For today's A Contemporary Thursday I've got a good one for you. Has everyone seen the covers from Jaci Burton's Play-by-Play series? Some serious sexiness going on there, right? How about reading the series? I have the current releases in the series but I haven't had a chance to sit down and read them yet. All three books are sitting on my desk though. They're just to pretty to put away in a shelf. ;) And I think the covers are proof enough that the author writes with an erotic touch that adds spice and sizzle to this series!
So for those that are like myself and haven't had the chance to sink into the sports world Ms. Burton has created in her Play-by-Play series and for those that would like to revisit the series, I've chosen an excerpt from Taking A Shot. I do not begrudge you spending a good while just looking at the cover. And for extra cover eye candy I've placed the previous covers just below. How could I not, right? :)
SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST. EVERY NIGHT RAN together until Jenna didn’t know what day it was. With hockey season going on and so many rabid fans in attendance at the bar, Jenna ran her legs off serving drinks, and her waitresses were just as busy filling orders.
The logical part of her knew business was good, and in this economy that was an awesome thing. The bar was packed, her customers were happy, and Riley’s was making money. She had no business being dissatisfied with her life. If this wasn’t what she wanted to do, too bad. She was helping out the family, they had a successful business, and it kept stress off her father, who had suffered a heart attack and subsequent surgery last year. On those rare occasions when he came to the bar he was happy and smiling, and all he had to do was enjoy his friends. She was relieved he was still around after last year’s scare.
No complaints, right? Even if Riley’s was still primarily her responsibility and the family counted on her to keep it running. It could be a whole lot worse.
“If the Ice keep winning, I’m going to lose ten pounds,” one of the witnesses said. “They keep packing in here. And it gets even more crowded when they show up after the home games.”
Sure enough, they were here again. More important, Ty was with them.
There were loads of bars near the arena, many that catered to hockey fans. Why did he have to choose hers?
Renee, one of her top waitresses, leaned against the bar and gave her a drink order.
Jenna would be lost without her. Renee was bubbly and pretty in that Barbie doll kind of way—curvy and blonde and petite and all the guys loved her. She had infectious laughter, but she never encouraged any of them, though Jenna was certain Renee had a thing for one of the Ice players. She hadn’t acted on it, but there was something about the looks she and Wolkowski exchanged.
It was cute. She’d have to find out what was going on with the two of them.
Jenna grabbed the list and started making drinks. “Your boyfriend is here.”
Renee did a quick glance. “I know. I took their drink order. And Eddie’s not my boyfriend.”
But Renee’s cheeks were pink. And she couldn’t hide her smile.
She shook her head, her curls bouncing. “He hasn’t asked me.” “Men are stupid. He’s staring at you.”
Renee lifted her head to meet Jenna’s gaze. “He is?”
“Yeah.” She loaded up the drinks on Renee’s tray. “So ask him out.”
“Nope. If he wants me, he can do the asking.”
“You’re such a traditional girl.”
“Aren’t I?” Renee winked and sauntered off.
After Renee left, Jenna had a few moments to breathe. She just couldn’t get a freakin’ break. Ty’s gaze met hers as he pulled off his jacket and headed to a pool table. Every ounce of estrogen in her body surged with joy as his lean, muscled frame settled over one of the tables, pool cue in hand.
Her damn estrogen could just calm the hell down. He might have kissed her, and she might have tingled for hours over it, but that was as far as it was ever going to go. He was sports and that meant no.
He leaned a hip against the pool table and accepted the beer Renee gave him, his body ripped and hard all over as he relaxed and laughed with his friends.
Just the sound of his voice made her nipples harden.
Did you hear that, body? No. No, no, no.
Taking A Shot
Book Three in the Play-by-Play Series
Back Of The Book:
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...
More About The Author:
I'd like to say I always wanted to be a writer, but that's not the case. First I wanted to be a teacher. When I was a kid I used to play school in my friend's basement. She had actual school desks—and index cards. I'm a list maker, so those index cards rocked my world. Then later on, I wanted to be a nurse. My other friend had a stethoscope and a medical book. I had a thing for props, okay? Read more...
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this book, the series or the author. Ms. Burton is another favorite author and I'm looking forward to setting aside a good two weeks to this series this summer. If you've read it, what do you think of it so far?
And as promised here are the covers from the previous two books in the series and the fourth upcoming release. I want posters of these covers!