I 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.
“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.”
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