Title: Taking a Shot
Author: Jaci Burton
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
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…
Review: I’ve been completely obsessed with the Play-by-Play series ever since I read the first book, and Jaci Burton never fails to disappoint! Jenna Riley, ironically, wants nothing to do with guys who play sports even though she runs a sports bar and her brothers are professional athletes. That is, until a certain smokin’ hot hockey player named Tyler Anderson walks into her life. Their romance is an opposites-attract one and I loved their dynamic. It was hilarious every time Jenna shut him down and she even went so far as to date other guys to forget about him while he waited on the sidelines. Their banter was also highly entertaining as was their undeniable chemistry. I really wish that Jenna had held out a lot longer than she did, though, because it would have made it more suspenseful and added some more heat. Jenna was so hot-headed and stubborn that I thought she would have played way harder to get! Another element I think would have added depth to the plot is having some factor other than fear holding them back from being with each other. Other than that I have no complaints! It had super hot sex (on and off the ice), endless flirting, delicious dialogue, and more. There were also lots of cameos from Mick, Gavin, Tara, and Liz, which I loved, and it set up the next book perfectly! Taking a Shot was funny, sexy, and the perfect Riley romance for anyone who has ever wanted to follow their dreams and fall in love.