Double the Romance Review: The Perfect Play & Claws and Effect

Double the Romance Review: The Perfect Play & Claws and Effect

Double the Romance Review: The Perfect Play & Claws and EffectThe Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #1
Published by Penguin Berkley Heat on February 1st 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Lucy Malone
Length: 8 Hours and 36 Mins
Pages: 324
Source: Library
ISBN: 0425238814
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Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...
For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.
As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.
But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

My Review

I have been meaning to get to this story for the longest time….I have had this whole series on my TBR for over two years. When I was able to get this in audiobook format…I leaped at the chance to listen to it. The books are pretty expensive for paperbacks so I never purchased any of them and my library didn’t have them. However, my library’s audio site….does. So I was super thrilled to try this author out, especially since its been a little while since I have read a sports romance. This was such a cute and hot and heavy romance that I fell in love with from the beginning. I loved seeing these two together. Both characters were engaging and full of life. It was quite fun to see the build of the relationship. I also was intrigued by Tara’s brother and the brotherly bond he forms with Mick. Mick’s family was simply fabulous. But there was one character I had issues with. Liz who is Mick’s agent treats Tara horribly and even though I loved this book, I am reluctant to read the second book because of the way that she treats Tara. But I couldn’t get enough of Mick and Tara. Jaci Burton has won me over with this one. What I found most intriguing about this story was seeing an event planner and a star NFL quarterback get together. This is where I fell hard for Mick as the hero. He doesn’t care what anyone says about his personal relationship with Tara. I loved that about him. Its always admirable to see a famous man, who fights for those he cares about the most. A truly remarkable read. Don’t know when I will continue the series, since Liz’s story is next and I have issues with her. However I do know I will return to it just take some breathing time and let my frustration with her cool a bit. Job well done for Jaci Burton.

Series Order

The Perfect PlayChanging The GameTaking A ShotPlaying To WinThrown by a curveOne Sweet Ride 2Holiday GamesMelting The IceStraddling The LineHoliday On IceQuarteback DrawAll Wound UpUnexpected Rush

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 50 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline (which is often), she can usually be found wrestling with her uncooperative garden, wrangling her dogs, watching an unhealthy amount of television, or completely losing track of time reading a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.. Visit her website at for excerpts, her blog and contest information.


Double the Romance Review: The Perfect Play & Claws and EffectClaws & Effect (Midnight Liaisons, #3.6) by Jessica Sims
Also in this series: Beauty Dates the Beast, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter, Bear Naked, Wanted: Wild Thing (Midnight Liaisons, #4), Alpha Ever After
Series: Midnight Liaisons #3.6
Published by Author on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 97
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
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Lily Faust’s world became a nightmare the day she was kidnapped by a vampire. Six months later, she’s been freed…by were-cougars. For Lily, this is the epitome of ‘frying pan to fire’ and for the Russell clan, it’s trouble in a terrified human package.
Ellis Russell wants nothing more than to soothe Lily’s fears and become her friend. But when tension – and passion – flares between them, Ellis has to decide: can he love a human if loving her means letting her go?
Or can he ever let her go?

My Review

Claws and Efffect is a novella that takes place right after “Must Love Fangs”. This is where we have Lily and Ellis’s story. I had this on my e reader and just realized that I hadn’t read it yet!! So I snatched it up because Jessica Sims is so fun and I can’t get enough of her Midnight Liason’s series. This is where we have Lily who was being held prisoner by a vampire and being fed on for six straight months. Stuck in the basement, no windows, barely enough food to survive and only had a piss bucket. Lily is rescued but is taking to a cabin, and is still a prisoner since she knows too much, and is human and the vampires are calling for her blood. In Lily’s mind she only has better accomendations but is still a prisoner. In the beginning my heart reached out this character because she has had a rough road that is for sure. I couldn’t understand some of the other characters including Ellis’s brother who chains her to the wall in the beginning. Yeah he didn’t win me over at all. We see the effects of PTSD in this story. So even though in the beginning Lily seems very timid and shy and afraid of everything. But she has the courage to try to run away multiple times. I love seeing the backbone in her character despite the trauma she has gone through. I didn’t understand how Beau (hero from the first book) felt that it was okay to do what he does to Lily. I liked Ellis, because he hates what they are doing to her, and tries to make the best of the situation. He was a riot…possesive and alpha male but was also patient and kind to Lily. Overall a fantastic novella that I delved into immediately!!!

Series Order

Beauty Dates The BeastDesperately Seeking ShapeshifterSpeed MatingSingle Wolf FemaleMust Love FansBear NakedClaws and EffectWanted WildThingTiger by the TailBetween A Vamp and a Hard Place

About Jessica Sims

Jessica Sims lives in Texas. She hates writing a bio, so something cool will undoubtedly go here later when she actually thinks of something interesting to write. She has some cats, but what writer doesn’t? She plays video games and confesses to reading comic books. And she likes writing, but that one was pretty obvious.

11 thoughts on “Double the Romance Review: The Perfect Play & Claws and Effect

  1. I have seen The Perfect Play around for the last couple years. That cover is eye catching in the best way possible. I’m glad you liked it. I will have to see about grabbing the audio sometime.

  2. I’ve read one Play by Play and liked it, but I got it out of order. I still need to go back and get to the beginning.

    And sigh, still need to start Jessica Sims. I’ve done that before with novellas and it’s always a little treat to go back and read the one I missed.

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