Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton – Review & Giveaway
RULES OF CONTACT
Play by Play #12
by Jaci Burton
Genre: adult, contemporary, sports, romance
Release Date: December 6, 2016
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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?
Have I mentioned in past reviews how much I love this series? Jaci Burton has done it again, and found another hit story with Rules of Contact. This book is once again filled with well-defined characters, cameo appearances from past characters, a strong sense of family, storyline and a steamy romance. I swear her keyboard must start smoking and set off fire alarms after she’s typed a sex scene, because Amelia and Flynn definitely brought the heat in this one. Even though they did steam up the pages in this one when they are together, Jaci also lets the reader learn about our hero and heroine regarding their past relationships and how they get to be where they are by books end. Both Flynn and Amelia have issues regarding trust and understanding due to various reasons; Amelia it’s her failed marriage, and for Flynn it’s his career and the fame that comes with it. He wants someone to see him, Flynn Cassidy, not Flynn Cassidy the football player and the fame that comes with his career. Amelia just wants someone to love and respect her and see her as an equal with a career of her own.
I loved both Flynn and Amelia from the get go. I found they balanced each other out and made a fun and charming couple. Amelia is a strong, independent woman, who can make decisions for herself and knows what she wants both in a career and personal matters of the heart. She’s also funny and quirky and seeing her flirt, banter and pretty much drive poor Flynn crazy trying to figure her out was amusing. I liked that she kept him unbalanced at times and caused him to look deeper into who she really is. Flynn, well what can I say about Mr. Cassidy besides the fact he’s smoking hot and irresistible to the female race. No really, Flynn is every women’s dream; sweet, charming, respectable, caring, heart of gold, tough on the outside with a teddy bear interior. Flynn just wants what’s best for Amelia and wants to make her happy. Like I said, who wouldn’t want a man like Flynn Cassidy? Plus he can cook, damn right I want a man like this. Speaking of cooking, there were times Ms. Burton had me salivating for a taste of what her characters were cooking either at Flynn’s restaurant, or just at their respective homes. My only complaint about this book is that it didn’t come with the recipes to the various dishes both Amelia and Flynn created in the book. I could seriously see me attempting these dishes if only I had the recipes to go with them, lol!! Sorry, I digress once again, now where was I?
Ah yes, back to my review; another aspect of Rules of Contact I enjoyed was catching up with past couples from this series as they made cameo appearances to help further Amelia and Flynn’s story. I think one of my favourite parts of this one, and all the books about the Cassidy siblings is when they go home to visit on the family ranch. The family dynamic is one that anyone would want to be a part of. The siblings are all pro athletes, love to tease and razz each other, but love one another deeply and will be there for each other no matter what. The sibling rivalries and camaraderie just flows off the page and makes you feel like part of their family. It really is a fun part of the story, and one I look forward to every time I get to read about one of the Cassidy siblings. They really do have a cool family.
Rules of Contact is a delightful and fun addition to the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton. It had everything one comes to expect from Burton’s Play by Play series; smoking hot athletes, strong independent women, a fun storyline filled with strong family ties, fast furious sports action, flirty/playful banter between our couple that leads to a steamy romance and a HEA. For any fan of Jaci Burton you can’t go wrong with Rules of Contact.
Until next time, happy reading my fellow sports fans!!
Reviewed by Marcie
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