Thursday, July 14, 2011

Book Club: The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

By: Alison Peterson

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.

I LOVED this book!! I got hooked on Jaci with her Rough Riders series so when The Perfect Play was released I ran out and got it right away. It took me a longer than normal to read it because HELLO!!! I had to ogle the cover for a while! Once I finished my ogling…I started reading and couldn’t stop! This book has it all…great characters, great story and lots of hot, steamy sex!

I loved Tara! Tara’s a self-made woman who is working hard to build up her event-planning business and raise her teenage son, Nathan. Tara first encounters Mick is when she gets lost in the Saber’s stadium. Mick, exhausted after a long practice, hears somebody outside the locker so he steps out to see what’s going on. When he steps out a beautiful, very stressed-out blonde woman runs up to him asking for directions. It’s not until later that it sinks in to Tara…she asked Mick Riley for directions! NFL super-star QB and hottie! She’s surprised when Mick walks up to her at the party and starts talking to her, showing her he’s not only smokin’ hot, but funny and smart. When Mick is still around after the party is over, she decides to indulge in one hot night with Mick, and OH BOY IS IT HOT!

Mick is amazing! He’s funny and obviously smart, he’s not how you imagine a typical pro athlete spending all their money on crazy nonsense…he actually has a plan for life after football! He’s REALLY attractive too…did I mention that??? LOL!! He’s not perfect (THANK GOD!), he’s got his own skeletons in his closet, but he’s matured past the stage where all he’s looking for in a woman is a gorgeous face and hot body. Tara’s honesty and aversion to the lime-light make her very different from the publicity hounds of his past. So when he wakes up alone the next morning he’s determined to find Tara and pursue her. I love that he recruits her best friends help to trick her into going out with him the first time. That’s what I call good friends!!

Tara tries to fight a relationship with Mick. She’s worried about their different lifestyles and assumes it’s only a matter of time before he ditches her for a hot, young model or actress. To scare him off she tells Mick she has a fourteen year old son at home. I love that Mick laughs at her “Hail Mary” and states he likes kids of all ages and FYI he used to be a teenage boy. So much for scaring him off with a teenager! LOL! Nathan’s not scary anyway, just a typical teenager, who plays HS football and likes hanging out with his buddies.

The biggest obstacle in Mick and Tara’s relationship turns out to be Liz, Mick’s agent. She definitely doesn’t make many friends in this book. She’s nasty to Tara and tries to get Mick to go out with models and actresses when she knows Mick and Tara are dating. I was happy to see her get put in her place, but the couple glimpses into her softer side I saw got me curious so I am excited to get to know her better in the next book.

I really liked meeting Mick’s family. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better, you can feel the love and support they have for each other. I loved the scene when Mick and his brother Gavin have dinner. Mick was stressing about the upcoming season, his agent Liz, and his growing feelings for Tara. Gavin gave him the no-nonsense advice needed and at the end Mick said “I love you, *sshole” and Gavin’s reply was “Right back you, d*ckhead.” LOL! Gotta love the way men express their feelings for each other!

As for the ending, it’s perfect! I love that Nathan is the one who tells Tara to go after Mick. Nathan’s been the most important person in her life for fifteen years, and I don’t think she would have gone after Mick if anyone else had tried convincing her it was ok to have a man in her life. I melted when Mick said…“I’m the lucky one, Tara. I have you; I have Nathan. I have the perfect life. Thank you.” It doesn’t get much better than that!

I hope everyone else loved this book as much as I did! I want to send a HUGE thanks to Jaci who will be stopping by and chatting with us AND she is also offering up a giveaway! One lucky commenter will get a book from her backlist! Another BIG thank you goes to Aly who coordinated everything with Jaci!

Now for the recipes they’re nothing fancy, but both are quick and easy so that makes me a fan…

Spaghetti Pie
8 oz. spaghetti noodles
¼ cup milk
2 eggs
1/8 cup parmesan cheese
Cook noodles and drain
Mix together milk and eggs and parmesan cheese and add to noodles
Put on the bottom on a 9” by 13” pan

Brown 2lbs of hamburger
Add 28 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
Pour over the noodles
Sprinkle with 12oz mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes check when cheese is melted and brown.

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust
1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling, chilled

In either a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment or using a hand held electric mixer, cream the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Slowly add the milk mixing on low speed until well combined. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla and pour into the baked pie crust. Place the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours up to overnight, until well chilled and set.

Top the pie with the pie filling just before serving.


Aly said...

Much like Alison I LOVED THIS BOOK! The characters, the storyline, the hot sex...what is not to like? LOL!

I like that Mick is not your stereotypical athlete. Yes he has demons but he is not ignoring them or oblivious to them. Like Alison said - he is not perfect - but I think his self awareness is what makes him such a fabulous hero for me!

I really loved the addition of both of their families to the storyline. Nathan was written so well. The fact that he behaved like a typical teenager rather than some perfect child was refreshing.

And Mick's family just cracked me up! I am looking forward to seeing more of his family in Gavin's book!

Thanks so much for the FANTABULOUS write up Alison! And thanks Jaci for dropping in!

krisgils33 said...

I love, love, love all of Jaci's books. She is an auto buy for me. I haven't gotten around to reading this as yet and now that my Kindle has broken, I haz a very sad. Have a great time at book club today girls!

oh, and BTW, fabulous write up and recipes today, Alison!!!!

Marie Force said...

Just dropping in to say hello! I'm traveling today but will check in later. This book is on my Kindle, and I'm saving it for a post-deadline reward.

Jaci, thanks for being here today and for the giveaway. Have a great time!

Tara said...

Great write up, Alison! Thanks for stopping by today Jaci!

I have started Jaci's Rough Rider series and am loving that, and will now have to move this up in my TBR pile. Jaci, love your name choice for the lead! How did you decide to write about athletes for this series?

Alison, that recipe looks amazing and I can't wait to try it out.

Kris, I am so sad your Kindle is broken. Hopefully it will be up and running soon.

I'll try to check back, but am in training today so not sure how much time I'll have. Have a great day everyone and thanks again Jaci for stopping by to visit and Alison for a great write up and recipes.

Ronlyn said...

Morning all. *shuffling to the coffee pot*

This was the first Jaci book I'd read and I will definitely be reading the rest in the series. I very much enjoyed the characters (love to hate Liz! I cheered when Mick told her off) and the story as a whole. Like Alison & Alyson (HA!) said, the imperfections of the characters made them so wonderful and three dimensional that The Perfect Play was a great read.

Aly said...

Howe, are you "HA"ing b/c of the same name/different spelling thing or b/c you called me Alyson and that sounded very foreign to you? LOL!

Alison said...

If you think Alison and Alyson is confusing, my last bosses name was Allison. Everyone was confused, especially after we both got married and changed our last names! LOL!

Michelle said...

I commented earlier but it's disappeared on me...

I have always avoided books centred around athlete's & sports in general. I think I've been missing out. This is the second review I've read for The Perfect Play and add it to that cover...

I ordered it from Amazon this morning! I often visit Jaci's website or facebook page just to look at the covers and this is one of my favourites.

Thanks for the recipes too, something I haven't tried but it sounds easy enough for my 'talents' in the kitchen!

Ronlyn said...

The Alison/Alyson thing is funny because I don't call either of you that.
Alison = Win & Alyson = Hackett, so...LOL.
Yeah I need more coffee.

Ronlyn said...

MICHELLE!! I have book marks for you! I completely forgot to ship them out, but I have them and will be getting them to you.
So sorry for the delay. :-(

Michelle said...

If you think that's confusing... I have a stepsister named Ann-marie who has a sister and 2 stepsisters all called Michelle!

Michelle said...

Thanks Ronlyn, I meant to email you back but it slipped my mind! It came through in the middle of the night while I was up feeding my daughter :)

Kara C said...

I'm having to skip comments for now as I am not quite finished with the book,probably because I keep having to take a peek at the cover. ;)
I'm loving the book so far, and am planning to get it finished today.
I've read several of Jaci's books and have enjoyed them all. I hope when she stops by today she'll tell us about upcoming books!
Thanks, Alison, for getting this party started!

CrystalGB said...

Great review. I have been wanting to read The Perfect Play. Awesome cover.


Jaci Burton said...

Good morning everyone! Thanks to Marie for letting me guest here, and thanks to everyone who's read The Perfect Play. I really appreciate your comments.

Oh the recipes! I'm so hungry.

If you have any questions for me I'll be in and out all day to answer them. Hit me up! :-)

Jess said...

Mick sounds dreamy! I've always wanted to read one of Jaci's books, but I haven't had the chance yet. All her covers in the athlete series types books are gorgeous. I've seen other pictures of the model used for this book and he extremely hot. Thanks to Jaci's generosity for giving away one of her books.

jcross719 at yahoo dot com

Alison said...

Hi Jaci! Thanks for stopping by! I'm loving your Play-by-Play series. Will there be more books in the series after Taking a Shot?

Anonymous said...

I loved Mick's book. It was great and I enjoyed it a lot. Mick was just an amazing guy from beginning to end. It was refreshing to meet a character like him who wasn't all full of himself and a real poopface. lol.
I'm SO looking forward to Jaci's next book in the series. I'm very intrigued to see how Gavin and Elizabeth of all people are going to get together. This is going to be interesting.
Thank you so much for the writeup! It was great! Yay!!!!!

KaraT said...

Hi Everyone!! Jaci, I love all your books and are definitely an autobuy for me. I think I have most of your books except for the few that have come out recently.

I haven't completely finished The Perfect Play...probably wrap it up in the next day or two...but absolutely love what I have read so far. Can't wait to get to the other book in the series.

Great write up and am steering a couple of my friends to the blog to read so they get hooked too!! LOL.

ShellyE said...

Great write up!! I too loved this book - really, all books by Jaci!! She is a "must buy" for me as well. Mick is a real hottie and I can't wait to read Gavin's story!! Jaci - how do you do your research? do you do strictly internet, or do you prefer to connect with actual people to get your facts?

ShellyE said...

Oh, forgot to mention that my all-time fave Jaci book is Nothing Personal -- don't really know why, but it was one I must'ver REALLY liked because I ended up with 3 copies of it!! lol

Ronlyn said...

Jaci: Marie always asks (so I'll ask for her since she's having fun on a plane today) "What was your journey to writing?"

And I'll ask if there's one "type" of hero or heroine or villain or whatever that you just love to write?

Sherie said...

This book is on my wish list. Maybe I need to add it to my purchase list finally and then I can just stare at the cover all day. Is Mick avaiable for house calls?

Aly said...

Like some of the others, I am interested to see how Gavin & Liz work things out. Although I imagine it will be quite explosive in many different ways ;)

Jaci, I always wonder if some characters are less difficult - I won't say easier :) - to write than others?

The Biddlecomb Family said...

I loved this book as well. It was H.O.T. HOT! And I loved Mick. I do have a soft spot for athletes so I am also looking forward to reading Changing the Game. Gavin seems a good sort.
And I agree with ShellyE, my favorite Jaci Burton book has to be Nothing Personal. I can't put my finger on it, but it was one of those I could read ten times and still really like it.
Thanks for the giveaway!

bluesun1218 said...

I have actual never read any of Jaci Burton books, but it is on my to be read list. thanks for the giveaway!

Chele Blades said...

i soo ready to start this series....i have a kindle but with Jed on the first cover...i have to buy paperback to since i have not been to a bookstore lately...i am a lil lost...but i will pick these up soooooonnnn!

a fan

Michelle said...

Jaci - I would love to know if you have a certain routine you follow when writing?

Moran V said...

The Perfect Play was the first book I read by Jaci Burton and I just LOVED it!!!

Since reading The Perfect Play I bought all the Wild Riders books and I hope to read them soon.

Can't wait for August 2nd to arrive so I'll finally be able to read Changing The Game!

Michele Benard said...

This was the first Jaci Burton book I read, I had found it on another blog.The blog had been about Athlete heros. I love athlete heros I will buy any book with the athlete hero I loved this book and can't wait fot the next

oklanannie said...

Good morning! Great review,
Alison and thanks for adding to the recipe stash!

I've read Jaci's "Rough Riders" series and absolutely loved them. I have "The Perfect Play" but have not yet read it. I'm anxious to set aside some time for that purpose. I will admit to scoping out the cover several times since I've had the book -- WOWZER!

I love great sports-related characters so I'm looking forward to the entire "Play-By-Play" series.

Thanks for sharing your time with us today, Jaci.

Na said...

Hi Marie, I very recently discovered you when Jaci blogged about your Fatal books and they intrigued me. A few days ago purchased Ready for Love and The Wreck and can't wait to read them. I love lost loves and reunion type stories. Similarly, I have heard many great things about Jaci's books and looking forward to reading them. Thanks Jaci for the giveaway! I can't resist athletes :) Thank you for the recipe, sounds delicious.


donnas said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing today I look forward to reading it.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

DanielleW said...

I loved The Perfect Play. I loved that Mick was not perfect, but he was perfect for Tara. I loved that Mick was not a push over and did not take her crap or Liz's. I love that Tara was vulnerable but did not lie to herself *too much*. I can't wait for Changing the Game!

Crystal said...

Hey ladies! Great write up Alison!!
This book is on my TBR pile. I'm looking forward to reading it just to have the cover to stare at. lol
I've heard great things about this book and as soon as my life settles down I will be moving it to the top of the list! :)

Modokker said...

I loved this book too and YES to the hot cover lol You explained the book perfectly. I haven't had much of a chance to read many of Jaci's books but i hope to remedy that soon.

Lisa B
modokker at yahoo dot com

Aly said...

Y'all seem to be focusing on the cover and gee, I just can't imagine why that is! LOL!

Jaci Burton said...

Hi y'all! Back again to answer some questions. I'll probably do this in several posts.

How did you decide to write about athletes for this series? Easy. I love sports. And the men who play them are sexy!

Will there be more books in the series after Taking A Shot?
Yes! There will be at least one more book after Taking A Shot. After that, we’ll see. It really all depends on how much the readers like the series.

How do you do your research? do you do strictly internet, or do you prefer to connect with actual people to get your facts? I do a lot of research on the internet (Google is my friend). Then, depending on what kinds of questions need answers, I’ll go the experts. It really depends on the type of research I need to do. There’s a vast array of information on the internet, but some research—in my opinion—just needs to be done in person. Some things I want to be able to see with my own eyes to give me a feel for time and place. In other areas I just can’t seem to find what I’m looking for, so I’ll go directly to a live source for the information I need. So I guess the answer is, it varies.

Jaci Burton said...

More answers to more questions!

"What was your journey to writing?"
--I started writing in 2001 and wrote for 2 years before I got my first contract in digital publishing with Ellora’s Cave, then a few years later with Samhain. In the midst of that I found my first agent and she got me signed with Bantam Dell and Berkley, where I put out books in print, so I spent several years doing digital and print publishing simultaneously, something I still do today and still love doing. Right now I’m writing for Berkley, MIRA and Carina Press.

And I'll ask if there's one "type" of hero or heroine or villain or whatever that you just love to write? Not really. I like to vary the characters I write so they don’t come across as cookie cutter. I do love an alpha male, but not all my heroes are alpha. I also love a strong competent female, but I think a woman shouldn’t be afraid to be vulnerable, either. It really depends on the storyline and how those characters fit within the mold of the plot. Every character is utterly unique. They come with their own backgrounds, and each react to the plot they find themselves in a unique way.

Is Mick available for house calls? – Tara says no way in hell. ;-)

Jaci Burton said...

Before I get to this next set of questions, I want to thank you all for the love for my book, NOTHING PERSONAL! It's one of my favorites, too! xoxoxo

Now onto more questions answered:

I always wonder if some characters are less difficult - I won't say easier :) - to write than others? I wouldn’t say it’s the characters who are difficult to write, but some stories turn out to be harder to write than others, which is probably a combination of characters and plotline. Some books just fly out of my head onto the page, and they wrap up easy. I love those kinds of books. Too bad they aren’t all like that. Others are stuck in my head as if they were blocked in by cement and I have to chip away at them every day. It’s a painful process getting the words on the page. I have no way of knowing when I start a book if it’s going to be an easy one or a hard one.

I would love to know if you have a certain routine you follow when writing? I always have grand plans to organize myself when I start a book. Yeah, that never works out well. But I do write every day, usually a set amount of words per day. I also answer email, spend time on Twitter and Facebook, do a certain amount of promotion, so maybe I do have a routine after all. ;-)

Jaci Burton said...

And of course because I'm doing a million things at once today I forgot to thank Alison for the amazing writeup about The Perfect Play. Thank you SO much, Alison! You rock hard! xoxoxo

Ronlyn said...

careful Jaci, Alison is already dealing with repercussions of her awesomeness...we wouldn't want to over-inflate her ego. ;-)

What are some of your favorite books/authors to read?

And how much input have you had on these AMAZING covers? You have seriously been blessed by the cover fairy with these books. ~swoon~

Michelle said...

Do you write books simultaneously for different series, or do you try and stick to one book at a time?

Alison said...

LOL Ronlyn! I had to make it a good one...I was afraid the R&O Police would come get me :)

I'm SO glad you liked it Jaci! BTW, how/where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

StacieDM said...

I loved The Perfect Play. I like characters with flaws. I'm really looking forward to Changing the Game. I think Gavin's story will be explosive. The Play by Play series is gearing up to be one of favorites.

I'm also looking forward to the first book in Jaci's romantic suspense series that comes out this Fall.

Thanks for the recipes. I've made a slightly different version of Spaghetti Pie. I will have to give yours a try.

Thanks for the giveaway Jaci!

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Ronlyn said...

and phone call from "The Hackett" who can't get near the computer.
"The Hackett" wants to know more about the upcoming RS series....what can you tell us? How many books? Can we have it now? Why do we have to wait?

she's still talking but I'm going to post this now....

JMR said...

I loved The Perfect Play and look for to reading Changing the Game, Liz and Gavin's story. I love Jaci Burton's story telling. She creates complex characters and believable dialogue. I will read anything she rights.

Jaci Burton said...

You all are really good with the questions today! I love this group! :-)

More answers:

What are some of your favorite books/authors to read?

 - Oh now you’re touching on one of my favorite topics…my love of reading. I’m such a huge fangirl and I could go on all day long about my favorite authors. But let’s see. On my iPad right now I’m very lucky to have ARCs of some upcoming books from Maya Banks, Jill Shalvis, Nalini Singh and Gena Showalter (I know, don’t hate me). Of course I adore Nora Roberts and everything she writes. I love Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series from Carina Press, am a big fan of Lauren Dane, have always worshipped Lora Leigh. I could go on, but I’ll stop there.

And how much input have you had on these AMAZING covers? You have seriously been blessed by the cover fairy with these books. ~swoon~ - Thank you so much! I’ve had some great cover karma on all my books, but especially with the Play-by-Play sports series. I truly worship the art department at Berkley. As far as input, honestly, the only thing I asked for was hot guys on the covers. They delivered with some of the most amazing cover art I could ever ask for. Kinda makes you want to weep, doesn’t it?

Jaci Burton said...

When my husband asks me how much writing I got done today, I'm going to blame all of you for my lack of productivity. I love all these questions!

More answers!

Do you write books simultaneously for different series, or do you try and stick to one book at a time? --I have such awe and admiration for authors who can write more than one book at a time. I only wish I could do that. Sadly, I’m a linear writer. One book at a time for me. Otherwise I’d be sticking characters from one book into another, throwing one hero onto another heroine, and that would just get ugly in a hurry. There’d be fights, possible bloodshed. I shudder to think of the repercussions.

How/where do you come up with the ideas for your books?-- I could make up some pretty fluffy answer about where ideas come from, but my honest answer is I have no idea. They just come to me, usually when I’m working on some other book. Then they drive me crazy until I write them down and shove them into a folder where I’m forced to ignore them until I have time to work on them.

Ronlyn said...

LOL @ Alison. The R&O Po Po are scary! I have whips and chains and handcuffs and lickable...wait, I grabbed the wrong bag....

And Jaci, we will gladly be your excuse today. We're used to catching the blame when we get in trouble with the husbands. Hackett (who isn't here to defend herself) is particularly good at being blamed. ;-)

And I MUST ask...are you a cooker lady like me? are you going to try the recipes? (or make your hubby-man cook them for you...that still counts)

Jaci Burton said...

Next question!

"The Hackett" wants to know more about the upcoming RS series....what can you tell us? How many books? Can we have it now? Why do we have to wait?---I like The Hackett’s enthusiasm for my romantic suspense series! My Killer series will debut this November from MIRA (Harlequin) books. The first book, The Heart of A Killer, is about a group of foster brothers and the one girl in their midst who are involved in a murder and a coverup when they’re teenagers and what happens to them twelve years later when an eerily similar murder occurs, threatening to bring the past into the present. And I wish you could have it now. I can’t wait for the book to release. I’m sorry you have to wait. Talk to my publisher ;-) As far as how many books, right now I’m working on the second book in the series. I don’t know how many there will be after that. It’s up to my publisher.

ClaudiaGC said...

Great review! And the cover...I don't think I'll ever get sick of looking at it! :)

Ronlyn said...

PS I'm adding the cover art people at Berkley to my Christmas List....they are some of my new favorite people

Aly said...

When I get caught and fired I am SOOOO blaming you HOWE!!! If only I could post responses from my email like I can for FB! Anywho...

Patience has never been a strength of mine - as you can tell by the fact that I am posting this and not in my meeting - so I will painfully wait for The Heart of a Killer :) And crossing my fingers that it turns into many more than 2 books!

And Howe, I think I should have registered "cooker lady" to Delainey before you stole it from her! LMAO!

:::slinking back to my meeting:::

Ronlyn said...

yeah yeah're always blaming me for something Hackett.
Who's kiddo was it that dubbed me the cooker lady? Was it KK's son? I can't remember. I love it though.

Jaci Burton said...

Ronlyn - Right now it's a million degrees here in Oklahoma (maybe a slight exaggeration) so I'm trying not to cook anything at all. But yes, I love to cook and especially like to try out new recipes. Those recipes are awesome, so I've copied them and intend to try them out, as soon as it's less than 800 degrees (again, might be slight exaggeration) in my kitchen.

Ronlyn said...

shoot, my sister lives in OK. I know that it's regularly 976 degrees in the shade there in the summer. I completely understand avoiding the oven during those times.
Good thing for me I'm up here in the arctic pacific NW where it's having trouble breaking above "not quite freezing" this year. :-P

Kara C said...

Heart of a Killer sounds great!
And, since there is a chance that Hackett will find her way to a computer soon, let me just say I find it SO wrong that anyone would think of blaming her for anything, especially when she is not present. (Did that sound sincere?) ;-)
I'm curious about your cooking habits too, Jaci. I need to find others who are like me - NOT cooker ladies. ;-)

Hope said...

I haven't read this one yet, but I wanted to stop in and say hello *waving*.....I love all things Jaci Burton, so I am excited to get to Perfect Play. Great write up Alison!!

Alison said...

I feel your pain Jaci! Its about a million degrees here in Houston and humid...hello frizzy hair!

What makes someone a cooker lady? I cook about 2 meals a week...what does that make me?

Michelle said...

I'm not sure whether to be jealous of the heat or not! It reached a high of around 16C in Scotland today, thats good for us :)

I'm no cooker-lady, I have a husband who cooks for me. I do love to bake though.
I shared my love for the cover with a friend & she popped over to Amazon to buy it. The cover fairy was very kind to you there.

I am extremely jealous of those ARC's. Have you ever had any embarrassing fangirl moments you feel like sharing?

Ronlyn said...

uh oh KK. The Hackett is on the phone again and calling you a liar! She says you lack sincerity and she wants to kick your butt more than she wants to kick mine.

ShellyE said...

My idea of cooking is eating out... If that fails I open a package and put it in the oven. I am definitely NOT Martha Stewart!!

Jaci Burton said...

Michelle - No, I've never had any embarrassing fangirl moments. Most of my reader fans are of the normal variety. And I'm fine with that. Really. ;-)

Kara C said...

Before I run for my life from Hackett, let me explain that a cooker lady, as defined by my son for use in describing Ronlyn, is someone who a) cooks daily, b) ENJOYS it, and c) is willing and able to help non-cooker ladies plan their meals.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

Since I am at work I haven't had time to read all the comments (yet)...

The Perfect Play has my all time favorite cove...I have to pull it our just to admire it every now and then.

Being a huge sports buff (esp football) & reader I loved this story and am anxiously awaiting Changing the Game!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Alison said...

LOL! Run quickly KK! I am DEFINITELY not a cooker lady...I much prefer hitting Taco Bell to cooking a real meal.

oklanannie said...

I ♥ that Jaci is from OKLAHOMA!! I'm in Tulsa (NE Okla). I just finished a shopping trip to Target and the temperature was registering 105 at the bank on the way home. It's too hot to do any cooking. Homegrown corn, peaches, and a variety of other veggies purchased at the farmer's market this A.M. will be dinner tonight.

Great questions and discussion session. I'm moving "Perfect Play" to the top of my stack!

Ronlyn said...

Jaci, do you have one fan-meeting moment that is particularly memorable?

Ronlyn said...

*light bulb moment*
One of the things that was really awesome about PP was that Mick had to chase Tara. A lot! And I don't mean chase in the creepy-stalker-guy way, but really pursue her rather than have both of them jump on each other the moment they felt the sparks.
Call me old fashioned...I enjoy the chase.

Michelle said...


I like that too Ronlyn. Always makes it that much sweeter when they do get together.

Jaci - If you could spend a day with any of your hero's or heroine's, who would you choose and why?

Chele Blades said...

Jaci - i do concur with you on the million degrees i am from sapulpa oklahoma...its hot & not in one of your great cover(s) kinda hot....just icky hot

so who is the man on your latest (3rd in the series) book? i say yum

Anonymous said...

Trying this again.

I just loved this book. I will admit the cover had me first. I am a sucker for sports books.

I loved Mick and Tara.

I am have the next book on pre order. Can't wait to read it.
Judy F

Jaci Burton said...

More answers to your outstanding questions!

Do you have one fan-meeting moment that is particularly memorable?
I did bring a giant poster of The Perfect Play to a booksigning in Dallas. My readers were all over that guy. I think they wanted to take him home. Pictures were taken and Mick had handprints all over him. It was a memorable day ;-)

If you could spend a day with any of your hero's or heroine's, who would you choose and why?—I think if I could spend the day with any of my characters it would always be the characters of the book I’m currently writing. That way they could tell me where we’re headed next so I could gain some insight into the book.

So who is the man on your latest (3rd in the series) book? i say yum—That’s Ty Anderson. You’ll meet him in Changing The Game (releasing August 2nd). He’s going to be Jenna’s guy

Jaci Burton said...

Oklanannie and Chele - Fellow Okies! I'm in northeast Oklahoma too. Really hating this summer. My garden sucks. Nothing is growing and it's really irritating me. Grrrr.

Ronlyn said...

I admit to having a cover flat of Perfect Play on my desk. EVERYONE mentions it, even non-romance readers. Everyone loves it. LOL

Stephanie said...

I love the Rough Riders series and this definitely looks like another great book.

Sheree said...

@Ronlyn, LOL! I have the postcard and that gets enough attention.

Shannon said...

This was an AWESOME book! The cover has got to be the best damn book cover I've ever seen. Of course, the covers for Changing the Game and Taking a Shot are right there....but Mick's is still the BEST!

Can't wait for the next two, especially Ty's because I have a feeling Jenna's going to be a handful.

Michelle said...

It's almost midnight here so I will leave you all to it!

Thanks for answering my questions Jaci, I'll read the rest of the posts in the morning.

Night everyone!

flchen1 said...

Whoa! Late to the party! Jaci, this is one that I haven't read yet, but I have loved your other stories! I can't wait to see what you've done with the sports world :)

Mary G said...

I'm late!!!

Hi Jaci
I'm a huge fan (just counted - I have 30 of your books OMG). Obviously everyone is a keeper.

I can't wait for your RS series.
I loved PP & I can't wait to see what you do with Liz because I didn't like her much. I know you'll work your magic again because I never read about demons before your books either.

Spav said...

I loved The Perfect Play. Can't wait to read Changing the Game!

Ronlyn said...

Thank you everyone for coming out to chat and play today! Be sure to check back to see who the lucky winner of one of Jaci's back list is.

Aly said...

An absolutely stupendous book club today! Thanks to Alison for the great write-up and Jaci for joining in and answering all the questions!

Marie Force said...

Wow, you guys had a wild time in my absence! My crazy travels are now over for a while. Looking forward to getting back to book club!

Jaci, thanks for coming by, and Alison, thank you for a great job hosting!

Johanna R Jochum said...

Just wanted to say, this book was sooo good! LOVED it! Thanks! :D

Di said...

I've had my eye on Jaci's books - there's just something about an athlete...

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Alison said...

Book club was so fun today! Thank you again Jaci for answering all our questions! I'm so excited to see who wins the giveaway!

Ronlyn said...



Congratulations Michelle! You've won a book from Jaci's back list! Contact Jaci directly at to talk about your winnings and all of that. Be sure to put Romance & Oreo Book Club Winner in the title. :-)

Congrats again!

tammy ramey said...

the book sounds wonderful and i can't wait to read it.

Alison said...

Congrats Michelle!!

Michelle said...

WooHoo!!! I came back to see who the lucky person was, not expecting it to be me! :)

Thank you so much!