Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: Taking A Shot by Jaci Burton

Author: Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Publication Date: March 2012
Format: Trade paperback, 309 pages
Genre: Romance

From the Publisher:
If you want to score, you have to get in the game...
The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty.
Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too...
But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty..

This is the 3rd book in the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton and it is my favorite of them (so far). Even though this is book 3 of a series, it most certainly can be read as a stand alone title. This story focuses on the only daughter in the Riley clan, Jenna. Jenna has been surrounded by sports her entire life,her brothers are famous athletes in football and baseball and her family owns the local sports bar. After her dad had a heart attack, Jenna put her life & dreams on hold to help the family and took over the running of the sports bar. The last thing she wants to do is get involved with an athlete. Some athletes are just too darn sexy to ignore, like hockey player Tyler Anderson. Tyler likes Jenna, a lot, and he is willing to pursue her. He knows there is more to her than the sister of two great athletes and the woman who runs the sports bar. It is great to see how Tyler pursues Jenna and helps Jenna realize that it is ok to want something different than her family, to pursue her own dreams. Jenna put up a lot of resistance at first and I am surprised with how much Tyler put up with, really. But the story was great and you get glimpses of the characters from the first two books of the series. As I said in my review of the first two books (found here) This author certainly can write some steamy love scenes. I really like this fun sports loving family. Again in this book just like the others you can feel the love that this close knit family has and how they support each other. This is a great romance story with some sports sprinkled in and the cover eye candy is YUMMY.

Book: 4/5 Cover: 4.5/5



  1. I love sport romances. I want to read this! Glad it was your favorite.

  2. I am not a huge sports fn but this series is fun and has just enought sports, its not overwhemling. i hope you entered to win it!