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Series: Play by Play #12
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Contemporary, Sports
When I first started the Play by Play series by Jaci Burton I never dreamed she would supply book after book of multiple sports heroes, but I have enjoyed each and every one in their own way. Whether it was hockey, baseball or football, one thing that is always consistent is the love of the sport that Ms. Burton brings to each story. Rules of Contact is the twelfth book in the Play by Play series and I liked the change of pace and the focus on food Ms. Burton added in. I swear every time the food was mentioned all I could think of was “damn that sounds good”, so you have been warned not only is Rules of Contact hot but it will definitely make you hungry in more ways than one.
Flynn Cassidy loves football but he also loves food. He does more than okay in the kitchen so when he decides to finally open his own restaurant he is looking for the right team to run it while he is on the field. In the previous book, Unexpected Rush, he meets his new chef Amelia Lawrence and knows she will be the perfect fit for his place.
Rules of Contact picks up just before his restaurant opens and Flynn is having bad luck in the dating pool as all the women end up wanting exposure of some kind but not his head chef Amelia. From the moment he met her he could feel the attraction but mixing business with pleasure is not a good idea. Flynn does his best to keep everything on a professional level but the closer they work together the lines start to blur and now he wants to try and date her, the only problem is that he has to convince her to give him an honest to god shot.
Amelia Lawrence is starting over in a new city after her divorce and so far things are going great. She loves the new people she has met and loves her new job as head chef at Ninety-Two, her boss is a great guy and nothing what she originally expected from him but there is one problem, with each day that passes her attraction to Flynn is growing. She hasn’t dated much since her divorce but she is open to a little fun as long as it doesn’t get in the way of work. Once they embark on a relationship keeping it casual becomes difficult and she is quickly learning that there is nothing light and easy about the two of them together.
From the moment Flynn was introduced I couldn’t wait to learn more about him and I was shocked that he was looking for someone special and not the player type, he was open to love. When a relationship wasn’t working out he was honest and cut ties and tried again. At times I felt for him because none of the women he dated wanted to get to know the real him but were just caught up in his fame. Amelia was easy to like and I loved that she was a chef and not some football groupie. She was a little on the unsure side of dating but once her and Flynn’s relationship really started to take off I started to see them as a long term couple. They have a mutual respect and genuinely like one another.
Rules of Contact started out a little on the slow side but once it got going I didn’t want to put it down. Of course since Rules of Contact is a sports romance I was looking forward to football time during the story and while there are a few scattered scenes of Flynn playing I felt the whole restaurant theme took away from it. I loved that there was no overload on drama and I was glad I could see the growth of their relationship building chapter by chapter.
We also see Flynn’s sister Mia a few times during this story and I have to say I really do hope she gets her own book. Will Mia end up with a baseball, hockey or football player? I guess I will have to wait and see and I can’t wait! If you love sports romance as much as I do you won’t want to miss Rules of Contact.