets have a way of being hard to keep, though, and Ava finds that changing herself is more complicated than changing her wardrobe. Even getting involved in the school musical raises issues she never imagined. As she faces surprising choices and unforeseen consequences, Ava wonders if she will ever figure out who she really wants to be.

Humor, heart, and the joys of drama—on- and offstage—combine in Ava’s delight-fully colorful journey of self-discovery.

My Thoughts:

Ava is a young girl who is a lesbian, out to her parents who have very relaxed thoughts on this, has decided that maybe she is not who she has created for herself and decides that she is going to transfer to a new school, Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence.  From the very first day this school is very different, it is harder than she thought it would be and she learns that she will be grading herself.  Ava goes from wearing all black in her previous school to wearing pink in her new school.  This is a huge change.  She is out to make new friends and land herself a boyfriend.  Little does she know that friends can be hiding in the strangest of places, where there are least expected.

There was just a lot going on in Pink.  At times, it was difficult for me to manage the different parts of Ava’s life.  For me, the fact that she was able to keep the two halves secret for so long seemed a bit far fetched for me.  I am sure that it is possible but I just don’t know.

I did enjoy the message of Pink the most.  I think that the book would be very easy for teens to relate to especially those who thought that they were one way and realize that maybe they aren’t or want other things out of relationship, school ect.  I also like that Ava found the “better” friends in a place she never guessed she would out of a very embarrassing situation something that I know every teen can relate to.

So overall, while Pink was not my favorite story, the message is really want made it work for me and why I would recommend this for a teen who is just trying to figure things out.  That is always a tough thing!

My Rating:

* I borrowed this book from the library and all opinions are my own.

Review: Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie: Book CoverDetails: Sliding on the Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

          • Pub. Date: April 2009
          • Publisher: Westside Books
          • Format: Hardcover , 267pp
          • Sales Rank: 1,026,384
          • Age Range: Young Adult

Something’s wrong.

It’s not a heart-grabbing noise like when somebody jiggles the doorknob to see if it’s locked.
It’s not a bitter smell like the electrical short we had last month, when all the breakers popped. No. It’s something in the air, something like a ghost making its way through the room. And it can’t be Monster, not after last night.

Shawna Stone is sixteen going on twenty-five.
Already deeply scarred, she has learned to survive with a tough attitude and a thin blade. Her journey is destined to be short. Sliding on the Edge enters the world of a desperate teen and her disillusioned grandmother, each with secrets that stir mutual distrust. As these two unlikely companions struggle to co-exist we are reminded that the human spirit has the capacity to overcome even the deepest suffering.

My Thoughts:

Shawna wakes up her in apartment in Las Vegas only to find that her mother has left her alone with a $100, a bus ticket to California, and a phone number of someone her mother claims is her grandmother.  Life has been really hard for Shawna who is always taking care of her mother.  She doesn’t know what to expect but calls the number and meets her grandmother in a town in the middle of no where California where she is expected to do chores with the horses and she doesn’t really fit in.  The monster chases her there too.  Shawna is found to be very smart but her teachers are worried about her stories and depression.

C. Lee McKenzie wrote a wonderful story that I think was very easy to connect to and see what the monster was even though it was never really said.  This made the story stronger in my opinion.  Topic like cutting and depression are very difficult for teens to talk  about or understand and I think this book does a great job at addressing them and ways to get help.

The additional story lines of Kay, the grandmother, who has had many troubled times of her own, from the death of her son to her husband leaving after his death to the challenges of running horse farm on her own with the exception of Kenny.  Kenny had troubles of his own as well when he landed on the farm door step offering help in exchange for a place to stay.   The addition of these charaters and their experiences to the book were invaluable.

My favorite part of this story however was a very minor part and that was Shawna’s adjustment to taking care of the horse and not only that but jumping the fence and really taking care of someone else’s horse that was being neglected.  In my mind, this was her opportunity to take care of something in a way her mother had never done for her.

My Rating:

This story just clicked for me!

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the author.  This in no way affected my views and opinions above.