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Review: Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton

Posted December 20, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Rules of Contact by Jaci BurtonReviewer: Rowena
Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #12
Also in this series: Holiday on Ice
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 347
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four-stars

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…   After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

I started reading to escape my reality and I don’t really need dragons and magical realism to escape. Sometimes a look into the lives of a chef and a football player does the trick and that was the case with this book. I haven’t read many of the books in this series but I’m going to need to change that because Rules of Contact was a fun dip into contemporary romance.

Flynn Cassidy, a player in the NFL has opened up a restaurant and is doing well on the business side of his life but his personal life can use a little help. Every girlfriend he’s had in the last few months have all been a lot more interested in their fifteen minutes of fame from being Flynn’s girlfriend than they have in Flynn as a person. He’s low key tired of it. So after the last girlfriend gets a cab ride out of his life, Flynn has decided that he’s done looking for Mrs. Right and is going to enjoy the success he’s found in the restaurant.

Amelia is the head chef for Flynn’s restaurant and has had a front-row seat to the circus that has been Flynn’s love life for the last few months. She feels bad for him because he’s a good guy and he’s a great looking guy with a killer bod so she doesn’t understand why he keeps striking out with these girlfriends. On top of being a great boss, Amelia genuinely likes Flynn as a person so when she becomes friends with Tara Riley, QB Mick Riley’s wife, she finds herself an object of interest to Flynn himself.

Watching these two grow from friends to something more was a lot of fun. Burton really shined in this book. Her writing style was flirty, fun and was easy to follow. It’s a straight up romance about two people falling in love without a lot of angst or drama and I really enjoyed it all. I enjoyed the romance, the foodie aspects of the book and I really loved Flynn’s family. So much worked for me and while I wanted to knock some sense into Flynn and Amelia from time to time, that didn’t take away from my enjoyment.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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Sunday Spotlight: Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton

Posted December 4, 2016 by Holly in Features | 5 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release we’re excited about. We’ll be posting excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Today we’re spotlighting Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton, book 12 in the Play by Play series. Don’t let this discourage you from reading it, however, as it stands alone nicely. I read it, and I’m about 7 books behind in the series.

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Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play
Also in this Series: Play by Play
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player who knows how to win on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Flynn can’t get enough of Amelia, and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough yet tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was the easy part. Are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

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Excerpt

RULES OF CONTACT by Jaci Burton
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She let her fingers map a trail over his shoulders and down his arms, as if she were reading a treasure map. There were scrolling patterns and sharp points, but no words.

“What do they mean?”

“Nothing, really. I just like the ink. At some point I might think about putting some literature on here. Maybe something that inspires me.”

“They’re beautiful.”

“Thanks.”

She sat back and looked at him. “So nothing like ‘Mom’ or some ex-girlfriend’s name on here?”

He laughed. “No. I’m not a momma’s boy, and so far no woman has inspired me enough to ink her name on my body.”
“So far.”

“Yeah. Maybe when I get married I’ll do something permanent like that.”

“You do realize that fifty percent of marriages end up in divorce.”

He frowned. “Mine won’t.”

“So sure of that, are you?”

“Yes.”

She leaned back and he shifted, moving down the bed so he could pick up her foot to massage it. He really did have great hands. She thought about what he’d said about marriage.

“While I admire your confidence, I can assure you that everyone goes into marriage thinking it’s forever. It doesn’t always work out that way.”

He lifted his focus from her foot onto her face. “While I can appreciate you’re coming from a point of cynicism since you’ve gone through a divorce, I only intend to get married one time. And I intend for it to be forever.”

“I’m sure the guy who had ‘I love Patty for All Time’ tattooed on his body and then had to have a giant Chevy truck tattooed over it thought his tattoo would last forever, too.”

He arched a brow. “You know this guy?”

She laughed. “No. I made it up. I’m just using it as a random example.”

He picked up her other foot, and she couldn’t resist a moan when he dug his thumb into her sore arch.

“I think your ex made you lose faith in love.”

“Maybe. I’d think all those women who prefer camera time over their interest in you would make you lose faith.”

He shrugged. “They just weren’t the right one.”

“And you still think the right one is out there for you.”

He wasn’t focusing on her foot. He was looking at her. “Yes, I do.”

His gaze was warm. Intense. And she had to admit, she felt relaxed with him, all that tension and after-sex weirdness completely gone.

“Why?”

“Why what?”

“Why do you believe in love, Flynn?”

“Because I’ve seen it in action with my parents. They’ve had difficult times and through it all, their love for each other has never once wavered. I’ve seen it with my brothers, who’ve all found amazing, smart, beautiful women who love them unconditionally. And believe me, my brothers aren’t easy guys to love. If they can find it, so can I.”

This was a new side to him. She’d seen the business side of him and the sports side of him. In both, he was driven. She’d seen him be funny and fun. But she’d never seen this serious side. This was a man ready to fall in love.

Too bad she wasn’t the woman for him. Because she was never going to give her heart over to a man again. She’d had it crushed once by someone she trusted, and it had hurt horribly.

Flynn was a nice guy, and she liked him. She was sure there was a woman out there who deserved him. It was really too bad it couldn’t be her.

Unfortunately, tonight was just that. Just this one night. Because a man like Flynn could be habit forming. She’d fallen down that rabbit hole once before, and she’d never allow that to happen again.

She gently extricated her foot from his grip. “It’s probably a good idea for you to take me home.”

He gave her a quizzical look. “You don’t want to stay tonight?”

She wanted to. And that was the problem. She shook her head and slid off the bed to stand.

“I have a lot of things to do tomorrow. Early.”

He got up and came over to where she stood, sliding his arms around her. “I get up pretty early.”

His body was warm and she was tempted to turn around and curl into him, let him coax her back into his big bed.
But he was dangerous to her mind and her body, and most especially her heart. So she stepped away, turned around, and smiled at him. “I had fun tonight. But no. I need to get home.”

Fortunately, he read her signals and nodded. “Sure. I’ll throw on some clothes and drive you home.”

She got dressed and grabbed her things. They got into his SUV and he drove her the short distance to her house. When he got out and walked her to her door, for a split second she thought about inviting him in. But that would defeat the purpose of putting an end to their night together.

She pulled her keys out of her purse, unlocked the door, then turned to him. “Tonight was amazing.”

He tugged her against him. “I thought so, too. I’ll see you soon.”

Before she could walk inside, he tugged her close and kissed her. She fell into the kiss, making her wish they were still naked and in his bed.

One time with Flynn was definitely not enough. Her body curved into his and wanted more. So much more. She finally had to break the kiss with her heart and pulse pounding and everything within her trembling with desire.

“Good night, Flynn.”


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate contemporary romance. She has written over seventy-five novels to date. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is delighted not to be using in her previous life of corporate management. She grew up in Missouri, migrated to California, but has been happily making her home in Oklahoma for the past fifteen years with her husband and dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci was honored with the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award as well as their Reviewers Choice Award. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

Jaci is a member of Romance Writers of America.

You can find Jaci on the web at the following locations:

Website: jaciburton.com

Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorJaciBurton
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Guest Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci Burton

Posted September 8, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Don’t Let Go by Jaci BurtonReviewer: Tracy
Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope series #6
Also in this series: Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, Love After All, Make Me Stay
Published by Jove
Publication Date: July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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three-half-stars

Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close—until he meets Megan.

Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart—unless she can convince him to let go of the past…

Brady Conners is biding his time working at his friend Carter’s garage doing body work.  He works nights and weekends painting bikes and loves it.  His ultimate goal is to open his own shop where he can paint full time.  He just doesn’t know if he wants to do that in Hope as there are too many memories there.

Brady grew up in Hope with his family but his brother, Kurt, died after a life filled with drugs and Brady can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that he’s dead.  Everywhere he looks he sees Kurt and he’s cut himself off from everyone he knows in the false belief that if he has no friends he can’t get hurt if something happens.  He may not be aware that’s what he’s doing but it is.  He ends up falling for Megan who owns the local pastry shop and they begin what each thinks is strictly a fling, but both start to get more involved.  Unfortunately, Brady isn’t ready for something more permanent and when he realizes this he may break them both too much to recover from.

In this story Brady is such a sweet guy.  He starts to come out of the hole he’s buried himself in and ends up spending time with his friends.  Yes, they’re friends despite the fact he was trying to keep them at arms- length. When he starts dating Megan he is wonderful.  He’s sweet, thoughtful and kind.  When he finds a dog behind the dumpster he takes it in and turns little Roxie into a biker pup – it’s freakin’ adorable.  Little Roxie is a great dog and anyone who can take such good care of a stray is a good person.  Unfortunately when Brady realizes that he’s getting in too deep he turns it all around and becomes a bit of a jackass for a time.  I didn’t like him at all during those parts of the book but I did understand his thinking and why he did it.  Didn’t make it right, but I understood.

Megan was just a whirling dervish!  She opened her shop every day, baked and ran a booming business and then went home and baked and cooked.  She seemed like she had everything in her life in perfect order except for someone to share it with.  I thought Brady was perfect for her but I could see where he would get scared.  Megan was wonderful but she lived and breathed “Susie homemaker”.  Any man not wanting to get in too deep in a relationship could see this.  I guess that’s why I found it so strange that Brady was so good to Megan as it was so obvious that what she wanted was permanency.  Also, after hearing about her baked goods I want to try them myself. J

While the book held a sweet romance it was slow reading at times.  As much as I usually like Burton’s writing I found myself putting the book down more than once and moving on to another book.  I would always go back and pick it up but…it didn’t completely hold my attention all the time.  Despite that I liked finally reading about Brady and his life as well as the wonder of Megan.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Exclusive Excerpt (+ a Giveaway): Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Posted December 1, 2015 by Holly in Promotions | 8 Comments

Today we have an exclusive excerpt (and a giveaway!) of Jaci Burton’s Make Me Stay to share with you. Make Me Stay is book 5 in the Hope series and I have to tell you, I’m crazy excited for it. Plus, look at that cover. Mmm.Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

The New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-by-Play series delivers a new novel about how love sometimes has plans of its own.

Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.

Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.

Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.

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Sam looked Reid over from head to booted feet, admittedly enjoying the view. “You don’t look as dirty as you did the other day. I take that to mean demolition is moving along more smoothly?”

His lips ticked up. “I guess it is. But I managed to wipe down the dust before I headed this way.”
“What brings you to my store?”
“Uh . . . I need to ask you a question.”
“Sure.” Maybe he needed to order flowers, though it wasn’t Martha or Ben’s birthday. It wasn’t Logan or Luke’s birthday, or Emma or Des’s birthday. Or any anniversaries either. The benefit of being the town florist was she pretty much had all the important dates in her head.
“Des is hosting a dinner party thing Saturday night at the ranch.”
“She is?”
“Yes.”
Des had already told her about the couples dinner party several weeks ago. She’d been invited, but she’d put that on hold, because that would have meant she had to scrounge up a date, which hadn’t been on her radar at that time.
“That sounds fun.”
“Yeah. It’s a couples thing, though, so I need a date.”
This was interesting, especially since Reid looked very uncomfortable. She was going to go with it to see how it played out. “Is that right?”
“Yes. So I was wondering—and you’re under no obligation, of course—but if you weren’t busy or anything, would you want to go?”
But now it looked like she did have a date. And an extremely hot one at that. “I’d love to come. So I’d need to bring a date?”
He frowned. “Uh, no. You’d go with me.”
“Oh, I see. You didn’t actually directly ask me to be your date so I was kind of confused.”
“Shit. Sorry. Samantha, Des is having a couples dinner party at the ranch on Saturday night. I would very much like to bring you as my date, if you’d like to come with me.”
She knew she’d made it hard on him, but it had been too much fun to see him squirm a little. “I’d love to, Reid. Thank you for asking.”
He exhaled. “Thanks. I’ll come pick you up around six thirty.”
“That’s not necessary, since it’s a long drive out to the ranch. I can drive over.”
“No, you won’t. I asked you to be my date, so I’ll come pick you up. At six thirty.”
Wasn’t he being chivalrous. And wasn’t she enjoying it oh so much. “Okay. Then I’ll be ready at six thirty.”
“Great.”
She waited while he stood there and stared at her as if there was something else he wanted to say. Or do.
Like catapult himself over the counter, pull her into his arms, and kiss her.
Or maybe that was just her wishful thinking.
“So I should get back to work,” he finally said.
No catapulting. How disappointing. “Yes, I should, too.”
He grasped the dog’s leash. “I guess I’ll see you Saturday night then.”
“Okay.” She drummed her fingers on the counter, waiting for . . . something. She didn’t know what. Just some kind of signal that him asking her to be his date hadn’t been a painful experience for him.
“I’ll see you later, Sam.”
“Bye, Reid.”
He and the dog left, and despite having been asked to be his date, she couldn’t help but feel . . .
What? Disappointed? She had no idea what she felt. But whatever the sensation was, she had no time to feel it, because she had loads of work waiting for her in the back room to deal with.
Thankfully. Nothing like immersing herself in the creation of beautiful flower arrangements to take her mind off the mystery of men.
Or, rather, the mystery that was one man.
Reid McCormack.

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About Jaci:

After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, New York Timesand USA Today Bestelling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She has written over forty-five novels and is contracted to write ten more. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is thrilled not to be using in the corporate environment anymore. She grew up in Missouri but migrated to California, where she lived for thirteen years, but now makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband and five dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci writes in multiple genres, from erotic romance to romantic suspense to contemporary romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and has been nominated for the award four times. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., RWA’s Published Author Special Interest Chapter, the Oklahoma chapter of RWA and Thriller Writers International.

You can find Jaci on the web at the following locations:

Website: jaciburton.com. | Blog: jaciburton.com/blog | Find Jaci on Facebook | Twitter: jaciburton

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Guest Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Posted December 1, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Make Me Stay by Jaci BurtonReviewer: Tracy
Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton
Series: Hope series #5
Also in this series: Hope Flames, Hope Flames, Hope Ignites, Hope Ignites, Hope Burns, Love After All, Don't Let Go
Published by Jove
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

Reid McCormack is back in Hope to renovate the old mercantile. Then he plans to go back to Boston, where he's built a successful career. But beautiful florist Samantha Reasor is a distraction Reid hadn't counted on. Samantha intends to convince Reid that Hope is where his heart has always been, and coming home might be the best choice he could ever make.

Reid loves his job as an architect and he loves having that job in Boston but when he heads home to do a reno job on a building that he and his brothers bought he finds he misses his hometown of Hope, Oklahoma.  As much as he misses it he knows his life is in Boston.

Sam loves Hope and loves living there.  She single-handedly runs a florist and does a booming business.  On top of that she lives down the street from her aging grandmother and checks in on her on a regular basis.  She is excited about the old mercantile being renovated and checks in with Reid regularly to see how the work is going.

The pair feel an attraction to one another and eventually begin a sexual relationship but all with the thought in mind that Reid will leave as soon as the renovations are completed.  The longer Reid stays, however, they each realize what they’ll be giving up if he leaves for good.

This was a very sweet story with not a whole lot of angst and I loved that.  Sometimes I just need to read a book that’s got a romance that has it’s issues but not too much conflict.  It DOES happen from time to time in real life, I’m sure of it! 🙂

In Make Me Stay we got to revisit characters from previous books and go info on them but the main focus was on Sam and Reid and their blooming love.  They were both really good people who cared about others and took care of their own.  Reid was especially wonderful taking Sam’s grandmother into his fold as well and it warmed my heart to see his acceptance of her and what that would mean for him and Sam in the future.

Overall this was a very heartwarming novel that I really enjoyed reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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