Series: Play by Play,
Also in this series: The Perfect Play, Changing the Game
Published by Berkley Books on 06 March 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Sports & Athletics
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Also by this author: The Perfect Play, Changing the Game
Place(s) Traveled To: St Louis, Missouri
First Line(s): Jenna Riley wanted nothing to do with sports.
Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton is the third book in her Play by Play series and involves Jenna Riley who is the younger sister of Gavin and Mick whose stories were told in the previous two books. Jenna has been around sports her entire life and has a hard fast rule of not dating any professional athletes. This makes dating hard as she runs her family’s sports bar and it tends to host a lot of the players from the local teams. Including Tyler Anderson who is on St Louis’s hockey team and who has also taken a shine to Jenna. He likes her unique look and her stand off attitude.
Overall, I enjoyed Jenna and Tyler’s story though for the life of me I don’t know why Tyler put up with Jenna for as long as he did. She had such a huge chip on her shoulder and her arguments for denying her attraction to Ty were weak. There was no deep dark secret past where she was really hurt by someone in the sports industry either professionally or romantically. And when all signs point to how perfect Tyler seemed to be for her she was a fool to try and push that away. I also felt that Jenna was too passive with her family. She just let them walk over her and she really should have been more open about the things that she really wanted in life. Instead she never persisted and just pushed all her dreams aside in order to support those of her brothers and her parents. This made me feel sad for her.
I did like that Tyler wasn’t a jerk or an ass of an alpha male. He was genuine and real and I liked his personality. When Jenna wasn’t wearing that chip on her shoulder I felt that they fit well together but she just kept me from fully immersing myself into the story. I also didn’t mind Elizabeth as much in this book as I did in the previous two. She seems to be mellowing as the series movies forward but I did still prefer the scenes where she was not present. Same goes for Mick and Gavin as Jenna just became less of herself when they were around and I never liked that side of her.
As with the previous Play by Play stories, Taking a Shot, was a quick read and I read it in no time. The sex scenes are hot and probably a bit overdone. I like Jaci Burton’s stories but they are a but on the formulaic side so I think that spacing them out is the way to go with them.