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Review: Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Title: Unexpected Rush

Author: Jaci Burton

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports

Series: Play by Play (Book #11)

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Format: Paperback, 330 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425276813 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425276815 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.

All the Right Moves

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in social work. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over…

Quick & Dirty: When Barrett starts to fall for his best friend’s sister, will this be his worst play ever?

Opening Sentence: “Men Suck.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Harmony has just been dumped by her boyfriend when her long term crush on Barrett decides to resurrect itself. But Barrett keeps shutting her down, she is his best friend’s sister and that is against all man code. When he hires her to redo his new house, and she challenges him to dinner. He knows things are getting out of control. Soon they are spending more and more time together and Barrett knows this is all wrong.

Harmony goes along with Barrett’s wishes to keep a secret, just for now. It isn’t making her happy, and as they avoid each other at family functions it keeps getting awkward. However, she can’t resist him either. Soon every moment they have they spend together. Barrett knows that he will have to tell her brother and soon, because he knows that he is in love with Harmony.

But before he can tell him their relationship is exposed and Barrett and Drake end up in a fight. Then Harmony gets mad because if they had been upfront like she wanted to be none of this would have happened. So she dumps him! Will Barrett be able to fix his friendship and his relationship with Harmony? Or will he lose it all?

This was a nice romance. I enjoyed Harmony and Barrett, not that they really had too much relationship angst, but sometimes that makes the story nicer in the long run. Barrett was a little silly for football player. But then it mildly annoyed me that Harmony just threw him under the bus, she is a big girl and she could open her mouth and tell her own family what is going on.

It only mildly annoyed me though, overall, I enjoyed the story even though I am not always a big sports fan, but thankfully for the most part this was free of a lot of sports. I haven’t read the others in the series, but I can guess that some of them were in this book, but it didn’t take away from anything and I didn’t feel lost at all.

Notable Scene:

Barrett spent most of Saturday trying to talk himself out of going over to Harmony’s place. In the end, the couldn’t figure out a legitimate reason why he shouldn’t go that wouldn’t make him look like a total wuss. So he decided he’d suck it up and do it. They could be friends.

Play by Play Series:

1. The Perfect Play

2. Changing the Game

3. Taking a Shot

4. Playing to Win

5. Thrown by a Curve

6. One Sweet Ride

6.5 Holiday Games

7. Melting the Ice 

8. Straddling the Line

8.5 Holiday on Ice

9. Quarterback Draw

10. All Wound Up

10.5 Hot Holiday Nights

11. Unexpected Rush

12. Rules of Contact

13. The Final Score


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Unexpected Rush. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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