Jaci Burton keeps scoring winners in this Play by Play series! In the third book, we meet Jenna and Ty. Jenna is the little sister to Mick and Gavin Riley. I just love the Riley family who are normal people living in the Midwest.
Jenna Riley is tired of sports. Tired of running the sports bar her family owns. Tired of talking sport to the customers. Doesn’t want anything to do with sports star. Stuck in a rut, she works the family bar, putting on a smile for the customers and catering to all the sport stars that enter the bar. But Jenna has dreams that she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her family. When Tyler Anderson, a local pro hockey player, takes an interest in her, Jenna pulls out all the stops to show him he isn’t the one for her.
Tyler Anderson has just moved to St. Louis to play hockey. His agent, Liz (Gavin’s love), introduces him to Riley’s Bar and the Riley family. He keeps coming back to Riley’s for the good food, camaraderie and of course to be around Jenna. He consistently steps in to help her when she wants nothing more than for him to just leave her alone. But he won’t be pushed to the side.
When Jenna explains he just isn’t her type, Ty goes out of his way to send over men that she thinks are the type she wants. Date after date, Jenna can’t find the magic that she feels when she is with Gavin. Slowly she starts to open up to him and allow him to see sides of her that no one knows about. Sensing her disinterest in the bar, Ty starts to push Jenna to reach for her dreams. But when Ty pushes a little too hard, Jenna retreats and learns that she must start living her life if she wants to be happy.
Wow! OMG! Incredible! Love at first read! Smoking HAUT!
Now that I got past all the simple descriptions, I want to say how much I really enjoyed this book. It was wickedly, delightful! From the first page I loved how Jenna was her own woman, but that family came first, to the point of pushing her dreams way, way to the back. She basically is miserable, but loves her family enough to never let them know. Her strength is an underlining part of her personality but the tough exterior hides a lot. She has piercings in a lot of places that I found to be a turn on for me as well as Ty. But the majority of the book is Jenna learning to come out of the shadow of her brother’s athletic careers and learn to pursue her own dreams.
Tyler, oh, Tyler…a man of my dreams. While he isn’t looking for a long term relationship, he seems to know how to handle a woman like Jenna. He is hard on the ice, respectful off the ice and there is no ice in the bedroom! I really couldn’t find one thing wrong with this guy. He felt he was kind of broken by his parents, but in reality, a lot of people have gone through what he did, but this colors his thoughts on marriage and love. That’s not to say he has a problem with love, just that he doesn’t think he is good at it.
There is a lot of fighting as Jenna pushes back from Tyler constantly, but I adored the way Ty pushes back to Jenna. Sometimes he just has to prove why something isn’t good, but then he also has to push Jenna to learn to accept that she deserves to be happy and to have a few things she wants out of life.
There are the usual sports scenes, but they don’t overpower the book. I don’t know enough about hockey, but I at least understood what was written. I have crushes on men who can be rough while playing a sport but still be the alpha gentleman when not in the game.
The love scenes will melt you, so make sure you have lots of water on hand. There is no shyness on either part as they embrace their sexual sides which is refreshing. To many times couples skirt around their desires, but not Jenna and Tyler!
If you haven’t started this series, I beg you to give it a try! You won’t regret it. These hunky, athletic men know how to love a woman and inspire them to dream big.
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