on September 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order.
Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs.
The ups? Endless women to f*ck.
The downs? The politics that came with the job.
From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.
The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.
Brett Owens was my assignment.
Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that.
From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It wasn’t five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed.
This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or how many things he whispered in my ear.
He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyone’s guess.
The Playbook is a stand-alone novel.
This book was quite the surprise. I love football. Therefore, I can’t get enough of football romances. The Playbook put a new spin on the “typical” football romance, in this instance we have a college coach, and a woman who is trying to make it to the NFL as a sideline reporter. The tension between these two was heart-pounding. I definitely got more than I expected with this one.
“My job is my everything. My entire life and the way you affect me scares me. If I thought I would be able to handle it, I’d ignore you and your advances, but I can’t.”
Aubrey Cain has wanted to be an NFL reporter for as long as she can remember. Always excelling at sports, she has pursued her goals with a single-minded focus. Just when it looks like she will finally achieve the success she has always sought after, a wrench is thrown into her plans. That wrench is none other than Brett Owens, head football coach for the college team she has just been assigned to do a story on.
“Aubrey Cain just changed up how the game was played by taking a play right out of my own fucking book.”
Brett Owens treats women like they are disposable. The consummate man-whore, he has never wanted more from a woman besides one night between the sheets. But something about Aubrey calls to him from the moment he lays eyes on her. He is determined to explore what is clearly between them, except doing so could jeopardize everything Aubrey has worked for.
“I’d finally found the woman I wanted to make love to the rest of my life, and I couldn’t have her.”
The slow burn between these two was unexpected. Their relationship develops slowly, and we are given time to see how they fit together, which I loved. Brett is proven to be so much more considerate than first perceived. Just as Brett and Aubrey begin to draw closer, outside influences threaten to undermine the trust they have in one another. Brett has to decide whether he can open up to Aubrey about his past.
Aubrey really impressed me with her tenacity and the way she handles things with Brett. There are quite a few circumstances when she really went to bat for him and showed her reporter instincts. Brett, for his part, respects Aubrey and her career enough to try and stay away. Together, they both have to discover what it is they really want out of life.
This book was so much more than a football romance. It had some nice unexpected twists, and the ending was swoon worthy. Great writing, fantastic characters, and an interesting plot, made this one a definite winner in my playbook.
Reaching into my brief case, I took out my notebook that I had already filled with research on Brett and the university college program.
I flipped through the endless pages of notes until I found a blank page.
“So, I’m assuming since it’s spring training, I’ll be granted full access to the stadium.” Peeking up at Brett, I added, “That includes the locker rooms.”
His jaw muscles flexed and I couldn’t help but smile. “I’d like to really observe you, Mr. Owens, for the first week or two here at work. Really get an understanding of your work habits and ethics with the team and, of course, your habits away from the team as well.”
His lips parted to say something, but Mr. Stevenson coughed and Brett shut his mouth.
“This piece is going to be about getting to know Brett Owens. Three-time national championship winner. Youngest head football coach in college football, and rumored ladies’ man.”
“What?” Brett gasped, nearly chocking on his own spit.
I shrugged and flipped through my notes where I found a reference to picture in People magazine.
“Yes, here it is. A picture of you with two women on your arms exiting a bar in downtown Austin. I believe it was on New Year’s Eve.” I held it up for him to see.
His eyes narrowed and I swear they turned black. “What in the hell do you have written down in that book?”
I pointed to my notebook, while keeping my focus fixed on him. “This notebook?”
When his hand combed through his hair, I felt a tug in my lower stomach that I quickly pushed aside.
“Yes, that notebook, Aubrey! I don’t see another notebook on the fucking table.”
My head drew back with raised eyebrows. I quickly flipped back to the empty page and wrote a note.
Curses like a damn sailor.
“Wh-what are you writing?”
I couldn’t help but feel giddy knowing I was getting to him. “Just taking some notes, that’s all.”
Brett leaned closer to me as I covered the note with my hand. “What did you say? I saw sailor written down!”
I flashed him an evil smile which only irritated him more, causing him to curse more under his breath.
Mr. Stevenson sighed heavily next to me. “Oh, for the love of God. The two of you are going to have to learn to play nice. Your boss, Ms. Cain, and the president of the university, want this thing to happen. Now I hope you will shine a more positive light on Mr. Owens and not focus on his… on his um—”
Brett and I both looked at him, anxiously waiting for him to finish his sentence.
“On my what?” Brett questioned.
With a roll of his eyes, Mr. Stevenson answered, “On the colorful lifestyle you lead outside of work.”
“That was gently put,” I mumbled.
“Ms. Cain,” Mr. Stevenson started.
“Please, call me Aubrey.”
He nodded. “Aubrey, you will have full access so getting in places will not be an issue. I advise you to stick close to Brett until you learn your way around.”
“Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.”
“Pat will be fine.”
“Pat, it is.”
“Now, I believe, Brett, you have a staff meeting at noon.”
I swear it looked like Brett was sitting over there pouting. It probably killed him he had no safe-zone to hide in. I was going to be stuck to him like glue. Oh, this made me all kinds of happy right now.
“Yeah. It’s at noon.”
Pat stood. “Good, show Aubrey around and to the office she’ll be using.”
My heart skipped a beat in my chest. “Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me to have a place to work while I’m here. That’s very thoughtful of you.”
He looked at Brett and then me. “Don’t thank me, thank Brett. It was his idea.”
My head snapped to the side as I looked at him. That was totally unexpected, and I couldn’t hide the fact that it made my chest tighten some.