Monday, September 12, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - The Playbook by Kelly Elliott


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 was my first time reading anything by Kelly Elliott and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I thought it was cool that Aubrey's career is that of a television sports reporter, since that's still a typically male-dominated career field, although women are gaining in numbers for that field.

Throughout a good majority of the book, Aubrey was the type who knew what her job was and did the best she could to not be distracted from the path she was currently on, since she had her eyes on the big prize of becoming a sideline reporter for NFL games. But the more time she spends with Brett, the more distracted she becomes, although she does still manage to do the job. But at what cost to her happiness?

Brett is the typical bad boy, but with a heart of gold. He too is keeping his eye on the prize in regards to his coaching career, but as he spends more time with Aubrey, he begins to allow himself thoughts of doing something not related to football. But will he be happy, or is it just a pipe dream?

I loved the interactions between Aubrey and Brett; there was all kinds of crazy sexual chemistry, but there was also a burgeoning friendship, especially when Aubrey was able to head off a potential scandal that could have ruined Brett's coaching career. So we know they make a good team.

I'm not sure what happened along the way, because it seemed like Aubrey morphed into a character that we hadn't seen in the book up until that point, and not in a good way. It almost felt like she was written like that just for there to be a reason that she and Brett would have to break up. I realize that situation does indeed happen in real life, but I thought Aubrey took it way too far, and I didn't blame Brett one bit for his reaction. I mean hell, even Aubrey's sister Nelly and her best friend Michelle told her she was overreacting.

Aubrey and Brett do manage to get their HEA, so it all worked out. Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, with the exception of those couple of chapters with Aubrey's personality switch.

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Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.


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