Title: Most Likely to Score
Author: Lauren Blakely
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: Public Library
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?
Book 2 in the Most Valuable Playboy series stars Jones Beckett, star wide receiver of the Renegades and known playa. Jones has been scammed by his former agent and lost a lot of money because of the betrayal, and is now looking into more endorsements to make back some of the money he lost.
Jillian Moore is a publicist for the Renegades and comes up with some cool PR ideas for Jones to participate in. Jillian has had a crush on Jones for a long time, but never in her wildest dreams did she consider that Jones might reciprocate her feelings.
One of the ideas Jillian comes up with is a calendar with Jones posing with puppies in different locations. Jones had recently adopted a puppy on his own, and his new agent has lined up an endorsement deal with a dog food company, where Jones can use his own dog, Cletus. Jones added a stipulation that he wanted to do something for the shelter in Miami where he adopted his dog, so he and Jillian take a trip, just the two of them, to Florida.
They both know that giving into their feelings would be bad for Jillian’s career, but when you meet the one, you just know. Jillian and Jones had to work hard to hide their feelings toward each other when in public, and it didn’t go well.
Jones is one of the best guys I’ve read in a while. He LOVES his family, buying his parents a new house and setting up funds for his nieces and nephews for college. He loves animals. He’s funny. He’s a catch.
I really liked Jillian as well. I loved that she was of Asian descent (don’t read a lot of those in contemporary romance) but raised in a white home by parents who allowed her to flourish in her Chinese heritage. Jillian was very close to her father and took good care of him. She and Jones were very good characters.
This book is also very steamy, with some incredible character fantasies played out.
I did like that this book was written in dual, first person alternating POV’s (Ms. Blakely tends to write from the guy’s POV). You can really connect to the characters when you know what they are feeling.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.