Review: Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton

Taking A ShotI have a confession. Taking a Shot is the first book I’ve read in the Play by Play series. It’s the third book in a series that features unbelievably HOT covers, errr I mean sports romances. I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to reading these books other than the old stand by excuses: not enough hours in the day, I’m actually blind and have never seen those covers, blah-blah-blah. Although I did not read the previous two books, I had no trouble whatsoever reading Taking A Shot as a stand alone title. However, I will not be letting this book stand alone. I already have The Perfect Play and Changing The Game loaded up on the Kindle and I will trample your grandma to get my hands on an early copy of Playing To Win. You’ve been warned, hide your grannies. I mean it.

Jenna Riley’s entire life has been cocooned in sports. Both of her brothers are professional athletes and her parents own a sports bar that she now manages. As much as she loves her family, she’s not all about sports and the last thing she wants is to get involved with an athlete. But professional hockey player Tyler Anderson has other ideas. Ty  frequents the bar that Jenna manages, likes what he sees, and would like to get to know her better. Although she’s made it clear she’s not interested in dating a jock, he’s pretty sure he can convince her otherwise.

Jenna’s father has had a heart attack and can no longer run the family bar. Because of family loyalty, Jenna runs the sports bar, but her heart is not really in it. She has other interests and career ideas but lacks the confidence to pursue her dreams. She’s tough on the outside but on the inside she has some insecurities and doubts that probably stem from living in the shadows of her super-star brothers. She’s no less talented, however her talents lie in other areas and have been overshadowed in a family where sports rule.

Ty is just not willing to take no for answer where Jenna is concerned. Their sexual chemistry is established early on, but  beyond that Ty seems to really like Jenna and wants to get to know more about her. He recognizes there is more than meets the eye with her and Ty is patient and willing to play by her rules. Although he is pretty intense and focused, Ty still has a laid back quality that I found very appealing. He pursues Jenna aggressively yet doesn’t come off as overbearing at all.

Jenna is determined to avoid getting too involved but finds it difficult to deny the chemistry between her and Ty and that results in a tumultuous courtship and a lot of smoking hot sex in a lot of different and interesting places. Some of you may have seen my Goodreads update about the ice skate sex. It went something like this:

I am really enjoying this. I love both the hero and the heroine so far. Plus, there was stand-up sex. On the ice. With ice skates on. SCORE.

Yes, the ice skate sex was impressive enough for me to post a Goodreads update. I hardly ever do that so please know, it was hot and I will never watch hockey again without thinking of the ice skate sex. Or more accurately, I will start watching hockey so I can think about the ice skate sex. The sex scenes throughout the book were all exceptionally hot. Jenna and Ty were good together and it translated well in the bedroom…or actually, the pool table, the bar, the desk…see where I’m going here?

I loved that since this is a sports romance, we actually got some sports action (aside from the ice skate sex). The romance doesn’t necessarily take place on the ice, but Ty’s career is an important  part in the story and the hockey action was very exciting. I wondered if I would be tempted to skim through game time but I was in moment and really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

The characters from the previous books, Jenna’s brothers and their wives  pop in here and there and since I have not read the previous books yet, they have me very intrigued. It has nothing at all to do with the covers on their books. I’m not curious if there is dugout sex. With cleats on. Or 50 yard line sex. With cleats on. No interest whatsoever. (I lie)

I loved both Jenna and Ty, and how their romance unfolded. Jenna put up quite a lot of resistance to keep from falling for Ty and at times I thought a little too much but I totally understood why. Ty was so supportive of her, and gave her the nudge she needs to break out of the shadows and spread her wings. He may have been a bit presumptuous at the end, but it seemed to be exactly what Jenna needed.

I really enjoyed Taking a Shot and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Favorite Quote:

“I’m afraid too, babe, and not much of anything scares me. Well, one thing does scare me.”

She sniffed. “Yeah? What’s that?”

“The thought of living without you.”

Rating: A-
Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton
March 6th 2012 by Berkley Trade
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  1. says

    Wait…was I suppose to read your review or just sit drooling at that cover?!
    Actually, I DID pry my eyes away from the cover and read it. Skate sex? Oh yes! I must read this for that scene alone!

    I will hide in a corner with you and admit I haven’t read them either. I own them. They are sitting pretty on my shelf. Just not enough hours like you said. Might have to give up sleep though and read these!!

  2. Jenifer says

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this one. The other two books are great reads too, and Jenna’s brothers are H-O-T!

  3. says

    Great review FV. I admit I wasn’t to impressed with Jenna but I liked the story line and TY was delish. You really need to read the first two. So good.

    • says

      I’ve seen a few reviews where people didn’t care for Jenna either. You have a point, she did tend to blame others for why she was stuck in her rut. lol.

      • says

        It took me awhile to like Jenna, then I “got” her and loved her! I LOVED how she wasn’t scared to go after what she liked in the bedroom or on the ice 😉

  4. SHZ says

    Ooh good. The first one was a great read. The second one was a mess with too much sex (yes, I did just say that about an erotic romance!). I was worried about this one.

  5. says

    Ooh, this one sounds good. Although I’ve seen these covers often, I’m not usually a big sports romance so I haven’t picked them up. But maybe I should try? I like the thought of the hero slowly but surely reeling the heroine in.

      • says

        Okay, I’m back. :) Hmmm, I can see why Tori would dislike the heroine. I’m not sure whether I would or not, though. Heroines like this can go either way for me. Jane in Lead Me On is a good example of this. I had little patience for her hangups, but I also really sympathized with her and ended up loving the book. It all depends on the circumstance and how the author plays it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s hard for me to put my finger on what exactly makes the difference.

        • says

          Yes exactly!! Jenna did annoy me at times but I sympathized because she lived in her brother’s shadow. But she was not nasty and resentful about it which she gets points for. Also, when she did break off and step out on her own she suffers is big blow having to do with her talent, so I can see what behaves the way she does.

  6. Amy says

    I’m usually not a big sports romance fan but I think you sold me on this one. I love/drool over all the covers in this series!

  7. says

    lol, trampling my grandma! I am hoping to get an ARC too. I adored this ARC and can’t plug it enough. The entire series rocks! Mick is my favorite even though I wanted to slap him in his brother Gavin’s book.

    Great review!

  8. says

    Great review! I am wondering myself, as I really dislike sports, if I would skip these scenes. I have those books on my wishlist, if not alone for the hot covers!

  9. says

    I read The Perfect Play and I really bought it just because the cover was so hot. Great review, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.