Author Review: Final Score by Jaci BurtonThe Final Score by Jaci Burton
Published by Penguin on September 12th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance, Sports
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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4.5 Stars

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 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. 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 discover that to win it all, they’ll have to make an unexpected play for love.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Nathan Riley is my kind of man – sweet, loyal, sexy, and an animal in the sack. I loved how he was willing to take the bull by the horns – in this case – Mia Cassidy. Not only was he an amazing best friend, but so much more. If only Mia had given him the benefit of the doubt and realized that they could have the best of both worlds. Friends to lovers is always one of my favorite tropes and Jaci Burton didn’t disappoint in The Final Score.

Mia Cassidy was intelligent, sexy and determined, yet there were times that her immaturity shown through. For a woman who is known for looking at all the angles, it surprised me that she couldn’t admit how wonderful her and Nathan were together both as lovers and friends. Her fear of the unknown was more detrimental than reality. In fact, it seemed as though everyone knew Mia and Nathan were perfect for one another except Mia.

I loved seeing all of the characters from previous books. It was a nice touch to the story. The sex was hot, the conflict believable, and the plays on and off the field realistic. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Burton has up her sleeve next.

Rated 4.5 Ravens by the Blackraven!

About Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over 60 books. She lives in Oklahoma and when she isn’t on deadline, she can usually be found trying to convince her husband to remodel some room or another in their house (she blames HGTV for this). She loves gardening, sports, casinos and getting lost in a great book. She’s a total romantic and longs for the happily ever after in every story, which you’ll find in all her books.

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