Most Likely to Score
Book 2, Ballers and Babes
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A sexy new forbidden romance from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…
It seemed like a good idea at the time…
As the team’s publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy PR woman to manage his new sponsorship deal.
A simple give and take, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem following my iron-clad rule — don’t date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted and devilishly clever the man is.
But you know what they say about best laid plans…
Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I’m following a brand new playbook, one that has me falling hard for the incorrigible flirt — heart, body and mind.
That’s against the rules, and now what seemed like a bright idea has turned into a dangerously forbidden one.
It was supposed to be an I-scratch-her-back-she-scratched-mine kind of arrangement. And man, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road.
Now we’re back in town and it’s time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can’t risk this deal. Trouble is, I want more than than just another night with her.
What’s a guy to do when he's always been most likely to score, but the woman he’s falling for is way off limits?
Sexy, Sweet perfect football romance
Wow. I have a weakness for a good football romance; they're kind of my kryptonite. Combined with the writing of Lauren Blakely? I'm toast. Most Likely To Score combines some of my very favorite things in one place football,sexiness, sweetness and humor. If you're looking for a hot, sexy, forbidden romance look no further than Most Likely To Score!
I love when Lauren Blakely writes in dual POV! Yes, she writes hot, funny and swoonworthy men amazingly well (ok, who are we kidding? She's the queen of male POV romances, hands down) but she also writes sharp, smart, sexy women just as well. For me, having Jillian's POV in this book was like the extra point after a touchdown to win the Super Bowl...or the icing on the cake.
Jillian was so much fun to learn about. I loved her focus on her work, her passion for it. She's definitely smart and determined to pave her way in life. Was she attracted to Jones? Absolutely. Was she resolved not to do anything about said attraction? Yes. So I loved getting to see her off kilter just a bit with her feelings when she was with him. All the little things that made Jillian tick-from pomelos to cherry earrings-were interesting to read about. This is a character I'd be friends with...and not just because she has a connection to a football team.
Jones seems like such a stereotypical football player on the surface...for all of two seconds. There's so much more to this man. He's funny, smart, sweet and sexy. Holy hell is he sexy! He has a strong work ethic, is a family oriented man and did I mention he was sexy? He has such determination and heart-you can't help but fall in love with him. He is absolutely one of my favorite Blakely book boyfriends.
The attraction these two have for each other is palpable right from the start of this book. Their banter suits them both to a T and had me grinning. I was biting my lip as the tension rose between them. Their first kiss? Off the charts hot. I was glad to have a backup kindle because the sexy times between these two definitely melted my first one.
That being said, there's so much more than just great sex between these two-it's seeing all the other aspects of their relationship and lives that make this book special. This is something that this author excels at; allowing readers to see more of a couple than just their bedroom compatibility. Seeing what makes these two who they are and who they can help each other be is truly special. I liked that they got to see different sides of each other and that they truly GOT who the other person was. Their views on luck were mentioned more than once and really got me thinking. These two are definitely lucky in the love department :)
The supporting characters here were fun to read about. They add to the story and support Jones and Jillian without overwhelming them. I loved Jones's family (and could relate to them a bit) and I absolutely adored Jillian's backstory. There's little references to characters in other books-which I always love finding-but again, nothing that takes away from Jones and Jillian.
The pacing of this book was spot on. The plot was unique and believable. The writing was fun, sweet and sexy. Lauren Blakely always writes with heart, heat and humor and Most Likely To Score definitely has all of those. This is a book I will go back and read again. I highly recommend it and would give it more than 5 stars if I could.
Sometimes It Takes Man Time
This just may be the funniest, sweetest, hottest book Lauren Blakely has ever written. Jones Beckett has become my favorite Lauren man! Of course I say that with each book and each man. But Jones is a fine man in spite of some of his previous antics. He is also one of the best pass receivers in pro football. The banter between teammates Jones, Cooper (the quarterback from Most Valuable Playboy), Rick, and Harlan is hilarious. As is the internet talk show Jones does with his brother. Jones antics to get Jillian Moore, the team’s publicist, to notice him are so funny. Seems these two have had a crush on the other for years without either knowing the others feelings. The story becomes so sweet, so sexy, so heartwarming as it progresses for these two wonderful people it will reel you in. I hope this becomes a series with Harlan and Rick getting their own stories. I promise you will love Jones and Jillian as much as I do.
5 Star Touchdown!!!
*** I received an advanced copy and chose to review it ***
** 100% spoiler-free review **
* 5 Star Touchdown *
Most Likely To Score, Lauren Blakely's latest offering has something for everyone: a sexy professional athlete, a beautiful and powerful PR executive, a forbidden office romance that will make your heart melt.......It's the perfect rom-com and it will have you swooning hard over her latest hero, sexy as sin Jones Beckett. With every Blakely book I read, I fall head over heels in love with the hero. You'd think that these perfect characters she dreams up couldn't get any better but each time I crack open the next book ***BAM*** the newest hero trumps the last one. Jones Beckett most definitely owns me! Blakely is known for her swoony men but Jones takes it to the next level. He's a cocky, confident and sexy athlete but beyond that, he's romantic and has the biggest which is on display in the most unexpected ways. He's dedicated to his family and loyal to his teammates but his reputation as a "playa" is about to hinder his future success. Enter Jillian who is tasked with helping to rehab his image as part of her team PR duties. She's a go-getter who gets things done! She's successful and hard working, independent, strong and loyal. What sets her apart from Blakely's other fabulous heroines is what an important role her family and their history has played in her life. I loved her stories about connecting to her heritage through her good luck charms--the connection to her mother was beautiful.
Watching Jones and Jillian interact in Most Valuable Playboy had me completely intrigued. There were sparks there but in Most Likely to Score, those sparks burn brighter and brighter. As Jillian gets to know the "real" Jones beyond just what her job entails her to know, she realizes that he is that diamond in the rough that everyone looks for---the holy grail of men that all women strive to attain---the forbidden fruit in Eve's Garden. And once she has a taste of that forbidden fruit? (Do I really need to answer that??? LOL) And on his end, Jones sees Jillian for the prize that she is and he can't seem to stay away no matter how hard he tries, forbidden relationship be damned.
I loved the development of Jones and Jillian's relationship. It was natural and fun and it was easy to see and feel their connection jump off of the pages. Their sexy times were super sexy and the fact that they are both dirty talkers? Sooooooo H-O-T!!!! We all know that Lauren Blakely writes the greatest love scenes so you can expect the best of the best between these two!
In the world of Blakely's books, she creates primary and secondary characters that readers wish they could be friends with in real life. Aside from Jones and Jillian, I loved getting to know Jones's brother Trevor, Ford, Harlan and Katie (who I hope really get a book next!). And I can't leave out Cletus who most definitely stole the show in his scenes. Most Likely to Score is a standalone story but interconnected with Most Valuable Playboy. You do not need to read Most Valuable Playboy prior to reading this book but please don't miss that one---it was just as incredible!
Most Likely to Score is a definite 5-star touchdown that shouldn't be missed!