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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1) - Jaci Burton The Perfect Play is a very nice sports romance. I can't quite call it great but it is very good. I like the hero a lot. I like the hero's determination a lot. I like that the hero is never a jerk throughout the story. I wish I could say the same for the heroine. Sure, she has some excuses in her background, but she behaves like an idiot a few times. My other little quibbles are a too-wise teenage son (who is otherwise okay) and a slightly too high proportion of love scenes to story. That might be a plus for some, since the love scenes are well written, and especially if you imagine Cover Guy in them, they are sizzling. There's also an extended family I liked very much. Ms. Burton does a good job with the secondary characters, giving them some depth without letting them get in the way of the story. There's a theme I'm not crazy about that's driving the plot (an outsider meddling who pushes the heroine's insecurity buttons) but Ms. Burton does a better job with this theme than many authors do.