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Shot on Gold In the new Play by Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates and go for the goldWill Mad Dog Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn t be happier Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S team is a privilege Then he meets U.S figure skater Amber Sloane She s beautiful, ambitious and driven everything Will desires in a woman He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold Now she s competing for the third and final time She intends to win, and nothing s going to get in her way until she meets Will He s an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love. In the latest Play by Play novel, Jaci Burton has moved slightly away from the realm of professional athletes and provided us a story involving Olympians I believe this is the first story I have read involving Olympic athletes, so it was a nice change of pace While I don t typically watch the Winter Olympics, this story coming out during the start of the games has me curious enough to take a gander.Our heroine is Amber Sloane, a twenty four year old ice princess figure skater at the end of her Olympic career Amber has ate, slept and breathed figure skating from a young age, and she needs that gold medal to end her career with a bang But between her momager and wallflower shyness, Amber seemingly has nothing in her life but skating She has no friends, no experience, and is hanging on to that V Card pretty late in life Fortunately Amber has decided to open up for these last games, and she sets out to make friends and gain experience I liked seeing Amber soften her focus and live life for herself for a change I wish she had been assertive with her mother, but I m sure old habits die hard and all of that.Will Mad Dog Madigan is a fun loving hockey player and, in the past, was a known partier and ladies man This year he has changed his tune and hopes to actually remember some of his time at the games I thought Will s character was a good mix of flirty fun and serious athlete I liked that he didn t immediately take Amber up on her proposition, that he respected her enough as a person to wait and see if they were in the same headspace I also liked that Will came from such a loving family background, and he was secure enough in himself to believe in love on a grand scale It seems that the cover model and his tattoos fit Will to perfection, and I always love having that visual.The romance between these two was not instalove, but also not a slow burn Given that our heroine is still hanging onto her V Card, the hero was somewhat reluctant to jump right in there That being said, Amber transformed from virgin to vixen in a flash, and once they got going, they really got going Amber s directness and dirty talk was in contrast with the wallflower we see at the start of the book, and was somewhat representative of the personal growth she was experiencing Overall, I think these two were a good match and I liked them together At times, the writing felt a bit forced or overly simplistic but then some Olympic interest would divert my attention and get me back into the story.So probably the most interesting aspect of this book to me was the Olympic village and all the goings on there I have never really thought about where the athletes live and mingle during the games, so this part really drew me in and had me wanting While I m not a huge hockey or figure skating fan, the discussion of some of the other winter sports piqued my interest enough to want to check out the half pipe and slalom events.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Berkley. 4 Stars ARC provided by Berkley When you find that person you want to be with, you ll move mountains to make it work Amber Sloane is a 24 yr old U.S figure skater from Long Island She s in Vancouver for the international games and is competing for her third and final time This is her last chance, and her time to shine She s worked hard, and is ready to win the gold She feels this is going to be her year Amber is an introvert, and has never made time for friends Her whole life has been skating She s been under so much pressure to train perform she never has any fun She decides this time at the games she s going to let go put herself out there She goes to a party and meets a gorgeous guy named Will Madigan Will Madigan is a hockey player on the U.S hockey team He s from Chicago, plays for the St Louis Ice hockey team This is his second time competing in the Winter Olympics Will meets a beautiful figure skater named Amber, is extremely intrigued by her He wants to get to know her better, and they begin spending a lot of time together They really enjoy hanging out, and soon things turn physical between them They are both competitive athletes who have a burning desire for gold one another When it s time to go home will they decide it was just a fling, or will they try for something The man could take her breath away in the best way possible She d never felt this undeniable zing of attraction like she did with Will All he had to do was look at her and she felt his gaze like a caress all over her body There s this beauty in the way she moves that I can t even describe It s like you know when you go to a museum and see something like a painting or a sculpture that makes you stop and stare You don t know what it is that s getting to you about it It s just so goddamn beautiful you can t help yourself You have to stare at it That s Amber This was my first Jaci Burton book, I really enjoyed it It was a fun, sexy read I really loved Will This used to be my favorite contemporary erotic romance series But after 14 books, the series has sort of lost its luster for me Compared to the first five or so of this series, the last few have paled in comparison While this was a perfectly fine romance between two athletes one a figure skater, one a hockey player going for the gold in the Olympics, it just didn t have that zing.The hero, hockey star Will, seemed like a great guy Friendly, charming, handsome, sexy, and with no real baggage The heroine, Amber, was competing in her last Olympics and it was her final chance for the gold Under her uber controlling mom s guidance, she never really was encouraged to make friends or have much of a life beyond skating But this time at the Olympics, and at the ripe old age of 24, she s determined to make her own decisions She wants to have fun, enjoy the whole Olympic experience, make friends, and lose her virginity Yeah.Not much conflict in this story Amber and Will hit it off as friends and later lovers Amber and Will have a blast in between their competitions hanging with friends, and spending time together in and out of bed Feelings develop on both sides, but is this just a two week fling or could there be a possibility for Like I said, a perfectly fine romance, but not much conflict I kept reading, to see how it would turn out Was I wowed like I was by The Perfect Play, Changing the Game,Taking a Shot, or Playing to Win Not really But maybe I ve been spoiled.3 1 2 stars ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley Burton doesn t cut any corners here and delivers a fabulous read for her readers Read this review in its entirety at

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