Book Review: The Final Score by Jaci Burton @jaciburton @BerkleyRomance

Book Review: The Final Score by Jaci Burton @jaciburton @BerkleyRomanceThe Final Score by Jaci Burton
Series: Play-by-Play #13
on September 12, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Contact, a star quarterback is torn between his love of the game—and the woman who may be the love of his life.

Nathan Riley is ready to follow in the footsteps of his famous football player father. He’s been drafted as quarterback for his dad’s former team, and his sports future is bright. When his friend Mia Cassidy moves to the same city, their years-long friendship suddenly sparks hot, reminding him of the one night they had together in college that he can never forget. 

Like Nathan, Mia is from a sports dynasty family and embarking on an incredible new career—as founder of her own sports management company. Her friendship with Nathan means everything to her, and tossing sex into the mix again could jeopardize it all. But the chemistry between them has always sizzled, and it isn’t long before Mia realizes she wants more with Nathan than just late-night talks and pizza. 

Passion has a funny way of changing the rules, and soon Nathan and Mia realize that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.


I have been a diehard fan of the Play-by-Play novels. They have always been an immediate one click purchase and read for me. I have never hesitated to recommend one as I’ve always known them to be sharply crafted and oh so sexy. Sadly, I think The Final Score brought that streak to an end.

I wanted to love Nathan and Mia’s story. I wanted to feel their connection and be immersed in a fresh and exhilarating tale. Unfortunately I didn’t feel the heat or any freshness to this storyline. Both Nathan and Mia seemed lackluster. The entire novel fell flat for me. A very typical friends to lovers tale. Mick Riley left big shoes to fill and while Nathan may fill them in the stadium, on the pages he failed to score with me.

I will say the writing is well done and if you haven’t read the first twelve novels this might satisfy your appetite. If you have read the series you might be like me, thinking it’s time to move on.

About Jaci Burton

I live in northeast Oklahoma with Biker Dude and our wonderful, crazy dogs. Between us we have three kids who are all grown up and living out in the wild. When I’m not writing I can usually be found in the garden, coaxing the tomatoes to grow, heading out to our local casino trying to become a millionaire (so far, no luck there), or riding on the back of Biker Dude’s Harley. And when I want to relax I read other authors’ masterpieces or I’m parked in front of the television watching sports, reality TV or crime shows. And maybe a drama or a comedy. Okay, I really watch way too much television.

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