Cover Chat: Jaci Burton's Upcoming Play-by-Play Novel, Playing To Win

We love Jaci Burton’s ultra-hot Play-by-Play series. These sexy pro athletes steam up our fantasies and have been the cause of more than one RT editor developing a sudden interest in watching sports games. The series starter The Perfect Play was February 2011’s RT Seal of Excellence winner and set the tone for the rest of the series: sexy contemporary erotic romances ... with an extra helping of heat. Playing to Win will be released on September 4, 2012 but thankfully, Burton has already given us a peek at what’s ahead.

The next “match up” (see what I did with that sports reference?) in the series will be football bad boy Cole Riley and image makeover consultant Savannah Brooks. Savannah has been called in to rehabilitate Cole’s image because all his nights of partying, fighting and causing a ruckus have done some serious damage to his career prospects. Although the job is one of this Southern Belle’s toughest cases ever, Savannah's not afraid to lay down the law about how Cole has to behave — rules that include not touching his new image makeover consultant! As the book’s back cover blurb explains, “If she can turn off the tingle she feels every time Cole gives her a hot stare with his gorgeous baby blues, he can turn off his desire as well.” But judging by the stories that came before this one, Cole and Savannah won’t be able to deny their desire for long!

This cover fully has me believing Cole Riley’s bad-to-the-bone reputation. From the sensuous mouth that is easy to imagine quirking wryly, grinning full-heartedly or pursed in determination, to the sculpted body, everything about this guy says he’s a man who knows how to have fun (and isn’t afraid of a fight). Even the way he’s holding the ball, gripped comfortably and ready to pull back and release a spiral, says that this is a man full of confidence — but maybe a little bit too much. I can just imagine Cole leaning against a locker room door, waiting for Savannah’s next addition to her running list of Cole’s do’s and don’ts.

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