Thursday 18 February 2016

Review and Giveaway - Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Title: Unexpected Rush 
Series: Play by Play #11
Author: Jaci Burton
Release Date: February 16, 2016

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.

All the Right Moves

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in social work. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over...

Football players have balls…

And, of course, they are smart and articulate as well. Handsome, talented, well, you get the picture. It’s not all about the physical though there is a whole lot of that as well! This is a good description of the players on the Tampa Hawks football team, and never more appropriate than for Barrett Cassidy. Barrett is on defense when he is on the field and he has to use every one of those finely-honed skills off the field when Harmony Evans starts looking his way. 

Harmony is the little sister of his best friend. He loves Drake like a brother and the Evans family have made him part of their family. Barrett can’t break the bro code by looking at Harmony in any way other than brotherly but it’s going to take everything he has.

Bro code, schmo code. Harmony doesn’t understand why two consenting adults can’t explore a relationship they are both interested in. And she doesn’t let that stand in her way when she decides it’s time to go after what she wants. The heat between her and Barrett is obvious and keeping things quiet doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get loud on occasion. 

This was a quiet romance in some ways as the conflict was a psychological one and acted as the elephant in the room in every scene that played out. I liked the characters even if I wanted to shake them here and there. They are obviously successful in their chosen professions and can hold their own within their big, boisterous families, but they seem to be stymied on how to handle their own situation. So much drama when I couldn’t help but feel a heart-to-heart conversation could have resolved it all.

Hunky football players and sexy scenes that this author knows how to spin so well means another solid, if rather unassuming, addition to a series I can’t help coming back to… 
~ Review by Diane

Jaci Burton is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author who lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. She has three grown children, who are all scattered around the country having lives of their own. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. When she isn't on deadline, Jaci can be found at her local casino, trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck). She's a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you'll find in all her books.

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