Series: Play by Play #9
Published by Berkley Trade on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Lucy Malone
Playing For Keeps
Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star—flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling.
Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide for the family that relies on her. She doesn’t have time for fun—much less a boyfriend—but Grant seems determined to be the exception to Katrina’s rule.
Their explosive chemistry is undeniable, but Katrina’s afraid to let go and rely on anyone but herself. Grant intends to ease her fears and prove he’s a man of style and substance.
I’ve been in this sort-of reading slump for a few months, and it’s been awful. I’m not in a full-on reading slump, but I’ve been struggling with finding things to read or listen to. While searching for a new audiobook, I saw that my library had Quarterback Draw available as an audiobook, and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this one.
What I Liked:
- There wasn’t any angst. I just have not been into anything angsty, lately, and Quarterback Draw was not angsty.
- Grant Cassidy was a really nice guy. He’s a famous professional football player, but he’s a nice guy. Not an asshole. When he meets Katrina, he’s drawn to her, and not just because she’s gorgeous. He respects her, and admires her. I loved it.
- Katrina is a nice woman, although she does have some issues, which I will talk about later. I did like how does everything to help her siblings in her care.
- Katrina’s siblings, 17-year old Anya and 15-year old Leo, were great. They did feel like real people, and added to the story.
What I Struggled With:
- Quarterback Draw was kind of boring. I’m glad there was no angst, but there was also no real excitement.
- Way too much sports talk. I love sports romances, but I couldn’t care less about actual sports. First I had to hear stuff about football, and then I had to hear stuff about baseball, and I just didn’t care.
- The way Katrina was about her siblings was weird. She kept calling them “the kids” which felt odd because they are teenagers. My family never would have called me a kid at the age.
- Sometimes it felt like Grant was showing Katrina a better way to raise her siblings. Sort of like country is better than NYC, they should play sports, etc.
- The conflict was a bit cliche, and while I don’t always mind that, it just didn’t work much for me here. It was all a bit “eyerolly.”
- The narrator, Lucy Malone, wasn’t my favorite. Although, that’s very subjective. I can’t say particularly what I didn’t like about her narration, it just didn’t work for me.
While I didn’t hate Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton, it wasn’t that great either. More than anything, I was bored.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: