Saturday, April 20, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Thrown By a Curve"

Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Trade (March 5, 2013)
Series: Play by Play, 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sports medicine specialist Alicia Riley has the job of her dreams, until she's assigned to star pitcher Garrett Scott. Undergoing shoulder rehab, it's make it or break it time for Garrett, and he needs to focus to get back on the mound in time for opening day. But close proximity and combustible chemistry is a dangerous combination, and both Alicia and Garrett have a lot to lose if this doesn't work.



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Kame's Review:

I like sports. I am not a star athlete. There is something about a book about an athlete that I really enjoy. I have read all of the books in Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series, and the latest Thrown By A Curve was preordered for my Nook a few weeks before release.

Alicia is a Riley; she is Cole Riley’s sister and Gavin Riley’s cousin. She has sports ingrained in her since she was a young child. Growing up she fostered her interest in sports medicine, specifically sports therapy by practicing on her cousins and brother. She has reached a long time goal and is a therapist for her hometown baseball team. But she is a Riley, which means her mouth is bound to get her into trouble. Garrett is a starting baseball pitcher; well at least he was until an injury ended his last season. He is trying to make his comeback but his recovery is slow, his patience is thin. He is in a meeting with the team manager, team doctor and the sports medicine team demanding results and Alicia in true Riley fashion doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. By the end of the meeting Alicia has been assigned to his recovery, with the immediate goal of getting him ready for the season with Spring Season just about to start. With such an important goal is there time for romantic sparks to fly?  Of course this is a Jaci Burton Play-by-Play book!

This book is a typical Play-by-Play book. Characters fight attraction but when they finally do connect it is with an intensity neither has ever known.  Early on in the book Garrett takes Alicia to meet some of his college roommates (all professional athletes) and it is evident these characters will be the new heroes of future Play-by-Play books. Alicia and Garrett story had a few themes we have seen before in Play-by-Play books one characters lack of connection with their own family (Garrett) and a romantic scene in a location that most of us would never be able to attain (hot scene at the baseball field). The conflict necessary for all contemporary romances was weak and somewhat expected in my opinion. However Jaci Burton is an artist at weaving these characters’ story along with updates of previous Play-by-Play characters and her intimate scenes do sometimes take my breath away.  I enjoyed this book and I will read the next in the series as I am interested in how Jaci Burton will portray the world of car racing.



Kame bought this book.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Give me a moment to wipe the drool off my face...I just love Jaci's Play-by-Play covers! :D I haven't read any of them myself, but I'm dying to, just for the covers alone. But I think I'd need to buy them in print, so I could stroke admire the men on them. *wink*

Thanks for the review, Kame!

Have you read any of the Play-by-Play books? How about any of Jaci Burton's other books?


Until Next Time,
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1 comment :

Wickedly Delicious said...

Great Review Kame. I have yet to read the Play by Play series and hoping someday starting it. I loved Jaci Burton Wild Riders series and hope to reread this year so I can write reviews. I love the covers for the Play by play series.