Book Review: The Perfect Play (Jaci Burton)


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.


Wow. Um, wow.

I have to admit, the cover did me in on this one. It's been on my TBR pile for a while now and I just haven't had a chance to get out to pick up a copy. And there was no way I was sacrificing a cover like that for the sake of my Kindle. No, this was one that I needed on my shelf. And it will stay there.

The story doesn't disappoint. At all. After meeting Tara at an even she organized, Mick knows that he needs to get to know her. She's not the super-models celebrity poaching women he's used to. She's a real woman with a real life. She's down to earth and naturally sexy. Everything about her intrigues him and despite her initially rejecting him, he still pursues her.

Tara is a single mom and small business owner. She's been on her own nearly her entire life and she's made it this far without a man. But when she meets Mick, she quickly realizes that he's the real-life version of every woman's fantasy, including hers. Sexy, strong, successful. He's compassionate and cares about kids, and when he sets his sights on something he wants, he doesn't give up.

This is an intense, emotional and erotic romance that is sure to leave any reader breathless. The passion between Mick and Tara sizzles and the story is real and relatable. Despite Mick's celebrity status, Jaci Burton writes him in a way that makes him tangible, bringing the fantasy of snagging a professional sports star a little closer to reality for her readers. But it's not all fun and football games. The story is full of real-life issues, including teenage drama, alcoholism and emotional neglect. For me, that just made this story more relatable and enjoyable.


There was nothing about this story I didn't like.  There was just enough drama and plenty of fun.  I could feel the characters come to life on the pages, and I felt their emotions throughout the book.  And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it does!  If you don't already own this book, get it.  Now.

Heat Factor:

Steaming up the windows!

There's plenty of passion burning up the pages, leaving this reader fanning herself and begging for more.  Mick and Tara are on both fire from the very beginning.  If you're looking for a scorching hot romance, this book is for you. 

And of course, the cover . . . just one more time.


  1. JSo im in a dilema,,do I by this book,? or do I by 3 other books that im wanting that total the amount of this,,one,,lol I think i get this one,,
    that was a great review,,I knew it was coming after that hot sexy snippet,,
    thanks for sharing

  2. um...I would kind of like...to count his abs with my tongue...


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